Monthly Archives: November 2011

happy birthday mark twain!

November 30, 2011
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

artist bio & giveaway – mame luxury soy candles

November 30, 2011
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today’s featured crafeteria artist:

(read below on how you can enter to win today’s giveaway)

mame luxury soy candles

what inspired you to start your business?

MAME soy candles was created to culminate our love of making home made versions of our favorite fine things.  At the best boutique stores around town, we noticed, there is a lack of variety in luxury candles for sale.  As all things natural gain popularity we researched the potential of offering a soy candles blended with essential oils which are appropriately named and scented for some of our favorite things.

Tell us a bit about your work and some of your favorite materials you use in your creations:

Our candles are made from 100 percent soy wax, pure essential oils and cotton wicks.  They are hand poured and hand scented personally in small batches to ensure the best quality soy candle.  Because the candles are made with 100 percent soy wax, they burn much longer and much cleaner than other designer candles.  Each candle comes complete with signature MAME craft box wrapping and include a small description card of our product and our mission in creating it.

What is your favorite spot in Phoenix? AZ?

There are so many great small boutiques and one of a kind restaurants here, it is hard to choose just one.  What we love the most, is being able to spend time catching up with friends and family outdoors, no matter the time of year.  From brunch at La Grande Orange, Orange Table, Lux, Churn, Lola’s Coffee and Matt’s Big Breakfast to happy hour at St. Frances, Hula, Postino, North and AZ88. 

find out more about mame luxury soy candles

http://www.etsy.com/people/Mameluxurysoycandles

we love what these girls are doing – such a beautiful product!  leave us a comment and you’ll be automatically entered to when this dreamy farmers market candle (a little floral, a little earthy, a little sweet).

we’re listening to…

November 29, 2011
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we’re getting ready for a big week and florence is helping us through it.

she’s such a power house and we love that she embraces being tall and wears 4-inch heels!

did you see her performance on snl?  amazing, and how about that dress – love!!

artist bio & giveaway – anniewhere

November 29, 2011
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today’s featured crafeteria artist:

(read below on how you can enter to win today’s giveaway)

anniewhere paper goods

what inspired you to start your business?

I have been making one holiday card design every year since I was 10 years old.  At first cards were given as Christmas gifts (by me) to my grandparents, teachers and other important grown-ups in my life. At some point I started sending them to my friends as holiday greetings.  After many years and many designs, at a rather unbalanced point in my life, I didn’t send them out.  All of the regular recipients said that every holiday season they look forward to seeing new designs and that they have kept all of the previous ones.  After hearing that (and with a big smile in my heart), I decided to start sharing my paper goods with more people. That is how annieWHERE came about.

Tell us a bit about your work and some of your favorite materials you use in your creations:

annieWHERE is a line of unique and modern paper goods, designed by hand, using simple shapes and bold colors.  Most of my designs have a minimalist quality and are indirectly influenced by appreciation of Scandinavian design and lifestyle.  I tend to think of my work as “collage reduced”.  All of the designs are cut, folded and placed by hand. I hand pick all the papers and am often inspired by the color (of the paper) itself.  Some of my designs are made using handmade paper containing fibers from plants growing in the desert. This gives cards a softer feel, but also a connection to the place.  I am also a big lover of maps and my “you are HERE” line uses cut-outs from discarded maps.

What is your favorite spot in Phoenix? AZ?

I love exploring the city and all that it has to offer–from known establishments, to hidden spots and everything in between.   My favorite city spots are Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings and Papago Park in the early morning light.   

find out more about anniewhere

www.annieWHERE.etsy.com

want first dibs on what annemarie will be offering for the crafeteria?  leave us a comment which will automatically enter you to win this incredible set of handcrafted cards

have you seen…

November 28, 2011
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tatt.ly

one of our favorite online shops – such a great idea and we’re hooked!

diy toms

November 27, 2011
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before….we like

 &

 

after…we love!

someone from the frances crew got crafty with a little bleach, some q-tips and a black sharpie.

artist bio & giveaway – folding chair designs

November 26, 2011
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today’s featured crafeteria artist:

(read below on how you can enter to win today’s giveaway)

folding chair designs

What inspired you to start your business?

I have always loved to create accessories. With just a little imagination and some fun supplies, you can create something new and original.  I knew I wanted to offer jewelry and accessories that were not covered in rhinestones, glitter, and doilies. Once I started making things for friends and family as gifts, they encouraged me to try selling online. Before long, I was hooked.

Tell us a bit about your work and some of your favorite materials you use in your creations:

I love making accessories, they are a great way to stay on trend without breaking the bank. Accessories are also a great way to make an old outfit look new again! Vintage materials are my favorite things to use. The colors are bright, the patterns are interesting, and the textures are so different than modern materials. I also love hand embroidery, I bring in embroidered accents whenever I can. Wool felt is another favorite. The colors and feel of the felt are so colorful and fun to add to any other material.

What is your favorite spot in Phoenix? AZ?

My favorite spot in Phoenix is the Phoenix Art Museum. I’m an Art History major and I could spend hours there. My favorite spot in AZ would have to be Tombstone, it’s just the right amount of kitschy/cheesiness and amazing history.

find out more about folding chair designs

http://www.etsy.com/shop/FoldingChairDesigns

http://www.foldingchairdesigns.com/

we are so excited to welcome amy to this year’s crafeteria and to see what goodies she’ll be offering.  want dibs on today’s sweet giveaway?  leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win this hand felted headband and rosette necklace.

sip on this…

November 25, 2011
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 two of our seasonal favorites in smeeks now!

artist bio & giveaway – mesquite press

November 25, 2011
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today’s featured crafeteria artist:

(read below on how you can enter to win today’s giveaway)

mesquite press

what inspired you to start your business?

I started an online custom stationery design shop because I’ve always enjoyed creating paper goods as gifts for friends and family and wanted to share my designs with others.  All of my work is inspired by my surroundings and those close to me.  I have a passion for creating meaningful, detailed pieces to help set the tone for a party or make someone’s day special.

Tell us a bit about your work and some of your favorite materials you use in your creations:

When selecting materials to print my stationery, I always go for luxe cotton papers and higher quality envelopes. In a digital world, it’s so nice to get something in the mail that not only looks nice, but feels nice too. 

What is your favorite spot in Phoenix? AZ?

My favorite spot in Phoenix would have to be the top of Squaw Peak.  The Valley has such great spots for hiking, but I especially love Squaw Peak and the view of the city from the top.

find out more about mesquite press

mesquitepress.com

we can’t wait to see what kelly has to offer at this year’s crafeteria!  leave a comment below to enter to win a 3 box set of hand crafted stationary from mesquite press.

top ten

November 24, 2011
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thanks jackalope!

November 24, 2011
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frances studio

read more here

thanksgiving weekend ideas

November 23, 2011
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thanksgiving day turkey trot races around the valley

lux serving thanksgiving dinner

zoo lights opening weekend (thursday)

debut of holiday shop at frances studio (friday)

bunky boutique early bird special (friday)

source vitoria show at crescent ballroom (friday)

small business saturday & national buy local week

phoenix public market (saturday)

hiking our beautiful mountains (sat/sun)

giant cinnamon roll & mimosas at st. francis (sunday)


how to: give thanks

November 23, 2011
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the frances gift guide for giving thanks to any host

1. “fork plastic bags” tote bag

2. blue q organic tea

3. framed vintage postcards

4. bird clips

5. tea towels

6. frances candles

7. “the new thanksgiving table” book

8. “thanksgiving 101″ book

9. table topics

10. lafco soaps

11. fringe alchemy fragrant diffuser

12.  organic tote bag

13. happiness is living in the moment: words of wisdom

14. locally-made fabric pumpkins

frances and smeeks are thankful

November 23, 2011
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happy thanksgiving!

artist bio & giveaway – the red dutch door

November 22, 2011
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today’s featured crafeteria artist:

(read below on how you can enter to win today’s giveaway)

the red dutch door

what inspired you to start your business?

The dream for our business started on our front porch as we watched the kids play and we listened to each others stories.  From there, our families began to live life together and our joy and delight in making things became The Red Dutch Door.  We love the idea of making everyday moments special and The Red Dutch Door does just that!

Tell us a bit about your work and some of your favorite materials you use in your creations:

We love making anything and everything that offers a colorful mix of vintage and modern design.  Some of our favorite materials include knits, felts, yarn and fabrics with rich color and texture.

What is your favorite spot in Phoenix? AZ?

Our favorite place in the greater Phoenix area is our very own neighborhood, Agritopia.  If we’re not riding our bikes or visiting with neighbors, you can find us at Joe’s Farm Grill or The Coffee Shop.  If we do need to hop in our car, our first stop is Liberty Market for some bread pudding and a latte.

find out more about The Red Dutch Door

www.thereddutchdoor.etsy.com

www.threddutchdoor.com

all of us here at frances are so excited to see what these girls have to offer at our 6th annual crafeteria! you can get involved too – leave a comment which automatically enters you to win this incredibly soft jersey knit scarf and hand felted flower brooch!

 

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