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Christmas is so close. If you’ve not seen some of these online gift guides yet, please check them out. You’re sure to discover a neat gift, independent designer or stumble onto a blog that you’ll want to add to Bloglines!

Indie Fixx Holiday Gift Guide
Rare Bird Finds: the guide categories are on left side
Asian Buzz: 12 days of holiday gift ideas Asian Buzz style
Miss Doxie: $10 or less gift guide (you have to bookmark this one, she is so funny!)
Modish Holiday Gift Guide
Le Pot Aux Roses: this one’s in French 🙂

Edited to add:
I found a blog that has the motherlode of gift guides:
Reliving Moments: Make it an Indie Christmas


“…..who everyone takes their inspiration from – an artist of traditional media, multimedia, craft world, living or dead…..”

“Bluejay Bathing” by Charles Harper

It was really difficult to think who I’m inspired by. There are so many artists in history whose work I “ooh” and “aah” over. After mulling it over I find that I’m consistently drawn to mid-century modernism. I just love the simplicity and clean lines of that era. One particular artist that I think of is Charles Harper. What a guy: he’s in his 80s and still producing work! I love his prints… the whimsical design, his use of color and negative space. Seeing his work makes me want to learn how to screenprint or break out my block printing supplies again.

See more of his work here.

Maybe I chose Charles Harper as an inspiration because deep inside I have urges to try some screen/block printing. 🙂

Check out Studio Friday to see more artists’ influences.

There’s a new blog named Asian Buzz that showcases businesses run by Asians or neat Asian-inspired products, resources, events, etc. It’s really for everybody so stop by when you get a chance.

I was asked to be a contributor by Lilie from APlanet4Creation. Thanks Lilie! I just wrote my first post on Asian Buzz about TwinkieChan. She makes the coolest food-inspired scarves ever! See? (photo is from TwinkieChan’s gallery)

I’ll be on the lookout for neat designers, etc to contribute over at Asian Buzz. Does this mean I can even sneak in a Keanu Reeves post just once? LOL.