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Featured Shop: Arminho

Oct 29, 2012

by arminho

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

We are Raquel and João, the makers behind the stationery boutique Arminho. We live in Portugal, in a small city near the coast called Caldas da Rainha.

We met each other at university while studying art and design. Since then, we’ve developed a passion for vintage – especially paper ephemera, illustration, stationary, and books. We have a personal collection of vintage notebooks that we found while hunting at antique stationary stores and flea markets. Soon, our love of vintage aesthetics, paper, and the feeling of something unique grew into a passion for making. We learned about letterpress, book binding, and other traditional techniques, and now we have our own letterpress studio where we make our notebooks and posters.

Our hands are involved in every step of our process — that is special and meaningful to us. Every sheet of paper has passed by our hands to be counted and folded, every letter is hand placed on the typeset, and every paper is hand printed on our letterpress machine.

We are always seeking inspiration for our designs, and are very thoughtful about the materials we use. We want our notebooks and posters to have a nostalgic feeling, but fill contemporary demands at the same time. We take care when choosing the paper, colors, types, and other materials used to make every piece. This attention to detail is what makes us unique.

We work with a Portuguese company that makes 100% recycled cotton paper from recycled clothing using ancient techniques, so most of the paper in our products is 100% recycled. Because we live in a small city with no big suppliers, all the materials that we use are from small local stores, which is a huge incentive for our local economy. Also, most of our work is handmade using almost no electric energy, which was something we kept in mind when we got our human powered letterpress machine. In all aspects of our daily lives (including our work) we try to leave this planet a little better than we found it.

Our work is the expression of what we love – nature, animals, wood, and most of all, the value of handcraft. For us, Etsy is a great place full of people who value work like ours, which is not always easy to find! Etsy has given us the opportunity to do what we love without having to move to a big loud city. Etsy is not only a platform for online shops, it’s a place where we can share our work with people who really care about it, and it’s full of inspiring objects and artists as well.

Making handmade products makes us feel connected to the real world, nature and to feelings of truth. It makes us feel bound with our work – that somehow, something that came from our hands becomes a small part of us.

All photographs by Arminho.

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The Botanist Notebook, for pressed flowers, leaves and plants, botanical journal to take field notes, garden and nature. Copper foil print
The Botanist Notebook, for pressed flowers, leaves and plants, botanical journal to take field notes, garden and nature. Copper foil print
Arminho
$15.06 USD
Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe notebook, handmade recipe book, minimalist grey cover with copper foil and fruit illustration
Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe notebook, handmade recipe book, minimalist grey cover with copper foil and fruit illustration
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Lot of 2 Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe notebook, minimalist grey cover with copper foil and fruit illustration
Lot of 2 Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe notebook, minimalist grey cover with copper foil and fruit illustration
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$25.10 USD
Large A1 Whales Canvas poster - science animal illustration educational sea animal art print watercolor painting
Large A1 Whales Canvas poster - science animal illustration educational sea animal art print watercolor painting
Arminho
$112.94 USD
Personalized notebook, custom notebook cover, custom name, phrase or motto, make your own unique handmade journal, personalized stationary
Personalized notebook, custom notebook cover, custom name, phrase or motto, make your own unique handmade journal, personalized stationary
Arminho
$17.57 USD
Mentha Pulegium - Pennyroyal watercolor art copper foil print, herbs art botanical print - gardens herbs - pastel green herbal poster
Mentha Pulegium - Pennyroyal watercolor art copper foil print, herbs art botanical print - gardens herbs - pastel green herbal poster
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Herb Press botanical wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - botanical project to dry and press natural herbs and plants
Herb Press botanical wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - botanical project to dry and press natural herbs and plants
Arminho
$69.02 USD
Herb Press - flower press - botanical diy pressed plants project, natural wood and gold print
Herb Press - flower press - botanical diy pressed plants project, natural wood and gold print
Arminho
$46.43 USD
Personalized logo print notebook a6, phrase, motto, name, make your own unique journal, custom notebook cover
Personalized logo print notebook a6, phrase, motto, name, make your own unique journal, custom notebook cover
Arminho
$10.04 USD
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas Poster - vintage illustration educational chart - sea animal watercolor painting art print  WAP2001
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas Poster - vintage illustration educational chart - sea animal watercolor painting art print WAP2001
Arminho
$131.76 USD
Arbutus Unedo art print - strawberry tree botanical gold and pink watercolor painting, home decor original illustration, pressed flowers
Arbutus Unedo art print - strawberry tree botanical gold and pink watercolor painting, home decor original illustration, pressed flowers
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Basilicum - Basil original watercolor copper foil art print, botanical wall decor, garden herbs, pressed plants frame, plant illustration
Basilicum - Basil original watercolor copper foil art print, botanical wall decor, garden herbs, pressed plants frame, plant illustration
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Whales Poster A3 Art Canvas - handmade vintage inspired educational chart drawing illustration - watercolor sea animal print home decor
Whales Poster A3 Art Canvas - handmade vintage inspired educational chart drawing illustration - watercolor sea animal print home decor
Arminho
$60.23 USD
Lot 12x print your own cover text, logo, quote, phrase, custom journal cover print, small business merchandise, A5 notebook custom cover
Lot 12x print your own cover text, logo, quote, phrase, custom journal cover print, small business merchandise, A5 notebook custom cover
Arminho
$138.03 USD
Four Flora art print composition of botanical illustrations on craft background, pink watercolor painting drawings with gold foil details
Four Flora art print composition of botanical illustrations on craft background, pink watercolor painting drawings with gold foil details
Arminho
$81.57 USD
A2 Whales Poster Canvas - medium size - handmade vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor paint art print wall decor
A2 Whales Poster Canvas - medium size - handmade vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor paint art print wall decor
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Ruscus Aculeatus herbarium botanical art print - butchers broom watercolor gold foil, plant and nature lovers in peach pink pressed flowers
Ruscus Aculeatus herbarium botanical art print - butchers broom watercolor gold foil, plant and nature lovers in peach pink pressed flowers
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Daphne Gnidium - botanical pressed plant herbarium watercolor art print - peach pink watercolor illustration with gold foil
Daphne Gnidium - botanical pressed plant herbarium watercolor art print - peach pink watercolor illustration with gold foil
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Lavandula Stoechas - wild lavender pressed flower botanical watercolor art print, original minimalist flower art painting, bedroom decor
Lavandula Stoechas - wild lavender pressed flower botanical watercolor art print, original minimalist flower art painting, bedroom decor
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Guitar - chords chart poster - ink art print wall decor music learning canvas poster - home decor  GCP001
Guitar - chords chart poster - ink art print wall decor music learning canvas poster - home decor GCP001
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Cytisus Striatus - portuguese broom botanic watercolor art print, botanical minimalist painting with gold foil
Cytisus Striatus - portuguese broom botanic watercolor art print, botanical minimalist painting with gold foil
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Lot 12x personalized custom notebook cover A6, print your own logo, name, phrase, motto, quote, small bussiness and brand merchandise
Lot 12x personalized custom notebook cover A6, print your own logo, name, phrase, motto, quote, small bussiness and brand merchandise
Arminho
$81.57 USD
Piano Chords Chart Poster - wall art canvas print - music student and teacher gift - living room and home decor
Piano Chords Chart Poster - wall art canvas print - music student and teacher gift - living room and home decor
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Botanical minimalist art print in black and white - Gold Leaves - with gold foil, peach pastel pink watercolor original art
Botanical minimalist art print in black and white - Gold Leaves - with gold foil, peach pastel pink watercolor original art
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Gold Leaves set of 3 art print, unique landscape and botanical watercolor, ink and gold leaf A4 paper prints in black and white
Gold Leaves set of 3 art print, unique landscape and botanical watercolor, ink and gold leaf A4 paper prints in black and white
Arminho
$62.74 USD
Piano Chords canvas poster - vintage design - music educational art print wall hanging decor poster
Piano Chords canvas poster - vintage design - music educational art print wall hanging decor poster
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Black and white raw canvas botanical two leaves  original art, wall hanging illustration poster, wooden frame watercolor painting
Black and white raw canvas botanical two leaves original art, wall hanging illustration poster, wooden frame watercolor painting
Arminho
$75.29 USD
Black and white raw canvas leaves botanical painting wall hanging poster
Black and white raw canvas leaves botanical painting wall hanging poster
Arminho
$75.29 USD
Taipa marbled earth vessel pot, handmade pottery home decor and storage pot in earth brown with natural cork lid
Taipa marbled earth vessel pot, handmade pottery home decor and storage pot in earth brown with natural cork lid
Arminho
$87.84 USD
Taipa small round vessel with schist base, minimalist table centerpiece with natural stone and handmade clay vase
Taipa small round vessel with schist base, minimalist table centerpiece with natural stone and handmade clay vase
Arminho
$112.94 USD
Taipa round vessel set with schist base, handmade contemporary minimal pottery, ceramic centerpiece vase
Taipa round vessel set with schist base, handmade contemporary minimal pottery, ceramic centerpiece vase
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$163.13 USD
Herb Press - botanical plants, leaves and flowers nature herbarium dry, press and storage - antique aged wood and letterpress gold foil
Herb Press - botanical plants, leaves and flowers nature herbarium dry, press and storage - antique aged wood and letterpress gold foil
Arminho
$69.02 USD
Gold Willow, plant art print, peach pink and gold foil original illustration, botanical wall decor, original art painting
Gold Willow, plant art print, peach pink and gold foil original illustration, botanical wall decor, original art painting
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - plant botanic watercolor paint art print illustration wall decor poster - CAC1001
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - plant botanic watercolor paint art print illustration wall decor poster - CAC1001
Arminho
$86.59 USD
Thymus Mastichina - Thyme art copper foil print, watercolor botanical illustration, garden herbs, pastel green paper print, original art
Thymus Mastichina - Thyme art copper foil print, watercolor botanical illustration, garden herbs, pastel green paper print, original art
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Knitting Journal special notebook for knitters and knitting projects - knitting drawings and notes, pale pink paper cover
Knitting Journal special notebook for knitters and knitting projects - knitting drawings and notes, pale pink paper cover
Arminho
$15.06 USD
Knitting Pattern Drawing Notebook, handmade journal for knitters, knit planner project notes a5
Knitting Pattern Drawing Notebook, handmade journal for knitters, knit planner project notes a5
Arminho
$17.57 USD
Minimalist watercolor canvas art print wall poster - Auriferous Composition - black and white home decor illustration, abstract painting
Minimalist watercolor canvas art print wall poster - Auriferous Composition - black and white home decor illustration, abstract painting
Arminho
$94.11 USD
A2 Whales Canvas poster medium size - vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor art painting print WAPA2001
A2 Whales Canvas poster medium size - vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor art painting print WAPA2001
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Herb Press botanical field plant and flower wood made press for gardeners, botanists and nature lovers
Herb Press botanical field plant and flower wood made press for gardeners, botanists and nature lovers
Arminho
$46.43 USD
April Carnation flower botanic art print, gold foil original illustration, herbarium pressed flower art, black and white clove flowers
April Carnation flower botanic art print, gold foil original illustration, herbarium pressed flower art, black and white clove flowers
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Knitting pattern drawing book - design your own pattern with special grid - KNI5022C
Knitting pattern drawing book - design your own pattern with special grid - KNI5022C
Arminho
$15.06 USD
Serra Fora set of 6 botanical plants art illustration, watercolor and gold foil original framed art, vintage peach pink paper background
Serra Fora set of 6 botanical plants art illustration, watercolor and gold foil original framed art, vintage peach pink paper background
Arminho
$138.03 USD
Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Knitting Pattern Drawing notebook, knitting projects and design, a planner for knitters
Knitting Pattern Drawing notebook, knitting projects and design, a planner for knitters
Arminho
$17.57 USD
Herb Press - natural wood flower press, botanical herbarium press, wood and gold plant press
Herb Press - natural wood flower press, botanical herbarium press, wood and gold plant press
Arminho
$46.43 USD
Sale  Auriferous Patterns #2 horizontal  - contemporary watercolor art painting print - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2001
Sale Auriferous Patterns #2 horizontal - contemporary watercolor art painting print - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2001
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird watercolor painting art print illustration ANDPA2001
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird watercolor painting art print illustration ANDPA2001
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Seaweeds marine illustration Poster - cotton canvas handmade educational chart, red and pink botanical watercolor art print
Seaweeds marine illustration Poster - cotton canvas handmade educational chart, red and pink botanical watercolor art print
Arminho
$85.33 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall Poster print - plants and garden scientific illustration watercolor painting art print  CAC1002
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall Poster print - plants and garden scientific illustration watercolor painting art print CAC1002
Arminho
$86.59 USD
Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe handmade notebook, minimalist grey and copper foil fruit illustration
Cooking Secrets, heritage - family - recipe handmade notebook, minimalist grey and copper foil fruit illustration
Arminho
$15.06 USD
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird illustration art print - wall home decor - animal art print ANDPA2002
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird illustration art print - wall home decor - animal art print ANDPA2002
Arminho
$94.11 USD
Origanum - Oregano watercolor art print with copper foil - kitchen herb art - botanical print - gardens herbs - pastel green herbal art
Origanum - Oregano watercolor art print with copper foil - kitchen herb art - botanical print - gardens herbs - pastel green herbal art
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Kraft Botanical pattern journal, special edition, watercolor painting pattern in kraft brown cover and copper foil notebook
Kraft Botanical pattern journal, special edition, watercolor painting pattern in kraft brown cover and copper foil notebook
Arminho
$17.57 USD
Geology Rocks - canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration - rock and mineral wall art print ROP2001B
Geology Rocks - canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration - rock and mineral wall art print ROP2001B
Arminho
$81.57 USD
Narcissus Triandrus - wild narcissus botanical watercolor art print, floral painting minimalist japan inspired flower art
Narcissus Triandrus - wild narcissus botanical watercolor art print, floral painting minimalist japan inspired flower art
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall poster - plant art print - wall decor canvas art poster - botanical illustration CAC1002
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall poster - plant art print - wall decor canvas art poster - botanical illustration CAC1002
Arminho
$86.59 USD
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Arminho
$30.12 USD
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Arminho
$30.12 USD

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