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Fun Finds

1.  Beachchik  2. JWLeGrand  3. LunarLounge  4. Siriusfnord  5. EtceteraMedia  6. Seth Rolland  7. Jean Pelle  8. ArtIs3Letters

I love the idea of having a home filled with beautiful handcrafted furnishings and decor.  My personal taste is all over the place, so I imagine that someday I’ll have a rather ecclectic collection of artwork and furniture.  This particular collection encompasses so many styles and features that I love – the modern lines and warm glow of Seth Rolland’s table and Jean Pelle’s candle holders; the clean, geometric shapes of  Lunar Lounge’s love seat and JWLeGrand’s concrete sink; the vintage (but not overly girly or frilly) look of the letter plaques from Beachchik, a fellow EtsyNJ member; Etceteramedia’s use of sturdy, industrial felt in their pillows; and the innovative designs of Siriusfnord’s glass bowls and Art Is 3 Letter’s Map on a Stick series.

I do hope you will check out the shops and websites of these talented artists!

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1. FantasyWorldHeroes  2. FeatherGoods  3. Sketchbook  4. LondonParticulars  5. Treehouse28  6. TatterdemalionDesign  7. Zerkahloostrah  8. TortillaGirl

I wasn’t waiting for the treasury on Etsy to open up or anything, but earlier today, someone posted an announcement on Twitter that it was opening up soon.   I decided to try and snag one, but I apparently missed it by just a minute or two. 

Well, fine.  I’ll put together my own collection of favorites!  I’m in a vintagey-steampunky-military-ish mood, and these items have all caught my eye in the last day or two (actually, I’ve been coveting a couple of them for a while now).  They are full of wonderful details and embellishments, from antique lace appliques and faux fur hems to metallic thread stitching and exposed seams.  With innovative construction and interesting lines, each of these handcrafted beauties would be a terrific addition to a seriously cool wardrobe.

*** Shop News ***

The last day to order for the holidays from my Etsy shop will be December 20th!  You’ll still be able to order after that, of course, but I might not be able to get your purchase out to you before I leave for Kansas on the 23rd.   Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or concerns about your order! 

Happy shopping!

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Tools!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’ve recently been on a bit of a buying spree for tools and reference material. I just purchased this terrific set of metal stamps from Evie’s Tool Emporium, and came back from a trip to Metalliferous with a starter collection of dapping tools. Also, after ignoring the advice of people who really do know what they’re talking about for too long, I finally ordered a copy of Tim McCreight’s Complete Metalsmith. It arrived yesterday, and I’ve only given it a quick glance-through, but I’m already thrilled with how clear the step-by-step process are and how well it is answering some of my basic technical questions.

Also, and totally unrelated, I snagged a Treasury West today quite by chance. The thumbnails below are just a few of the beautiful items included.  Click HERE to take a look at the whole collection!!


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…when I’m up too late and home alone.  My husband had gone to the Otep concert at the Starland.  (Ask him about it – I dare you.)  I had been working full out all day and late into the evening on getting ready for my upcoming craft fairs and on filling existing orders.  I don’t think really stopped for dinner. 

At about midnight, for some reason, I decided that I needed – not just wanted, NEEDED – a vintage shoe form.  I’ve always liked the look of old hat forms, shoe stays and dressmaker’s dummies but have never collected or had any real need for them.  I don’t actually collect anything, and I don’t do any sort of altered art that might require them. 

But late last Friday, I found myself scouring Etsy, bookmarking a bunch of fantastic items and engaging in a full-on price comparison, the way one would for something absolutely essential, like food or a car.  How much wooden shoe am I getting for the price?  What features does it have?  How much is shipping?  I mean, I was really committed to making a sound purchase.  

Well, the winner was the beauty pictured above from Pinksupply.  It is on its way to me, and I can’t wait to see it!

Here is a sampling of the other fine contenders (from left to right, Surrender Dorothy, A Touch of Vintage, and AntJamie):


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Then subscribe to the Pilot Mail Art Project!  Pilot – founded in part by my brother-in-law, Reuben McLaughlin –  is a collective of artists and writers based in Toronto, CA, whose goal is to assist other writers and artists by developing a strong community and by creating exposure and access to markets.  

To date, they have published three Pilot Pocket Books, collections of writings enhanced with illustrations done by talented artists.   The books are available at several locations in Toronto, including Pages, Book City in the Beaches, and This Ain’t The Rosedale Library. Order forms for the books can be found on Pilot’s homepage.

The Pilot Mail Art Project offers 6- and 12-month subscriptions; subscribers receive a piece of original artwork each month.   My husband and I have received several beautiful prints so far and are looking forward to getting more.  The project is an inexpensive way to get some great pieces of artwork and to support some truly talented people!

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Let’s talk about something else for a minute. 

Tokyo Look Book is one of the best books on Tokyo street fashion around, and believe me, there are hundreds!  Author Philomena Keet is a graduate student in anthropology who splits her time between London and Tokyo.  She and photographer Yuri Manabe produced this amazing, very well researched book, and it is a visual treat for fashionistas everywhere.  The author clearly took a genuine interest in the lives and activities of the people she interviewed, and this approach lends depth and insight that most other books of its kind are lacking. Manabe’s photographs are fantistic, as well. 

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