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Handmade Highlights: Things I Have Learned in 40 Years via Outlaw Soaps

March 29, 2015 – 3:20 pm | 29 views

Outlaw Soaps’ Danielle & Russ are the definition of an awesome power couple. Everything about their brand is simply amazing, rad and…well, awesome! The specific awesomeness I’m referring to though isn’t just their brilliantly crafted soaps (lip balms, lotions, etc), its the realness that they let loose in their business. There are some folks that are completely different people when they’re not behind their business name, but Outlaw Soaps seems

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Saint Patrick’s Day Gift Guide!

March 2, 2015 – 6:17 pm | 187 views

Here in the States when you mention Saint Patrick’s Day, the majority of folks will immediately associate the holiday with the colors of the Irish flag: green, white and orange! In addition to that, most of us will celebrate by going out with friends and family for food and drinks or staying in for a green party. Traditionally, St. Paddy’s is a day of spiritual renewal for the sake of celebrating the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, but it is also celebrates the general culture and heritage of the Irish. Part of this cultural celebration is what inspired our partying and wearing the appropriate colors, so don’t be left without the right gear this year! Swing by the Mouse for something local, lucky, handmade and green~

From top left: I'll Be The Rainbow Art Panel by Foreignspell; Piece of My Heart Necklace by Speesheez; Orange Bee Mug by Bread&Badger; Cortazar Solid Perfume & Tallow Candle by Summer Sequoia; Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Kit by MakersKit; Culinary Herbs Scarf by Flytrap; Flor Nepal Racerback Tank by LIBRE CLTRA; Yellow Felt Hairclips by Feed the Fish Co.; Dino Friend Pin by Unicorn Crafts; Fast Food, Slow Food Towels by Blockhead Press

From top left: I’ll Be The Rainbow Art Panel by Foreignspell; Piece of My Heart Necklace by Speesheez; Orange Bee Mug by Bread&Badger; Cortazar Solid Perfume & Tallow Candle by Summer Sequoia; Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Kit by MakersKit; Culinary Herbs Scarf by Flytrap; Flor Nepal Racerback Tank by LIBRE CLTRA; Yellow Felt Hairclips by Feed the Fish Co.; Dino Friend Pin by Unicorn Crafts; Fast Food, Slow Food Towels by Blockhead Press

Handmade Highlights: 2014 Year in Review by Kuro-Same Arts

February 23, 2015 – 12:45 pm | 177 views

Still thinking about 2014? I don’t blame you. I think it is pretty natural to compare a lot of the new year’s happenings to the previous year, hence why Kuro-Same enjoys recapping the year’s activities to push forward towards the new year. Out with the old and in with the new, but with a thorough retrospective that helps us learn. 2014 was a big year for a lot of folks

Artist Profile: Yes & Yes Designs

February 7, 2015 – 6:59 pm | 186 views

Re-purposing old objects are a great way to reduce, reuse and combine the new with the old. Yes & Yes Designs uses new technology (laser cutting) and old unwanted books to create unique and colorful accessories that are truly one of a kind. Laura Bruland Shields, founder of Yes & Yes, is based right out of Oakland. Sometimes our artists’ businesses change so much, that they need to revamp their …

Handmade Highlights: Jody Cedzidlo Interviewed by Bett Wilson Foley of Chatham Arts Council

February 1, 2015 – 2:22 pm | 205 views

[Although she's all the way on the other side of the States, Jody is one of those artists we just have way too much fun interacting with via emails. The fact that she's in North Carolina and we're in California doesn't seem to make a difference, her amazingly fun attitude translates through text very well. Reading up on this article by Bett Foley of the Chatham Arts Council in NC

Artist Profile: Hooray Today

January 25, 2015 – 2:34 pm | 182 views

Hooray Today! Just saying it puts a smile on my face. :] Those of us who love cards and bold graphics, so everyone, rejoice! Hooray Today creates fun and colorful stationary that will brighten up anyone’s day, any day of the year. Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner founded Hooray Today in 2014 as a creative outlet from their day jobs. They are based in Minneapolis, MN, their cards having traveled …

Handmade Highlights: don’t hate, decorate. | Feed the Fish Co.

January 17, 2015 – 5:06 pm | 225 views

[Say hello to Erin Garcia of Feed the Fish Co! This amazingly fun El Cerrito-based artist started with us at the Mouse only last year, but has quickly grown to be one of our favorite folks all around. You may have caught her in-store browsing around or met Erin at one of our Sunday Crafternoons already, but you'll quickly notice that her quirky craftiness is hard to resist. On Erin's

Artist Profile: Artery Press

January 10, 2015 – 12:15 pm | 262 views

One of the things I love about linocuts or most prints pulled from a press is the embossing that is left behind. It’s a physical memory that someone (the artist) took their time to plan, draft, carve and pull this print to share with the world. I’m very happy to introduce to you one of our newest artists that does just that, Bernadette Martinez from Artery Press! Bernadette hand pulls …

Artist Profile: Otsutree

January 3, 2015 – 5:11 pm | 189 views

If you love the Art Prints section at the Mouse, you’ll want to know this new artistf! Otsutree was founded by Theresa Fong in San Francisco and has a great line of playful prints and tee shirts. With quotes such as “You only live once, lick the bowl” you can’t help but smile. Read on to learn her story and what you may be missing out in store~

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Artist Profile: Cathy Durso

September 21, 2014 – 2:36 pm | 380 views

I’m always in need of a new notebook. They are just so useful and always in demand! They’re even more wonderful when they’re all dolled-up like Cathy Durso’s handmade notebooks, brought to you from Watertown, MA. If you haven’t seen her notebooks yet, she binds, hand-embroiders and uses archival materials. I think that’s very important since I like to save my pages as keepsakes from various areas of my life. …

Artist Profile: Amy Rose Moore Illustration

September 7, 2014 – 6:33 pm | 356 views

I would like to think that even as we grow older, we are still children at heart. Amy Moore’s illustrations remind me of my childhood and my love for sweets and animals growing up. She playfully incorporates both subjects into her creations! Penguins and ice cream? Who doesn’t love that? So I am glad to introduce our new addition to our group of illustrators, Amy Rose Moore from San Francisco.…