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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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Words as an Art Form

I can relate to just about every print from Curly Girl Design, especially the popular, “I just don’t like to see you waste your time,” he said. “Well then,” she said, “close your eyes.” Whimsical, girly and dead-on, we’ve got our own eyes on the “Do good often” t-shirts.

I’ve been a fan of Story People for years, and “Quiet Pride,” which says, “There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said to my daughter, though some days I’m louder about other stuff so it’s easy to miss that” still makes me teary.

John Clark draws portraits on old book pages for a unique and modern look. The way he incorporates the chapter title or a few words of content says it all. He even does custom work, which would make an amazing gift.

This post originally appeared on my former blog, StyleSubstanceSoul.