July 9, 2008

Indie Fixx Shop

The last vendor I want to mention from my recent explorations at the Pile of Craft fair a couple of weeks ago is the Indie Fixx Shop. I could have spent hours looking at their booth, and I have spent a significant amount of time on their online shop. The founder of the shop sells other independent artists and crafters' goods. So there is plenty to look at! Jewelry, art prints, household items (I LOVE the block print kitchen towels) and bath items. Here are a few of my faves!

July 7, 2008

Tiger Lilly Shop

At Baltimore's Pile of Craft, I probably spent the most time talking to the artist behind Tiger Lilly. She is really excited about her work and enjoys scavenging for different products that she can turn into jewelry. She will also be featured in July's issue of Baltimore Magazine and has received some local awards for her work. I was most drawn to her bright little button rings. Most of them are made from damaged kimono fabric.

Her button bracelets are cute, too. And if I wore earrings, I certainly would have picked up a pair of these copper beauties!

July 4, 2008

Woodkins Dolls

Ever since my son was very young (and before I knew I would have a daughter) I have loved these Woodkins Dress Up Dolls. My daughter is just a little over 2, so she's still a bit young for these, but I'm thinking of getting a set when we travel during the winter holidays. It seems like something that might keep her busy on the plane for a cross-country flight.

July 1, 2008

T-Shirt Fun

There were two silk-screened apparel booths that really stood out at Pile of Craft last week.

Red Prairie Press has beautiful dresses, T-shirts, scarves and onesies. And all their items were sooooo soft!I really like Spaghetti Kiss, too (although I don't have any pics). I have been eyeing the Robot Blues tee, because it makes me think of my son. Everything of their's was nice and soft, also!

June 30, 2008

the littlest bean

Love this shop of cute little things. I love the little barrettes and also the color study necklaces. They are all gorgeous in person, too! I remember the days I used to stick pencils or chopsticks in my hair to get it up. These hair sticks would have been awesome.

June 27, 2008

Buncombe Buckles

Love these buckles from Buncombe Buckles Metalworks. In person they truly are amazing, and you can't help looking at the detail of each piece. Each buckle is handcrafted from metal found at scrapyards, thrift or antique stores. (Now if only I had a nice skinny little waist where one could be displayed!)

June 26, 2008

Broken Plates

I am pretty impressed by what this artist does with broken china! Check out The Broken Plate Pendant Company on etsy.

June 25, 2008

JennyJen 42

After visiting Baltimore's Pile of Craft festival last week, I want to share some of my favorites I saw that day. I spent the most time at JennyJen 42's booth. She has the cutest little bags and aprons. Almost everything has a bird on it, too. You are in luck, because she does have her own etsy shop.

Unfortunately one of my favorite items of hers, her sun hats are not in her etsy shop. My friend bought one, so I'll see if I can get a picture from her to put up here. Hmmm...

June 19, 2008

db clay

Father's Day brought a little one of these goodies to my husband. DB Clay is a Portland based team that makes wallets from their own art, or other designs that they love. Each wallet design has an interesting story. I purchased "Orange Hallway" a couple of months ago with a nice discount (not sure it still works, but I used kyle50 for a 50% discount... I've also seen dmom30x for a 30% discount).

These wallets are made of tope, a synthetic PVC free material you can read about here. And you should really read the design stories with each wallet. I especially liked Adult Chores, Childhood Chores, and Cat Carpet. It just shows that inspiration can be found anywhere!

June 18, 2008

Kitchen-Office Organization

Remember this post from last September about my kitchen desk? I finally got my storage stuff together for my kitchen. In late August (after we get our 1/2 bath done), I'll be giving a house tour on my family blog, but here are some pictures from our kitchen desk/organization area.

The desk

These beautiful binders from Target's greenroom eco line.

This file box is from Ikea. I really wanted something smaller, but if I wanted it to hold our junk I needed to get a standard-sized file box. (Pardon the dust... and did the phone grow legs and walk off?) A side note... I also use these boxes (in green) to hold my unmentionables on the closet shelves of our dresser-less bedroom.

June 16, 2008

Holding My Breath

Ever since Ork announced they had new city posters planned for the spring, I have been visiting their site regularly to see which city would be the TBA city. This morning I found out it will be Washington DC. Can't wait! Of course I have close, close ties to both Portland and San Francisco (let alone the 12 years I spent in the Los Angeles area), but I think the DC one is the one I will purchase! (Here is the SF design... with all the lovely copyright markings!)

April 13, 2008

It is April

I can't believe we are half way through April already. I haven't been posting like I'd like to. Oh well! Next week (on Tuesday) is Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, I hope to add some posts about a few green things. (Don't you love how the word "green" now has a whole other meaning? Language is an amazing thing!)

February 21, 2008


WORD STUDY by Mickey Smith

This new art "project" has been getting quite a bit of buzz, and I have been following the art for sale since it's first week in September. The goal of 20x200 is to make great art affordable for everyone. Every Tuesday and Wednesday new pieces are posted in limited editions. The art goes for either $20, $200 or $2000 depending on size and copies available. Some of the photography has been amazing! A lot of the drawings are very popular, too.

Radar, by Aili Schmeltz

Running Track by James Deavin

February 13, 2008

Baby Legs

I can't help but write about these amazing things that are helping me (and my daughter) survive the cold winter. I love, love, love Baby Legs!

First of all, aren't they just so cute? I always feel so bad when I have to take off all of my baby's layers to change her diaper. With these footless/waistless "legs", she can still stay warm while I take care of her. Wind chill is an evil thing that can rip through almost any clothes, so the warmth of these little legwarmers are great for my girl when we are outside. And did I mention how cute they are?