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Etsy Monday: Stickerbrand

We bought a house. I love our house, but we have two totally different ideas on decor. This is why I think today’s featured Etsy shop, Stickerbrand, is a fabulous idea. Basically, the “newest interior design trend is adding vinyl art on interior walls.” Stickerbrand makes this possible. I’m a total fan.

One of the nicest things about these vinyl art pieces is, if your style changes, or you aren’t a super huge fan of your husband adding a Spiderman sticker on your living room wall, they are easy enough to change. They all come with easy instuctions and only take minutes to apply. This sounds like the perfect compromise for decor for our home.

Check out the pieces that I’m smitten with!

Stickerbrand

Counting Sheep

This is darling for a little kids room! And I love the idea of alternating the colors of the sheep. How precious. The default color is black, but if you want another color choice, just ask! Your choices are: Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, Light Sky Blue, Soft Pink, Lime Green, Grey, Brown, Beige, Burgundy, Gold and Silver.

Stickerbrand

Swirl Flower Floral Design

This idea is great. We have a fireplace with no mantle that I haven’t a clue what to do with. I love this concept. And if the husband doesn’t, no sweat. I can totally remove it. Easy as pie. Mmmm, pie.

Stickerbrand

Tall Bare Trees

I love this idea so much! The hubby and I all are about family. This is a very creative way to display photos without just hanging them up haphazardly. I totally think I need this.

And, if you’ve fallen in love with Stickerbrand like I have, then you’ll be super excited to hear that they are offering readers 15% off using the code FAB2012.

Eric was kind enough to answer some questions. Enjoy!

1. If you could have any wall decal hanging on the wall in your home, what would it be and why?

Any large wall decals that cover the entire wall is our favorite types of decals. We have the Japanese Great Wave Hokusai (#363B) wall decal in our dining room wall. The look on the faces of people walking into our home for the first time are always priceless. And the first question that always seems to asked is, ” Wow, did you paint that?”

2. What is your favorite decal in your shop?

My favorite decal design changes from week to week. We have 5 full time artist that are always designing new decals. 200 new designs are added to our collection each month. At the moment my favorite wall decal designs are the Whale Shark wall decal and the large Koi Fish Wave wall decal.

Whale Shark (OS_ES109B)
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/stickerbrand/4182180/Vinyl_Wall_De...

Koi Fish Wave (OS_MB118B)
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/stickerbrand/4185349/Vinyl_Wall_De...

3. Do you take custom orders?

We do make custom orders however that also depends on the design that is requested. Some designs are too difficult and costly to produce and therefore we might have to pass on the custom order. But overall, if you have a ready-made vector design, we can produce it for you.

4. Where do you get your inspiration to create new designs?

Creative ideas are everywhere I go. Just last month we stopped at the Georgia Aquarium and saw the most beautiful majestic creature and the largest fish in the world, the gentle “Whale Shark”. When we got home from our mini vacation, I started on a design of a whale shark and it is currently one of my favorite designs at the moment.

Thanks Eric! And don’t forget to use the code FAB2012 for 15% off! Happy decorating!

Etsy Monday: Two Birds Boutique

You may remember today’s featured Etsy shop owners’ Megan and Nora from back in July when they guest posted here on FF. Well, I have had to the absolute pleasure to work with them again, as they have recently opened an Etsy shop, Two Birds Boutique, with all of their fabulous vintage finds!

Do you watch Mad Men? Well, doesn’t this skirt totally have that Mad Men feel?! And the color! Oh the color! I die.

Two Birds Boutique

Vintage 60s Mad Men Pencil Skirt

And this skirt not only qualifies for free shipping, but it’s also 20% off. Enter the code NEWYEAR in the coupon field. Or don’t, so I can buy it. :)

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Vintage 70s Delicate Sweater

I am smitten with this sweater. The delicateness of the details, the color, and the doily collar just make it such a classic. The flower embroidery comes in lavendar, peach, rose and mauve. LOVE.

Two Birds Boutique Vintage Tunic

This tunic is adorable. I am not a huge fan of tight stuff on me personally, so I tend to lean towards the tunic route. I think these colors are great, too!

And don’t forget your 20% off! Now through January 11, enter NEWYEAR. And if you aren’t able to shop this week, check out the deal breakdowns below using the coupon code!

January 1 – 11: 20% off
 
January 12 – 21: 15% off
 
January 22 – 31: 10% off
 

Megan and Nora were kind enough to answer some questions. Enjoy!

1. What has been your most favorite vintage find?

Megan:
That’s a tough one. A friend of mine was planning a surprise wedding and she asked for help finding a dress. I went gung ho and bought three vintage white dresses. Last minute, she found one herself, but I love the ones I found so much I might dye them and keep them for myself. Oh, and recently, I thrifted a pair of mint condition vintage Frye boots for $8.99. Gotta love a deal!
 
Nora:
I have a pair of British brown riding boots that I have worn to death. I really need to replace them, but I cannot bring myself to get rid of them (or stop wearing them)!
 
2. For someone interested in thrifting, what advice would you give them?
 
Megan:
There are a lot of tips. my top three would be to 1. Go often. Stores restock daily, so you have the potential to find new treasures on a daily basis. 2. Look outside the box (or your size). People oftentimes throw clothes back where they don’t belong, and vintage sizes are different than current sizes. So, looking in different sections (or in the cast-off racks outside the dressing room) opens up the fab-finding potential that much more. 3. check check check. People donate things all the time without washing, fixing or caring about the condition. So mke sure to check the item for any stains, holes or imperfections.
 
Nora:
Megan’s answers are perfect. I might also add that it is overwhelming, so when you first start thrifting to go knowing what you want and only look in those sections. You can slowly build up to exploring the entire store.
 
3. What are your favorite colors?
 
Megan:
Old vintage refrigerator colors like avocado,mustard,  teal, orange and cream.
 
Nora:
Avocado and granny smith apple greens and orange for sure.
 
4. Who is are your fashion icons?
 
Megan:
past: Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren
present: Alexa Chung, Zoe Deschanel
 
Nora:
Past: Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy, Mia Farrow
Present: Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller (apparently I wish I was British).
 
5. What is your favorite item in your shop?
 
Megan:
The 70s open cardigan. I would have kept it myself, but it didn’t fit. I adore the colors (see #3) and the style works with pretty much any outfit!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/87892316/free-shipping-vintage-70s-open-cardigan
 
Nora:
Any and all of our boots! I am a freak for vintage riding and cowboy boots. I also adore the green floral and lace chiffon maxi dress.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/86112286/vintage-green-floral-and-lace-and
 
Aren’t they just the cutest?! Don’t forget now through the 11th to enter the code NEWYEAR for 20% off! Happy shopping!

Etsy Monday: X Mittens

Sometimes I see a shop and it takes every ounce of willpower I have not to click buy on everything. Today’s featured Etsy shop is a prime example. XMittens creates vegan recycled fleece fingerless mittens that make me all warm and fuzzy inside. The shop’s owner, Amber began XMittens when she “realized that I could create an alternative textile and apparel business that emphasizes eco-accountability, thoughtful design and material sourcing, creates well-fitting and durable items, and considers the body an exhibition space for functional art-to-wear.” And, with my love of all things organic and sustainable, this shop is totally my cup of tea!

X mittensRed extra long fingerless gloves

I love love love everything about these. The extra long length, the thumb covering, the color, and of course, that they are made from  fleece is made with up to 89% recycled polyester content. Another cool feature? Each package is wrapped with the leftover material made into a skinny scarf. So it’s like two items for the price of one!

X MittensHot Pink Recycled fingerless gloves

These hot pink gloves are a size large, but they also come in small and medium. These gloves are thumbless and have black stitching. I totally dig them.

X Mittens

Purple Fleece Cape Vest Hoodie

I am smitten with this piece. I love the purple/teal combination, as well as the whole concept. I want.  Be sure to check out all the ways you can wear this item. I love me some versitility!

I hope you all love X Mittens as much as I do! Happy shopping!

Etsy Monday: 26 MileStones

I have so much respect and admiration for those who have run a marathon. I totally say each year that I want to, but am extremely lazy and never follow through with this. I do think though that those who have more motivation than me should be honored. Heck, it’s a huge feat! Please allow me to introduce you to 26MileStone. They create “tile coaster sets from your race bibs and motivational endurance sport related magnets and ornaments.” Pretty cool, huh?!

I actually had the pleasure of purchasing from them recently. I needed an ornament for a friend that is a runner. I purchased the runner ornament, pictured below.

26milestonesThis ornament is no longer available, but here are the details: “1 2×2 square tile ornament and basic black lowercase “run” in metallic shimmer lettering on beige tile.” I loved it. And so did my friend. It was even better than in the photo!

One of the coolest things ever is the fact that they will make coasters out your race number bib. This seriously makes me want to run a marathon. Almost. :)

26 mile stones
Race number bib coasters

And, if you have run a maraton/triathlon, etc, and are thinking, “eek, I so don’t want to part with my bib” no fear! 26MileStones states that you may “specify if you prefer that a color copy of the bib be used, and the original will be shipped back with your order. Or, YOU make the copy, (laser copy preferred, as there is less risk of the ink running) and send that.” This listing is for four coasters and is $22, plus $6.99 US shipping. Not too bad of a deal if I do say so myself!

Commit Square Tile Magnets

These magnets may just be the motivation I need to actually follow through with my commitments. I will have to face them each time I open the fridge. Hopefully seeing them each day will give me the strength to commit to what I say I’m going to do.

Hope you enjoyed 26MileStones as much as I have!

Etsy Monday: Tartella

I have, brace yourselves folks, been learning how to cook! However, I still need to follow recipes, unlike my husband who can create a meal out of three ingredients. With that being said, I have a boatload of printed recipes and recipe cards just strewn in my cabinets, with no sort of organization whatsoever. So imagine my excitement when I came across todays Etsy shop, Tartella. The shop’s owners, Amanda and Andrea, create fabulous items for your kitchen.

The one item that initially caught my attention was this recipe card holder.

Tartella

Wood Flip Recipe Card Holder

I totally need this to keep me organized. This card holder comes with ten inserts, which can hold 20 recipe cards, but feel free to add more inserts, since the rings can be opened very easily. And the wood boards make for easy clean-up. Believe me, I’m super messy. This is a necessity.

Tartella

Recipe Card Gift Set

These recipe cards are a must in my household. As previously mentioned, I will print recipes out from the internet in my effort to become the next top chef. These cards (which of course can fit in the above holder!) are great to jot those recipes down on and am sure will be way easier to organize. This set includes 25 cards and is packaged in a lovely bookcloth covered card holder.

Tartella

Winter Tea Towel set

This tea towel set would be a great hostess gift! Tartella has taken the motto, “eat. live. love. repeat” and screen printed it onto a tea towel. These towels are made with 100% cotton flour sacks and are totally washable. Which is good because I make messes…This set comes in two color choices- green (shown) or vintage blue, with the motto towel in blue and the whisks have orange handles. It’s too hard to choose! I love them both!

And, from December 5-11, Tartella is offering free shipping on all U.S. and Canadian Etsy orders. For U.S. Orders, use Coupon Code TARTYFREESHIP upon checking out. If you are in Canada, make sure you convo Tartella and they will set up a reserved listing with the adjusted shipping rate.

Andrea was kind enough to answer some questions, enjoy!

1. How did you come up with your shop’s name?

I knew that I wanted to make up a name, so that I didn’t have to worry about getting web addresses, trademarks, etc. and I also knew that I wanted it to have something to do with baking. So, I made lists of words that I liked (both cooking related and non) and just started putting them together to see what worked. Tart was on the list because pies and tarts are my favorite desserts, and Ella was the name of my cat. I sent my favorites to my friends and had them vote…and, Tartella won!

2. What is your favorite item in your shop?

I think I’d have to say the Bread Print is my current favorite. Bread is my absolute favorite thing to bake and eat, and I love how those illustrations came out. But, Whisk Tea Towels are a perennial favorite.

3. I see you work with your sister. Who’s the better cook between the two of you? (I frankly, can’t cook to save my life!)

My sister is just starting to cook and lives in a different city, so I haven’t tasted a lot of what she has prepared. But, her pumpkin pie outshone my apple pie this Thanksgiving (at least, according to my husband, who is supposed to have clear allegiance to my cooking!), so I think I have some mighty competition in the future. We both draw on experiences of our grandmother’s farm cooking and our mother’s Norwegian heritage, so our food preferences and what we choose to cook and bake is often similar. I add in quite a bit of French-based and comfort food (read: rich & creamy), while my sister experiments more with Asian dishes.

4. What was the first item you created?

The first items I designed for Tartella were letterpress recipe cards and cookbook marks (available at http://www.tartella.com). I originally thought that I would produce mainly paper and stationary products, since that was my background. But, then I took silkscreen classes and started printing on textiles like tea towels. Customers at shows responded really well to them, and I started spending more time and energy on textile products. I still design and produce new recipe cards and cookbook marks every year, though, since there is always a core customer base that still uses and appreciates these products (like me!).

Thanks Andrea!

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