Giveaway :: BRIKA

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Happy New Year, friends! How is 2013 treating you so far? We hope you are full of energy and hope and joy and all the joie de vivre you can possibly handle. As we venture headfirst into our “New Year, New You” theme, we are terribly excited to introduce you to a brand that embodies living the best life possible and how that translates into business. Jen Lee Koss and Kena Paranjape became friends online and quickly realized they shared a belief in living a truly beautiful, creative life. BRIKA was born from this belief.

BRIKA is an online venue that celebrates creativity through bringing audiences unique, handcrafted items and sharing the behind the scenes of every maker they feature. Perhaps the best way to highlight what makes BRIKA so special is with their own words:

Everyone has a creative spark. A world of beauty lives in every small thing. Today’s craft becomes tomorrow’s heirloom. Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from one another. Inspiration is the engine for growth. We determine our destinies.

BRIKA features new makers every other day with access to one of a kind, exclusive runs of members only creations. You know that when you shop at BRIKA, you are honoring creativity and the life well-lived. How’s that for a New Year, New You?


Two lucky readers will each win a $50 gift certificate from BRIKA! (My current wishlist is featured above.) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, January 15th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Visit BRIKA and browse their “Makers” section. (It takes two seconds to sign up. You’ll be so happy you did!) Which current maker inspires you the most and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, January 21st, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    I liked Heather Mithoefers page and her corn bread onesie. I love quirky baby clothes.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    Penelope Rakov’s jewelry is amazing and inspiring!

  3. 3
    Jessica says:

    I adore Ryan Campbell’s work. Little ones need special handmade things and her items are so lovely.

  4. 4
    Anne H says:

    Penelope Rakov her glass works remind of one of the first spur of the moment gifts my husband brought me hope from the Murrano Glass factory when we were first married and he went on a business trip. My daughter just bought him a lovely pair of glass cufflinks from the same place. I find glass work incredibly beautiful <3

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    Rachel says:

    Andria Sato’s letterpress work! Letterpress work has so much charm and her designs are particularly cheery and fun. 

  6. 6
    Lauren P. says:

    I really connected with Lisa Anderson Shaffer’s story. I also have “widely varying credentials” (psychology, creative writing, teaching, and social work), but my heart has always been drawn to making. I love that, in response to the question ‘What did you want to be when you grew up?’, Lisa said “Always an artist, even when I was afraid to be one.” I can relate to her fear and I hope to someday relate to her bravery.

  7. 7
    Natalie says:

    Milled co. makes awesome coasters.  I need a few of those right about now.

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    Aleta says:

    I’m loving Jennifer Wood’s story… starting out with a degree in art history, then moving on to florist and now jewelry designer?! This girl does everything! How inspiring!!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I really adore the prints from Jason & Briana. Especially the And they are quoted as saying “When you spend the day up and about, working with your hands, you feel good.”That makes so much sense to me. In fact, I think I will go and bake some bread or make something right now!
    (P.S. For some reason I couldn’t get any of their products to pop up on the BRIKA page but I went searching online for them. It turns out that I had saved some of their prints on my Pinterest MONTHS ago! Really lovely work.)

  10. 10
    April C. says:

    Eben and Jude, RAND PAPELE – I love how they hand make all of their jewelry

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    Emily B says:

    I feel so inspired by people whose beautiful craftsmanship organically inspires more beauty and creativity around them. What a gift to the rest of us! I feel it is especially important to inspire creativity in children. There is so much pre-packaged creativity out there (Disney! Cartoons!), that I love the idea of naturally fostering creativity in my children by creating a beautiful, inviting environment. Thinking of my two wild little boys, I felt drawn to the artwork of Surya Sajnani and Betsy Olmsted. I want to hang their pieces in my boys’ room and create that inspiring space for them. I honor both women for being mothers and artists, for seeking the balance of individual artist and nurturer and forging a path for people like me who are still seeking the balance.

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    jessica says:

    Of the many talented and creative people you feature, the lovely Lisa Shaffer and her Zelma Rose line inspire me the most. Her story, designs and craft had me at hello. Thank you for sharing all of these folks with all of us!

  13. 13
    Lydia says:

    I like Jennifer Wood’s work!

  14. 14
    Amzi says:

    Matt Voight’s boards are gorgeous!

  15. 15

    Thanks for this.  Jennifer wood creates beautiful headbands!

  16. 16
    Christy Ann says:

    I like Heather Mithoefer because her textiles and prints are amazing! I love working with fabric and her work inspires me to get creative!

  17. 17
    Sydney says:

    Emily Ley please. Anytime someone can make a planner simplified, gorgeous, and classy (as well as trendy) is deemed a hero in my book!

  18. 18
    Kath says:

    Matt Voight of Milled co. is inspiring to me because of the simplicity but sincerity that comes through in his work. Those coasters and cheese boards seem to convey a sense of warmth and comfort, which is unique for a chunk of wood!

  19. 19

    I loved reading about Becky Olmsted.  I love how she worked so hard to make a successful business so that she could spend more time with her kids.  I’m so inspired by her commitment!  As my own kids get older, I plan on focusing more on developing my business so that I can stay with them instead of having to go back to work.  Her work is beautiful … it is clear that she has so much happiness with what she does and how she leads her life!
    (Not to mention that I also LOVE that she, too, complains about pesky neighborhood squirrels.  I battle with squirrels by my house everyday, and like Becky, I sometimes wonder if they are plotting against me!)  🙂

  20. 20
    Tiffany says:

    Signed up! Went through all of the makers and I really dig Jason and Briana. I think my husband and I would totally get along with this duo! Their passions (visiting produce markets, growing food, creating things) align with ours! The prints featured seem awesome but I wasn’t able to find anything in the shop. Hopefully soon? Honestly, all of the makers are pretty awesome. What a fun community!

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    sam says:

    Penelope Rakov – love the colors of her earrings- reminds me of Spring (something I am looking froward too)  and  her Kaleidoscope Ring (blue is my favorite color)!!

  22. 22
    Heather N. says:

    I love Matt Voight’s cutting boards! I really appreciate a good cutting board, they inspire me to try new recipes and make perfect decorations in the kitchen as well! 

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    kim g says:

    Jennifer Wood…Love her headbands….they remind me of the ones my great grandmother wore in the 20’s… just beautiful~~ Something to collect and to pass down to my girls..  thanks!

  24. 24
    Jennifer Y says:

    Andria Sato inspires me most. I love making cards and her designs remind me how simplicity can say so much…something to keep in mind when I make my next cards! 

  25. 25
    Lindsay says:

    I actually looked through all of the makers, and I really admire what they’ve done. They’re literally the polar opposite of big box stores. I think I liked Heather Mithoefer the most, I read her page and though “she sounds so down to earth and positive!”. Her pillow are stunning – exactly the type of thing I’d be proud to have in my house/ lean up against as I read a book!

  26. 26
    KHBride says:

    I really liked Ryan’s story. Ryan has always been one of my favorite names so it caught my eye. The page hadn’t completed loaded, but I clicked on her name. I expected to see a male, but was more excited to see a female.  From an artsy perspective, I think it’s really cool she works with her mother and makes things individually by hand. 

  27. 27

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  28. 28
    Wehaf says:

    I admire Shana Frase – the paper goods market is so tough to break into, and so full of similar shops, that to be fresh and original and stand out the way she does is remarkable.

  29. 29
    Kate B says:

    Jason and Briana are amazing. The shot of mixing different color swatches made me want to see their work IMMEDIATELY (not sure why I couldn’t see any of their items, but the picture at the top of the 4 regional maps in gorgeous tonal palettes has me pretty convinced I’d adore their stuff). They look like personable goofballs and the fact that they grow their own food delights me. I will keep an eye out for the two of them!

  30. 30
    Jenni says:

    Andria Sato! Her designs just have an ease to them. They make me feel relaxed and I would love to hang them up everywhere as inspirational beauty!

  31. 31
    echo says:

    Love the elegant minimalism of Deborah Rice.

  32. 32
    Stacey says:

    Mariah Rich is one of my favorite Brika makers. The coloful oversized clutches look simple and chic!

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    Thuy V. says:

    Andria Sato and her letterpress designs. I love how the designs are very minimal but gets the point across. And she opts to lower our ecological footprints by using soy based inks and treeless paper 🙂 I am a giant fan of the going green movement!

  34. 34
    Tina_R says:

    It would be Penelope Rakov… growing up the home that my dad had built for us and inset glass blocks next to the front door. Very innovative for the 50’s! A secret pleasure was the distorted view of the outside world when I looked through the blocks. Not only did I finally feel that all was right with my world (I had crossed eyes and the view through the glass felt “normal” to me).
    I feel that this experience is what has caused a deep enjoyment for glass artwork. Especially glass that’s inspired by Venetian Glass. I especially like the Kaleidoscope Ring, reminds me of lapis lazuli as well as the 60’s when I was a teen!

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    Melelina says:

    Julie Karatzis: her cards are so colorful and lively!