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Get Inspired: September 15-19, 2014

Howdy, folks! So much happening around here, but it’s always important to keep the creative inspiration going. I’ve got some great finds to share with you.

Wait until you see Michael Robbin’s furniture. His video is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve featured on the LAB. Great art and creativity really gets me going, so I’m hoping you’ll see the brilliance of both Bertrand Lanthiez…

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Get Inspired: Free ‘Sea of Tranquility’ Desktop Wallpaper


Howdy! I’ve had to shuffle my schedule around these days, with all the projects that I have in the works. Besides the new e-commerce project that I’m feverishly working on, I’m launching two new sites, just for the handmade community. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about all of you makers who are gearing up for the big fall and winter shopping season. Sounds crazy? Oh, it most certainly is!

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Artist Wanted: E-Commerce Research Project

It’s a little slow in the LAB this week, mostly due to a wicked cold and a few projects that I have to catch up on. I promise that the amazing handmade goodness will start right back up next Monday. I’ve got a few new features to share, including a grand introduction to 3 new LAB Partners. (FYI: It’s not too late to join us for the next few months. If you join before September 5th, 2014, I’ll…

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Shop This Tumblr: SOJORNER

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Joel Ng has one of the most popular interior design Tumblrs on the web. I actually had no idea how popular Sojourner was until I saw the Twitter account attached to it. Joel has curated some of the best modern interiors since 2011 and once you visit, you’ll be adding it to your must-read list.

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Here are some great handmade finds inspired by Sojorner. Which item is your favorite? Let us know in…

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Shops We Love: Handmade Stationery from Michoucas Design

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This post is all about the WOW. Every time I explore Carole Birou’s Michoucas Designshop, I find another reason to absolutely adore her fantastic designs. Carole’s entire stationery collection is printed in France with solvant free ink on recycled paper. As you can see, her collection has a decidedly retro feel, with hints of both the 1020’s and the 1950’s, Somehow, Carole has taken the design…

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Fresh Modern Prints from NOMO Designs

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Finding original poster art is becoming more and more of a challenge. With the proliferation of Pinterest and other resources, there seems to be a lot of emulating happening these days. With that in mind, I try to find artists that are really doing something different and unique. Fortunately, Jerome Daksiewicz is one of those artists.

Jerome is an architect and designer who serves as the Creative…

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A Kickstarter We Love: Eleisha Nylund’S Chocolate Brownie Leather

This is definitely a Kickstarter that I can get behind. I’m glad to introduce you to Chocolate Leather. Eleisha Nylund is making some fantastic leather goods over there in Melbourne, Australia and a laser cutter will help her to produce her handmade goods faster and with more customization. Listen to her pitch below and then let’s explore her handmade collection together.

Eleisha’s collection of…

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Handmade Profiles: Stephen and Tiffani of Intrepid Bags

Finding handmade projects to promote and support on Kickstarter is actually a lot harder than it might look. There are so many projects and I find myself getting lost over there. Thankfully, a few artists have reached out to me to ask for some LAB support and, if it’s a good fit, I’m happy to share with my readers.

Last year Stephen and Tiffani dropped me a note about a feature on the LAB during…

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Handmade Profiles: Chris Boland and his Stunning Jewelry Collection

Are you following Chris Boland on Instagram? I am, and after seeing a few of his recent posts, I just had to invite him to join us on the LAB. Chris makes bold and solid handmade jewelry, the kind that deserve the title of ‘statement jewelry’. His rings are especially gorgeous. Chris says that he’s been fascinated with materials for as long as he can remember, especially rocks and metals. Chris…

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AUGUST 2014 SHOP SHARE: Promote an item from your handmade shop for free!

Share with LAB readers something from your fabulous handmade shop. Whether it’s on Etsy, Big Cartel, Shopify, Supadupa, Indiemade, Storenvy, Supermarket, Society6, Zibbet, your own hosted shop or any other platform, you’re welcome to jump in.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Post a link in the comments to one specific item in your shop that you would like to promote.
  2. Provide, if you have one, at least one…

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