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The BRIKA Book List for Little Ones

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When it comes to giving gifts to little ones, we stick to two stand-by's: handmade gifts (duh!), and BOOKS. We mined our creative maker community for their favorite books to give and read to little ones.  "My five year olds current favorite: Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey and everything Dr. Seuss. My seven year old boy loves Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey, and everything Maurice Sendak. I have introduced my eleven year old to the classics like Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Through The Looking Glass, etc. Another book she just loves is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Reading to them as babies...

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What Word Would You Use To Describe Your Love?

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As a maker couple, what word would you use to describe your love? 'Our word would be complementary—in work & marriage, we balance each other out and bring out the best in one another.' - Emily & Brad Weckesser, The Oyster's Pearl - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 'The best word to describe our love as makers would be inspired. I think our love story is reflected in the dedication we have to making our own work, always. That way we can honestly say that business has been an inspired labor of...

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DIY Woven Wall Hanging

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Contributed By: Christine Dore of Hazel & Magnolia Unless you quite literally live under a rock, and your décor consists mostly of moss, you've probably seen the woven tapestry trend sweeping your favorite interior design and craft blogs. These handcrafted lovelies add a texture, warmth, and color to your home in a unique way—no wonder they've come back in style! Love the look of this trend, but don't want to shell out the big bucks for a handwoven piece? Or want to specially customize your weaving to your home's color scheme? Follow the steps below to easily, and cheaply, make your...

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Our Interview with Austin Kleon

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I'm in awe of Austin Kleon. He makes awesome art/poetry by redacting words from newspaper articles.  It is creative and cool and at risk of being obscure. Austin could have been one of those artists who creates beautiful work that no one ever sees. But Austin knows how to "show his work". He's written three New York Times bestselling books on creativity in the digital age and how to share your creative output and be discovered. "Steal Like an Artist" and "Show Your Work" are books that every person in a creative field should read and reference often (I personally have them...

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How To Care For Your Wood Homewares

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Written by: Araya Jensen of Wind & Willow Home “Like all wooden bowls, boards & utensils, a natural patina is gained with each use showing the natural richness & character of each piece. These are the stories of meals spent with loved ones that truly make owning wooden goods special.” When using your wooden goods with food, it is important to follow a few, easy steps to ensure its longevity. 1) Cleaning: Wash with mild soap, rince and dry immediately with a soft cloth. 2) Seasoning: Seasoning penetrates wooden products & prevents drying & cracking in addition to adding a...

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