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Handmade Highlights: The Heated Interviewed by Dear Handmade Life

October 18, 2015 – 1:09 pm

We’re pretty excited to have two Handmade Highlights in a row that feature Angie of Dear Handmade Life, both coincidentally interviewing Modern Mouse artisans! This time around shows Cristina Espinosa of The Heated, who makes …

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Artist Profile: Fernando Pinon

September 6, 2015 – 5:41 pm
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Everyone meet Fernando Pinon from ArtHouseUnited, based in San Diego, California. Fernando is an amazing entrepreneur who works with anything from charitable work to graphic design to creating leather goods. If you’ve been to Modern Mouse lately, you’ll notice some gorgeous hand-painted leather cuffs. These leather cuffs are salvaged by Fernando and made into the wonderful gifts you see today. Read on to learn more about Fernando and don’t forget to visit his website: http://www.arthouseunited.com/

Fernando Pinon from ArtHouseUnited.

Fernando Pinon from ArtHouseUnited.

Fernando’s Business Story 
“My art studio, ArtHouseUnited, focuses on using art for environmental and social change. In 2014, I started an environmental initiative called the Reclamation Project. The purpose of the project is to limit the environmental impact of manufacturing by using an arts-based approach to salvage discarded material that would otherwise be thrown away. We use art and design to transform the discarded material into artisan goods that can be sold to support good causes.”

Reclamation Project posterThe Start of Something Wonderful
“My art studio was founded in 2006 and was initially a public arts organization in Austin, TX whose mission was to bring conceptual art into public spaces. Over time, my interests and my studio grew to encompass painting, drawing, photography, leather goods and footwear design, illustration and graphics. My other projects include ClassroomArts – illustrated books and coloring pages and WorldHouseMusic Collective – music production.”

Heather and Shell for Reclamation2 2014Fun Facts
“The Reclamation Project currently salvage 200 lbs of leather each month from being thrown away and we’ll soon grow to salvage 600 lbs a month!

ClassroomArts provides over 1000 elementary schools with free Public-Safety -Announcement coloring pages.

The Reclamation bracelets are used to reduce homelessness, fund research for cancer, help the environment, and support local school and community projects?”

Summer2 2014Fernando’s Other Aliases?
Fernando – Fern
Studio, ArtHouseUnited
Product, Reclamation Bracelets

Build a Better Dorm Room!

August 6, 2015 – 7:25 pm
From top left to right: Sriracha & Little Dipper 7-Year Pens by Seltzer Goods; Essential Everyday Journals by Galison; Make a List Notepad by Ruby Taylor; 45 Record Coasters by GAMA-GO; Good Coffee Mug by Seltzer Goods; Work Hard Print by Will Bryant; The Holdster by Holdster USA; I'd Rather Be Sleeping Women's Tee by Headline Shirts; Road Rash Gear Pouch Set by Roads End; Pig Clock by [un]possible Cuts; Seahorse Reusable Eco-Tote by EnV Bags; Deuville Sling Crossbody Bag by Maika

Whether you’re freshly Freshman or a seasoned Senior on campus, living in a dorm is quite the make-or-break experience for most folks. Not only do you want awesome supplies to actually get your work done …

K-12 Back-2-School Gift Guide

August 6, 2015 – 6:31 pm
From top left to right: Hedgehog & Panda 7-Year Pens by Seltzer Goods; Airmail Messenger Bag, Giraffes Are Good People Lunch Tote, Tool Kit Pencil Case, Need More Shiny Things Coin Purse by Blue Q; Flexi Journals by BoyGirlParty & Donna Wilson; Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags by Jaq Jaq Bird; Eiffel Tower Canvas Lunch Tote by GirlsCanTell; Keeper of the Jackalopes Canvas Bookmark by Studio M.M.E.; Doctor Who - Matt Smith Button Pack by Nerdy Cat Productions; Kaiju LED Keychain by GAMA-GO; Artist Magnets Pack by Seltzer Goods; San Francisco Pens by Tomoko Maruyama; Wheelvils Water Bottle by Liberty Bottleworks

Well friends, it’s almost time. June and July have been whisked away by all of our Summer antics, August is upon us and September is fast approaching. That could only mean one thing…Back-to-School Shopping. Whether …

Summer Fun Gift Guide – Part II

July 19, 2015 – 1:33 pm
From top left to right: I Love You California, Poppy Art Print by 3 Fish Studios; Bottles Up Wall-Mount Bottle Opener by FluffyCo; Surf Earrings & Popsicle Earrings by [un]possible cuts; Fabric Headbands by Cookie & the Dude; WOW Flag Water Bottle by Liberty Bottleworks; Ice Cream Earrings by Happy Cupcake Days; Summertime Fun Art Print by Le Petit Elefant; Cook and Eat Well Pint Glass by Bread & Badger; You're Doing Fine Women's Tee by Headline Shirts; DiverseCity Men's Tee by 57-33; Cyclist Republic Men's & Women's Tanks by SanFrancycle

Reading the second part of a Gift Guide without reading the first is like watching the sequel to movie without having seen the first, its just wrong. Go check out the Summer Fun Gift Guide – …

Summer Fun Gift Guide – Part I

July 4, 2015 – 1:33 pm
From left to right: 3D-printed Joi Torii by Joy Complex; Laser-Cut Sharks & Ice Cream Earrings by [un]possible cuts; Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags by Jaq Jaq Bird; Canvas Cow Lunch Tote by Girls Can Tell; Cherry Pie Kitchen Towel by Artgoodies; Bow Feather Fascinator Headband by Poppyhearts; Watermelon Soap by A Slice of Delight; Lemon Hefeweizen Beer Soap by Handbrewed Soaps; Women's Turquoise Boba Flowy Tee & Men's Indigo SF Takeout Tee by Studio Oiduts; Aquarium Rhiannon Lace Earrings by Speesheez; Grill Bottle Opener Keychain by Girls Can Tell; Frost Blue Mini Mum Earrings by Yeah Hello

Ahhh, Summer in The Bay. Not to hot, not too cold, sometimes too much wind, but it is pretty awesome. Summer always makes me think of smoothies, sweets, beach antics and miscellaneous mozying about the …

Handmade Highlights Double Feature: Foreignspell & Kuro-Same Arts!

June 22, 2015 – 3:10 pm

Recognize these names? It’s our resident Craftmaster Niki Baker of Foreignspell and Mouse Manager Matt of Kuro-Same Arts! Niki and Matt recently collaborated on a very special Wizard Sculpture for the Guest Artist Wizard Series, …

A Stache of Father’s Day Gifts!

June 7, 2015 – 4:28 pm
From top left to right: Original Thin Leather Wallet by All-ett; I Need Coffee Flask by Liquid Courage; I Like It Here CA Mug by Bread & Badger; KeySmart Organizers by KeySmart; Bear Wall-Mount Bottle Opener by FluffyCo; Skyline Wooden Bow Tie by Two Guys Bow Ties; Berg Bow Tie by Bunky Bows; Riveted Mason Jar Sleeve by Holdster; Dad Tie Bar by Kuro-Same Arts; The Hive Tie by Cyberoptix;  Ouija Belt Buckle by FluffyCo; Golden Gate Bridge Art Panel by DarkIslandCity; Squirrelzilla Tee by Headline Shirts; Cyclist Republic Tee by San Francycle; SF Boba Art Panel by Studio Oiduts; Llamasine Water Bottle by Liberty Bottleworks; Shadow AT-AT Tee by The Girl & Rhino; Silhouette T-Rex Indigo Tee by Animal Instincts; 510 Boombox Tee by 57-33

Let’s face it folks, dad is rad! On the surface: calm cool and collected, perhaps a little crazy, but that’s okay because we love him and it makes him who he is. Underneath that Dad …

Artist Profile: Sundrop Jewelry

May 31, 2015 – 3:05 pm

I would like to introduce Tawny Reynolds from Sundrop Jewelry based in Berkeley, California. Believe it or not, Tawny makes her glass droplet jewelry by means of gravity, glass and the sun! Instead of the …

Handmade Highlights: craft emergency via Feed the Fish Co.’s Crafterateur

May 24, 2015 – 1:20 pm

I absolutely love small tins and seeing as how I have a bit of an Altoids addiction, I always save those tins knowing I’ll come up with a use for them some day. Erin Garcia …

Artist Profile: Easy Growin Designs

May 18, 2015 – 6:45 pm
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Don’t think you have a “green” thumb? Fear not! As stated in their name, Easy Growin’ Designs will make it simple for you to own that succulent that you’ve been wanting. Based in Oakland, California, …