Saturday, January 26, 2013
I think you guys have been picking up on my oh-so-subtle clues that I really like hot air balloons. Which must be why so many of you have sent me a link to these leggings over on Etsy this week:
They're handmade and printed on 95% cotton, and even though I've never worn patterned tights before, I am seriously tempted.
Anyway, after seeing that link for the fourth or fifth time, I figured, hey, why not do a whole post on hot air balloons? That way I have an excuse to show you guys my latest Etsy purchase!
Ta-da! Isn't it preeetty? I just got it last week, and it looks just as amazing in person.
I've been looking for some new art for my steampunk dining room this month, and this was one of the final contenders:
It's a little too small and soft for the space I needed to fill, but I really love the dreamy quality to it, don't you? And see the faded out type-written letters hidden in the background?
Forgive me if I've posted these before, but these balloons made from old lightbulbs are going around again online, and they're awesome enough to warrant a second mention even if I have:
It took me ages to hunt down the proper source last year, but I'm happy to report they're by a couple named Steve & Susie, and you can actually purchase the balloons at their website. Prices range from $45 to over $300, and there are lots of different styles to choose from:
I see these a lot on DIY inspiration boards, but that's all hand-soldered copper wiring on there. Not exactly an easy DIY!
But if you're looking for a steampunk design you *can* make at home, check out this one from The Gentleman Crafter:
(Those little sand bags!!)
And of course I have to mention my own balloon ornament tutorial. HAVE TO. ;) In fact, check out these three that reader Kate W. made using my instructions!
SO PRETTY. The quilted texture is just perfect! (Since my tutorial inspired them, that means I get credit for these, right, Kate? That's how it works, right?)
Oh, and check this out: Kate wove the little baskets herself. Yep. She used hemp cord and wire and I am totally jealous. Look how perfect they are! LOOK AT THEM!!
Plus, don't let the Christmas tree throw you, guys; these balloons are equally awesome on a mobile or hanging by themselves from a wall bracket year-round.
Here's a nifty wire version you could use as a planter or mail carrier:
$58 at BHLDN
I'm eyeing every corner in my house right now, seeing where this would fit.
This next one made me smile:
"Dark Voyage" 8X10 art print, $18 by Eric Fan (Larger prints available as well.)
THAT'S NO BALLOON!
And finally, check out this amazing chandelier hanging in a Japanese chocolate factory, of all places:
Well, I think that's all I've got for now, guys! If you're looking for more jewelry, don't miss the glass balloon earrings I featured here - they're the best I've seen of their kind, and Elaina Louise is a super sweet seller. And if you missed the hot air balloon purse I featured earlier this month, well, what are you waiting for? GO SEE!
So what'd I miss, guys? Share your favorite balloon goodies in the comments!
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