Stickers Stickers, Everywhere Pipsticks!


Mom! Mom! I have mail, Mommy! Mommy! Look, it's mail for me! This is the squeal of my preschooler every time something comes in the mail for her. I don't know about you, but whenever my preschooler gets mail, it is the best thing ever. Pipsticks didn't dissapoint, and as the envelope was slowly unveiled, the excitment only got bigger. 


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As a child, I don't remember ever collecting anything. Maybe I did at one point, but I don't remember it. My middle love, loved stickers though, and started a sticker book when he was very young, perhaps a preschooler just like his sister. She went through every sticker set one by one, showing me and telling me which one was her favorite. In fact, anyone who visited us that week got a tour of her stickers. It was pretty darling, if I do say so myself. 

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The best part was when she gathered her big brothers at her table to show them her new sticker collection and her very own special ticket. Pipsticks gives each monthly subscriber a yellow raffle ticket for your chance to win a special prize each month. I think my daughter liked the excitement from that ticket as much as her stickers. 

Her favorite stickers were by far the smelly ones. Pickle scented stickers! She quickly filled up the included post card with her chosen favorites and sent them off in the mail to grandma and grandpa. She's also been using many of these during our preschool time to decorate pictures and create art work. A monthly subscription to sticker madness is in our future.

Please go check out Pipsticks, and get your stickerbooks ready! 


Disclaimer: Thank you to Pipsticks for providing the super exciting sticker mail. As with all of our reviews here at Vintage Indie, the opinions expressed are our own, and can not be purchased. We find it very important to bring you truthful as well as imformative travel reviews. 


Through The Lens of Beverly LeFevre

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

 { Inspired by Summer }


It's coming! It's coming! In 2014, the summer solstice falls on June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT.  17 days away! 





It just so happens, that this talented photographer is also a homeschool mom, isn't that cool! Beverly's fine art photographs are simply stunning. If you'd like to hold on to summer all year long, visit Beverly's shop BeverlyLeFevre to purchase her prints. 

Let the countdown commence! 

The Daily Swank: Must Travel....

I don't know about you, but we've had non. stop. cold. snowy. icy. weather and I'm very much over it. So much so, our house is going on the market come spring. I'm not kidding about that last part!

Anywhoo, I'm yearning for some road time with my family. We have all decided we love traveling together. When our little family is on the road, it is when we're the happiest.  Today's Daily Swank feature is handmade shop DenodiNota > For the Love of Travel


I adore the Framed Push Pin Travel Map. I must have one of those! 


Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor: Printable Art


Purchase this Thanksgiving Tree PDF From DearPoppi for an instant reminder of why we're giving thanks this Thanksgiving Day. 

DandelionGraphicsCoPrintable Wall Decor or For your Thanksgiving Day table from DandelionGraphicsCo


Printalable from JustAPeekAHo




Instant Download Subway Art from ScrapbookCustoms1


Printable Art from PrintableHome


Art Stories: Interview with Anja Fallan


Art Stories

Vintage Indie would like to welcome, as our featured artist,  Anja Fallan.  Anja is creating beautiful  artwork in London, England



What is your preferred medium? Ink, watercolour and sometimes charcoal.

How did you get started?  I've loved painting ever since I was a child. But it was first after I attended drawing and painting classes at the age of 16, that my love for creating art was seeded. The school I went to was in the attic of an enchanting old building in Oslo, with huge windows letting in a lo of natural light. It felt so magical to be there and work with colours and big white canvases. From that time I knew that this was something I would do for life.

AnjaFallan2Who or what inspires you? I get inspiration from the every day small wonders which can be everything from going on walks in nature, or sitting at a cafe watching busy city life pass by. 

AnjaFallan3What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium? Practice practice practice. What ever style you wish to use to express yourself practice is the key. 

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Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how? I love vintage and a lot of my painting are a based on nostalgia.


What is important for your customer to know about your work?  That it is made with love .


A special thank you to Anja for your time. 

For more information please visit Anja Fallon at her websites.

Visit her Etsy shop to purchase prints. Anja Fallan

Art Stories: Interview with Studio Liscious

Art Stories

Vintage Indie would like to welcome, as our featured artists, Patrick Lajoie and Mara Minuzzo of Studio Liscious.  This duo creates beautiful artwork in Toronto, ON, Canada. 


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This is their beautiful studio, designed and constructed completely by the both of them. 


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What is your preferred medium? Of the several mediums we like to use, we'd have to say that wood is our favorite as it's what inspired the start of our business 17 years ago. 

How did you get started? We got started when Patrick was working as a contractor and was asked to dismantle an old barn, leaving us with some beautiful barn wood boards that we decided to make into picture frames to sell at craft fairs. 

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Paint by Number Artwork 

Who or what inspires you? We find inspiration in a lot of places but overall it comes from our love of clean, modern lines coupled with the warmth added by natural elements such as beautiful wood grains, natural motifs or vintage imagery.

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What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium? Working with wood tends to require a pretty big assortment of both tools and machinery, which can add up to a major investment in order to set up a workshop. Our advice to someone starting out with this medium would be to seek out a local co-operative or shared workshop where you can use the machinery and tools without having to immediately spend a whole lot of money setting up your own shop. 

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Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?
Vintage sometimes plays a role in our work by inspiring product ideas as well as adding that element of warmth we try to achieve within our mostly modern aesthetic.

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Mirror Word Art 

What is important for your customer to know about your work? We'd like our customers to know that we are always striving to come up with unique product ideas that we haven't seen anywhere else, and that the two of us, along with some occasional help from our teenage son, design and make everything we sell in our studio workshop at our home in Caledon, Ontario. We'd also like them to know that we are sticklers for quality and take a lot of pride in every piece we make. 

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We are currently trying to find the time to bring several new product ideas to fruition, but the one we are most excited about in general is adding many more textile based designs to our product mix. Mara is a fashion designer by training and has really started to miss working with textiles over the last few years, during which our business has mostly focused on wood and other rigid materials for our products.


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I couldn't end the interview without showing you their awesome Airstream. 


A special thank you to Patrick Lajoie and Mara Minuzzo for giving us a peek into their studio and a closer look at their business. 

Be sure to visit Studio Liscious's various websites. 


Through the Lens: Jessica Reiss Photography


{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

 { Inspired by Vintage Architecture}

My husband and I enjoy taking drives into the city and looking at beautiful old architecture. It is something we appreciate in older homes and buildings. Buildings today can't be matched with the sophisticated timeless style of old architecture. Everything is so modern, if you know what I mean. 

This work is from the eye of photography Jessica Reiss. Please visit her on Etsy to check out more of her beautiful work. 

Through the Lens: Jane Heller Photography

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

 { Inspired by Farm Life }


This summer we've had the privilege of visiting a friend who owns a lovely piece of property and lots of chickens and a beautiful garden. In our minds it is a lovely little getaway when we are invited and my children enjoy chasing the chickens and collecting eggs. I'm sure to them it is a lot of work and I know that it is. Keeping chickens, raising a family garden. There is much work to do. We respect our time there and the enjoyment we get out of it. 

Today's Through the Lens feature speaks to the farm life in each one of us. Jane's gorgeous shots aren't to be missed. 




(All images © 2012 Jane Heller. All rights reserved.)


If you are looking for some beautiful photography to bring farm life to your home, please visit Jane Heller Photography to purchase any one of these. 

Through the Lens: Pretty Petal Studio

{Through the Lens} Independent Photography {Inspired by Summer Hues}
Every year I try to hang on to summer. I need the sunshine and the warmth. 
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 Please visit Pretty Petal Studio to purchase your print. 
All of these images are copyright Pretty Petal Studio.
What about you? What season do you hold on to?

House & Home: Aldari Art

Happy Monday to you! 
I couldn't agree more with this cute little print from AldariArt! I'm off to start my day with some organic coffee, a little honey and a dallop of honey sweetened whipped cream. 
Wha about you? How do you take your coffee?
Have a great day! 
xoxo Gabreial

Sales & Specials: Today's Pick Your Plum is awesome!

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I couldn't pass up today's Pick Your Plum and ordered one of these for our baby girls room! 



Customized names! Hurry, remember Pick Your Plum is limited time offers. Once they're gone, they're gone! 




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Art Stories: Interviewing Landscape, Still Life and Palette Knife artist Carol Schiff


Art Stories

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Carol Schiff as our featured artist. 

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Carol in her studio. 

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MEDIUM? When I first started painting I ventured into watercolor and pastel,and experimented with acrylics, but when I found oils, I fell in love and have stayed pretty faithful to that media. I love the feel of the oils, their texture, the way they blend. I prefer to show brushwork and texture in my paintings and oils are perfect for this.


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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I have always had a desire to paint or draw, but from childhood I told myself I had no talent. In the 70's I opened a needlework shop which eventually led me to designing my own line of hand painted needlepoint. My lack of drawing skills was an obvious problem, so I started taking drawing lessons. Eventually I gathered the courage to study pastel painting, which I did for eight years. Finally I found oils!

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Well just about everything! The light on an object or scene, the shadows, the colors, anything that catches my eye. Lately I have been experimenting with abstract works, which I find really difficult because the inspiration comes from my mind. Before starting an abstract, I have to think of a composition, determine what colors I want to use and what media. There is no way to know where it will go and I have a high failure rate.

There are so many wonderful artists that inspire. The internet has made it so easy to find incredibly talented people around the world. I spend many hours every week, viewing others' art.
At the moment Andre Kohn is one of my favorites. He is fabulous and I love his lost edges, lose brushwork, everything he does. Another favorite is Lynn Boggess. He has influenced my work with palette knives. He is one of those brave souls who takes giant canvases up the side of a mountain and paints with a trowel. His work is unbelievable and must be seen in person to really be appreciated. He has a totally unique look to his work. I get excited just thinking about it!


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WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO GET INTO THIS MEDIUM? Almost every town has an artist willing to give lessons in the basics. Do it because you enjoy it, don't become discouraged, and try to paint several times a week. Use the internet to find artists who's work you admire and study their work. Practice, practice, PRACTICE!

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Carol's Studio 

DOES VINTAGE PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR ART OR LIFE? Yes, I love vintage and find it impossible to pass up an antique store. We have a small second home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and I furnished the entire house in vintage. I had so much fun refinishing tables and collecting items I remembered from my childhood. I feel such a connection with vintage items and find it impossible to dispose of them, so I have to be very careful about what I bring home.

I am in the process of refinishing an old dresser into a bathroom vanity at the moment and last month I purchased the metal stand from a Singer Sewing Machine. My clever husband made a beautiful cherry top for it and now it is my favorite little table.

When we are in North Carolina, I spend a lot of time photographing old barns and homes, as well as still life items with that vintage feel. When we are in Florida I paint from these images.


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WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR WORK? I would like them to know that each and every painting is special to me. I sometimes agonize for hours over a very small painting, getting it just the way I want it. I like texture in my work and want you to touch it. I like drama in it and try for lots of contrast. I want it to evoke a feeling in you, maybe a special memory of a place or item or even a flower.


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The exciting thing about being an artist is that you never stop learning, your work evolves from week to week. Recently I have moved into palette knife works. I enjoy the texture, I want the viewer to reach out and touch....a big no no in galleries! I work hard to improve the quality of my work every day. I have developed a few painting techniques which helps to make my art unique, and I have been fortunate enough to license my work with three companies.

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I love knowing that my art is in homes from Australia to Alaska, that you no longer have to be an art expert or invest a fortune to own original art. The internet has made this possible.

I feel like I am in competition with myself each time I step up to the easel. I try to make each work the best one I have ever created.


Thanks so much Carol for the interview! It has been a pleasure getting to know you. 

Please visit Carol's Etsy Shop Carol Schiff Studio

Her Blog Carol Schiff Daily Painting Studio

Follow her on Facebook: Carol Schiff Studio 



Just Breathe

It has been such a heavy hearted week. There are so many hurting all over the world and when it hits close to home it tends to effect us all in one way or another. Our prayers are with the famlies in Boston and in Texas today. They're also with those unseen and unheard of who need them. Take a moment this weekend or even the whole weekend if you can and just breathe. 


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Jillian Hall

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John 10:10(NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Washi Gonna Do?

Washi gonna do with today's Pick Your Plum?
Washi tape coming in at $1.50 a roll. Are you kidding?!!!?
I love these spring colors. Are you addicted to Washi Tape like I am? Head over to Pick Your Plum for today's special deal. (remember once it's gone, it's gone) 
Want to learn more about Pick Your Plum? Visit this feature we did awhile back. 
The above links are affiliate links. We were not paid to write this feature. I truly love Pick Your Plum and am thrilled to be featuring it here. Visit mydisclosure/disclaimer page for more information. 

Sandy Hook Donations

One of my favorite illustrators and artist Sarah Jane has created this beautiful image/card for easy download and print. 

100% of proceeds will go to the  Sandy Hook School Support Fund which is set up with Newtown Savings Bank to support families of the victims and community needs.


Please visit Sarah Jane Studio's blog for further information.