I'm happy we were able to spend some much needed family time together before he had to travel north to reunite with his newest loved one. The late night board games were memorable and I'm already looking forward to my trip out west.
December 31, 2010
December 23, 2010
I've been knitting up some baby mittens, both for the shop and also some custom pairs. They're made from superwash merino, which makes them machine washable and super convenient. I plan on making more during and after the Christmas holiday and will definitely be adding more soon. They're stripy, super adorable, soft and made especially to keep the tiniest hands warm with style.
December 14, 2010
They're cousins and they were custom orders for a friends' nieces. Both Sharon (pink) and Lucinda (purple) come with their matching companion pocket dolls. I had so much fun creating each of them and trying hard to make them coordinate in some ways while giving each of them some individualized touches so they'll have some spunk too. What do you think?
December 4, 2010
Still getting setup for the Christmas holiday here. It's too easy to feel overwhelmed and I'm trying to keep it all together. So much to do and so little time.
November 28, 2010
November 18, 2010
Fitzsu is offering made to order Poultry Domes for both chicken or turkey. A new, untypical glass collection designed by Fabrica for Secondome.
Objects used in the past, such as cake or roast covers, are reinvented in both their use and their shape. The past and the future blend in these innovatively-shaped creations: the future lies in the ideas and sketches of Fabrica’s young designers, while the past is represented both by the choice of the material (glass) and by relying on the art of skilled glass-makers. The piece above was designed by Ben Cabelli (Israel). A collection revisiting daily use objects in an ironic and unconventional way and transforming them into top design pieces.
November 15, 2010
Lately, I've been so busy with the shop and the recent shows. No matter how hard I've tried to switch gears and focus more on the clay and sculptures, there is some drying time with that and I find myself diving back into my vast collection of fibrous materials. In the end, I'm trying to push away the scattered feeling and to help do that, I've been listening to this and maybe you'll enjoy it too.
November 6, 2010
We've been having some really beautiful days here in New Jersey. The chilly weather came on pretty quickly this year and everyone is saying how cold and crazy this upcoming Winter will be already. Personally, I'm looking forward to snow and having my little house filled with the smells of holiday baking and the sounds of music brought in by family who is mostly so far away. Sure I like birds chirping and warm days too, but the feeling the chill brings with it can be equally as comforting.
November 3, 2010
The inspiration behind Recreate was Katie Thompson's passion and flair for transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Located in South Africa, Katie never works within established stylistic boundaries. She creates an eclectic combination of styles, materials and finishes; this skill highlights her passion and her ability to find the intrinsic beauty and new, hidden purpose in the old, discarded items she chooses for her pieces.
A hoarder of all things useless, impractical, broken, colorful and shiny; Katie’s designs show tell tale signs of her Dadaist leanings. By nature an extremely energetic, bubbly and creative individual, Katie’s energy filters through to her work and into her pieces and the lives of her clients.
October 29, 2010
October 27, 2010
Some of the recent things I've fallen in love with. Maybe you will too.
October 23, 2010
October 19, 2010
Sophistication and classic design make this the perfect gift for your girlfriend (or yourself, I won't tell). The Girlfriend Scarf was created with a luscious textured shell pattern using a high end yarn in shades of pinks, taupe and sage green. It looks even more beautiful in person and makes a perfect gift because you don't have to worry about size with this piece. Find out more here.
October 17, 2010
So, my lovely mother showed me the most beautiful hand crocheted bedspread made by my great grandmother who passed when I was a young girl. It is so detailed and weighs a ton. To imagine the time this piece took is simply daunting to me.
I looked for it on ravelry and learned the vintage pattern's name is Marguerite and although there are some people charging on other sites, I was able to find a pdf link to the entire Priscilla Crochet Book Bedspreads free (page 33). I believe the original book was 25 cents and published in 1914, though my grandmother would have created her's a bit later. The techniques shown in this book are brilliant and invaluable.
I'm happy my mother shared this piece with me as it has allowed me to know more about a women I barely remember and imagine the time and love she put into this wonderful piece. The bobbles and perfect stitching is most amazing.
What stories from long ago have been shared with you?
What stories from long ago have been shared with you?
October 8, 2010
I've added a new hat to the shop and I'll make it especially for you in any size. See more about it here. It is even more adorable in person.
October 4, 2010
Undressing My Mother - My brother sent this to me this morning. It's so lovely and stirring he said. He's right.
September 27, 2010
Charlotte Mann's trompe l'oeil style walls and floors are an inspiration.
Charlotte is a British artist known for her wall drawings and drawn room installations. These densely detailed 1:1 scale drawings of rooms in rooms are invariably made with thick black marker pen on a white ground. The images above are from work she did in Milan, Italy at the Fontana shop. Her perspective is amazing.
How fantastic would this idea be for a backdrop pin a portrait?
September 26, 2010
This dollhouse opens in the front and was owned by the grandchildren of Hezekiah Smith. He had more than 40 patents for many different inventions and improvements. He also invented the Star Bicycle, seen below.
He was quite eccentric and provocative for his time and his life story is one of betrayal, love and fury. He trained his pet moose (above) to pull a cart and also had a small zoo on the property. His mansion is a lovely place to visit and the grounds surrounding the estate are breathtakingly beautiful. More information on Hezekiah Smith may be found here and here. I also have many other photos of the property in my flickr.
September 21, 2010
I'm not a fan of CGI and special effects that require them, but usually catch myself fascinated by old-school animation and good ol' camera trickery instead. Maybe that is why I love this little (literally) stop-motion animation and should also mention "Dot" broke the Guinness World Record for Smallest stop-motion animation character in a film.
Dot wakes up in a world that seems to be unraveling. Fleeing an encroaching wave of loose threads, Dot, a girl who is just 9 millimeters tall, runs across coins, pins, nuts and bolts and jumps on a bumblebee to fly away. Finally she saves herself by knitting the threads into a sleeping bag.
September 17, 2010
September 13, 2010
There is a site aptly named The Canal Sessions and it is a project by producer Maarten Besseling and music journalist Matthijs van der Ven who both live in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Their most recent offering includes of one of my favorite musicians, Damien Jurado.
Damien was an artist before he was ever a musician and didn't learn to play guitar until he was 20 when he began by making homemade tapes using found sound and field recording techniques. His music is both heartbreakingly beautiful, captivating and has a quality unlike any music, making it feel as tho it's always been there. The stories they tell are personal and vivid.
The photo above was taken by a cat named Cooper. That's right. One day per week, his people fasten a lightweight digital camera to Cooper's collar, which snaps a new photo every 2 minutes. He had his own exhibition and is easily the most talented cat photographer I've seen. Cooper himself is quite a handsome fella too. The site features a gallery of photos, a cat cam feed, videos and news.
September 1, 2010
My cousin Jasmine sent me a link for the artist Escif who apparently does some really eye-catching street paintings. It's pretty difficult to find too much information, but more can be found on Escif's Flickr and here too.