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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Here are some new finds from Etsy this week that you just may look at and say, “I have to have it!”. Peonies, linen, wood, a conjoined couple, some softy storefronts… They’re all here waiting to inspire - Enjoy!

Cool Citrus Basil in Singapore makes so many sweet little things that all look so delicate and pretty. I like that she works with a lot of linen because it’s one of my fabric fabrics to wear and use in the home. I love the weave and how durable and comfortable it is. I someday want a linen chair upholstered using pale cream French vintage feed sacks accented with a few navy stripes.


K Studios designer Shelly Klein has a new etsy store where she offers original paintings and pillows. I just stumbled upon it today while searching for embroidered goods. This conjoined pillow made me laugh because I feel this represents my husband and I so perfectly since I often feel like our brains are connected. Our anniversary is next month so I guess with nearly 7 years behind us, 10 years total if you include the time we dated, it only makes sense that we’d start to know what is on the mind of the other. Some have this with their friends, parents, lovers, and it is just the best feeling in the world, don’t you think? This pillow reminds us of the blessing we have to enjoy such bonds.


Lush pink peonies are my favorite flower but I find them incredibly difficult to keep indoors as the moment they are plucked from my garden, they fade and the beautiful petals start to fall. My mother has a background in floral designer so perhaps I should pick up the phone for some tips because she did not pass the green thumb to her daughter. :( But ah… Peonies. I especially enjoy the romantic modern photography of Kari Herer whom I read about today on Grace’s blog. A peony photo (or two) is one sure way to preserve their beautiful petals forever in your home.


I shared these with you last week over in the Etsy Faves but I had to write a little something about Beacon Bookmarks because they are super cute, useful, and a good reminder to read more books. It seems like everyone does their reading online these days but I keep a few novels on my bedside table at all times — currently I’m reading Empress by Shan Sa.


I also featured the adorable soft toys of Mummy Sam in my Etsy faves a few weeks ago but realized that giving her some blog space is a must since this artistic lady is nothing short of inspiring. I know where I’m going when I have children someday — Mummy Sam’s etsy shop! Wouldn’t it be sweet to have a bench seat beneath the window in a nursery and a collection of these tall slim storefronts arranged on a pretty box cushion? I keep adding all of these things to my database for future reference as I really want to own my own storefront. I keep telling myself that I will have a Holly Shop. I think I can, I think I can! My husband and I had a really long conversation about it again last night and he is 100% behind me so we’ll see what the future holds. Blogging from my little shop sounds like heaven, that way I can still mingle with all of you and meet new people and help build my community and support artists in a whole different way in addition to decor8.

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on June 17, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Are you ready to see what’s shakin’ at Etsy this week? We have a little anthropomorphism, a few ceramics, some children hanging out with their imaginary pals, giddy London, and a pair of black and white striped tights that, admit it, you’d love to wear with bright red wellies!


First up is ceramicist Jasna Sokolovic. Born in Yugoslavia and now based in Vancouver, I found her while searching for ceramics recently on Etsy and couldn’t wait to share her work with you today. Her etsy shop is called Jasna Ceramics and she also has a website where she shows us her process and work studio. Her ceramic bracelets are to die for. Love this lady!

Now it’s time for a little human/animal hybrid action! Runny Bunny is a full-time studio artist in North Carolina who mixes man and beast using clay and paint to form rather unique pieces of art. Many artists are working with animal heads on human bodies, it’s been quite popular for a long time if you think about it, consider myths and the stories you read as a child, gods and goddesses of times past… I like to see how contemporary artists interpret such stories into their work and think that Runny Bunny does a rather nice job. Etsy recently covered anthropomorphism as a trend right here.


Jessica is the talented lady behind Vol:25, a completely self taught artist who genuinely loves creating and bringing joy to her customers. Her fresh, modern prints are youthful and spirited, they evoke feelings of being a carefree little girl… Attending the town fair, eating so much cotton candy that your tummy aches, chasing fireflies… Her work is imaginative and charming.


Here’s a little more cuteness for you today. This time it’s Tollipop, an artist I just found last week and bookmarked right away. I have a feeling that you will like her as much as I do. Her drawings feature creative kids on the go who seem to have quite active imaginations. The artist claims that as a child she had imaginary friends, so I’m guessing her little drawings are of how she remembers her own childhood. These are very sweet.


I really love the mood here in this photo, it brings me back to the first time I visited London 12 years ago. I swear I stood at this same spot admiring the double-decker buses that my beloved Morrissey once sang about. I recall the rush of the morning commute as I stood there completely jet-lagged yet loving every minute of this city called London. This great photo by NestaHome combines both hand drawing and photography, something I hope to see more and more of in the Indie art + craft world because I really love the idea of altering photos in this way. It reminds me of this children’s book that I like called Knuffle Bunny. Have you seen it?

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, walls on May 28, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday! Time to see what’s cooking over on Etsy this week, at least according to me. :) I found a few Germans, a girl in Greece, a crafty lady in Vancouver, and a few super cute bibs including one that is as old as I am (and this one isn’t for sale). Ready?

Sieben Morgan is Tinee Kleinschroth, a German talent who creates all items by hand and those that you see with patterns are hand printed. A full-time freelance artist who specializes in printmaking, Tinee’s shop is such a treat to look through. She also has a blog.


Apple & Eve creates the sweetest little pillows! Eva is Estonian but currently living in Germany and makes the cutest crafts from home with great attention to all the little details. Darling!


Kup Kup Land is Kima, who studied graphic design and illustration. She loves to experiment with a variety of materials but seems to like felt the best. Kima was born in Barcelona then moved to Santander and now Athens — no doubt her colorful, sunny surroundings are the reason for her lively crafts.


Leslie Rogers’ little shop called Uptown Design has some of the cutest crochet characters and she takes some really cute photos. She is from Vancouver and the moment you step into her shop you’ll want to be a kid again. Go ahead, you totally can. :) She has a Dawanda store, too.


I don’t feature a lot of things for children but I have to show you Bunny Bum because I am crazy about these bibs. My best friend in Germany, Sandra, just had a daughter and my local close friend Paris is due this summer, so I’m thinking about babies a lot lately. And when I saw these mini quilts with pillows for dolls, I also couldn’t resist sharing them because they made me feel extremely happy inside. My mother made these for my Barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I have so many nice memories of my mother sewing things for my dolls that this wave of joy comes over me whenever I see handmade dolly things. :) I always felt so cherished when she made little things just for me. Like this…

I still have my first bib. My mother made this for me when she was 25 and I was waiting to be born. After I arrived, this is the bib that she gave me during feeding time. I always kept it neat and safe, my favorite dolly wore it until I was in my teens and then it was tucked away in a special box. It’s still in the box but I took it out today for the first time in years to share it here. I can’t wait to someday give it to the baby I hope to have in the future.

Handmade things never go out of style, are always cherished, and make the recipient feel so loved.

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, kids, walls on May 14, 2008

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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