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Artist Profile: Robotics for Fun

July 19, 2014 – 5:18 pm | 46 views

Whoever love building robots and figurines say I. “I!” You wouldn’t believe how excited I was to hear that we were going to get these buildable kits from Robotics for Fun. For those of you who love building things or know someone who does, read more to learn about Robotics for Fun.

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Artist Profile: At Wick’s End Inc.

June 22, 2014 – 1:09 pm | 101 views

It’s always nice to have some time to yourself after a long day. It can mean taking a mini vacation, reading a book or going to the spa. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to find time. Psst…want to know a secret? Ok, it’s not so much a secret. Candles! Candles are a great way to change up the atmosphere, especially when they smell terrific. I would like to introduce to you our new candle making artist, Sherri L. Smith of At Wick’s End Inc. She makes quality eco-friendly candles that are dye-free and plant based. Since the candles are paraffin and dye-free, they burn cleaner, slower and there is no need to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals!


Your business story
AT WICKS END began in New Hampshire as an LLC, formed by Sherri L. Smith – a chemist, a teacher and a candle maker. After moving to California, Sherri discovered that AT WICKS END was already registered in California. However, upon calling the owner, she learned that the name was not being renewed in April of 2013. Sherri found a business partner who shares her passion in:

Providing high quality candles
Using of eco-friendly materials
Ensuring safety with NCA standards testing
Communicating honestly with the customer


Your past work experience or your current day job (“in my other life…”)
In my other life, I currently develop new products and match colors for cosmetics and an ASA softball umpire part-time here in Alameda.

one-candleFun facts about you, your craft or your business (“did you know…”)?
Approximately 90% of all candles are purchased by women.

The secret to a proper burning candle is two-fold: the consumer should trim the wick to 1/4″ before lighting EACH time AND the candle maker should have a process for wick optimization, testing for proper wick type and wick size selection (and we do).


Shop owner Eleen has been known to go by “mouse”, hence the name Modern Mouse. Do you go by any other names (nickames)?
In the softball/umpire world, Sherri is known as Smitty.

New Stuff: Artists Thus Far This Year, Part 2

June 15, 2014 – 6:25 pm | 161 views

Here’s Part 2 of the latest edition of New Stuff! Part 1 saw some DIY goodness, vintage vibes and an overall sense of fresh clarity. This second part features brand new art, hoppy soaps, beautiful jewelry and more. All of them just waiting for you to drop in say hello, if you haven’t already that is. :)  Thanks for reading and we hope to see you in-store or online soon!…

Rad Dad’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 3, 2014 – 10:39 am | 242 views

Remember those very official Modern Mouse-studies we spoke of in the Mother’s Day Gift Guide? Well those studies are quite in-depth and include awesome fathers as well! Though he doesn’t always show it, your dad is a complex creature of habit with refined tastes, DIY-ethics and an amazing heart. We know that every dad is different, so we’ve gathered up some of the best handmade & local products at the …

Artist Profile: Everyday Love Art

May 25, 2014 – 6:22 pm | 147 views

I’m happy to announce that Nidhi Chanani from Everyday Love Art has joined our Modern Mouse community of local artists! Everyday Love Art is based in Burlingame, California, but you may have already spotted her prints at a craft fair or event. Her digital illustrations are just too cute to ignore, every illustration is covered with vibrant colors and lovely details. They are sure to add some pizzazz to that …

Artist Profile: Handbrewed Soaps

May 25, 2014 – 4:41 pm | 230 views

There’s nothing like a cold beer after a long sweaty day! The smell of that earthy goodness is sure to ease your tension. Alyson Swihart from Handbrewed Soaps in Oakland can help bring that great aroma to your sink or shower. That’s right, Alyson makes soaps with beer as one of her key ingredients. From stouts to IPA’s and ales to lagers, there’s plenty to choose from! If you can’t …

New Stuff: Artists Thus Far This Year, Part 1

May 11, 2014 – 6:35 pm | 205 views

Hello Mouse-faithful and welcome to another enlightening edition of New Stuff! As you can imagine and may have witnessed, we’ve been quite busy at the shop and have had over a dozen new artists this year already. That has to be some kind of Mouse-record, seeing as how this all-encompassing edition has to be split into two parts. Here you’ll see brand new home decor, amazing apparel, robots and more, …

Handmade Highlights: Unicorn Crafts Interview by Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

May 4, 2014 – 6:48 pm | 205 views

Faheema is one of those Mouse artists that is just impossible to resist. Whether it be cute foods & animals or 90′s sitcom characters & pop culture geekery, Unicorn Crafts speaks on a multi-generational level between the means and subjects of production. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is another great shop and they conduct an amazing interview with Faheema. :)


Artist Q & A with Faheema Chaudhury of Unicorn Crafts

We <3 Moms – Mother’s Day Gift Guide Part 2

May 2, 2014 – 10:48 am | 215 views

We hope Part 1 of the Mother’s Day Gift Guide helped spark some ideas for your mom, but just like her, Modern Mouse always has so much more to offer. If jewelry happens to not be the perfect fit this time around, we’ve got a number of other artists that are sure to fit the bill one way or another.

Just Relax~

Let’s face it. However long the kids have …

Truly Terrific Jewelry – Mother’s Day Gift Guide Part 1

April 27, 2014 – 1:20 pm | 239 views

May 11th is fast approaching, the big day for mom! As per usual with us at the shop, we’ve prepared some lovely options to help spark ideas for your amazing mother. Part 1 of the two-part Gift Guide duo focuses purely on jewelry, because very official Modern Mouse-studies have found that one can never have too many shiny adornments and mom tends to be quite appreciative of all things handmade.…

Artist Profile: Animal Instincts

April 19, 2014 – 5:23 pm | 203 views

Monkeys and pandas and dinosaurs, oh my! What could be better than locally inspired art with animals? Unleash some animal and local love with Animal Instincts! Our new apparel artist Jamai Lowell, of Animal Instincts, designs this fun, bright & colorful apparel line. His designs are hand-drawn, inspired by street art and the beautiful landscapes of San Francisco. Seeing as how they’re available in so many sizes and designs, they’ve …