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Inspire Me Wall: Do More Of What You Love

do more of what you love art print

“Do More Of What You Love”

Art Print by: happy deliveries

Each piece of type (carved wooden letters shown in the last photo) is hand-set on a mid-20th century printing press and inked with a brayer. Then each sheet is pulled through the press, one at a time, to create a perfectly imperfect look.


Inspire Me Wall: Positivity


art print by: Miss Tan Designs

Everyone needs a dose of Positivity each day!

Shop of the Week: Prairie Garden

This week, I have interviewed Liane Doxey, owner/designer of two Etsy shops, Prairie Garden and Prairie Garden Studio. I enjoyed learning that like our past Shop of the Week sellers, Liane has also managed to turn her personal hobby and love for gardening into a successful small business.  It is also the first time I heard about zeroscaping which is a beautiful concept.

As our Shop of the Week, Liane is offering a special Free Shipping privilege for the whole month of July exclusively for The Shopbug readers.  Enjoy complimentary shipping on Jewelry and complimentary book rate shipping in the US, 50% off worldwide shipping from Prairie Garden And enjoy complimentary shipping from Prairie Garden Studio (matted art is the exception). Just enter ShopBug in the message to seller to get the free shipping.  Thank you so much, Liane!

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?

Prairie Garden is a name that means many things to me. Let’s start with the garden portion of my name… I am an avid gardener; in fact I recently graduated from the Illinois Master Gardener program. My first journal was a garden journal designed to hold all of the information I wanted be sure I incorporated into my own garden. Also my art work in Prairie Garden Studio is almost entirely botanical in nature. The Prairie portion of Prairie Garden is because I happen to live on Prairie Avenue.

Read the interview at Beautiful Handbmade blog.

Shop of the Week: Dot & Jim

Our Shop of the Week is a cute little shop called Dot + Jim.  I looove the history behind this shop’s name and I’m happy to introduce you all to Claire Teschel, the dear grand daughter and proud owner of the Dot + Jim.

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name? 

Dot and Jim were my charming, lovable, cajun born and bred grandparents. They truly were two of a kind and I miss them dearly.

How old is your shop? 

Turned 2 this month. Break out the bubbly!

what a lovely website!

What inspired you to start your own home business?

Well, it began in Spring of 2008 when I was enrolled in my final Master’s Portfolio class at SCAD. As an Advertising Design major, we were encouraged to revamp our existing advertising portfolios. But I decided to go a different route.

Since my ultimate goal was (and still is) to be a stationery designer, I went ahead and launched my own line of cards and prints (dot+jim was born!). I then moved to Cleveland and began designing cards for American Greetings, while at the same time developing dot+jim more and more each day. Now I’m back in Savannah living amongst the moss and magnolias and loving every minute of it.

Dot and Jim’s Beautiful Love Story

Can you give us a peek on the creative process involved in creating your designs/collages?

I’d be happy to! Most of the time I start out with a large sheet of paper. Then I dig into my shoebox of paper scraps (literally, a shoebox) and piece bits together. Within the large scale collage, I zone in on small areas and try to create a new composition within the existing composition.

Claire’s work space

I either scan those sections in or cut them out. I take them into the computer and either add graphic elements, maybe some handwritten type, or leave as is. Some pieces actually start out as large scale collages but I end up making them into greeting cards. It just depends on what I feel fits best and where.

What was the toughest challenge you faced so far? How did you get over it?
I suppose my toughest challenge is always that dreaded creative block. All artists get it and must overcome it. When it happens, I usually like to clear my mind, maybe jump in my car and go somewhere scenic. Finding new inspiration and seeing new land (plus some sweet tunes) always help me move past the block.

the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop: 

spending time in the parks and galleries is one of my favorite things to do around savannah. i also love the beach (who doesn’t?) and taking evening walks with my goofy pup, nattie gann.

Claire Teschelowner of Dot + Jim


stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without: 
My Canon Elph, my moleskine, and a micron pen. Also one of my favorite tools: my trusty corner rounder. 🙂
your favorite shops: 
I love Nan Lawson and Michelle Maule on Etsy. They both have fabulous work and their style is quite unique. I am also a big fan of Rifle Paper Company, who I’ve most recently discovered.


your top 3 favorite picks from your shop: 
Heart of Palm is one of my favorite paint chip designs- it encompasses all that Savannah is to me.
I also fancy my Tear Drop Blue paint chip


and my Sleepytime Tea card. The last two were inspired by very special people.





My personal picks from Dot + Jim :
everlasting love ; memory lane
mellow yellow ; applesauce
southern dawn ; teatime in Savannah
rain drop ; best friend and smile
Thank you so much Claire for this lovely interview:)

Come in and have a seat…

I’ve been blog hopping yesterday and came across the work of Anne Harwell.  She paints these beautiful chairs and other art prints from her Etsy shop.  Thought I’d share with you a sneak peek:)  You can also check out her blog here.
This “Orange Chair Silhouette Collage
was featured in the 2009 New Universal/Nancy Meyers Film
“It’s Complicated”
which stars Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.

Shop of the Week: Made By Girl

This is not the first time that we’re featuring Made By Girl. A lot of posts on this blog included items from the shop. Yes, she is a fave. Earlier this year, she was our Shop of the Month. This week is different because Jennifer herself answered the questions for our readers.

And I thought it fitting because there have been changes happening in the shop lately. Works from other talented artists are now available at the shop. Jen is also selling selected items from her home and wardrobe. Check out Jennifer’s Closet and get some quality second-hand items at a good price.

Made By Girl online store

Here’s the interview:


What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?

I decided on MadeByGirl because it was catchy and I wanted to make it obvious that the products were madeby a girl…. (me).

How old is your shop?

A little over 2 years old.

greeting cards that Jennifer designed herself

What inspired you to start your own home business?

The ability to work from home seemed like an attractive idea to me, so i pursued it. I had a friend who was in the same industry & her success inspired me to really go ahead and take the leap of faith into starting my own. I’ve always loved Graphic Design, drawing and being creative…..designing my products keeps me doing all that and more.

her work station

What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?

Marketing. It is very time consuming and can be very draining at times. You feel like your never quite done.

How did you get over it?

I just take breaks & then give myself time to reflect on what I’ve done and what I have to tackle next.

Please Name: the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop:

Travel, reading and spending time with my dogs at the dog park.

stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without:

My iPhone & my Lancome juicy tube lipgloss.

your favorite shops:

I have so many….Forever 21, Zara, West Elm, The Mac Store & many more….

your top 3 favorite picks from your shop:

ABC Love print

I love you, blogs & tea
and any one of the Customized Kids posters

What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?

Make sure you research the market for the item you want to sell. Get a decent website with some great photos of your products to start off with. Spend time building a blog which you can use to promote the items in your shop….I’ve learned that blogging is a terrific marketing tool!

Any message to your customers and the people who support you?

Thank you for the kind words &; the ongoing support of my blog & business!



And now for my picks:

I’m sure that many of you have visited Made By Girl but if you haven’t yet, I recommend for you to drop by. It’s filled with lots of loveable things. She also has one of the coolest blogs in the blogosphere. Check it out here.

Thank you so much Jennifer for taking part. Continue to inspire other budding artists/entrepreneurs!

Industtrees Presents: "The Royal Family" Gallery Showcase

I got an e-mail today from Aprile Elcich, I’m sure you remember her. She owns the nostalgic collage shop You Are What You Love. She is going to have a solo show from October 16th to November 12th, 2009.
The Gallery showcase is presented by Industtrees, with the theme “The Royal Family”. Aprile will be displaying her artwork- a series of mixed media collages inspired by a pair of scrapbooks she found at the St. Lawrence antique market (read more of it on her post).
Industtrees presents: “The Royal Family” exhibit
vintage scrapbook delicately dissected
scrapbook: newspaper clippings of Queen Elizabeth and her family
during the 50s and 60s

Where to go: the Industtrees Gallery

If you live in Toronto, come by at 1234 College St. and share English drinks and cheeses and of course, a taste of royal things on the opening night. Visit Aprile’s blog to get in touch.