It’s time to get back on track again with Etsy Take Five Tuesday, which was seriously delayed due to my move and then the recent retreat in Marrakesh. I was a tad bit upside down without knowing which end was up but now I can get back to the regularly schedule program again with my Etsy column. Next year I’m definitely going to change it up a bit but for now, Etsy Take Five Tuesday remains until the end of December 2010. I can’t believe I’ve been writing this column for so long — and that you all love it so much — it’s very energizing for me but also quite time consuming to produce as I don’t like to just throw anything up on the blog without careful consideration first. I can’t wait to show you how I plan to update the column in January. With that said, here are my picks for this week. I’m sure you will find a few things to love. :)
First up this week is and O design in Melbourne, Australia which is run by Japanese artist Yumi Ando. All of her lovely ceramic pieces are inspired by both Australian and Japanese culture and produced in limited run batches and made by hand using slab techniques.
Macha Jewelry in London has some amazing pieces — their rings are my favorite. “New techniques are introduced on a seasonal basis, producing an eclectic and constantly re-invented line which fuses British heritage, and rock ‘n roll androgyny.” Love it!
Based in San Francisco, The Utilitarian Franchise makes pillows using vintage illustrations and hand screen printing them in custom colors (your choice!) making them a unique addition to your home.
Eva Ricci is a Fine Art Photographer with ethereal, beautiful work that explores a variety of subjects and techniques as her work is quite organic since she enjoys letting the camera and her heart show her the way. Eva just started advertising on decor8 yesterday, I have to mention this because I have a strong policy against paid editorial coverage (I have not and will never do it) but in this case, I had Eva down to feature her in this column weeks ago and I didn’t want to dodge her now that she has an ad on my site. However, she has not paid for this coverage — it is simply from my heart without strings. :)
Neapolitan paper + home is a collection of stationery and objects with both vintage and modern sensibilities – from book jackets to cards, there is something for everyone (I just so happen to love them all!).
Spot any new must-haves to add to your list?
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It’s Etsy time! I have some great sellers for you to enjoy this week. Prints, rubber stamps, badges, paper cuts, porcelain, doodles and much, much more!
Now it’s time to visit Wapa who is ceramicist Ady Shapira in Israel. Ady lives and works in a small village that is, “surrounded by citrus orchards near the Mediterranean Sea.”
I found out about Paule Trudel Bellemare from Anna over at Door Sixteen since her dog Fritz was a “model” for one of Paule’s portraits. I love her custom work of owners with their dogs, this would be the best gift ever!
Finally we have the lovely work of Flora Chang from Happy Doodle Land, a designer/illustrator originally from Taiwan who works for Hallmark Cards in Missouri and has her lovely doodle shop on the side. :)
I hope that you enjoyed my picks for the week!
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Today for Etsy Take Five Tuesday I have a little vintage, a little modern, and a lot of pretty things for you to look at and hopefully fave! Here are my top five shop picks for the week. I hope that you enjoy them.
Alice Wingerden lives and collects lovely vintage things in Rochester, NY for Looking Glass House, an inspiring shop packed with carefully curated finds.
Mom Jill and her 5-year-old daughter Bella have a sweet mother daughter shop called le Vintage Maison where you can find all sorts of vintage things, mostly for the home. Some items are sold in collections, which is always fun because you can buy the whole she-bang in one click!
I think I could feature the amazing Leah Duncan every week and never tire of her work. Sadly, I have yet to actually own anything from Leah but I think once I move and settle in to my new place I’ll pick up some goodies. I’m swooning currently over her scarf and some of her latest pillows shown above. Ah Leah, you are such a great designer and artist!
The clever husband and wife design duo who make up Uncommon are just sooo genius. I really like their clean, modern look and feel and I keep coming back to their white wood chandelier — I have no clue where I’d put it or why I love it so much, I just do. It’s a great silhouette I guess and who knows, I could find some use for it — even just to look adorable and only that!
Jen is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with her BFA in Jewelry and Metals. Her shop, Quench Metal Works, is a lovely blend of old and new that may intrigue you as much as it did me!
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No you are not seeing things! It really is Wednesday but I missed posting this yesterday – better late than never I guess! How are you today? I hope that you are well. I’ve been quite busy as I’m on deadline with my book and I leave again on Monday, this time for Belgium and the Netherlands AND London, so I feel a bit hurried to get everything done before I go. But enough talk about work, let’s focus on some Etsy shops that I want to share with you for this week.
Lauren Brady of Two Shoes Studio sells original paintings and prints and I’m loving her paintings of shoes. I’d love to see her list more originals, I love the brushstrokes and colors, but most of all, shoes make me happy and I love seeing them painted in this way. P.S. Her new website is finished, and it’s lovely!
Valero Doval is a talented mixed media artist from Valencia who recently had his work in the Pool Gallery in Berlin! His work is attracting attention and for good reason… he is brilliant. His “Aerofauna” series, or birds and planes, would be great in a boy’s room.
L’Daim Fille is artist Jennifer Parks who lives Portland, Oregon with her son and creates art, “for arts sake”. I think her hand drawings are interesting and would love to see some of them in vintage oval black frames arranged on a wall.
Bink & Boo live in coastal southern California and they love to scour thrift shops and estate sales for vintage fabrics to incorporate into their designs, from these fab pocketbooks shown above to bibs and baby shoes. I think all of these patterns could easily inspire a retro kitchen decor, don’t you? I love the thought of having a little country cottage with plaid cafe curtains, chairs that don’t match painted in bright colors like chartreuse and coral around a vintage modern white tulip table, and some fun tea towels with trims resembling some of the floral patterns above.
Hillary Bird in San Francisco has a very strong brand, the moment you see her work you know its a Hillary Bird creation! If you happen to be in her city this weekend, you can catch her work live at the Renegade Craft Fair at booth 171 from July 31 + August 1 from 11-7 p.m.
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