Tea towels are one of my favorite things in the world. You know how when people go on trips and they ask you what kind of a little souvenir you want? Well, I always ask for a kitchen or tea towel. They are actually something that can be used, they are decorative and unique and they don't take up a ton of space. What's not to love? That being said, there are a lot of really effing ugly towels out there. So, I was thrilled when I came across Pippa's Print Shop and her hand stamped flour sack towels. They bring art into the kitchen and I could not love them more.
Bonus: They are HUGE, and also washer/dryer friendly. These are a great gift option for those friends who seem to have it all, and are difficult to shop for!
Here's the scoop on this great find, straight from Pippa herself:
"I founded Pippa’s Print Shop in 2014 as an outlet in the urban jungle of Oakland, California. The chaos, grit, and noise of the big city was stifling my creative life. I’m a small-town girl. I grew up bicoastal in two stunning backwoods towns--Ojai, California, a land of avocados, agave and sage, and Sweden, Maine, an unending forest of birch trees, colonial covered bridges and loons chirping on lakes. My work is a reflection of the deep nature found in these places, a constant source of calm and inspiration.
Travel and the beauty of culture influence every print, and you can see the trace of distant lands in my pieces—Brazil, Montana, West Africa, Oakland, Paris, Prague, and London. Bright color, unique shape, and exploration define my style.
My process begins with an idea, a shape, and a blank slate. I sketch the concept onto a linoleum slab and watch it grow. Then I carve, envisioning the negative space and color palette. From there I roll block printing ink onto the linoleum, often using two color schemes, and finally hand-press it onto a sheet of paper. I prefer exploring color and shape by making limited editions of all my prints. This gives them a longer life, and allows a more creative process. Once printed they hang in my studio in Ventura, CA until they are signed, numbered, and named. My textiles are all washed, handprinted, hung-dry, and ironed for maximum durability."
Now through Thanksgiving 2016, use code 'dbsobsessed' for a 20% discount on your entire order in Pippa's Etsy shop!
Follow Pippa's Print Shop on IG at @PippasPrintShop
"Due to the limited editions, each print is personal to me and to you. Unique art has a sacred place in my heart and history, and I try to connect my life with yours through the process and final product.
Driven by the need to create, Pippa's Print Shop allows me the freedom and space to integrate my love of photography, nature, and linocut printing into one unconventional job. The challenges of owning a small business are made so much sweeter by the freedom in creativity. I see art everywhere and find inspiration and motivation in bright and uplifting colors and shapes. From walks on the beach with my Sheltie to succulent-hunting with my niece, I am my most creative when wandering the world and soaking up the beauty that is right out our front doors. I strive everyday to spread the joy I feel through my designs and hope you feel that too.
Well, let's get the first thing out of the way on this post: SEW BLONDE STUDIO is the cutest name EVAR.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way...
As you know, I have been featuring artisans who create pieces I am obsessed with! Today I bring you another one of those talented makers: Sew Blonde Studio from Tennessee!
I've mentioned on several occasions that I am redoing my office space; because I work from home it is important to keep my space fresh and unique, making sure that there is a marked difference between my living and work spaces (even though they are under the same roof). I promise to tell you all about how it turns out, once it is completed! However, one thing I can tell you is that one of the elements of this office makeover is a gallery wall. I wanted to be able to utilize wall space in a way that uniquely reflected who I am and what I love. I wanted to include bright colors and pieces that generally made me happy and motivated me. Big box store artwork is not for me. It never has been and it never will be. Maybe this is because I was lucky enough to grow up with a mother who is an artist and a father who also appreciate art. As a result, we always had beautiful and unique pieces in the home when I was growing up. So, I went on the hunt for some pieces that fit the bill of what I was looking for for my office, with all of this background in mind.
I came across Sew Blonde Studio and instantly fell in love with the string art created by Amanda. I love how the pieces that she makes are able to be rustic, vibrant and out of the ordinary, all in one piece. I particularly loved pieces that included bright colors, as they stand out so beautifully on the distressed white wood. As you can see, I chose a flamingo. How fun is this?! And, every piece is customizable based on your color preferences. These make for great gifts, great home decor and I think they would really be spectacular and a baby nursery as well. The 3-D and tactile nature of this art makes it stand out as a definite conversation piece.
SEW, who is it that makes all of this? How did she get started? Here is what Amanda had to say about her business:
My Etsy shop opened in April of this year, and since then, I have had a great time creating new pieces and home decor items for customers from all over the country! In my shop, I mostly focus on string art, wood signs and picture frames - each with a unique, rustic and farmhouse feel! Growing up and living in Tennessee, I have inspiration all around! The scenery is beautiful here, with the country homes and barns everywhere, it definitely has laid the foundation for the items I create. I grew up in church, and continue to play the piano for a church that I have attended since I was very young. My faith, hymns and the meaning that they hold, have a very special place in my heart. You will see this reflected in some of my hymn art pieces, with my most popular being the "Amazing Grace" string art. I love working with others to create something special - whether for themselves, or as a gift to someone else.
A recent change in my shop is a transition to more eco-friendly materials. This came about one day at my local hardware store when I was choosing a new stain and just happened to read the back of the can. The details and hazards were scary! I put it back on the shelf and went home to find that all of my stains that I had been using for months carried the exact same warning labels. I thought there must surely be a safer alternative - for both me and the recipients of my signs! Thankfully, there were! There were options for odor-free, non-toxic stains and paints out there. After some research, I chose a brand and have been using them on my signs since. I can now stain in my home without the worry of hurting me, my husband, or my precious Simon (our resident cat)! I was afraid that I would hate these stains and was prepared to dislike the colors and to even be tempted to go back to the chemical-heavy, toxic alternatives. But, the opposite happened! I honestly love them more and feel that they do a better job! The stains and paints that I use now are free from heavy metals, VOCs, animal products and phthalates. They do not release harmful chemicals into the environment, which I also love!
What's not to love about that? A driven, mindful, creative, cat-loving lady boss who makes incredible art? How could I not be #dbsobsessed?!
Follow on Instagram at @sewblondestudio for updates on new pieces
Should I name the flamingo? Is that weird?
Some of my other favorites from Sew Blonde Studio:
Dirty Peach and Love Bite are here! I also nabbed Kristen and I am loving all three.
As promised, I am working with a number of small businesses/makers who are creating amazing and stunning things, to share the best of the best with all of you! I am so thrilled to bring you this next gem, PineNeedle Stitches. I came across this shop on Etsy when I was looking for interesting items to add to the gallery wall in my new and improved home office (more to come on that later).
I reached out to Michelle, the owner, and after finding out more about the business, I knew I had to share it with all of you! Here is the background on how Michelle decided to get going with her shop (#girlboss):
"I am a high school art teacher who is very passionate about art. Last year I decided to pursue my dream of opening an Etsy shop to sell my artwork. One thing in particular I have wanted to sell over the years are paintings on repurposed slices of wood from Christmas tree farms from surrounding areas where I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Everything I create is inspired by my surroundings. I mostly paint mountain scenes and woodland creatures!
I also decided to sell hand stitched books after making my own journal last year. I took a bookmaking class in college and when I thought of the idea of making my own journal, I found notes from my class and "re-taught" myself how to make books using a Coptic stitch binding. It is an awesome technique that allows the user to open the book to lay flat so that the binding doesn't stick up in the way of your hand and keep you from filling in your entire page while writing or drawing.
So now my business, PineNeedle Stitches, is all about providing art inspired by the mountains and the many woodland creatures that live around me and creating durable, functional and cute books to write or draw in!"
Now, not all of you know this, but my family was in the business of growing and selling Christmas trees, when I was growing up. So, when I heard about that little tidbit from Michelle, I knew I had to have one of those pieces, and I am so thrilled with the custom piece she did for me!
Growing up, my dad always signed his letters to me with 'Make me proud,' and I always tried to do so! I love and respect my Dad more than anyone in the world, so I have always wanted to make him proud. Not always a successful endeavor, but hey, we all have our moments ;) This simple reminder in my cards throughout the years has always stuck with me as a reminder to do my best and to work hard. As I mentioned, I had checked out Michelle's shop with it in mind that I wanted to get items for the gallery wall in my home office. What better place to have a motivational reminder than on the office wall?
I placed this custom order with Michelle and she was able to complete it in almost no time. I am certainly adding her shop to my list of spots to pick up holiday and birthday gifts. PineNeedle Stitches also sells many gorgeous hand-bound journals, like the one pictured below. I think these are such wonderful gifts to give, as they allow people to use them as they best see fit in their lives. Personally, I plan to use mine as a camping journal, keeping track of the places I go and the things I see on my upcoming camping trips! Given the background of Michelle's business and her inspiration for these notebooks, I cannot think of a better fit for these beautiful books! MUCH more to come on that whole camping thing, in 2017.
How could you not love this journal? Perfect as a daily journal, prayer journal or anything in-between. From the craft paper and twine wrapping, to the thick and high-quality paper, everything about these just feels special. It may sound cheesy, but it's true, so just go with me on this one...
I am so in love with everything I have tried from Kylie Jenner's cosmetics line. Here are some favorites:
Kyshadow: By Far My Single Favorite Makeup Item
So, why do I love it so much? Because the colors give incredible options for so many eye looks, and several of them are killer for contouring and highlighting the face. On top of that, they actually stay put and last! #dbsobsessed
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My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!