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Artist Profile: Amy Rose Moore Illustration

September 7, 2014 – 6:33 pm | 103 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.…

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Local + Independent = Cool for School Gift Guide

August 3, 2014 – 6:25 pm | 290 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 for one prefer to be writing with an awesome pen in notebook that’s handmade, but that’s what keeps me motivated. Here at the Mouse, we’ve got that vibe and more to get you or your kids ready for class!

From top left to right: Fleece Backpacks by Poketo; Taking It One Day At A Time Journal/Calendar by Bylee Design; Write It Down Essential Everyday Journal by Ruby Taylor; Rainbow Journal by Cathy Durso; SF Pocket Notebook by Note-ify; San Francisco & Unicorn Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell; Cone of Shame LED Keychain & Hamburger Laundry Hamper by GAMA-GO; Buttons by K is for Calligraphy, Beanforest and Le Petit Elefant; Lets Make  a Deal Coin Pouch, Tool Kit Pencil Case and Vintage Plaid Messenger Bag by Blue Q; Nerd Pouch and SF Pouch by Seltzer Goods; Plaid Watch & Blue Birds Watch by Modify Watches; Shakespeare Fish and Hide-and-Seek Bear Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.; SF Pens by Tomoko Maruyama; 7-Year Pens by Seltzer Goods; Bear, Owl, Bear and Hippie Pens by Poekto.

From top left to right: Fleece Backpacks by Poketo; Taking It One Day At A Time Journal/Planner by Bylee Design; Write It Down Essential Everyday Journal by Ruby Taylor; Rainbow Journal by Cathy Durso; San Francisco Pocket Notebook by Note-ify; San Francisco & Unicorn Canvas Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell; Cone of Shame LED Keychain & Hamburger Laundry Hamper by GAMA-GO; Buttons by K is for Calligraphy, Beanforest and Le Petit Elefant; Lets Make a Deal Coin Pouch, Tool Kit Pencil Case and Vintage Plaid Messenger Bag by Blue Q; Nerd Pouch and SF Pouch by Seltzer Goods; Plaid Watch & Blue Birds Watch by Modify Watches; Shakespeare Fish and Hide-and-Seek Bear Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.; Colors of San Francisco Pens by Tomoko Maruyama; 7-Year Pens (Hedgehogs and Fox) by Seltzer Goods; Owl, Bear and Hippie Pens by Poekto.

Write It Down – The Paper

Skip the boring college-ruled paper and binders for awesome notebooks & journals! The “Write It Down” Essential Everyday Journal designed by Ruby Taylor is sure to last at least a few classes, while Bylee Design’s Planners Journals are a match made in school supply heaven. Now we know that there’s always that tidbit of information that’s forgotten in the hallways, but no more! The Rainbow Jotter Notebook by Cathy Durso and San Francisco Pocket Notebook by Note•ify will only be a quick reach away, so you’ll never miss a beat throughout the day.

Write It Down – The Pen

Best friends are great, until they “borrow” your pen forever. What we all need are pens individual to ourselves, so they’re never mistook for someone else’s. At the Mouse, we have a number of artists with great pen designs. Tomoko Maruyama has some amazing San Francisco-inspired pens, while Poketo brings fun friends to your writing utensil. If you’re thinking a bit more long-term, Seltzer Goods offers a plethora of  rad 7-Year Pens that can write up to 1.7 meters a day, for (you guessed it) seven years!

Maximized Organization

No more backpacks full of wads of paper and pencils. We’ve got the goods to keep that under control; specifically, Seltzer Goods Canvas Pouches that are perfect for organizing everything. Plus, from Blue Q comes 95% post-consumer material Pencil Pouches, Coin Purses and Messenger Bags. These too are perfect for systematized school-life, but if you need something a bit bigger, Poketo offers super cute Fleece Backpacks! And nothing is worse than your homework soggy from sandwhich jelly that leaked into your backpack, so keep your food contained in one of the awesome Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell.

Keepin’ Time and Place

Don’t be late for class, practice or club-meetings ever again. Sometimes your phone is just a pocket-too-far away, that’s where Modify Watches come in! Be right where you need to be with the coolest interchangeable time-keepers you’ll find, right on your wrist. While we’re talking about it, don’t ever lose your place in that book assigned for class. Keep your books as organized as your backpack with Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.

Say It Loud and Proud, with Buttons!

Once you’ve got all your essentials together, its time to deck out your backpack, tote and maybe even your pants. What I speak of are buttons, the ultimate opinion-sharing, personality-showing piece of plastic and metal. Looking for cute? Le Petit Elefant always has fun characters on colorful backgrounds. How about funny, ironic and weird? Beanforest is the perfect button-connoisseur for you, putting more into 1.25″ than anyone ever has. The most handmade buttons come from K is for Calligraphy though, each one being a tiny piece of art.

With every passing semester and year, we’re that much closer to who we’re going to be, so give yourself or your kids a leg up in life with school supplies that are as fun as the personality of the owner. Best of luck to all of the students and parents out there! We’ll see you at the Mouse. :)

Artist Profile: Robotics for Fun

July 19, 2014 – 5:18 pm | 171 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.

New Stuff: Artists of June

July 14, 2014 – 1:48 pm | 192 views

Six product categories, five artists, four cities, two coastlines and one month. Put those all together and you have the latest edition of New Stuff, featuring brand new artists brought to you at the Mouse throughout the month of June! :) We’ve got surreal art, rainbows, electronic companions, East Coast AND West Coast love. Read on through to see what you’ve been missing (or craving) in-store~

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Handmade Highlights: The Ana Apple Boutique and Creative Studio!

July 6, 2014 – 1:47 pm | 189 views

[I'm super excited that Ana Apple has won the Calling All Dreamers competition! Ana is quite the craftswoman, dreamer and lover of all things independent & handmade, but now she needs our help. Read on to learn about how you can support the creation of a Children's Creative Space, in addition to the new Apple Core HQ Studio. Every bit helps and its going to one of the best causes

Its Dangerous to Go Alone, Take Liz!

June 29, 2014 – 2:41 pm | 206 views

Hello! It’s nice to meet new faces everyday at Modern Mouse. :) If you don’t know already, I am Liz, the newest addition to the Mouse family! Since working here, I’ve found out about many local artists that I have not heard of before. And it’s interesting to see what they are all about! From what I can tell, these artists know me too well. (It’s as if they are …

Artist Profile: At Wick’s End Inc.

June 22, 2014 – 1:09 pm | 171 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 …

New Stuff: Artists Thus Far This Year, Part 2

June 15, 2014 – 6:25 pm | 221 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 | 319 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 | 224 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 | 310 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 …