new york gift, day three, whew!

Fun day! I spent the day in Accents on Design, aisles and aisles of fabulous designs in all categories. It’s a joy to walk through and a joy to meet with old friends. Like Emily Sugihara, designer and owner of Baggu reusable shopping bags! She’s an old friend from when she was a kid visiting Ann Arbor to her four…

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new york gift show: day two!

I’m feeling better today….lots of sleep and no wine certainly helps! I finished up in the Handmade section this morning, seeing new pieces from Thomas Mann and Zpots, among others. Man I love seeing the abundance of beauty and creativity at this show! The rest of the day was spent walking the many aisles of Personal Accessories, a section which…

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new york gift 1/2012: day one

I always enjoy my first day at the New York International Gift Show because it’s opening day, but less crowded. Actually the show has two opening days, tiered to allow for all the vendors to get their goods loaded in. Saturday is the day the Handmade section is open and always a treat to start the show walking those long…

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pure ponchos & wooden ships sweaters

Pure Handknit ponchos and Wooden Ships sweaters are here!! Wooden Ships is Colombian-born designer Paola Buendia and her husband, who live, design, and manufacture their sweater line in Bali. Each sweater is deliciously designed and custom made, and incredibly comfortable and attractive….and fits many shapes and sizes, if not all. Pure Handknit employs women in Thailand and are dedicated to…

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desigual 2012. and it’s still available in ann arbor.

desigual’s early 2012 collection is pretty dang wonderful. it’s full of color. it’s characteristic of the line’s collage and applique fabrics. it’s characteristic of the line’s fun-factor and collectible-factor. (and it’s only available in Ann Arbor at Heavenly Metal.) a few pieces arrived today: three new purses, three spring scarves, two skirts, one top, one spring jacket, one adorable dress,…

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kalalou, maruca design, and knitted dove

what do these three names have in common? they are the week’s arrivals that are bringing spring a little early to heavenly metal. maruca designs spring bags are spring-a-licious. I brought in just a few of the new fabrics so you can look forward to the rest of them in the spring. knitted dove continues to produce the cutest birdy…

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as seen in O the oprah magazine: greentree candles buddha head candles

Artists have a love/hate relationship to being featured in the Queen of Media’s magazine: O The Oprah Magazine. It’s a thrill and an honor to be recognized, especially on such a large scale. But, they then need to keep their fingers busier than usual making the art to fill all the orders they receive — leaving no time to laugh…

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amb designs tops are back!

amb dancewear designs are streeeeeetchy stretch tops that stretch to fit all body sizes. and cute? indeed they are! four prints to choose from including the eiffel tower, floral owl, and henna tattoo. 80% polyamide, 20% elastine great for layering under a cozed sweater…or not. meet emily. she’s heavenly metal’s newest worker-bee. you’ll enjoy meeting her when you come in…

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owls. birdys. wear ’em. use ’em.

glam naturale’s got the bird and owl thing down. they’ve put them on iphone cases, ipad covers, totes, little clutches, shoulder bags — and even on long necklaces. made with recycled brass, leather trim, and vintage designs printed on recycled canvas, these are way cool green products that you can feel way cool using. all now available and in stock!…

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the next american style magazine ad

I’ve been advertising in the best source for American arts and crafts, American Style magazine for a couple of years. Here’s the image for the Spring 2012 issue. Wonderful hand-crafted items (except for the wire birds), made in the U.S. and still available at Heavenly Metal.