July 23, 2015

Shop Spotlight: Scout Salvage

It's shop spotlight time again!  Today we get to visit Scout Salvage in Philadelphia.  I wonder if Betsy's dad and my dad want to start a Dads Who Love Jackalopes club?  Is it totally weird I am working on a jackalope shirt design for my dad right now??  My connection with Scout Salvage must be destiny!


For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:
I'm Betsy, owner, founder and creative director of Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue-a vintage shop in Old City, Philadelphia

Are there any specialties your shop is known for?
Scout is known for having really well-priced vintage clothing, housewares and furniture, with a selection of new and handmade items that compliment our vintage selection and brand.  We sell all of it via our website at www.scoutsalvage.com or via Instagram @scoutsalvage.

What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?
Old City is a really funny little neighborhood, it's the historic district of Philly, so it's full of tourists and tour groups all day.  The Liberty Bell is right down the street, and we are around the corner from The Betsy Ross House and our shop is smack dab in the middle of it all.  If you were here, you'd see dudes dressed as Benjamin Franklin all over the place, horse drawn carriages with families in the backs taking lots of photos. One of my favorite sights is to see a tour-guide caught out of character with headphones on or smoking a sneaky cigarette in the alley.  Another favorite sight in Old City is the window display of the tech company Weblinc-which is a totally bizarro scene with little clown mannequins holding butcher knives and fake plastic steaks-people are always staring in trying to figure out what kind of company would have that window.


Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?
Our shop mascot is either my van, or our resident taxidermy Jackalope, which was a gift from my father when I opened the store. The crew he had managed when he owned a business gave it to him when he retired, and he gave it to me when I opened the store.  We're making t-shirts later on this summer with him on them.  (the jackalope-not my dad)
Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.
My most exciting customer was Tina Fey.  I had to stop myself from screaming LIZ LEMON!!!!!!




If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be?
Our coat of arms would be my vintage 1988 Dodge Van with crossed antlers underneath, that would be so Scout....

And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?
Desserts....oh boy...I have recently discovered my love for Mochi and I'm kinda obsessed.  My boyfriend keeps it in his freezer at all times, he's such a good dude.   I have a soft spot for Tastycake cupcakes  and shoo-fly pie cause I'm a true Pennsylvanian at heart. I grew up in a very PA Dutch household so anything with that molasses flavor is right up my alley.

July 22, 2015

Ice Cream, Again. Forever!


Wellllll National Ice Cream month may be on the downhill stretch, but I'll never stop thinking about it.  Here are a few recent contributions I made to They Draw And Cook and They Draw And Travel in case you missed them!




July 20, 2015

An Ice Cream Transmission from Camp Corndog


Hellllooooo out there, ice cream lovers.  This #allicecreamallthetime obsession has fully saturated our consciousness here at Camp Corndog, resulting in a smashing series of hand printed posters which we are almost ready to unveil.  I will be returning to the sweet and lovely Frite & Scoop ice cream shop in Astoria on August 8th along with Hairy McSpecies and Christopher Adams of Corvidopolis.  We shall cover their walls with more ice cream goodness!


We're up to our armpits in posters and have determined the consumption of Talenti gelato should definitely be a business expense because their containers are perfect for ink storage as we pick the perfect pantones to portray our ice cream dreams.  A few copies of each print will be for sale in person from Frite & Scoop, and we will also list them online in our respective shops after the opening reception.  Editions are limited, so stay tuned to get the goods!  We've also produced new shirts for Frite & Scoop which you can pick up in real life or from their web shop!

xoxo, Betty Turbo / Mixed Species / Corvidopolis


July 3, 2015

Shop Spotlight: MADE

Heeeeeere I am with another shop spotlight for you! I've sure got travel on the brain lately and I realized when typing this that I've never been to Wyoming! Here's a fun place I'd visit.



For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:     John Frechette & Christian Burch. MADE, Jackson,WY.

Are there any specialties your shop is known for?  
We work with about 200 handmade artists from all over the USA
What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?  
The Tetons are a can't miss, the Antler Arches that surround the town square, Gaslight Alley is the little boardwalked alley that we are on.  Next door is The Valley Bookstore (our local independent bookstore) and our other shop Mountain Dandy.



What occasions do you think are most underrepresented in the world of greeting cards? 
We love a good location specific card, but as for holidays maybe uncle and aunt cards.


Are you an artist or craftsperson yourself?  If so, please tell me a little bit about what you create:  

I am...I make a line of handcrafted glass belt buckles.  Each one is custom designed and crafted through a five day process.... http://www.madejacksonhole.com/collections/glass-belt-buckles


Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?  

Sadly no. although we are dying for a good shop dog.

Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.   

We see a lot of weird ones, but that is what keeps it fun.  Being a pretty well know vacation destination we see a bunch of fun celebrities. Leonardo DeCaprio, the cast of Modern Family, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Julianne Moore and some other super fun ones!
If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be? 

MADE to be Handmade    
And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?

Favorite desert is Creme Brûlée - or a good old fashioned donut from Dunkin.

July 2, 2015

Betty Turbo All Over Everything

I spent a little time recently culling my illustration archives for bits and pieces I could recycle into new designs for fabric patterns.  I mostly use Spoonflower for making my pillows, but based on the popularity of my donut fabric design, I figured more foodie doodles would be a welcome addition to their marketplace!


I've made scarves and tote bags from my custom fabric, and occasionally dresses just for myself.  Lots of people ask for garments but I was never ready to fall down the rabbit hole of all the additional skills and up front costs required for that kind of production.  Enter my NEW favorite website... PrintAllOverMe!  You can upload your digital art files to their site and offer them for sale on a whole selection of garments.


If you balk at the prices, please keep in mind: 1) Their garments are all printed & sewn to order and many have XXS to 4XL available.  2)  Some of the production is in China, but as explained on their website, all employees work full-time, get health insurance, and receive at least 4x a living wage.  This is not fast food fashion! 3) A percentage of the sale goes to the artist, so you are definitely placing your vote FOR independent artists instead of Certain Popular Clothing Brands who notoriously rip off independent artists every chance they get.


I am already fantasizing about what head-to-toe look I will sport for the holiday craft show season. Candy covered jumpsuit? Scope out my shop on PAOM - I will happily add any designs you see in my Spoonflower shop to the garments of your choice on PAOM, just let me know.  There are lots of choices for dudes too!  Suit up, Betty Turbo Army!  I haven't ordered any pieces yet so be sure to let me know what you think if you pick some up.  I really hope it's all as cool as it sounds!!

(Please also note: PAOM is undergoing a massive site update so some pages & pictures may be slow to load or glitchy, but please don't give up!  I hope it'll all be smooth sailing soon.)

June 26, 2015

All Ice Cream, All The Time

I hear you say, "Hey Betty Turbo, will you ever get sick of drawing and painting ice cream?"  And I'm here to tell ya, NOTTTTT LIKELY!


The general inspiration of dessert is enhanced by ice cream's magical cold properties, which are related to my ice cold Alaska snow baby mojo. Unlike treats of the cake family (SO over it), ice cream never lost its magic once I peeked behind the curtain!  Most baked goods are less amazing to me now that I know how to make them.  I'm no ice cream PROFESSIONAL (minus those few days feeding gelato samples to Nicole Kidman) but I do make my own ice cream frequently, and despite knowing all the science-y bits about the process, still maintain my fascination and adoration.


Ice cream is a sweet, glorious treat for kiddos and adults alike. It can provide us interesting conversations about our behaviors towards food and consumption of indulgences of all kinds. It turns from goopy liquid into magic awesomeness because of science. It's going to be the highlight of our summer in this funky old house with no air conditioning because it's the best way to cool down. You really don't have to miss out if you're vegan or lactose-intolerant, because scientific advancements in the world of soy, almond, and coconut ice creams are really pretty great lately, and, well, fruit sorbets ALMOST count.


When some kind folks who had already collected some of my work asked me to show art at their ice cream shop this spring, I jumped at the chance and made a brand new batch of ice cream paintings for the occasion. Not only did my band of weirdos and I decide Frite and Scoop was our new favorite place on Earth, the weekend was barely over before we were trying to plan ANOTHER ice cream show, so now we're screenprinting a new series of ice cream posters to paper their walls in August. I'm not bored of it yet, are you??  (Hint: say no.)


I wanna help you stay cool this summer so I'm gonna send you some ice cream.  It's not the edible kind, but it will cool your spirit and you'll have to find the real life kind to chill out your physical self. I'll will send one winner the ice cream softie friend you see here and copy of each of the all-purpose ice cream cards you see in the photos above!


Get more information about "The Best" and these ice cream cards in my shop!  I actually have SIXTEEN items featuring ice cream for sale at the moment, and some of the paintings you see here are still available, so let me know if you have any questions!  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway - you can choose any or all of the entry options given for up to five chances. (The email you supply is only for me to contact you if you win.) Giveaway is open worldwide, for ages 18 and over, and will run a little over a week on account of holidays. (I'll be busy eating ice cream.) Winner will be chosen randomly July 6th and I will be contacting the winner via email. You must respond within 24 hours to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen! No purchase necessary to win!



Note added 7/2: Seem to have some issues with the Rafflecopter widget, sorry for anyone having trouble!  The automatic tweet isn't linking correctly but I'll still validate all entries that shared it :P

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June 16, 2015

Shop Spotlight: Rala

I'm back to introduce you to another fun shop!  The only thing I could think of that I know about Knoxville is how good The Tomato Head is and then I got really hungry thinking about it.  But I haven't visited since before today's guest was on the scene, so now I have another pin in my mental map. Take a peek inside Rala!

For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:

Hello! I am Alaina Smith, and I manage a small shop in Knoxville, TN called Rala.


Are there any specialties your shop is known for?


We specialize in fantastic gifts and letterpress items. We love finding unique and funky printed paper to carry. It's fun to shop for cards for Rala, because I always have people in mind when I write an order.

What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?

First of all, you would see the historic Tennessee Theatre across the street from us. You would also run into a man that dances and plays saxophone ­ he's fun. You would pass through Market Square: a large open shopping and dining area with a fountain and a stage. If you walk an extra block away you will see the radio station, WDVX. They are home to the Blue Plate Special, and they play lots of local bluegrass and country music. Lastly, you would see the Sunsphere. It's a giant gold disco ball in the sky and Knox locals love the thing.


What occasions do you think are most underrepresented in the world of greeting cards?


Good question: Probably "like" cards. Everyone makes love cards, but not everyone is in love. Many people are only in like.

Are you an artist or craftsperson yourself? If so, please tell me a little bit about what you create:

I am! I make simple leather goods and geometric jewelry under the brand name Cold Gold. I sell in
the store, on etsy, and through etsy wholesale. (( coldgold.etsy.com ))

Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?

I wish! We've always joked about a shop cat. We do have a teeny tiny plastic pig that we hide notes to each other on. Where did that little guy go?


Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.


Oh goodness. We are in a downtown area, so we meet all the weirdos down here. There is a man that parks right outside our store and buffs his blue go cart car for hours.

If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be?

There would be many cats. Like a herd of cats. And Dolly Parton, but dressed as a Catholic saint. And the coat of arms would probably be in the shape of a pie. Our motto would be something along the lines of "If you can't snuggle it, sing along to it, or eat it, what's the point?"


And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?


Shoo­whee. That's a difficult question. My fave is angel food cake with whipped cream frosting and blueberries. It's the best. But I don't know, have you ever put a donut in the microwave? (Long live Liz Lemon).