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Artist Profile: Cathy Durso

September 21, 2014 – 2:36 pm | 164 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. …

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Artist Profile: Urban Antiq

August 17, 2014 – 7:14 pm | 138 views
Caroline Yim of Urban Antiq

Caroline Yim of Urban Antiq

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 has a wide selection for you. Caroline works with copper, bronze and brass as well. I am happy to introduce to you our new addition to our Modern Mouse family of jewelry artists, Caroline Yim of Urban Antiq.

Model Gold Arrow EarringsUrban Antiq’s  Business Story
Caroline Yim’s exposure to the ancient art of jewelry making dates back to her childhood in the gritty neighborhoods of 1980’s New York City. Her father, a self-taught gemologist and businessman in the city’s diamond district, hand crafted some of the first pieces Caroline ever admired—gifts to his wife, amulets Caroline would eventually inherit and treasure. When Caroline and her family transplant to the Bay Area in 1991 a new influence is introduced. The natural beauty of northern California, its lush colors and rich textures, start to beautifully complicate Caroline’s aesthetic and way of being. Two-spirited—masculine and feminine, soft and hard—she would always embody the urban streets of the diamond district and the untouched landscapes of the bay.

Bronze and blunt edges crash into natural elements and like her spiritual evolution, her designs are constantly developing and shedding into new, richer versions. Now, at the peak of her creativity and absolute ambition to follow an old, familiar voice to make jewelry, Caroline has struck a stylistic balance and the drive to continue a family legacy with a direction completely her own.

The Urban Antiq brand is growing, 100% local, made by hand, and nickel and lead free.

Time is what you make of it Bracelet“In my other life…”
Administrative positions in Video Game Industry

Silver Hummingbird Skull Earrings“Did you know…”
“I will become certified Yoga instructor in the summer.”

Antique Gold Feather Earrings

Local + Independent = Cool for School Gift Guide

August 3, 2014 – 6:25 pm | 335 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 …

Artist Profile: Robotics for Fun

July 19, 2014 – 5:18 pm | 210 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 | 222 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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Sativa Turner + …

Handmade Highlights: The Ana Apple Boutique and Creative Studio!

July 6, 2014 – 1:47 pm | 219 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 | 239 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 | 199 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 | 244 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 | 357 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 | 264 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 …