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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays so here’s a round up of what I’m enjoying over at Etsy this week. I continue to be amazed and inspired, there is so much to fall head over heels for. See for yourself…


Wall art out of porcelain? Why not! Stepanka’s work blows me away, I can’t stop looking through her shop trying to decide what I’d like to order. I love what she makes and think some of you will as well. I adore her wall pillows. Everything is affordable here and original, such a good reason to support this NYC-based artist. She is definitely one I’d include if I had a storefront so if you’re a small business owner it may be a nice touch to introduce her work to your community?


Robyn is an artist that I love to watch, she has a ton of skill and it’s a pleasure to not only view her creations but to see that her originals are so affordable, you can own a one-of-a-kind mixed media piece for as low as $30. Not that I think art should be affordable, not at all, everyone has to come up with a price that works for them. But in the case of buyers that want to show their appreciation for original works but who are on very limited budgets, Robyn gives them a chance to start their art collection. Psst: Her Flickr gallery and blog are quite an inspiration.


I showed you the work of Lorena Siminovich last summer but I recently noticed lots of new original works in her etsy store that I know you’ll love, Seeds being one of my favorites. Gorgeousness.


There’s something about handmade linen covered composition books and patterned clips in the office… Office supplies shouldn’t be boring! Autumn to May makes some of the prettiest handmade things, she has a nice way of layering texture, color, and objects in just the right amounts. Super feminine, too. Great product photography makes her work that much more appealing. I just blogged about her things a month ago, but with so many new items I couldn’t resist giving you a second peek.

In-Vita Paper Studio is a new paper goods favorite of mine. Crisp, modern, clean, and c’mon yellow and gray? Is there a finer pair? First blogged by Creature Comforts, I bookmarked them the moment I saw them. Lovely papers!

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Fishs Eddy Spring Sale {50% off}

Fishs Eddy is having a tempting sale where you can save 50% on a wide range of ceramics for the home. These woodgrain plates featuring woodland critters are only $6 each, the pitcher (perfect for flowers) is $16, and the bird on a wire cake stand is also only $16 (cake stands are great for displaying pillar candles too).


Of course, my favorites are still the Dirty Dishes designed by Cynthia Rowley that have been around for awhile now but I’m still charmed by them. Also 50% off, you can view the entire Dirty Dish collection here.

(images from fishs eddy)

Posted in ceramics, kitchen, reader discounts on April 14, 2008

Kelly McKibben Ceramics

Kelly McKibben is a ceramic artist completing her MFA this semester at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In her work, Kelly uses a screen-printed slip transfer process mixing wallpaper and fabric patterns with handwritten sayings and illustrations.


As a child, Kelly moved a lot with her parents and the only comfort she had with each box she unpacked was found in her material possessions — those special objects she felt connected to no matter where she lived. She has always placed great value on the items people collect over time, they’re a part of our history and each tells a story and gives us a measure of security. It’s obvious why she turned out to be a ceramic artist, she’s now able to share special objects with others who have a certain affection for them and they are able to become a part of someone else’s journey. Nice to think about, isn’t it?

(images from kelly mckibben)

Posted in ceramics on April 11, 2008

Bon Bon Atelier

Bon Bon Atelier is a darling little business owned by creative sisters Betsy Blodgett and Emily Blodgett-Panos in Kansas City, MO with both a retail storefront and a web shop for the rest of us. Their store looks so charming, doesn’t it? Nice store, ladies. I love seeing young women in business for themselves like this, it inspires me all the more to someday open a shop of my own.


Bon Bon Atelier carries a varied mix of everything from Andrea Yates ceramics to Sheila Blodgett decoupage furniture and doors, wallets by Loop, and Japanese Decole and those iBride trays that are slowly taking over the world right now. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen them on!


And Bon Bon Atelier isn’t just a shop ‘n go establishment, these ladies genuinely care about their community of creatives. If you live in Kansas City, they host a monthly get together on the 2nd Wednesday called the Bon Bon Sewing Circle. They set up sewing machines and also stations with glue guns and such for those who do not sew. The goal is to get together and share ideas, gain inspiration, and hopefully finish a project. I love this idea and hope to see mini events like these spread to other cities because we all need a little support and motivation without having to drop a ton of cash on formal classes. Classes are great, but not so much if you’re on a budget and not really in need of learning anything, you just want to be around other creative types for an evening to sew and tell. Ha! Sew and Tell. That would be a cute name for a sewing group wouldn’t it?

Are there are stores in your local area that have small business events, networking events, or free (or really cheap) classes that you’ve attended? How did they benefit you (or not)?

(images from bon bon atelier)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, shopping, travel on April 09, 2008

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