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This week's featured Artists

Tiffman Handbags

We are best friends from central New Hampshire that just can’t get enough of creating or doing something constructive with our time. For most of our friendship we have always been working on something or trying to create something together. We finally found something that we both love to do and it just works. Honestly what woman doesn’t love a new handbag?  We certainly do which is why we created Tiffman Handbags.

We started our business 4 years ago and have been very busy trying to create new items each year to keep our store fresh. We have a line of diaper bags, large totes, mid size tote style purse, mini-tote style purse, checkbook covers, card pockets, also some very unique and different necktie purses, and our two newest items key chains and clutches. Wow, have we been busy!

Bobbins and Bits

Hello! My name is Michelle and I love all things handmade. I started my shop as part of a 2011 new year's resolution to myself. I have been 'crafting' for as long as I can remember. When I craft, I craft in bulk. Something inside of me gets obsessed with the discovery or a new project and I go crazy- crafting for hours on end. I guess it all started when I started making friendship necklaces in first grade. I made more necklaces than I had friends. It happens... ETSY!/pages/Bobbins-and-Bits/113791052031567FACEBOOK!/bobbinsandbits TWITTER BLOGGER

Laura Johnston
LAURA JOHNSTON photographer::artist
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My name is Laura Johnston and I'm a self-taught photographer and artist living in Raleigh, NC. I have a passion for portrait photography and well-balanced compositions. Also, as an aspiring painter, I focus on both surreal and abstract ideas hoping to bring life to my imagination. I've always been particularly interested in people and enjoy mixing portraits with my love of animals & nature in a sometimes surrealistic and unexpected way.


Concertina Press is a small design company founded by Ruth Bleakley, a book binder and graphic artist who lives in a small coastal town in Massachusetts. Ruth has a BFA in Studio Art and spent several years designing stationery and invitations at a local stationery shop, and is well acquainted with the design process from initial concept and client meetings to final print production.

Now working on her own, Ruth specializes in light, airy designs with a decidedly nautical bent. Ruth is not limited to ocean-themed works, however, and also enjoys working with clients to design fully custom paperie including, but not limited to business and calling cards, wedding invitations, graduation and birth announcements and personal correspondence.

Anna Hrachovec designs cute and strange knitted toys that appeal to adults and kids alike. The Japanese touch in her designs comes from two years that she spent in Japan studying film and language while absorbing the country's kawaii-obsessed culture. When she's not designing new toy patterns, Anna is creating character-based fiber art with her knitting. 

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I started creating bath and body products as a fun hobby a few years ago and had a lot of success giving them to my friends and family that I decided to start selling them so others could enjoy them too.
Each product is inspired by travels around the world such as the Mediterranean Sea, the countryside of Italy, Africa, the French Rivera, and many other locations.


LJ said…
Thanks for the feature!!
Mandy and Tiff said…
Thank you for featuring us on your blog! Much appreciated!!
Ruth said…
Thanks for featuring me~ One of these days i'll get a blog...

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