A forest affair
Who doesn't love fairy tales, deer, squirrels, bunnies, horses, and flowers?
Folksy goods that look as if they were crafted in the nearest enchanted forest is one of the most endearing (no pun intended) recent trends. Check out some of these nostalgic pieces that will make you smile as we head into spring.
A wing & a mare
This peaceful blue swallow and bright red pony pin have a vintage flair without the hefty price tag. Karyn Cantor's brooches make the vibrant colors and forms of yesteryear's Bakelite craze totally accessible. You can take to sporting either of these animals on a favorite sweater, tee, lapel or tote bag. Retrolite Swallow and Horse Pins $20.00 at www.uncommongoods.com.
Skirting magical woodlands
Gnomes and deer frolic in the black forest among the toadstools on this fun cotton A-line skirt with rick rack trim. Check out Hannah's many charming forest-inspired skirts and tops which are all hand screen-printed with love (of course!). Schwarzwalder skirt $52 at www.madewithlovebyHannah.com.
Some bunny to love
Jessica Wilson's whimsical handmade chocolate bunny pillows are better than the real thing. This 6 inch tall creation will arrive on your doorstep boxed up complete with spring faux grass and three chocolate eggs. Each creation is a wee bit different from the rest--from the printed "chocolate" front to the bubble gum colored bows to the retro inspired backs. Lil coco bunny faux faux 2 is $8 at www.etsy.com.
Tiny majestic creatures
Jou Ling learned to crochet when she was 13 and has been going strong ever since. Her wondrous handmade creations range from fluffy bunnies with purses and Mp3 players to her popular bear sprites. Her inventory changes constantly so if you see something you like my advice is to snap it up quickly. This particular bear sprite is a protector and friend of the peacocks and stands just 4 ï¿½" tall. Amagurumi Bear Peacock Sprite $27 at www.AmigurumiKingdom.etsy.com.
Deer to your heart
Jewelry designer Tara Levitin creates inspired pieces to hold close to your heart. This silver-plated deer charm necklace with semi-precious briolettes dangles from a sweet sterling chain. Deery necklace $39 at www.leviticusjewelry.com.
A little bird told me
Let this blue bird carry your thoughts to your lucky recipient. The backside is lined and ready for your innermost thoughts, recipes, or secrets. The Paper Princess has become my favorite destination to pick up vintage-inspired stationary. Graphic designer Leslie Salto's inspiring line is continually expanding with designs that are so adorable and affordable that you'll be tempted to order them all. Set of ten 4"x 6" cards with ten blue envelopes $11 at www.thepaperprincess.com.
If fairytale forest pictorials speak to you on a deep and eternal level, then collecting Tord Boontje's plates, glasses, lamps, curtains, vases and everything else he puts his hand to will be the next step. He spins the familiar folk genre into modern mediums in a way that is pure heaven. Check out his vast and inspired creations at www.unicahome.com.