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New: Fabrics at Cicada Studio

Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cicada Studio wrote in to share her latest fabric collection called Mod Quad. These bold geometric prints are a cotton/line blend making them ideal for home decor projects, totes, and more!

Thanks Michelle for the update!

(images from cicada studio)

Posted in textiles on February 10, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

This week I thought I’d try to find a few brand new etsy shops to include, ones that so far have zero sales and have never been blogged. I’ve also included a few favorites of mine who are better known but still make my heart go boom boom bada boom.

Berlinski: Handmade bags and clutches by Alison Willis in Sydney using vintage fabrics. I adore these… very stylish and current.

Herzenart in Germany designs dolls and things out of her home studio and I think her work is pretty special. Sandra Monat is such a sweet person, I’ve had a few conversations with her via email over the years, she’s not only talented but very warm and modest. I really like that recently she has brought her viking doll designs onto greeting cards — very sweet. {website} {blog}

These are a riot, prints of panties! Blue Pumpkin Juice is an artist in Belgium who apparently has a cheeky sense of humor. Fun!

Dr. Kennedy Jones is Hollie Chastain, an artist in Chattanooga who transforms scraps of crumbling paper and dusty, tattered books into art. {website}

Cary Walker of Little Love Blue crafts sweet little things out of wool in her Brooklyn home. {blog} {flickr}

(images above linked to source)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on February 10, 2009

Art School Girl

A twitter contact of mine, MeanMillies, just sent me a tweet about Art School Girl in Chicago thinking I’d like the paper products and… she’s right! Such sweet finds here.

Art School Girl is Amy Rowan who has a passion for paper and a love for specialty printing processes and so she specializes in one-of-a-kind paper goods that are made by hand. She uses recycled materials that she often prints and sews by hand. So special!

I love when readers tweet me with their finds. Thanks, Millie!

Find Amy: {website} {flickr}

(images from art school girl)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 09, 2009

Crafty Home Studio Space

Speaking of spaces where women create, Tamar from Nest Pretty Things in Vermont contacted me over the weekend with photos of her newly designed arts and crafts studio – it’s full of positivity and warmth! I’ve been thinking about having my own room again dedicated to creative pursuits, an idea that I plan to put into motion in the months ahead. It also means I will have to move but I’m okay with that because I’ve realized that I can no longer accept my current space as being sufficient enough. It’s not, I need the space. I work from home, it’s important to have plenty of room for the many projects I have my hands in right now. I fantasize about how I want my dream room to look, I can see it so clearly… but until I can touch this dream I’m living through others, planning, thinking, and saving money!

Do you currently have a “you” room in your home? If so, would you like to link to it below in the comments section? If you do not, tell me about your dream room or point me to a photo of it online. I’d love to see and exchange some inspiration today! You can see more images and read about her studio space here.

Thank you Tamar for sharing!

(images from tamar at nest decorating)

Posted in Home Tours, inspiration, small business on February 09, 2009

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