vendor profile: inklore

Inklore is Ink with a Story

Hi there, my name is Sam.  I am a block print artist living with my wonderful husband and adorable children in San Jose, California.  When I’m not blogging, designing, or printing I enjoy all of the small pleasures of life: warm bread, fresh basil from the garden, a finished project, something pretty for my home, clean sheets, a good hearty laugh, or a cup of tea and good book.

When I started Inklore in 2008 it was with the intention of hand crafting items that add pleasure to everyday living. Whether it is a new cushion for your sofa, a hand printed card for your friend’s birthday, or a modern growth chart to keep track of how fast your children are growing, everything I make at Inklore is meant to help you and those you love savor each and every day.

Inspired by nature and the everyday items we all use, I print my designs on high quality linen and cotton using environmentally sensitive, water-based inks.  Everything is washable and color-fast, perfect for simple living.

In 2010, I expanded on my initial ideas with Good Measure, a life-style blog which updates daily with ideas for adding little extras to your everyday life. Good Measure offers ideas for you and your kitchen, garden, home and studio and is meant to inspire you to go beyond the things you have to do, and to really savor each day.

 

 

 

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vendor profile: found made new

patricia hom
finder | designer
the constant collector.
down the street or thousands of miles away,
neat things have a way at jumping out at her.

items of fine craftsmanship, thoughtful
color palettes, and small details,
grab her attention.

found, made or new – she is all about sharing these special objects with you.

found
objects with stories from the past.found along travels and adventures.marvelous,as is.

made
creating something new and special from things found, recycled, and repurposed.

new
not to ignore the fabulousness of present day design, these are everyday, fantastic finds.

 

 


vendor profile: Etta + Billie

I first discovered my love for bath and body products when I was 13. I became addicted to finding and trying products. Every trip to the mall required a visit to The Body Shop, Garden Botanika (I’m dating myself here) and Bath and Body Works. At some point, my obsession got a bit out of hand and my mom made me promise not to buy anymore products…I kept that promise, until I went to college.

About five years ago I had an A-HA moment after receiving a soapmaking book from my mom – I could just make my own products. Around the same time, I became more aware of the cheap chemical laden ingredients found in most bath and body products. Making my own products would enable me to feed my addiction and I could choose the ingredients. Perfect! My product journey started with cold process soap making. That naturally led me to begin researching, creating and experimenting with a variety of bath and body products and ingredients. My focus on natural organic ingredients led me to study Herbalism (study of medicinal qualities of herbs) in 2008 to enhance my understanding of botanicals. During that time, I began incorporating the healing, soothing power of herbs and essential oils into my products. After many experiments, trials and errors, everything clicked in the fall of 2008 and Etta + Billie was officially born.

I am passionate about providing beautiful sustainable handmade natural products. I believe that a 100% natural product should be just that – natural with no weird additives, artificial colors or scents. I have strict standards for what is considered natural, so I only use the highest quality organic or fair trade oils, essential oils, organic herbs and organic botanicals, with no artificial colors or scents. I think the real thing is so much better.

I believe that being a natural products company also means making conscious decisions from top to bottom. I am committed to accountability and sustainability. My products are made with organic and sustainably harvested raw materials, my packaging is re-usable and recyclable, even my light bulbs are energy efficient.

I decided to name my business Etta + Billie after my grandmothers. I spent a lot of time with each of them growing up and they have always been a huge part of my life. Etta + Billie seemed like the perfect way to honor their selflessness, tenacity, support and courage.

My Grandma Etta passed away before my business ever really started but my Grandma Billie loves my products and has made me promise to give her a million once I make my first two ;).

 

 

 


vendor profile: Eristotle

Eris likes any craft she can get her hands on. Lately its been scouring thrift stores and estate sales for new materials, sewing lavender sachets and creating new fun things for all of the holiday craft fairs.
She has a particular propensity for things in miniature, as evidenced by her car, her dogs and her curio shelf. Eris lives in a small old house in Oakland with her small dogs and her very tall boyfriend.

 

 


vendor profile: drywell art


vendor profile: cottage farm

Cottage Farm was the name of my Great-Grandparents farm in Massachusetts. They immigrated from Sweden and began a new life in America on Cottage Farm.

I love vintage, like really really love it. I will wake up at ungodly hours excited to look for it, walk miles to get to it (anyone who’s been to the Alameda flea market knows what I’m talking about) and there is nothing more exciting that catching just a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye digging through a pile and finding its better than you could have imagined now matter how dusty, ratty or neglected it may look to others. And then there’s the stories that the pieces are able to tell. might i be romanticizing this a tad, perhaps but then again….


vendor profile: Bug Under Glass

Bug Under Glass is the first and only Green Certified insect display business and is built on a foundation of ecological conservation, science education and organic design. These core values are at the heart of every insect design created in a hope that it will instill a sense of wonder and better understanding of the natural world.

The idea for Bug Under Glass happened while Kevin was working among the 14 million insect specimens in the California Academy of Science’s entomology department. He was amazed by the extensive and incredible insect collections but disappointed this amazing collection was behind closed doors and the general public could not freely witness and learn about them. Upon learning that he could obtain museum quality specimens in an ethical and environmentally friendly way, while at the same time educating others about insects – a new craft business was formed to express his creativity.


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