Shop Local: Chicago

You know who’s awfully crafty? The folks down in Chicago. I could probably blog for a year about Chicagoans’ handmade goods, but here are a few of my faves:

Maine Lichen Ringcatcher
five trees' Maine Lichen Ringcatcher

I crochet here and there — I’ve made several blankets and more scarves than I can wear in a winter — but that’s nothing compared to five trees fiber arts. Amy’s shop is full of assorted neckwarming devices, of course, but what really sets her apart are her clusters of crochet bowls and stuffed critters. Something for Mom and Baby in the same shop — love it!

five trees Maxwell
five trees' Maxwell

Also using fiber — this time of the fabric variety — is cookoorikoo. I love this necklace made of fabric yo-yos: now that is a statement piece!

cookoorikoos partly sunny yo-yo necklace
cookoorikoo's partly sunny yo-yo necklace

And one more for the kids: Les Tissus Bows. Handmade bows, nursing necklaces, children’s decor and more all handmade by owner Heather. I just love the fluffy hand-trimmed tutus — enough to make any terrible two-year-old look like an angel!

Les Tissus Bows tutu
Les Tissus Bows' tutu

Limited Edition Typography Prints

Limited Edition '540' letterpress print
Limited Edition "540" letterpress print

I’ve been trying to work on some art prints for quite some time, but with increasing stock for stores and designing all my PR pieces to send to those stores, I hadn’t had time until now. Two weekends ago, I started playing around with some of the wood type I purchased from Tom in Racine (see what else I got here) and the result was this limited edition of 12 chocolate and aqua prints.

I also bought a lovely drawer of this great blocky all-caps face, which I set in an alphabet and made the limited edition below (half on pearl white, half on ecru paper). Both pieces are currently available in my etsy shop.

Limited Edition 'ABCs' letterpress print
Limited Edition "ABCs" letterpress print