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New Stationery Note Cards

New Stationery Note Cards

Well being that my training and passion for years has been graphic design I am drawn to paper goods.  I just love all things paper.  In my 20’s,  from my sign shop, I use to design and produce very unique original wedding invitations and announcements.  I produced them all myself.  They were beautiful with combination of hand cut folders and unique papers,  ribbons and dried leaves or punched shapes etc.  Now can find this type of announcement at stores like Paper Source or even Michael’s. 20 years ago those stores didn’t exist in my world and my creations were one of a kind.  I use to devour paper sample booklets that my mom had at her graphic design studio.  I would ask for all the old ones so I could use them for things.  I would cut them up and make cards and hand-bound booklets and all sorts of creations. Just like everything I do, I immersed full force. I took paper making classes, marbling paper classes, and book-making classes.  I would hoard all sorts of interesting things, like copper garden tags or pressed flowers or antique seed packets to use in cards.  Then the scrapbooking sensation took over which was interesting.  It took my custom invitation making and sort of made it not so special, or maybe I lost interest because it had become mainstream.  But it also created a lot more stores with all sorts of fun supplies that made finding things much easier to find. I went on to making other things and kept making fabulous fun creating for my own events.

I find stationery to be like small pieces of art that you can collect ( in my case I have a bit of problem with collecting, I like to collect). Or you can send these cards to friends and family and share these little art pieces with them.  So this is part of the reason I am drawn to greeting card and stationery artists like Anahata Katkin of Papaya Art  and also Fiona Richards of Cartolina  The aesthetic these two artist’s use definitely inspires me to no end. I have my favorites of their designs sprinkled around the walls in my studio.  And I also sell their designs in my store SilverBotanica.

So I am excited to announce I have finally created my first start of a line of cards to sell in our store SilverBotanica in Honomu, Hawaii.  I hope that this is just the beginning for this endeavor because like many things I do I have a lot of ideas of where I would like to go with making cards.  My grandfather Herb was a printer and maybe it was the fascination of visiting his print shop as a kid, that made me interested in it.  In highschool, I went to a high school that had a Vocation school on the premise and I took Printing and Graphics.  I loved every second of it.  We did all the artwork by hand and with old typesetting machines and we even had the fist generations of Mac in that class.  We then did all the stat work ourselves, developing the camera ready artwork.  Doing color separations all by hand.  Then we even burned the plates for the printing press.  And printed all of our designs.  We made note pads and 4 color greeting cards, along with t-shirt screen printing. My other grandfather Russell Daigle use to sell greeting cards for years and years.  The brand he sold were called Norcross.  My grandmother and he would always send a card for almost every holiday that deserved one.  So I kind of feel like it runs in my blood.  So it’s my time.  I have finally had some time to develop some of my ideas.   I had a company in the states print them for me, my days of running printing presses were short.  I prefer the design aspect. This first batch is in the Chinoiserie Style.  Many of the cards feature a Foo Dog water color painting that my husband Brad painted and then I have added a variety of layered imagery and patterns with them.  The cards are available in note card packs of 5 cards and 5 envelopes and are blank on the inside.  You can purchase them at SilverBotanica and on our etsy store here.

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Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Inspiration

Recently I escaped off island and went to Southern California to visit my son,which meant I had a chance to visit a few of my favorite shops. IMG_5550

Loved these Kokeshi Ornaments I spotted at Solo,in Solana Beach

 

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More treasures and wonderful display at Solo.

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Love the disk garland at Solo,by Jennifer Price.

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I thought these Wax Sachets were interesting and beautiful.

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A fun Cigar box type display.IMG_5557

 

Some fabulous looking soaps by Finchberry that look edible. IMG_5561

I love the base of this ceramic cake stand with the colorful mushrooms.

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Retro glass ornament with such fabulous colors.

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Anthropologie’s Winter Gingerbread like display of course is wonderful.

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And I love the VW Bus in the window too.

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And ginger bread looking star snowflakes, love the peak a boo view and the colors used.

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This is a note to myself to make Dish towels.

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Hideaway-Leather-classSome of my favorite maker friends Dean & Madeira Semple of Godspeed Leather and Hideaway Leather Supplies are offering classes on tooling leather at their studio | store in San Diego. They are hosting their first workshop Nov 14th from 12-4pm at their space at 7854 Convoy Court, San Diego 92111. Come make a personalized flask for yourself or somebody on your Xmas list. This is a great entry level leather working class. They’ll cover working with tooling leather, tickets for the class here:  I bet I can convince my leather duo friends to come here to the Big Island and teach their skills while they are here.  Comment below if you’re interested.

Cool Headboards

Cool Headboards

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Handcarved Lotus Bed

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Totally loving these fabulous carved wood headboards from Anthropologie. While we were traveling in Bali this summer we saw so much fabulous wood carving in there.  Baliense people are true artisans.  I am sure these headboards are inspired by the Balinese Artisans.

These Baliense doors below had just the right amount of patina.

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When I saw this colorful object on the side of the road, best cialis while driving by on my little scooter in Bali I had to stop and capture it.  At the time I thought that would be and awesome headboard.  Turns out when I stop to investigate, cialis buy   what it actually was is a musical instrument similar to a xylophone. I actually contemplating bringing it home.  But doing a whole container load from Bali makes more sense then just one item.

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SilverBotanica – Hip Jewelry Boutique & Artisan Studio in Honomu, Hawaii

SilverBotanica - Hip Jewelry Boutique & Artisan Studio in Honomu, Hawaii

Click into the doorway above to take a virtual tour of the store.

 

We are excited to announce that my husband Brad & I opened a new Brick & Mortar store SilverBotanica, viagra canada shop located near Hilo, on the beautiful Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii in the quaint town of Honomu. Honomu is the gateway to Akaka Falls State Park. Akaka Falls is a pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical plants including giant timber bamboo, fruit trees and gorgeous botanical flowers.  The trail is a concrete trail to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls , which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge.

Our retail store features the Artisan Studio of SilverBotanica Jewelry and Hi Octane JewelrySilverBotanica is a sterling silver jewelry line inspired by tropical Botanical flowers found here in Hawaii and allows the wearer to carry a little bit of paradise at all times.
Hi Octane Jewelry is a sterling silver jewelry line inspired by vintage automobiles and hot rods and comes from our long love of classic cars and hot rods.

Along with our handmade goods our unique store also carries vintage goods, purses, accessories and stationary. The Artisan studio is open daily 12-6pm. And visitors are welcome to tour the studio and learn first hand the process of lost wax casting and silversmithing. Silversmithing & Lost Wax Casting Classes  and Workshops are available by appointment.

You can see another video of the store here.

SilverBotanica – 28-1652 Old Mamalahoa HWY | Honomu, HI 96728 – 949.547.3859

 

Special Thanks to our neighbor Jeffery North Wilson of 360 True North Photography for creating this awesome virtual tour for us.  You can get one too. Click below and tell him Alicia sent you:

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Australian Owl Bedding

Australian Owl Bedding

I don’t know why but I just seem to adore Australian bedding. It just seems way cuter than what is available here in the US. This owl bedding is super cute.

I have ordered from this company in the past and my bedding arrived just fine.

Vintage Retro Poker Set from my Etsy Store

Vintage Retro Poker Set from my Etsy Store


I am a collector and seller of vintage. Here is something fun and useful for over the holidays. I love the colors in this set. I had so much fun photographing it. Items like these are available on my Alicia Hanson Etsy store, best viagra hospital click on over.

Holiday pictures

Holiday pictures





I was feeling the Christmas Spirit around the house the other day and clicked off some photos of some of my holiday decor.

Felt acorns

Felt acorns

Came across these felt acorns on Etsy today made by Portland seller Green Baboon Designs. I think I want to buy some and make them into earrings.
So wonderful.

Dahlia Placemats

Dahlia Placemats


Love these dahlia placemats from Chiasso.

Pattern Junkie Love

Pattern Junkie Love


I was screen shopping over at Pip last night and found this fabulous book with an incredible pattern on the cover.
Check out their site if you haven’t in a while. It is wonderbar.

Bar things I collect

Bar things I collect

Bar things I collect
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I am selling some of my Barware collections in my Etsy Store . I like the hunt. I also love staging photos like this. If I purge I can hunt more.

Fall-a-licious Autumn on Etsy

Fall-a-licious Autumn on Etsy



So I have a new minor obsession, viagra   it is making treasuries on Etsy. It is like shopping without having to buy anything. And it is wonderful to find new fabulous finds. It also feels a bit like collaging and photo styling.

Looking at all the items really gives me a good idea of which type of photographs catch my eye, and how I can take better photos for my own Etsy shops. Also I have a better understanding for what keywords should be including. Now go ahead and check out the Etsy Treasury fun.

My two latest are Fall-a-licious Autumn
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Filigree Spheres

Filigree Spheres




These sphere lights from Terrain are wonderful. They have a Moroccan flair to them. They are created by hand hammering the brass shapes and then silver plating them. I think these would look fabulous in some of our southern California Retail spaces don’t you?

Medical Devices turned Industrial Modern

Medical Devices turned Industrial Modern



I love these two pieces at Get Back Inc.I am pretty sure if I had that handcrank scissor lift table I could figure out something wonderful to do with it. I have retro dental cabinet, discount viagra mine is celery and black, but I love this metal one.

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