Category Archives: Small Business


PlantilloBerkeley-based owner, maker, curator and designer Sabine Hermann brings the outdoors in with her handmade decorative pillows sold on Etsy under the shop and brand name, Plantillo. The 2-dimensional images are custom printed on cotton canvas and the sewn shapes give the pillows their 3-dimensional look. Here’s what the artisan says about her process:

“I came up with the idea for PLANTILLO while walking through my neighborhood and surrounding hills in Berkeley, CA. I love to find interesting objects on my path, and I can’t resist stuffing them into my pockets and taking photos. My ever-growing collection of leaves, bark, pods, flowers, and logs have inspired me to turn my found treasures into home décor. It brings me happiness to both preserve nature and bring it into your home.”

Images: Courtesy of Plantillo and Sabine Hermann.

Satsuma Street

Satsuma-StreetA friend of ours posted an embroidery design created by Jody Rice on Facebook today. We liked the design so we thought we would follow up on her other creations. The Los Angeles-based artist has worked as a costume designer, graphic designer and craft designer for 15 years. She felt there wasn’t enough contemporary cross stitch pattern so she created her own designs and opened her very successful shop on Etsy called Satsuma Street. She has created a popular series called, Pretty Little City, but our favorite pattern is the ’row of trees’ pillow.

Images: Courtesy of Satsuma Street.

Andie’s Specialty Sweets

Andie'sSpecialtySweetsDon’t often post anything food related but couldn’t resist this Etsy shop, Andie’s Specialty Sweets. Proprietors Andie and Jason Moore of Dallas, Texas create made-to-order confections that can be used to embellish cakes and other baked goods. Here’s how the culinary artisans describe their work:

“We specialize in creating made-to-order artistic and thematic confections to suit your whim and occasion. Everything here is is hand sculpted, hand molded, hand poured, and given a special artistic tinkering, the old fashioned way.”

Images: Courtesy of Andie’s Specialty Sweets.

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