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Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Modern Art Everyday

March 29, 2007

Modern Art Everyday does just that – a giclee print a day (either paper or canvas) is produced and posted in this Etsy shop, designed at a home-based studio by a New Jersey based husband and wife team. Outside of the usual suspects, birds and trees, Modern Art Everyday gives you dozens of other designs to choose from, dogs to cats, deer to dahlias. If your walls look a little drab, add splashes of color and bold graphics with some affordable art while showing support to a small business owner. Good for you, good for them, good for us all. I love using art like this in an entry space. A bright green pear above a wooden bench or table, with a cute pair of green rubber boots on the floor for those April showers, a fun rug, and a few wall hooks like these, and you’ve just created a happy little welcoming spot on a budget.

Modern Art Everyday
(images from modern art everyday)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Mindy Wilson Prints

March 27, 2007

Artist Mindy Wilson uses pen, pastel and watercolor to create images for greeting cards, textiles, and illustrations for children’s books. She also has a shop on Etsy offering prints of some of her original works, all very affordable, colorful, and for the bird and tree lovers out there – you’ve just hit the jackpot.

Mindy Wilson PrintsSee how great they look framed in an AT reader’s home? I love seeing prints in an actual space. I guess if I can throw a tip out into the world of Etsy sellers, I’d like to say this: A lot of shoppers aren’t visual like you are. They can’t ‘see’ a print in their space without you showing it on display somehow, framed. It also gives customers a sense of scale, so if you want to boost your sales… Show your prints living in a home – make them come alive!

Mindy Wilson Prints
Thanks Mindy for writing in! Great AT picture by the way…

(images from mindy wilson and apartment therapy)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Handmaid Prints

March 27, 2007

I’d like to thank Julie Avisar from Handmaid for writing in to introduce me to her prints and paintings in her Etsy store. The Circles print is my favorite, I really like the color palette and that it’s a limited edition, only 50 will be sold and that’s it. Can you believe it’s only $13? Talk about affordable art for your office or to give to a friend!

Handmaid Prints(images from handmaid)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Velocity Art + Design

March 27, 2007

A big thanks to Ali from Velocity Art + Design Nike Art Director by day, amazing Artist by night, the bold, graphic work of Heather Amuny-Dey is fresh, bold, sophisticated, modern. My favorite is Hide And Seek, and I love the many prints she offers, and best part, they’re only around $40 each.

Velocity Art + DesignMarisa Haedike’s artwork is so spirited and full of youth, and knowing Marisa like I do, I’m a bit partial because everything about her is so genuine which is shown in her work — right down to the little faces on her polar bears, penguins, and all the other cuddly, playful characters that she paints. I have an original painting from Marisa, and a print of the little girl with the red balloon shown above. They’ll ultimately end up in my future baby’s room, but for now, I’m the baby in the house and these are in my office. You can buy her paintings here and her prints at Etsy.

Velocity Art + DesignAli also told me about Corinne Dean’s lovely bird + treehouse artwork, an new artist to Velocity. Corinne only has a few paintings left, she is building quite a following, but if you’ve missed her paintings, she has prints up in her Etsy store. You know, I really love how artists are reproducing their paintings as limited edition prints. This makes beautiful work accessible to all.

Velocity Art + DesignAnd of course, you can’t visit Velocity without peeking in to see what artist Matte Stephens is up to. He has some of the coolest paintings,lots of funky mid century colors and whimsical characters. So retro, and there’s a definite masculine touch to his work, so it makes a great gift for that art lovin’ man in your life. And yes, Matte has an Etsy store with tons of great prints right here. Psst: Mate has a blog, too.

Who is your Velocity favorite artist? Do you have a favorite artist on Etsy?

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Melissa Moss *New* Etsy Store

March 23, 2007

I wrote about the wonderful Melissa Moss and her paintings last October, and Marisa at Creative Thursday interviewed her via podcast (very motivating for those ready to make a career change, you won’t want to miss it!), but when an email arrived tonight from Melissa, I had to share. Melissa now offers prints of her paintings in her new Etsy store. Yeah! Click here to view them all, priced right at around $30 each. These would look so great framed over a white sofa, I would love to pair up some of her prints with these new pillows from West Elm, especially since a few prints and pillows can give your room a whole new look for under $150. I love the idea of having an all-white sofa and splashing color on it with brightly colored pillows and great prints on the wall behind it. Can’t you tell I’m so into Spring decorating right now?!

Melissa Moss *New* Etsy Store

(images from melissa moss)

Arts + Crafts, Small Business

Tupalo: *New* Network for Indie Stores + More!

March 22, 2007

Do you Tupalo? You should. It’s a new social mapping network for indie culture, with a focus on mapping mom ‘n pop boutiques, indie book and record stores, hair salons, nightclubs, and cafes.

Tupalo: *New* Network for Indie Stores + More!Users can search, add, rate, review, and tag location around various cities worldwide, including Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, and more – with new locations being added daily. Tupalo is hoping you’ll spread the word about their community, so please visit them online and spread the word!

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