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The Dutch design duo Jantien de Wilde and Jane Stroink makes these beautiful blankets from recycled sweaters, jeans, bedding materials, and other textiles. They are then creatively embellished with ribbons, lace and threads. Each blanket is named after a homeless person or a hero and 15% of the proceeds are donated to a shelter in Amsterdam. Ladak means warmth, comfort, and protection, and like people in need each of these blankets is unique.

Several years ago I discovered Canadian artist Sharilyn Wright and Lovely Design. Sharilyn makes the most delightful paper goods. Her books are made from reclaimed paper scraps, enhanced with hidden treasures such as old stamps and glassine envelopes for special keepsakes. The handprinted posters celebrate the Canadian nature and her thoughtful note cards, and clever address files are equally enchanted. Everything is created in an eco-friendly manner including clever packaging which eliminates the need for plastic. You can find out more about Sharilyn and her work on her blog
Jai and Lauren Soloy's woodworking studio sleeping forest is located in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. They make exquisite furniture, cabinetry, albums, boxes, business card holders, and spinning tops.  I have picked out a few pieces that I find especially irresistible from their etsy shop. The cedar waxwing pair is my favorite - made from carefully selected hardwood pieces to match the birds' actual colors. You can find out more about Jai and Lauren's life and work by visiting their blog.

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Susan Benarcik
I love New York based artist Susan Benarcik's work! She reuses, recycles, and rearranges objects discarded by nature or humanity. Her wonderful installations, sculptures, photographs and designs raise an awareness and appreciation of our natural resources. Her solo exhibition Collected Response is currently on display at Maiden Lane Exhibition Space in New York (call 212.206.6061 for more information). She is will also participate in the Surtex show in New York on May 18-20, where she will exhibit new textiles and other surface designs.

The design and artist cooperative Trunkt is a wonderful resource for anything creative and hand made. Here you will find an array of amazing portfolios with links to the artists websites if you are in the mood for shopping...

Talented potter and ceramist Diana Fayt creates beautiful bowls, plates, mugs and other vessels out of stoneware clay. Visit her etsy shop and her lovely blog for more information.

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Jennifer Anderson
I first met Jennifer and saw her work at the ACC show in Baltimore in February where she participated in the Searchlight exhibit which celebrates emerging artists and designers. Jennifer creates one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that combine tradition with experimentation. She encourages people to reconsider their relationship with familiar objects, such as Danish designer Hans Wegner's classic Y-chair which she re-created out of mud. I love her masterfully crafted screens, which could be used as room dividers or sophisticated shelving systems.

Talented designer Julia at Red Otter makes these exquisite journals and other paper goods. They are available in her etsy store and she also writes about her work and other beautiful things on her blog.

This London-based Finnish designer manipulates and constructs felted wool into beautiful cushions, bags, wall hangings, throws, and other objects that just begs to be touched. 

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Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin. A book brimming with wonderful sewing projects, as well as an eye-opening history of the cotton industry in the south, and a delicious biscuit recipe as an extra bonus. I am inspired to do more hand stitching for sure. You can purchase the book, and learn more about Chanin's beautiful work and entrepreneurship by visiting  Alabama Chanin.

Silvergems by Leslie Chisholm. My friend Leslie is a wonderful jewelry designer who now has a new etsy shop. Her pieces are simple, elegant, and masterfully crafted. You can also find her work over at The Barn Swallow.

Harmony art. Fanciful and lovely organic cotton fabrics. This one is  called whispering grass. Check out harmony art for retail outlets.

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Some of my current favorite discoveries:

Textiles from Jobs handtryck: Heracleum natur, designer Dagmar Lodén , 1955, and Magnolia, designer Eva Jobs, 1994

A small family owned textile company in Dalarna, Sweden, which specializes in hand printed fabrics in delicious patterns, both new and vintage. Many of the designs originate from the 50s and they also sell finished products such as pillows, bags, table linens, and trays. Once you go the website you can choose between a Swedish and English version.

Italian artist and fashion designer Kris uses her blog as a sketchbook. She posts images combined with her own reflections and stripes of colors extracted from the photo. I love her sensibility and keen sense of beauty. A truly inspiring blog for any artistic mind.

These natural hooks are created by John Robohm in Jacksonville, Vermont. They are made from maple, beech, birch or other hardwoods grown in the area. No two pieces are exactly alike as they are crafted from the natural branches. The simple beauty of nature in its purest form.

British textile artist Bridget Davis recently opened her Etsy shop where she sells her embroidered and appliqued pillows. The whimsical motifs are adorable and I admire her skillful stitching.

Glass artist Tracy Bull incorporates natural elements and creatures, lots of creatures, into her work. Her enchanted illustrations can be found on cuff links, pendants, badges, and night lights. She also has an etsy shop for one-of-a-kinds.