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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.

Pin Up Girl Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Polka Dot Bikini' - vintage beach photography, red and white polka dots, retro postcard
Pin Up Girl Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Polka Dot Bikini' - vintage beach photography, red and white polka dots, retro postcard
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Imagine Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Imagine Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Imagine Tile, Imagine Wall Plaque
Imagine Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Imagine Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Imagine Tile, Imagine Wall Plaque
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Greetings from Miami Beach' - miami beach postcard, vintage miami, postcard typography
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Greetings from Miami Beach' - miami beach postcard, vintage miami, postcard typography
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Scroll Patterned Mirror Coasters - Set of 4, engraved mirror, barware, drinkware, housewarming, hostess gift
Scroll Patterned Mirror Coasters - Set of 4, engraved mirror, barware, drinkware, housewarming, hostess gift
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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, Circle Art Block - 'Pink Roses', vintage floral art, vintage roses, wall decor flowers, wall art, girls room, ready to hang
Paint by Number, Circle Art Block - 'Pink Roses', vintage floral art, vintage roses, wall decor flowers, wall art, girls room, ready to hang
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Nesting' -  bird nest, branches, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Nesting' - bird nest, branches, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Pin Up Girl Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Polka Dot Bikini' - vintage beach photography, red and white polka dots, retro postcard
Pin Up Girl Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Polka Dot Bikini' - vintage beach photography, red and white polka dots, retro postcard
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Vintage Roses Paint by Number Art Block - vintage art, pink roses
Vintage Roses Paint by Number Art Block - vintage art, pink roses
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Moon Over Miami' - palm trees, miami beach, miami skyline, vintage miami, nighttime beach
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Moon Over Miami' - palm trees, miami beach, miami skyline, vintage miami, nighttime beach
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Sailboat' Vertical - sailing, seascape, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Sailboat' Vertical - sailing, seascape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target #3, Circle Art Block, Wall Decor - Pink/Blue/Yellow - bull's eye, archery
Target #3, Circle Art Block, Wall Decor - Pink/Blue/Yellow - bull's eye, archery
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Target #18, Circle Art Block, Wall Decor - White/Black/Red - archery target, bull's eye
Target #18, Circle Art Block, Wall Decor - White/Black/Red - archery target, bull's eye
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Love Wall Plaque, Love Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Love Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Love Tile
Love Wall Plaque, Love Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Love Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Love Tile
StudioLiscious
$15.00 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
$29.50 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
$24.50 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
Paint by Number Art Block 'Sailboat' - sailing, ship, marine art, vintage seascape
Paint by Number Art Block 'Sailboat' - sailing, ship, marine art, vintage seascape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number style Art Block 'River Rapids' -  mountain valley, waterfall, vintage landscape
Paint by Number style Art Block 'River Rapids' - mountain valley, waterfall, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target #15, Circle Art Block, Wall Art, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art - Yellow/Black/Red
Target #15, Circle Art Block, Wall Art, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art - Yellow/Black/Red
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Target #8, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art, Target Wall Hanging-  Blue/Red/White
Target #8, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art, Target Wall Hanging- Blue/Red/White
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - fall color, vintage landscape, hunting scene
Paint by Number Art Block 'Hunting Dogs' - fall color, vintage landscape, hunting scene
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Relax Mirror Fridge Magnet - typography, word decor, acrylic, made in Canada
Relax Mirror Fridge Magnet - typography, word decor, acrylic, made in Canada
StudioLiscious
$10.00 USD
Target #5, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art, Target Wall Hanging - Blue/Yellow/Navy
Target #5, Circle Wall Decor, Target Art, Bull's Eye Art, Archery Target Art, Target Wall Hanging - Blue/Yellow/Navy
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Birch' - vintage, trees, landscape, lakeview
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Birch' - vintage, trees, landscape, lakeview
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Island Life' - vintage, palm trees, ocean, beach
Paint by Number Art Block 'Island Life' - vintage, palm trees, ocean, beach
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Floral Pattern Mirror Coasters - Set of 4, engraved mirror, barware, drinkware, housewarming, hostess gift
Floral Pattern Mirror Coasters - Set of 4, engraved mirror, barware, drinkware, housewarming, hostess gift
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Mountain Evergreens' - vintage landscape, image transfer
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Mountain Evergreens' - vintage landscape, image transfer
StudioLiscious
$59.00 USD
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Stag' - deer, buck, woodland, vintage
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Stag' - deer, buck, woodland, vintage
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Blue Jay' -  birding, blue bird, branches, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Blue Jay' - birding, blue bird, branches, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Ranch Horse' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
Paint by Number Art Block 'Ranch Horse' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Style Original Painting on Wood, 'Vintage Roses', retro art, pink roses
Paint by Number Style Original Painting on Wood, 'Vintage Roses', retro art, pink roses
StudioLiscious
$650.00 USD
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Sunday Drive' - Canadiana, Victoria, BC, image transfer
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Sunday Drive' - Canadiana, Victoria, BC, image transfer
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Pheasant' - vintage art, birds, hunting
Paint by Number Art Block 'Pheasant' - vintage art, birds, hunting
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Large   6" x 14" Art Block 'Sail Away' - sailboat, vintage marine art
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Sail Away' - sailboat, vintage marine art
StudioLiscious
$59.00 USD
Paint by Number Deer, 'Young Buck' Art Block, 8" x 10", Vintage Art, Woodland Wall Decor
Paint by Number Deer, 'Young Buck' Art Block, 8" x 10", Vintage Art, Woodland Wall Decor
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Mirror Dragonflies Wall Art - Set of 3 Silhouettes, acrylic, self-adhesive, made in Canada
Mirror Dragonflies Wall Art - Set of 3 Silhouettes, acrylic, self-adhesive, made in Canada
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Paint by Number Large 8" x 10" Art Block 'Nesting Instinct' - nest, eggs, vintage art
Paint by Number Large 8" x 10" Art Block 'Nesting Instinct' - nest, eggs, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Tree' - fall foliage, vintage landscape
Paint by Number Art Block 'Autumn Tree' - fall foliage, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Lighthouse Sunset' - sailing, seascape, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Lighthouse Sunset' - sailing, seascape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fishing Shack' - marina, fishing, sailing, seascape, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fishing Shack' - marina, fishing, sailing, seascape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Moonlight View' - Atlantic City, beach pier, night beach, vintage beach, image transfer on wood block
Americana Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Moonlight View' - Atlantic City, beach pier, night beach, vintage beach, image transfer on wood block
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Happiness Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Happiness Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Happiness Tile, Happiness Wall Plaque
Happiness Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Happiness Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Happiness Tile, Happiness Wall Plaque
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'High Seas' - sailing, tall ship, marine art, vintage seascape
Paint by Number Art Block 'High Seas' - sailing, tall ship, marine art, vintage seascape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Country Chapel' - church, pastoral, landscape, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Country Chapel' - church, pastoral, landscape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Grazing' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
Paint by Number Art Block 'Grazing' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
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
$54.00 USD
Modern Walnut Tealight Holders with Inlay details - Set of 3
Modern Walnut Tealight Holders with Inlay details - Set of 3
StudioLiscious
$32.00 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
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Stag' - deer, buck, woodland, vintage look
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Stag' - deer, buck, woodland, vintage look
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Wall Art, Paint by Number Art Decor, Vintage Look Art, Vintage Landscape Art Reproduction, 'Treetop View'
Paint by Number Wall Art, Paint by Number Art Decor, Vintage Look Art, Vintage Landscape Art Reproduction, 'Treetop View'
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 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 Large Circle Art Block 'Sail Away' - sailing, marina,  vintage seascape
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Sail Away' - sailing, marina, vintage seascape
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Mirror Dragonflies Magnetic Wall Art - Set of 3, Wall Decor, Dragonfly Decals
Mirror Dragonflies Magnetic Wall Art - Set of 3, Wall Decor, Dragonfly Decals
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Barn' - autumn, rural landscape, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Barn' - autumn, rural landscape, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Target #23, Circle Art Block -  Red/White- Wall Decor, Target Art, archery target, bull's eye
Target #23, Circle Art Block - Red/White- Wall Decor, Target Art, archery target, bull's eye
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Frosted Word Frame - Choose from Holidays, Nature, Joy, Beauty;  Modern Picture Frame, Engraved Photo Frame, typography, handwriting
Frosted Word Frame - Choose from Holidays, Nature, Joy, Beauty; Modern Picture Frame, Engraved Photo Frame, typography, handwriting
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Retro Mirror Holiday Ornaments - Set of 4, Christmas Tree Ornaments, asterisk, retro, midcentury modern
Retro Mirror Holiday Ornaments - Set of 4, Christmas Tree Ornaments, asterisk, retro, midcentury modern
StudioLiscious
$19.00 USD

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