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Posted in uncategorized on January 14, 2009

Anthropologie Craft Classes?

Huh? Can you believe it? Is this true? My friend Paris sent a link over to a post at The Budget Fashionista where they talked about about “Reinvention” (craft) classes offered at select Anthropologie stores nationwide. I know my local shop was offering stylist services for free in case you needed help pulling together an outfit, but I wasn’t aware of any craft classes. Sounds a hellava lot better than sitting around in a bright room around a folding table in Michael’s or these other chain craft stores. I love Michael’s (esp. the Martha line) but if Anthro does craft classes COUNT ME IN. I would love to know how they make some of their displays. I would serious enjoy going just for the sake of being nosey, you know?

Curiosity alone will kill me until I know more. Anyone have the full scoop or class schedule? I just called the Boston store about 3 seconds ago and they confirmed this is true (craft classes) but only at certain stores and the lady that I spoke to said that they aren’t doing them on a schedule or anything yet and she’s not sure how corporate plans to communicate the classes to customers… She also added Boston currently isn’t scheduled. I think this is in it’s very early stages. I haven’t heard a peep in design blogville so I’m wondering if anyone else knows or cares. I’ll call my people (he he) in morning to see if I can give you any more details on this.

So what do you think? Would you attend an Anthropologie craft event? What would you like for them to demonstrate (be as specific as you’d like)? What is your closest store in which you’d like to attend classes? I’m hoping for Burlington, MA. Sounds like it could be a nice way to network and spend an evening along with learn something new of course!

(images from anthropologie)

Posted in events on January 13, 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!

(images from sources linked above)

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

Orla Kiely Home Collection for Target

Hot off the press! Yes, you read that title correctly. Orla designs for Targey! As you know, Target enlists designers to create special collections for their store and starting on February 1st you will find Orla Kiely at your local Target with select items available on Target.com. Would you like a sneak peek?

The collection is quite extensive, I’ve been looking at the product shots for a few days and can’t believe the selection. There’s a printed laundry bag, hanging shoe organizer, totes, tablecloths, cork placemats, aprons, bowls, plates, canisters, and more all priced between $2.49 and $21.99. I really like the canisters, mustard yellow ceramic pitcher, mugs, glasses, cork placemats (so English!), shoe organizer, and the serving trays and bowls.

So what do you think? Are you surprised to see Orla at Target? Do you like what you see? Are you going to run to your nearest store on February 1st 15th? I highly suggest it because with all of these designer collections the good stuff goes very quickly!

(images from orla kiely and target)

Posted in events on January 13, 2009

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