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Peety Interviews: The Little Red Door

Peety Interviews is a series that aims to highlight unique artists of all types and their creative process while learning something from and about them along the way.


The Little Red Door is run by the insanely talented Toni, whose personality and sense of humor is just as awesome as her fantastic clay goods. She is celebrating 7 years on Etsy (holy crap!) and is generously offering 30% off orders through the end of March with checkout code ‘AWESOME.’ Score! So get to it and check out her shop on Etsy.

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Give us the skinny on The Little Red Door.
How did you come to make your iconic clay houses?
I was about to start cleaning up from a day’s pottery work. On the table before me were little lumps of clay and I noticed one faintly resembled a house. I squared up the edges and etched a roof line & door into the front, and voilà: my very first house was created. Then I made all my other clay scraps into houses and lined them up in front of me. I remember looking at these tiny houses for a very long time and thinking “Hmm.” And then I thought “I’m going to make a million of these.”

How did you settle on the name, The Little Red Door?
I wanted a brand name not necessarily indicating ceramics as I wanted the option to sell any of my creations under it regardless of their format. Nothing like “clay ___ by ___.” It took me forever to decide. The first houses I made were all glazed similarly and when they came out of the kiln my friend squealed how cute they were with “their little red doors.” That stuck in my head and I went with it. Looking back I have to laugh hard and say a little prayer of thanks that I did not go with “Handmade For You by ToniLou”. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | May 28, 2013

Hello friends. I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! I spent time with my dad and husband and tried to keep it as low-key as possible. Especially with the cool weather in the DMV area, we decided to stay put and forego our beach plans. I worked on baby shower invites and posted a photo on Instagram. I’ll have a full blog post on the design and production of those in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, let’s get this Tuesday edition of Monday Inspiration underway!

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Oh, the endless possibilities of the amazing things that can be made of legos.

Getting tired of Lorem Ipsum? Add a bit of sweetness to your fill text with Cupcake Ipsum.

Diggin’ these skewed icons from Creative Market.

On the other hand, I am NOT diggin’ the rebrand of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

This looks like an interesting read.

Seinfeld fans – you’ll love this Etsy shop.

Are you guys digging the new Flickr? I love these Yahoo! avatars for Flickr.

You mean, I can still make mixed tapes?!

Etsy Highlight: Circa Ceramics

With the help of Fab.com (have you signed up to receive their emails, yet?), I have discovered Circa Ceramics. Luckily, they have a shop on Etsy so I’m able to feature them as an Etsy Highlight! I’m really glad, too, because they have awesome goods available for purchase – I guarantee you’ll want at least a handful of their items.

Circa Ceramics is run by Nancy and Andy in Chicago. I am in love with their style. From the colors to the simple graphics, I can imagine buying the majority of these pieces for my kitchen, office, work space, and as gifts. Debuting during their Fab.com sale is their newest ceramic shape, the tumbler! I WANT THEM ALL! Of course, my favorite is the one with the skull graphic.

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The tumblers are currently available only on Fab.com for the price of $22. They will be added to their Etsy shop for $32, full price. Here are a few of my other favorites from Circa Ceramics:

Magnet Set in Action. Set of 3 for $24.
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Little Plate Owl. $30.
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Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 3.58.45 PMCirca Ceramics is definitely going to have a purchase from Peety Draws. Their cool style, fun graphics and colors are totally something that needs to be a part of my life!

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Monday Inspiration | Dec 10, 2012

This past weekend felt like the beginning of Christmas for me. I had an early secret santa gift exchange with my girlfriends, got dolled up and attended a holiday party with my husband, and FINALLY dragged out all our Christmas decorations to put up throughout the week (I know, I’m so behind). I also started addressing Peety Christmas cards that I printed at Typecase Industries’ workshop (read about it here). I think it’s official – I’m in a very festive mood. Time to dig into this week’s inspiration.

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Seriously, how freakin’ cute are these prints from Mint Parcel? AND affordable? Double win.

HOW Magazine’s top 10 websites for designers this month are pretty impressive.

These animated GIFs are so AWESOME, courtesy of Doodlers Anonymous.

I really want to try out this DIY Sharpie Mug idea. So simple and a perfect Christmas gift.

Speaking of Christmas, I finally did some baking and made these yummy apple pie bites over the weekend. I can’t usher in the holidays without baking and cinnamon!

Great tips for all when it comes to working with type. Kerning is your friend!

Love these minimalistic “Philographic” posters.

Nicole Lavelle wants your words in her handwriting with w-o-r-d-u-p.biz.

This is why I hate ppl #33.

Monday Inspiration | Dec 3, 2012

November was a crazy busy month for my husband and I so we took the weekend to relax. For us, that means a lot of marathon tv watching and movies plus the occasional walk through our favorite neighborhood hang out spots. On top of that, a couple of prints I ordered from CollageOrama via Fab.com came in over the weekend and I worked on Peety goodies. I’m full of all kinds of inspiration from this wonderful weekend and all I want to do is share. Let’s get crackin’!

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I LOVE this gem of a book I found over the weekend at my local Paper Source.

I wish I could draw like Japanese Illustrator, Satoshi Hashimoto.

The Seven Designer Phenotypes.

Okay, these little guys are so much cuter than Chia Pets. WANT!

I’d rather frame it than use this Home Alone and Christmas Vacation wrapping paper – doesn’t change the fact that I still want it!

The Secret Life of Toys.

Clearly, someone’s not doing their job. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be these type of branding fails.

I’m super stoked to share Daily Peety Prints now for sale on Etsy. Just in time for Christmas, YAY!

In the spirit of my relaxing weekend, take 2 minutes and do nothing. Now available as an app, as well, for those who need a break from our iPhones.

This is why I hate ppl #32.

Etsy Highlight: Nan Lawson Illustration

Are you guys big on buying from Etsy? There are things I really enjoy about it as a seller – the ease of opening a shop, the built-in support of fellow sellers, and promoting your work. The drawback, personally speaking, is that there are SO many artists on this site, it can be a bit overwhelming, making it difficult to find that hidden gem. That’s why I’m introducing a new Peety Blogs feature: Etsy Highlight, where I share my current favorite artists or artwork on Etsy.

Let me introduce you to Nan Lawson Illustration. She describes her artwork as “cute quirky and nerdy art.” Learn more about her here. I am pretty obsessed with the whimsical quality of her work. Somehow, the softness of the colors and illustration style are a perfect match for each captured image. I am so annoyed with myself for not being an owner of one of her rad prints already!

My favorites are the pop culture prints, available in 8×10 or 5×7 dimensions.

I’m Sick of These Dolphins.
Joanie.
You Had Me At Meat Tornado.

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Monday Inspiration | Oct 15, 2012

Hope everyone had a great weekend! The weather was absolutely gorgeous here in D.C. – there’s nothing more beautiful than leaves changing colors for the fall. It’s one of the few weather-related things I love about this area. I’m also gearing up for Halloween and piecing together my costume. SO excited about it this year. 🙂 Gonna get my Project Runway skills out for this one.

And with that, let’s get the inspiration started.

I just received this beautiful engraving print from Neenah Paper. They’re one of my favorite paper companies and always have awesome give-aways and design to share. Check out thebeautyofengraving.com to learn more about the art of engraving and stay in the loop for their limited print give-aways.

LOVE these paintchip inspired napkins.

Because you care about type.

What a great and simple way to add a little fun and color to any space!

I wish I could create like this because it’s just effn amazing. Thanks for sharing, Crystal!

The simplicity of these funny greeting cards and print from Sad Shop are great. The use of punctuation is crucial in this card and made me laugh, for some reason.

I’m that rare lone human being who Christmas gift shops AFTER Thanksgiving but I admit to checking French Paper Company‘s site to make sure they still sold my favorite wrapping paper.

Lamp in a Box is such a cool site. You can create custom lamp shades or buy unique ready-made shades. I tested it out and made a custom Peety lamp. It was super simple and not that pricey. The Peety lamp pictured above is $50 for the base and shade – but you can also just buy the shade, if you prefer. Great custom gift!

This is why I hate ppl #25.

Monday Inspiration | Oct 8, 2012

Happy Monday, friends. The weekend went by in a flash, didn’t it?  After last weekend’s stomach flu and this past week’s craziness at work, I really need a healthy dose of inspiration to get me thru this week. I’ve got some gems in store for you guys so let’s get crackin’!

Kelly Lasserre’s illustration style is awesome. Simple, crude, and humorous – can’t go wrong! Her illustrations reminded me of early drawings I used to do and now I’m thinking of revamping them for my style today. Excited to see how they turn out!

I love love love the font collections at the Lost Type Co-op because they allow me to have good lookin’ fonts without foregoing a week’s worth of food by setting my own price. Who doesn’t love that?

This wedding invite design by Letitia Buchan for her own wedding is AMAZING. If I received this invite in the mail, I would be so stoked to attend this wedding. I rarely see wedding invites that embrace bright colors and fun illustration the way hers do.

Love these prints from Tag Team Tompkins. This print’s got my name all over it.

That’s me in paper doll form. I love me some paper dolls. My friend, Priya (of Priya’s Time and Space Museum) shared this awesome link with me. Choose from pre-set features to create a custom paper doll for $11.99. Even if you don’t buy one, it’s still fun to go thru all the features.

I don’t know why but this little dancing brain comic made me chuckle.

Speaking of things that make me chuckle, check out these large scale animated GIFs.

I love using picmonkey.com for quick photo editing. With Halloween around the corner they’ve got a bunch of themes to choose from – Vampires, Zombies, Day of the Dead, Witches, Demons and Trick or Treat.

And just in case you have time to waste today, click here.

This is why I hate ppl #24.