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New! Show:room

Check this out indie designers! Show:room is a wholesale to retail representative for independent designers — they provide a platform for small designers to expand their brands, gain exposure, and be a part of a “conventional” showroom. They work with independent designers who focus on small scale production and hand made products. They currently have 2 designers in addition to their own label, Hammocks & High Tea, but are working to add new designers to the fold so bookmark this site for sure!

A special thanks to Show:room owner Karen Young for telling me about this new business venture. I wish you all the best!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 10, 2009

Butterflies at Made By Girl

Spring is in the air and Jennifer Ramos is a busy lady! Not only does she author a fab blog, but she has a cheery online shop called Made By Girl that many of you already shop at for prints, posters and cards. Today she has added some perky butterfly prints that she made by hand using some of her favorite fabrics from Amy Butler and Tina Givens. These are so crafty and cute!

Thank you Jennifer for showing these to us today — so fun. They make me long for Spring!

P.S. – If you are looking for more inspirational work spaces, visit the Made By Girl studio here.

You can also find Jennifer here: {website} {blog}

(images from jennifer ramos)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms 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}

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves 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

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