The Art of Fay Andrada

Posted on August 10, 2012

Fay Andrada is a metal smith working in Brooklyn, New York. She refers to her designs as  "modern artifacts;" I love the timeless simplicity in her work and can imagine cherishing this bracelet for many years and generations. Looking at her collection, I get a sense that she works with a true reverence for the intrinsic qualities of the natural materials. The result is jewelry that is sculptural, strong, and beautiful...and at the top of my wish list!

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Introducing: Handcrafted Consulting!

Posted on July 16, 2012

After years of working with fellow entrepreneurs in building their brands and online shops, we have made it official!

Handcrafted Consulting ™ will offer one to one mentoring for creatives -like you- wanting to start their own business or grow and evolve an existing business. We believe that artists don't have to be starving. With the right education and resources, you CAN make a living from your craft.

And the icing on the cake? Etsy has made us one of the first-ever Certified Etsy Educators: this means we are one of only a handful to offer Etsy-approved workshops and classes on how to sell on Etsy...from starting your shop, to running an Etsy business!

We'll be holding in-person workshops, both here in Austin, and in cities worldwide. Check out our calendar. Let's put together a group in your area, or set up a time to talk about where you want your handmade brand to be and how we can help get you there.

¡Buena Suerte!

ps- follow us on Twitter for workshop dates, business inspiration and resources, and funny jokes from Jose @EtsyEducator

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Notes from the Studio... When We Were Young

Posted on June 11, 2012

Pablo Picasso was one of my biggest inspirations as a young artist. I used to study his sketches and paintings for hours; mimicking his lines and mirroring his compositions. To this day his work still moves me.  Is there a certain artist you have always loved? Has it changed for you over the years?

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Come Pin with Us! Paloma's Nest on Pinterest

Posted on June 08, 2012

Ok. We admit it. We are hooked on Pinning. As with most social media things, we tend to be late comers- we stay on the sidelines and check things out before we dive in.  Oh, Pinterest. Now that we have started "pinning," we can't stop. What a fun burst of visual inspiration throughout the day (you know, just a "short break" here and there). When I was young, my mother always clipped and filed away images from her stacks and stacks of  magazines. Opening up those folders always filled my little mind with wonderful colors, textures, and ideas. And now, we have this modern way to store our own visual scrapbooks, and to see what our friends and colleagues are loving, too.  So join us. Pinteresteando un rato. Can't wait to see you there.

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The Language Collection of Ring Bearer Bowls by Paloma's Nest

Posted on June 05, 2012

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Over the years we have created hundreds- perhaps thousands- of our Ring Bearer Bowls. One thing is always true for every client we work with: the desire to infuse their wedding with their personal story, heritage, and dreams of the future. We noticed that for many couples, paying tribute to their family roots is a way to connect to their identity, history, and future family tree. Out of this desire to connect with the past as a way to lay a path for their future together, we created the "Language Collection" of Ring Bearer Bowls- based on languages and cultures around the world. We have started with Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Chinese, and look forward to adding Italian, German, and Portugese soon.

Do you have a favorite foreign language text that would be perfect to incorporate into your wedding? Is the language or birthplace of your parents or grandparents something you'd like to honor? We can always create a personalized bowl just for you from our selection of Custom Ring Bearer Bowl styles...in almost any language. Love knows no borders!

PS...save $5 on ANY of our Ring Bearer Bowls with coupon code RING now thru June 30 in our shop!

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