Monkeyminddesign09 at Etsy.com

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Talented Etsian of unique paper expressions...

Anita of Monkeyminddesign09 is the creator of these wonderful handmade greeting cards, calendars & note cards.

She recently left the Ad world as an art director & graphic designer to get back to her "love"... designing & making things by hand. Though now based in Denver, Colorado, Anita is originally from Sante Fe, New Mexico which generously shared it's rich cultural heritage & artistic diversity. Along with it this rich inspiration & of the Etsy handmade community, she has developed her own creative style.

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Frankideas at Etsy.com

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Frankideas...a colorful & talented etsian from "down under"

Rowan, a New Zealander living in Australia for 20+ years now, started a collaboration with a friend fresh out of Interior Design studies and called themselves Frankideas which still sums up Rowan's shop ethos, "simple straightforward and a little off beat".

After 2 kids and life in general that came at Rowan & her friend...they adapted and plans changed to designing furniture...then to designing clothing...and now mainly jewellery.

Now all we have to do is enjoy the fruits of a well traveled life.

Batty's Bath at Etsy.com

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Batty's Bath...bath & body products

Jamie is the Etsy shopkeeper...along with being a university student finishing her B.S. in Psychology and a minor in visual arts. She has a deep passion for star-gazing, tree-hugging, animal welfare (she has 3 rescued dogs), and a clearly defined Halloween obsession.

You can find her at her Etsy site and her blog , where she's sponsoring a "giveaway" right now!, check it out.

The Antonio Treatment.... I'm in "hot crush mode" !

If you are a HGTV fan, you must have been blown away when the "Design Star" contest came down to the last (2) designers standing...Antonio Ballatore & the handsome "smiley guy". The odds and past selections gave the "smiley guy" a big advantage BUT THANK GOD FOR THE JUDGES & HGTV for seeing the intrinsic value of this man named Antonio (a name to revere & easy to remember) with unconventional handsomeness & far less white teeth :D
An "original" who can combine function & style together beautifully... leaving NOT a "boutique hotel" looking living space, BUT an actual modern take of space for people who "live" in every inch of it. The most recent "Antonio Treatment" project was the revamping of an artisan seamstress' livingroom/workspace, diningroom & nursery... (see the past program on www.hgtv.com ) ... you'll know why i wish i lived in L.A. so i could get an Antonio Treatment too.