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Etsy Shop Introduction || Trees 4 the Wood



Imagine living on a flower farm in Southern Tasmania. Sounds pretty ideal and it's easy to see how this idyllic setting has inspired artist Grace Gladdish and her shop trees 4 the wood.  When she's not tending to Swallows Nest her flower farm or her 5 children, she somehow finds spare time to create beautiful linocut prints.  Her prints are inspired by local flora and fauna that surround her in Australia.

In addition, to prints she also offers painted pendants on wood from her farm, laser cut brooches with vintage fashion images, and paper goods that include her linocut designs. My favorite items in her shop are the linocuts of flowers featuring Australian natives. Can you imagine all these beautiful flowers growing outside your home?  

Find out more about Grace and her wonderful shop by following the links below.

instagram || @gladdish
facebook || trees4thewood



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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 ;)

stay awesome tote bag

bah bah black sheep notepad

animals like to party gift wrap

hello friend tote bag

chevron cake toppers

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.

new cray cray cards

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 :: Creatiate

Sarah Kathryn, Washington D.C.

This month our Inside Etsy Studio Tour takes us to Northern Virginia.

Sarah Kathryn of

Creatiate

shares with us her workspace and what inspires her designs.

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Where is your studio located? 

My studio is in Northern Virginia, just west of Washington, DC. My husband, golden retriever pup Ollie and I moved to Virginia in October, and I am really enjoying getting inspired in DC- the memorials, monuments & museums have been a beautiful resource!

nature as inspiration, hand stamped gift tags,

art print

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

My start with stamp making was somewhat spontaneous. Having never tried creating stamps before, I ordered an array of materials from an online source and just tried them all. I fell in love with the simplicity of carving as well as the openness to design anything I could imagine.

Since I have been working in

rubber stamps

for several years, I have also been working on a line of

hand-carved block prints

inspired by quotes from my favorite classic literature. The line has been a long time in the making & I am very excited to add it into the mix soon!

Since moving to Virginia, I have been thrilled with the array of art museums & historic sites in the city. There is always something to do, somewhere to explore, new things to learn- and the architecture really fascinates me. My town has the added benefit of also being very close to the mountains & the wide open country, so I love being able to pull inspiration from both industrial and rural landscapes.

workspace, design process, ollie, stamps in process

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

When I started out in stamp making, I was hand drawing, transferring, carving & packaging each of my designs. I was (and still am) in love with the hand carving process. But after a grim diagnosis from a hand doctor, I added a Hobby Laser to my studio, and it has become a very important tool for me. The laser engraves my hand drawn, carved & stamped designs. While I was reluctant at first to add it into my daily work, I am really thrilled at how the laser is able to catch the little nuances that make the stamps handmade. It has expanded my business incredibly by allowing me to to spend more time designing, and as a bonus it saved my hands from certain doom!

My other two most important tools are very simple - a Micron pen that I do almost all my drawings with, and a notebook where I record all my new inspirations, drawings & thoughts. Both of these items are in constant use throughout the day and keep my mind on my ultimate goal: create more

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

Music often plays a role in my creative process; while I draw I love listening to the Counting Crows or my favorite James Taylor radio station on Pandora radio. Other than drawing time, though, I have to work in complete silence or with a background movie that I have watched a zillion times before (think "Pride & Prejudice" or, more recently, the "Hunger Games"). Otherwise, I find that I spend too much brain power on singing along when I should be working!

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

For me, creating handmade has been an incredible process of getting to know myself & what I am really capable of, and I think that is something many other makers can relate to. Each day can be something entirely unique, without rules or restrictions, and this complete freedom is something most people don't get to experience very often. Best of all, I always love sharing the things that I make with others - spending time chatting with other makers & with customers is an awesome benefit of being in the handmade marketplace. 

Sarah Kathryn ||

Creatiate

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An Introduction | Etsy Shop Kandice in Wonderland




This digital age that we live in has made documenting ones life so easy + quick.  Snap, snap, snap - you've captured images on your phone + you can scroll through them to show your friends.  Upload the images to Facebook + presto!   Everyone can see your new pictures, like them, comment on them + share them.  But let's slow down a bit + reflect on how the ease of digital has changed our way of relating + remembering those precious moments in life.  When was the last time you had your digital photographs printed?  When was the last time you took those photos + put them in a photo album?  But you remember looking through photo albums as a child + the joy you felt from this tactile experience - right?  Kandice of Kandice in Wonderland understands this need for having a place to store all those intimate stories of our life.  She specializes in creating one of a kind books, albums, journals and boxes - all places where one can record the intimate memories of living life.  Kandice's beautifully crafted works of useful art will inspire you to cherish each moment and document those memories that can be shared for years to come.  

   

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My Modern + Bright Valentine



It's the first day of February and that means only two weeks left before Valentine's day. Don't fret! We will be showcasing some great gift ideas all from Etsy.  Today's focus is all about MODERN. Think simple + colorful + graphic and FUN!

1. A modern and bright pillow to freshen up your sofa from Retro Menagerie $36
2. Add a bit of whimsy to any room with this Fancy Chandelier by Uncommon $59
3. Emerald Green + Agate Necklace- you can't go wrong with jewelry from is was and will be $33
4. A girl always needs a clutch and this blue leather one by Milloo makes us swoon $78
5. Send a note to all you love. We love this set of 6 flat notecards by Sparrow Nest Script $15
6. Ceramic love birds. Enough said! by Suite One Studio $ 25
7. J'adore! Parisian graffiti heart card. Ooh la la. from Little Brown Pen $4
8. Airplant + plant pod with a little heart. From Sea and Asters $12.50
9. Abstract + colorful art. Yes you can! By LouisestArt $24.00

Happy shopping and Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO
Amber






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2012 Trend Alert: Make someone's day, send a card the old fashion way!





Even in this digital age, there is no denying the joy one feels when receiving a handwritten card.  The United States Postal Service gets teased by being called names, like 'snail mail', but honestly - who doesn't love opening their mailbox to find a handwritten card?  We hear you, you love email and texting, but sometimes a text just will NOT do!  Making communication personal again is topping the list of 2012's hottest trends and Etsy has you covered!  Put that iphone down + pick up a pen - don't know where to start?  We're here to help! 


We've selected a sampling of precious cards from 4 of our favorite Etsy shops.  Do you love the look, feel and texture of letterpress?  Engage your recipient, nothing compares to the lovely weight + surface of letterpress.  How about a one of a kind mono-printed card for a one of a kind gal pal?  You'll make her feel very special.  What about the lush floral imagery of delicate flowers?  A great way to brighten any day with color + the natural beauty of nature.  Look no further - we make shopping for that perfect card on Etsy super easy!  So - take your pick, get your pen ready and make someone's day!    


1. Valentine's Day Mini Card, set of eight by sweetharvey $10.00
2. Botanical Print, set of four by 88editions $13.88
3. Follow Your Heart Photo Greeting Card, set of eight by CarolynCochrane $28
4. Gerber Daisy 4x6 Postcard Photograph by AmeliaKayPhotography $2.95

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