Category Archives: talented artists

fantastic scupltures in sebastopol

fantastic scupltures in sebastopol
With every new area I explore, I always hope to stumble on a surprise that makes me smile.  These incredibly clever sculptures created from junk that was destined for the scrap yard make a stop in Sebastopol, California worth it. The talented duo behind these wild and whimsical creations are  Patrick Amiot and Brigette Laurent.  A snippet from his website reads, “The whole purpose of my work is to glorify these objects, because they .

marmalade and curly girl tour

marmalade and curly girl tour
Since I snapped well over 100 photos of my 3 day girl getaway in Boston, I had to dedicate an entire post just to the work spaces of Leigh Standley.  We sell a number of Leigh’s lovely goodies at catching fireflies so it was fun to see the behind scenes of her warehouse/office space. Let me just say this place is cute enough to be a tv set!  I’ll let the photos do all .

exploring north of the golden gate bridge

exploring north of the golden gate bridge
Now that you saw what we did in san fran… here’s where we spent some time north of the city. Per my well traveled friend Leigh’s advice, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge for a stop in Mill Valley. Joe’s Taco Lounge was the real deal.  Amazing food, kitschy flair and an authentic vibe.  If Steve and I were from south of the border or knew anything that went into running a restaurant, this .

berkley art bash wish list

berkley art bash wish list
Tis’ the time of year where talented artists fill four blocks of 12 Mile in downtown Berkley for the 12th Annual Berkley Art Bash.  Since our first catching fireflies shop is located in the middle of it all and it is a Chamber of Commerce sponsored event,  I’ve had the pleasure of directing this show for the past nine years.  It’s hard to resist all the amazing goodies that will be for sale this .

countdown to the berkley art bash

countdown to the berkley art bash
This time of year another ball gets added to my juggling act ~the 11th Annual Berkley Art Bash.  I’ve been spending extra time promoting the event & learning more about some of the talented artists that will be lining 12 mile on Saturday, June 9. After sorting through photos & links from over 100 artists the past month, I must admit I have a few favorites… I already own numerous recycled sweater scarves from .

really cute retro pets

really cute retro pets
Meet Krista Brooks & her toy poodle, Little Debbie of Santa Fe New Mexico.  She is the savvy artist behind Retro Pets. Having a passion for all things vintage, while working on her graphic design BFA, she would skip lunch to visit the bookstore and pick up works on vintage design collections. These books opened a new world to her, as she fell for the opulent cigar labels, elegant art deco posters, and whimsical .

favorite new ann arbor artist

favorite new ann arbor artist
Steve & I managed to squeeze a few hours of touring through all the talent at the Ann Arbor Art Fair last Friday and Julie Beyer was one of our favorites! She only had originals and they were fairly large so we didn’t end up going home with one… but they have been on my mind so I had to share them with you :-) Her art is fairly textured & she incorporates fabric .

introducing poetry posies

introducing poetry posies
I’ve been a little lacking in the blog world lately due to a number of reasons (including the oh-so-addictiong site, pinterest… more on that later) — but I’ve also been spending some extra time putting together my summer release of designs for a.i. paper. These fanciful flowers are so fresh, they won’t be available at catching fireflies until August, but I couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peak. With over seven layers of wood, .

new york – old friends

new york – old friends
One of the many fun parts of my job is getting to travel to trade shows twice a year.  Not only do I get to scout out fabulous new goodies for catching fireflies & sell my ai paper goods to stores across the US, but I also get to catch up with my oh-so-talented artist friends. Like the wonder-fully whimsical Miss Michelle Allen, the always delightful Leigh Standley, and the sweet-sweet Amy Peters. I’m .

pewter pets & peas in a pod

pewter pets & peas in a pod
Meet Lori Strickland of Tallahassee, Florida.  She is the clever creator behind sterling silver jewlery & pewter pets that tell a story.  Natural themes with a contemporary twist give Lori’s art wares a very distinctive look.  The inspiration comes from the faith and spirit that her Grandmother embodied.  As a child she learned through her that creating things nurtures your soul, connects you to God,  the creator, and brings joy to others. Because her .