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Guest Curator: Fine Little Day

Jul 13, 2011

by FineLitttleDay handmade and vintage goods

Elisabeth Dunker is an artist and photographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also the creator and author of Fine Little Day, a blog devoted to appreciating everyday life, creativity and eye candy in different forms. Elisabeth loves handmade things – folk art, outsider art and the art of children.

I’m always on the lookout for playful, quirky, handmade things. When I’m surfing Etsy I mainly look for items that are unique and original. It’s nearly impossible for me to search without getting stuck; there is just so much drool-worthy stuff to look at! Here are some of my favorite pieces of eye candy.


Bohemian & Playful

[Clockwise from top: Granny square vintage sweater from jessejamesjake vintageHandmade thread bare quilt from Captain Cat; Vintage mustard flats from L.I.T.T.L.E. T.U.N.A. V.I.N.T.A.G.E.; Twins post stud earrings from minifanfan; Vintage 60s bombshell skirted swimsuit from Marie’s Vintage]

I love patchwork, and a variety of shapes, patterns and colors are used in this vintage quilt. The playful spirit of these items is always welcome, in my opinon.


[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Danish farstrup chair from Hindsvik; Turkish rug pillow cover from mother’s atelier; Vintage red enamel teapot from Hindsvik; Mid-Century atomic sputnik type light fitting from GoldinLites; Vintage enamel Dutch motif teapot from StylinRecyclin; Asymmetrical hand-knitted socks from milleta]

A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Let there be no rules for decoration — it’s all about imagination. A Moroccan pillow, a Scandinavian chair and a “Mid-Century modern atomic sputnik.” It’s all spontaneous and fragmentary, mixing rather than matching.

OK, This is Matched

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage mouse toy puppet from VintageStarrBeads; Stig Lindberg Spisa Ribb tea cup from ReStyle; Vintage 70s spice colored sportees from lefty lou vintage; Vintage 50s green and black party dress from secretlake]

Here are some playful and quirky things. Look at those shoes: I would love to wear them with that green dress! And the wooden puppet looks like a gingerbread man. The cup was designed by a Swedish icon, Stig Lindberg.

More Green & Brown

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage leather and woven wicker bag from The Stray Threads Collection; Anne-Irish green headband from The Pink Elephant Shop; Vintage antique wooden hand-carved sculptures from blueflowervintage]

If I had seen the three carved wooden characters at a flea market I would have rushed up to them. They have just about everything I look for when I’m treasure hunting.

Thanks to Elisabeth for sharing her finds! Visit her at Fine Little Day.

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