Saturday, December 4, 2010

the handmade holiday doodletour

last year i doodled a tour through the shops of some of my favorite artists. i had so much fun with it, i did a fresh round this year. even if you aren't in the mood for shopping, hop on the bus anyway - there are great things to see, fabulous people to meet, good times to be had!

(shop: agambroult) what first pulled me into amy's world of elemental is that she WRITES WITH METAL. check out her artful stones. how fantastic are those? and from there the lovefest only gets bigger. her metalwork has such a smooth, clean, satisfying finish that it's hard to imagine the intense process that goes into making each piece. she writes a terrific blog about her work, her life, and sometimes both.

(shop: choosingbeauty) liv, that angel, opened up her shop earlier this year featuring prints of her collages and bottlecap necklaces with super uplifting messages, and her sales are already shooting into the sky. she blogs nearly daily at choosing beauty about things she chooses to do, see, and experience - which balances me out so nicely because i'm largely a reactive person and let things just happen.

(shop: anopensketchbook) it was ABOUT DAMN TIME that suzannefabulouscabrera opened a shop! you'll love her blog an open sketchbook if you haven't found it already. she's one of the best (and funniest) sketchers i know. she's having a shop launch sale: buy 2 prints, get 1 free through this friday!

(shop: carissapaige) i love carissa. how can i not? she wears canary yellow tights, and they look perfect on her. all of her drawings and paintings remind me of her: sprightly, charming, darling and wise. she has a wonderful dream log, too.

(shop: mirthmarket) julie's handpainted wooden rings are darling. go see. bursts of little candies for the hand. on my list to buy!

(shop: buffalolucy) julie and i met through our daughters a few years ago, and for the longest time neither of us had a clue that the other was an artist. well, you don't learn these kinds of things at dropoff and pickup times and frenzied birthday parties. somehow our online worlds finally crossed in an AHA moment last year, and i am just crazy bonkers over her jewelry. i love how the bright splashes of stone contrast with the medieval grooviness of her metal work, and i finally treated myself to one of her necklaces!

(shop: annebvinyl) i met anne via my friend christy (formerly of the petite press, now inkello letterpress) and i was just WOWED by her vinylicious goods. i am a sucker for nearly anything made of vinyl and oilcloth, and anne does it with the same impeccable touch that christy has with her letterpress work.

(shop: rachelawes) rachel's world all i did was listen could not be more perfectly named - her art and words have windows to the soul, as though they are there just waiting to hear what you have to say. when we were at her cabin in minnesota earlier this year, she asked each of us what we loved - and she drew my answer here. i'm still swooning over it.

(shop: crabcakescouture) not only is alix one of my best pals, she's also a rockin' children's clothing designer. she does a booming wholesale business as well as through word of mouth. i've bought her cake tees every year for my daughters, as well as her girlie girl shirts, ricecake babies, necklaces, cuffs, layered cake skirts, so many things that aren't even listed here. she's a mix and match pattern genius!

(shop: candiedfabrics) candy dyes all of her delicious fabrics by hand and then creates mini masterpieces out of them. check out her mod house ornaments, her messenger bags, freshly picked outfits, and her art quilts. she writes an awesome blog, too, on topics ranging from funny everyday bits of her life to super useful business-oriented posts. my girls each have one of her freshly picked shirts and they wash and wear beautifully. problem is, her fabrics are so delish i keep trying to eat them. free shipping in her shop through the 12th!

(shop: lbolter) i adore laura's colorful, fresh, juicy art! she's one of my favorite jewish artists, right alongside susie of mishmish. we've been corresponding for two years but it was only this week that we finally met for coffee!

(shop: oodlestitchandfold) i first found magaly through her other blog and her illustration shop, the itsy bitsy spill, and immediately snapped up one of her cuffs and felted pendants when she opened oodle stitch and fold earlier this year. not only are they gorgeous, they are beautifully made and they go with nearly everything i have.

(shop: polarity) i've never connected personally with cat before now, but her magnetic lockets have totally pulled me in, so to speak, and i'll be getting one for myself before long. check out her artists' series and you will probably recognize some familiar names - lori portka, stephanie levy, and jessica swift, among others. all of her locket lids are interchangeable and totally darling.

(shop: loriportka) looking at one of lori's paintings is like being in a world you never want to leave. if you have a moment, check out the story behind her work - it lends such a deep authenticity to the beautiful pieces she creates. her work totally stands alone, but it has even more meaning when you read how she found her happiness through art.

and there you have it - the 2010 handmade holiday doodletour! if you have time, it's worth a visit to the artists on last year's tour - most of them have their shops filled with goodies for the holidays. hope you enjoyed the ride!

p.s. if you're curious, all of the backgrounds for these pictures were covers of vintage books i've snagged from our library book sales over the years!


Fine Lines said...

I just came home from a looooong shopping trip, walking all the way and every joint hurt. What a treat to be able to shop on without moving a muscle!! Thanks!

freebird said...

That was fun! It makes me think I need to start playing more with my own art and see what happens.

rachel awes said...

aimee, you are a DELIGHTFUL
host! i am so happy to dance
in your bloghome & visit all
these lovelies you mention!
**the word verification below is
"deerer"...for you, dearheart!**

julie said...

It has been so much fun discovering these amazing artists and shops featured here! I am humbled to be included among them. Thank you Aimee!

JessiVille said...

Aimee, thanks so much for finding all these lovely sites and shops! What a delight! I love the way you presented them all!

curly girl said...

Aimee, I am so humbled and honored to be included in this tour of talented artists, many of whom I've admired and read for quite some time. And, the icing on the cake is seeing my name doodle-lettered by your hand!

Thanks so much from a fellow letter lover.
Hugs, Laura

Lori said...

Oh my GOSH! I am SO thrilled to be in this amazing group of artists! And I LOVE that you love my work-
seriously, that is the biggest compliment to me. What you wrote about each of us is so delightful and thoughtful. Like you. And I have been clicking on all the links and will definitely be shopping. Tonight.

I just love you Aimee.

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...


Wow this is great!!! Thank you hon! Love love the shops, super duper awesome! You are a sweetie pie pie and your colorful inspiring blog makes me smile.

S.E.Minegar said...

what a fun way to introduce these fabulous shops!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

oh! my! oh! my! what an amazing saunter over to one of my very favorite blogs and see the loveliest little choosing beauty doodle tag and the sweetest words about my shop. you are the angel! you totally made my day. xoxoxo

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

AND...i also want to say i cannot wait to check out these shops because i know you have such great taste. off to shop!

Eden said...

OMG! Aimee, these are great!! I'll be back to check out last years tour!! What fun!

Carissa said...

Aimee! I am so in love right now! I can't wait to be home to see this on the "big screen!" What a fantastical showcase only your magical superhero self could put together! I feel so blessed to be a part of it!! My little tag is so perfect! Thank you fully, I can't wait to oogle over everyone's everything <3


tulpen said...

Oh my. I hope I have some quality alone time with the computer to check out some of these artists!

Christine E-E said...

in addition to the tags & adorable art drawn on the tags... I'm swooning over the vintage art covers... oo! la! la!

will be checking these blogs too. Thanks Aimee.

stephanie levy said...

you are a wonderful soul aimee :) thank you for sharing!

lori vliegen said...

i just love meeting new artists......especially those who come so highly recommended!! i absolutely love all of your always turn the ordinary into something really special! i can't wait to dig into these links.....thanks, gal!!
xox, :))))

Catherine Ivins said...

This is so generous and amazing of you Aimee - thank you so much for this shout out for Polarity!!

BT said...

What a beautiful, colourful post, I enjoyed my virtual shopping trip! I'm on a catch up right now as I've been so busy with family issues I haven't had time to visit blogs. It's so lovely to see them all again.

Anonymous said...

OMG - you are so superfantastic! 1st, to be included among this group of awesome artists - sweet! And then you paint up an awesome tag with a bite out of it - divine! Thanks Aimee@

Bella Sinclair said...

What an EXCELLENT tour! Many of these shops are new to me and wow, they are wonderful! Thank you.

Hope you are having an excellent Hanukkah!


steve said...

Hello Aimee! Been a while! So good to see your work again. I need to link you to my blog so I can stop by more often.

Anairam said...

Oh, nooooo, Aimeee!! How can you do this to me? I love travelling (especially when I have to stay at home) but where shall I get the time to visit all these fascinating shops? Hmmmmm, perhaps after midnight. Let's hope I do not turn into a pumpkin.

Sherry Lynn said...

Oh how I love this blog...thank you for I need to grab a cup of coffee and explore.

Buffalo Lucy said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! What an amazing group of artists you've featured here! I am honored to be among them. Thank you so much! I will definitely be doing some Christmas shopping from these shops!!

Inner Toddler said...

another fine doodle tour! i hope this tradition continues for a long time. Love so many of these artists already and am going to meet some new ones right now.

cindy said...

oh boy, there's lots of trouble in that awesome list, but trouble in the best sense of the word. and hey santa, i've been very good this year, so consider this list as my own ;)!

freebird said...

I love the poster about kindness in your newest post. There was no place to leave comments for some reason. This poster is such a positive note. Love it.

AG Ambroult said...

you know some pretty cool people, Aimee. This dooletour is fab. So many good links. a big THANK YOU for including me in this year's tour :)
ps I LOVE the story of how you met Buffalo Lucy. I am still waiting to meet my local artist friend who is right in front of my face but I don't know it yet.