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Kelsey Mirando

Name: Kelsey Mirando, Executive Editorial Assistant
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
What Inspires Me: Travel, my family, a good book and The City That Never Sleeps!
Trying to Learn: How to be more comfortable in the kitchen and hone my photography skills
Perfect Saturday Morning: a great cup of coffee and a flea/farmers’ market trip
D.I.Y. or Etsy: I’m an Etsy girl!
Dream Kitchen: I lust over the California kitchen and garden of Meryl Streep’s character in It’s Complicated. My mom and I have paused the movie mid-play to jot down decorating notes!
Best Occupational Perks: So many -- Test Kitchen leftovers, eggs from Martha’s farm, access to a West Chelsea rooftop, and an inspiring, creative atmosphere.
Work Uniform: I couldn’t get through a day without my Andy Warhol wristwatch!

Renegade Craft Fair Wrap Up: DIY Bracelet-Making

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Thanks to all who joined us at this summer’s San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair! More than 200 of you stopped by our booth at Toyota’s DIY Inspiration Lounge to make the friendship bracelets featured in our July/August issue, and we enjoyed rolling up our sleeves and crafting with every one of you. Our Editorial Director [...]

Join us at Renegade Craft Fair: San Francisco

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Calling all West Coast friends (and jet-setting crafters)! We’re so excited to visit San Francisco this weekend for its summer Renegade Craft Fair, a wonderfully curated indie-craft marketplace featuring handmade goods by makers and designers from across the country. Our Editorial Director of Crafts, Marcie McGoldrick, will be leading a demo on friendship bracelet-making, as [...]

Our Finds: Summer Sandals on Our Wish List

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A new pair of strappy sandals is annually among our summer must-haves. This season, we can’t get enough of the go-with-everything flats and clogs that incorporate rich leathers, fun pops of color, and metallics. Here are a few we’re currently coveting… (Read more about the Brooklyn-based maker behind these BRYR clogs here!) From top to [...]

American Made Series: An Update From Flora Grubb Gardens

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We recently caught up with another inspiring entrepreneur from our inaugural class of American Made Award honorees: Flora Grubb, owner of San Francisco–based garden center Flora Grubb Gardens. Here, Flora let us pick her brain on what it means to be a modern-day maker. What kind of response did you see after receiving your American Made award? [...]

American Made Series: Bryr Clogs

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All photos by Ryan O’Hara Theisen; makeup by Sarah Graalman using M.A.C. We’ve been so inspired by the small-business owners that we’ve met around the country in the spirit of our American Made initiative. Whether pursuing new side projects or making a total life leap, these makers are responding to a creative pull and transforming their dreams [...]

American Made Series: Kiyoshi Mino, Farmer & Felt Sculptor

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Photo by The Weaver House. Interestingly, it took leaving the States for Chicago-native Kiyoshi Mino to become an American Maker. While on two deployments to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, Kiyoshi was inspired by the simplicity of life within the remote villages of the Paktika province, an area along the Afghan-Paskistani border. “They live almost [...]

American Made Series: The Latest from FeLion Studios

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When we perused the country for our inaugural group of American Made Honorees, we couldn’t help but get fired up over the work and passion of Alisa Toninato, a metal designer based in Madison, WI. As much a creative artist as she is a savvy business owner, Alisa founded FeLion Studios in 2010 and has [...]

American Made Series: What’s New at Mudshark Studios

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It was a pleasure meeting Brett Binford and Chris Lyon, founders of the ceramics cooperative Mudshark Studios in Portland, OR, at our American Made events last fall. Brett and Chris (pictured below, from left) received our 2012 Crafts award on behalf of Mudshark and have continued to inspire us since. They’ve already achieved a business goal mentioned in [...]

Let Them Eat Cake (& Cupcakes) This Easter!

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After an uninvited snowfall earlier this week, we’re welcoming the first day of spring with open arms here at MSL. Whether you’ve already begun donning warm weather wear or you’re still humming “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during your morning commute, it’s certainly possible to celebrate springtime indoors with a lovely Easter dessert your family and [...]

American Made Series: Catching Up with Sawkille Co.

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Just over four whirlwind months ago, we honored our inaugural class of American Made Award Honorees at the historic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal and celebrated them in our November 2012 issue. It seems hard to believe that it’s almost time to again survey the country for this year’s crop of inspiring artisans and [...]