Thursday, February 7, 2013

Product Spotlight: Silhouettes

Left: My beautiful niece's picture on an 11x14 standout. 
Right: Bag that I made about three years ago and it's still holding strong
(I have plans to do a tutorial on this bag in the not-so-distant future).
 I love to create silhouettes and hardly anybody knows that I even make them. So this is my silhouette-coming-out-party =) Seriously, you can do so many things with them and it's another way of capturing and saving your child's sweet profile.

Silhouette art has been around since the 1700's and still holds its old world charm today. Bringing them in to your decor instantly adds a traditional elegance to the room. There are so many ways to use them. Not only in the conventional way of being framed but also on stationary, transferred on to any kind of fabric like tote bags, clothing or pillows, jewelry, birthday or wedding decor and invitations. Even used in the traditional manner the silhouette itself or the background can consist of a pattern or print to match exactly your taste and the space it is adorning. 

Here are some perfect examples of how you can incorporate this vintage art into your own style:
  1. Apartment Therapy has a ton of ideas (and 'a ton' is an understatement).
  2. Turn thrift store art into your favorite silhouette done by The Bee & the Bobbin.
  3. Sweet Paul Magazine gives an array of ways to use them in unexpected ways.
  4. Alkemie shows several different grouping ideas as well as different applications.
  5. I had saved this picture from West Elm a while back, although it is no longer on their site, I love the pillow idea.

Speaking of unexpected ways to use silhouettes... what about your pet? And what about cookies for your special occasion? Martha Stewart gives some great ideas on how to utilize these fancy profiles...

  • How cute would your pet's outline be on a onsie or a bib? Here is the guide on Martha's site.
  • Either for a wedding or a girl's birthday party, creating food in their likeness would be very impressive. There are companies that will make custom cookie cutters or you can make your own (Roots & Wings has one of the best tutorials)

Let me know if you want a custom silhouette made. You can definitely do them yourself if you have  time but if not, I can take care of it. Then you will have the digital files to use wherever your imagination takes you. 

>>Email me to get your own custom silhouettes<<

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