Archive for April, 2009

Atlantic Treefox!

April 30, 2009

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I just wanted to share the amazingly enchanting monogram cross stitch that I just received from Erin at treefox. I am completely in love with it! Erin has the loveliest shop, filled with wonderful cross-stitched designs. I am so excited to find a home in my home worthy of something so precious.

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Gertrude & Mabel

April 30, 2009

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As long as we are giving shouts out to wedding photographers, I feel I must mention the wonderful photographers at Gertrude & Mabel Photography who shot Owen’s and my wedding a few years ago.

Not only do Heidi and Judy take fantastic and artistic candid shots, they are also total pros at making portraits not look super posed.

I’ll try to add a few of their shots from our wedding, but for now the shots above are all from Gertrude & Mabel Photography’s site. All images are ©Gertrude & Mabel.

engagement photos

April 30, 2009

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If I ever get married, I would love to have Max Wanger do the photography. I love that the personalities of each couple comes through in each of his photo sessions (and that the majority of them are done outdoors).

Grain Edit’s Mid-century Modern Sticker, Label and Stamp Club

April 29, 2009

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I was just looking around on Grain Edit and found a rather old post about the Mid-century Modern Sticker, Label and Stamp Club. I figure since the images in the club are all from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, it it OK that I’m a little late on posting about this. It is an AWESOME collection of, as the name would suggest, stickers, stamps and labels. The collection is beautiful to look at, but could also serve as a great resource for inspiration.

The images above were submitted by Max Friedrich Hartmann.

UPPERCASE Magazine

April 28, 2009

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I was so excited to receive my copy of UPPERCASE Magazine (a brand-new quarterly magazine published by Uppercase Gallery in Calgary) in the mail last week. I haven’t been able to read it super thoroughly yet, but from my few cursory looks, it is fantastic. I was a little nervous about subscribing without ever seeing it, but went ahead because the UPPERCASE blog is so well curated. So far, I have not been disappointed. Definitely check it out if you can — the magazine is available at a few retailers and, or course, at UPPERCASE.

The cover illustration is by Madrid-based artist Blanca Gómez; her work is available for purchase at her site and at her etsy shop. The lovely script on the lower-left corner of the cover is Mary Read (which Owen discussed in last week’s Font-y Friday).

installation art wonders

April 28, 2009

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This piece by collaborating artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen is breathtaking. Makes me miss doing installation art when I was back in college.

patterns

April 27, 2009

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These patterns/textures by Jeroen are lovely.

Sunday inspiration

April 26, 2009

Since I was feeling a little blue about coming into work on a Sunday, Paul cheered me up by taking me for a walk on San Francisco’s Coast Trail that runs along the Presidio to the Cliff House. These little snapshots are nothing exciting, but the walk reminded me to not take for granted the interesting and beautiful things that are all around us.

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Etsy Day: Etsy Greetings!

April 24, 2009

As we’ve mentioned before, we are members of the Etsy Greetings team. Here are a few great selections from a handful of our team members. To view tons more cards from Etsy Greetings, click here.

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Row 1: Armato Design & Press; Spotbear
Row 2: Melissa Kate; AJKArtistry
Row 3: LiSo Cards; Half Empty Press
Row 4: Two Hand Design; Twin Ravens
Row 5: Wheeler Studio; Grey Moggie Greetings

Etsy Day: Scherenschnitte!

April 24, 2009

Many cultures have many different names for the art of cut paper: Scherenschnitte (German), Kirie (Japanese), Sanjhi (Indian) and Papel Picado (Mexican) are just a few. In honor of etsy day and my love of silhouettes, I’ve chosen some papercuttings that range from semi-traditional and folky to super-intricate and modern. All of these amazingly delicate works of art are cut by hand.

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Row 1: papercutdiecut, Papercuts by Joe
Row 2: Miss Macau, papercutdiecut
Row 3: Pen and Paper, Tina Tarnoff
Row 4: MyPaperCutting, Lisa Loo
Row 5: Arabesque Arts By Darcy, olympicsparrer88
Row 6: vanillarp, Jenny Lee Fowler

Etsy Day: Fun with Faux Bois

April 24, 2009

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Row 1:
Plush Tree Stump from Little Seedlings; Bump on a Log Cufflinks from Block Party Press

Row 2:
Tree on the Wall — No. 9
from Creative Exploits; Natural Stump Tote from Small Stump

Row 3:
Bluegrass Birds Letterpress Print from Cindy Tomczyk Art; pick-up sticks / bundle o’ three cat toys from spellwell

Row 4:
Tweet Woodgrain quilt wallet/card holder from Coco + Milkweed; Stump Gocco card from Off a Tree

Row 5:
Log and Owls Cross Stitch from The Great Northern; Wood Frame Thank You cards from Design des Troy*

Row 6:
Horse Ribbon Button from tiniest j*; Brown Screen Printed Wool Log Pillow from My Imaginary Boyfriend

* Typically we wouldn’t include our own products in one of these Etsy features, but we are all so into woodgrain that we just had to.

Etsy day: Handmade pixellations

April 24, 2009

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Credits and commentaries after the jump.

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Etsy Day: Useful sites for Etsy sellers

April 24, 2009

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I love having a shop on etsy, but, as anyone who sells on etsy will tell you, it requires a fair amount of work to do it sucessfully. If you have an etsy shop and need a little help, or if you are thinking about starting an etsy shop, I highly recommend checking out the links below.

The Ultimate Newbie Guide
This newbie guide from sagittariusgallery just had its second anniversary in the forums. It is an amazing resource for new sellers and buyers on etsy. It has links to tons of useful forum posts on topics from uploading a shop banner to tracking views in Google Analytics to tips on photography.

The Etsy Seller’s Handbook
The Etsy Seller’s Handbook is an index of all of the How-To posts from Etsy’s blog, The Storque. The Storque is a great reference in general, but the articles linked from the Seller’s Handbook seem particularly useful. There are articles not only on the basics of selling on etsy, but but also on topics like marketing and pricing.

Etsy Wiki
I think the name explains it all. It is a user-contibuted wiki for all things etsy-related.

Craftcult Heart-o-Matic
I look at the Heart-o-Matic all the time. It is a super convenient way to see if your shop or items have any new hearts. Craftcult has also recently added an area where you can see if any of your items have been featured on the front page, on the Storque or any of the Gift Guides.

Craftopolis
Craftopolis is another great tool similar to the Heart-o-Matic. It tells you if you are featured in any treasuries (including treasury west).

Modish Biz Tips
If you read design blogs, chances are pretty good the you’ve read Modish, from blogger Jena Coray. But you may not know that Jena also has a business blog, Modish Biz Tips. Modish Biz Tips has, as the name would suggest, a ton of great business tips for creative small-business owners. They are launching a new monthly feature called The Etsy Way, which will be written by Shannon Riffe and will feature etsy selling and marketing tips.

The Bakery
The Bakery is a firm owned by Jaime Derringer and Erin Loechner that helps small businesses with a variety of business needs like marketing, blog development and PR. I haven’t used them, but their blog has a number of uesful business related articles and they also have an etsy shop which sells a printed manual for selling on Etsy.

If there are any sites/links that have been of particular help to you, please post them in the comments below.

Please note, The Experts Agree is not responsible for the content on any of the sites mentioned above. None of the above sites, with the exception of the Storque, is affiliated with Etsy.com.


Font-y Friday: “Unchanged since 2002. Now completely new.”

April 24, 2009

In case this is the font-iest of blogs you read, let me be the first to break it to you that Typographica is back! Their opening salvo, a return of the “Oscars of type Design,” their Favorite Typefaces of the year feature (see also 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 entries), is terrific and their new layout marvelous.

This is one of a handful of blogs that were in my very first blog bookmarks folder, that inspired me since waaaay back in the day. I know I teased them for not updating (and url vagaries) in my eulogy of SpeakUp and now I feel like crap about it. But as Stephen Coles writes in his very read-worthy note about the relaunch [please note that his links in this passage constitute the A-list of type blogs/forums today! Bookmark’m!]

It wasn’t just that our attention was diverted — other type bloggers took the reins and did it better, more beautifully and comprehensively, with more brains, more fervor, and more expertise. And, of course, there’s really no reason to go anywhere else to discuss type with knowledgeable peers than Typophile.

The new typographica, then, is not trying to compete with its supercharged grandchildren as another type blog, but as a “vehicle for typeface recommendations and reviews.” I couldn’t be more excited. Four of our favorites from this year’s favorites list (other than Archer that we already established is next on our must-have list!) … after the jump.

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Etsy Day is Friday!

April 23, 2009

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Tomorrow, Friday the 24th, is Etsy Day. Check back tomorrow (throughout the day) for lots of fun etsy related posts!

Etsy Day image by Anda

Baby Let’s Play House

April 23, 2009

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The trailer for Sivan Gur-Arieh’s film short film Baby Let’s Play House is now available on YouTube and on her site. Owen and I worked with Sivan on the titles, credits and DVD art for the film. The trailer is good, but I think the film is fantastic.

Baby Let’s Play House, Sivan’s MFA thesis film, won Best Film at the Sundeis Film Festival, and has continued its festival circulation in Manhattan’s East Village Anthology Film Archives at the New Filmmakers Screening Series, and in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Short Film Screening Series.

If you get a chance to see a screening, don’t miss it!

We’re past this now.

April 22, 2009

So the New York Times Magazine this week was The Green Issue. The articles are pretty good, and they’re online with what looks like a lot of other media. I am excited for instance about electric cars that swap batteries rather than refuel. The weekly profile is on Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Catalog, WELL, Clock of the Long Now), who is fascinating and inspiring. But here’s my gripe: Windsor?
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For this issue, the magazine’s feature headlines are all set in this most un-current of types. I know that I am a type geek, but I bet you can see it too this time: these bulbous, deco-a-go-go letters signify the past as surely as tie-dyes with bell-bottoms. Look at the characters “2009”: it looks frickin’ ludicrous to see our current date clothed in this type. It looked old-fashioned the first time Woody Allen used it (he favors the condensed cut) and it’s only gotten more willfully apart-from-the-times in the dozen times he’s kept using it since. (It looked old-fashioned even in the 1970s; like so much of the vernacular type of the day it was stolen from the art movements from half a century ealier.)

The rationale seems to be because it was used for the Whole Earth Catalog, but that doesn’t fly with me. This indicates to me the reader that environmentalism is best thought of as a phase from the 70s. If you’re going to report on the state of the world right now, NYTM, please please don’t use the vernacular type of yesteryear. In fact unless you want to evoke the 70s best to just keep your ITC locked away.

Ok, rant over.

Water water every steer.

April 22, 2009

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Happy Earth Day folks (though we hope that by April 2009 you’re thinking of the Earth more than one day a year)! I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult it is to reframe one’s thinking into ecoefficient decision making. I for one am a fan of infographics for this.

Good Magazine has an infographic comparing the water consumption involved in various things you might do in your day that clearly shows something that few of us consider. While using a low-flow showerhead may save a dozen gallons a day, opting out of a pound of beef saves 1500 gallons.

The experts don’t want to be preachy about it, but jeez. First Michael Pollan showed us how inefficient an example of sunlight-calorie rationing meat was, and now this? Less beef, people. Many more people eating somewhat less beef, please, for the future?

Also, folks at Good? Nice infographic. You had me at 1500 green drops.
Meat is Murder Water.

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Plaid? Rad!

April 21, 2009

Everyone seems to be mad for plaid these days. I’m a sucker for intersecting stripes, so please enjoy just a few finds from Etsy. If you do, I’ll be ever so glad.

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Row 1: Avril Loreti, SKIRT
Row 2: Elizabeth Bauman, Dude and Chick
Row 3: Penguin & Fish, Jordynn Mackenzie
Row 4: Ball & Chain, Cosmonaut Shop
Row 5: Crafty Crafterson, Archibald Design Studio

Modern Ecomomy Sample Sale

April 21, 2009

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For those of you in San Francisco, I highly recommend checking out the Modern Ecomony Sample Sale at Fort Mason on May 2nd. The sale is organized by Mateo Ilasco and will feature over 40 great designers including Jill Bliss, Petit Collage, Perch! and Variegated, Inc.

For those of you who aren’t in San Francisco, it looks like Modern Economy will be having a 48-hour online sale beginning September 9th.