At our house, December 2009 was a blur of working, crafting and traveling. Somehow, in all of the excitement and frenzy of the holidays, the 31 days of 2009’s final month felt more like 13 days. There just never seemed enough time! That must be why, almost a full week into the new year, we are just now getting around to replacing all of the calendars in the house. In past years, I have always grabbed a big, glossy shrink-wrapped calendar from the big-box bookstore, but this year I am looking for something different. Because we are going to have to live with it for the next 12 months, I want something unique, clever and, of course, eco-friendly.
Just a few weeks ago you could not wait to send those kids off to school and on their way. New shoes, a special lunch, a brand new schoolbag. But now that the newness has worn off and school days have settled into a routine, it’s easy to get in a rut. The lunches have lapsed into lackluster leftovers, the new shoes are scuffed. We need a pick me up! That’s why October is the perfect time to break out some Lunch Box Love Notes like the adorable ones made by Cards Between Friends.
I like that these notes are simple and graphic and can be personalized with your own handwritten message. Tuck them into a lunchbox or backpack. They are sure to brighten any test day and make your kids feel super special and cared for.
These cards strike the perfect balance between sweet and cool. They are not overly precious, which is a plus when you have little boys who like monsters. Cards can be customized to your favorite of the themes offered by Cards Between Friends. Can you think of a more simple and inexpensive ($3.50 for a dozen!) way to put a smile on your child’s face on a daily basis?
I found another great shop in the Gallery!
Delightworthyn: I am enamored with vintage,all vintage , any vintage.I strive to deliver the attention to detail that seems to have gone by the wayside these days.Often my fabrics are recycled from vintage garments and with only a few exceptions natural fibers(remember those).
Everything you see here was designed and executed by me personally and as such is unique although I am happy to work with you on customization.I work in an organic way like the painter/artist that I am.My pieces are wearable art with emphasis on the wearable part.
There was a time when Arlington, Virginia, US was full of quirky little shops and off-beat eateries. These days, visitors and natives alike are much more likely to find only chain stores and national brands on the streets of Arlington. The unusual and the unconventional is sadly more and more of a rarity in this Northern Virginia suburb. Two Virginia natives are out to change all that, starting with a cute little shop called Covet.
Autumn Clayton and Sabrina Cabada are old college friends, who had been tossing around an idea for a store/gallery combination for a while. They envisioned a place that would be interesting and unique, and full of the types of things they loved to buy and loved to make. Both Autumn and Sabrina are from creative backgrounds – Sabrina paints and Autumn is a jewelry designer and baker, so the thrill and satisfaction of making things by hand is well known to both of them. They knew whatever form their for-now-imaginary shop would take, that handmade goods would be the focal point.
Just a few months ago, Autumn got a call from Sabrina about a space in Arlington that she found, that would be perfect for their now-not-so-imaginary shop. Both women knew that the time was right to make their dream a reality, and six weeks later, Covet was open for business!
Their tag line is “you know you want it,” which for me totally sums up how I feel when I’m surrounded by gorgeous handmade things. I know I’m not the only one who has that urge to collect when I see a pretty bit of something that I know is the brainchild of some creative soul somewhere. Knowing the care and love that went into creating that item is just irresistible!
In addition to being makers themselves, Autumn and Sabrina are both avid Etsy shoppers, and many of the products featured at Covet are from designers and crafters found there. The store is stocked with a variety of jewelry, accessories, and housewares, and new items are being added regularly.
Covet is not just a store, but also an art gallery, featuring some of Sabrina’s paintings, and also works from local artists. Some of the first events planned for the space will focus on the artists currently showcased in the in-store gallery.
Covet is only a few weeks old, and it is already a favorite destination for locals who crave something special. “Our customers are thrilled and often shocked when we tell them that what they are holding in their hands is made by fingers and not factories,” says Autumn. She and Sabrina know that customers want to have a connection to the the things they spend their money on, and that’s what Covet’s focus on handmade goods is all about.
Covet is located at 5140B Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Join Autumn, Sabrina, and Arlington residents in the know for the official grand opening party on May 7, 2010.
I specialize in handmade wheel thrown and slab built functional and decorative stoneware pottery featuring vibrant colors and eclectic designs.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I was pursuing a PhD in archaeology and ancient texts and took a pottery course to relieve the course load stress. That was my offical, structured introduction to ceramics but I had always felt a magnetic attraction to clay, even as a child. I am intrigued and hypnotized by clay…by the texture, the smell, the provocative mess, its earthy unpretentiousness.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
love the story about how I came to name my shop. A longtime fan of the English language, I was looking for a clever pun for my shop and was having trouble finding one that was still available. Then I had a conversation with my mother who was telling me about how annoyed with my father she was. She was trying to tell him something important but his eyes “glazed over” and he wasn’t listening at all.
“THAT’S IT!!!” I shrieked.
“What’s it?” she asked.
“I’ll call it ‘glazedOver’! Perfect!”
…and the funniest part was that I, too, hadn’t heard a word she had said. I did get a great shop name, though, even mom had to agree!
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone but with the music always playing while I work, I never feel as if I am. Other than when I am doing custom work, I go where the muse takes me, either at the slab table or the pottery wheel. I lean toward eclectic and wabi sabi wares and I love a sleek profile.
Due to the constraints of the pottery process in which clay dryness or moistness dictates most things, I MUST do work when it demands so I try to schedule my life around it. One slab project can take a number of days to complete whereas wheel work can be done more quickly.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell at galleries and shops and online. I prefer online at the moment because the operation is contained and more easily managed from home.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
What inspires and motivates you?
The muse. She never shares her secrets with me consciously, but she directs my hands and keeps my heart ever craving more.