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Etsy HQ Grand Opening in Brooklyn!

Cool news discovered by Brooklyn fashionista, Elaine Perlov. Looks like Etsy plans to rule the roost down in Brooklyn, represeting the indie craft scene with so much in the works… Check out their impressive offerings below.

Etsy HQ is not only meant to serve as Etsy office space in Brooklyn, but will be the creative communal space in Brooklyn, a future home to trunk shows, workshops, seminars, parties, and a lending library. Etsy says they’re working on the Etsy Labs, which will house a silkscreen press, letterpress, jewelry making stations, sewing machines, sergers, and film, music, and video production facilities. Kicking off with a small opening party on February 1st, they’ll then open the doors to all of the creative minds out there. This sounds like such an amazing project, I love the whole hands-on factor here, and the opportunity to meet and greet so many other talented artists and designers sounds thrilling. I’ve been a fan of Etsy from the start, so I’m thrilled for them. Click here for more information. Best of success to Rob and everyone else involved in this Etsy project!

If you have any questions, you can write to Anda at anda{at}etsy{dot}com.

Posted in etsy, shopping, travel on January 17, 2007

Annie LaVigne of Harriet and Mickey, Ink.

Have you heard of Annie LaVigne, Boston-based artist and founder of Harriet and Mickey, Ink? My pal Jason blogged about her work and I love how it looks framed in his home (see below). Prints start at $45. Great find, Jason!

(images via jason and harriet and mickey, ink.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2007

Creative Sharing

I mentioned yesterday that I’d share my quilt with you… I think sharing bits of our work motivates us to actually do more of it. You can spend so many hours online finding inspiration, but what are you doing with that after you log off? Thinking more about this myself, I recently got back into quilting, inspired by my BFF and quilting extraordinaire, Andrea. I finally finished the edges…

I can’t wait to add the cotton batting and apply the back. The fabric on the back is the medium blue print you see with the small floral pattern on it. If you look at the third photo, count 3 in and you’ll see it.
Here’s a view on the bed… It’s not usually there, but it’s easier to show you the overall pattern this way. The quilt is twin size, so it will be used as a throw in my bedroom upon completion.

I snapped a photo of it in the sunlight so you can see how it’s sewn – just a series of squares really. Not rocket science, but definiately requires patience. If you lack patience, there’s no better training than to take up a craft where tons of it is needed. Your passion for the craft will drive you to finish the project.

If you’re working on something for the home that makes you smile, and want to share it with decor8 readers, drop me an email with a link to your photos. Thanks!

(images by holly becker for decor8. please click on them to enlarge.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2007

Whip Up Banner Contest

Calling all designers and artists! Your friends over at the lovely Whip Up blog have a contest going on. They’re looking for a new banner, can you help? Click here to learn more about the contest and prizes. Thanks Kathreen for the tip! Current banner (which I love as is!):


(image from whip up)

Posted in blogs on January 17, 2007

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