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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

It’s time to get back on track again with Etsy Take Five Tuesday, which was seriously delayed due to my move and then the recent retreat in Marrakesh. I was a tad bit upside down without knowing which end was up but now I can get back to the regularly schedule program again with my Etsy column. Next year I’m definitely going to change it up a bit but for now, Etsy Take Five Tuesday remains until the end of December 2010. I can’t believe I’ve been writing this column for so long — and that you all love it so much — it’s very energizing for me but also quite time consuming to produce as I don’t like to just throw anything up on the blog without careful consideration first. I can’t wait to show you how I plan to update the column in January. With that said, here are my picks for this week. I’m sure you will find a few things to love. :)

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First up this week is and O design in Melbourne, Australia which is run by Japanese artist Yumi Ando. All of her lovely ceramic pieces are inspired by both Australian and Japanese culture and produced in limited run batches and made by hand using slab techniques.

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Macha Jewelry in London has some amazing pieces — their rings are my favorite. “New techniques are introduced on a seasonal basis, producing an eclectic and constantly re-invented line which fuses British heritage, and rock ‘n roll androgyny.” Love it!

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Based in San Francisco, The Utilitarian Franchise makes pillows using vintage illustrations and hand screen printing them in custom colors (your choice!) making them a unique addition to your home.

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Eva Ricci is a Fine Art Photographer with ethereal, beautiful work that explores a variety of subjects and techniques as her work is quite organic since she enjoys letting the camera and her heart show her the way. Eva just started advertising on decor8 yesterday, I have to mention this because I have a strong policy against paid editorial coverage (I have not and will never do it) but in this case, I had Eva down to feature her in this column weeks ago and I didn’t want to dodge her now that she has an ad on my site. However, she has not paid for this coverage — it is simply from my heart without strings. :)

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Neapolitan paper + home is a collection of stationery and objects with both vintage and modern sensibilities – from book jackets to cards, there is something for everyone (I just so happen to love them all!).

Spot any new must-haves to add to your list?

(images: linked to their sources above)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on October 26, 2010

Soraam Pillows & Totes

Soojin Yum is a Korean designer who lives in Seattle where she makes silk-screened pillow covers and totes under the name Soraam (Korean for “Please have a look with a smile”). That is such a sweet shop name, don’t you think? I like the white bow pillows and totes…


“Pillow covers are 18″x18″ and silk screened on pre-washed cotton and have a zipper closure along the bottom edge or some with an envelope closure. Tote bags are made of pre-washed black canvas with kona cotton lining.”

Soojjin wrote such a delightful email to me saying that decor8 has, “So many beautiful designs featured — it has been the biggest source for my inspiration. Now I started my own design business, I’m hoping my work can motivate someone to just start creating something. Starting out was the hardest part.” I thought that was really sincere and so true. Often just getting started, taking that first step, can be terrifying! But I believe that if you have passion, talent and courage that success will follow.

Congratulations Soojin on your exciting new business!

(images: soraam)

Posted in etsy, textiles on September 23, 2010

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

It’s Etsy time! I have some great sellers for you to enjoy this week. Prints, rubber stamps, badges, paper cuts, porcelain, doodles and much, much more!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

First up, Matou en Peluche for original drawings and prints of art deco girls, retro glamor, birds, cats and dogs with a French twist. Lovely! Illustrator Samantha Battersby has a blog, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Next is Mr Yen in the UK who sells his intricate paper creations inspired by Scherenschnitte or German paper cutting. Great finds here!

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Now it’s time to visit Wapa who is ceramicist Ady Shapira in Israel. Ady lives and works in a small village that is, “surrounded by citrus orchards near the Mediterranean Sea.”

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I found out about Paule Trudel Bellemare from Anna over at Door Sixteen since her dog Fritz was a “model” for one of Paule’s portraits. I love her custom work of owners with their dogs, this would be the best gift ever!

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Finally we have the lovely work of Flora Chang from Happy Doodle Land, a designer/illustrator originally from Taiwan who works for Hallmark Cards in Missouri and has her lovely doodle shop on the side. :)

I hope that you enjoyed my picks for the week!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 14, 2010

AM Radio Vintage Finds

I wrote about AM Radio today over at Real Simple but in case you didn’t catch that… please check ‘em out. They stock some really sweet vintage and industrial goodies for the home. Their product shots are brilliant too.

am radio

That bamboo magazine holder is very Domino magazine, isn’t it?! LOL. It is so funny how that magazine has forever altered how I look at stuff I would have normally discarded as tacky 1980s yard sale finds. Domino always had that special way of presenting everything, that midas touch, even the stuff you’d normally snub was suddenly on your wish list. AM Radio has that same talent. There is real talent in that, an art – don’t you think?

(images: am radio)

Posted in etsy, vintage on September 13, 2010


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