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

June 22, 2015 – 3:10 pm | 124 views

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, and Niki actually interviewed Matt for her Getting to Know You series on her blog. Seeing our artists working together like this is always a pleasure. With our  powers combined, who knows what could be …

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Artist Profile: Easy Growin Designs

May 18, 2015 – 6:45 pm | 185 views

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, Kristen Naab and Brogan Honey King make waves with their wonderful succulent arrangements. Feel free to swoon over their designs, because they are just that lovely!

Kristen Naab & Brogan Honey King from Easy Growin Designs

Kristen Naab & Brogan Honey King from Easy Growin Designs

Easy Growin Designs’ Business Story 
“We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of having plants around, not matter how ‘green’ their thumb. Our use of these low maintenance, easy to grow succulents is meant to inspire and invoke creativity.”



Before They Became Known as Easy Growin Designs…
“We met in college in Philadelphia and have been best friends ever since. We moved out to California a few years ago and fell in love with succulents and their ability to grow in our climate. Kristen has worked in the horticulture industry since she was a teenage. Brogan majored in communication and marketing. Together we make a great team and love working together to create our designs!”



Fun Facts about Succulents
“Succulents only need to be watered when their soil is dry so it may be a week to two weeks before you need to water your plant.”

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Kristen’s & Brogan’s Other Aliases 
Brog Brog

Celebrate Moms! – Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 26, 2015 – 6:29 pm | 286 views

With another year under our belts (tails?) here at the Mouse, we’ve once again risen to the occasion and assembled a brilliant collection of items brought to you by all of your favorite local and independent artists! The ever-growing roster of amazing folks at Modern Mouse makes it easy to get mom and everyone in your life something different every time~

We’re looking at two weeks before Mother’s Day (that’s …

Artist Profile: Koco & Viking

April 19, 2015 – 5:12 pm | 220 views

Sometimes life is full of bumps on the road so it’s encouraging to know there is always someone who has your back. Why not show some love and encouragement to that someone with hoop art from Koco & Viking? Based in Pismo Beach, California, Jasmine Dexter creates meaningful hoop art with quotes such as, “Always remember you are loved” and “May my heart be kind, my spirit fierce, and …

Handmade Highlights: The End and The Beginning of Day of the Artist via Linda Cleary

April 13, 2015 – 6:42 pm | 247 views

We featured an Interview with Linda Cleary in an issue of Handmade Highlights during April of 2014, only a few months into her Day of the Artist project. This recap of her year came out on the 1st of this year and I’ve been saving it for a “rainy day” of sorts (its not raining, just really windy!), but more than that, I suppose I’ve just been waiting for

Artist Profile: Hearts and All

April 5, 2015 – 3:07 pm | 285 views

Remember when stick figures were the big thing when you were young? Well, they’ve stuck around through the years and found themselves in the hands of Mitchell Joe of Hearts and All! Inspired by life experiences, his stick figure art is sure to charm the butt off of you, possibly leaving you giggling and smiling. Hey, sometimes the best things are the simplest, right? :] Hearts and All art is …

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

March 29, 2015 – 3:20 pm | 261 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

Artist Profile: Panic in Polkadots

March 22, 2015 – 1:41 pm | 335 views

Do you have a big sweet tooth? We sure do, a big sweet tooth for Alameda-based Katie McKinnon’s adorable plush treats! Taking the island and beyond by storm comes Panic in Polkadots, bringing with her a brilliant eye for vintage fabrics and a very official degree in Awesome, making her a connoisseur of cute to the sugary sweet-craving masses.  Her hand-sewn buddies come in all colors, shapes and sizes, …

Handmade Highlights: DIY Tree Ring Aisle Marker Craft via Foreignspell

March 15, 2015 – 6:16 pm | 299 views

Artist Profile: Deborah Sullivan Art

March 8, 2015 – 3:13 pm | 296 views

Straight out of our island of Alameda, Deborah Sullivan heats up the Winter with her lovely glass housewares! Each set of coasters has a design to tie the set together, but is in a range of colors. This is great for telling apart whose beverage is whose, which can be a serious issue in some households, hehe. Recently added to her beautiful collection are matching glass dishes to the Bee …

Saint Patrick’s Day Gift Guide!

March 2, 2015 – 6:17 pm | 376 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 …