While link surfing, I came across a wonderful art team/blog, Cart Before The Horse.
I think the term "whimsical" gets overused, so I'll just say that Dylan and Jo's work is simply fantastical and a perfect marriage between illustration and craft. And their visual voice is so strong, it inspires me to spend more time developing my own unique style.
Also, just for conversation's sake, to those it might concern, I do have a birthday coming up...
...ok, it's in October, but that's not too far away to start thinking of such things, right?