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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

February 27, 2008

I can’t wait to show you a few of my favorite Etsy stores for this week. If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. This week, it’s all about paper, felt, paint, and a dash of fabric. Oh wait, that’s pretty much every week! :) Hope you like these finds, I had fun pulling them together.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Kiki & Polly. What a beautiful shop this is! The artist, Lisa Golightly (love her last name) is based in Portland, OR and has such a soft, delicate touch to her work, I’m so fond of it. She also does custom paintings of children in a style very similar to Claudine Hellmuth, another artist I love. Fabulous work, Lisa! Can I order one of everything?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays SanFran67. Helen Musselwhite is based in the UK and does some wonderful things with a scalpel and paper! Everything in her shop is original and handmade, oh and did I mention affordable? Helen is such a creative inspiration. I must highlight how greatly I appreciate her efforts in showing the work in an actual space. I can’t stress how important this is for sellers, it really makes a difference in sales. Helen, great job.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Reyart. Handfelted birch bark bowls and pebbles, paintings, brooches, necklaces… Reya, a self-taught artist living in the Netherlands, clearly has talent and a great sense of style. Her items sell out quickly though, so if you see something you like, grab it or better yet, add her store to your RSS feed. Great tip for any etsy store you’d like to stalk on a regular basis. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Three words for ya. The Mincing Mockingbird. What can I say? This guy is genius. I love his work, it cracks me up. You have to at least visit his shop and buy a magnet or two even if you don’t need one of his fabulous bird portraits. Some of these are too funny. For reals.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Modiste Me. This shop features a delightful mix of of handmade items created by Canadian Julie Scott. “Modiste” is French for a “seamstress” or “dressmaker” and as Julie puts it, “It reflects both my French heritage and my creative pursuits”. Great work, Julie!

(images above linked in this post)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Have a Great Weekend!

February 23, 2008

Here’s wishing you a lovely weekend… I’ll see you in a few days on Monday! Until then, here are some flickr favorites that make me smile this week. I see a theme here: creative images of people, flowers photographed outdoors, cute little animals, and slightly washed hues of mostly blue, green, and pink.

Have a Great Weekend!Details here. I’m calling this arrangement of images, “Hope”. My theme for the week since my grandpa passed away on Sunday, two days before his 90th birthday. Miss you, grandpa.
Have a Great Weekend! Details here. And this one is titled, “Wanting”. Cookie monster is
hoping for a cookies. The dandelion seeds are wanting a home in the
soft ground. The bunny is wanting breakfast at the grown-up table, the dress
is wanting a little girl to wear it, and so on…
Have a Great Weekend! “Hello, creature of the forest” photographed by mi – a name i call myself. I wonder what this little kitty is thinking? This made my day as we had a huge snowstorm here in New Hampshire today and I hope that in the morning while I have breakfast with my husband, we’ll look outside to see something so lovely looking back at us. :) See you Monday friends! — xo, Holly

(images linked above)

Arts + Crafts, Small Business

DaWanda Pinboard

February 22, 2008

Dawanda invited me a few months ago to pull together a pinboard of 20 of decor8’s favorite finds on their site, but I got a little carried away and pulled together 70.

DaWanda Pinboard
Of course, I needed to shrink the list so here are my 20 favorite finds that are currently being sold by DaWanda artists. :) I hope that you enjoy it and that you take some time today to browse their website.

(images from dawanda)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Right Brain Terrain {eco posters}

February 21, 2008

Misa and Fred own Right Brain Terrain, a company that specializes in alternative motivational posters that just so happen to be green. All of their posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and they use soy-based inks for printing. They believe that their posters not only serve as reminders of our imperfect nature so as to kick us into action at times, but they also cheer us on and celebrate our personal victories — paper cheerleaders!

Right Brain Terrain {eco posters}

I see a big trend going on right now with modern motivational posters, whether it’s a single world or quote. Thank goodness we’ve finally advanced beyond these things because well, they drive me crazy. I recall my former life in the office where soaring eagle and mountain posters with words like “Aim High” and “Soar to New Heights” could be found on every wall. Thankfully we have more than corporate motivational posters to select from when we’re looking for inspiration, all in a hipper more modern format.

(images from right brain terrain)

Arts + Crafts, Small Business

DaWanda Anyone?

February 21, 2008

I’ve blogged about Berlin-based indie super store DaWanda before, but a quick show of hands… Do you shop DaWanda? If not then I’ll try to entice you with a quick snapshot of a few of my favorite DaWanda shop owners. I love Etsy so I’m always talking about them, but with so many other great indie shops online I don’t want to ignore anyone. What I think sets DaWanda apart is that they’re based in Berlin so they attract more small business owners based in Europe. Plus, their site is in German, French, and English — a very attractive perk as well. And when it comes to payment, many offer Paypal but most accept bank transfers which is the most common payment method in Europe. The overall aesthetic feels slightly different, too. Here are some of my favorites, see what you think… :)

DaWanda Anyone? Prints and cards from Ted + Rose Design with terrific graphics and bright happy colors. Yellow, pink, and animal motifs – how can we not like ’em?

DaWanda Anyone? Andrea from Pequenio Craft in Argentina simply loves paper (especially Japanese papers) and with this paper passion she creates everything from stickers to brooches and prints. The colors she uses are beautiful, they really lure me in. I love her sweet little handcrafted girls, so sweet!

DaWanda Anyone? These are concept bags are new and sold in Thailand by a group of independent designers and they’re now available in their Made In Spire DaWanda store. The bags are only 15- Euro, free shipping, and come with free pins to coordinate with the pattern on the bag so that the bag has some dimension to it and stands out as unique.

DaWanda Anyone? Falling down a rabbit hole I landed in the imaginative world of Isabella’s Art, a Dutch artist inspired by fairy tales and silhouette art. There are so many prints to choose from, all very affordable and each telling a unique story.

DaWanda Anyone? In addition to all sorts of crafty things, Lady Dilema from Spain makes these great shirts with ties — super cute!

DaWanda Anyone? Anything made by Enna in Hannover, Germany makes me happy. I met her last year and toured her retail store (so sweet, click here to view it), and she even taught me how to make my own stamps for designing fabric (our project here, don’t laugh). I can’t wait to get back over to Germany to see her again this year!

DaWanda asked me last year if I’d pull together a pinboard for their site and since I only recently had time to do that, it will go live on their homepage soon. Yay! When that occurs, I’ll be sure to post a link here on decor8. It will link you to over 50 of my favorite DaWanda sellers which just may become yours as well. :)

(images linked above to sellers)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms


February 20, 2008

Fabienne wrote in from Paris today about her work as a graphic designer along with the opening of her new etsy shop Labokoff where she sells prints of her art. She merges photography with paint by embellishing her photos with subtle painted motifs like circles, starfish, and swirls.

I enjoy seeing France through her eyes, it’s like taking a mini vacation. Muted imagery of the eiffel tower, lazy days along the coastline of Normandy, the calmness of the countryside, it’s all very inspiring. This work gives us a glimpse of the French lifestyle through the eyes of Fabienne, each telling a story as you gaze into them. Go ahead and see for yourself, look closely and use your imagination…

(images from labokoff)

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