Blog Archive for March, 2011

I finally got my re-order of the teal Monaco collection last Thursday! Of course, given the weather we’ve been having, it was delivered in an absolute deluge of rain, so Dave and I had to scramble to get all the boxes inside without getting soaked. Well, we were soaked, but the boxes stayed dry. It was nice to be able to send out all the back-orders on Friday, and I’m looking forward to making some more fun Monaco things in the next few weeks, including a version of Anabelle’s quilt, below, for a friend who’s expecting a new baby.

It’s been a strange week here. I’ve been feeling so sad about the news from Japan, and conscious of the gravity of our country entering a new war. Yet on a personal level I’m feeling the light lengthen as spring arrives, and watching the new growth around me as the trees bud and bloom and my daughter masters standing and tries to talk. I’ve been working on designs for a new collection, a process which always makes me more attuned to the various things influencing me, and right now I’m very aware of the life cycle.

Then, in the midst of my reverie, the FedEx lady arrived with the long-awaited bulk samples of Marin. Nothing distracts like the first cuts of new fabric, straight off the printer! It’s been raining like crazy, but I managed to get a few photos to share with you. Hopefully I’ll be able to start some sewing projects with them soon!

It’s been a strange week here. I’ve been feeling so sad about the news from Japan, and conscious of the gravity of our country entering a new war. Yet on a personal level I’m feeling the light lengthen as spring arrives, and watching the new growth around me as the trees bud and bloom and my daughter masters standing and tries to talk. I’ve been working on designs for a new collection, a process which always makes me more attuned to the various things influencing me, and right now I’m very aware of the life cycle.

Then, in the midst of my reverie, the FedEx lady arrived yesterday with the long-awaited bulk samples of Marin. Nothing distracts like the first cuts of new fabric, straight off the printer! It’s been raining like crazy, but I managed to get a few photos to share with you. Hopefully I’ll be able to start some sewing projects with them soon!

Okay, yes, I’m on a storage kick these days. Have I mentioned that our house is kind of small? With very few surfaces on which to put stuff? I bought a much-needed jewelry box the other day, and when I got it home I realized there was no place to put it. Seriously. The only real surface is our dresser, which is now in the baby’s room serving as a changing table. So I started thinking about alternatives, and came up with an idea for the jewelry frame, above. I found an old frame at the Alameda Flea Market, and bought the other supplies at our local hardware store: 1/2 plywood backing cut to size, hooks and screw eye hooks, a couple screws, 1/4″ wire mesh and wire cutters, stapler, gorilla glue, some scrap molding for the box and white paint.

I started by measuring out the layout, considering the length of the necklaces I had, how many earring hooks I wanted, and where I wanted the mesh screen placed.

Then I screwed in the hooks, staggering the earring hooks and necklace hooks so that they wouldn’t interfere.

I made a little box for post earrings and rings out of the scrap molding, and glued it together with gorilla glue and clamps. Then I screwed it to the backing. The screen was stapled to two small strips of the molding and then glued to the backing (I painted underneath the screen area first).
I glued the plywood backing to the frame using the gorilla glue, and then painted the whole thing white. I really like the way it turned out, and now I finally have a convenient, accessible place for my jewelry that doesn’t take up surface area!

I got another box of fabric in the mail from Robert Kaufman last week, and it’s like a little pile of summer in my studio this rainy morning. The new additions to Metro Market are bright, cheery and, well, very fruity. I’m envisioning cocktail napkins and fruit bordered dishtowels and aprons… What would you guys do with these prints?

Dave and I are both big hat fans, though I have to admit, I’m more a collector than a wearer. I am always seduced by the idea of wearing a hat, but once I have it on, I sometimes feel a bit… funny. Self-conscious, I guess. Still, I manage to buy them pretty regularly, and my collection is growing. So recently, I made the resolution to actually wear them more often. The problem is, all of these hats have been tucked away in boxes or drawers, and out of sight is out of mind. I tend to forget to wear them, even when I actually kind of need one. After finding my favorite Panama hat (purchased in dusty little hat shop in Puerto Rico) crushed in the bottom of a box under our bed, I decided there must be a better way to store them. I found some clothes pins, a couple of nails and a length of twine and rigged these super simple hat strings (for lack of a better name). The clothes pins proved too weak, but I replaced them with art clips found at our local art store, and they work perfectly. I just knotted them on the twine about a foot apart, and tied one end of the twine to a nail high on the wall. Now our hats are visible, accessible and stay relatively un-crushed.

Jennie from Yellow Plum Blossoms just sent me a link to these photos of the adorable bag she made with the Monaco scooters in pink. Isn’t it great?? I love the girly touch of the ruffle, and the practical inside pockets. She sells similar creations on her etsy shop, and blogs about them (and her cute children) here.

Thanks, everybody, for the project suggestions last week, and for the enthusiasm about the new fabric! I’m really excited to get sewing, and have a couple projects picked out, including the adorable outfit from Oliver + S, pictured above. I’m still waiting for the sample bolts of Marin, but I just met with a pattern maker this morning who is going to help me realize one of the designs that’s been itching to be created from it. It’s secret for now, but I’ll definitely post it once it’s finished.
Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

How cool is this dino?? I came across it online because it’s made from a Monaluna Mingle print, but was so charmed that I had to have it! Ostensibly, it’s for Anabelle, though it’ll be a while before she can get all “dexterous” with it. It comes with a flower-topped lace for lacing through the eyelets on the spine, and a piece of chalk to use on the little chalkboard window hidden under the buttoned flap (I can’t seem to get enough of chalkboard paint lately!) Because of the small parts it’s recommended for ages 3 and up, but I took those out of the little zippered pocket, and she’s been loving to play with it. It’s from Booger Bear Creations, and can be found online here.