Entries in etsy (3)

Wednesday
May262010

Nan Lawson is cool.

You know that feeling you get when you see something so cute you just want to roll it into a little ball and eat it? Well, that's what I want to do with these prints that I just saw on etsy (it's a good thing!). I'm sure some of you have come across Nan Lawson's work. If you haven't, I'm sure you'll become a fan now. 

When I saw Nan's work I immediately had one of those "If I could draw the little pictures I see in my head they would look just like this!" moments. The simple design combined with the muted colors evokes childhood memories for me and has made me a fan. 

So cute I just want to eat you!

I know who I'm contacting for a custom portrait of me and Andres for our one-year anniversary! Too bad I have to wait a year for that, but I'll be contacting her as soon as I can.

[Illustrations: Nan Lawson]

Nan's etsy bio: My mom calls me Nan. I like to draw little drawings and paint little paintings. I live with my partner in crime and two chubby kitties in an old house in Silverlake, Los Angeles. There, we laugh, create and nap in happy family pig piles.

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Thursday
May062010

Doing it Old School

I have one thing that I collect, and that's cards. I buy about six cards at one time then put them in my little card collecting shoe box or frame them. If you're a good friend to me then you're usually lucky to get one from me! One of my favorite, favorite stationary company's right now doing a perfect job executing the right style and colors is Old School Stationers. They're based out of Portland, Oregon and are a cute, young married couple. I love coming across married duo's that know how to create awesome work together!

These letterpress cards (and prints) are seriously killing me, and even though I've never been to Portland, I can feel how much it plays a role in their inspiration. That reminds me...my husband and I have been wanting to plan a trip there. 

Check out their Store Locater to see where you can find their cards in your neighborhood, or stop by their ETSY Store.

Saturday
Aug162008

popote

Andres and I have been hard at work creating the foundation to our teeny business, popote. It began with a lot of talk about opening up our own store, then realized we didn't have the moola to get any of that in the works, and went back to the drawing table. It then came to, "What can we make now?" Andres, coming from a print making/graphic design background thought it would be great to design our own line of cards. We walked around different stores, seeing what was out there. It was inspiring to see many creative cards being made, many of which could easily be framed because they were so artistic. To set ourselves apart from everything that we saw out there, we decided to experiment with a different medium, vinyl. 
Working with close friend, Annie (also a graphic designer), we came up with some designs, put them through the plotting machine, and began the strenuous, but somehow relaxing job of picking vinyl. Thanks to a good friend, Francois, we were able to book a table at this year's SF Zine Fest. We got our name out there, had some sales, and got motivated to keep the action going. We quickly opened an ETSY shop, and are currently picking more designs and creating new cards that should be posted on ETSY within the next couple days. We're also making home decals that you can place pretty much anywhere around your house (your plain IKEA kitchen table, refrigerator, wall, mirror, laptop, etc). We've been getting a lot of great feedback on what we're doing and it's just making us work that much harder on creating things that we hope everyone else will enjoy. While creating all this is fun, we're also finding out how much it takes to make yourself an actual business. There's a lot of stuff we need to educate ourselves on, but we're so thankful that we are surrounded by creative minds that can lend in really useful tips! Hopefully we will also have a table at Bazaar Bizarre, and APE, so keep an eye out for us! In the meantime check out our popote shop.