June 11, 2015

petit pigeon.

here in san francisco, everyone has an opinion about pigeons. they’re a thing here. i mean, i’ve seen shirts dedicated to the birds here in the city. whatever your thoughts on these little guys are {i actually know an animal-loving couple who totally love pigeons}, you have to admit that these limited edition pins by scout editions are cute.

scout editions petit pigeon pin

scout editions petit pigeon pin 2

the pins are available in orange, pink, brown and yellow feathered options. there are also instructions on how to tag your pigeon! yes, you read that right. they come in batches and the folks over at scout editions thought it would be fun to try and locate each pigeon that was sent out via their place in london. you can track its whereabouts through instagram or twitter. brilliant!

scout editions pigeon pins

petit pigeon pin by scout editions





June 10, 2015


wait. it’s the summer? of 2015?! how did we get here?


as you may have noticed, i have been in and out around here over the last year or so. i’ve been dealing with day job changes, family things, wondering how to reorganize my businesses, blah, blah, blah…

a couple of weeks ago, was in bed super sick. no fun! i even lost my voice {thanks a lot, laryngitis!} and there was no sound coming outta this girl’s mouth for days. it was kind of weird. anyway…i’m back and am looking forward to being around and hanging with you all more from now on. i have been so inspired by lots of projects that i have put on the back burner as well as some that are in the works. also, things are a little more settled {kinda, sorta…i mean, is life ever really “settled” at any point?} and i am excited to start sharing fun things from the world of all things small business, handmade, design-related and just all around fun. i do hope that your 2015 is going well so far {uh, it’s almost halfway through june. what in the?!}. i missed you all so much!





August 12, 2014

hello sunshine.

something is possibly in the air. i’m noticing a lot of friends that are going through some struggles right now that need a pick-me-up. i saw these adorable pillows by love, joy, create and thought that they might provide some smiles…

you are so love by love, joy, create

hello sunshine by love, joy, create

happy by love, joy, create

you are so loved, hello sunshine, happy by love, joy, create

ps – you may have noticed that it has been pretty quiet here on mixed plate. i’ve been working on other projects and took some time away to reevaluate some things. i plan to continue sharing great indie finds here, but may do it at a slower pace than in the past. hope you’ll still be as excited as me about discovering handmade goods.

March 17, 2014

reusable snack pouches.

these reusable snack pouches by down home amy sure are adorable. the round bottom design allows the pouch to sit up on its own, making digging little paws in for treats super easy. each bag is made of recycled hemp/organic cotton and have a waterproof nylon lining. i love the silk-screened prints of amy’s illustrations {animals, people! animals!}. plus, they are machine washable {always a bonus in my book!}.

down home amy owl snack pouch

down home amy buffalo snack pouch

down home amy elephant snack pouch

down home amy penguin snack pouch

down home amy snack pouch

i’m thinking of getting these for myself. which one is your favorite? i can’t decide.

owl; buffalo; elephant; penguin by down home amy


February 10, 2014

heart contents.

laura berger‘s work always brings a huge smile to my face and makes my heart all happy. so when i found this card of hers last year at a local shop in the mission {press: works on paper} i got all giddy and bought it to give to someone special. i think it’s perfect for anytime of the year, but if you’re about valentine’s day you might wanna consider this cutie…

laura george heart contents

heart contents notecard by laurageorge

February 6, 2014

you otter know.

one of my good friends and i always melt when we see anything otter related. she even sent me this video recently and i may have watched it more than once {i mean, come on. how cute is that baby otter?!}. naturally, anything that i see with animals on it will catch my eye {you guys know how i get}. i think this is a pretty sweet gift for someone special or for your space…

kristina micotti you otter know


you otter know i love you illustration by kristina micotti


February 4, 2014

brotos eco wares for kids.

so, i know these are made for kids…but i kind of want them for my own use…

brotos rice and beans bowl

i adore these illustrated ceramic bowls by artist denise facciuto out of brazil. her shop, brotos, carries her handmade wares that are eco-friendly and often made of recylced materials.

brotos soy bowl

brotos broccoli bowl

and this mug. how cute?!?!?…

brotos porridge mug

rice & beans; soy; broccoli; porridge by brotos

September 10, 2013

coffee and donuts.

this sweet typographical art piece by steph baxter of the happy pencil is making me think i need to head over to a coffee shop. it’s completely drawn by hand and is on an acid free paper made from a 100% recycled cotton rag…

the happy pencil coffe and donuts

we go together like coffee and donuts by the happy pencil

August 27, 2013

illustrations by ez.

i’m so very happy to see that ez has been adding more to her shop of illustrated goods. i, of course, appreciate her talent and love of drawing pieces that include animals…

creature comforts fiona print

creature comforts danika print

creature comforts circus friends print

these prints are super adorable and perfect for any area in your space, including a nursery. if you don’t have room for prints {which you can also purchase framed, by the way}, there are cards, ipod cases and skins, and throw pillows featuring her art.

fiona; danika; circus friends by creature comforts at society six

August 12, 2013

paper cuts.

are you a patient person? i would so like to think that i am. over the past few years i have experienced some things that have surely tested my patience. i haven’t needed to make that call to get bailed out of jail yet, so i think i’m doing alright. but this kind of patience? hmmm…

bird mafia hello lovely hand cut paper

i adore this kind of work. bird mafia‘s little pieces of art are more than lovely and a show of patience and skill, for sure. these works are hand-cut from acid-free paper and are then mounted on a heavier archival paper that is then signed and dated by artist, emily brown. perfect for framing and hanging up on your wall as a beautiful little reminder to be patient, calm and take a breath.

bird mafia bear paper cut

bird mafia wild and free paper cut

bird mafia chickadee in flight paper cut

hello lovely; bear; wild & free; chickadee in flight by bird mafia