Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Top Five Etsy Finds - Ferries

It's been ages since I last curated a Top Five Etsy Finds post.
Ferry Colour Plate
 from darlingsprettythings
 
The last one was my Provence themed finds back in November!  I love browsing the amazing creations on Etsy, even though it can be a bit of a nightmare waiting for all the lovely pictures to load on slower campsite wifi, so thought I should definitely get back into my monthly blog feature. And I have the perfect theme - tomorrow we will be sailing by ferry from Caen to Portsmouth so here is a selection of ferry-related Finds for you to admire!

My first find is an adorable vintage colour plate entitled The Ferry. The image was originally drawn by the illustrator Ernest Aris and rescued from a disintegrating 1930s children's book by Amy at darlingsprettythings. I love the expression on the wandering rabbit's face as he spies the size of the mouse ferry! The image measures 21 by 15 cm and, when framed, could make an unusual gift for nomadically-inclined friends.
The Ferry plate is for sale at £9.50 plus shipping.

BensCountryForge, a family-run business in Oswestry, has
Panama Ferry model
 by BensCountryForge 
created my second find - this fantastic rocking tin model of a Panama Ferry. The forge was begun by metalworker Eric Schubert over a quarter of a century ago and is now the province of his son-in-law and grandson.

Made of tin and hand painted, the Panama Ferry is finished with a vintage effect crackle glaze. It measures 58cm / 23 inches high and would make a great conversation piece in a nautical home.
The Panama Ferry is a unique piece and is offered at £79.99 plus shipping.

The Ferry Girl by Augenblickphoto 
An interesting photograph presentation from Germany next in the form of this stone-mounted image from Augenblickphoto. The Ferry Girl was photographed in the Spreewald region of Brandenburg in the former East Germany and she is wearing the traditional costume of a ferry boatswoman.
Rebeccah at Augenblickphoto affixes high quality copies of the original vintage image to stone, protecting the photograph with layers of micro glaze. Then she adds a brass and polymer clay hanging fixing to the back to create a unique ornament.
The Ferry Girl is approximately £9.08 plus shipping (price may fluctuate with the exchange rate).

You can never get far through Etsy without encountering
Steam Boat Ferry brooch from LoveDogDesigns 
jewellery and even a search for 'ferry' is no exception. Massachusetts is the current home of my fourth find, this cute little vintage brooch from LoveDogDesigns. The Steam Boat Ferry was created with red, blue, clear and black rhinestones and attached to a pin which is about two inches across. There is no clue in the listing as to its origins, but I was immediately reminded of the paddleboat steamer trip Dave and I took from New Orleans.
The brooch is for sale at £7.97 plus shipping (price may fluctuate with the exchange rate).

Avon Gorge And Ferry tea towel by Clareillustrates 
Back to the UK for my fifth choice, to Bristol where Clare Phillips of Clareillustrates has created this wonderful scene of the Avon Gorge And Ferry complete with the ubiquitous hot air balloons flying overhead. In this instance, the image is printed on to a tea towel, but Clare also offers her work on mugs, greetings cards and as giclee prints. The various Bristol scenes would make fun souvenirs of a visit to the city.
The Avon Gorge And Ferry tea towel is £12.99 plus shipping.

I hope you have enjoyed discovering my Top Five Etsy Finds and if you have items you'd like to share, feel welcome to pop a link in the Comments.

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