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We’ve just wrapped up our last holiday sale of the year, whew! It was the RISD Alumni sale, which has somewhat of a different crowd (and vendors) than our usual craft fair. A snippet of dialogue overheard in the morning: “What’s RISD?” / “It’s the Rhode Island School of Design, the best art school in the country” / “Oh… Like, the street!” Non-SF readers please note that Rhode Island is a street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. SF readers, please note that it also is a state. Oh and that’s where the best art school in the country is, y’all.

Here’s some of our fellow alumni who were there with stellar work.

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hk designs | Hiroko Kurihara
I got Sam one of her scarves a few years back: for every one of her items purchased she donates a polarfleece blanket to the homeless, which is a fantastically inspiring programs. Also, the felted wool scarves/blankets etc are superb and beautiful.

Pie Bird Press | Hannah Berman
We’re not in the habit of talking up other cardmakers but Hannah’s cards are really pretty special. You may have seen her work at Paper Source, on etsy (where you didn’t believe it could really be letterpress) or in magazines. Most letterpress work shies away from this sort of ink coverage, but she has giant swaths of bold color down.

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Hillary Bird
While we’re on other cardmakers… we’re proud to welcome Ms. Bird, whose indie-quirky sensibilities and hybrid of analog and digital techniques makes charmingly cute cards and prints.

Sarah Richardson Jewelry
Sarah’s had a ton of really beautiful jewelry, but her pod series in sterling silver is gorgeous (look for Sam to be sportin’ one soon), and she was super friendly with advice for us on making a living from our art.

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Lian Ng for PubliQue
His lasercut PopMats are so elegant and clever it’s hard to imagine throwing the fête that would be their match; this year there were votive holders as well that fold into a really interesting shape.

Mediums to Masses | Sarah Hirneisen
Sarah makes screenprinted glass jewelry, dishes and coasters under the name Mediums to Masses. But she’s definitely a consummate artist: not content to just have a successful product line, she’s produced a lot of thoughtful installation and gallery pieces too.

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Eieio | Jean Orlebeck
We saw Eieio papers first like 8 years ago at Flax. They are some of the most elegant modern giftwraps (and endpapers) around, and the original design from way back then remains fresh and charming.

Aaron Silverstein
I think the photo-guided laser-cut ornaments and votive holders he was selling (and selling out of) at the show were slightly different than these, which he designed for Roost, but no less beautiful. Poking around his website for images of them, I found a range of remarkable work that I would love to see (and own); a fantastically talented industrial designer with elegant lines and a special attunement to nature’s forms.

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James Cogbill
James had tshirts of this painting based on Midwestern fields for sale that I totally was coveting. His thoughtful abstractions wouldn’t seem out of place on my favorite blog but does it float

Daniel Oakley | Oliblock
Oliblock: Like Lego Technics met Frank Gehry, magnetic and interlocking and awesome.

Etsy Schmetsy: Tea Towel Time

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Row 1: claudiagpearson; MichelleBrusegaard; wonderthunder
Row 2: PataPri; ChezSucreChez
Row 3: inklore; cicadastudio; MrPS
Row 4: juliepeach; kalla; Yunny

Shop Handmade this Holiday Season

Design des Troy will be selling at two craft sales this week. The first is the Handmade Ho Down on Thursday from 6-midnight at 1015 Folsom. The event is being sponsored by Etsy and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art (among others). Raffle and gift wrapping proceeds will benefit DrawBridge, an artistic program for homeless youth in the Bay Area. It sounds like it will be a pretty great event, plus there is a photobooth and drinks. Also, if you have any spare art supplies, you can donate them to DrawBridge at the door for a free gift!

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The second, the RISD Alumni Holiday Arts & Crafts sale, is on Sunday from 9:30-5 at Fort Mason Building A (your immediate left as you enter the parking lot). If you’ve never shopped Fort Mason during the holidays, it’s pretty cool: there’s a bunch of other art and jewelry sales too, nice views, and Greens to Go for lunch.

If you can’t make either, or live far from San Francisco, all of our cards on Etsy have free domestic shipping through Monday! We have new stickers, tags and maybe our awesomest card ever that we’ll be listing later tonight (and will of course be available at the sale). Edit: The cards (our “Jolly Old Saint Roger/Yo Ho Ho Ho” design, which we just finished printing this afternoon) and gift stickers are up, yaay!

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Etsy Schmetsy: Autummmmm

Hope you enjoy this week’s super-sized Schmetsy celebrating the colors of Fall (and some of the greens, blues and grays that go so well with them)!

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Row 1: patkas; julieandco; lilacpop
Row 2: PetitesCuriosites; delainie; huebyjennyhouston
Row 3: mylittlebuffalo; PinkSaguaro
Row 4: bomobob; HAREandDRUM; labpartners
Row 5: adornnatural; simplyprettyprints; sollinero
Row 6: focuslineart; lulubugjewelry; lupin

Etsy Schmetsy: All the buzz

This week’s Etsy Schmetsy is devoted to our dear little friend, the bee.

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Row 1: Bee Gurumi Crochet Pattern by Luvly Gurumi; Bee 25 Original Oil Painting by Roz Art; Honeybee Screenprint by Jason Hill Design

Row 2: Zinnias and Bees by unitedthread; Honey Bee Felt Brooch by she rides the lion; Honey Gold 2 Necklace by J2Jewelry

Row 3: Sweet Hive Earrings by AchAchLiebling; Sweet Bee Original Oil Painting by ModernSky; Plush BumbleBee by BombusLane

Etsy Schmetsy: Spooky, cute and handmade.

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Row 1: Little Vampire Hair Clip from emandsprout; Custom Haunted Mansion embroidery from giddygirlie; Ghost Friends Necklace by marymaryhandmade
Row 2: Creepy Crawly Spider Cross Stitch by youheartus; Handsoap set from foliage
Row 3: Ode to Romero pillows from brokesy; Hand Engraved Glass Candle Holders from daydreemdesigns;  Love devil from Mariska
Row 4: Halloween Faces Garland from paperacorn
Row 5: Skeleton Finger Puppet from cherylasmith; Halloween cookies from TSCookies; Pop-up Cat card from tracychong

Etsy Schmetsy: Brooklyn

Sorry this is late; we’ve jetset and are now jetlagged in Brooklyn, where we’re on vacation. But no week is complete without an Etsy Schmetsy on Wednesday. Brooklyn is full of crafty folks, so we thought we’d go local this week: all Brooklyn handmade sellers.

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Row 1: goosegrease; ninadinoff; peppersprouts
Row 2: jeanpelle; warpeDesign; hijirik
Row 3: bicyclepaintings; ballandchain; TillyBloom

Etsy Schmetsy: Wrapped up in Books

We’re big in to books. We make books, read books, buy books; there are very few things we don’t like about books. Here are some awesome books and book-related items from Etsy.

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Row 1: My Little Diary ring from MoonFaces; Burst journal by paintedfishstudio; Old Spines fine art print weberphoto

Row 2: Bookshelf 32 print by  janemount; White Geometric Handbound Photo Album by brooklynbookbinder

Row 3: Book Mobile by theshophouse; Sepia Books from jillruthandco; Antique leather book necklace TheBlackSpotBooks

Row 4: Coptic-bound blank journal by anybodyinthere; Books print from theblackapple

Row 5: Custom Book Art by BookOfArt; Engraveable open book charm TheSCOOPatBOOPS; The Library by NestaHome.etsy.com

99 Red Balloons

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Well, actually 9 red embroidered balloons from Kimberly Scola of chez sucre chez. I think they are just darling, and she is donating the money from the sale of her balloons to her mother who is doing a bike ride to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read more about the project here, and get your embroidered balloon here.

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via Scoutie Girl

Etsy Schmetsy: Say Cheese!

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Row 1: Polariod Camera print from monstergallery; Hand-carved rubber stamp from cupcaketree; Argus Fine Art Photograph by jmbarclay

Row 2: Mini-embroidery PDF from wildolive; Camera cufflinks from LittleAngelsJewelry

Row 3: Antique Camera Pendant Necklace from shes; Katakana Graphic T-shirt from snowconecollective; Leica Diagram Print by Roosevelvet

Row 4: Retro Camera Handsewn Felt Fridge Magnet from moddyboy80; Falcon Original Fine Art Photograph by mitchyleephotos; Vintage Photographer T-Shirt from theboldbanana

Row 5: Felt Camera Camera Case from hine; Wooden Star House Camera from urastarhouse; Imperial Fine Art Print by michelemaule

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