||| local etsy talents | kansas city |||

I spent this past week in Kansas City for work (I spend at least a few days a month in Kansas City every month) and I am always impressed with the diversity in this Midwestern city.  So, of course, this week’s Local Etsy Talents post was inspired by the artistic talents of Kansas City.

||| Enjoy! -T |||

||| 1.  Two Tone Press | Playful typography prints, stickers, buttons, etc…so fun!

||| 2.  Folded Pigs | Re-purposed restaurant ware with quirky prints including skulls, anatomically correct hearts, and roller skates.

||| 3.  Tag Team Tompkins | Beautiful letterpress artwork centered on famous quotes and clever wordplay.

||| 4.  Katie Blair Designs | Simple and chic stationary and prints.  Check out the recipe cards, too!

||| 5.  Jaime Rovenstine | Absolutely gorgeous abstract prints—the colors and detail are to die for.

||| 6.  The Curious Nickel | Original collage prints and quotes from some of my favorite classic rock bands.

||| 7.  Stephanie Kan | The handmade ceramics are completely unique and I am completely obsessed with the Closet Study paintings.

||| 8.  White Buffalo Trading Co. | These painted ombre deer antlers would look super chic displayed atop a stack of books.  Her blog is great, too, check it out here.

||| local etsy talents | saint louis edition |||

Hello!  Tara here with a new blog feature–Local Etsy Talents.  Each week I will share my favorite Etsy Shops from whichever city I choose for the week.  I am constantly traveling to smaller cities in the Midwest for work and my favorite thing to do is scope out the local artist studios and boutiques.  I believe there is something to be discovered in even the smallest of towns.  This week I chose to find some AWESOME Etsy shops in the place where I currently call home, St. Louis, MO.

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Michelle Volansky Illustrations I love her fun and quirky illustrations and that banana split postcard I featured next to the logo–$1! Whaaa? |

| Fable + Lore Handmade statement jewelry composed of tassels, gold, and geometric shapes…um, yes please. Can’t wait to see her work at the Soulard Market Park Fair (August 18) |

| Sarah Giannobile (her website here) I first came across her work while interning at a museum in college and I am still amazed!  The detail is beyond.  You can also spot her work in the current West Elm catalog.

| What the Hart Likes Sewn stationary sets and custom embroidery…beautiful! |

| The Patterned Owl I love the simple designs (hand drawn, of course) and bold colors used on these fabulous cards!|

| The Swan Lake Beautifully styled Etsy shop with statement pieces done in bold hues (including neon!) Her jewelry is the perfect addition to any look.  Check out her blog here. |

| Sucre Shop I was so excited to come across the hand-painted wooden spoons (definitely getting some for the ice cream truck at my wedding next year!)  What a simple and brilliant idea! |

||| putt-putt golf | we don’t mess around |||

Each time Tara and I visit Branson, MO, our family (an all-golf kind of family) insists on testing their skills at Pirate’s Cove.  Tara and I are slightly less competitive than the others, and usually choose to golf in our own group.  This means we typically mentally give up after about hole 15.  (Though, I have to admit, we look like professionals.)

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After a long round of putt-putt, ice cream is a must.  We suggest Cakes-n-Cream, a family favorite.  Here we are at a young age sloppily eating cones (maybe this was during my “I don’t like ice cream” phase?).  The lower half, a genius creation, is called an “Ozark Mountain Sundae”.Image