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Wassupbrothers Giveaway

Introducing Olga Zamyatina, from Moscow, Russia of the clever Etsy shop, Wassupbrothers. Olga adores making decor with fabric but she is particularly fond of creating creatures. These stuffed animals may look like toys, but it’s best to think of each piece as a soft sculpture. The items are not meant to be played with but rather, used as art and knickknacks around the home. Cotton, felt, velvet and lace with stuffing are not just for kids anymore! Olga and her husband Igor have two funny and wonderful dogs. Igor works as a photographer and supports Olga by taking beautiful photos of the creations in her shop.

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Some of Wassupbrother’s creatures can look alike but no two are ever  the same. Olga attempts to repurpose, recycle, and reuse different materials as often as is possible. It’s magic to see, how small pieces of fabric, vintage buttons, sweaters or old dresses turn into a soulful creations. Since Olga is vegan, she even douses her fabrics in natural, organic dyes like tea, coffee, cinnamon and more.

The owner explains, “I found the art of soft toys and have been stuck on them ever since. They give me the opportunity to use all the skills and creativity I’ve accumulated over the years, and bring me so much joy and pleasure. When I made my first owl I did not think of it as a serious endeavor, but now I can’t imagine a time when I did not create my soft little friends.”

Olga was nice enough to offer one lucky reader of The Walkup not one, but two little friends:

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Ella owl is a lacy, peaceful, greenminded and friendly owl.  She have movable wings, fixed with the buttons. Her chest is decorated with beautiful cotton vintage lace. On the bottom, Grumpy Cat is a hand-sewn and hand embroidered brooch. Made with vintage, thick felt, it is a great quality material from Russian Soviet Marine’s overcoats. Does everyone see the resemblance to Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, the Internet “catlebrity” known for her disgruntled facial expression?

Wassupbrothers GiveawayMeet Crupitsik owl, as small as a tomato, Prince Gustav little owl, the photographer, and their little bunny companipons!
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Not just for nurseries, Olga’s products fit perfectly in a kitchen or on cabinets in your living room and office. The animals are truly little sculptures! Olga is an artist whose medium is fabric.

Wassupbrothers GiveawayCarrot soft sculptures in a bunch. Carrots tops are made from tea-dyed vintage cotton lace and synthetic lace. Mr. Bat Henry Forrester,  is made of faux fur in natural and warm earthy tones. His wings and ears are layered with the teadyed lace.

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Chairish Giveaway

Chairish should be your first click and one-stop-shop for all things vintage and pre-loved.  The site is an online consignment marketplace that makes it a breeze for design lovers to buy and sell pre-owned decor to one another.  The person-to-person shop features exclusively curator-approved treasures.

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And for those fellow Manhattanites, Brooklynites and New York City area friends, Chairish even features the latest local finds from nearby sellers for convenient pickup.

Job changes, moves, renovations, style changes – there are many people who have exquisite home furnishings to sell that are perfectly lovely, but just don’t work in their homes aesthetic anymore. Until now, we thought our consignment shopping was pretty much relegated to clothing (vintage Ferragamo capes, anyone?) and accessories. Enter Chairish.

Chairish and The Walkup inspired by Moonrise Kingdom Set Still by Wes AndersonThe Walkup’s collection at Chairish is inspired by set stills from Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. Plaid stairs, a rose patterned rug, a french horn case, striped sofa and midcentury meets Victorian details. 

Ever love a chair so much that you’ve come to cherish it? Chairish’s mission is to make the world more beautiful, one room at a time and to help design aficionados to save people money in the process.  Who doesn’t love  a good pun concept?

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Like a patchwork quilt, these seemingly disparate items from various genres and years all work together.
 
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Chairish is generously hosting a giveaway to introduce The Walkup readers to their site — a $100 gift card towards any purchase at Chairish. Perhaps treat yourself to items from my Wes Anderson inspired collection or anything at all that strikes your fancy from an inventory of pre-owned, unique pieces!
Here’s how to win… 
  1. Visit the giveaway page and enter your email address.
  2. Go to the Chairish site and take a look around! Might I recommend my Wes Anderson inspired collection?
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite item.
One (1) winner will be chosen on January 10 at 11:59 ET. Open to US readers only. This post in partnership with Chairish, all opinions are my own.
 
Did you know that you can also shop vintage easily, and on the go, using the Chairish iPhone App found here?
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Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique

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Name:  Tenae Stewart
Location: Middletown, California (Just north of California's Wine Country)
Occupation:  Art history student raised in the family floral business. 
Now, shop owner of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.

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Based on the West Coast, Tenae Stewart of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique sells vintage (mostly leather-bound) books & handmade sundries for the discerning bibliophile. She supports the timeless experience of immersing oneself in a good book again and again (not everything is better digitally). Remember the feeling of crisp paper between your fingertips? The satisfaction of dog-earing a page? The heft and subsequent weight loss when a large volume is completed? If you, like Tenae and the great Thomas Jefferson agree that you “…cannot live without books” – then meander over to Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.

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A hardcover copy of Cabbages and Kings, a collection of short stories by O. Henry. This copy was printed by Doubleday, Page & Company, in 1917. This book features numerous short stories involving a small American town and the lives of the people who live there. 

Tenae’s  inspiration to start the shop came from her longtime love of books (both reading and writing.) Some of her favorites include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Night Circus, all of Sherlock Holmes and My Gun is Quick. One of Tenae’s favorite parts of the job is “book hunting” at library sales, book fairs and hole-in-the-wall used bookstores! She’s basically a book detective.

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A hardcover copy of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, written in 1895. This particular copy was printed by Reader’s Digest in 1984.

Books are not just rewarding to read (quotes, new words, novel plots and ideas!!) – they are also great additions to a bookshelf as double duty, home decor.  The shop is the first step towards the owner’s  dream of creating a book and gift shop on the Pacific coast; Tenae hopes to expand into a brick-and-mortar location in the future.

The owner divides her time between classes, running her Etsy shop, volunteering as an art teacher at a local private school and working at my family’s flower and gift shop where she is a manager, buyer and display coordinator. How does this girl have time for a social life?

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A stunning antique copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Fitzgerald.

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This is a beautiful burgundy and slate hardcover copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It features gold lettering and designs on the cover and spine and an attached burgundy ribbon bookmark. 

 Tenae has graciously offered one of The Walkup blog’s audience members an “Antique Reader’s Set” which includes One (1) Vintage Book and One (1) Handmade Bookmark. Enter below and good-luck! 

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“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.” ― Voltaire, Candide