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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s time for the Etsy picks of the week. Let’s all go to our happy place… are you ready?

Dear Dodo, Vancouver Canada. Bonus: She also runs Drawing Room.

Bird and Banner, Lancaster, PA.

Pinn Studio, Vancouver, Canada.

Michele Maule, Detroit, MI. Bonus: She has a blog.

Joanna Rutter, Devon, UK. She also writes a bloggy blog.


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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, stationery on January 27, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Yay! It’s Etsy Take Five Tuesdays time! I don’t know about you, but I really look forward to this weekly column because it keeps me committed to finding the best of the best on Etsy and it further inspires me to shop indie (like I ever really need an excuse, right?). Plus, it’s really fun to pull together. So without further blah blah…

PearsonMaron is a collaboration between artists (and husband and wife team) Quincy Pearson and Adam Maron in Southern California. Cryptid monster magnets, limited edition ceramic figurines, prints, and lots and lots of sweet fun things. {etsy shop} {blog}

Madelaine Richards is a 17-year-old Flickr contact of mine because she is a budding photographer who shoots hauntingly beautiful photographs. I love to follow her work! It’s also inspiring to see young people so dedicated to their passion. I see so many teenagers wasting time just hanging out that it sometimes makes me sad to be quite honest. So much time is lost during some of the most important years of life, years you’ll never get back. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Madelaine and her passionate, imaginative work. {etsy store} {flickr} {blog}

Linen, lace, wood… I love the natural simplicity of Forest Bound filled with the designs of Alice Saunders in Boston. Such a lovely little shop filled with sweet things. {etsy shop} {blog} {flickr}

JenniPenni is another Flickr contact of mine but I found her through Madelaine’s blog. She is a 21-year-old girl from Finland, also a talented photographer with an etsy store. Her work may appear simple but it is very complex as you can tell a lot of thought and emotion went into each thought provoking photo. {etsy shop} {flickr}

Have you heard of Mogwaii Design? Very nice home accessories here with lots of contemporary felted goods handmade by Sarah Campbell. What gorgeous cozy things she makes. {etsy shop} {website} {blog}

I spot a theme here that I did not plan… Simplicity. I love when that happens!

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on January 13, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Whoooo! Today has been such a hectic day for me as I’m trying to get packed to leave Germany on Thursday, visit everyone to say goodbye, and I’m prepping the apartment since I’m leaving until May (cleaning out the fridge, doing all of the laundry, you know the FUN glamorous parts of life). In a few days we are flying back to New Hampshire not knowing if our home even has electric since it currently does not and may not for several more days due to the massive ice storm that hit recently. So! My day has been crazy. But enough about ME. Let’s talk about some incredible and hard working Etsy sellers and peek in on what they’re doing, shall we? Ready for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays? Good, me too.

First up we have j.mendicino ceramics and her shop called Pretty Random Objects which is a collection of work by j.mendicino and her family. I LOVE and I do mean LOVE these squirrel vases. Wow. How can anyone NOT go bonkers over them!? Via the lovely Nina in Vorm (who wrote a fantastic post on contemporary ceramics if you want to check that out, click here).

Now let’s talk about Blue Bicicletta, motivational art by Nicole Docimo. Nicole just wrote to me about her work and I liked it the second I clicked over. Motivational art that isn’t ‘office space’ cheesy is the best. No eagles soaring over the sunset with the words “Dare to Fly” or anything corny like that, Nicole’s work is fun, modern, and quite refreshing. I am drawn towards work that feels positive, happy… I guess it’s because I don’t see the need to dwell on dark things as they tend to wear me out. I like a little edgy ‘dark’ art now and then, but mostly I’m all for the feel good stuff. Psst: Nicole is a blogger, too.

Next up is color and whimsy from Modern Pop, a shop I heard about via my bloggy friend Marisa. I really like their calendar for 2009 – it’s round! It’s the first one like it I’ve seen and think it’s a clever idea. Their prints are fresh, bright, with lots of energetic color and spirited creatures. Great for children and adults, especially their beautiful personalized stationery.

I love the work of graphic designer Lisa Evans, also known as Firefluff, based in the UK. I just read a feature on her in one of my husband’s Photoshop magazines and I couldn’t take my eyes off of her work. I want one of everything in her shop. It’s enchanting, surreal, fairytale-like, oh I admire her talent so much. What gorgeous work and attention to detail. You simply must check out her blog too. Amazing stuff.

And last but not least… if you love La Pomme in France you will go nuts over her other shop called La Pomme Stories. This lady is super creative, I can’t get enough of her lovely handmade books filled with fairy tales and creative stitchwork. These are the kind of books that we all wish we had the time to make for the little kiddies in our life. La Pomme reminds me so much of my late, GREAT aunt who passed away when I was 14 years old. As a fine artist and teacher, she made special things for me like this that I still carry close to me in my heart. I truly believe giving your children handmade things when they are young instills in them an appreciation for creative arts and crafts that never dies…

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my picks for this week. Remember, I’m always looking for new shops to feature in this column so if any have crossed your path lately that you’d like to share, kindly leave their link in the comments section below or email me at holly AT Thank you!

BONUS: This week I have a little bonus find for you: Zippity Dooda. Please check out her artful agendas…

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, stationery on December 16, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello everyone! I hope that you had a really nice weekend and that you are enjoying your week so far. I have been busy working alongside of Thorsten fixing my bloggy blog (yes, again – more trouble) but most of the issues are not ones you’d see so no worries, more behind the scenes stuff. I want to ask a favor though… if you have decor8 on your blogroll can you please update the link to point to and NOT to my old blog addy on blogspot. Ah, that’s just swell. Thanks so much.

Okay so with that being said, welcome to another decor8ing week. :) I am happy to be here, I love showing up to visit you and to see what’s going on out there in blog design land as it’s an exciting place to be. It’s our space, you know? I’m grateful we can all meet online each day and share our ideas through blogs and sites like Facebook (by the way, I’m a Facebook addict and if you want to be my Facebook friend you can simply click here.) I also have a decor8 blog network over there if you feel like joining. I’m not sure exactly what the benefits are to having a blog network on Facebook but I reasoned since most of my friends have their blog listed I should join in on the action too.

It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesday! Yay! Here we go with an eclectic little mix of five sellers with everything from cupcakes to crochet creatures, postcards, and a dash of Victorian charm.

First up, Sweet Nellie just because I think little soft creatures are cute and who wouldn’t want to be gifted with such cuteness, adult or child? {etsy} {blog} {flickr}

Next, let’s visit more handcrafted goodness over at Yardia in Seattle. Yardia is Brigida Swanson (I love her name, sounds like an author) who is a teacher and an artist who received her degree at the wonderful Rhode Island School of Design. I really love her paper products, the colors that she uses, and her simple sweet illustrations. I think that you’ll really love her work, too. {etsy} {blog}

Have you heard of The Holland Fabric House based in Rotterdam? Oh it’s so colorful and happy, with textiles galore. The fabric wreaths for newborns are charming, what a pretty welcome prezzie to hang when baby arrives! The cheery pillows, iron on transfers, fabrics, notions, and patterns are great – what variety for those who craft. {etsy} {2nd etsy shop} {website}

Everyday is a Holiday at Jenny’s Bake Shop is an etsy store that I found via Facebook of all places. Jenny loves old fashioned bakeries and sweet shops, along with retro style, 1950’s ice cream parlors, and vintage party decorations, evident in all of her work. Postcards, candles, prints, ornaments… she is a painter so all images are based on her original works and handmade by Jenny Heid and her partner Aaron. Hooray to couples who craft. Awesomeness. {etsy} {blog}

This little Kansas girl has the cutest clothing & such and lucky for us, she’s not going to Oz anytime soon. Her shop name is Folk and I think this handmade crafty girl style is cute as a button. It’s absolutely unique and cozy, a little Dorothy combined with Victorian and that Steampunk style which is only growing in popularity these days thanks to our Japanese friends. Those Japanese are constantly kicking our butts with cool style, don’t you think? {etsy} {2nd etsy shop}

I hope that you liked my Etsy Take Five Tuesday today! I tried to pull together a variety of things to appeal to as many of you as possible while still staying within the lines of my personal taste. :)

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on December 09, 2008


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