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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.

Target Circle Art Block - Grey/Navy/White/Red/Yellow - archery target, bull's eye, vintage look, colorway #12
Target Circle Art Block - Grey/Navy/White/Red/Yellow - archery target, bull's eye, vintage look, colorway #12
StudioLiscious
$29.00 USD
Modern Walnut Tealight Holders with Inlay details - Set of 3
Modern Walnut Tealight Holders with Inlay details - Set of 3
StudioLiscious
$29.00 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
$27.50 USD
Dream Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Dream Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Dream Tile, Dream Wall Plaque
Dream Wall Tile, Wall Art Word, Dream Wall Decor, SALE, Word Tile, Engraved Dream Tile, Dream Wall Plaque
StudioLiscious
$12.50 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
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Red Barn' - farm scene, winter, vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Red Barn' - farm scene, winter, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$54.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Red Barn Scene'- vintage winter landscape, farm, rural
Paint by Number Art Block 'Red Barn Scene'- vintage winter landscape, farm, rural
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Mirror Word Wall Decor 'Believe' -  wall art, signage, typography, handwriting
Mirror Word Wall Decor 'Believe' - wall art, signage, typography, handwriting
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Bow Lake Teepee' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations, Rocky Mountains
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Bow Lake Teepee' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations, Rocky Mountains
StudioLiscious
$20.00 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
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
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
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
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 Wall Art, Paint by Number Art Decor, Vintage Look Art, Vintage Landscape Art Reproduction, Landscape Art Block
Paint by Number Wall Art, Paint by Number Art Decor, Vintage Look Art, Vintage Landscape Art Reproduction, Landscape Art Block
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Fall Pheasant' - bird hunting, plumage, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Fall Pheasant' - bird hunting, plumage, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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
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
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Jay' - bird, branches, vintage art
Paint by Number Art Block 'Blue Jay' - bird, branches, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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 'Mountain Evergreens' - vintage landscape, image transfer
Paint by Number Large 6" x 14" Art Block 'Mountain Evergreens' - vintage landscape, image transfer
StudioLiscious
$54.00 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 - 'Cherish', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Cherish', word decor, wall art, signage, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 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
Wall Decor Sign - 'Enjoy', word decor, wall art, food signage, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Enjoy', word decor, wall art, food signage, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Drink', word art, wall decor, signage, bar decor, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Drink', word art, wall decor, signage, bar decor, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Achieve', word art, wall decor, signage, wall art, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Achieve', word art, wall decor, signage, wall art, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 USD
Wall Decor Sign - 'Sleep', word art, bedroom decor, signage, wall art, typography, inspirational, art block
Wall Decor Sign - 'Sleep', word art, bedroom decor, signage, wall art, typography, inspirational, art block
StudioLiscious
$15.00 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
Love Fridge Magnet in Mirror Acrylic
Love Fridge Magnet in Mirror Acrylic
StudioLiscious
$8.00 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
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 Art Block 'Lakeview Pines' - vintage, trees, landscape
Paint by Number Art Block 'Lakeview Pines' - vintage, trees, landscape
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Farm Scene' - autumn landscape, fall, vintage, trees
Paint by Number Art Block 'Fall Farm Scene' - autumn landscape, fall, vintage, trees
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
Paint by Number Art Block 'Red Barn Landscape'- vintage winter landscape, farm, rural
Paint by Number Art Block 'Red Barn Landscape'- vintage winter landscape, farm, rural
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Midcentury Chair Art Block - Pink Chair, SALE, midcentury modern, vintage chair, chair art, midcentury art, vintage decor
Midcentury Chair Art Block - Pink Chair, SALE, midcentury modern, vintage chair, chair art, midcentury art, vintage decor
StudioLiscious
$18.00 USD
Paint by Number Art Block 'Horses' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
Paint by Number Art Block 'Horses' - vintage, trees, ranch, horse farm
StudioLiscious
$22.00 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
$23.00 USD
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - fall color,  vintage landscape
Paint by Number Large Circle Art Block 'Autumn Birches' - fall color, vintage landscape
StudioLiscious
$49.00 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
$49.00 USD
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Pheasant Flight' - bird hunting, plumage, fall, vintage art
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Pheasant Flight' - bird hunting, plumage, fall, vintage art
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Totem Poles' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Totem Poles' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Indian Chief' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations
Vintage Postcard Art Block 'Indian Chief' - Canadiana, Native American, First Nations
StudioLiscious
$20.00 USD
Egg Chair Art Block, SALE, Midcentury Modern, retro chair art, Arne Jacobsen, egg chair wall art, vintage chair art
Egg Chair Art Block, SALE, Midcentury Modern, retro chair art, Arne Jacobsen, egg chair wall art, vintage chair art
StudioLiscious
$18.00 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
Mirror Word Fridge Magnet - Live
Mirror Word Fridge Magnet - Live
StudioLiscious
$8.00 USD
Paint by Number style Circle Art Block 'Leaping Buck' - deer, stag, woodland, vintage art
Paint by Number style Circle Art Block 'Leaping Buck' - deer, stag, woodland, vintage art
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
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Tree Top' - woodland, leaves, vintage
Paint by Number Circle Art Block 'Tree Top' - woodland, leaves, vintage
StudioLiscious
$22.00 USD

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