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Taylor Combs

Name: Taylor Combs, Assistant Digital Editor
Hometown: Spring, Texas
Get Inspired By: Colorful illustrations with clean lines, immaculately decorated apartments, and vintage jewelry.
My Perfect Saturday Morning: Sleeping in before heading to Amy’s Bread to eat a prosciutto and black pepper twist, then sitting in the sun reading a stack of magazines (preferably the expensive UK editions)
D.I.Y. or Etsy: Etsy
Dream Kitchen: Would have lots of copper elements and an open floor plan for entertaining.
Biggest Occupational Hazard: Aching eyes from staring at a computer
Best Occupational Perk: My friendly coworkers, the view from the office, and snacks from the test kitchen
Work Uniform: Black jeans and printed blouses
Favorite Living Recipe:Tex-Mex Beef Enchiladas because they remind me of home.

A Sweet, Simple Personalized Gift

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I love gifting (and receiving) goodies that have been personalized for the recipient. There’s something so special about a gift that could only go to the person receiving it. Bonus points for the gift-giving high you feel when you find the perfect thing (like when I found my friend with the last name Miller a [...]

A New Tool for Creative Makers

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We obviously love making, and we’ve found an amazing new app that perfectly fuses digital creation with tangible projects, making it easy –– and fun –– to create business cards, menus, invitations and more. Makr, which just launched last month, is an iPad app that puts beautiful design right at your fingertips –– literally. The [...]

Meet our 2013 Audience Choice Award Finalists!

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After three weeks of voting, six American Made Audience Choice Award nominees were chosen by our audience. One nominee from each of our six categories –– food, craft, design, style, technology, and garden –– advanced to the final round. One of them will win $10,000 to further their small business. Voting to decide the Grand [...]

Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Maker!

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Have you been following the 2013 American Made Audience Choice Awards? We received more than 2,000 nominations and the public has been voting on the most innovative, beautiful products and businesses. This week marks our third and final week of voting to decide which American makers will move to the final round of Grand Prize [...]

Makers of the Week: Last Chance for Nominations!

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Calling all creative small business owners! The nomination period for the 2013 American Made Audience Choice Awards ends this Sunday, August 25, at midnight (Deadline extended!). Login to finish your nomination or start one here. Voting starts next week so get you’re clicking fingers ready. Show support for your favorite makers by voting for them. You [...]

Makers of the Week: 3rd Edition

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It’s an exciting week for the American Made Audience Choice Awards; more than 1000 makers have created a nominee profile and put their business in the running for the $10,000 Grand Prize. Check out some of the latest and greatest nominees. Know an amazing American Maker? Send them this link and encourage them to nominate [...]

Makers of the Week: Return Nominee Edition

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This week, we’re highlighting makers who are Audience Choice Award Nominees for the second year in a row. It’s been a treat for me to see how their businesses and products have changed over the past year. Meet some of our return nominees below and start spreading the word about your favorites. Public voting for [...]

Makers of the Week

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The American Made movement elevates the maker, celebrates the handmade, and supports the local. Our 2013 class of nominees is full of talented entrepreneurs who’ve turned their passion for making into businesses. Every Tuesday, we’ll be featuring a few nominees for this year’s award (click here to meet the 2012 Audience Choice Award winner, Brian [...]

2013 American Made Audience Choice Awards Have Begun!

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Last year, more than two thousand of you nominated your small businesses for our first American Made Audience Choice Awards. The nomination process for 2013 has started and we’re so excited to meet a new batch of makers creating beautiful products right here in the U.S. The American Made Awards honor makers from across the [...]

Inspiration Hunter: Katie Deedy’s Narrative Wallpapers

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“Somewhere, somehow, an idea is hanging out and waiting,” says Katie Deedy, the designer and creator of the Grow House Grow line of wallpapers, tiles, and fabrics. Like a master storyteller, Deedy crafts her collections of interior products around a central narrative thread. Her 2013 collection is an extension of her 2012 suite inspired by [...]