Friday, February 27, 2009

Itty Bitty Bot

Weee! This little robot makes me squeal. I found him today in a Storque article on The designer of this bot is Hong Kong based artist sage12888. You can find a collection of handmade soda can robot art on his site. So be sure to check out the rest of these little aluminum tinys and while your at it check out sage's intricately folded origami creations. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mew Gallery's 3rd Annual Pay the Rent Event!

Next week, Mew Gallery, a lovely Philly indie boutique owned by two lovely ladies, is having it's 3rd Annual Art Auction and Raffle. I've included the details below, copied from the Mew newsletter. Hope you can make it! It's fixin' to be a good time!

DATE: March 3, 2009
TIME: 6 to 9 PM
LOCATION: SPTR 1509 Mifflin Street in South Philly

All proceeds go toward keeping Mew Gallery open and running.
Please, support local arts and join us for the fun!

Beer specials, silent auction, raffle, djs, dancing, and general merriment.

$5 suggested donation

Win fabulous stuff (photography, paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, zines, candles, ceramics, and sooooo much more!!!) from participating artists:

Alina tees & zines, Anna Burke photography, Beck's Buttons jewelry, Bell Buoy Press, Botodesigns, Carolyn Giordano, Faceplant Wasted, Flying Fox, Gray Nation, Isaac Bushkin, J.L. Schnabel, Jessica Liddel, Joy Stember, Julia Blaukopf, KnitKnit, Lana Heckendorn, Lauren Lopez, Leslie Albend, Megan Dorien, Mike Geno, Miss Koco, Nicole Rae Styer, Rebelle Couture, Sarah Myers, Shannon McLaughlin, Sideways E, Tiny Airplanes, Tranquility jewelry, Un De Six clothing, WabiSabi, Warren Veith, and COUNTING!!!

Seriously. So. much. good. stuff.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I haven't made a treasury in a little while so I decided to search through the tag cic_team, on Etsy, until something struck me. Cic is also known as Crafting In Color. I am part of this lovely group of artists whose works revolve around bringing bright colors into the craft world. You can check out the cic blog to get a glimpse of all the great work this team produces.

In my search, I found a sweet little painting called Three Green Girls by Ulaa and decided to base my treasury around it. You can check out my treasury here until Wednesday at 4 pm.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Treasury x 4

While scanning the Etsy Treasury lists I found that my botodesigns are featured in four treasuries! Wow! What a great way to start the week! I wanted to thank all of the etsy sellers who have included me in their lovely collections this week. So thank you skoshisbits, tizzalicious, zoewoods and dinafragola. Check out these treasuries and more at Treasury and Treasury West.

To find out if you are featured in a treasury. Go to Treasury and Treasury West and look for a gold star next to the treasury list titles. If you find one then.. woohoo! You are featured in a treasury! If you see a gray star it means that you are a back up and might be featured if an item is sold or if the curator wants to switch out a featured item. Happy hunting!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nail Art on Etsy!

Though I never paint my nails and am constantly biting them I am determined to have some crazy beadazzled nail job done one day. Since living in Japan, I've been fascinated by the world of nail art. While walking around Osaka I would see tons of Japanese girls sporting these spectacular nail designs, that involved beading, gems, glitter, stencils and more. I always wondered how much it would cost.

On a recent visit to Japan, my friend Amy and I went to a nail art shop. Amy picked out a few gems and a glittery nail color while the cashier rang up the bill ... which came out to over a $100!! Sadly, Amy ended up only getting one gemstone on each thumb and even that was pretty expensive!

So I was delighted to find a cheap alternative to salon nail art on Etsy today! I found a shop called dragonflynailz which specializes in beautiful and adorable pre-made stick on nails. My favorite are the Watermelon toenails and the Tiki Nails!

And for some glittery nail action check out


Power of Wind

While watching tv last night I saw a wind power commercial and I was immediately reminded of a commercial from Germany that I had fallen in love with a year ago. The commercial is titled "Power of Wind" and was made by the EPURON company.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Whimsical Treasury by AlwaysAmy

Thanks Amy for including me this lovely new etsy treasury! You can view the treasury here until Sunday night. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Takoboto on

This morning I received a message from Lynsey of telling me that my Takoboto painting is featured on her adorable blog. You can check out the post here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I am working on a tshirt version of my original painting Mamachari.

It will be my first 4 color silkscreen and my first time using a more fitted tee. So before I take the monetary plunge I wanted to get your opinions.

I was wondering what you guys think? Which design do you like best???

Any suggestions or advice would be great!

*If you leave feedback on this post you'll receive 10% off your next botodesigns purchase. Just be sure to type in MAMA in the message to seller.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Botodesigns at Curiosity Shoppe

Here are some pics I snapped of my Boto items at The Curiosity Shoppe's Fourth Friday. Every few months a group of Philly artists showcase their creations at the shop. It's a fun mix of cute, wacky and beautiful work. If you're in the Philly area then I highly recommend stopping by the shop to view the latest artwork and hunt through their great vintage collections of everything from pins to clothing and books.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Treasury - Hybrid

Check out my latest etsy treasury inspired by Nate Duval's Delectable Duo. View it here before it disappears.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Red and Gold - Etsy Treasury

Amy of the lovely included my "Authentic Tourism" boto painting in a fun and colorful treasury on etsy today. You can catch the treasury here until February 11.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Treasury - Farmers Market

Vegetables are great! Here's my little collection of lovely veggie crafts on etsy.

Delectable Vegetable Duo

Today I am loving this veggie family print by Nate Duval at Although I don't like artichokes or mushrooms I would definitley make an exception for this print.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Inspiration 101

Thanks Philly Etsyians for your great responses to my Praying to the Art Gods post about inspiration! I wanted to share your wonderful advice with the world in hopes of helping others stay inspired.

Jen of says:
"... if I'm really stuck on a piece, I'll sometimes do something radical to it like turn it upside down and work on it that way, or paint over it entirely or use a color I normally wouldn't use. Anything for a change of perspective."

Sarah of says:
"Get out of your zone...Take a walk and actually look at things."

Melissa of said:
"I try to do those things that I've been putting off like organizing my fabrics and cleaning out my storage shelves. Usually I come across something that lights a little spark of inspiration."

Ruth of says:
"..organize photos or put together a scrap book of inspirational images..."

Lauren of gigglepotamus says:
"... stay open minded to what types of things can be inspiring- sometimes stuff that I wouldn't work with myself, but can maybe reinterpret: a zipper, the color of a dog's fur, the texture on a tree trunk, etc."

MaryJo or says:
"I look at old sketchbooks...flip through the books on my book shelf that I bought in a fit of inspiration to remember what that felt like."

Jennifer of says:
"I'd love to be given the challenge of having to come up with accessories for something like a period-piece play. It might never happen, but it's fun to try to come up with designs on the spot."

Thanks again everyone!

Botodesigns on Modish Blog!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Robot Love - A Valentine's Day Print

Doki Doki Robot Prints have arrived at the Botodesigns shop, just in time for Valentine's Day!

The Japanese text is read "Doki Doki" which is the Japanese sound for a beating heart. It is also slang for having butterflies in your stomach when a cute guy or robot is near.

If you happen to love a girl robot, a guy robot, a bird or anything else, I also make custom Doki Doki paintings and prints. Have a look at my past commissions and contact me for a quote.

Acorn Hats and Love

Today I am gushing over this print by one of my favorite etsy artists, Kate Wilson of ...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chocolate Anyone?

Sam brought this choco-block home from the office the other day. It was a gift from one of his organization's sponsors. We are still working on it, including it as a side dish to every meal, melting it for fondues, using it for karate practice. But we are running out of ideas. I'm thinking of donating the rest to charity. So if you know someone in need of 3 lbs of chocolate please call.