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L.C. Van Houten
A Celebration of Women Makers - featured on Faire!

A Celebration of Women Makers - featured on Faire!

We were featured in a lovely bit of press about being a woman maker on Faire.com. Here's and excerpt and you can read the full article here.  Name: Creek Van Houten Business: Compass Rose Design Location: San Francisco, CA Before starting my own business: I worked in environmental nonprofits doing organic farming. I later went to business school and worked in the Netherlands in government consulting. I thought that was what I wanted to make a career out of, but decided to go back to the States. At that time, the economy was a mess — the jobs available were terrible. I had a brief stint...

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Unconventional Wedding Dresses

Unconventional Wedding Dresses

I watched Shrill this week - Lindy West is such an inspiring human being with her wit and honesty. Her rainbow flower wedding dress was also beyond spectacular. I got married in red and black - I love an unconventional dress! I felt beautiful and very much like myself.  Join our Mailing List for more DIY project, curated links and special sales!

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Grandmother's Button's - Custom Project #43

Grandmother's Button's - Custom Project #43

As we get busier, custom work becomes more difficult to do, but I LOVE IT. Transforming family heirlooms into wearable treasures is at the center of our craft. This project involved making three sets of necklaces and earrings for a set of granddaughters. A matriarch remembering her mother's buttons, now in a drawer with the thread still attached. I find particular joy in working with especially small unused items like buttons and charms - like these sets of Victorian cutout and faceted glass drop buttons.  And here is the finished product!   Browse our Vintage Button Jewelry to find your treasure! Join...

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The Best Podcasts for History, Fashion, Culture and a Good Story

The Best Podcasts for History, Fashion, Culture and a Good Story

I wouldn't have made it to our 9th Anniversary without good podcasts. Here are a few of my current favorites: Storytelling and the history behind the story: 99% Invisible - A show about design, architecture & invisible things shaping our world Invisibilia - A fusion of narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently Mobituaries w/ Mo Rocca - an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him Memory Palace - Stories of forgotten moments and unsung heroes from the past. Lore - the frightening backstory of common folklore Sidedoor - Smithsonian podcast...

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