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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I made it, I made it! I seriously have been wanting to get this post up since yesterday afternoon but I’ve been a bit sidetracked for reasons I’ll tell you more about on Monday. Anyway, here’s my picks for this week — a day late — I hope that you enjoy them. It’s Etsy Take Five Tuesday on a Wednesday this week. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love white and vintage finds, then All Things White is the shop for you! When I found this shop I immediately thought of one of my favorite books, At Home With White — do you know it? Great book, I highly recommend it if you’re a lover of a fresh, clean palette that doesn’t read sterile. All Things White sells some lovely items, particularly nice because they have that age about them that gives them character and makes white welcoming and warm vs. cold and clinical. A lot of these things would work great as props if you’re a stylist. This shop is based in the midwest but will ship internationally.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Minu in New Zealand has the best artist bio ever on her website, so down-to-earth and real, you know? She’s really talented, I love her illustrations and softies, and enjoy her photos on Flickr and over on her blog, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Michiko Shimada is a Brooklyn-based product designer who does some pretty neat things to clay! Inspired by organic shapes with a focus on functional items for the kitchen, her little store isn’t stocked to the gills but what I did find felt worthy enough to highlight in this week’s take five — I think you’ll like them too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation then this shop may bring you the peace and quiet that you’ve been longing for. These handmade bath and beauty products by Mireio in Oregon are just a delight — I especially love the travel pillows filled with organic buckwheat hulls and luxurious lavender from Provence. The pretty postcards are a treat as well.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Gabrielle Kai is a photographer who lives in Duluth, GA that I’d like to share with you today, her palette is very soft and dreamy (oh the colors!) and I love her focus on mostly the outdoors. Gabrielle maintains a gorgeous photo blog and a website, too. You can also connect with her on Flickr.

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on June 01, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If mooks wearing masks, Japanese crafting supplies, lovely gift tags and supplies, embroidery hoops as chalkboards and jewelry almost from a fairytale interest you then you’re in the right place. Welcome to this week’s edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

First up is Bliss in a Teacup, a sweet shop in Vancouver with embroidery hoop chalkboards and other fun things like writing slates and earrings covered with vintage fabric. Owners Richard and Rebekah also author a blog under the same name as their shop.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Enter the dreamy and romantic world of jewelry designer Jacquleen Bleu where unicorns, wishing wells and tiny bird cages invite you to dream a little dream as you browse her collection (expertly photographed, by the way). Psst: She writes a blog, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Looking to do a little gift giving or throwing a bridal shower? May Third has lots of what you’ll want to keep in stock in your gift giving supplies drawer. Though she’s been selling on etsy for two years, I just found out about her work today and placed an order right away. All items are printed on acid-free card stock using archival inks and can be customized to suit your needs. She also stocks supplies for packaging, like kraft boxes. I heart May Third and her style modern school girl style. You can visit her on Flickr and at her blog (you’ll really like it) for more inspiration, too.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love Japanese prints and patterns, the Choki Choki fabric shop is for you. Lots of fabrics and trims to select from for your next crafty project from a very lovely seller, Harun, who is based in Japan so you’re buying direct.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If wacky, slightly strange creatures called mooks (who wear masks!) are your thing you will give me big kisses today for showing you My Grey Sky. Too cute! My favorite product is the button holder since I have lots of badges that would be fun to display in this clever way.

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on May 19, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Time for a little take five action from the fabulous never-ending supply of beautiful Etsy shops! I’ve included a bonus find in a 6th shop in today’s round up below for your added pleasure. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Julie Pollen in Montreal creates things you imagine in your dreams, her brooches are extremely tempting and make me want to spend money I don’t have. Will you just have a look at them and tell me they’re not totally charming?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love retro prints that are fresh and vibrant then I invite you to visit Kristina Miletieva’s shop for a variety of 8 x 8 prints that she designs – perfect for the retro kitchen, don’t you think?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Some try to resist the trend, the doily seems to continue onward! Here’s an example of a doily done right at And Furthermore in Portland, Oregon. These clocks are unique and fun and ok, a little bit grandma but we love our grandmother’s so there’s no harm in a little kitsch.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Zelaya is a family owned shop in San Salvador and they have me drooling over their bags, these are perfect for sunny days! I love the creamy white and all of the hand sewn details and those gorgeous wooden handles. These are so lovely for that coastal vacation!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

These contemporary felt flowers have me drooling from A Alicia Handmade Accessories in London. You can add them to anything you wish and you can even order a custom piece in colors of your choice. This seller clearly has good taste. Wow.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

And the bonus find this week is over at Threefold handmade paper goods in Seattle. I love these wishbone cards!

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on May 12, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Pulling together my etsy finds for the week is always such a highlight for me. I’m both touched and humbled by the amount of talent out there. Crafting has always been such a huge part of my life but over the past few month it’s taken the back seat as other things jumped in and took the wheel. You know how that goes. My goal is to make time for balance over the months ahead because I made a promise to myself back on January 1st to schedule more time to MAKE and CREATE things — physical things that exist offline – ones that I will hand to my children someday as my mother handed to me. I’ll talk more about this below, but first let’s look at some of the lovely creators I’ve curated for you this week. I’m in love with this week’s etsy artists. I think you’ll be too.

Natasha Morton

The mixed media art of Natasha Morton in Scotland, who happened to be up on the etsy main page today as I mumbled “darn it” under my breath since I wanted to show her work here for a few weeks now. That’s what I get for snoozing on this. Well, if you didn’t already see Natasha’s work on Etsy today, you can bookmark her store now. It’s so, so pretty — the art she makes — it’s truly from the heart.

Carving My Initials

Second on my list of sweet little etsy must-shops are these mixed media paintings turned into prints by Carving My Initials (don’t you love the name?). This is where serene colors mix with nature and urban landscapes for a somewhat floating feeling…

Janet Hill Studio

Janet Hill Studio has such beautiful prints of her paintings and best part, they are only $10! There’s nothing quite like owning an original, but when money is tight a print will do just fine. Janet’s work is feminine and holds ones attention as there are so many details to examine in each of her works. I appreciate her focus on fashion and the home and love how she seems to incorporate flowers as often as she can. Charming!

Fabric Farrago

Fabric Farrago is another fave of mine this week because Jamieson has the best fabric covered thumbtacks around! I also like her fun new embroidered hoops that she’ll customize just for you. I quite like this idea for hoops, especially for a craft room or kid’s space! How cute would these be in a stationery shop — I imagine them above a card display spelling out “u send me” or something. I think the fact that Jamieson is a teacher by day shines through in her work, don’t you?

Beaky

Beaky in England is nesting doll heaven for fans of the kitschy cute matroska doll. Totes, lavender sachets, pillows… this mother of two is one busy and talented lady!

Now to continue my little story from above… did you know that both my mother and aunt were painters? My mother was trained as a floral designer but did many oil paintings (as a hobby) when I was a little girl, mostly still life with her focus on flowers. She also sewed constantly, from making clothes to everything else in the home that included drapes, shower curtains, you name it. She also taught these skills to me along with wallpaper, faux finishing, stencils, wreath making, all sorts of arts and crafts. My aunt, her sister, was an award-winning fine artist and art teacher, who lived in South America for some time, then Russia, Austria, Spain and she attended and later taught at the Holbæk Slots Ladegård in Denmark until settling in Newcastle, Maine where she taught art at a nearby waldorf school (I’m hoping to send my future child to a waldorf school, we’ll see — they’re quite expensive, but I’d really love to). She spoke fluent Russian, Spanish and of course English and loved ceramics, fashion photography, eastern religion and children which she unfortunately was not able to have. Her children were her students and though she passed away suddenly, my fondest memories as a child are of the things my mom and her sister made for me, from paintings to embroidered wall art, handmade board games, wooden doll houses, there was a lot of love in everything which instilled in my heart a deep appreciation of arts & crafts at a very early age. My mother is alive and well and when I call her we talk about crafting and decorating for a good part of our conversation.

As I am all grown up and writing this blog, seeing all the beautiful handmade works each day inspires me just the same — I love it. And I want to do more with my hands again too! I was once the home project/decorator crafty queen, known for this amongst my friends and family. Now I’m known as the writer and blogger — crafts are not the focus in my life currently. My resolve as the year continues is to make more and to continue to buy as much handmade as I can to show my support of others. I’m staying away from large department stores as much as I can, trying to reuse what I have, get creative with things, sell what I don’t use, etc. I want to contribute actively to the changes that we all as a global family need to make in order to contribute to the greater good. I always have, but this economy has encouraged us all to really think about how and where we are spending our money. I know a lot of you are feeling this way, the economy sucks, lots of you are drained, financially tapped, so let’s try to allow some of this inspiration that we’re finding online to influence our day-to-day life a little more… to make by hand something at least once a month or even to set aside an hour a week to do something creative. To look at everything in our homes and think, “How can I use this in a different way?” before storing it somewhere only to collect dust. More walk, less talk — make time, less whine.

Your thoughts? Are you making more lately? What changes have you made during this economic crunch?

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on May 05, 2009

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