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Mab Graves is a Contemporary Pop-Surrealist artist and illustrator living and painting in a converted 1800’s tavern in a small corner of the dusty Midwest.

Her work is inspired deeply by fairy tales and old classic literature. She adores narrative.  She blames this on her parents who unrelentingly read aloud to her and her three sisters as small, impressionable children. Mab’s passion for creation has been an overwhelming obsession since she could grip a crayon, at about the age of 6 months. She spent her childhood and teen years adoring graphite and pen mediums (but being very suspicious of paints) until she discovered painting in early 2009, and then it was all over. 

A self-taught artist, Mab’s work has been shown is galleries both nationally and internationally. Her work has been sold in more than 56 countries. Mab’s art has appeared in many print articles in books and magazines and in 2013 she published her first book of paper dolls with Dover Publishing.  She currently lives, works and dreams in Indianapolis, IN.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Oh yes! I have been obsessed with drawing ever since I could grip a crayon. It utterly fascinated me as a child and has stayed with me my whole life - but it’s constantly evolving. I didn't start painting till about 5 years ago.

How would you describe the style of your work?

My style is affectionately called “Lowbrow” or “Pop Surrealism”. It’s a very classical, detailed painting style with dashes of 60’s “big eyes” culture, cartoons, anime and j-pop in here and there.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My pencil case has mostly Alvin Draft/Matic 0.3 pencils and Pentel brush pens. My work usually involves more wet mediums than dry ones though! For instance the Crafterella piece I made for you guys contained graphite, ink, art marker, watercolor, gouache and acrylic. I love to mix mediums because each one does something special ^_^

Who is your favorite superhero?

I have to say I’m a pretty big fan of Hellboy. I love the anti-heroes and I LOVE Mike Mignola’s illustrations!

If you could have one super power what would it be?

The power to heal people ^_^

Where do you look for inspiration?

It hugely depends on the project I’m working on. I love to look to books, fables, and old manga for inspiration in my downtime though ^_^

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

Can I choose comic book Illustrators? James Jean is tops for me. Also Yoshitaka Amano and Clamp. Other non-comic book illustrators I love are Gennady Spirin, Iassen Ghiuselev, Olga Dugina, and Kinuko Craft!  

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We head to Auckland, New Zealand to explore Harri's adorable craft room in her bedroom.


"I love that it is very spacious but still a very big desk and workspace. I recently just bought a trestle table for a bigger desk space and I’m loving the space I have to spread out a project (or a few) as well as display my favourite things like my ever growing magazine collection and millions of pens and pencils."




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is in my house is a urban suburb of waterfront city Auckland - known as the City of Sails in New Zealand. I’ve lived here for about 2 years but i’ve lived in Auckland my whole life. My craft space is actually my bedroom in my family’s home. I don’t think that it doubles as anything because my bed is equally important for my crafty/blogging space because it’s sometimes the best place for inspiration…..dreaming!! It’s also lovely to curl up on with my laptop to plan out a new craft or blog post. This is my room, where I do everything! I do all my crafts in here unless it’s a building project or painting because my room is carpeted and we don’t want the carpet changing colour.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I have a cosy colour theme of white and wooden and let my belongings give colour because i’m a stationery fanatic and it’s always very colourful.

How do you keep organized?
I guess it’s comes quite naturally but lots of boxes and pretty belongings make it easy. I guess the things that I buy are always suited to my theme and are quite tidy but I love looking at ‘stuff’ and i would die if I went minimalistic. I just love designs and colour and prettiness to much. I’m just a lover of pretty things.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Go have a look on my blog, it’s full of it but using nice storage boxes or covering shoe boxes makes so much of a difference. But using lots of pen cups, and pretty things to organise your supplies makes you proud to show them off to your room to give it personality

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favourite possession is probably either my DSLR camera or my pens and pencils collection. I have some of my creations on display like my instagram grid wall, sewing machine restyle and diy chalkboard cat.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
My ideas and inspiration are kept in a big journal full of cut outs, prints, messy scrawl and colour but I also do lots of organising on my laptop and on pinterest. I have a list of ideas in my journal as well as in random places in my head and on notepads throughout my room

Where do you look for inspiration?
Well a go to place is always my pinterest but these ideas have always been used so usually my blog’s ideas just come from inspiration around my room and just from other books, magazines and sometimes someone else’s idea morphed into something of no similarity but to me they remind me of each other because they sparked the idea.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
hmmmm….I would love to have more wardrobe storage for my stuff. I’ve got lots of space for clothes but I have limited space for stuff so I have to cut down on it and have it on display. Other than that it’s pretty much my dream space anyway.

This week Eleanor recreates the look of the dashing time-travelling Time Lord Doctor Who:

Although each of the 12 regenerations the of Doctor has come with their own signature look, one thing that remains constant is his sharp fashion sense, from bow-ties to trainers his look is always well put together and timeless - as it sort of has to be for a time traveller.



Outfit details:

  • Glasses - c/o Firmoo
  • Necklace - Flea Market
  • Infinity Scarf - DIY (see below)
  • Dress - Hot Topic
  • Tights - Target
  • Flats - Payless 

DIY Arm Knitted Scarf:

Recreate the look with Eeka's arm knitting tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

My style has always been on the colorful side. I also love to wear vintage and thrifted items. Ever since I was 13 I was in love with thrift stores and and cute vintage shops! I've been shopping for cute retro styles for the last 20 years!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My favorite piece in my wardrobe is this corduroy jacket! I bought it at a little second hand boutique about 4 years ago, and I've pretty much worn it with every outfit I own! I think I've only worn it in about 3 outfit posts on my blog, because who wants to see the same jacket worn over and over again? Though I would love to! I'm so in love with this jacket and how comfy it is. I don't think I'll be giving it up anytime soon.

Who are your style icons?

One of my style icons is Zooey Deschanel. I think she is so adorable! All of her outfits are always suite her perfectly, I wish I could have her clothes! Plus I also like Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory. I know she is just a character on a TV show, but the dresses they have her wear are so cute! I wish I could raid her dressing room.

Do you have any favourite designers?

One thing I have to admit is that I don't have any favorite designers. I've never been much of a label person. To be honest, as long as it fits comfortably, then I buy it!

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Forever 21, Target, Urban Outfitters and thrift stores! My favorite out of that list is thrift stores. I could spend hours sorting through dresses and blouses. I love finding cute clothes at bargain prices.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I normally don't alter any of my clothes unless it needs a hem.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Don't be afraid to mix in fun colors! A lot of people feel safe in dark colors, but don't be afraid to throw in a splash of color. I usually add brightly colored tights, or fun colored flats. You'll never find me without some type of bright color in my ensemble. Lately I've been obsessed pink.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I have a few! Kaelah Bee at The Clueless Girl Guide. She has been blogging forever and I absolutely love her style! I have a thing for dresses and she mixes her dresses with the cutest shoes! I also love Kate at Scathingly Brilliant, Jessa at Caked Vintage and Crissy at the Dainty Fawn. All these ladies have such a wonderful sense of personal style and cute hair colors!


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Tatyana Vogt also known as Avo is an illustrator and lifestyle blogger. She has always loved drawing and knew at a very young age that she would be a professional artist when she grew up. With a love of all things super cute she recently launched an art brand called 'Love, Teacup Kisses' where she focuses on drawing over the top cute girls and other super cute things.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

I guess you can say that, my whole life I have loved drawing. And ever since I could hold a crayon I was drawing away, and at a very young age I knew that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I did have a few hiccups over the years where my art took a back seat to my social life or other life events. But even then, art was always important to me.

How would you describe the style of your work?

Overall no matter what I draw there is always a slightly cute aspect to my style, but I recently divided my art into two branches. The first and original branch focuses on more whimsical painterly work and the new branch focuses on super ridiculously cute stylized work which i've branded 'Love, Teacup Kisses'. Because I just enjoy it so much I have been focusing on the overly cute stuff a lot more lately and I hope to be able to continue doing that.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

Right now my pencil case is jam packed with stuff because I keep tossing things in there to clear space off of my desk. lol. I've got colored pens, pencils, erasers, gel pens, highlighters, a pencil sharpener, a colored pencil, a brush pen, my wacom stylus and a sharpie..

My favorite tools really depend on what I am working on, but recently with 'Love, Teacup Kisses' I have been favoring my Copic Markers and brush pens.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Batman is the first name that pops in my head, I've always liked batman and I am also a big fan of the batman begins trilogy. Catwoman is also really awesome cause she is a sexy lady that kicks butt! Admittedly though anytime I do Batman Fanart, I usually draw Bat Girl because she is just fun to draw.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

I am a little bit boring, and practical when it comes to this question. Honestly I would want to be able to learn anything in one sitting and retain the information or skill forever. Because then I could pretty much learn anything and everything :)

Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere! A lot of artists will probably tell you this because its true. You might have your go-to things for inspirations but ideas sometimes come out of the most unlikely places like a funny joke between friends, a lyric in a song, a frame in a movie, a random story or even a pastry. Now when I am looking for inspiration I tend to look at photography on pinterest or flicker and I really enjoy looking at other artist's work to get me motivated when I am feeling uninspired. 

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

I would have to say that one of my favorite artist is Lindsey Campbell, I pretty much love ALL of her stuff. I also like Wishcandy, Mel Stringer and loll3.

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We head to Hampton, Virginia to explore Suzy's cosy and organized studio where she sews and crafts.


"My favorite thing about my studio space is the natural light.  The room is a corner room with 2 big windows.  On sunny days the room is flooded with natural light."




Tell us about your space?
I live in Hampton, VA on the southeast coast and I have lived in this house for 9 years. My studio is located in a bedroom in my home.  It is a good size, about 16' x 12'.  This space is my personal sanctuary where I do most of my crafting, especially sewing.  

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I have transformed this space into my happy place by filling it with all my favorite possessions and collections.

How do you keep organized?
It takes a lot of organization to be able to contain so much stuff in this limited space.  I use every inch of space and I carefully laid it all out when I moved into this room.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I like to use pretty containers to corral all my supplies such as vintage planters and tins.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Right now I am obsessing over vintage paper mache objects from the 60's and I have been rearranging things to display my growing collection.  I have a few of my own creations here and there, but mostly I have filled the space with favorite vintage bits and     collectibles from other favorite artists.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have covered my walls with shelves and old shadow boxes to display my collection of objects that inspire me.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I have a large collection of vintage craft books, mostly from the 70's, my favorite decade.  I also read a lot of blogs and magazines.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Wow, wouldn't that be dreamy!  If I could have three wishes, no strings attached, I would knock down a wall and take over the bedroom next door so that I could include my vintage wreath craft space with my current studio.  Second, in the bigger space I would mount floating shelves to display my vintage sewing machine collection.  I have a thing for old sewing machines.  Third and last I would build a long cabinet with space for my Vintage Visetti sewing machine, my serger and my free arm sewing machine so that I could just roll from from to the other when I am working on a project.

This week Dijana from Bells and Feathers recreates the look of musician and fashion designer Gwen Stefani:

Gwen Stefani was recognized as a style icon from the very beginning of her musical career, so it was no surprise when she started her own fashion line. Her style evolved throughout the years, but she somehow always manages to stay authentic and unique. She can pull off any outfit - from bare belly in her 40's (without looking tacky) to haute couture gowns. Also, thanks to her personality and edgy, playful style, she always appears younger than she really is.



Outfit details:

  • Top - Banana Republic
  • Skirt - Handmade/Denyse Schmitt fabric 
  • Belt - vintage cia Greene Street Consignment
  • Tights - Duane Reade
  • Boots - Urban Outfitters

DIY Elastic Waist Skirt

Recreate the look with Jessica's Super Simple Elastic Waist Skirt tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I would say that my style is a bit retro 70s mixed with 90s. I used to really be into the 50s/60s, more structured thing, but my style has definitely evolved into being more casual and more comfortable. I really can’t get enough of loose fitting, babydoll dresses in 70s colors and prints or jeggings and oversized shirts. I’ve started caring a little less about what things look flattering on me. Not that I don’t care at all, but it plays less of a factor in what I wear everyday lately.  

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I feel like this is like asking me to pick a favorite child.  It really changes daily, depending on my mood. I think my all time favorites would be a white lace mini dress from Free People and my Hunter rain boots (for practical reasons).

Who are your style icons?

I get most of my style inspiration from other bloggers and street style. I like seeing all of the different ways that real people style their outfits. I do love Zooey Deschanel and I get a lot of inspiration from 70s musicians like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronhstat, and Robert Plant.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I really love Diane Von Furstenburg, A.P.C., and Orla Kiely. I think each of them represent different aspects of my style, even though they are all far out of my price range.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I mostly thrift or shop at second hand stores like Buffalo Exchange, but I do love Free People and Modcloth.  I also like to find smaller designers on etsy.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I used to way more! I’m really trying to get back into sewing and making my own clothing again. It’s just hard to find the time with a full time job.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

The best tip I have is not to be afraid to wear whatever you want. Everyone will always put they’re unique spin on things, even if it’s subtle. Playing with patterns and colors is my way of doing this. I love mixing things that other people would never put together and having it come out really nice looking. Just have fun with fashion and don’t put too much stock in what you think everyone else is going to say about your outfit; they’re usually too wrapped up themselves to think about you anyway. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

There are so many out there I almost can’t keep track anymore. I really love Larkspur Shoppe, Une Vie Geniale, Liebemarlene, Lauren Winter, and Hannah and Landon.

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