Category Archives: Sponsors

Bertie’s Closet

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I want to start by thanking everyone for their kind words and thoughts on Monday. It means a lot to me to have genuine, caring people in my life.

I am so excited to share our April sponsor with you today: Bertie’s Closet! Specializing in handmade, lightweight, affordable sleeves and cases for all of your electronics, Bertie’s Closet goes way beyond just function. I mean, these things are GORGEOUS. Would it be weird of me to go out and buy an iPad today so that I had something to put into one of these beauties?

Every item in the shop is handmade by the shop’s owners, Jeff and Bertie. To tell you a little more about how they got started and how they run their business, I will turn it over to Jeff!

We both quit our day jobs (software engineer and production assistant/odd part time job worker) and now work full time from home in Los Angeles, California. Bertie’s Closet is a handmade shop for laptop sleeves, iPad sleeves, and gadget accessories, and May will mark the completion of our fourth year in business. Before we started in 2009, we purchased a netbook that came without a sleeve or anything for protection. So we made a netbook sleeve, and a friend suggested we try selling them. Both of us, Jeff and Bertie, are now home everyday, making espresso and/or kale blueberry smoothies in the morning, making sleeves during the day, and packaging it all up with a handwritten thank you (Bertie’s “Thank you” looks a lot nicer than mine). Everything is made to order in our home, and it usually takes 2-5 days before shipment (though we do our best to ship everything out ASAP). We sell to everyone and ship worldwide.

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You absolutely must go check out their shop to see more of these lovely sleeves. My personal favorite? It is a toss up for me between the adorable clothesline (and the owl flying off with someone’s unmentionables!) and the gorgeous brown herringbone with lace leaves.iPadMiniSleeve_Owl iPadMiniSleeve_HerringboneWLaceLeaves
A massive “THANK YOU!!” to Bertie’s Closet for sponsoring Our Cozy Cubbyhole this month. It is always amazing to collaborate with nice people that do stunning work! :)

Which is your favorite sleeve from Bertie’s Closet? :)

Feel Good Art for Awesome People

I am so happy to say that we had amazing sponsor this January: the wonderfully talented Lisa Barbero who makes “Feel Good Art for Awesome People!” Lisa is a wife, mother, and artist-extraordinaire so, without further ado, I will hand it over things over to her!

“I decided I was an artist when I was in kindergarten and it took me about 27 years to finally believe it.”

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I would definitely say I’ve had a lifelong and passionate love affair with making stuff. But then again, I’ve had an equally lifelong and passionate love affair with Cap’n Crunch. Yup, the cereal. After years of putting up with the Cap’s bittersweet love, I finally hold the secret wisdom of being able to eat those sugary, golden nuggets without cutting up the roof of my mouth. Maybe one day I’ll write a book called “Zen and the Art of Eating Cap’n Crunch”. OMG. That’s so the *new* title of my memoirs. It’s a fitting replacement for “Jurassic Park Scarred me for Life”.

Oh right. Back to the art stuff. I dig on raw line and the unexpected and infuse my work with modern color, original typography, and old fashioned hand drawn imagery. The end result is art with hints of romance, whimsy, inspiration, and lots of soul.

“I believe in true love, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and lots of simple living. Without taking myself or my work too seriously, I strive to make beautiful and emotional things.”

I enjoy the whole art making process and can’t see myself ever living something other than a handmade life. It’s important to me to do something different; to be inspired by my life, my environment, and the work of others, then make something completely unique that can inspire others in turn. I like being a part of that endless creative cycle.

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Lisa was born in Washington D.C. and has lived all over the world from Georgia to Germany. She currently calls Rochester, New York home where she lives on an acre and a half of pseudo-suburbia with her soul mate and their munchkins.

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Not only is she hilarious and amazingly talented, but she is also roughly from my neck of the woods in Upstate New York (near where I went to college!). WOOO NY PRIDE! I digress. While all of the prints in her art shop are stunning, I decided to share a few of them with you that are perfect for celebrating the upcoming holiday of love! Enjoy! And a big thank you to Lisa for sponsoring Our Cozy Cubbyhole this month! :)LisaBarbero_Print1 LisaBarbero_Print2 LisaBarbero_Print3LisaBarbero_Print4

New Affiliate: One Kings Lane!!

Hello everyone!  I am so so so excited to announce that One Kings Lane is our new affiliate here at Our Cozy Cubbyhole!!  For those of you who don’t know, One Kings Lane is an amazing sale site for top-brand & designer furniture, decor, art, gifts & vintage items at up to 70% off.  The sales only last for a few days, so you have to get while the getting is good but they have the most amazing items!  Anything from a $2000 chair on sale for $900 or a super cute $15 pitcher on sale for $6!

As a special gift to you, my readers, I am passing on the link to sign up for access to One Kings Lane (for free!) as my invited guest that will give you a $15 credit toward your first purchase!  Click here to sign up and get your $15 credit, good toward any purchase of $30 or more.  If it doesn’t work for whatever reason, shoot me an email and I will email you the invite.  Woooooo free money!!!

For full transparency, since the company is my affiliate, if you click on One Kings Lane links through my blog and make a purchase, the blog will get a small commission.  So if you wouldn’t mind, once you have signed up for the site and gotten your free $15, please come back to the blog and click through to One Kings Lane from here before making your purchase (let’s call it a thank you for the free moolah!).  Plus, you can always find the ad on the sidebar.  It would really help us out here and we would be very grateful if you took the time send a little love our way!  All of the money will go back into the blog so you can keep enjoying it (hosting & projects)!

So in a few simple steps:
1. Sign up for One Kings Lane as my invited guest and get a free $15 credit
2. Come back to the blog and click through to One Kings Lane (if you wouldn’t mind!)
3. Please share your purchases with me in the comments below!  I would love you know what you snagged :)

I will leave you with this… a bunch of amazing items from One Kings Lane for under $30!!  The links are likely to go dead pretty quickly so I have just mentioned the name of the sale in which I found these items!