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With These Rings: A 'Make Your Own Wedding Rings' Shop in Seattle

Posted on April 24, 2014 | 0 comments

When I was contacted by Stephanie of With These Rings, a Seattle-based jewelry shop, about selling some of our Ring Bowls in her store, I was instantly intrigued by the "make your own rings" concept she was describing to me. Yes- you read that correctly: make your own RINGS! Stephanie is a professional jeweler who was inspired by the process she and her own husband went through when crafting their wedding rings together...so much so, that she turned this inspiration into a workshop-type process that allows couples to learn, under her supervision, how to design and craft rings of their very own. I am thrilled that With These Rings will be stocking pieces from our collection in the Seattle shop, and so glad to share Stephanie's unique concept with you.

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Family Dolls by Timohandmade

Posted on April 21, 2014 | 0 comments

The Christmas I was pregnant with Valentín, José surprised me with the most thoughtful gift: a set of three dolls by Israeli designer Timor Cohen, of Timohandmade. The father, expectant mother, and little girl soft sculptures sit here on the sunny windowsill in my office, and bring a smile to my face when I think back to those precious, fleeting days. A visit to Timohandmade will leave you smiling, too- the shop is full of darling personalities of all shapes and sizes, as well as some lovely decorations and stuffed animals. You can request custom dolls to reflect your own crew, or choose from the wonderful variety of vintage and rare textile art already for sale.

 

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Heirloom Lion Blanket by Roxy Marj

Posted on April 03, 2014 | 0 comments

We fondly refer to Valentín as our Little Lion... partly because of his blonde curly mane, and partly because of his ferocious ROAR,  which he proudly demonstrates upon request. Since he was quite young, I've collected special decor, art pieces and holiday ornaments as a special mementos for him.

When I first saw this Heirloom Blanket from Roxy Marj, I was smitten. But this is clearly a common reaction in lots of folks: these beautiful keepsakes are individually handmade and hand painted, and sell out super fast! I have yet to get my claws on one, but be sure to follow @roxymarj on instagram where you can see more from the illustrator/fashion designer (and grad of Parsons)...she will give a heads-up as to when she will have more blankets available in her shop. (There is also a tiger and a bear!) Careful, you may have to fight me for one!

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Handcrafted Consulting

Posted on March 31, 2014 | 0 comments

They say that you can decipher what it is you should be doing with your life based on the questions that people most frequently ask you. For me, those questions always revolve around small business, and more specifically handcraft business. How do you make a living from your art? How do you balance a young family with the demands of entrepreneurship? What do you do to stay motivated, creatively?

I decided in 2011 that to share and teach through my experience as a business owner and artist was a calling I needed to answer. Jose and I formed Handcrafted Consulting that year as a platform to mentor and educate other creative entrepreneurs in many facets of business life- from marketing and branding, to work/life balance, to scaling a company that is based on creating with your own two hands. Since then we have had the honor of working with a multitude of shops from small Etsy start-ups to larger more established brands and artists looking to branch out, and the fulfillment that comes from doing this work goes beyond what I could have ever imagined.

If you are an artist or creative entrepreneur seeking some guidance, a second opinion, a brainstorming partner to help in figuring out your next steps, contact me. We offer custom consulting packages based on your needs, and also have a simple Shop Review option if you just want some fresh eyes to fine-tune your e-commerce (Etsy, Shopify, Big Cartel or other) storefront.

We look forward to working with you. At a turning point? We know how it is. We know how it feels.

Visit handcraftedconsulting.com for more details, or contact us at handcraftedconsulting (@) gmail.com

*artwork here by the renowned Lisa Congdon; print available in her shop

 

 

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Mushybooks: Modern Baby Books

Posted on March 30, 2014 | 0 comments

I admit it.

Valentín is two years old and I haven't started his baby book. (GASP!)

Maybe he falls victim to being the "second child" (we know how that goes), or maybe I can blame technology for the fact that most all of his baby pictures live in digital format. But I think much of it has to do with not being able to find a well-designed, timeless Baby Book to use as his special keepsake. I'm picky like that.

Until now.

I discovered MushyBooks on Instagram one day and instantly felt a kindred connection the brand: like Paloma's Nest, MushyBooks is creating products that don't scream "cutesy-baby-overload" and instead focus on clean, classic style that will still be beautiful long into the future. A simple white cover is detailed with baby feet, and the book is filled with well-designed pages for all of the essentials: a family tree, baby's first haircut, favorite things...

 

MushyBooks was created and run by mom-to-three Lesley in British Columbia, Canada. I'm headed over to her site to order one today!

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