I know, all caps = yelling, but seriously this is not an inside voice type post…Studio Home is a blog dedicated to the talents of New Zealanders and Australians, and they are giving away a serious amount of swag right in time for Christmas. If you are a tardy shopper, this may well help you out!
Check out the full details HERE
Here are some of my favourites I’m hoping will find it’s way across the hemispheres…
Ben Crawford’s book of inspiring cafe design in New Zealand
Rad stool by Redfox + Wilcox
Incredible prints by Hannah Jensen
It is Sunday morning as I write this, and I have rewritten this opening paragraph seven times now. The question is do I need more coffee or should I lay off of it… All I’m trying to say is here is Spring/Summer 2014! All shot by my awesome friend Adrian Barry.
Please excuse my obsession with Things Organized Neatly when viewing the cover and back page…
Summer was a bit of a bust here in NY, rain seemed to plague my planned beach trips and my freckles barely even surfaced…however as summer comes to a close (take your time Mother Nature…) the one good thing is that new seasons goods are now up and Summer is on sale. Find them HERE
With the Fall/Winter season I wanted to focus on providing that much needed punch-in-the-face of colour when January rolls around and it seems Spring is NEVER ever coming back. Tone on tone and colour blocking were my main focus. Even just sewing brighter hues are more fun let alone wearing them!
I introduced a couple of new styles, along with old favourites Crystal/Roxanne/Katie.
Meet Sierra who in real life is a petite pixie of a lady and big bags overwhelm her. Sierra even in the depths of crazy coldness continues to cycle to work so a cross body bag that was big enough to fit the essentials that could be slung over her mountainess jacket was a factor.
major cuteness, much like my friend that I designed it for
And then the J.A.G which is for Jessica who is equal parts my PR (The Shiny Squirrel) and close friend requested a large portfolio clutch. That was really fun to make and surprising her at Brunch with it was even better. She wanted those beautiful jewel tones of wine and red and then I took it pop further and made orange and aqua which feels almost nautical to me, a nice memory of summer when the snow is falling.
For all your ipad holding needs
And finally I am pretty sure I’ve mentioned this one before but the Barbara which is made for my mother. She needed an upgrade to the one I made her some 3 years ago I think. This is a woman that carries the world around so she needed something that had many pockets to allow for all the different parts of her life that absolutely have to leave the house with her.
kitchen sink not included
Dudes, I have long wanted to make my own shoes and so I put some of my tax refund to good use and signed up for a class at 3rd Ward. Aka, my new favourite place for learning skillzzz. This class was Introduction to Shoemaking wherein the outcome was a pair of summer sandals of your own design. I had very high expectations – which I don’t know where they came from since I’ve never made shoes before ?!?! – and thankfully wasn’t let down…
I took a pair of leather flip flops I’ve had for ages and used the base of those as the shape and I combined it with these awesome and sturdy Nimrod sandals:
Super clunky mens sandal
First off, I took to them with a box cutter:
I had to use all my strength to cut these babies apart
And traced a pattern off of it and then pared it down to a more feminine shape:
Turning that chunky to chic
And then with glue, so so much glue:
Post Apocalyptic Chic?
I made these!
So I’ll be testing them out over the course of the summer for durability and fit and I’ll be including them in the next seasons offerings! Woohoo!
So this is what you all are thinking – Curl Envy explained…
Awesome celebration of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass.
We’re included in a giant swag bag of Mothers Day giveaway goodness with the Ikat Apron. Visit Coos & Ahhs to see how to win some serious brownie points with your mum this Mothers Day.
I was out of movies on my Netflix list and found this last night on Hulu – Dr. Bronner was a total radical, in the very definition of the word – preaching one world, one humanity, one love. Magic Soap is narrated mainly by his son Ralph who is a less intense version of his father, and who continues to to spread his philosophies. Dr. Bronner wasn’t without some pretty interesting flaws and quirks but a game changer with vision and a unique spirit doing what he could to make the world better.
Like most of my designs, they come from some sort of accessory void in my life or in this case my mothers. One of the newer styles I incorporated in SS2014 was for my mum, below is the first draft so to speak which I made for her in 2009. Super boho style, very few details (and also pre industrial sewing machine, amazing what you can achieve with sheer determination…) as each bag was an experiment in technique.
And this is how it looks today! Like it has been through some sort of handbag war…
Mum has really gotten a lot of use out of her bag, she literally uses it every day which is totally how I hope they are used, but after I was home last (in November 12) it was looking like it was time for an upgrade. It was missing a few things that she needed – she begged me for more internal pockets, a zipper top closer and a change to the outer pockets that meant everything didn’t get lost in the bottom. Here is the email exchange we had about it – including very helpful specific measurements.
The part about not using more than one bag at a time is crazy to me – as I look at my wall of bags…I was really happy with the outcome and mum loves it too – below is the new and improved Barbara which will be available late August.