Etsy Schmetsy: Rain Rain Go Away

Here are a few lovely finds from Etsy to brighten your rainy days.

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Row 1: Rainy Day Letterpress Card by Letterpress; Teeny Rainy Day Studs by joannarutter; Marie Collection buttons by fashionfucsia
Row 2: Sewn paper raindrop garlands from kategreiner; Stag / Umbrella pinback button/badge set by PinkParakeet
Row 3: Bumbershoot Keyring from clevergirl; Birdies in the Rain Print by joom; Little Black Raincloud from damestarbaby
Row 4: Mademoiselle under the rain print by blancucha; Two Puddle Jumpers by 3LambsGraphics; Girl and Umbrella — Limited Edition Print by cabin

Etsy Schmetsy: New Leaves

Happy New Year! In honor of new year’s resolutions, the first Etsy Schmetsy of 2010 is inspired by all who are turning over a new leaf.

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Row 1: Leaf Wall Wear in Vintage Metal Frame by neawear; Leaf ID Memory Game Set by thewhimsytree

Row 2: Petite Gold Vermeil Geranium Leaf Earrings by irisjewelrydesign; 09.01.09 Original Botanical Mixed Media by thepairabirds; Brondby Everyday Purse by ikabags

Row 3: Deer Leaf Wooden Wall Hanging by Smilingmoon; Chestnut Large Hand Embroidered Original Wall Art by HAREandDRUM

Row 4: Leafs Print by dekanimal; Large Gold Skeleton Leaf Earrings by roundabout

Pablo Lehmann

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I am loving these amazing cut paper* sculptures from Argentine artist Pablo Lehmann. I think the details are particularly beautiful.
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Etsy Schmetsy: Magnificent Merriment

‘Tis the season for holiday parties aplenty, so this week’s Etsy Schmetsy is dedicated to festive functions and swinging soirées!

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Row 1: Vintage Scalloped Fabric Garland by Sweet Jessie; Vintage Silver Rim Numbered Glasses from The Sunday Times Market

Row 2: Moroccan Mint Tissue Poms by Prost to the Host; Dancing Limited Edition Print by Matte Stephens

Row 3: Origami Kusudama as a Lighted Lantern by Orange Guppy; Cherry Blossom Cupcake Stand by Whitney Smith; Snowflake Slip-On Coasters in Holiday Colors by Dimmalimm Home

Row 4: Snowflake Place Cards by Timeless Paper; Pretty Papercut Lanterns by Hannah Nunn

TypograFriday: Neon Boneyard

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Check out these amazing images Pam Sattler from her visit to The Neon Museum in Las Vegas.
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Notebooks!

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We are super excited about the latest addition to our etsy shop: notebooks! Grid-lined pages with shimmering gold-on-chipboard covers, they’re available in sets of four designs. At 3.5″ x 5″ they’re perfect for stuffing into a pocket, a purse or a stocking.

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Etsy Schmetsy: Counting the days

With 2010′s imminent arrival, it’s time replace your calendar. These beautiful handmade finds from etsy — ranging from classic to conceptual — are sure to be a great addition to your desk or wall.

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Row 1: VikDesign; catseto; curiousdoodles
Row 2: katemajoie; mooninjune
Row 3: pistachiopress; ilsahan; bheuer
Row 4: sefora; girlingearstudio; niseemade

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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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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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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 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

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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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