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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays. Would you like to visit some fun shops this week along with me? Good, take my hand and let’s go. Here are five that I think you may like…


Can anyone ever get enough positive affirmation? I doubt it. Their isn’t enough sincerity in the world in my opinion – there’s a difference between being nice and meaning it from the heart. I find that the best way to pull myself up when I’m feeling a bit heavy at heart is to rely on the strength inside. You know, that ever glowing light that no one can take away. That is why I appreciate the work of Sarah Gardner so much, her positive art reminds us that we’re completely capable of finding answers within ourselves, of finding our inner hero.


When I hear the words “French” and “Illustrator” in the same sentence I feel a pattern of goosebumps form on my arm. There is just something about French illustration that has me at hello. Have you heard of Adolie Day? She has a lovely little Etsy shop and a new blog too, pouring with information about her art and life along with photos from art shows (like the one shown above) that she has been a part of. Not to mention her blog has some of the loveliest music to listen to as you browse… turn it up. Transporting!

Ladies & Gentlemen is the sweetest little vintage shop… I love their ornaments but I’d use this year round on tree branches. Ask my husband, I’m a branch addict — always bringing them into the house to decorate or hang above the window to decorate with glass balls… We have a small spider problem when I first bring them in but I place them outside so they can run back to their little webs. I imagine that they’re cheering, pumping their little spidey legs in the air (woot!) as I close the door, happy I spared their little life. I digress… Ladies & Gentlemen has the sweetest little decorative birds, animals, and fun shapes to play with whether you have a branch or not.

Morris & Essex has some great cards, folksy, modern, and I really like the homemade feel of the brown kraft paper. Fun! They are very warm and decorative, you can frame them to enjoy year round.

Village Clayworks, handmade ceramics by Catherine Reece, are totally sweet and make beautiful gifts I think. I especially like the little birdie vase.

I’m going to get dressed up now because we’re going to a concert – yay! See you back here tomorrow.

(images from stores linked in this post)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on November 18, 2008

New: Project Announcement – Kindred

The best things in life are often FREE… :) I’m very excited to share a new project under the name Kindred. I’ve teamed up with Heather “Ez” Pudewa from Creature Comforts because we share many of the same dreams and passions and feel as though we are kindred spirits, though we’ve never met in person we have a strong online (and telephone) friendship that really means a lot to us. We thought it would be fun to work on mini projects together, collaborating with artists in the process, and sharing the results with all of you. That’s what Kindred is all about…

The first and current project under Kindred is called, “Wallpapered Together.? Through this project we hope to:

  • Bring a seasonally curated selection of art and photography to your desktop on a quarterly basis.
  • Show our ongoing support of the independent online community by sharing the work of 5-8 accomplished and budding talents per quarter (at no charge to the artists or to you).
  • Share some of our favorite talents with the many friends we’ve made online over the years – a little way of saying thanks to you, our blog readers.

The artists participating in this season?s lineup of wallpapers were asked to create around the theme, “Winter: Dreams.” We see winter as a joyous time but also a resting period, when nature takes a much needed break, people slow down, much hot chocolate is enjoyed by warm fires, and time is spent considering plans for the new year…dreaming of what will come. The artists who have joined us for the launch of this exciting project are listed below. You can find their individual desktop wallpapers along with more information about them, their inspiration for the image, a few dreams of their own, and of course download instructions here.

Many of you, like us, may have your own kindred spirits online, those who encourage, share, motivate, comfort… Kindred is a mini celebration of such friendships formed inside the delicate and vast online web, showing the power of friendship and how kindred spirits can pull together to do creative and fun things all in out of love for art and design. Happiness truly comes from giving and receiving, Kindred is our gift to share with all of you. Enjoy!

A special thanks to Jen, Samantha, Tara, Kerry, Marie-Klara for helping us with the launch — we love your wallpapers and couldn’t have done it without your participation!

See the wallpaper gallery and download your favorites right here.

Psst: You can expect additional desktop wallpapers in a few months, our Spring release of Wallpapered Together will be sometime mid March. Summer will release in June and Autumn in September. Stay tuned!

(images from kindred)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on November 17, 2008

Inspired: The Red Thread by Lisa Tilse

Today over at Real Simple I wrote about the work of Aussie designer Lisa Tilse from The Red Thread. You may remember her from the decor8/Amy Butler contest because she entered the most adorable boy’s room mood board ever (view that here) and placed 3rd runner up. You can read my Real Simple post for the background info on Lisa but I thought I’d simply highlight some of her beautiful art here today since I felt inspired by some these colors and patterns…

Psst: Lisa also has a blog where you find everything from the shows she loves to watch to her creative inspirations and beyond. I’m off to the museum today but I’ll be back in a moment to leave you with a daily discount… Then in a few hours I’ll be back again with a few more discounts and blog posts, some special news about a new project I’m rolling out with another blog I’ve partnered with on something we’re excited to share, and of course I’ll conclude the week with a Happy Weekend post only this week, the post will highlight ALL of the special offers from the past two weeks in case you’ve missed any of them.

See you in a moment!

(images from Lisa Tilse)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kids on November 14, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I’ve been receiving many nice Etsy submissions lately that I sometimes think I cannot keep up with all of the talent on Etsy but I’m willing to try! This week there are five little shops that caught my eye for their unique style and colors… Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Ah Naomi Murrell, what you do to me! Her folksy modern prints are lovely, just as you’d expect from an Aussie artist. Is it me, or does every single illustrator from Australia on Etsy positively rock? I mean, seriously, that country must be bursting at the seams with talent.

Cosas M?nimas, which means tiny things in Spanish, has some sweet illustrations that you may enjoy. Illustrator Blanca G?mez lives in Madrid and is an excellent photographer as well – view her Flickr stream to see some of them.

Pearl and Marmalade has some of the best letterpress I’ve seen. Deep delicious impressions… hard to resist such mouthwatering temptation. :)

Chet and Dot makes me want to stop procrastinating on some of my sewing projects el pronto! I also think their things would make a great present. For instance, you could purchase a sewing kit for a friend and then find a nice book about sewing to accompany it, wrap your prezzie, and anticipate lots of smiles and joy. :)


I may have featured Abigail Brown before, but I just adore her little creations. From masks to handmade cloth birds, cards, prints, and beyond… there is nothing in this sweet shop that I wouldn’t own or gift to a friend. I think the masks would be lovely arranged over a crib in a nursery, don’t you?
(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, stationery on November 11, 2008

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