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The Future of Handmade from Orange is the Sun

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Customization: My prediction is that this will be the biggest trend in handmade for 2014. It’s one of the unique abilities that makers have across the board and that really separates handmade from factory produced. One artist who has made a success from being a master of customization is Jennifer Wagner. Her colorful Orange is the Sun shop is all about creating gorgeous handmade pieces in a stunning array of hues.

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Get Inspired: Packaging & Branding Inspiration

CREATE/INSPIRE

⬆︎ Hudson Made via Mr. Cup ⬆︎  ⬆︎ Chocolats Favoris via Mr. Cup ⬆︎  ⬆︎ Bête Fête via Mr. Cup ⬆︎  ⬆︎Drop Coffee via The Dieline ⬆︎ ⬆︎ Old Salt Merchants via The Dieline ⬆︎ ⬆︎ Matthew Hilton Watch via The Dieline ⬆︎

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They’re Here! 2014 Calendars Part 2

PRINT & INK

As promised, here’s the second set of 2014 Calendars that are on the LAB’s list of favorites. There’s something for everyone here. To purchase any of these calendars, just click on the image and away you go! Which one of these is your favorite?

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More Handmade Goodness from Bookhau

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It’s been a awhile since I’ve checked in with John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj and their Bookhou shop. They’ve recently added some new items and thought you might like to take a peek. What this creative pair have produced is tremendous, especially when you consider that they make both the handmade items and the serene textiles used in the process.

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Carry it well with The Made & Found

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I think it was this Semi Circle Color Block totes that first caught my eye in Carrie Ng’s The Made & Found shop, the one above. That blend of denim blue, ivory and orange just work on so many levels, and the bag looks like it could carry a ton of goodies. Carrie’s goal with The Made & Found is to “live and travel with ease”, so she created a fun and functional collection, perfect for movers and shakers.

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Wearable Art from VATUA

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Sometimes I find an artist that I believe really deserves some attention. I kinda feel like one of those traders on Wall Street yelling “Buy! Buy!”, but hey, that’s what the LAB is all about. Joana Garganté’s VATUA collection just blew my mind and I just had to share it with you.

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Handmade Profiles: Lauren Matsumoto of Mitsymoto Design

HANDMADE PROFILES, JEWELRY

When Lauren Matsumoto submitted her fab jewelry collection for a LAB post, I had no idea that I would find, nested in her eclectic collection, my newest obsession: her Rock Candy ring. Bold and blocky, I really love that thing. It will be mine at some point, but it’s just a small part of Lauren’s incredible Mitsymoto Designs collection, designed in her San Francisco, CA studio.

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LAB SHOP: December Specials

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The LAB has a new shop dedicated to the services that I offer to help the handmade community grow and prosper. One big advantage of my new shop is that we now accept credit cards via PayPal. Many have asked for this feature and I’m glad to provide it. To celebrate the launch of my new shop, I’m offering discounts on my services. Here’s the breakdown:

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Get Inspired: Packaging Inspiration

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via Mr Cup via The Dieline via amber’s-ambry via Mr Cup via miss-design.com via flickr.com via lovelypackage.com via bodieandfou.com via graphic-exchange.com via The Dieline via parcelpost.wordpress.com via shop.seaandcane.com

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