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Kelly Rae Roberts

Kelly Rae Roberts recently commented on a decor8 post and after reading it, I clicked on her name and linked over to her website (I love links!). It was there that I discovered her colorful, whimsical artwork and all the things this lady has been up to over the years. So watch out when you comment with a link – I’ll find you! :)

Kelly at a show with her lovely ladies.

Kelly grew up in Florida, studied social work in college, and relocated to the west coast with her husband where she found the confidence to pursue her inner artist through running (I love that because my aunt was a runner and felt exactly the same way). Running gave her the wings that she needed to become an artist, something she had wanted to be her entire life but, like so many creative types that did not study art in school, they’re often told it’s not “practical” to become an artist without formal training. (But this hasn’t stopped them from their dreams, these talented artists have created somewhat of a movement called “Outsider Art”. Their numbers keep growing as it is gaining popularity all time.)

With a background in social work, it’s clear that Kelly loves people and has a sincere desire to “lift” others, which she is now able to do through her spirited paintings. Learn more about Kelly in her bio. If you are interested in purchasing an original painting, you can contact her via her website, or if you’d like a high quality print, visit her Etsy store.

Kelly at work in her Oakland, CA studio.

Psst: Did you know that Miss Kelly worked on a children’s book, Alter This!: Radical Ideas for Transforming Books Into Art, with Alena Hennessy?

(images from kelly rae roberts)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on May 22, 2007

DaWanda – Feeling Etsy-ish in Europe!

Have you heard of DaWanda? They recently launched online out of Berlin mitte (my favorite place in Berlin for shopping), and offer a free store to newbies that sign up before May 31st. After 5/31, a standard rate will apply, so try to sneak in during this special offer. DaWanda is somewhat of an Etsy operation, they offer storefronts to sellers on one condition, that you make whatever it is that you’re selling. Even a great big table like the one below, which I love.

“Dawanda is a new online marketplace for artists, designers and artisans across Europe to set up their own shop to sell their handmade products.”


The site just launched, so it’s not jam packed with sellers yet, but I’m hoping I can start a bit of a trend and get other bloggers to talk about it and spread the word.

The site is in English (British), French, and German, you select the language by clicking on your flag of choice in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. You can browse by color, tag, technique, materials, or category. You can even create and organize wish lists and vote for your favorites.

Why does the world need DaWanda if Etsy is already out there? I think that for most Germans without credit cards (not the norm in Germany), they prefer using their bank account to pay for things and DaWanda gives sellers that ability so it makes things a lot easier. Most of my German friends and family do not even have (or want) Paypal accounts, so I think DaWanda offers them the chance to engage in a little e-commerce in the way they are most comfortable with, via their bank account. Plus, unlike Etsy, the site is in 3 languages, including German.

Check out DaWanda and let me know what you think. I’m interested in hearing what my pals in Europe have to say about this site.

Psst: Bridget Davis has some great pillows!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on May 22, 2007

Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)

Jasna Janekovic is a very talented lady that lives in K?ln, Germany and has some of the most gorgeous images on Flickr that I’ve seen in awhile. Very relaxed, uncomplicated, simple. I love the lighting, softness, there’s just this vintage beauty about her photos that makes me want to spend a weekend on my grandparents farm drinking peach iced tea and collecting wildflowers in a basket. Jasna has her own little store online selling beautiful homemade delights created by her own hands. Everything in her store is completely Jasna, step inside, you’ll see. Completely charming.


(images by jasna janekovic)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, small business, walls on May 22, 2007

Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)

Jennifer Davis wrote in about a solo show she’s having at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, Out On a Limb, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 2nd from 7-10pm.


Her work is so beautiful (oh, the colors!), I couldn’t resist using this as an excuse to share her talent with you. I think Mississippi (below) is my favorite, as I’ve always loved steamboats and paddle wheelers (the southerner in me)  and you don’t usually see these boats in a fresh, modern color palette like this one. Beautiful job, Jennifer!

Her show runs from June 2 – July 22, so if you live in the Minneapolis area, hop on over to Gallery 360, located at 3011 W 50th Street and tell me how gorgeous her work is in person and make me jealous because I can’t be there myself. ;)

Thank you Jennifer for writing in!

(images from jennifer davis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on May 21, 2007

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