Sunday, August 19, 2007

Handmade Parade: Fall '07

Part 1

Absolutely Small: Claire Chambers

The purpose of Absolutely Small is to create and distribute approachable, enjoyable, and live-with-able art and art toys. I create in plush because you cannot hug a painting. I create in paint because it can take you places that nothing else can. Every one should have the option to have original art in their homes- it shouldn't be the exclusive domain of the wealthy. If I can get people to smile or laugh at what I've created, then I've succeeded.Absolutely Small is run by Claire Chambers from a teeny tiny town in the foothills of Northern California. All art, softies, and other creations in the Absolutely Small shop are my original designs.

katie jean: Katie Trott
katie jean is about renewing the older things that we love, and giving them new life and new meaning. katie jean finds vintage fabrics, ribbons, and papers, and reuses them in a new way. And occasionally I find a new item that just looks vintage. Whether for your home, family, or gift for a special (and lucky) friend, katie jean will help bring your childhood memories into our grown up world and pass them onto those around us that we love.

Pantyline Productions: Jennifer Gurecki

I come from a long line of crafters, but I can't say that my mother ever thought I'd do anything withpanties in public. I've never been one to subscribe tothe status quo, so when I wanted to make a statementabout my distaste for the political climate in the US,I started printing "the only bush i trust is my own"on panties. That's how it all started. Printing cheekysayings on panties was fun and was one way that Iadded creativity and joy into being an activist. Ialso teach English and Sociology, so making pantieshas been a way to balance out the rest of my life. I've been working on expanding the line and creatingdesigns that aren't necessarily slogans, but I stillwanted to keep the social justice part of the businessalive. I decided to donate 20% of all sales to afabulous organization in Kenya that I worked with whoteach young girls and boys how to protect themselvesfrom HIV/Aids and violence in their communities. You can find my good at,,,, and at and in the near future.

Peptogirl Industries: Amy Cluck
Peptogirl is a writer, web designer, baker, lover of all things pink and covered with sprinkles, hostess-with-the-mostess, president of the Sacramento Craft Mafia, and all around crafty gal. Visit her online at or read her blog at

SewBitchy: Chrystine Druge

Born out of a love for fashion, SewBitchy is about clothing with attitude. It's not the stuff you see everyone else wearing, it is one of a kind and unique designs. It is all about re-use, re-design and re-purpose. Making new out of old and saving the landfills from unwanted textiles and clothes. My designs are eclectic, my creativity sparked by the fabric I hold, and vintage style which I love. I make things I would want to wear, and I hope you will too.

Creatress: Antionette O'Neill

I am and always have been a Creatress. I thrive on art in all it's forms. I enjoy working in silk and semi-precious stone, high quality metals, mixed media art, photography, muraling, cooking and poetry. I hope to learn the cello before I turn 40. I have been a muralist, art teacher for special needs children, Waldorf art teacher and summer art-camp leader. I am always a student and constantly learning. I am currently focusing my efforts on my own line of jewelry. I am happily married with one teenage man-cub. The city of Davis is my home and provides me with much of my nature-focused inspiration. I live a blessed life and appreciate each day as it comes.

Rosebud Designs: Jenn de la Fuente

Hi, I'm Jenn. I'm a really goofy girl who likes to make things. I mostly knit and crochet — I have been known to knit while standing in really long lines and in random places — but I do a lot of crafty stuff. I like to doodle and make paper goodies too. I'm also a web geek/fledgling graphic designer, and my wrists will probably fall off soon because I spend a lot of time typing on a computer and wielding knitting needles. You can find my stuff at my online shop, Rosebud Designs, and I like to blog about cool indie stuff at indie*galore.

Rain's Embellishments: Lorrain Garcia

Rain's Embellishments is a concept I had considered for quite while before I began to actively sell my wares. I have a ferocious love of color that stands out in each piece of jewelry I design. I like to use a diverse range of materials such as natural stones, sterling silver, glass, etc. in my work while incorporating various beading mediums (stringing, stitching, wire working, and bead knotting). I have also learned how to create my own beads and pendants using glass fusing, soldering and casting. My jewelry collection includes an eclectic array of designs that stand out for themselves. I strive to create one-of-a-kind pieces because I love unique things. In my heart, there's no better feeling than to create something rare that people love and can't wait to own!

Haworth Handmade: Melissa Haworth
I'm Melissa, the gal behind Haworth Handmade and this little shop. When I'm not at my day job and once my toddler is asleep I like to make things.My dad taught me to sew when I was a little girl and I've been at it ever since. I love making stuff. I met my husband in a woodworking class (he was the teacher ;) I've dabbled in pretty much any craft medium you can think of but always come back to sewing and quilting.

Ignition Girls: Shonda Honkanen

My name is Shonda and I am a stay at home mom, licensed cosmetologist and complete craft freak. I started Ignition because I am in love with glamour, rockabilly and swing culture, the kitsch of the fifties and sixties, tattoos and of course the modern pin up dolls! Not satisfied making things for myself, I began taking my things to local art events and car shows and it has really started to take off! I was thrilled to find Etsy and am hoping to now offer my goodies to even more people. I hope you will enjoy the things I make as much as I enjoy making them!
Ignition Girls on Etsy.

Mohair Circus: Missy Ballance

I've been making crafty things since I was a kid, and crafting as a professional since my early 20's! My grandmother taught me how to sew, and my mom sewed too, so that made it pretty easy to pick up on things. I can sew almost anything but I hate to do clothes! I feel very lucky to be able to work in mohair now. It is expensive, but so satisfying! I love what crafting brings to me and my family, and I'm so thankful that I can make a living doing this!

Handmade*Luck: Melody
Melody likes to write about herself in the third person. Here are some other things she likes to do: piece together the objects that take up the space in her imagination with the help of string, plastic, glass, glue, rocks, paper and scissors. She creates collages with realtor postcards and sticks them on her fridge. She's heavily influenced by the Swedish artist, Pippi Långstrump and the pop ghosts of her childhood. The Smurf she most identifies with is Handy. She's very manually inclined. She's also maternally inclined with two younglings, but only one husband. She loves getting things in the mail. You can email her at:

Mukibubb: Shannon Udell

About the style that is uniquely Mukibubb...In the 1970's, Sacramento was a small town with a growing culture of young artists and cool blues bands. My mother is a textile artist and my dad is a photographer. My love and vision for art and all things handmade grew quietly in my hideaway beneath a large oval quilting frame with my very own needle and what scraps I could salvage.Why all the blocky forms in my work? That's derived from the homespun items that I wore and played with and ate from and lived off of in my childhood home and garden.Why the heavy black thread? Yeah, that's probably an admission of my need to keep things under control, obviously tacked down. Growing up with artists, you don't get a strong sense of security. Those black lines keep me safely tethered to my home and family, and help keep chaos contained. Why the childish stitchery, by machine and by hand? Don't be fooled it's sturdily and consciously done. My solid black thread is my faith that God champions the fragile things and even my clunky, earthly applications of all God is give a hint of His purpose. There are no accidents in my stitchery.The story of simplicity should always be told. The folklore of quiet work and creative play gives our fancy a sturdy ledge to leap from.Be friendly, visit! and

Coming in Part 2:

Bratitude Clothing Co.

Smash Toys

little lovelies handmade


Lil Sis Designs

P Dot

Valeriote Designs


Speckled Hen

Sweet Addie

And more!