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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I am so happy to share with you today another edition of Etsy Take Five Tuesday. Today I’ll be brief since I wrote so much earlier in other posts but I’m certain you’ll fall in love with my favorite five Etsy sellers this week. Enjoy!

First up, Lolley Land and her owls. Oh I cannot resist such cuteness, and I love the folksy feel, they have a very Scandinavian vibe I think. What do you think? Are they the cutest owls ever or what?!

Next is Anke’s Little Shop, also known as Linotte created by Anke Weckmann in London. Her pins and prints are super sweet. She has a lot of talent and a very original style.


I found Ulmer, or James Ulmer Illustrations, through Anke and instantly fell in love with this Philadelphia-based artist and his prints. Again, more original work in a style all his own. Love it. Yip Yip and Happy Days are insta-faves of mine.

I’m really enjoying the bag designer Made By Hank right down to the brand name stitched onto each and every bag — love this level of detail.

And finally for Take Five Tuesday today I’d like to share with you Bound To and her handmade books. I am a book and journal junkie, I have so many unused journals just waiting for me to pen a few words. But I stash and I stash and for what reason? No clue. But I tell you this, I’m not stopping anytime soon. Anyone share this addiction with me?

(images linked above to their origins)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 02, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hi All! I am Julieann founder of Jace Interiors, a design firm here in Cambridge, MA and the interior design blogger for the Tastemakers over at Stylefeeder! Holly introduced me to decor8 readers back in 2006 with an interview. We met in person at the SoWa Open Market and she has become a great design friend. She has asked me to fill in for her Etsy Take 5 Tuesday post today while she is getting settled in Germany (can we all say…. so jealous?!). Its been great to take a peak inside her new abode over at Haus Maus, its as if we are secretly all stashed in her suitcase!

Today I decided to have an Etsy theme, this helps me to not go off track since I am known to sit for hours scouting through all the sellers! I am a big fan of small hostess and housewarming gifts, especially if you take into account the personality of the homeowner. So on to my Etsy finds! Lets take a peak shall we?

First up is the FABULOUS Aki Takada and her store Oktak. I recently purchased this little bird purse for a friend and I have to say when it arrived in the post I was just giddy. It is the perfect size for a cell, mirror, lipgloss, money and a few other trinkets. They are extremely well made with 60′s/70′s vintage textiles. She also has a “frame purse” which is just delightful. Take a peek at her store since she has some great baby gifts too!

Michelle Brusegaard has the sweetest linens. She proclaims to have “art and craft ADD”, I believe a few of us can relate to that! Her linens would make a lovely gift for a host of a dinner party especially if you have an idea of the color scheme. I love setting a table with special linens even if it is just for pizza, it makes it seem more festive. These Dusty Aqua with Red Poppy Napkins and the Red Poppies Notecards are my favorites. Check out the rest of her store and her great blog too!


If you have not explored John W Golden you should take a look into his world. For years his work was all over network television! First I fell in love with his “By Order of Management” signs which always reminded me of something my mother would say. Now I see he has great city nickname signs like this BeanTown (Boston) one, obviously close to my heart!

How many homeowners do you know who have newborns and are in love with their puppers! Many I imagine, so along comes the brilliant Bella Blu Designs! She creates these fabulous onesies for the little tot with dog appliques in fun busy prints. Too cute! You will be the hit of any baby shower with this combo as a present!

Lastly we have the little gem Paloma’s Nest. This is one of those gifts not many people would necessarily get for themselves but once scattered over a dining table or each one placed at individual settings, I can only imagine the fun conversation which would begin! They use all the leftover wood for the “little thought for your day” building blocks! They are just too sweet: Smile Big, Have Hope, Love and Laugh Often are just a few. Great idea and nice to see there is nothing going to waste!

Thanks for letting me share some of my finds from Etsy, it was great fun! Please share some of your favorite and unique hostess gifts from Etsy if you’d like by commenting. Thanks for having me!

(text from julianne of jace interiors, images linked to sources above)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, guest bloggers on August 19, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello decor8 readers! My name is Michelle Caplan, and I am a Mixed Media Collage Portrait Artist based out of Los Angeles and I’m here to cover Etsy Take Five Tuesday for Holly today. I was lucky enough to meet Holly in 2005 when she purchased one of my pieces. We became fast friends and she introduced me to the blogging world, and encouraged me to start my own blog. It was during the very early days of decor8, and Holly helped to inspire me then to push myself to new limits, and she inspires me now with the eye-candy that is this amazing blog! My studio is in my home and I spend a great deal of time surfing the web and seeing photos of other artist creations, but rarely get to see them in person. In an attempt to interact more with the outside world I recently began working in the new brick and morter Henry Road gift boutique located in Studio City, CA.

The store is owned by my good friend Paula Smail, who is the brains behind the fabric line Henry Road. Paula has dedicated her shop to be a fabulous place to find one-of-a-kind vintage and antique items. She has also made a commitment to showcase and support independent crafters and artists. It is a perfect balance of new and old, and of manufactured and handmade. Holly shared a mini tour of this shop in May however since many of these artisans have their own Etsy shops, I thought it might be fun to share my top 5 favorite Etsy Shops whose work I have finally seen in person in Paula’s shop, and am totally enamored with!

This adorable little gnome is the creation of the fine minds at Brooklyn Rehab. Every time I walk past him in the shop he just makes me smile! I can see him hanging out as a fun paperweight on a desk, or peeking out of a kitchen window sill herb garden. He is just too fun!

The deer head collage sculptures of Jennifer Khoshbin are fascinating in her photos, but you cant really appreciate the scale and impact until you hang one on your wall! She is definitely one of my most favored recent finds!

These anemone bowls from Element Clay Studio were so gorgeous in person, that the second we unpacked the shipment, I chose the one that would be coming home with me! It sits atop my dresser and is a great and unexpected receptacle of my jewelry at the end of every day.

We recently got in this fab pillow from the brand spanking new shop Sown! Each pillow is made from a vintage feed sack, and incorporates modern printed fabrics! This one actually has a Henry Road fabric on it! We are eagerly awaiting a new shipment!!

One of the coolest aspects of Henry Road is that every 3 months, there will be a new local artist featured on the walls! I have been a longtime admirer of Michelle Moodes work, and we have been lucky enough to have her as our late summer artist. Her smaller pieces are incredible, but large and in person, these pieces are so amazing! Each is like its own universe, reminiscent of the flower in Horton Hears a Who! I love love love Michelles’ sense of balance, and how she has expressed herself through her arrangements. (I am excited to say that my own work will be featured in the October show!)

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour through some of my favorite Etsy shops. I hope that there are some finds here that you may not have seen before, and that you will be inspired to browse Etsy.

(photos and text by michelle caplan)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on August 12, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ready to view my picks for this week from Etsy? Of course you are, we all love to see what’s cooking over at Etsy and it seems there is always someone new to discover. Enjoy!

Vicky Riley is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e. Love this girl. Her color palette is soft and girly, her handmade pieces are sweet and endearing. Bags, coin purses, badges, I can’t stop looking at the things in her shop. So Anthropologie only not nearly as expensive! Delicate and detailed, loads of layering and texture, I’m hoping she’ll add more pillows at some point! Lovely work, Miss Riley! Psst: Don’t miss her blog.

I’m a little bag-obsessed this week so please bare with me. Another sweet store on etsy is run by Susan Lam and it’s called Lami Design based in San Francisco. I can’t stop but think about how many hours Susan must put into each bag and yet they are priced so well. She is also an illustrator who designs her own journals and such, perfect for tucking away in your new Lami Design bag. Her shop makes me want to pack a picnic lunch and run to the nearest park to take in the last bits of summer. :)

Ana Laura Perez is the lady behind Bang Bags based in Buenos Aires and I first found her via the wonderful Creature Comforts. She sells mostly bags, which are nice, but I’m enjoying her illustrations in a big way. Click here to peek at the beautiful illustrations in her Flickr album.

I feel weird even blogging about Esther Coombs because I’ve seen her work on every single blog I can think of over the past few weeks and I have no clue who to credit for finding out about her etsy store at this point! So sorry for that. But I’ve known about Esther for awhile now but her work wasn’t available via Etsy until April. I’m so pleased you can now order it directly from her, she is such a great talent and though her pieces are not as affordable as some of you may like I’m sure you can appreciate what goes into creating these fine things and the fact that they’re one-of-a-kind means something… Right?

One thing you may not have guessed is that, though I love all of the cuteness and sweet colors I feature on decor8, I’m a huge fan of the Dada movement, and so proud to say that Kurt Schwitters is from Hannover. I really like this letterpress print, I went to New York a few years ago just to see the National Gallery of Art’s 2006 Dada Exhibition at the MoMA and loved it so this poster from Yee Haw takes me back… I think you’ll like a lot of the prints over at Yee Haw and there’s even a cute t-shirt thrown in to mix it up. The back of the shirt pictured reads, “If you don’t like my peaches don’t shake my tree”. Pretty cheeky there, Yee Haw.

I’m curious… What do you think are/will be the next big Etsy trends? I’m seeing lots of vintage china being used as a surface for illustrative work and then refired… I’m also seeing more and more covered paperclips, tacks, clothes pins and Amy Butler everything on Etsy from bags to shower curtains. Badges are still hot. Owls and silhouettes of course, along with every other bird know to mankind. Wall decals are everywhere. I’m also noticing products that promote the upcoming election and encourage voting.

What are you noticing as trends in the indie arts and crafts world?

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on August 05, 2008

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