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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I love writing this weekly Etsy round up because it gives me (and I think you!) something to look forward to and it keeps me motivated to continue digging for pearls on Etsy. I often wonder if I’ll ever run out of sellers to spotlight in this column, though etsy spills over with one amazingly talented shop owner after another perhaps I’ll have enough to write about for a very long time. What a treasure trove! Ready to check out my top five picks for this week?

First up, Line Juhl Hansen, whom I mentioned only briefly yesterday in this post. After visiting her etsy shop this morning I found that she just listed a ton of beautiful original paintings so I had to write about her right away. This is your chance to own an original piece from Line. Her work really inspires me, but then again you know how much I love mixed media paintings so to you it’s no surprise that Line’s work pulls me in.

Next is Mrs. French (first name not revealed which makes her more interesting I think), the author behind the beautiful blog called Bliss (that I found today via a comment left on decor8 (here) via Sarah at Serendipity). I’d not heard of Mrs. French before so it was nice to be introduced to her blog, thanks Sarah! Mrs. French is not only a blogger but a talented photographer as you can see above and has recently opened an etsy shop where she sells her radiant work… I am especially drawn to pink flowers lately even though it’s Fall and I guess I should be more keen on orange and yellow. I guess my heart is still trapped in summer dreams. I’m not yet willing to face the swiftly approaching months of winter so pink it is! And just look at that fantastic owl photograph – super!


Anna Cote just wrote in to let us know that her 2009 calendar is now available for order in her etsy shop and that last year when I wrote about it she reminded met that it sold out… so I guess that means if you want one grab it while you can! Anna thanks for letting us know, and congrats on having your ’09 calendar ready in advance – smart girl!

Salendro Design is a design studio based in Montreal that produces limited run products like these practical (and cute!) hooks. I just ordered a set for my hallway since I can use them for my keys. Love these little guys!

Shesells is a darling little jewelry boutique with charming finds that happen to be very affordable and in tune with current trends – sparrows, owls, elephants – some of our favorites, right? I really like her sweet collection and think you will too. Tomorrow is October 1st, I think it’s time to start thinking about accessorizing for all of our cute Fall outfits! :) I’m digging purple, teal, and yellow this season, what colors are you absolutely loving right now for clothing?

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on September 30, 2008

Jessie Randall Has What It Takes!

Inspirational small biz story: Jessie Randall

Posted in uncategorized on September 29, 2008

My Umbrella, ella, ella…

Let the rain pour! I LOVE these umbrellas

Posted in uncategorized on September 29, 2008

Sidsel Gaustadnes & Spagat

I cannot deny my love for owls. I carry a photograph of one in my wallet and look at it whenever I need courage or if I’m in a bad mood — I glance at my little owl and the world is all better again. Don’t laugh, I love carrying around little tokens that reel me back in whenever I’m feeling a little out of balance. Something about owls in particular really captivates me. When I was little my mother took me regularly to this beautiful sculpture park and garden in South Carolina near our house called Brookgreen Gardens. It was my absolute favorite place to go, especially because it had a small zoo where I would spend hours admiring the owls. I would stand before them perched high in their tree and imagine what they were thinking, what they did when the zoo closed, if they understood what I said as I spoke to them. I always felt tremendous peace looking at them, the great horned owls were my favorites…

It’s no surprise why today I’m still very much a lover of owls. I’m always interested when I find others who have been inspired enough by owls to photograph them or include these gorgeous birds into their artwork or pattern designs, like artist and graphic designer Sidsel Gaustadnes from the Spagat blog and shop.

A card Sidsel designed that will soon be in her shop… no owls here but look closely at what it says. It’s a riot but many a truth is told in jest!

Doesn’t this arrangement look so sweet? These are paintings by Sidsel and her studiomate Line Juhl Hansen. Line is a professional artist and freelance architect who has a lovely blog here and an Etsy shop. I’d love to own a painting from Line or Sidsel.

Do you like owls too? If not, what do you enjoy seeing in artwork that gives you good memories of times past? I love owls, birds in general, and girls – fashion illustrations, abstract paintings of women, and of course florals… I never tire of flowers.

(images from Sidsel Gaustadnes)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on September 29, 2008

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