I build and design rocking chairs, rocking ottomans, kids’ rockers, quilts and crib bedding. Custom orders are my focus, and many people send me their own fabrics and choose their own wood finishes, so the customer is always involved in the design process. This is much more exciting and rewarding than shopping at a big-box store!
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I started woodworking... → Read the rest of this article
I’ll be honest. I have an apron and I never wear it. I just don’t cook that way. But these aprons are so pretty I could see them over a tshirt and jeans this summer. So arty-chic ;)
Decorative Instincts specializes in fashion-forward accessories for the home. All items are designed by the owners and hand crafted in our Chicago studio. Our love of textiles and beautiful embellishments make the difference in our designs. We believe even the most mundane items should... → Read the rest of this article
Beautiful stoneware pottery…
Gone to Pot: all items in the shop are handbuilt from porcelain or white stoneware, fired to cone 5 or 6 (about 2100 degrees F to 2200 degrees F). decorating techniques include stamping, scrafitto, painting and drawing with underglaze pencils and stains, and overglaze decals i make myself. all glazes are lead-free and food-safe. please hand wash purchased pieces to get the most from your ceramic ware.
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Art galleries have definitely gotten a bad rap, and sometimes deservedly so. Oftentimes, us regular folks feel a little out of our element in them. They are the realm of people in the know with money to burn. And the owners are just expensively bespectacled gatekeepers to a place to which you might as well have worn your “Ignorant Hick” t-shirt.
Walk into The Brigantine Gallery in Downer’s Grove, Illinois and you’ll see what you might expect to see,... → Read the rest of this article
Spring is looming. Easter baskets. Hatless outings. Critters creeping out from hibernation. Clearly inspiration is also striking. Take a lookat these awesome stuffed toys from SleepyKing! I’ve fallen in love with all their stuffies, from the bunnies to the foxes to the adorable squirrels.
Equally sweet are their vegan Woodland Owl headbands. I love the somewhat 20′s vibe these have. They make me think “flapper” in a whole new... → Read the rest of this article