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Maker Monday is Local!

Maker Monday is Local!

This Monday’s Maker is a local that I actually know! Well, she’s local if you live in the Raleigh, NC area. Otherwise, she’s not very local to your locale. Anyway, enough of that, here she is!

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This is Amy Richards, and this is her wonderful work!

She has a fantastic aesthetic. I met her at a holiday show this past Christmas, and really fell for her watercolors. If you’re a Maker who hangs out with other Makers, you’ve probably done a trade or two. For those who haven’t, trading is a nifty thing we like to do when we really want someone else’s work, but the only thing we have to offer is our own talent. An easy trade is when you value one of your Doojiewingits at the same value as someone else’s Thingamabob, and you trade one for one.

Amy and I did that at the show, and I got these lovely prints! I sort of gave the NC coffee one to my husband as a gift, but really, that was just a formality. It’s still mine.

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What we did recently was way too cool not to share. Amy saw the ring I made for this year’s Valentine’s Day treat, and she loved it so much, she asked if we could do another trade. This time, I custom made her heart ring, and she custom painted a dog portrait of my little man! Of course, I couldn’t be normal about it. I wanted to showcase Odin at his absolute dorkiest. Amy said to send pics, so I flooded her phone with all the most adorable shots of Odin. Fancy Odin, Dorky Odin, Sleepy Odin, more Odin than you’d ever care to see.

Our dog is just the most ridiculous little thing ever. Think dog version of Draco Malfoy. A purebred whose bark is much worse than his bite, and goes crying to daddy (and mommy) when things don’t go his way. He’s such a little dork though! When he plays with his toys, sometimes his lip gets stuck and he forgets to put his teeth back in. It’s the cutest. So that was my only wish for Amy’s portrait.Please show his teeth!

She totally delivered.

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This is so Odin! This is the face he makes when he’s in the middle of playing, and looks up to see if you’re still paying attention to him! She caught his perfect little face without even meeting him. Awesome.

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{Amy, I’m sorry Odin’s still on the mantle in plastic…I haven’t gotten the right frame/mat combo yet! I will soon, I promise!}

Well, that’s Amy! I’d love you to check out her website, and her Instagram is amazing too.

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Maker Monday Goes Medieval

Maker Monday Goes Medieval

Happy Monday! Today, I’m excited to share with you this AMAZING store I found on Etsy. It’s called Armstreet, and if you have a medieval obsession like I do, you’re going to love this store.

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Love it already, don’t you? I know. It’s completely fantastic. Click on the pictures for the Etsy listings! This seven person team from the Ukraine does an incredible job of designing, sewing, and photographing their work.

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I am blown away by their attention to detail. I’ve zoomed in on their pictures, and may I say that their seams are dreamy. Perfect. As someone who went to school for costume design, I drool over their work.

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Just browsing their store is a joy. They take so much time and effort for their photo shoots, and the finished product is breathtaking. I would buy prints of these for my walls.

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Armstreet: it’s not just ladies’ garb! Their selection of men’s wear is incredible as well. Look at the brocade! Look at the metal work on the belt!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Maker Monday feature! Please check out their Etsy shop here, and enjoy the other 300+ items they have to offer!

Maker Monday is all about Enchanted Doll!

Maker Monday is all about Enchanted Doll!

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the genius behind Enchanted Doll, Marina Bychkova! Please click on any of the photos to read about them in her blog.

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One look at her site, and I’m drowning in the beauty of it. Each doll has her own story, personality, and incredible wardrobe (or tattoos!) and it just pulls me in.

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I’ve loved dolls ever since I was a kid, and have dreamed of owning a ball-jointed one. I used to make so many things for my dolls: clothes, furniture, food. I even put carpeting and roof tiles on my dollhouse. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine anything like Marina’s dolls.

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Every face and tattoo is hand painted. Every dress is hand sewn. Every shoe and accessory is tailored. The detail and passion that goes into her work is truly astounding.

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My friend Kiersten inadvertently introduced me to Marina’s work when she entered and won the annual Enchanted Doll birthday contest. (Read about her tattoo design on Marina’s blog! It brings attention a women’s rights issue that many here in the US aren’t aware of.)

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Kiersten’s winning design!

Below is the gorgeous doll she won!

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I’ve been hooked on the dolls ever since. I’m so glad that Marina is back after her hiatus this summer, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year!

(Also, all images belong to Marina Bychkova! None are mine, I’m just a huge fan.)

Maker Crush Monday! I Like to Make Stuff

Maker Crush Monday! I Like to Make Stuff

Time for the second Maker Crush Monday of 2016, and today is all about Bob Clagett, the brains behind “I Like to Make Stuff.”

Bob is awesome. That’s pretty much all there is to it. He makes everything. In 2015, he made the the jump to doing “I Like To Make Stuff” full time, in addition to fathering 4 kids. Whew. Congratulations, Bob!

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Want to make a bedside table with a built in night light? Bob can show you how.

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Want to learn Arduino Coding? Bob does that too. In 3 parts.

And of course, my personal favorite, how to build a secret door/bookcase. I need this in my life. And my house.

Check out his website for more absolutely incredible projects!

Maker Crush Monday!

Maker Crush Monday!

I’ve decided to do something a little different for 2016. I’m trying to be a bit more consistent about posting, and I thought, “What if I write about some of my favorite makers?”

There are so many incredible makers out there, in so many different mediums, and I would love to share some of them with you!

My first Maker Crush was easy for me to pick. Wanaree Tanner is one of the most accomplished metal clay artists in the world, having won the 2013 Saul Bell Award in the metal clay category for this piece.

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She’s done a few tutorials for Metal Clay Magazine, and I watch them incessantly. I also love to watch her videos behind the scenes creating her gorgeous pieces. Click here to watch her creating “The Gate” based on a gate she saw at the Garden of the Gods in Thailand.

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Everything she creates has such incredible levels of detail. Every piece seems to have a secret. Or two. I just love it! She is such an inspiration to me.

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Check out her blog for many more beautiful works of art!