Headline »

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

February 23, 2015 – 12:45 pm | 102 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

Read the full story »
Artist Profiles

meet the talented makers behind all the handmade goodness you see on our shelves

Gift Guides

find that perfect gift by browsing staff picks for all your gifting occasions

Shop News & Events

keep up to date with all the latest and greatest events, promotions and special sales

Handmade Highlights

dive deeper into the world of handmade--from artists in action, to projects to try yourself

MM in the News

share our excitement in seeing our name in the news and in blogs around the web

Handmade Highlights, Store News »

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

January 17, 2015 – 5:06 pm | 156 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 new blog, "The Crafterateur," you'll find her everyday adventures in the world, crafty explorations and everything in between. I personally love seeing her bringing DIY into the workplace, turning what could have been a mundane cubicle into a happier space]

My friend visited my cubicle the other day. She said “This doesn’t look like a Feed the Fish co cubicle.” Oops. (Sidenote: Feed the Fish co is my custom crafts company and this was her way of saying it didn’t look like a craft lady sat here. It was a true story.) I was still in the process of scheming up some cubicle decor. This was, after all, my crafty debut among my new coworkers. The imaginary pressure was on! It’s definitely still a work in progress, but here’s Part One of my office space decor: signage and garlands.

First, I made a name plate out of washi tape and puffy letter stickers. After putting it up I found out that I would be receiving an official name plate and would need to take mine down or at least remove it from the holder. Le sigh. Until then though, I’m leaving this one on display. The frame to the left is my designated away message space, i.e. if I leave my cube temporarily I can leave a note saying I’m “out to lunch” or “in a meeting.” And behind the monitor, I’ve hung a yarn pom pom garland in yellow and grey.

For my desk area I wanted to display some inspirational quotes. I didn’t want anything super serious or cheesy, so after a little inspiration from friends and searching online I found these sayings: “Like a boss,” “Love what you do,” and “Get it done, son.”

These prints were super simple to make. All you need is a frame, paper, a marker, a pair of scissors or a paper cutter, and a steady-ish hand.

What kinds of things inspire you in your work (or craft) space? Share motivational quotes or special mementos below. 

don’t hate, decorate. | Crafterateur.

Artist Profile: Artery Press

January 10, 2015 – 12:15 pm | 197 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 | 139 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~

Otsutree’s Story

Artist Profile: Cathy Durso

September 21, 2014 – 2:36 pm | 330 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 | 315 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.…

Artist Profile: Hatching Colors

September 1, 2014 – 5:24 pm | 241 views

I would like to introduce Hatching Colors who will be joining our circle of print artists. Hatching Colors is found and run by Calie Durant, based in Alameda, CA. Many of her prints have a positive message and are fit for children’s rooms and nurseries. If you are interested in decorating your children’s room or possibly finding the perfect gift for a friend’s little one, read more to learn about …

Handmade Highlights: Modern Mouse in the Alamedan!

August 24, 2014 – 5:40 pm | 318 views

[Naturally, we love being featured by local newspapers, so when we heard that Crafternoon-regular Janice Worthen would be writing a column on our most recent event, our Mouse-hearts skipped a beat! If you haven't been to any of our Crafting events yet, this is a great way to learn about the kind of stuff we do through the eyes of an attendee. By now, we're sure Janice has accumulated quite

Artist Profile: Urban Antiq

August 17, 2014 – 7:14 pm | 305 views

Urban aesthetics meet nature before combining themselves with spiritual notions here. Urban Antiq has a little bit of everything for everyone. Inspired by her family history and love for jewelry, Caroline Yim created Urban Antiq out of Fremont, CA. Many of her pieces include large metal statement jewelry to more subtle, but just as lovely pieces. If you are interested in other materials besides gold-filled or sterling silver, Urban Antiq …

New Stuff: Artists of July

August 10, 2014 – 5:46 pm | 268 views

The latest artists from July are quite the eclectic batch! Four entirely different categories from four different cities, that doesn’t happen often, but when it does, you find yourself in a world of sweet scents, cute creatures and colorfully crafted wares. We’re always finding ourselves in this midst at the shop, surrounded by these friendly folks’ magnificent minds coming to life. From silly cards to beautiful new jewelry, we’re sure …

Local + Independent = Cool for School Gift Guide

August 3, 2014 – 6:25 pm | 729 views

Its that time again folks, the upcoming school year and semester is almost upon us! Students of all ages will be back at desks, tables and chairs. To keep from staring blankly at the clock, out the window or at their professor, everybody needs a nice batch of school supplies to start the year off right. The right supplies could be the difference between classroom boredom and attentive success. I …