This past Saturday, Etsy and West Elm put on a fabulous pop up show in Highland Village here in Houston. I have been in contact with many of the makers, artists, and crafters that were featured here and it was so cool to put a face with a name. And of course, to buy a few pieces!
I would like to start by saying that when I walked into West Elm, I honestly could not tell which pieces were from the artists and which were part of West Elm's collection. Each artist had their own table, however, all of the products blended very nicely together as if they belonged there. Had I not been following almost all of them online, I may have missed that they were holding a I Heart Handmade Art event here! The quality of the items curated by Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please was evident.
First up, the lovely Audrey and Josh from Edie's Lab. Edie's Lab was one of my featured artists recently and they were front and center as I walked into the store. I introduced myself to Audrey (since we had not met in person!) and she was so sweet to give me a "B" similar to this one (except in green, my favorite color!) and also another piece to use in a future giveaway! Stay tuned to the blog for that...hint, hint, look up.
Next, I moseyed on over to Beyond Her to chat. I had seen her things at The Lift on 19th Street in The Heights, but had never met her in person. Of course, I ended up buying a pretty little kitchen towel that looks perfect in my pretty little bungalow. The one I purchased is on the left in the picture above.
After this, I grabbed some complimentary water from the waiter (although West Elm had many other goodies to choose from!) and headed to the back corner to see The Little Illustrator, maker of some "cutesy quirky fun art." After thumbing through tons of sweet little pieces, I settled on the one above. My 8-year-old daughter is nuts about owls and I thought this was perfect for her and our little family of four.
I then spotted McCheek's Mayhem. What a delight it was to talk with Carol! Above is one of my favorite pieces of hers. Although I did not purchase anything from her (at my limit, ya know?!) I am definitely going to hit up one of her classes! The Clay and Cabernet looks particularly interesting to me...
I wish is could go on about each and every one of the artists I spoke with on Saturday like Horseshoe Studio, Baffin Bags, and Hello & Co.! They were all really great. But, I must go pick up my girls from their first day of school. Bravo Etsy and West Elm! What a great event!
~ Keeping it Local + Handmade ~ XOXO B.
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