Sunday, October 10, 2010

Meet Craft Riot Vendors: Oh Fiddlesticks! and One Fine 'Stache

Melissa Abdine and Jennifer Kinder
byohfiddlesticks on Etsy and one fine stache on Etsy

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Give a brief product description.
Charming shirts for tots
vintage inspired designs + a modern day twist

Most of our shirts are designed around fun, descriptive compound words, an idea that was born in Melissa’s first grade classroom! Jen, our self-taught artist, draws all the art for the shirts. We use a local screen print company, Under Pressure, to print our art onto our various fabrics which are then cut out and sewn on by us with an always fabulous decorative stitch. Our designs are always trendy but playful and we love that it takes a bit of brains to crack the code….(don’t stress, the answer is on the back ) The font on the back is different and fresh for every new design.  We use 100% cotton American Apparel shirts. Made in the USA.

Jen also offers a 'stache of vintage furniture, original art, mural services, handmade decorative pillows, a quirky bow tie and 'stache shirt for the entire family, and other items to fancy...

How did you get started?
Melissa began brain storming about a tee shirt line based around compound words back in the spring of 2006 while still teaching 1st grade.  All she needed was a partner to help bring her concept to life and that is where Jen came in...Jen is a self taught artist who began researching graphics to bring Melissa's to conception.  Every graphic Oh Fiddlesticks! screen prints is hand drawn by Jen!

One fine 'stache was started after years of collecting vintage treasures...

Where do you get your inspiration?
Things we LOVE and get inspired by:
color - fabrics - vintage: furniture, jewelry, buttons, art- stripes - dots - fonts - compound words - Anthropologie - design and party blogs -  paper products - photography

Describe your workspace/workroom.
Jen does all her work on a vintage dining room table and Melissa does all her work on a modern dining table!

What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?
Melissa's favorite holiday gift she received was a 'stache of vintage costume jewelry from one of her best friends who had just inherited it from her great grandmother!

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