Weekend Roundup – Handmade Artisans You Should Be Following!

It’s been a busy few weeks at Happier Handmade. Our IG feed is fast approaching 13k, and our Twitter feed is quickly approaching a major milestone of its own with 1,000 followers in sight! I’m very excited to see both sides of our social media taking off so well!

We’ve continued to post three pics a day of great artisans who make handmade goods on our instagram feed, and I want to take a few minutes out of this weekend to share some of my recent favorites.

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Here are a few of my favorites from the last week.

Top row:star whale watercolor from @eroseimagery, sweater cabled coffee mugs from @leftofrose, and Halloween doll from @bashpetite
Second row: birch pendant necklace from @emilyjdesign, minimalist bracelet from @juneandivy, and handbound journal from@audrarobin.
Third row: mimosa bath bombs from @ohmycheeky, scented wax melt from @thescentedsquirrel, and amazing galaxy painting from @boundlove.
Fourth row: Hand stamped bracelet cuff from @upcycled_faith, blue glass earrings from @mtnittanycreations, mountain pendant from @peak_jewellery, and cinema watercolor from @alexandracampbellart

Is that everything?

Why no, it isn’t! We continue to feature three artisans a day, every day, with a wide variety of items. Hop on over to the Happier Handmade feed on Instagram to have a look.

Another reason to check us out

Our twitter feed is growing by leaps and bounds! Interested? You can find the Happier Handmade Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/happierhandmade.

Want to get featured?

If you’re a crafter or artisan who would like to be featured, we have recently launched a signup for paid features! You can choose from a single feature, two features over two months, or a feature with a blog interview. Click here to go sign up!

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Weekend Roundup – Handmade Artisans You Should Be Following

Time for another roundup of the talented artists we’ve featured on the Happier Handmade instagram feed in the last week! Here are just a few of the many talented crafters and makers we’ve found and featured since we last shared with you.

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Here are a few of my favorites from the last week.

Top row: soy was sachets from @4twistedtarts, reclaimed glass terrarium from @prism_and_solder, mini planters from @noemarinstudio

Bottom row: air plants from @freckledfern, homemade soap from @soapbyalana, makeup pouch from @marine_parents, waxed canvas tote from @jessicanecorstudio.

Is that everything?

Why no, it isn’t! We continue to feature three artisans a day, every day, with a wide variety of items. Hop on over to the Happier Handmade feed on Instagram to have a look.

Another reason to check us out

Our twitter feed is growing by leaps and bounds! Interested? You can find the Happier Handmade Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/happierhandmade.

Want to get featured?

If you’re a crafter or artisan who would like to be featured, we have recently launched a signup for paid features! You can choose from a single feature, two features over two months, or a feature with a blog interview. Click here to go sign up!

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Artisan Interview – Freckled Fern

It’s time for another artisan interview, and today we’ve got something really special for you – California artisan Freckled Fern, who makes amazing and inspired dried floral arrangements and jewelry.

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Here’s a bit of our conversation.

Q: Tell us about @Freckledfern. What do you do, and how does your work reflect who you are?

My name is Kelly Schmeichel. I live in Seal Beach, CA with my husband and son.
I am a floral designer. I started my business Freckled Fern this past year. I create fresh and dried floral arrangements, necklaces, wreaths, rings and everything in between. I’m such a ridiculously curious person. (It drove my mom absolutely nuts when I was a kid, asking her why? to everything she asked me to do, not to mention opening and re-wrapping my Christmas presents every year.) So for those reasons and a million others (as my husband can attest to), my absolute favorite part of my job is drying and experimenting with flowers, greenery, branches, berries, and leaves to see which ones will dry the best, what color and texture they will turn out to be, if they will get brighter or duller, and what medium they dry the best in (air-dry, silica gel etc). If you’re lucky enough to come over you will get to hear all about my latest experiment.

How did you get started making floral arrangements?

Well, I have always been a crafter and a maker, but I had never really found my niche until a few years ago when my husband and I celebrated our ten-year wedding anniversary and renewed our vows. We rented a ranch house in Escondido for the weekend, and I jumped at the chance to create the florals for our shindig — including my bouquet and flower crown, our centerpieces, and my husband and son’s boutonnieres. I learned a couple of lessons that weekend:
#1 – none of those designs were as easy as they looked to create, and
#2 – I knew right away that I was going to keep passionately developing my skills in floral design.
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Where and how do you work? Do you have a studio? What’s a typical creative day like?

I work from home, usually right in the middle of our dining room table, much to my son’s horror when he’s eating breakfast and an avalanche of dried flowers falls into his cereal (which has happened). After I get him off to school I work on my designs and any orders for the week. Then I head up to the LA flower market to shop and explore (and try not to spend all of our rent money). While I’m there, I always try to grab something new that I have never tried to dry before. The rest of the week, I’m prepping my flowers and drying them out, if that’s part of my design that week. By week’s end, I’m creating and designing my pieces, mailing them out, or posting them to my website.

Your dried arrangements are amazing and very unusual! What inspires them?

Thank you so much! The reason I first started drying my flowers before designing with them was actually for a very practical reason. Flowers can be expensive and, as people know, they have a very short shelf life once cut. I wanted a chance to keep creating and practicing  making flower crowns, rings, necklaces, etc. with the flowers I had already purchased but they just kept dying on me.. which was really rude of them. So I started researching and figuring out which flowers I could dry and use over and over in different mediums. Like a lot of people who came in to the flower shop I designed at, I wanted to know which flowers would stay the freshest and if we could make an arrangement that was already dried and that would keep for months instead of days.

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Who are your favorite artists and who or what  inspires you?

One of my favorite artists is floral designer Francoise Weeks. She creates the most exquisite and intricate floral accessories I have ever seen. We have different floral styles but I’m still endlessly inspired by her talent. I also take a lot of inspiration from the changing of the seasons  — not that in SO Cal we get many seasons. Because different varieties of flowers bloom at different times of the year, each season brings with it a whole new batch of options to be inspired by.

What are you currently reading, listening to, or looking at to fuel your creativity?

Well I’m always listening to Bon Iver, The National, The Bahamas, and Mumford and Sons. I do a lot of my work in the early mornings and their calming, folksy vibes ease me into the craziness of the rest of my day. As for the books, I’ve been obsessed with Zenaida Sengo’s book Air Plants; The curious world of Tillandisas. I have been incorporating air plants into some of my designs recently and I wanted to know how to care for them and creative ways to design with them. Both of which she explains beautifully.

What else would you like our readers to know? (How can they find you, etc.)

I went into this business venture of mine with the goal of sharing my work, growing in my craft and embracing the full range of experiences I will have. I want to thank Happier Handmade for this amazing experience of my first artist feature.
I can be reached on my website www.freckledfern.com and my instagram page freckledfernfreckledfern.
Thank you so much to Freckled Fern! Please go check out more of her beautiful work!
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Recent Roundup – Handmade Artists You Should Be Following

Happy weekend! Happier Handmade continues to grow and we’ve had some great artisan featured over the past two weeks. I want to share a few of them with you today!

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In the last few weeks, we’ve been featuring a lot of fall-themed items – gorgeous knitwear in fall colors, rustic tea cups to help you warm up on cold mornings, jewelry in fall tones. I love this time of year and it’s exciting to start focusing on products to help make the fall and winter feel a little more cozy.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:

 Top row: gorgeous aquamarine ring by @byangeline, beautifully rustic wood-textured coffee mug by @tyap_lap_ceramic, and fall afghans knitted by @brennaannhandmade.
Second row: reclaimed wood wall sculpture by @wildslice, cake grocery shopping list notepad by @cakeandflowerpaper, and leaf-imprinted ring @anna_ancell
Bottom row: hexie shelves by @knottedgrain, bunny in the assembly process by @brightblossomdolls, 3D paper sculpture by @natsuladesigns, and gorgeous moss terrarium necklace by @luriestudio.

Is that everything?

Why no, it isn’t! We continue to feature three artisans a day, every day, with a wide variety of items. Hop on over to the Happier Handmade feed on Instagram to have a look.

Another reason to check us out

Our twitter feed is growing by leaps and bounds! Interested? You can find the Happier Handmade Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/happierhandmade.

Want to get featured?

If you’re a crafter or artisan who would like to be featured, we have recently launched a signup for paid features! You can choose from a single feature, two features over two months, or a feature with a blog interview. Click here to go sign up!

Come on by and take a look!