Hope you are having a wonderful summer! July was a great birthday month for me, filled with many unexpected adventures and beautiful spoils. I’ve been taking advantage of the heat and lax days by spending some weekends at the beach. So my beach totes have been playing a crucial role this summer as my go-to bags for any light travel. They’ve been perfect for carrying that extra weight that doesn’t quite fit in a purse – a lady’s ongoing struggle!
I thought I would share some of the artwork I’m using for the fabric on the bags, since it’s crisper and cleaner to admire in this format. The bags are beautiful in their own right. They are made of voile, so light travels through them freely, making them feel air-light but sturdy enough not to disappoint and hold up. I plan to add a few more prints soon, featuring more urban-themes. There are so many projects on my plate right now that it’s hard to keep track. Keep an eye out for more updates!
Special shout-out to Stasia from The Stray Arrow, for modelling for me! Check out her amazing jewelry. It continues to be the subject of my dreams.
The Polar Bear Print
Night Owl Print
Woodland Fox Print
Mushroom Fairy Print
The Sea Voyage Print
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Steadily, the summer creeps. It started with the sun flares and bouts of heat in March, now comes the humidity, and before long every air particle will be radiating with that all-too-familiar apocalyptic burn. Oh, I can’t wait till it gets so hot that the rats in the city’s subways start scampering greedily onto the platforms during rush hour.
The summer also means going to the beach, barely wearing clothes, and feeling the breeze roll over fresh sweat on one’s body. I really am excited for it! That is one of my favorite feelings.
On the topic of summer, new items have hit the ol’ etsy shop! I’m trying out working with cotton voile, and the result are these awesome beach bags. The prints are AMAZING! They’re semi-transparent and completely authentic in color palette to that instagram/vintage feeling of old photos.
There are currently 3 styles available: Night Owl, Woodland Fox, and Polar Bear. I plan on working on more artwork in the near future so that I can offer sets for those who can’t decide on just one. The best part about these totes is that the fabric is super light but still very sturdy so it can hold anything from an umbrella, to shoes, to the very dense 1st draft of your diligently hand-written autobiographical account of vampiric teenage angst *cough*.
From this point on, I will definitely be sporting either the owls or the foxes on any and every possible occasion.
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Deck the Halls with Handmade Items!
(Support local artisans; buy “Handmade” this holiday season!)
This holiday season is just as busy as any other (what economic crisis?) with so many presents and holiday greetings to create! My list just keep getting longer. In-between all of that, it’s tough to squeeze out any creativity, but thankfully I’ve been concocting creations for a while and can finally post s0me here. And I have to apologize, it seems like the time between my updates is exponentially growing.
I’m itching for big fluffy flakes to reappear in the sky. Last winter the snow seemed endless and now in December it feels completely out of reach in NYC. It’s cold but alas, no snow! In-between shivers I’ve been working on some fabric designs. They’ve evolved into a small set of sweet fleece scarves (and may turn into more creations later).
The Forest Fox
The Night Owl
The Arctic Bear
I’m in love with each color palette and its respective animal:
Fox ~ Always bonkers for foxes (my first childhood love) but the print truly gives the animal a just habitat to play in – beautiful rusty oranges and red melding together with olive branches and leaves. The black painterly strokes also keep each creature looking wild and perhaps even wise from certain angles.
Owl ~ The owls are incredibly pleasant to wear because the colors are harmonious with denim and dark clothing (typical trend for winter) so they can be worn in a wrapped cowl or mini knot under any color coat with jeans. The fleece fabric is very friendly and warm so it is perfect for handmade scarves.
Bear ~ And frankly, who doesn’t love polar bears? The spot with the sleeping mother and cub bear warms my frigid heart. The geometric ice crystals are a nice contrast to the natural shapes of the animals. This scarf’s colors are muted grey teals. It’s actually very refreshingly beautiful and not too overtly “girly.”
Each scarf is sold in my Etsy shop, along with a variety of other cute handmade jewelry. Check it out!
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