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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Silver white winters that melt into Spring, these are a few of my favorite things… From Etsy of course! Here are my Etsy finds for the week and if you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to play catch up. Enjoy!

I really like Bread + Butter. Sorry, had to say that. Anyway, Bread + Butter is a fun collective of artists and designers in Brooklyn who appear to have a mild obsession with fonts and a good time designing great cards and prints. If I had a shop, I’d carry their paper products for sure.

I really like it when photographers experiment with toys, dolls, action figures, and miniatures — it fascinates me for some reason, could be because these little things often tell stories and when I look at them I start to imagine tales of my own. Erin Tyner is a photographer in Atlanta, Georgia that I really like, her perspective is unique and in addition to her miniature series I also like her macro work.

Anna Ruby King is an Australian living in Athens with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts who loves maps, fabric, nature, scientific drawings and diagrams, and illustrations. In her shop you’ll find carefully created envelopes, cards, fabric patches, and original pencil and gouache artwork that reflects all of the things in life she enjoys the most. Such pretty work.


Ever since I spotted Rosie Music in Mexico City last year I’ve been a constant fan. I love seeing what this girl is up to and her recent experiments with real wood totally caught my eye this week. It’s handmade in Mexico by a small company that re-cycles wood from already cut trees to create these extremely thin slices of wood veneer. I like the idea of printing on wood paper, it’s such a great look and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if more Etsy artists started to adopt this technique. Less renewable and unrenewable resources are used to manufacture this material than what is required to make ordinary paper if you can believe it. It would be a nice addition to all the prints we’re seeing on white paper and recycled book pages.

These cards are from ReLove Projects out of Boulder and remind me a lot of the designs I see coming out of Berlin and Amsterdam of floral patterned animals created from retro paper or fabric. I’ve been noticing lately that many artists are starting to experiment with silhouette or cut outs of animals, girls, and letters incorporating fabric or wallpaper. I like this very much, great work ReLove.

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

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Ready to see a few of my Etsy faves for the week? Okay, let’s go! Oh, and if you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. :)

You may have spotted the work of artist Michele Maule a few times already over in my Etsy favorites (left column). Her work is excellent — I especially like all the vintage blue typewriters that she paints and her soft color palette is simply dreamy. I broke down and ordered one of her original paintings of a typewriter last month and now I can’t wait for it to arrive. I think you’ll really like her work.

Cricicis Design is a small paper goods company based in Boston. The second I spotted cards with northern German cities on them (like Hannover, yay!), I placed an order. Her designs are modern and clean with an energetic color palette.

Soop is fun little design firm that is London-based. They create home products and rings, their home accessories are available right here and their quirky rings are in the Soop etsy store. The rings are unique, you can use several different designs, animals and such, to create your own unique landscape on your finger. I know, sounds confusing so you have to visit their etsy store and see for yourself.

Wren and Chickadee is a shop owned by Ez of Creature Comforts and her little daughter. With Ez at the wheel, it should be no surprise that the vintage, remade, and handmade items she has for sale are lovely. Ez has outstanding taste, her blog is one of my daily reads and as a person she is tops – a non-competitive blogger, genuinely supportive, easy to talk to, caring, and we’ve become very good e-friends just recently. She’s also the girl behind this decor8 post. I’m a big fan of Ez.

Blue Citrus Art is a female photographer originally from Europe now based in Encino, California. Her current focus is on the desert and she loves taking polaroids. I’ve never been to the CA desert but have always wanted to go and until I do, I will dream through Irene’s photos. I really like the donkey shown above in the middle of the highway and the old abandoned diner. To view more of her work, click here. Special promotion: Buy anything in her etsy store and get a free 5″ x 5″ or 7″ x 5″ print of any photo you choose!

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on March 04, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I can’t wait to show you a few of my favorite Etsy stores for this week. If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. This week, it’s all about paper, felt, paint, and a dash of fabric. Oh wait, that’s pretty much every week! :) Hope you like these finds, I had fun pulling them together.

Kiki & Polly. What a beautiful shop this is! The artist, Lisa Golightly (love her last name) is based in Portland, OR and has such a soft, delicate touch to her work, I’m so fond of it. She also does custom paintings of children in a style very similar to Claudine Hellmuth, another artist I love. Fabulous work, Lisa! Can I order one of everything?

SanFran67. Helen Musselwhite is based in the UK and does some wonderful things with a scalpel and paper! Everything in her shop is original and handmade, oh and did I mention affordable? Helen is such a creative inspiration. I must highlight how greatly I appreciate her efforts in showing the work in an actual space. I can’t stress how important this is for sellers, it really makes a difference in sales. Helen, great job.

Reyart. Handfelted birch bark bowls and pebbles, paintings, brooches, necklaces… Reya, a self-taught artist living in the Netherlands, clearly has talent and a great sense of style. Her items sell out quickly though, so if you see something you like, grab it or better yet, add her store to your RSS feed. Great tip for any etsy store you’d like to stalk on a regular basis. :)

Three words for ya. The Mincing Mockingbird. What can I say? This guy is genius. I love his work, it cracks me up. You have to at least visit his shop and buy a magnet or two even if you don’t need one of his fabulous bird portraits. Some of these are too funny. For reals.

Modiste Me. This shop features a delightful mix of of handmade items created by Canadian Julie Scott. “Modiste” is French for a “seamstress” or “dressmaker” and as Julie puts it, “It reflects both my French heritage and my creative pursuits”. Great work, Julie!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, walls on February 27, 2008

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays

Here’s a few of my favorite things for this week, all via Etsy of course! And don’t forget that if you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. I hope that you enjoy my finds for this week. :)

Thank goodness I’m saving for a house and cannot afford anything new right now or else I’d purchase a lot of beautiful pieces from mimi doodles. mimi, or m.i.m.i. (material indulgence minimizing impact) is a gorgeous collection of original paintings and prints that I’m completely smitten by, all from Chicago artist Michele Bosak. If I had a gallery, I’d book this lady in a heart beat (hint hint Nahcotta). Just look at her work. Working girls, modern chairs… Lovin’ Miss Mimi.

Abstract art, watercolors, oh LarrisonGo, your work really pulls me in. Another artist I’d book. And her shop assures us, “There are NO birds on twigs here, ever.” That really made me burst out laughing. :) But there are still birds just NOT on twigs, that’s obviously something that really gets under her skin and I think I know what she means as I’ve had about enough of certain motifs myself lately. When I look at art like this I have so many questions, I’d love to know exactly what she was thinking as she sat before a blank sheet of paper… Perhaps she’ll find this post and tell us.

Jennifer Eng wrote to me a few days ago, she’s the designer behind Jengs Shop in New York, a paper goods studio that she’s had on Etsy since May 2006 (where have we been, right!?). Her simple designs are both crisp and modern and I like her color palette, a bit more mature than the bright pinks and yellows I usually gravitate towards. :)

Dola Makes paints on dishes out of their Brooklyn apartment and I think the results are darling. What a cute couple, that Don and Lola. Had to show you their work, it’s one-of-a-kind and non-toxic so you can either eat off of it or display it, your choice. And you can bet no one else in your immediate circle will own your plate. Truly original!

Darling old-fashioned telephones just like Grandma once used! Only these are tiny original paintings by the creative minds over at Lab Partners in San Francisco. You have to pick one up… Ring, Ring!

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on February 13, 2008

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