Katy fell in love with Albert via snail mail at the age of 14 – hence her love for handwritten and heartfelt messages. In 2016, she launched paper and gift company Fresh Out of Ink, in Dallas, Texas. Fresh Out of Ink creates fun, quirky, and unique hand sketched goods: greeting cards, art prints, notepads, coffee mugs, tea towels, and more. Katy and Albert work to come up with the (sometimes crazy) ideas, and Katy illustrates every item. Together, they hope to spread love and laughter.
Meet the Makers
onderkast studio // Dallas, Texas
Danielle created Onderkast Studio, a letterpress boutique and design shop specializing in greeting cards, letterpress goodies, and custom work, in 2015. She works on a whim, and writes down ideas as they inspire her – then buckles down to pair them with fun illustrations and colors.
Sara Baggett + Deirdre Buchanan
Lucky Franklin // Garland, Texas
Sara and Deirdre were instant friends in middle school and bonded over a shared interest in fashion design. They both studied Fashion at UNT, both took jobs in the corporate world, and decided to launch Lucky Franklin in 2013. In 2015, they found their stride designing, printing, and selling graphic tees on Etsy, and haven’t looked back since!
Kathleen Care Jewelry // Dallas, Texas
The Weekender // Flower Mound, Texas
Trina's love for coffee got way out of hand one fall afternoon, and so The Weekender was born. What started as a fun side hustle to fill her time while her nanny babies began school, quickly turned into a full-time creative outlet! The Weekender has grown from just 5 coffee mug designs, to a 200 item customized gift shop! Trina works with brides, new moms, and other creative souls to create custom shirts, totes and gifts that will make each day just a bit more special!
ClemmyLou Designs // Fredericksburg, Texas
Having a mom who is an Art teacher meant that growing up, arts and crafts were a big part of Haley's life. It is only natural that it became a favorite hobby of hers that, to this day, is still a special part of her life. Although Haley felt a calling to become a nurse, she couldn't stop crafting on the side. After the birth of her 2nd child Clementine, she chose to hang up her stethoscope and became a stay at home mom. To avoid losing herself in all the diapers, bottles, and tantrums she would make things here and there for fun. Despite having no experience working with felt, Haley decided to make a felt flower mobile for her daughter's crib. After it was all put together, she realized how much she loved crafting with felt and making flowers in particular. She decided to open an Etsy shop so she could continue to make different felt flower items and have the opportunity to share her passion with others.
Mi Cielo // Austin, Texas
Woman, wife, mother. Born and raised in Japan, and started traveling the world at the age of 18 and hasn’t stopped!
Kayo created mi cielo in 2008 out of a love for creating unique handmade clothing for her son, Tristan. Through his inspiration, her creations turned into a passion to share unique designs with the little and big citizens of the world!
ROBNKO // Denton, Texas
Robin’s design career takes her to many different places around the country, but she always finds the most joy in coming back home to Texas. She began ROBNKO in 2019, creating art filled with inspiration from life growing up in Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
Robin designs prints, pins, stickers, and T-shirts with her own original illustrations and typography. She majored in Graphic Design at UNT and lives in Denton with her two best friends: her husband Carson and rescue dog Dipper. When she’s not drawing, she enjoys working on their fixer upper home and teaching Dipper new tricks.
Jesilyn Kay // Austin, Texas
Letters and words have been a constant passion for Jesilyn throughout her art career. She picked up a calligraphy pen over 4 years ago and has been creating hand lettered prints and illustrations ever since. Her passion is to create home goods that will inspire you to love and cherish your home. Her designs are available on paper goods and kitchen dishtowels. Jesilyn lives in Buda, TX with her husband and dog Blue Belle and creates all her work in her home studio.
Ginably // Spring, Texas
Gina is a corporate nine to fiver during the day but runs her own stationery and art print business "by night." She has a passion for creating that she decided to turn into a brand called Ginably, short for Imaginably. Gina enjoys expressing her creativity through her whimsical artwork and feminine stationery.
The Stitched Pineapple // Longview, Texas
As a little girl, Samantha learned cross stitch at her mothers side. She fell in love with working with her hands and all she could do with a needle and some thread. This early love of fiber art turned into her launching The Pineapple Loom, in Longview, Texas in early 2018. The Pineapple Loom offers hand embroidered hoop art, jewelry, hats and hand woven wall weavings. Samantha loves working on custom client projects where she utilizes her illustration and designing skills to bring life to her fiber art. She enjoys stitching meaningful gifts and designs into beautiful forever art!
Creteation // Carrollton, Texas
Bernadette started working with concrete & cement because it was a great medium for a tight budget! She started the creative process making jewelry, and then moved into modern home decor shortly after. She taught herself to mold, pour, and set each piece – and spent over a year perfecting her formula for a smooth, clean finish.
North to South Designs // Brenham, Texas
Magen is creator of, and one woman show that is, North to South Designs. In 2014, using a scroll saw and a bit of free time she started a hobby making wood crafts in Vancouver, BC. She fell in love with working with wood, and as an Architecture major, loved making new designs and playing with all sorts of ideas. Four years ago, Magen moved to Texas with her husband and graduated to working with a Laser CNC machine. Now, as a momma of three little ones under 4, she gets to take her hand-drawn and digitally drawn art and create fun, quirky gifts with love and laser beams.
Autumn Moon // Dallas, Texas
With a background in Interior Design, creating art has always been a part of who Yesenia is. She have always been the artsy kid in class and even to this day she still can't go a day without drawing something. Autumn Moon was just another medium Yesenia chose to let out my creativity. In Fall of 2018 Autumn Moon was started. Autumn moon specializes in black and white floral illustration and positive messages that are printed on t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and soon other items as well!
CBA Illustration // Austin, Texas
Caitlin B. Alexander's style is rooted in a midcentury influence, through the lens of a modern existence. She focuses on a representation of repeat patterns and texture in our natural world, observations of daily life, and messages of strength and acceptance, via hand-lettered typography. This love of smaller details— a cluster of mismatched city buildings, lush color in an old quilt, variations in a garden— is what the artist brings to her audience: an appreciation for the lovely little things in life.
Craft Takeover // Round Rock, Texas
Laura Ward is the owner and maker behind Craft Takeover. She loves creating sewn home goods that can be used every day. She is also a quilter and maker of fabric art. Her work has been shown at Quiltcon and featured in Curated Quilts Magazine. She lives in Round Rock, Texas with her husband and two daughters.
Shape + Form // Round Rock, Texas
Shape + Form is a limited batch, contemporary and handmade jewelry line conjured up by Myranda Escamilla, a mother searching for peace and beauty through the power of creating with intention. Heavily inspired by nature, each piece is an ode to some of the beautiful things that inspire her and shape her life - fragments of memories, captivating textures, striking juxtaposition and awe inspiring forms. No two earrings are exactly alike and each is a genuine, one of a kind, work of art.
The Avera Boutique // Friendswood, Texas
Julia started The Avera Boutique while in college. She didn't know what she wanted to do once she graduated with her BFA in Art and Design so out of curiosity she started an Etsy shop. While her business has grown and changed over time it has evolved into something she is really passionate about and hopes that one day soon her creative business will provide a sustainable income.
as they are. // Dallas, Texas
Mama, wife, owner, designer and fellow weirdo, Kelly recently launched as they are. as a branch of her branding studio, Blue May Creative. Rooted in naturalism and simplicity, as they are. is a homegrown shop offering handmade, quality apparel and goods. Each item in the shop is a token of rituals we love honoring things as they are: morning coffee as the sun rises, spending time with our littles, chasing our dreams and love that supports all of this. Each of these mementos slow us down so we can embrace things as they are. Kelly believes in supporting a space that doesn’t yet exist for having it all: family, career, travel, flexibility, influence and change, as well as weaving social consciousness into her brand with proceeds of each sale benefiting local animal and cancer-related charities.
Coral Bunny and Lo // Dallas, Texas
Botanicool // Dallas, Texas
Launched in 2017 by art-minded Hope Tarin, Botanicool believes while not everything in your home needs “make sense”, it should always have a cool factor. Grounded in the founder's belief in the beauty of handmade, Botanicool blends modern shapes and natural textures into their ever-growing collection of planters, serving boards, candleholders, coasters and more.
Chronicles of a Pixie // Fort Worth, Texas
August Blues // Denton, Texas
Sherri started August Blues in 2011 as a gift to herself for a significant birthday. Custom slipcovers were (and still are!) her primary focus, as her home had become a real life laboratory for soft furnishing creations. Pillows For Good was added in 2016, as a way to support and empower women in difficult circumstances around the world (especially through job skills and small business creation). Her family, including her husband, two sons, and two dogs have made Denton, TX their adopted home since 2005, but their hearts remain in Canada (and yes, they do miss the snow).
Monster Dance Designs // Austin, Texas
Prickly Pair Goods // Dallas, Texas
Christie is a former elementary art teacher with backgrounds in textiles and metalwork. After leaving teaching to stay at home with her son, she had little time to be creative and had a big artistic void to fill. After friend gifted her a pair of hand-painted baby shoes, Prickly Pair was born. What started as a fun way to create special gifts for friends has become a full line of shoes, jewelry, custom invitations, and party decorations. She loves having the opportunity to add a little bit of sunshine and rainbow to the world through her art.
Cozy Cricket // Denton, Texas
HiRuna Designs // Dallas, Texas
Marci, the creative brain behind HiRuna Designs has developed a line of handmade cruelty free, vegan bath and body goods that are inspired by her childhood and native home of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. The name HiRuna comes from the native name for the island chain Hairouna (pronounced Hi-Rune-Ah) which means “Land of the Blessed. We want everyone to experience the colors, scents, and island vibes of the Caribbean even if its only for a few moments with HiRuna.
Tynie Co // Austin, Texas
StoryFolk // Rowlett, Texas
Alli is a DFW born and raised maker with a creative focus on words. She's bilingual, loves to play guitar and sing, and is the creator behind StoryFolk - a small business that makes old-school signs for old-school folks. She lives in Rowlett, TX with her husband Michel and their beagle Sully.