Spreading the handmade word

vivalamoda coverA fabulous new online magazine has just published its first issue on Handmade Fashion, and you really must check it out. VivaLaModa is a stylish, well-designed look at indie designers and trends, and it is a great and lovely read.

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See what I mean? Contributors for this first issue are Aster, Kay Tse, Lori Ward, Randi Eccleston, Lora Dégraff, Karina Gallo, Diana Rajchel, Estefanía Nava, and the Editor is Ainhoa. Go stop by and tell them I said hello. I can’t wait for issue 2.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Illustrations by Alli Coate

Love, Nature, Earth

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three-wished-detailBlue Poppy Jewelry is created by pairing the beauty of fine metals with raw, organic elements from the earth. Each piece is created with a heartfelt compassion for life, love and nature. All elements of our jewelry are made within the United States with environmentally friendly choices made wherever possible.

The goal behind many of our pieces is to create stylish jewelry with a very subtle significance — jewelry that has a strong personal connection with the wearer without being obvious.

We, as mothers, sisters, wives, and friends, strive to create a line of fine jewelry for women…to honor those in our lives who mean the world. Enjoy!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Illustrations by Alli Coate

Urban Culture

About Urban Culture
A visual diary on behavioral patterns of cities and urban areas, past and present. I’m a 41 year old artist, graphic designer and photographer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. What I sell reflects my own personal vision and esthetic, which can range from the trashy to the sublime.

Prints $20.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Illustrations by Alli Coate

Excuse me while I whip this out

BadgeI’ve had an amazing time writing this blog over the past 7 months, and I thank each and every one of you who takes the time to read. I love comments too, but clicking through to check out the featured artists is all I really ask of you.

The goal of this site is to shed light on the amazing work being done by independent artists, crafters and artisans all over the world, and to encourage folks to think twice about big box stores and name brands before shopping. I have lots of plans for 2009, but first I want to thank you all for a fabulous 2008 :)

As a Christmas present to myself, I contacted the very talented (and whip-smart hilarious) Laurie Smithwick of LEAP Design, and Try Handmade now sports lovely badges for your enjoyment and distribution. Here is the code for one, but there are several badges to choose from.

And for those of you who aren’t in(s)ane like me, this 8 second video shows where I got the title of this post. One of the very funniest movies ever :)

(Oh yeah, I know I said I was done posting for 2008 yesterday, but I couldn’t help myself!)

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Illustrations by Alli Coate

Stars and Hearts and … Pretzels

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flower-ringHeather and Kerry Alice Collins, Silversmiths
Twigs and Heather is Kerry Alice and Heather Collins, twin sister silversmiths and casters. We opened our studio in 2000 and have been creating one of a kind sterling silver jewelry ever since. Using the lost wax casting method, and a few new tricks of our own, our pieces are cast from plant life native to the Atlantic Northeast, and hand carved wax models.

Heather’s earthy and natural pieces are subtle reminders of just how wonderful something as simple as a twig can be.

There is nothing subtle about Kerry Alice’s pieces. They are bold, modern and urban. Made for the person who isn’t afraid to express themselves.

Our collection incorporates our different styles and personalities with a complementary mix of natural and modern pieces.

Gorgeous sterling silver jewelry by Twigs and Heather.

  1. Big Spiney Heart Pincushion
  2. Maple Seed Earrings
  3. Pretzel
  4. Sterling Silver Beaded Square Green Sea Glass
  5. Sterling Silver 6 Pin Pincushion
  6. Lovely Sacred Heart
  7. Star and Safety Pin

This will be the last post this week as I’m taking time to be with the fam and have good times involving hot cocoa, letters to Santa, and frantic, last-minute toy-assembly followed by (or perhaps accompanied by) cocktails. Wishing similar happiness for you :)

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Illustrations by Alli Coate