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Monday, July 21, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Inkstruck

Hello friends! This artist spotlight is long overdue - today I am so pleased to feature the lovely work of Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio!

I ran across Zakkiya’s blog a few months ago and instantly connected with her sweet and whimsical illustration style!


Throughout this post, each picture is linked to its post on Zakkiya’s blog – simply click through for the full story.

I asked Zakkiya to tell us a little about herself…

Hey everyone. My name is Zakkiya Hamza and I run an art & illustration blog over at Inkstruck Studio. I’m Indian by nationality but currently live in Qatar which is in the middle east. (I know you probably have your Google maps open right now). Although I’m an architect by profession, art has always been my first love. I’m primarily a graphite artist and realism is my forte but I love trying out different mediums, techniques and styles. I’m self-taught and all that I’ve learnt about art is through lots and lots of practice. Apart from blogging, I run an online store, which sells paper goods, original illustrations and prints which also goes by the same name as my blog at Storenvy. One of my biggest aspirations in life is to travel the world. My current obsession is learning how to glam up my blog and I hope to venture into design in the near future as well.

She is one creative and diversely talented girl! I especially love how she shares so much of her creative process on her blog – you’ll find progress shots and tips for most pieces as well as a list of materials used.



I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you today - these Easter bunny illustrations first got me hooked!





And quite possibly my most favorite of all and one I’d dearly love to add to a gallery wall:


Don’t you just love it all? Anyone else inspired to try their hand at a little watercolor? I hope you’ll stop by Zakkiya’s blog and shop to explore further!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 24

Hello you guys! We took a week off from #thriftscorethursday last week because my awesome bff TST cohost Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I were partying together in Atlanta for the Haven blogging conference! But you guys still totally brought it with your Instagram shares and it was so fun to get to scroll through them with Trisha and gush over our favorites together! I probably drooled on Trisha’s laptop over a find or two ;)

But first, before we get into this week’s features, let me introduce #thriftscorethursday for any newcomers! (And if that’s you, welcome!!!)

Thrift Score Thursday is an inspirational and outrageously fun hashtag party on Instagram & Twitter (although Twitter seems to be the quiet corner of the party most times) where YOU get to share your thrifty finds with US!

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Simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

The Facts:
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

Morgan from Charleston Crafted (Instagram: charlestoncrafted) shared this incredible brass diamond-shaped etagere she found on Craigslist.  I’ve spotted this same piece before, but never in a price range I was willing to snap up. Whether it’s Milo Baughman or just Baughman inspired, I’m so jealous, Morgan!

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Jamala from Viva La Vintage For Your Home (Instagram: urvintagegirl) scored this Bernhardt Mindy chair that retails for over $900 for just $18.50 at Goodwill! I bet she feels amazing about it!

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I am just nuts over this gorgeous embroidery shot Vanessa from Tried and True (Instagram: triedandtrueblog) posted! This cross-stitched tablecloth had no stains, holes or funky smells, which is pretty much the holy grail of thrifted textiles. I love the colors!

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My Find:

I’ve actually had this little postal scale for quite some time now, but it was originally a Goodwill find. I’m not sure if it can quite qualify as vintage as it’s only 29 years old, but the design is pretty cute, isn’t it? Plus, it’s so fun to compare prices for first class postage to today!

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Well now we want to hear from you! How did your thrifty travels go this week? What did you score?

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Be sure to check out the thrifty find & features from my lovely cohost Trisha as well!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Urban Outfitters Knockoff Wall Hanging

If you guys are regular readers of The Gathered Home, than you are familiar with my commitment to talking about, creating, and supporting brands and products I love. You probably clicked over here expecting an AWESOME tutorial and I had one for you, but I have since removed it because I won’t support or endorse the company (not Urban Outfitters) whose product was featured in this post.

I believe in DIY projects, knockoff projects (for personal use and display only of course), and creating the look you want in your home. I believe in helping you learn new creative techniques and sharing my processes. But I also believe in not feeding controversy and maintaining a friendly and professional creative community.

Still looking for an awesome DIY wall hanging tutorial? Well check back soon because I promise you an even better one!

In the meantime, I’d love for you to hop over to my Project Gallery for your daily dose of DIY awesomeness!

Much love,

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Hi, I'm Brynne! Welcome to my little home on the world wide web in celebration of finding and making!

I'm an admitted Craigslist addict, cheapskate, and dyed-in-the-wool DIYer with a weakness for anything brass and a penchant for hyperbole. Read more...