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Works on paper and a couple made from paper. Here’s a quick post about some artists who have caught my attention lately.


Simone sent me the link to the lovely paper dolls by Portuguese artist Ana Ventura. You can purchase her postcards as seen above here (don’t trust me on the euro conversion, but I think you can purchase these for under $7).


Another paper artist, Patricia Zapato of A Little Hut creates wonderful cut paper images like Hiding, above (8″x10″, $35).


Just added the Etsy shop of Creative Thursday to my new Etsy Favorites page. A print of buttercup (8.5″x11″), above, is available in her Etsy shop for $35.



I bought some bamboo yarn the other day, which was a new find for me. Is there anything that can’t be made from bamboo? Since my knitting projects are stacked up and moving slowly (still working on my three-year-old’s baby blanket), I try to stay away from yarn stores these days. I’d be interested to know how this yarn stands up over time and it looks like it might slip around a bit on the needles. I guess I need to get out my knitting needles.


The image above is from Yarnlust over at Etsy and is a bamboo blend, which I suspect will hold up better. You can find a variety of colors in 100% bamboo here and it’s likely to be available at your local knit shop.

Anyway, since I was thinking about bamboo, here are some other bamboo finds:


I saw these bamboo kids’ utensils on Cool Mom Picks a while back and keep meaning to order some for the kids. Available from Branch for $7. There’s a lot of other great bamboo stuff there, like these colorful bowls.

Bamboo fabric? It might be slippery to work with, but great possibilities for pajamas and baby things.

Bamboo clothes at Bamboosa.

And of course you can find bamboo sheets all over the place.


I’ve added a page of resources for fabric, well-designed original items, and handcrafted goods. Like these pillows by Kstudio, which are available at ReForm School here.

See all resources here. I’ll be updating this frequently and welcome suggestions!

If you’re looking for some design inspiration, think vintage wallpaper. The pattern of the wallpaper in my grandmother’s kitchen is forever burned in my memory. It was a floral with navy stripes. I’ve never been daring enough to install wallpaper in my own home, but I love the designs. The wallpaper pictured above is from Secondhand Rose in New York and would look great in a little girl’s bathroom. A great site for browsing and inspiration.


These note cards from Paperhill Studio available on Etsy are made from vintage wallpaper. Set of 6 note cards for $11.


I love this switch plate from Fondue Art + Design, also available on Etsy for $20.


Or how about this gorgeous lampshade from When in Doubt Draw Flowers, available here for $250.

Here‘s a list of sources for vintage wallpaper from domino magazine.

Green Birds on Flowers Limited Edition Original Art Screenprint (Gocco) 8x11 Paper Size

Green Birds on Flowers by Sugarloop. 8 1/2″x 11″, $25.

E is for Elephant - screenprint

E is for Elephant by Strawberry Luna, 10.5″ x 13″, $15.


Ceramic tiles by Xenia Taler. Available at Rare Device for $32, $38 and $45. Also available at 16 Hands.


Old School Stationers letterpress bird prints (8″x8″) available for $42 each at Hazel Wood Children.

Skip the candy and plastic junk.  Here are some stocking stuffer or Hanukkah ideas:

Mittens from Liz Jones Handmade, $22.  Available in her Etsy shop here.

turquoise-horned monster mittens

Hair clips or ponytail holders from Meeting Street Designs, $12.25 for the set pictured below.

My Little Friends - Seven Days of Fun - Adorable and Fun Ponytail Holders for Little Girls

This stamper necklace from The Small Object, $24.

Mushroom pocket case, $20 from Gifts Define.

A couple of nice handmade items, maybe some underwear and socks.  Eva’s favorite present one year was a flashlight!  Don’t think my kids won’t have some Disney princess stickers in their stockings.  Our kids are the smallest victims of our consumer culture and my four-year-old actually CRIED for princess underpants.  My mother says that they received oranges and nuts in their stockings when she was a child.  We’ll try that this year and see if there’s a revolt. 

My front porch smelled like rosemary mint today as I opened the door to see my package from 4th Ave Soap Co.  I bought these soaps for teacher gifts and they are truly beautiful and smell divine.  Check out all of her bath and body products in her Etsy shop.  If you’re looking for holiday gifts be sure to order before December 5.

These would also make wonderful hostess gifts (see yesterday’s post).

If you’re lucky enough to go to someone else’s house for the holidays, don’t forget to bring them a handmade gift.  No time?  Check out these hand printed items. 

Hand towels always make a nice hostess gift.  And if you’re not looking for something over at Monarch Monograms, try these bright and happy screenprinted kitchen towels from PataPri ($14 each or $40 for a set of three).

These lovely votive holders from Maryink ($16 for the pair) would be great for the holidays. Her shop also has some nice tees and aprons.

Woodlands Votive Duo
Or these dinner napkins from Michelle Brusegaard ($22.50 for 4). 

Or these botanical gocco print gift cards from things are better with a parrott.  $3 for 5 tags makes a great little gift or you can tie one on a bottle of wine to make it something special.

Holiday Traditions Dress - Custom Size 18M 2 3 4 5 6
Since I have two little girls who will wear nothing but dresses, I’m always looking for inspiration for new designs.  I love these holiday dresses.  Here’s a very stylish one from willarie.  I love the fact that it looks like something your grandmother might have worn to a cocktail party. 

Fun Jumper, Blue Snowflakes
Check out this sweet snowflake jumper from adornique.  Precious and looks like it will really twirl!

And this one from birdsong is modern and looks comfortable, too!

How about this fun peppermint swirls jumper? From Originals by Mary Elizabeth.


I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do with my children’s artwork as it is beginning to pile up and my four-year-old is creating some nice pieces.  I’m getting some framed; but I’m also looking for creative ideas aside from the usual refrigerator, clothesline or wall display.  I took Eva’s “Mud Monster” that she drew last spring and digitized it for my embroidery machine (above).  Someone’s getting a Mud Monster pillow for Christmas!  Eva really enjoyed being involved in the process and was proud of the finished product.  I’m thinking of offering customized kid’s designs in my shop, but it’s a pretty time-consuming process.  We’ll see.

But with all this technology readily accessible, you can have your kid’s artwork made into tees, coasters, large-scale canvases, mugs, bags, magnets, calendars, stationery, mouse pads, uhm…playing cards, and lots more.  These are all great (for you and your family).  Here are a few other ideas:

-Take photographs of the artwork before you pitch it.  Make a collage or a DVD.

Totally Out of Hand: They can create customized jewelry from your child’s artwork (example below). 

-Make wrapping paper.  Assuming your kid approves of this use of her artwork, sounds like a good idea and also a great way to reuse something!  We go through a lot of paper in our house.

-Collage it.  At the end of the year, you and your child can cut up the work and choose the best images to be made into a fabulous collage.  I see this turning into a possible decoupage project — literally, an art table.

-Sew it.  I like the free-hand sewing that I’ve seen lately and it lends itself well to children’s designs.  Check out this creation from angry chicken.  Or you can quilt it — take a look at this quilt square from sewcatherine.  Don’t have a sewing machine?  Re-create the work of art with felt and embroidery floss.

-Shrink it.  I love shrinky dinks and keep meaning to make something.  The possibilities are endless with miniature plastic!  Just trace the artwork or have your child draw directly on the plastic. Check out this link for making your own.  Caution on that plastic in the oven thing. 

Artimus Art:  Not tech-savvy or crafty?  This site lets you mail them your artwork where they will upload it and create an online gallery for you, then store it in climate-controlled storage (better than the floor of the closet?).   You can also order a bound book.     

-Have your child illustrate his own books.  We keep an extra long stapler around the house and make blank books for Eva to draw and write stories.  These “books” occupy her for several days and can be stored easily or given as presents.  You could also have your child dictate a story to you and print out the text. 

Other thoughts, ideas, links?  Please comment.