Etsy Favorites: Aardvark-on-Sea
August 30, 2011, 12:15 pm
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I was doing so well there for a bit, and then my posting came to a screeching halt. Sorry about that! A combination of real life stress and an upcoming craft festival I’m trying to get ready for suddenly took over my life. The festival is in less than 3 weeks (EEEEK!!!), so I’ll probably be posting sporadically at best, but I’m going to do my best to post a few things a week!

I came across the first print below while browsing on Pinterest today, and am now completely obsessed with this print shop in the UK (aardvarkonsea). I want them all.

        

I’m HOPING to have a post tomorrow about something I’ve been working on. Fingers crossed!!



Etsy Favorites: Man vs Ink
August 17, 2011, 9:00 am
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I discovered Man vs Ink, an Etsy shop run by printmaker Fred DiMeglio in Portland, back at Christmas when I was searching for cool beer related gifts (see kickass beer print below). When I came across the equally kickass “Onward” posters a few weeks ago, I just couldn’t resist doing an Etsy favorite post on him. He prints his designs both on paper and fabric (t-shirts, aprons, etc.) I’m definitely partial to all of the bike imagery!

     

        



Etsy favorites: Inspirational Prints
July 6, 2011, 9:15 am
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A little inspiration for the middle of the week!

        

        



Etsy Favorites: At Sea
June 17, 2011, 11:26 am
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I love boats. It’s been years since I lived near the ocean (growing up in New Jersey), but I still feel pulled toward the water. A few weekends ago my group of friends had a “water day” at a lake a few hours from Memphis. Between the 8 of us, we had 3 kayaks (my first kayaking experience – think I’m going to have to start saving my pennies to get one of my own pretty soon!!), a fishing boat and a gorgeous hand-crafted sailboat. We had an amazing time, just relaxing in the water, hanging out on the boats and grilling dinner.

Nautical goodness on Etsy:

     

     

     



Etsy Favorites: Mis Nopales Art
May 5, 2011, 9:00 am
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of the day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Etsy shops, which has a decidedly Mexican flavor. Artist Jose Pulido creates and sells prints and t-shirts using mostly Calavera imagery in his shop, Mis Nopales Art. Calavera is Spanish for “skull,” and is associated with Day of the Dead celebrations. Yes, I’m aware that Day of the Dead is in October/November, and has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo, but just go with me on this one, okay?

Here are a few of my favorite items in his shop. I actually have the “Campfire” print in my living room (which you’ll see if I ever get around to photographing and posting that room in my House Tour!)

      

        

And one more for good measure, just because it’s AMAZING:



Design on a Budget: The Working Proof
May 3, 2011, 9:00 am
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The Working Proof was founded by Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung as a way to “promote art and social responsibility.” Each print that they sell is paired with a charity of the artist’s choosing, which receives 15% of the sales price. The prints range from $25-$100, and a new print is released every Tuesday. Here are a few of my favorites:

Manhattan, by Jennifer Hill for Doctors Without Borders

Alice, by Katie Kirk for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Jam Session, by Emily Dumas for Little Kids Rock



Etsy Favorites: Raw Art Letterpress
January 12, 2011, 9:00 am
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I’ve always firmly believed that words have power (which is evident if you’ve visited my Etsy shop).  This is probably one reason I’m so obsessed with typography and typographical art. 

Raw Art Letterpress is the Etsy shop of Colette in Mt. Shasta, California.  Her work consists of bold, monochromatic images and text, and features a great mix of famous and original quotes.  The prints have a primitive folk art feel that I really respond to.

As she states in her Etsy profile, “i hand cut all of my plates and every last letter and shape. the plates decompose after 20-40 prints, so everything i do is short-run.”  That kind of attention to detail is rare in this era of easy-to-use image editing software and super-fast printers.  Each piece you purchase from Colette is sure to have that special artists touch that you can’t get from a color printer.




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