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Studio Tour :: Seven White Rabbits

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1. Where is your studio located? Give us a sense of the town or city where you reside through a photograph.

My Studio is located in Playa Del Rey, California. Its a beach city in Los Angeles, just south of Venice Beach.  

Its a quiet beach town, but still close to everything Los Angeles has to offer. 

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2. How did you get started in your craft? What inspires you?

I've been making things for as long as I can remember. My grandma taught me to sew when I was 5, and I don't think I've stopped since. 

I graduated from college with a degree in fashion design, and in addition to my Etsy shops, I also work as a designer for a clothing company in Downtown Los Angeles. A lot of the fabric I use for

Seven White Rabbits

is salvaged from the leftover production fabric remnants of my day job. 

I look for inspiration everywhere- street style, fashion blogs, and museums. Sometimes I need to escape from fashion and look for inspiration at the beach or park with my boy.

My son is my unofficial mascot, and my inspiration for my baby and kids line (

www.sevenlittlerabbits.etsy.

com

).

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3. What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

My sewing machine, fabric and a good pair of scissors!

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4. Does music play a role in your creating or do you like to work in silence?

My father and brother are musicians, and music has always been a big part of my life. I often have music playing when I work, although there are times when all I want is silence, as I'm sure most mothers of young kids can appreciate.

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5. What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

I love making things, to me there is something so satisfying about taking a pile of fabric and turning it into something. Especially when I can take something old or destined for the trash and make it into something new.

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With the increasing popularity of Etsy, there is more of a demand to have a way to connect with quality shops.  That's where we come in!  As a team of shop owners, we've come together to bring you Inside Etsy and introduce you to all of our favorite shops.  We do this through curating mini shopping guides with 16 items - a fantastic way to find new items without having the search through 135, 644 search results when searching on Etsy!  Every month, we hold a Style Guide Challenge where we curate our collections around a certain theme.  This month, we jumped into summer with It's Hot - you can see all our shopping guides right here!  The items above were part of a beautiful collection by Amber of Red Tile Studio titled Hot and Spicy Dip.  Make shopping on Etsy fun and be sure to check out all our styled shopping guides and get ready to rediscover Etsy!

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Ombre Geometric Mint Pillow  ||  Nirwa
Coral Vines Vintage Inspired Purse  ||  Cloth and INK
Modern Geometric Quilt  ||  Geometric Electric




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Our theme for this month was Summer Solstice Celebration and it prepared us for this classic summer celebration on June 21st.   Our team of curators took us inside Etsy with their unique styling and finds and we had so many beautiful and creative collections to choose from.   We both shared our list of favorites and agreed on this winning collection Summer Haze by Helen of Etsy shop Cloth and INK!  Helen's collection will soon make you forget the sweat beading off your body as she soothes the heat with cool pinks and blues for a stunning celebration of summer!   Congratulations Helen - such  gorgeous styling and use of bright summer colors!

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With over 60 Style Guides to explore, our team presented comprehensive and easy to use shopping guides.  That's close to 1,000 hand selected items from Etsy to make searching for something you LOVE that much easier.  Be sure to check out the entire list as we'll just be highlighting a small selection here on the blog!

A close runner up was this collection below by Caroline of Etsy shop Romy and Clare, titled Axis.  A unique angle on the meaning of the summer solstice and a creative way to pull together a collection!  Caroline uses both color and geometric shapes to create a mood, which all tie in together with her main theme.  From jewelry to home decor - Caroline has got it covered!   

  


Handpainted Blue Wren Pendan...
$30

Constellation indigo Blue do...
$105

Modern Stars iPhone 5 case l...
$40

Cherry hollow form with offs...
$65

Black and White Photography ...
$30

Natural Lip Gloss in Moon St...
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Sky Blue Repurposed Skinny L...
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Vintage 1960s Lone Star Deni...
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Constellation Art - Noctua t...
$22

Moonstone Jewelry Silver Dro...
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La Luna Original Painting
$250

Mid Century Modern Inspired ...
$119

Galaxy earrings - Blue Nebul...
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Stained Glass Star from Irid...
$21

Moravian Star Himmeli / Mode...
$97

Star Moss scarf Charcoal Gra...
$25


One thing that always spells out summer is a classic farmer's market where people meet up and shop locally.  Ginger of Etsy shop The Living Earth Botanicals curated a really splendid collection which truly evokes the feeling of strolling around the various booths at your local farmer's market.  Each of her selections will get you in the mood for summer and what better way to celebrate this time of year than at the farmer's market supporting your local community!  Great interpretation of the theme, Ginger - I'm ready for a nice slice of bread with some of that jalapeno apricot wildflower jam!  







Food photo - Farmers Market ...
$30

Farmhouse vintage Farmers Ma...
$58

Hand made black ceramic serv...
$36

Eggs in a Nest Handpainted L...
$5.5

Indoor Outdoor Herb Garden w...
$40

Triangular Plate - Red Poppy...
$24

Vintage Mortar and Pestle
$32

Paris Photography - Paris Ma...
$28

Linen bread bag
$23

Jalapeno Apricot and Wildflo...
$8.95

Fresh Roasted Coffee - 1lb B...
$14.45

Red Cherries Photo, Kitchen ...
$30

Baby Potato Sacks, Royalty F...
$1.5

Hand crocheted mushrooms , ...
$23

Vintage Wicker Picnic Basket...
$48

Farmers Market Bag - Reusabl...
$15


Our next collection is by our guest summer stylist Cinne of Etsy shop by Cinne Worthington.  Cinne has been treating us to a weekly summer outfit that she puts together with such a creative flair - you truly don't want to miss out on her awesome styling!  Cinne has a natural affinity with color and this is evident in her collection below.  Using the lush green tones of summer, she has curated a fluid and well balanced collection which stays true to her title Designing with Nature!   There is so much inspiration to be found by just looking outside your window or going for a walk in nature - Cinne has captured that mood to a T.  Love the flow here Cinne - your appreciation of the natural elements comes through beautifully!







Peach, Mint Green, 1950s eph...
$65

Girl running through the top...
$375

Tribal Square Spirals Patter...
$7

parterre garden no. 2 waterc...
$36

Sascha Brastoff olive green ...
$40

Archival art print of the RI...
$25

Sometimes He Was The Only On...
$23

Lip Balm, Organic Eco Lip Ba...
$4.25

Geometric Kelly Green DECORA...
$110

Baby Leaves-- OOAK Quilted P...
$300

PORT: nautical modern home d...
$42

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$25

Handblock Blanket - Twin Han...
$98

Emergence of Spring Stars Pr...
$10

Acrylic painting, 'Peaco...
$50

Wool Felt Needle Book // Mos...
$26


We like to finish our Style Guide Challenges with a collection from our resident curator Jenn of Etsy shop Palimpsestic.  Jenn always provides us with a complete experience of the monthly theme.  She not only gets really creative with her titles, but she always backs up her theme with knock out selections.  The end result is a style guide which will put a smile on your face and make your heart sing!  At least it does mine!  This month, Jenn takes us into an enchanted world which is evocative of the height of summer - the land of the fairies.  What a truly unique way to celebrate summer and get out in nature - I'm inspired to go build a fairy hut and play in the woods now Jenn!  Thank you again for making our monthly event that much more fun!





White Fairy Dress Upcycled W...
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Handpainted Wildflower Penda...
$30

Q for Quercus, Solid Natural...
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Forest Nymph Wreath - Summer...
$45

Ethnic jewellery blue ice ha...
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Succulent Rock Trio Planters...
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Large Mushroom Sculpture / P...
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Long sleeves Fairy Dress fro...
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We look forward to seeing you here again next month as we enter into the month of July!  In the meantime, be sure to watch for our Pinterest board by Helen - as our Style Guide winner this month, she'll be our guest stylist on Pinterest in July.  Don't forget to check out our entire list of Summer Style Guides for inspiration and to make your shopping experience on Etsy super fun and easy!

 





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Studio Tour :: Toodles Noodles

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Liora- designer + owner of

Toodles Noodles

This month our Inside Etsy Studio Tour takes us to New Zealand.

Liora of 

Toodles Noodles

 shares with us her workspace and what inspires her designs.

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Where is your studio located?

In May of 2007 I hopped on a plane from California to New Zealand - for what was supposed to be few months holiday. Six years later I am a happy resident and am extremely proud to call NZ my home. A little over a year ago my boyfriend and I moved from Wellington (the capital and foodie central) to Auckland (the big city with warmer temperature). I compare it to moving from San Francisco (a walkable waterfront city), to Los Angeles (a city full of little neighbourhoods and suburbs).

Auckland is a great town to live in and have seen my business really grow since the move. Being a bigger city, there are lots of opportunities to be had.

We recently decided to convert our rarely used dining area into my new office. It's fantastically full of light, extremely spacious and has a great view out to our balcony. I work on a new 27" iMac (my poor eyes were aging way too quickly) and have an insane amount of storage full of product. I also keep two canisters of ribbon on my desk - completely normal ;)

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hello friend tote bag

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How did you get started in your craft? What inspires you?

I graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a double degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications (with an emphasis in photography). In the autumn of 2011, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time on my hands and was in search of a creative outlet. The brand started out with me creating simple gift cards and gift wrap. Since then the brand has grown exponentially. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and the beautiful landscape that defines New Zealand.

workspace and iMac

rolls of gift wrap in the studio

totes and more

a view of the studio

Liora at her desk

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Three things that I couldn't go without for my craft (business) are:

my hands - I still create a lot of my products by hand, something I really love.

my mac - I live and breath InDesign.

and my iphone - crucial for a small business owner (top apps: pages, instagram (@tootsnoots), twitter (@tootsnoots), Etsy)

The Coromandel- North Island, North Island countryside

Auckland in summer- the pohutukawa flower,  The Crown range - South Island

view from her balcony at sunset-Auckland,  Milford Sounds- South Island

Waitakere Ranges- North Island

 Does music play a role in your creating or do you like to work in silence?

It depends what I am working on if I have music playing. If it's a big production session, music is usually blasting in the studio. But if I am working on something that requires a lot of concentration, I absolutely love silence.

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What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

The satisfaction of seeing high quality products and knowing "I made that"!is pretty awesome, especially with the amazing feedback I have received on my products from all over the world. I now get a lot of my products professionally produced here in New Zealand but that doesn't take any of the fun out. Not to mention when you see something you've created in the stores, or worn on the street by others - it's the best feeling ever!

Liora ||

Toodles Noodles 

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Studio Tour :: Studio Cloth and Ink

Helen - owner, maker, designer and curator of Cloth & Ink with Mr. Duffy

Each month we will be bringing you 'Inside Etsy'. That means you get to take a peek inside the studio's of amazing Etsy shops. They share with us their workspace and what inspires them. This month we are visiting

Helen of Cloth & Ink's studio

in Boulder, Colorado.

Mr. Duffy sleeping on the job, Helen at her desk, a sampling of her studio

Do you have a shop mascot?

Meet Mr Duffy, Cloth and Ink's customer service representative, always ready to help with a friendly wag of his tail! He could be CEO of this business with all the decision making he sits through, if only he wouldn't sleep on the job.

The Rocky Mountains, views of Boulder and Helen in Colorful Colorado

Where is your studio

located?

Hi and welcome to Cloth & Ink! When I signed up for a studio tour a few months back my location was a very different place to where you see today. In February, my family relocated from Texas to Boulder, Colorado.

I am so inspired by my new surroundings and all the creative people I’ve met in the short time I’ve been here. There is a really strong handmade movement here and great support for local designers and artists. Buying local is a huge motivation for folks and I’m excited to embrace this community. I just have to walk out my door to be inspired here, there is such a positive energy to the place and of course there’s the breathtaking views. Although I’ll always be an ocean girl at heart, these mountains have won me over already. As for my studio, I'm still growing into my new space but I love the light that streams in all day, it's a happy place to work.

inspriations: orchids, butterfly in Ecuador, deer, flowers

How did you get started in your craft? What inspires you?

I have a long history with textiles from my childhood home, through under-grad school, to working in fiber research and then garment manufacturing. Starting Cloth & Ink came from a lifelong love of design, a resistance to mass produced products and making the most of a change in circumstance. Working in the industry, I saw mass production first hand and found it stifled creativity. I left the industry with the thought that next time I would do it my way, designing for myself and focusing on small production. That time came a couple of years ago, after moving from the UK to the USA, a relocation meant leaving my job as a teacher and brought about the

beginning of Cloth & Ink. I began as a screen printer, designing and printing my own fabrics for home decor but it has evolved since then and moved beyond home decor to 

women’s accessories. I love to try out new things and see where I can go next.

more from nature: sea anemones, boardwalk in Washington State, beach pebbles in England

The inspiration for my prints comes from my adventures in the great outdoors and getting close to nature. I love to take photos and use these as a starting point for my prints which develop through sketching and watercolors. It can be as simple as a flower in the garden or as grand as a mountain range. An influence on my style of graphics definitely comes from my love of Scandinavian aesthetics, I’m always drawn to this design style so it has become prevalent in my own work.

Helen at her sewing machine, dabbling in watercolor

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Only three! Well, I’m not often seen without a tape measure around my neck these days, it’s the hottest fashion accessory in my house. I absolutely need a really good pair of scissors...and you better not get caught cutting paper with them. Lastly, I’d have to say my hands, they are what does the hard work after all.

works in progress

Does music play a role in your creating or do you like to work in silence?

I definitely prefer to work with some music in the air. I love listening to some folk/indie

melodies while I work, especially The Lumineers, a little Munford & Sons and a lot of Of Monsters and Men right now. Anything that gives me an excuse to have little dance around the studio really. I can see myself following some of the local folk and bluegrass bands here in Colorado, I’m amazed at the local talent. I also love to listen NPR and of course I stay in tune with the UK music listening to BBC Radio 1 online.

sample rack, Mr. Duffy at work

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

One of the greatest rewards for me is knowing the journey that a product has been on to become what it is. Knowing the entire history from design, to the materials and the construction and then being able to share this with others and see their enthusiasm for something I've made is such a buzz. I love to share what I do and encourage others to have a go.

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Congratulations to Aki of Etsy shop oktak for her winning collection titled You're Invited!  Golly, who doesn't like to be invited to a party - big or small, it's always fun!  On the 17th of February, the Elite16 celebrated it's 2 year anniversary and we used this as an opportunity for some creative fun time by using it as our challenge theme.  On the 16th of each month, we invite our group of talented Etsy shopping guide curators to create some collections around a set theme.  This month, the theme was about celebrating and we had almost 90 beautiful guides for folks to browse and enjoy.

Choosing one winner can be daunting, but we actually have such a good time reviewing all the submissions that it becomes quite a joyful process.  When choosing a winner and our honorable mentions we always look for not only overall style, but creativity in execution and title.  Aki's winning collection has a beautiful balance of shapes which lead your eye through and then she pulls it all together with her choice of color palette.  Plus, we loved her cute title!  Fun and lively, we're ready for the party any day, Aki!

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As always, we like to highlight some of our favorites.  Mind you, there are always many who deserve a shout out so be sure to check out all the collections!  In this collection below by Cloth and INK, Helen uses soft peachy pink and linen tones to create a feminine and romantic mood.  Can you guess what kind of celebration we're getting ready for here?   Yes, that's right - a wedding!  If you're planning a wedding this year, Etsy is filled with wonderful handmade and vintage items - if you can find them!  Etsy can be a bit overwhelming and that's why our curated shopping guides make life a whole lot easier, don't you think?  Helen has just created a mini Etsy wedding guide, so if you know anyone who's tying the knot this year - pass this spring wedding collection along!

'C-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-i-o-n' by ClothandINK


Dress Romantic Bridesma...
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T10 Brass Organic Love ...
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Linen pleated Clutch Pu...
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I LOVE YOU Mini Pennant...
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Wedding favors Love ho...
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Large Rose Headband, he...
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Large Gray Peony Flower...
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Rose Branches Wedding I...
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Antarctic Love - set o...
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Wedding Bling Ring - Ha...
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Champagne wedding shoes...
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Lily of the Valley Flow...
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LOVE XO Vintage White P...
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Wedding Gloves, pink la...
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50 wedding favors brida...
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Personalized Ribbon 4 y...
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We always look forward to seeing how each style guide curator uses the monthly theme in their collection.  There are so many ways to be creative and we enjoy the energy and spirit of everyone's submission! As our theme this month was inspired by our 2 year anniversary, we thought this collection by Carolyn of Romy and Clare was very clever!  You'll notice a pattern here below - 2 of everything; a creative way to visually express and celebrate turning 2!  Each one of her selections has a twin so the other will never be lonely; one for me, one for you!  Great twist on the theme Carolyn - well done!

'Two' by romyandclare


Tea for two. 2 Vintage ...
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Shakespeare Journal and...
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Lovers - modern wood sc...
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Pair of Vintage Boling ...
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large blue buttons, han...
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original contemporary m...
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TWO blank, 16 x 20 inch...
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Hunt Furniture chopping...
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Pair of antique Europea...
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french country shabby c...
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Coaster Set Natural Tum...
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Danish Modern Selandia ...
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Pair of Miniature Ceram...
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Pair of Art Deco Booken...
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Atomic pair of cups. Pe...
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As shop owners on Etsy, many of us work out of our home office.  That can mean that we start with a little nook in the house and then gradually move into the spare bedroom as our business begins to expand.  We might have to wrestle with some clutter that's built up in that room to make space - you know, it's that entrepreneurial spirit where you make what you have work!  There comes a point, however, when it's time to move out the bed and bureau to make room for your success!  Jillian of Jillian Rene Decor shows us how to do it in style with her home office makeover collection!  If you work from home, you'll be able to relate to the need to treat yourself to working in a space that flows and inspires.  Ready to move in right now, Jillian!

'Celebrate Success :: Home Office Makeover' by JillianReneDecor


COASTAL: mail holder po...
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Modern Stars iPhone 5 c...
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2013 resolution Spiritu...
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Maple Wooden Clock
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Let's finish off this amazing challenge with a "round of applause" - the title for the collection by Kathy of lovintagefinds!  We thought it would be appropriate to end this post with a collection that speaks not only to our 2 year anniversary, but to all the amazing curators who participate each month.  It is because of their talent that we are able to hold our monthly challenges and share their creations with all of you.  We firmly believe that our Etsy collections make a difference when it comes to the Etsy shopping experience and trying to find items that you love!  This round of applause goes out to everyone!  Thank you, Kathy!

'Round of Applause' by lovintagefinds


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Beautiful abstract hand...
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Thank you stamp - .5 x ...
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Heart Gloves, Dark Brow...
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CARD "Happy Birthd...
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Vintage Map Globe One W...
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Medieval illustration a...
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We look forward to seeing you again next month on the 16th.  Remember, as the winner of this month's challenge, Aki will be invited to be our guest stylist on Pinterest in March!  You've seen Aki's Etsy style, so stay tuned as we explore Aki's style outside of Etsy!  Our January Style Guide Challenge winner was Jenn of Etsy shop Palimpsestic and you should definitely check out her beautiful Pinterest board!

Thank you again for tuning in and shopping on Etsy!


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