Back to School Wish List!

It's that time of year again!

With September finally upon us and all the kiddos + college students heading back to school we're here to help make supply shopping so much easier + infinitely more fun! We've rounded up some our fave products, from desk supplies to the cutest flair—all of which you can find in the Covington Handzy shop!

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Visit us at the shop for even more cute back to school goodies!

Friday Follow Faves: September

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You have no doubt seen Oh, Joy! during your bi-weekly (just me?) strolls through Target. Joy Cho, the woman behind the pattern-filled and colorful home + pet + baby product lines, fills her Instagram stories with dance parties, covetable OOTDs, and her two adorable little girls—and we are here for it.

Ban.do founder and CCO Jen Gotch is pretty much who I aspire to be when I grow up. Not only has she built a colorful fempire (whose tagline is 'we are serious about fun' btw), but her Instagram story 'testimonials' show a very real, vulnerable, and unfiltered side to the woman behind the lifestyle brand. Let's just say we're obsessed.

Brooklyn, NY-based Samantha Rothenberg, under the handle @violetclair, serves up a daily dose of funny truths via her quirky hand-drawn comics targeted towards female millennials. They are arguably the most relatable (and completely hilarious) comics on the internet, says me anyway.

Join us every first Friday as we share some of our favorite 'must follow' Instagram idols! Stay tuned—we've got a loooooong list!

Maker of the Month: Joe Walsh

Don't miss your chance to check out our maker this month, Joe Walsh! 

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Meet Joe Walsh: a Graphic Communication Design graduate of the University of Cincinnati DAAP who has worked in illustration, animation and film. He love's the project to project life of a designer and uses his time to pursue music, movies, design, photography, Illustration, meditation, dancing, conversation, and performance with an urge to expand my understanding. He even wrote this musical with his friends once!

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Earlier this month people came to Handzy and got the opportunity to meet Joe Walsh in the flesh, hang out, drink beers and chat about his work. He even signed some prints! We've still got a pretty awesome selection of his prints, pins and greeting cards in the shop! I could go on and on but you can just look at the photos in this post instead.

If you're reading this too late it's ok! Joe has a web shop and is on social media. Click here to follow him on Instagram

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Say Hi to Catherine!

Hi, I’m Catherine!

Can I just say that I am so so SO excited to be a part of the Handzy team! After fan-girling over their bright and fun feed for, like, *awhile* I finally got to meet these gals at their Valentine’s workshop this past February. It’s since been a match made in yellow-loving, statement jewelry-wearing, high-fiving heaven! You’re gonna be seeing my name pop up more so I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself!

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Things really heated up with me and Handzy when these gals so graciously agreed to carry my recently launched statement earring collection. Since then we knew we just had to work together. If you’re into girl power, fun statement earrings and bright colors, then you’re gonna love it! I should also add that my pieces are in the best company; I’m pretty much obsessed with everything Handzy carries!

So what will my role be here at Handzy?! Well, I’m going to be bringing you fun content on the blog each week—anything from brands we love to DIYs to profiles on some of our favorite artists and so much more! I’m bursting with ideas and I’m excited to share them all with you so stay tuned for all the fun!

Come say hi to me if you’re in the ‘hood, I love to make new friends!

You can also find me on Insta! @catherineblubaugh
And my shop @designandcuriositystudio!

Coney Island, An Important Birthday and Leigh Ellexson!

It's been crazy busy around Handzy lately!

Good busy! Don't worry we still make time to go to Coney Island for much needed pool time on Mondays—we just wanted to fill everyone in about what's been happening and will be happening around here!

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To start—on July 1st we celebrated Handzy shop's first birthday and released our very first issue of High Five, our new zine! We feel insanely grateful that we've had the opportunity to make so many amazing friends in the past year. We couldn't keep doing what we love every day if it wasn't for your support. If you came out to celebrate with us we appreciate it more than words can say and hope you had a good time at our little party. We're not 100% sure what year two will hold (we have some top secret ideas but we're not trying to ruin the surprise!) but we are certain it will be exciting. If you're reading this post we are glad you are along for the ride! If you missed our birthday celebration here are some pictures to live vicariously through.

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Shoutout to Donna's Gourmet Cookies and our Pike Street neighbors Buttercup Cake House for making our birthday treat dreams come true and to Brittany Thornton for always capturing our special moments with fun and professional photography!

A thing you won't want to miss this month is our featured maker, Leigh Ellexson.

Leigh is a Cincinnati based watercolor/mixed media magician (in our opinion). Her color palette tastes will blow your mind and her work is soft and breathtaking. I'm not even exaggerating here. We will stock her products, including tons of original artwork, until the end of the month. If you're dying to meet her (she's really nice) and chat about her process or just hang out and eat snacks we are hosting a Meet The Maker event on Friday July 21st from 5–7p. In the meantime check out some of her work here to get excited!

Leigh is also all over the internet. She has an amazing YouTube channel where she vlogs about artsy topics, gives sketchbook tours and more. If you'd like a daily dose of dreamy inspiration definitely give her Instagram feed a follow. If you somehow missed her in our shop but are loving her work you can purchase prints and custom paintings through her Etsy. Get to know her more by watching the video below!