Art

This Is Fun. Space Prints.

Isn’t it? At least it will be until the three limited editions are sold out, and then everyone except the 3 people who bought the prints will email with the why-the-hell-did-you-post-something-in-such-limited-quantities message, and I’ll be forced to explain that these prints were one of the few things that I found today that truly proves that affordable art does, in fact, exist. Plus, it’s ‘fun’.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Prints, Card, Custom

Yes, we all know and love the calendar, but now Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar has added prints, cards, and custom made phrases to their product selection. Choose between a selection of twelve original phrases from the calendar archive, or specify a phrase or name for a special event (or a special someone).
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Price: $$20.00 and up
Available from: Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar

SolidType Series

Who doesn’t want small 3D type to spell out their company’s name? These ready-for-assembly letters are available in three different sizes: 2″, 4″, and 8″. The 2″ are borderline irresistible, but hey, go big if you can afford it. This first series is based on Gotham Typeface by H&FJ, and you can submit customizations on the I Heart SolidType blog.

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Price: $12.00 - 125.00
Available from: MATTERIAL

Boulders

Faceted boulders! Low-res rocks! Talk about a great addition to a landscape, or as a sort of objet d′art (air quotes) in an empty corner of a room. There’s not a lot of info, but really, what do you need to know other than they’re made from steel? Update: No longer available through original link (Etsy), but good news, now available directly from the designer/maker, Wyatt Studio.
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Price: $2,500.00
Available from: Wyatt Studio

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Zatista: 10% off

Remember Zatista, one of our sponsors last month? If you didn’t get a chance to peruse the many original art pieces they have on offer, now’s your chance, because they’re offering 10% off of any purchase using the code ‘Art4BLTD‘. Be sure to try out their Art Explorer too- it suggests more art based on your selections.
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View Zatista: 10% off here

Rope Frames by Dollinger and Fleveau

Yes, these frames are a little more expensive that what you may be used to, but they’re made of cotton rope (probably by hand). Traditionally used as piping in furniture, the cotton rope is used in a traditional style to playfully mix historical periods. Frame whatever you choose- a picture, a mirror, or leave it empty as a piece of art on its own.
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Price: $244.00 and up
Available from: elemental

Correspondence Kit

Um, isn’t there some event in your near future where you might need to send a nice, thoughtful gift? Mother’s day? Someone’s birthday? Instead of sending something they may or may not like, give them something they’ll cherish- and they should, as you’ll need to spend a few hours embroidering the message. A piece of cotton ‘paper’ and embroidery thread from this Correspondence Kit by Lauren DiCioccio will be your mode of communication to express your heartfelt sentiments, or maybe just the weather. Either way, it will be a surprise and (let’s hope) a keepsake. Pre-stamped envelope and supplies included. And, if you’d like a more budget-friendly version, here’s a poetry paper kit for $16 that just has the basics (lined cotton fabric, thread, needle).
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View Correspondence Kit here

Graph Cork Board

Like these graphic, silk screened cork boards? You could easily point-and-click purchase them and no one will think less of you because, hey, you’re busy, and it’s nice to have a little pattern on the wall. Or, you could go to your local craft or office supply store and buy some regular cork board tiles (like these on Amazon), mask each corner half off with painter’s tape and paper, and then spray or brush on black paint to create the same sort of look. Remove taper/paper and ta-da! You have your patterned cork board. It’ll take a little more time, but it’ll save you a little cash.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

T-frame T-shirt Display

Now, some might say that framing a favorite t-shirt is for a 20-something’s decor, but we’ll politely ignore them and carefully put ours behind this frame from Umbra. Never say donate! (Never say donate to the one (or two) worn out shirts that are worth keeping, that is, but donate the heck out of the clothes you don’t wear.)
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra

Zatista

The following post is sponsored by Zatista.

For those lucky enough to discover Zatista, an incredible world of original art awaits you. It is quickly emerging as the best place to buy original art online and causing many savvy buyers to ask: why buy prints when you can own an original?
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View Zatista here

Giant Valentine’s Day Posters

It’s Valentine’s Day, whoop-do-doo, right? No time to get a gift if you’ve not done it already, and sorry, but a stuffed bear and flowers definitely do not count as a thoughtful gift. Now, a giant poster, on the other hand, that’s something to hang on the wall. And a cost of $5 and approximately 15-20 minutes to print it out at your local print shop? That’s a very small price to pay for the big smile you’ll get once that certain someone unrolls it. Download the images at Oh Happy Day.
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Price: $free
Available from: Oh Happy Day

“Mates for Life” Print

If a simple ‘I love you’ has lost its meaning, you better come up with something fast to get your message across. Let’s not discuss that awful holiday fast approaching, as it’s merely an excuse to buy horrible chocolates and flowers (soon eaten and wilted, respectively), but let’s do think about this print from Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design. She has illustrated a few very special species that mate for life, and if you decide to buy this as a way to show your affection/admiration/attraction, all you’ll have to say after your loved one opens it up is “and us, of course.” And then, “what frame do you want for it?” So romantic. There’s also a lovely “Celebrate the Alphabet” Poster, $40, available with animal illustrations in color, perfect for a child’s room (or for yours if you really love animals and the alphabet).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Screech Owl Design

Make Your Own Banner

That’s right, the next time an impromptu celebration is called for, you’ll not be caught unawares. You’ll have this re-usable Make Your Own Banner Kit, which has 100 multicolored letters with spacers, links, and hanging strings, so you will be able to spell out whatever message is appropriate to the occasion, to the delight of all party attendees.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Themis Prism Mobile

Yet another Themis mobile? Yes, indeed, and this one has five distinct palette colors: salmon, beige, green, balck and gold. If you’re not familiar with the others, the Themis Mono Mobile is one dodecahedron with warm and cool colors, the Themis Mobile has five faceted ornaments, and the Themis Trio Mobile has, you guessed it, three polyhedra in a palette of neon and neutral colors.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: PLASTICA

54/40 Maps of Geography

Geographical! Created from actual elevation data, this wooden topographical map of the United States is laser-cut and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. The 48 contiguous states are $750, but get in touch with 54/40 for individual state pricing.
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Price: $750.00
Available from: 54/40