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A Lot of Lotta

blog_beauty1She’s a self-made crafty businesswoman whose textiles, designs, post it notes, bags, and much more have defined her as the “go to” woman in Scandinavian design. Meet Lotta Jansdotter, one of our design favorites. Visit for a full look at the artist. Long ago, Jansdotter was a student at Santa Cruz’s very own Cabrillo College. Then she took the next logical step and took her creative self to the bustling artistic haven of San Francisco. There, she launched her own business and began designing textiles and more. Her simple, modern, accessible, nature-based, and completely beautiful style quickly won her legions of fans and followers. After a while, Jansdotter took off to Brooklyn, New York, and her business continues to grow. She’s published several books on sewing and design through Chronicle Books, she teaches art workshops, and these days you can find much of her stationery items at any local bookstore. I’ve been to her work studio in Brooklyn and plopped down a bunch of money on bags, paper products, sewing kits and more. Recently, Jansdotter came out with one of her most inspiring books thus far, “Handmade Living.” It’s something of a coffee table book that takes a look at her home in Brooklyn and her work studio, and the creative way she has decorated and designed these various places. Think of it as a gateway to a great designer’s personal world. The book feels more like a magazine—something to escape away with, read, dog-ear pages, and become inspired.  Learn how to make a mobile, discover a cinnamon roll recipe, find a creative way to hang your dishes, and so much more. “Handmade Living” will help you take a stab at creating your own handmade life.

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