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isoprint {New!}

Robert, the talent behind isofoto, just launched a brand new shop called isoprint that you simply must check out! As you already know, I’m a big fan of arts and crafts produced by men and try my best to promote these great guys as much as I can for many reasons. One that stands out the most is that I’d like to see more guys? shop handmade sites (like Etsy or DaWanda for example) for themselves, not just for their girlfriends. There are so many great handmade items for men out there, my husband shops handmade and has purchased everything from jewelry to messenger bags and hats on Etsy, some created by men and others simply for the guy who appreciates handmade goods.

isoprint is a new illustration project Robert launched yesterday, a bit of a creative distraction for times when he is not out shooting polaroids for isofoto… he can be found hunched over his drawing board. These fantastic prints influenced by his love for mid-century design and illustration are some of his result creations. Congrats Robert, great work!

(images from isoprint)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 07, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s Take Five Tuesdays time, one of my favorite posts to pull together! Last week I missed writing this column, and I feel so bad — I hope you aren’t upset with me. I hate to let anyone down, it’s just like I was a bit of an airhead last Tuesday (I specifically recall that day and how much work was on my plate) and I forgot to write my Etsy post. I promise to make it up to you now with the best batch of sellers yet. I find these especially sweet. I’ve even included a 6th to win your love back. :) So here you go, your weekly Etsy dose!

I love the mini original paintings by This is all I know in Portland, OR. I cannot stop looking at them ever since Ez showed them on her wish list. I seriously cannot peel myself away. I would love to own each of these shown above, I’m absolutely smitten by the little faces looking back at me.

Krize: Smiling Shop from Spain. Digital prints, cards, and more to tickle your fancy. Aren’t the illustrations (and colors) sweet?


Luxe Deluxe in Scotland. Jewelry that I think I seriously need to own at least 10 necklaces from. OMG. Somebody talk me out of it, quick! Oh wait, you need talking out of a major splurge as well? Sorry, I guess we have to just give in to maybe one…

Sharon Montrose Photography out of Los Angeles. Does it ever feel like LA is the new Brooklyn or something? I hear more and more about LA this and LA that. And just look at the cutie pie animals. The owl is calling me, but I haven’t a vacant wall to spare… Sorry little hootie. Maybe you can adopt him?

Sea Unicorn in Los Angeles. More jaw dropping gems. Seriously people, these sellers on Etsy are blowing my mind. Why would I ever need to shop in a mall EVER AGAIN. I cringe now when I walk by all of those accessories chain stores because for not much more money I can own something that benefits a seller and her family, supports the local economy, and has some heart behind it. Am I right?

B O N U S seller, here’s #6: Trumpery laser cut pendants (or whatever you want them to be, just add string!) in San Francisco. I cannot for the life of me recall when I found out about them, it may have been on a blog. If so, please raise your hand if you blogged them so you can get full credit here. Don’t be shy, call out your find sista!

(images linked to their sources above)

The Many Sides of Vivienne Strauss

I seriously don’t know how I missed this, and I feel bad because if I had known I would have shared much sooner about the great wife of artist Matte Stephens — her name is Vivienne Strauss. I mean I knew of her, but I had no clue that she is also an artist who has not 1 but 3 Etsy shops! Yes three! Oh the many sides of Vivienne Strauss…

The first etsy shop is called The Other Side of Vivienne where her paintings are sold, then there’s a shop called The Double Sided Vivienne with original collages, and finally the third featuring vintage patterns called Modern Design 901.

I stumbled upon her paintings when I was looking at Matte’s fun owl head costume and noticed a comment there from his wife, and I followed the comment straight to her Flickr photostream where I discovered this whole WORLD of lively art by Viv herself. Then I located her shops and can clearly see her eye is for retro quirky characters that range from Josephine Baker to ladies with poodles and oh-so-posh lifestyles.

I’m quite pleased to have found Vivienne and to know that Matte and Viv are a couple of really cool who do what they love, are in love, and making people happy with their art. But you know what they say… behind every good man is a GREAT woman so I should have known than Vivienne must be some kind of wonderful because look at the mega-successful Matte. Three cheers for artistic couples!

(images from vivienne strauss)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on November 03, 2008

Hello Handmade {New!}

Just in! The talented Betsy Dunlap and Shanna Murray have teamed up to open Hello Handmade, a shop that just opened this morning. Combining the artful calligraphy of Betsy with the beautiful illustration of Shanna, you will find a special ’09 calendar, seasonal print, and some vintage hangers to purchase for display use – all ready for you in their new shop this morning. Congrats, ladies!



In the weeks and months to come, you can expect cards, gift tags, and more! Not only are collaborations huge right now, but have you noticed hangers becoming increasingly popular to display prints, photography, and calendars vs. traditional frames? Fun!

Thank you Betsy and Shanna for letting us know about your new shop, best wishes for a successful business!

Psst: Have you seen “The Jill”, Betsy’s custom calligraphy style? It would be perfect for a wedding or on place cards for a fancy dinner, don’t you think?

(images from hello handmade paperie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 03, 2008

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