Archive for the ‘Crafty things’ Category

What we’re buying…

June 10, 2009

We thought it might be nice on occasion to let you in on a few of the our recent etsy purchases that haven’t yet been featured in our weekly Etsy Schmetsy round ups. We wouldn’t want anyone having the misconception that only sell on and post about etsy — we are also frequent etsy shoppers. This week’s purchases are all made by Samantha and Jessica (tiniestj); it appears that Owen and Kirsten have been exhibiting a bit more budgetary control.

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Read on for credits and comments.

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Lovely, lovely lace, lace, lace.

June 10, 2009

As some of you may know, I love lace. I am so intrigued by the femininity and intricacy of the patterns: so delicate, yet structural. Here are some delightful lace and lace-inspired finds from Etsy that I’m loving at the moment.

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Row 1: Recycled Canvas and Lace Tote Bag by Forest Bound; Abelina Lace Necklace by Fox & Clover; Antique Linen and Lace Sachet by Tuttie Lou

Row 2: Laced Ring by All Those 3hrees; Greer Necklace by tree & kimball; Soft French Lace Bag by tortilla girl

Row 3: Saffron Headband by teeny house bunny; Spool of Lace by The $5 French Market; Lace Ring No. 1 by Masami Kelly

Row 4: Carved Lace Vase by Mad Hatter Ceramics; Trompe L’oeil Lace Embellished Canvas Bag by Show Pony; Leila Clutch by Percy Handmade

custom cake toppers

June 8, 2009

I have a number of friends who are planning weddings right now, that, in addition to the fact that we design wedding invitations,  makes me spend quite a bit of time thinking about weddings. There are endless ways to infuse your personality into your wedding, but one very simple place to do it is with some great cake toppers. These three designers offer some awesome customization options so you can get cake toppers that are exactly what you are looking for.

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The Small Object makes fantastic crafty custom toppers. She even has a cupcake version available. To view the huge variety of toppers that The Small Object custom made, click here.

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My sister gave us these molded resin cake toppers, designed by Chris Collicott, to use at our wedding. They are sold individually so you can mix and match gender and color. They are a great option for people who are looking for a very clean, modern design. Available at Zipper Gifts.

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These adorable merino wool cake toppers are from Yu Yu Art. Though I initially thought they were tiny, they are about 8-inches tall. I love the vintage-ish feel that these have. You can see a ton more of these fabulous toppers here.

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June 3, 2009

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One of my new favorite artists, Jon Klassen. I LOVE his use of color, content (lots of nature), and texture.

Into the woods

June 3, 2009

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Row 1: Green felt Bambi from Enna Design Shop; “Owl on book” print from e.soule

Row 2: Rabbit Puppet Shadow tee from Flytrap Studios; Wearable Mini Feltidermy from girl savage

Row 3: “Animal Crime” Custom Large Messenger Bag from skirt; Sterling Silver Buckhorns necklace from Skylark Studio

Row 4: Super cute amigurumi pattern from Owlishly; “Happy Ending” embroidered art from Mary’s Granddaughter

Row 5: Sterling Silver Squirrel pendant from 15 Clove Jewelry; Adorable raccoon boot protectors from Peek-a-Boot

Evelin Kasikov

June 1, 2009

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I first became aware of Evelin Kasikov last week when some of her work was featured on Black Eiffel. I was completely blown away and contacted her immediately to see if she was interested in being the first of our mini-interviews with artists, designers and crafters. Evelin graciously accepted. After reading her responses to our questions, I think I might love her work even more. I definitely recommend spending some time looking at her site and exploring some of the other pages of her beautiful books.

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Read the complete Q & A and see more work, after the jump.

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oslo national academy of the arts

May 26, 2009

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It’s always interesting seeing what design students are working on these days. Pretty nice colors and textures found on Under Construction.

show posters

May 20, 2009

Three of the four experts are going to see the Decemberists play tonight at the newly-restored and reopened, historic Fox Theater in Oakland. Since I’m a big fan of silkscreen, gig posters and the Decemberists, here is a collection of some of their beautiful show posters.

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Even more posters, and all the poster credits, after the jump.

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feeling felty

May 20, 2009

I am fantastically fond of felt. Needle felting, pressed-fiber felt, felt in all forms. It’s fuzzy and comforting, yet substantial and strong. Here are a few fabulous felty finds from Etsy.

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Row 1:
Lemon Yellow Bear Brooch by ememem; Little Lamb by johnstill (Three Bags Full)

Row 2:
Wool Pebbles by Make Your Presents Felt; Tiny Egg People by asherjasper

Row 3:
Monogram Clips by Banana Pies; Nels the Narwhal by skunkboy creatures

Row 4:
Felted Slippers by French Press Knits; Large Oak Leaf Earrings by hi tree

Row 5:
Iced Donut by ThreeFive18; Sandwich Set by Curly Clips

artstream

May 14, 2009

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Some really great prints I wouldn’t mind having on my wall. I especially like that the last two pieces have the words forest + girl in the titles!

All prints are available through artstream.

recent acquisitions

May 11, 2009

We’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t really had much time to post, but since I have a free moment, I wanted to share the glorious Etsy purchases I’ve made recently. Such a range of marvelous little treasures!

Fantastically adorable gocco-printed felt brooches by Anke Weckmann:

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Lovely drawings of things dear to my heart (birds, typewriters AND cupcakes!) by Tabitha Emma:

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Amazing vintage paint-by-number horses from BROOKLYNrehab:

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just a little something

May 3, 2009

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It’s really gloomy out today and I was up early with a bunch of nervous energy for some reason. Oddly (or miraculously, rather), the only thing that helped me calm down was seeing this silly little thing that I made one restless night. It’s small and simple, but it made me happy, so I thought I would share.

Father’s Day Cards now in our Etsy shop!

May 1, 2009

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We’ve just added our new Father’s Day card to the etsy shop. Owen and I are both really happy with how they turned out. The Father’s Day cards are available as a single card and also in a set with a Mother’s Day card for a little discount.

Just a reminder: Mother’s Day is May 10th and Father’s Day is June 21st.

Special: get 10% off any May etsy order from Design des Troy by mentioning you read theexpertsagree.

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.

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.

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.