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Velocity Art + Design *New* Site & Showroom

It seems October is all about new beginnings since there’s a slew of newly launched websites being rolled out as I type. I’m so proud of everyone for their accomplishments (you know who you are!). One site that looks absolutely amazing is also one of my favorite online stores, Velocity Art + Design. Check it out below, it doesn’t even look like the same website. Sexy!

I have to congratulate Ali and the rest of the Velocity crew, it’s quite an impressive change, great job! The best part, outside of the sleek presentation, it’s so much easier to navigate than before. For instance, I didn’t even know they carried Hella Jongerius until today when I spotted their new drop down list.

For Seattle locals: Did you know that Velocity will extend themselves from the web to the street, with a brand new retail store in Seattle to open on Friday, October 5th?It’s true. And I think that’s so cool, they’ve been so successful with their online business that this was the next natural step for them. So if you live in Seattle, here’s another great store to add to your shopping list. They’re located at 251 Yale Ave N.

Hooray for Velocity!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on October 01, 2007


Katrin was born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic, still living there in beautiful Dresden, Germany where she loves to paint and take photos. Inspired by music and the “most impressive pictures I keep in my mind until I wake up”, Katrin translates what it’s her mind onto paper, selling them as prints in her etsy store called SeaSprayBlue. Best part, I don’t think this girl has been blogged before, so if you’re a blogger, you have to spread the word. She’s awesome.

I just love her work, it’s really modern and playful, each picture with a little story to tell. Aren’t these the best? If I had a little retail store (don’t we all dream of owning a darling little shop in a great neighborhood), I would carry her work, all of it — and if I had enough walls, I’d own it all too!

Katrin, we love your work! And for those of you here in Europe, you can visit her Dawanda shop, too.

(images from seasprayblue)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on October 01, 2007

Artichoke Hearts

Another Flickr find is Artichoke Hearts, Gloria Koenigshof, who lives in the midwest with her husband and daughter in a beautiful old farmhouse that they’re in the process of renovating. And through it all, Gloria still finds time to craft.

She paints whimsical characters and then takes them to another level as greeting cards, recipe cards, even as three dimensional softie characters. I love this idea, taking a familiar character from your artwork and transforming it into a toy. I’m sure that her daughter just adores these things and thinks she is the coolest mom on the planet.

If you’d like to learn more about this artist, visit her blog, see her home on Flickr, or buy her adorable things in her etsy store under the name Artichoke Hearts.

(images from artichoke hearts)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on October 01, 2007


Would you like to learn how to crochet these cutie specimens by Wunderkammer, who was greatly inspired by Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities? (An excellent coffee table book, btw.)

I found Jessica Polka (aka Wunderkammer) on Flickr, where I’m finding everyone these days, then I started reading her blog and from there, connected to her etsy store. I feel like I’m forever following trails of bread crumbs online – but it’s worth the time and energy because in the end, there is always something amazing and worth the journey. Like Jessica and her sweet sea creatures.

Jessica is an aspiring biologist in the process of relocating from North Carolina to San Francisco, where I’m sure she’ll find loads of inspiration and support as I know a ton of great people in San Francisco that would welcome her into their circle with open arms. So good luck on your move, Jessica and thank you for inspiring us with your talent!

(images from jessica polka)

Posted in Etsy Faves on October 01, 2007


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