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Bon Bon Atelier

Bon Bon Atelier is a darling little business owned by creative sisters Betsy Blodgett and Emily Blodgett-Panos in Kansas City, MO with both a retail storefront and a web shop for the rest of us. Their store looks so charming, doesn’t it? Nice store, ladies. I love seeing young women in business for themselves like this, it inspires me all the more to someday open a shop of my own.


Bon Bon Atelier carries a varied mix of everything from Andrea Yates ceramics to Sheila Blodgett decoupage furniture and doors, wallets by Loop, and Japanese Decole and those iBride trays that are slowly taking over the world right now. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen them on!


And Bon Bon Atelier isn’t just a shop ‘n go establishment, these ladies genuinely care about their community of creatives. If you live in Kansas City, they host a monthly get together on the 2nd Wednesday called the Bon Bon Sewing Circle. They set up sewing machines and also stations with glue guns and such for those who do not sew. The goal is to get together and share ideas, gain inspiration, and hopefully finish a project. I love this idea and hope to see mini events like these spread to other cities because we all need a little support and motivation without having to drop a ton of cash on formal classes. Classes are great, but not so much if you’re on a budget and not really in need of learning anything, you just want to be around other creative types for an evening to sew and tell. Ha! Sew and Tell. That would be a cute name for a sewing group wouldn’t it?

Are there are stores in your local area that have small business events, networking events, or free (or really cheap) classes that you’ve attended? How did they benefit you (or not)?

(images from bon bon atelier)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, shopping, travel on April 09, 2008

Modern Economy Sale {San Francisco}

Up for a great sale? If you happen to be in or around San Francisco this weekend you won’t want to miss the annual Modern Economy sale, perfect for design addicts on a budget! Event founder and host Meg Mateo Ilasco, designer and author of “Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business“, will share with the public items from your favorite designers marked down from 25% – 75% off retail.

A few participating designers include: Xenia Taler,
Mateo Ilasco, Sharon Spain, and Dermond Peterson.

Details: Saturday, April 12, 2008 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A Conference Center from 10:30AM – 3PM. Details here.

{psst} Meg was spotlighted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal in the article Crafty Hobbyists Create New Careers Using the Web. It’s a quick bite featuring 4 basics that every craftster should know before setting up shop: sticking to your vision, locating your core audience, using alternative publicity (like blogs!), and charging a fair price. You may want to check that out. Article written by WSJ writer Amy Palanjian.

Thanks Meg for writing in, have a fun weekend and lots of success to you!

(images from modern economy)

Posted in events + markets, reader discounts, shopping, travel on April 09, 2008

Am I Crazy?

Here’s a thought to consider and if you can, please share your views. I can decorate and even style a bookcase better when I photograph it and work from there. Sure, I can stand in a room and give ideas, but once I execute my vision, I use a camera to pull together the space and add the finishing touches. For some reason I see the flaws through my camera lens that I don’t notice by standing in the space. Does anyone out there do better work after viewing a room through the lens of a camera?


My digital camera and I are besties. Heather Moore mentioned something on this topic over at Elle Decoration in South Africa (blog) a few days ago that made me feel less crazy for doing this. What do you think? Nuts or normal?

(photo by holly becker taken in a montreal b&b, 2006)

Posted in inspiration on April 09, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

What’s on my radar over at Etsy this week? Here’s my round up of a few favorites…

Kirby is a freelance costume designer and artist who has one Etsy shop for vintage clothing called Kirby Vintage and another under the name Oh Kirby where she experiments with different papers and mediums to create paintings, pillows, paper dolls, prints, and brooches and recently, has translated her love of Tudor history in the form of a few prints.

Looking for a chair? California-based 1000 Chairs locates ones with potential, especially good mid century modern finds with good bones, and makes any needed repairs finishing them with new upholstery. They plan to launch more green products, 100% latex foam, natural wool batting, and bamboo and hemp fabrics, soon. Prices are great!

Mom and daughter Linda Ackerman (the mother) and Jen Ackerman team up to bring you handmade rings and things for $7.50 at Dillon Designs. 10% of your purchase will benefit the Etsy for Animals charity of the month: The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary.

Grandiflora in San Francisco offers crafty things to adorn you and your home created from vintage scraps left over from large projects so that little goes to waste. Their artful designs include pillows that look like heads of cabbage and yo yo necklaces that would make Project Runway’s Angela Keslar proud.

Crafty things from Autumn to May to embellish gifts or to write your dreams inside. Her photos are lovely, she does a beautiful job at making her shop inviting and fun to browse. So pretty!

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to see them.

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on April 09, 2008

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