Poochy Couture: I am a lover of ALL dogs. We have a house full of dogs (2 danes Tiny & Daisy 1 pug Zoey). I’ve been designing jewelry forever and on Etsy for a couple of years (girlygirlstudios.etsy.com) Well my husband had a tada moment and said I should make dog tags…Well I did and they’ve been selling like crazy!! I really wanted to keep my jewelry and pooch accessories seperate…so PoochyCouture was born.
I really enjoy making the custom designs (like the request for the mushroom dog tags).
I use all natural dyes and earth friendly leather products.
I think every dog lover wants the best for their pooch, so I will offer really colorful fun designs at reasonable prices.
Reality? Ummmm No, Runway, and is it for a hoof or a foot? Hmmmm.
Handmade Nirvana. The Holy Grail of Handmade. Shoes. Well the ones above are most certainly handmade but not the kind you would want to wear. I went in search of practical and stylish handmade shoes. It really is an art to make shoes, you can’t just sit down and teach yourself in an afternoon to make them like you can knitting or crocheting. There are so many considerations, style, durability, and then the tools you would need to make them. It’s a little mind boggling. Although hard to find there are handmade shoes out there, and some are not as expensive as you might think.
Please welcome Amy to Try Handmade! She blogs at Handmade Evolution and she also has an Etsy shop called Field Trip. Amy is our new Design & Style columnist, and I think you’re going to just love her posts.
Here’s a little something to distract you from the less than stellar weather outside your door! Or if you’re in the Pacific Northwest – perhaps the warmer temperatures have you feeling like it’s time to look ahead to updating your wardrobe and decor for spring? It’s a month or so until spring will arrive officially – but there’s no harm in planning ahead!
These brightly colored finds remind me that as practical as my wardrobe and home are, perhaps it’s time to spice it up a bit – and what better way to do it than with primary colors like these.
The marigold yellow print from Tessyla featured at the top of this post sets just the right tone, don’t you think? Spring is all about letting go just a bit and living life more freely outdoors, happily anticipating that summer is just around the corner!
I am particularly impressed with the clothing from ThimbleandAcorn – Eve works to include both recycled and upcycled fabrics into her line. She’s got a wide range of items in her shop with everything from modern takes on classic looks to highly unique items with truly innovative details.
Not only does Upstyle have lots of fun fabric clutches to choose from – she will also create a custom purse for you or your bridal party!
Having grown up in Portland I love finding shops from fellow Oregonians – first drawn to all of the cute headbands in her shop I enjoyed reading that the line was inspired by a spring painting of poppies by Susan Hazard.
It’s going to be hard for me to pick just one piece of jewelry from the Round Rabbit shop – so many beautiful choices!
I’d love to hear what’s on your shopping list for Spring, and the handmade finds you’re planning to buy to freshen things up just a bit! Anything in particular caught your eye? I think I’ll need to set a budget because there are just too many things I’d happily scoop up!
This week my post focuses on an issue that many designer-makers worry about – having designs copied. Unfortunately, it happens often and sometimes even by large retailers, making independent designers feel powerless. This is what happened to Eloise of HidenSeek and in the first of a two-post series, I talked to Eloise to learn about her experience.
In November 2009, Eloise became aware that stationery retailer Paperchase was selling a range of items, tote bags, notebooks and other paper goods, with a design that contained a girl that appeared to be traced from one of her artworks. The items were sold both in the UK and in the US and Eloise was alerted to the issue by concerned friends and fans.
“After a bit of panic, bewilderment and tea I contacted Paperchase, being sure that they wouldn’t want to have any part in copyright infringement,” Eloise explained. The company’s representatives replied that they thought the designs were substantially different and they were unwilling to take any action. “They seemed to imply that since the designs would not be reprinted after that run, it wasn’t a big deal anyway. After I explored my options and looked into hiring a lawyer, finding it impossibly expensive, I decided to just go public with my problem and seek for support from my fans and the community.”
Here’s where social media can come in extremely handy, as it enables the very fast distribution of messages to a global community. “It took innumerable complaint letters from people who read about my story, globally trending on Twitter, many newspaper articles and dozens of blog posts around the internet for things to start moving on the side of Paperchase.
“Finally, the designer that created the infringing design admitted that she had traced over the girl from my work. It should be noted that I never received any communication after the first reply for Paperchase regarding the matter and they only indirectly mentioned me in a kind of public semi-apology where they tried to set themselves up as a victim. Paperchase did remove the infringing designs from UK circulation but never offered compensation or settlement with me and they are still sitting on all the money they made from a known infringing design.”
When it came to the handmade community, Eloise explained that the vast majority of artists, designers and makers that she saw and met were very vocal about the issues. “Everyone tweeted, re-tweeted, blogged and wrote letters to Paperchase. I felt how other makers were empathising and putting themselves in my shoes, and that of course led to them speaking out in my support. It’s worth noting though that people from Etsy did write about my case and others in a personal capacity on the Etsy main blog and well done to them for taking a stand where other big names didn’t.”
“Certainly there was a lot of traffic back then and I’m still mentioned here and there when it comes to similar cases of infringement, but I wouldn’t wish anyone exposure like that because it did come with a price. The levels of stress were unbelievable. If this experience helped me at all, was because it was a crash course in real life media crises and I came out much more strong and confident.”
Check back next week when my post will feature top tips for protecting your work from infringement – and how to handle it if the worst happens.
Over the years I’ve seen bows popping up everywhere, and while I would have previously called bows just a trend – they’ve become a classic mainstay now as far as I’m concerned! Interestingly enough – I decided the theme of this post yesterday when I saw a gorgeous example on the front page of Etsy, but today all these bows have taken on an even a greater significance for me. Because when you’re making a bow, essentially you’re tying a knot. And – my cousin got engaged tonight! So you should probably expect some handmade wedding posts from me as I’m so excited to help her with all the planning. She and her fiance have already decided that the wedding will be next summer, so that means the next few weeks she’ll be researching venues and soon after that shopping for a wedding dress!
Now – back to the topic at hand, bows! I’ve found some fun items to feature today, from a variety of Etsy shops.
Secda has a very sweet Etsy shop, Secdus, where she sells pillows – many embellished with sweet bows. During the day Secda helps design lingerie for her families business, but after work she likes to create for herself as she finds it really relaxing.
Lime Green Modern has a beautiful Etsy shop featuring her own metal work. I’m pleased to learn that she makes her own silver pendants and ear wires by hand in her studio, all out of reclaimed and recycled silver. The second I saw her bow necklace I knew I had to post about it.
Lamorez lives in Malaysia and loves to sew! How sweet is this red purse I found in her shop? Made of canvas, because of it’s size you could use it for pretty much anything: a diaper bag, school tote, an every day purse, and the list goes on!