Monthly Archives: November 2010

Psst…Special Sale!

Did you know that the entire enamor store is on sale?

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Lucky for you my 10% off sale is good through Monday, November 29th at midnight! Make sure and enter coupon code TurkeyDay to get the special discount!

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Blue House Ann Arbor

Hello! Today I will be taking you on a little virtual tour of Blue House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Blue House is a handmade consignment studio and workshop that opened in March 2010 that is located just down the street from my favorite landmark in Ann Arbor, The Big House (Michigan Stadium).

Sitting area

Once you step inside this two story house, you will find yourself surrounded by a creative atmosphere. Each nook and cranny is meant to inspire, even the ceiling!

Ceiling

Blue House not only is a unique place to do holiday shopping, you can also try your hand at sewing, knitting, photography and painting in workshops led by local artists. Siobhan Lyle, the creator of Blue House, wanted to bring the indie-craft movement to a more localized setting and provide opportunities for everyone to learn a new skill.

Supplies

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I am proud to have some items at Blue House and be part of the awesome showcase of local talent in the consignment shop. Right now artists are bringing in new wares just for the holiday shopping season. I would highly recommend skipping the over-produced and busy shopping mall and big-box stores on Black Friday and stopping here instead! In fact, you can find unique items from 24 Michigan indie artists. Every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at MakersMeet, artists come together to work on projects, socialize and share a tasty treat or two.

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Artists at Blue House include:

All Things Grow
Applesauce Crafts
Chicaloo Kate Photography
Courtney Fischer Jewelry
Deid Goods
Dang Argyle
Enamor
J. Adams Designs
Little Sister Designs
LJLH Designs
Mains De Fees
Miss Monet Photography
Mitten Made
Nancy Bulkey
Next Door Designs
Sloe Gin Fizz
Sparklepants Industries
Sporck Tileart
Stephen Kinnard Photography
Sweet Sugar Beet
The June Bride
Tinker Dot Designs
Virtuosew
Whitney Crutchfield Designs

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For you crafty types, MakersMARK takes place every month at the studio, where a guest speaker shares knowledge and tips at surviving and thriving in the handmade community. This month features Michelle Schaefer, director of programs and outreach for the Ann Arbor Art Fair. She will be speaking about the art of selling handmade, the importance of displaying your items, and how to package and price your items. Sign-up for a spot via the Blue House Facebook group under links. A $5 donation is all that is required at the door to attend! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 7, from 6:30-8:30pm.

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On Sunday, November 28 from 1-4pm, there is a special holiday workshop where you can learn to make handmade ornaments for yourself or for gifts. Supplies and help are provided for just 10 bucks! Wow! email for signup information at bluehouseannarbor@gmail.com

Mitten Made

Looking for a one-stop event for holiday shopping? On Saturday, December 18, from 11-6, Blue House will be hosting MittenMade, a handmade craft show featuring
lots of local artists. For more information about the show, events, or classes, check out www.bluehouseannarbor.com.

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Holiday Time!

So many good things have been happening these past couple of weeks! Must be the rush of the holidays that are now upon us.

I have been working on so many new projects, its hard to pick a starting point. My studio (and my kitchen table!) have been busy with activity. I have been working on a new art print featuring my Foxie design, but have brought her back to a time of kitsch and baked goods. She looks quite retro in her teal apron! I haven’t finished the entire drawing yet, but here’s a sneak preview:

new Foxie print teaser- in progress

I’m working on creating more of these squirrel frames for upcoming holiday shows. This one I made for Sarah (hiptopiecesqaures) as a thank you gift for being my maid of honor at my wedding. Luckily, i have three more frames to make.

Squirrel Frame

Upcoming craft shows means I have to go out hunting at antique and thrift stores for some supplies. Anyone who thrift shows knows what a thrill it is to find something you are looking for. The planters I use for my pincushions are my favorite things to look for, and I especially get excited when I find deer and squirrels! My last trip to Ohio proved to be a good one for planters. Another fun part of this craft is picking out coordinating fabric for the planter to make the pincushion, and in turn the pins that go with them. My kitchen table quickly became an assembly line full of thread, fabric and stuffing!

pinushions in progess

I’m so pleased at how this little deer turned out! Isn’t she adorable?
Darling Deer pincushion

Lots of painting projects have been going on too. I’ve been making stock for shows and for Blue House in Ann Arbor:
Just Resting mini painting and stand, too cute!
Just Resting mini painting
New Design! Tweetie coin purse. So excited to do more with this design! What do you think?
Tweetie- new design!
Babushka makeup bag, perfect for those holiday travel essentials.
Babushka Makeup Bag

I also helped out my dear friend Sarah of hiptopiecesqaures make a new sign for her booth for Art in the Park in Ypsilanti, which happened last Saturday. We worked out of Sarah’s studio, and amid a lot of laughter, we did manage to actually get some work done! Sarah sewed the squares and I painted the words. We joked that we have been meaning to do a collaborative piece for awhile, and well, here’s the first of many I’m sure. I think it turned out great.
New HipToPieceSquares collaborative sign

At Art in the Park, I picked up some lovely new art pieces for my apartment.
The first is a darling deer photo print from Lori of baclori:
photography print by baclori
I also got this amazing print of Ann Arbor from Nicole of SloeGinFizz. My husband and I are super huge University of Michigan football fans, and I couldnt wait to put it in my living room. Once Paul got home from work, he saw it hanging above the sofa and quickly exclaimed, “That’s awesome!”
SloeGinFizz- Ann Arbor City print
SloeGinFizz print

Mark your calendars for DIYpsi holiday craft market- I have said this a couple times, but I’m serious people…this show has the MVP’s of the local craft scene as vendors and a not miss opportunity to get your holiday shopping done. Check out the amazing vendor lineup on their website– I haven’t been this excited to be part of a show in a long time!

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Check out my Etsy shop, newly updated with items you’ve just read about!

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Enamor Studio Space

I have finally finished unpacking all of my boxes and organizing my workspace!
Here are some pictures from my new studio!

First, here is where all the painting magic happens. I have LOTS of paint and brushes. My craft books are always within reach. I am an avid collector of all things vintage and cute animals for inspiration. I love deer, squirrels, foxes, owls and retro designs.

Studio- painting area

Here’s a closeup of my board: Can you spot some locally made items here? BarrelofMonkeys, EKRA, alwaystheforest, Betz White (not from MI, but love her stuff), Teresa Peterson, and OutYourBackDoor.

Inspiration Board

Lastly, here’s my sewing area. I have lots of vintage fabrics! My stepdad saved this industrial Singer sewing machine from being thrown away, it works like a dream! I’m starting an art collection for my walls. So far I have a screen printed poster from the first DUCF I vended in, a locally made water color painting by Amanda Simmons, and a screen printed Andrew Bird (fave musician!) poster from Etsy artist dsudyka.

Studio - sewing area

Whats your favorite thing in your workspace?

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