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Featured Shop: Studio Liscious

Dec 30, 2013

by Studio Liscious

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Our names are Mara Minuzzo and Patrick Lajoie, and we’re the makers behind Studio Liscious. We have been working together to design and make an assortment of handmade home goods for over 17 years. We live and work on our rural property in Caledon, Ontario, which is a beautiful area just north of Toronto.

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I have a degree in fashion design and am a self-taught artist. Patrick studied graphic design and painting at art college, and is also a self-taught woodworker and a fine art photographer. Between the two of us, we have an interesting mix of creative skills that result in a style distinctly our own. In addition to Studio Liscious, we also run two other shops here on Etsy: Bluetrike Studio and Patrick Lajoie Photography. We keep telling ourselves that it’s crazy to take on so much, but we can’t help ourselves; we both really love to design and make things.

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Our process depends on the type of item we are working on, whether wood, acrylic, image transfer or fabric. We digitally print our fabric items, and then I sew them in my home sewing studio. Our used CNC router was a major investment, so a lot of our items are designed to put it to creative use. CNC machines are typically used in standard manufacturing (things such as kitchen cabinets), so we’ve always enjoyed coming up with more interesting and unique things to create with it.

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We do everything ourselves – from designing and producing all our items to packing and shipping orders. We have a little assistance from our teenage son, Max, who is a budding designer and maker. We suspect that soon he’ll want to add some of his own items to the shop. Except for Max, we choose not to have any staff or outside help. We went through a stage in our business a few years ago when we needed staff but found that we were mostly managing people instead of making things, so we decided to go back to producing only what we could manage on our own.

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We pride ourselves on being sticklers for quality and for coming up with original product ideas, which is not easy to do. Ultimately our goal is to come up with products that we haven’t seen before.

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To us, Etsy means a fundamental change in the way we do business and earn our living. It has given us more creative freedom than we’ve ever enjoyed. Because we enjoy a worldwide audience of customers, we sell our work exclusively through our Etsy shop instead of needing to supplement our income through wholesale orders to other retailers. This has a big impact on our creativity – we no longer have to restrict our design ideas to things we can make feasibly at wholesale prices. We have more fun with design now, and find ourselves inspired and excited about new ideas much more often.

All photographs by Patrick Lajoie Photography.

Paint by Number Art Block 'Winter Tree' - vintage winter landscape, trees, rural
Paint by Number Art Block 'Winter Tree' - vintage winter landscape, trees, rural
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target Circle Art Block - White/Blue/Red - center ice, archery target, bull's eye, colorway #14
Target Circle Art Block - White/Blue/Red - center ice, archery target, bull's eye, colorway #14
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
White Flower Wall Decor - White Blossoms, Pop-up Set of 12, wall art
White Flower Wall Decor - White Blossoms, Pop-up Set of 12, wall art
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Modern Tealight Holder, Set of 3, Wood Tealight Holder, Walnut Candle Holder, Tealight Candle Holder, Handmade Modern Candle Holder
Modern Tealight Holder, Set of 3, Wood Tealight Holder, Walnut Candle Holder, Tealight Candle Holder, Handmade Modern Candle Holder
StudioLiscious
$28.00 USD
Egg Chair Art Block, SALE, midcentury wall decor, classic chair, Arne Jacobsen chair, vintage chair art, Egg chair wall art
Egg Chair Art Block, SALE, midcentury wall decor, classic chair, Arne Jacobsen chair, vintage chair art, Egg chair wall art
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Savour',  word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Savour', word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Banff Springs Mountie' - Canadiana, Canadian Mountie, image transfer
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Banff Springs Mountie' - Canadiana, Canadian Mountie, image transfer
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Branch Wall Hook, Twig Coat Hook, Wooden Coat Hook, Modern Twig Hook,Branch Coat Hook,Large Size,hooks and fixtures,storage and organization
Branch Wall Hook, Twig Coat Hook, Wooden Coat Hook, Modern Twig Hook,Branch Coat Hook,Large Size,hooks and fixtures,storage and organization
StudioLiscious
$28.50 USD
Graphic Wall Plaque, Quilt Block Wall Art, Graphic Floral Wall Decor, Black Wall Tile, SALE, Engraved Art Block
Graphic Wall Plaque, Quilt Block Wall Art, Graphic Floral Wall Decor, Black Wall Tile, SALE, Engraved Art Block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Vase' - food, brass, apples, blue glass, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Vase' - food, brass, apples, blue glass, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mountain Autumn' -  fall color, autumn foliage, vintage landscape
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mountain Autumn' - fall color, autumn foliage, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mallard' - marsh, outdoors, hunting, ducks
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mallard' - marsh, outdoors, hunting, ducks
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target Pillow, Graphic Cushion, SALE, bull's eye, orange, yellow, green, brown, woodgrain
Target Pillow, Graphic Cushion, SALE, bull's eye, orange, yellow, green, brown, woodgrain
StudioLiscious
$24.00 USD
Walnut Candle Holders, Inlay Detailing, Set of 2, Modern Tealight Holder, Wooden Candle Holder
Walnut Candle Holders, Inlay Detailing, Set of 2, Modern Tealight Holder, Wooden Candle Holder
StudioLiscious
$24.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Hunt' - hunting dogs, fall foliage
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Hunt' - hunting dogs, fall foliage
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target Pillow,  SALE, bull's eye, graphic pillow, target cushion, red, orange, yellow, green
Target Pillow, SALE, bull's eye, graphic pillow, target cushion, red, orange, yellow, green
StudioLiscious
$24.00 USD
Target Pillow, Graphic Cushion, SALE, bull's eye, red, orange, turquoise, green
Target Pillow, Graphic Cushion, SALE, bull's eye, red, orange, turquoise, green
StudioLiscious
$24.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Vintage Roses' - floral, vintage flowers, pink roses
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Vintage Roses' - floral, vintage flowers, pink roses
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Fall Barn Silhouette' - autumn, rural landscape, vintage art
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Fall Barn Silhouette' - autumn, rural landscape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Large  6" x 14" Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - autumn, fall color, vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - autumn, fall color, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Circle Paint by Number Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - bird hunting, autumn color, vintage art
Circle Paint by Number Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - bird hunting, autumn color, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Tall Ship' - seascape, sailing, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Tall Ship' - seascape, sailing, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Colors of Autumn' - fall scenery,  vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Colors of Autumn' - fall scenery, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$49.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - woodland, landscape, vintage art, wall decor
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - woodland, landscape, vintage art, wall decor
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain View' - woodland, landscape, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain View' - woodland, landscape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Smoky Mountain Drive' - North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains, mountain drive, retro postcard
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Smoky Mountain Drive' - North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains, mountain drive, retro postcard
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Florida Sunrise' - palm trees, miami beach, beach sunrise, tropical beach, retro postcard, vintage
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Florida Sunrise' - palm trees, miami beach, beach sunrise, tropical beach, retro postcard, vintage
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Branch Wall Hook, Modern Twig Hook, Wooden Coat Hook,Twig Coat Hook, Modern Wood Hook, Twig Wall Hook, Small Size, Storage and Organization
Branch Wall Hook, Modern Twig Hook, Wooden Coat Hook,Twig Coat Hook, Modern Wood Hook, Twig Wall Hook, Small Size, Storage and Organization
StudioLiscious
$24.00 USD
Paint by Number 'Tropical Sailing' Large Art Block -  8" x 10", vintage art, beach scene, palm trees, sailboat
Paint by Number 'Tropical Sailing' Large Art Block - 8" x 10", vintage art, beach scene, palm trees, sailboat
StudioLiscious
$49.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block - 'Birch Lake View', 8" x 10", landscape, vintage, trees, water, mountains
Paint by Number Art Block - 'Birch Lake View', 8" x 10", landscape, vintage, trees, water, mountains
StudioLiscious
$49.00 USD
Paint by Number Artblock - 'Pine Lake View', 8" x 10", landscape, vintage, trees, water, mountains
Paint by Number Artblock - 'Pine Lake View', 8" x 10", landscape, vintage, trees, water, mountains
StudioLiscious
$49.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Winter Farm' - red barn, winter landscape, rural, snow
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Winter Farm' - red barn, winter landscape, rural, snow
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
White Butterfly Wall Decor 3D Set of 12, PopArt, Made in Canada
White Butterfly Wall Decor 3D Set of 12, PopArt, Made in Canada
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Branching Out' - vintage, trees, landscape, sky
Paint by Number Art Block 'Branching Out' - vintage, trees, landscape, sky
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Treetops' - summer, landscape, trees
Paint by Number Art Block 'Treetops' - summer, landscape, trees
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Cloudy Sky' -  clouds, sunset, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Cloudy Sky' - clouds, sunset, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Mini artblock - Treetops horizontal landscape, vintage
Paint by Number Mini artblock - Treetops horizontal landscape, vintage
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mountain Valley' -  vintage landscape
Paint by Number style Art Block 'Mountain Valley' - vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Summer Sailing' - sailboat, seascape, vintage marine art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Summer Sailing' - sailboat, seascape, vintage marine art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Summer Lighthouse' - seascape, vintage marine art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Summer Lighthouse' - seascape, vintage marine art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target Circle Art Block -  Blue/Red/White - bull's eye, vintage look, colorway #8
Target Circle Art Block - Blue/Red/White - bull's eye, vintage look, colorway #8
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Wall Decor Flowers, Black Blossoms, Pop-up, Set of 12, Made in Canada, Black Flowers, Wall Art Flowers, 3-D Flower Art, Flower Decor
Wall Decor Flowers, Black Blossoms, Pop-up, Set of 12, Made in Canada, Black Flowers, Wall Art Flowers, 3-D Flower Art, Flower Decor
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain Evergreen' -  vintage landscape, evergreens, mountain peaks
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain Evergreen' - vintage landscape, evergreens, mountain peaks
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Jay' Horizontal - bird, branches, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Jay' Horizontal - bird, branches, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number 'Red Barn' 8" x 10" Large Art Block - vintage farm, pastoral, country landscape
Paint by Number 'Red Barn' 8" x 10" Large Art Block - vintage farm, pastoral, country landscape
StudioLiscious
$49.00 USD
Target Circle Art Block - Yellow/White/Black/Red - archery target, bull's eye, colorway #16
Target Circle Art Block - Yellow/White/Black/Red - archery target, bull's eye, colorway #16
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Target Circle Art Block - Yellow, Black, Red, archery target, bull's eye, rings, colorway #22
Target Circle Art Block - Yellow, Black, Red, archery target, bull's eye, rings, colorway #22
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Paint by Number Large Art Block,  6" x 14", 'Island Life' - palm trees, vintage art, tiki
Paint by Number Large Art Block, 6" x 14", 'Island Life' - palm trees, vintage art, tiki
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Midcentury Chair Art, SALE, Antony Chair, midcentury wall art, chair art block, vintage modern, woodgrain
Midcentury Chair Art, SALE, Antony Chair, midcentury wall art, chair art block, vintage modern, woodgrain
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Target Circle Art Block - Red/White/Blue, Captain America shield, archery target, bull's eye, colorway #20
Target Circle Art Block - Red/White/Blue, Captain America shield, archery target, bull's eye, colorway #20
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Tree Top' - autumn tree, fall leaves, fall color, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Tree Top' - autumn tree, fall leaves, fall color, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain Fall' - autumn scenery, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Mountain Fall' - autumn scenery, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Large  6" x 14" Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - fall color, autumnal, vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - fall color, autumnal, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Paint by Number Large  6" x 14" Art Block 'Autumn Scene' - fall color, autumnal, vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Autumn Scene' - fall color, autumnal, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Reflect', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Reflect', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Live', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Live', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Breathe',  word decor, signage, wall art, typography, yoga signage, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Breathe', word decor, signage, wall art, typography, yoga signage, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Taste',  word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Taste', word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Indulge',  word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Indulge', word decor, signage, wall art, typography, food signage, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Imagine', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Imagine', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD

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