May 29, 2009

Fun & quirky finds

from the flickr group!

1. Eulchen., 2. books_new clips (31), 3. Aki Kokeshi Spool Doll, 4. barbie lost her shoe - pink edition 1.1, 5. MUSHROOM, 6. Coral Grove, 7. warm colors, 8. cupcake creamy charm LARGE, 9. Monster Custom Order

May 28, 2009

New Favorite

I've been a fan since stumbling across the shop 26 Olive Street a couple weeks ago. I keep checking back regularly to see what's being added, and am never disappointed. I love the styling and photography, but what really hooked me is the regular addition of interesting and incredible goods to the shop.

Sometimes you just don't know you need something until you see that it exists...

xo, Caroline

Email Finds: Peggy Li Creations

I love the stunning simplicity of Peggy Li's jewelry! It's no wonder that Peggy's jewelry has been featured in magazines, on television and even in movies! If you want to look like a star this is definitely one shop you want to check out!

May 27, 2009


they're super cool, and you can design them to mean anything you'd like.
no joke, there are some that mean love, some for hope, and some for peace too.
i like them so much, that i decided to choose a bunch at random and make an almostery!
what do you think?

from top left, to bottom right:
jackson creede, nutmeg designs, The Beaded Edge, all those 3hrees (alt)
The Art of Andrew Daniel, The Art of Andrew Daniel (again, whoops!), serpent mandalas, Eye Pop Art (alt)
Eye Pop Art, Colorful dayz, play nature, Jessica Doyle (alt)
designfruit, owlbaby, Maia Art, gigi butterfly (alt)

makes you want to go make some, doesn't it?
(i'd link a tutorial, but all the ones i'm finding online aren't very nice, or are photoshop-specific, so yeah. mebbe that can be a tutorial tuesday sometime? that'd be pretty cool.)


May 26, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: How to take a screen shot using thumbalizr

It totally amazes me the number of people who do not know how to take a screen shot so let me show you two ways! First using Thumbalizr and then how I do it just using keyboard short cuts and a photo editing program.

*You should all take note that I'm using Windows Vista and I have no idea how to do this on a Mac because I've never used one before.*

Step 1: When you have a web page that you want to take a screen shot of enter the URL in the designated area, select the "screen" button (it's default) and then click "thumb it".

Step 2: You will now see a thumbnail of your screen shot along side a bunch of links which are the different sizes you can click on to download. When you click on one of them it will open your screen shot in a new window. You can click on different ones until you get a size you want or enter a custom size.

Step 3: Once you've found a good size and opened it up in another window, place your cursor over the image/screenshot, left click and select "save image as". The default file is a PNG image but JPEG files load a lot faster so change the file name from "" to "yourfilenamehere.jpeg", select the location to where you want the file saved and press "save".

Ta-Da! You now have a screen shot! That was simple wasn't it?

Okay now, it's kind of annoying to have to open Thumbalizr every time you want to take a screen shot right? and sometimes you want to take a screen shot of something that's on your computer but not a website so this comes in handy. This might be a little different depending on your keyboard (I have a laptop) but this is what I do: On your keyboard you should have a key that says "prt sc" or "print screen" key and a "fn" or "function" key. If you press both "fn" and "prt sc" keys at the same time it takes a screen shot (NOTE: you can't actually see it until you paste it somewhere). If you have a full size keyboard I believe you press the "alt" key and "prt sc" key at the same time because there is no "fn" key. Next, open a photo editing program like Paint or Photoshop where you can create a new blank document. Paste the screen shot into the blank document by pressing "ctrl + v" on your keyboard, edit > paste or however you usually paste something. You now have a screen shot that you can crop and save! If you press the F11 key it expands your browser size so you can take a bigger shot!

I hope my tutorial has helped some of you figure this out!
♥ Connie

May 25, 2009

Email Finds: Alizabeth O. Designs

I love the light dainty feeling of these earrings! For more colorful, fun and flirty pieces visit Alizabeth O. Designs. Shop owner Elizabeth has also been kind enough to offer all of our readers 15% off with the code: OHSOSWEET at checkout.

May 22, 2009

Everything is more fun in color!

Flickr Friday picks! I am seeing lots of colorful items in the flickr pool and I am lovin' it! Friday's have been super crazy for me. I apologize for not getting around to posting the last few fridays!

1. Picnic, 2. Chocolate Cupcakes Earrings, 3. Updated Pixs 4-09 135, 4. Gang of Linus Lumps, 5. Serenity - dangle earrings, 6. Daisy Balls, 7. Vintage Inspired Bottle Cap Marble Magnets, 8. Rainbow Hearts, 9. Little wallet dots

Marmee Craft

Well, I'm still collecting new art to hang, and this striped print from Marmee Craft was too cute to pass up. I hope to have mine on the wall in a few days : )

Best Friends

You will absolutely love this Etsy shop. Please have a peek and enjoy the weekend!


May 21, 2009

Email Finds: showpony

Showpony is a shop filled with wonderful screen printed goodies that feature fun vintage prints and shapes! Each piece is hand screen printed by Emma Henderson using organic and fair trade materials. Emma's collections are featured in London, New York and Glasgow and she has so generously offered to give all of the readers of Sweet Figments a 15% off discount from now until the end of the month with the discount code "helloshowpony" at checkout. This is one of my favorite items!

Market Publique

This news is a bit old, but if you haven't poked around Market Publique yet, you really should. It's a new online marketplace somewhat similar to Ebay or Etsy, but devoted entirely to vintage goods - my kind of place for sure. There are a lot of great finds to be had that way.  Whilst nosing about last night, I came across the house shop which had some pretty sweet items up for grabs. Here's a small smattering:
xo, Caroline

May 20, 2009

It's Movie Night!

break out the popcorn and sodas!
let's watch some movies!

From top left to bottom right:
Daphne's Destash, the vintage supply co., The Lovely, retro ology (alt)
avec dieu, bluebell bazaar, Austin Modern, Peculiar Ways (alt)
johnny vintage, megan auman, spruce home, k.b. Originals etc. (alt)
elemento, Austin Modern, Mountainside Treasure, elemento (alt)

so, are you ready?
*presses play*

I heart you: smashing

Your work is smashing indeed! I especially love the pieces with the bright bold colors the oxidized silver! To see more of smashing's work visit her etsy shop!

May 19, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make a scratch off lottery ticket

I was totally excited when I came across this amazing tutorial by ArtMind the other day and just knew I had to share it with all of you! These scratch off tickets are so great for promo codes, party favors, draws, etc... I can't wait to hit up the craft store for some supplies and try it out for myself! To try out the tutorial for yourself click here!

I hope you all have fun scratching!
♥ Connie

May 18, 2009

Do I smell a rematch in the making?

As you probably already know, I'm a huge hockey fan! I was so disappointed that the Canucks (my home team) lost to Chicago! I watched the Wings vs Hawks game yesterday and after the game I began to wonder if maybe there is a Stanley Cup Finals rematch between the Pens and Wings in the making? That would make a really good final series don't you think? I am a huge fan of Pittsburgh and was extremely disappointed at their loss last year I'd love to see them make it t the finals and win this year!

Anyways, since I've already featured my favorite handmade hockey items a few weeks ago so I thought I'd support some of the handmade shops in Pittsburgh! Here are a few of my favs!

1. Going to See My Baby Blue by strawberryluna
2. Feathery Owl by ragtrader
3. Aurelie Top by AnnabelAndRuby
4. What's All The Fuss About Love Original Painting by somnambulant

Go Penguins Go!

Tweet Tweet! The Etsy Twitter Team is having a Virtual Sidewalk Sale!

There are approximately 20 shops participating in the Etsy Twitter Sidewalk sale all this week! Here are a few items from a handful of the participating shops. For the full details and complete list of shops please visit

1. sumikoshop
2. acageybee
3. southpawstudios
4. purplelemondesigns
5. DeeJayPhotography
6. lindab142

There's nothing like a good bowl of ...

Chicken Soup Can Ring by PinkHelloKitty

chicken noodle soup! As you may have noticed from the lack of posts last week I have been away sick. I am back now and hopefully on top of my game!

May 14, 2009

Night Out

Here's a grouping of some of my favorite vintage picks for a night out on the town. I would definitely throw all these things on together - I like the mix of sexy and tough, or use them as mix and match items with the rest of my wardrobe. What types of things do you turn to when you head out in the evenings?

xo, Caroline

May 13, 2009

Unmasked! O,O

oh noes!
now we'll know who everyone is!
(i thought this was a masked ball.....)

from top left to bottom right:
berkley illustration, fall down tree, Sherry Suncatcher, iktomi (alt)
rising phoenix toys, studio lyon, cat mother, Prayke (alt)
Sandra Healy, Hero Design Studio, paper michelle, been a bad bunny (alt)
teepetals, zerick, leather prince, bear creek design (alt)


**what's an almostery, you ask?
well, you know the treasuries on right? how they always seem to pop when you aren't looking? gets on your nerves, doesn't it? especially when you have a good idea, right? well, almosteries are my answer. more infos here: [link]

May 11, 2009

As summer approaches

and the weather starts to warm up I find myself slacking a bit in all the things I should be focusing on. It's hard not to when the sun is out and you've had 4 months of rain and wind! I have so many to-do's on my list to complete. If I didn't have one I swear all I'd do is plant myself on the couch and watch tv! I'd never get anything done. Here are some of my favorite items for helping you stay on top of your list!

Shopgood List by upup

DIY Planner and Calendar by droplet

9x11 HomeLife printables by CrownBindery

May 8, 2009

Baking Decorations

I love to bake, and it's a lot of fun when you have cute decorations to embellish your treats. Hey YoYo has the neatest items. I found these adorable Kitty Sugar decorations and grabbed them.

I have not used them yet, but I can't wait to! They're almost too cute to use.
Happy Baking & decorating!


May 7, 2009

Sunshine State

Still being inspired by all the sunshine 'round these parts lately, I've put together a lovely roundup of vintage goods all in delightfully sunshine-y hues of yellow. Enjoy...
xo, Caroline

May 6, 2009

A Cthulu Almostery? Yes, please!

no, seriously, please? ^.^-b

because you can't go wrong with the destroyer of worlds, can you?
well, i don't think so, anyway....

from top left to bottom right:
Legendary Tiger Hero, Custom Zombie, Ugly Gerbil, D. Witt (alt)
Steampunkadelic, cacodaemonia, Pink Water Fairy, Tethyis (alt)
toy breaker, goblin's grotto, Salvaged Expression, Hi Dee Bug (alt)
a tempting morsel, Full Frog Moon, z kitten, stacey rebecca (alt)

enjoy the tentacled apocalypse!

May 5, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make your own paper!

If it's too late to buy a card online then make some fancy paper and turn it into a homemade card! I've always wondered how to make paper and now we can both try it out thanks to sparklerama's easy tutorial for making paper with things around the house! To view the full tutorial please click here!

May 4, 2009

Sponsor Spotlight: HamJArt

Visit our sponsor HamJArt for colorful and unique paintings and prints.

Send Mom a Card!

Tell her you love her with a sweet handmade card!

1. Mommy and baby owl pop up card by CookieBits
2. Happy mother's day flower card by libelulas
3.I love you mom card by TinyArtbyJMullin
4. Mother in many languages by OrangeTwist
5. Cheerful earring tree card for mom by luckyduckdesigns
6. Happy mother's day by CardsByDeb

May 1, 2009

Things that Mom might like...

from our Flickr group! Thanks to everyone who makes submissions :)