Some pics part 1

I have a folder on my desk top called MISC which is a place where I quickly save images from the web which I find inspiring. It’s a little like the digital version of my scrapbooks. When I am feeling in need of a quick visual buzz I browse through the images which seem to be mostly taken from Japanese craft books. The only problem is that I haven’t made any note of where these images come from, which is fine while I remember, but a couple of years on and I have no idea. So here are a few images from this folder, and if anybody recognises where they come from please leave a comment.

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24 Responses

  1. I don’t know where any of those are from, but they’re all lovely! I’m especially loving the angel ornament thingy. Cheers! ~Sarah

  2. Great images. You inspired me to go home the other night and chop up all my mags! I feel so organised now.

  3. what I want to know is how you find your way to such lovely visual imagery. Maybe you could blog a little journey for us. Can’t help you with the pictures sorry

  4. Hi Claire, I think I can help you with that first image – I’m fairly sure it’s a wool quilt from this book:

    Can’t wait to see where some of the others are from, too… lovely! 🙂

  5. Oh! The image of the little girl and dog is from a Russian stop-motion movie, Mitten!

    Soooo cute…it’s popular in Japan, they even made a special “Mitten” Blythe doll…

  6. The wood angel ornament tree is from last Decembers Cotton and Paint. Here’s the artist’s website:

    I think the very berry bear is also from a Cotton and Paint but I can’t seem to find which issue.

  7. The Moomin-house liver here:
    It is made by Tove Janson and her friends. We visited this summer and this museum is fantastic.

  8. …and the girl and the dog looks a bit like a Sandman-friend:

  9. says:

    i think the 2nd last image may be from whiney the website??

  10. Ooh, you find such beautiful pictures, Claire. I second the request for a little web-tour sometime.
    And I want a real house that looks just like the Moomintroll house. It’s so beautiful!

  11. Hi! The 6th photo done are notecards by artist Grady McFerrin. The notecards themselves are a couple of years old, I did find them in a closeout store…That was easy, I am a designer and have been trying to find a project for him for years!

  12. cute images… i have a similar file called “craft ideas” on my computer… sometimes it gets too big and i save it to CD. i usually rename the files with the name of the website or the artist to keep track of where they came from, but a lot of the early ones i have no idea.

  13. #6 can be found in a set of Chronicle Books notecards–i know because I’ve got ’em! though i’d bet the illustrations can also be found elsewhere.
    you can find the cards at Amazon US at this link (sorry it is long!):

    what lovely images- i hope people can help you track down the rest of the sources!

  14. says:

    I don’t know where it’s from, but I have that same “l’acrobate” image saved on my computer! By the way, I love your blog, although I’ve never commented on it in the year or so since I discovered it.

  15. the image of the girl on the tightrope and the boy with the accordian is by Grady McFerrin. Check out his site: — I love his work!

  16. says:

    OT, but do I understand that you are no longer doing illustrations on commission? Thanks…

  17. Divine images…especially like the line drawing of the elegant lady from the ’20s.

  18. Wow! Thanks for the eye candy. Very lovely ^_^

  19. This might not work, but if you have saved them with the original file names, try doing a google image search for the file name, plus a description??

  20. You might want to try using Google Notebook to “clip and save” images from the web with URLs intact. If you use Firefox as your browser, there’s even a nifty little extension that lets you do it all using highlighting and right-clicking!

  21. Why did I look???? The image for the fan has just promted my ‘inspired’ gene… Now I want to create – and I haven’t got any time…..

  22. Beautiful, cute, and whimsical images! I’d expect nothing less from Loobylu!
    Ahh..I have that Moomintroll house in my digital scrapbook too!

    That’s a sweet bed in the first image, and I love the antique-looking images, especially the seamstress.

  23. well, I’m very inspied, love the house and the fan!!!! Thanks

  24. says:

    The eleventh picture reminds me of my childhood in germany. As I was a little child, we used to watch the “sandman” from eastern germany on the TV an I loved it. Already in that time it was a bit old fashioned 😉 Have a look at