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{Design} studio visitors & some cool jewelry…

It’s really no secret that I adore design & love learning about designers & their process. Which is really why I enjoy visiting Ideal: Carefully Curated Goods whenever I can (plus, the ladies that own it are awesome & I like to visit them too). This last Friday night, the three of us went up to visit Ideal (Bellingham) & to take in the “First Friday” art walk. One of our stops was the Path- WWU IDSA fundraiser (Western Washington University Industrial Design Students). I met one of the WWU ID students a while back- he works at Ideal- & wanted to see what he was up to. Incidentally, Ideal has had a really supportive relationship with the ID department ever since they opened- which is also another reason I think they are so wonderful. 

The ID students were showing & selling “Path – Kinetic Jewelry” for their fundraiser. They used a process to make rings & a necklace, called 3D printing. The jewelry was designed & constructed by the ID students on the WWU campus, with materials sourced from US manufacturers. 

The Path Series of jewelry benefits the students in their pursuit of design education. Each peice represents the concept of an impossible object. They are constructed layer by layer to permit the presence of the ball within the track. ~WWU IDS

The energy & enthusiasm of the students showing & explaining their jewelry line was infectious & the fundraiser was buzzing. The really cool thing is that even though the fundraiser is over, you can still purchase all of the jewelry at Ideal & 100% proceeds of the jewelry go to the WWW IDsa! So when you are thinking about gifts this holiday season, don’t forget about your local design & art departments. Most likely they are making some innovative things that could make a special gift. 

As I have mentioned before, I’ve taught in the art dept. at a local college for about 12 years. I think teaching is sort of something that is in your blood. I haven’t taught since Sayer was born & I miss it sometimes. I particularly like being a creative sounding board & support when creative minds are spinning. The ID student that I previously mentioned, Samuel asked me if I had time to answer some sewing questions that had come up during his most recent design project. Of course I made time… although I wasn’t sure if I could help much. Samuel & his friend Spencer, lugged all of their materials & sewing machines to my studio on Sunday. It was great to get some different energy in there. They were constructing life jackets- a little different then the plush & mobiles that I normally make. I absolutely enjoyed the creative hum & buzz bursting out of the walls of my tiny studio. They are terrific, hardworking guys (with busily beeping iphones- which means they are very popular too) & I look forward to seeing what designs they come up with in the future. I can’t help but wish they would come to work in my studio all of the time…helping me. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Path- Kinetic Jewelry you can contact Ideal – I’m sure they would be happy to help you out.  

My studio seems so quiet now. Although I do have my little Christmas elf working next to me in his “office” now & then- so it isn’t too quiet. Hope you are having a nice week. What are you up to?


{Good Read} Uppercase #11 love…

My love of UPPERCASE Magazine isn’t new. I’ve been a fan for awhile now- I’m only missing the 1st issue in my cherished collection. The magazine never ceases to inspire & delight me. I’m always amazed at how timely the topics are- it seems like each issue is always full of everything I’m currently interested in.  Now I know I say this EVERY time, but issue number 11 is my absolute favorite so far. In addition to the stellar content- there is another reason why I was thrilled when I flipped through the pages… 

Sayer was pretty excited to see the “Wise Old Owls” article too- particularly the {covet} page (pg 101). It’s always nice to get a nod or mention in print- but when it is in a favorite magazine that is so beautifully curated & designed, it’s particularly smile inducing. 
I’m still savoring the magazine but here are four articles that caught my attention right away. 

carving a niche : the small marvels of artist diam chau – page 39-41
scherenschnitte – page36-37
Scratching the Surface – page 86-87
fibre and fire : Lizz Aston – page 82-85

Funny, but two of these articles caught my attention because of Chris. He is a ceramicist & has been doing “sgraffito” for over 20 years in his personal work– which is where I first learned the term. In the work that he does for hutch studio, he has been exploring the concept of “sherenschnitte” over the last few years. So I the, Scratching the Surface and scherenschnitte articles, stood out to me in particular. 

This is truly a gorgeous magazine & I don’t have enough thumbs to give it the “thumbs up” that it deserves. If you are local to where I live – you can find this great magazine (in person) at, ideal: carefully curated goods,  in Bellingham, WA. 

Thanks Janine, you made my day. Kudos on other fantastic issue!

{Cool Things} Grain Design…

I had a chance to visit one of my favorite design shops this last weekend (IDEAL) & discovered Grain Design. I was intrigued with Grain’s eco-friendly designs & wanted to learn more. 

Grain was founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design & is a collaborative of design thinkers with the shared vision of a more sustainable future. 

I was happy to read that they were founded at RISD- I have a soft spot for RISD designers because that is where my husband went to school & later taught (his mom & dad both went there as well). When cruisin’ Grain’s online shop, I stumbled on Spool – a build it yourself modular system . The possibilities are endless as to what you could create with it & I have been dreaming ever since. 
I love their “electric love” jewelry made out of reclaimed electrical wire too. I bought myself a green bangle at IDEAL & may just have to go back to get myself a ring (or another bangle) because I’m hooked. It’s always so great to discover such innovative & eco-friendly designers- even more fun to learn that they are local (they now live in WA). So, Grain is my {cool things} pick of the week! Thanks for the introduction awesome IDEAL ladies! 

{all images via here}

{Cool Things} Grain Design…

I had a chance to visit one of my favorite design shops this last weekend (IDEAL) & discovered Grain Design. I was intrigued with Grain’s eco-friendly designs & wanted to learn more. 

Grain was founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design & is a collaborative of design thinkers with the shared vision of a more sustainable future. 

I was happy to read that they were founded at RISD- I have a soft spot for RISD designers because that is where my husband went to school & later taught (his mom & dad both went there as well). When cruisin’ Grain’s online shop, I stumbled on Spool – a build it yourself modular system . The possibilities are endless as to what you could create with it & I have been dreaming ever since. 
I love their “electric love” jewelry made out of reclaimed electrical wire too. I bought myself a green bangle at IDEAL & may just have to go back to get myself a ring (or another bangle) because I’m hooked. It’s always so great to discover such innovative & eco-friendly designers- even more fun to learn that they are local (they now live in WA). So, Grain is my {cool things} pick of the week! Thanks for the introduction awesome IDEAL ladies! 

{all images via here}

{Good Read} Tomi Ungerer…

I had a chance to pop into one of my favorite shops called IDEAL a few weekends ago. (Last October, I had a trunk show at IDEAL & posted about it here if you would like a peek into the shop.) I was actually meeting up with one of the two owners, Lisa to hang out & chat about design, books & motherhood that day. But, I fit in a browse through the shop before we left & ended up purchasing two books, Moon Man & The Three Robbers. Lisa is a lover of children’s books too & recommended them, plus I was immediately drawn to the illustrations. When I got home, I realized that I had another book illustrated by Tomi Ungerer called, Snail, where are you?, that I got for Sayer a long time ago. Lisa had also reminded me about another one of his books, Crictor, that I remembered really liking as a kid. So it appears that I’ve enjoyed his work for a some time now.

{The Three Robbers}

{Moon Man}

{Snail, where are you?}
{Crictor}
A few days after I bought those cool Tomi Ungerer books at IDEAL, I stumbled on this post  when I was cruising through my favorite blogs. Not only did I  become even more enchanted with this artist & writer, but I discovered that I had just bought a book that he had illustrated (but didn’t write) in the $1 bin at the thrift store a week prior called, Seeds and More Seeds. The illustrations are more like Crictor & I also liked the style of  typography.

I always enjoy learning about artists & writers and finding little interviews like this one. I can officially say that I’m a Tomi Ungerer fan. Are you? 

*Click here to see who the winner of the 5 Creative Bundle Competition is. Due to the interest in this competition, I posted on Wednesday rather than waiting for Fabric Friday


Hope you have a great weekend! Do you have anything fun planned?


{Good Read} Tomi Ungerer…

I had a chance to pop into one of my favorite shops called IDEAL a few weekends ago. (Last October, I had a trunk show at IDEAL & posted about it here if you would like a peek into the shop.) I was actually meeting up with one of the two owners, Lisa to hang out & chat about design, books & motherhood that day. But, I fit in a browse through the shop before we left & ended up purchasing two books, Moon Man & The Three Robbers. Lisa is a lover of children’s books too & recommended them, plus I was immediately drawn to the illustrations. When I got home, I realized that I had another book illustrated by Tomi Ungerer called, Snail, where are you?, that I got for Sayer a long time ago. Lisa had also reminded me about another one of his books, Crictor, that I remembered really liking as a kid. So it appears that I’ve enjoyed his work for a some time now.

{The Three Robbers}

{Moon Man}

{Snail, where are you?}
{Crictor}
A few days after I bought those cool Tomi Ungerer books at IDEAL, I stumbled on this post  when I was cruising through my favorite blogs. Not only did I  become even more enchanted with this artist & writer, but I discovered that I had just bought a book that he had illustrated (but didn’t write) in the $1 bin at the thrift store a week prior called, Seeds and More Seeds. The illustrations are more like Crictor & I also liked the style of  typography.

I always enjoy learning about artists & writers and finding little interviews like this one. I can officially say that I’m a Tomi Ungerer fan. Are you? 

*Click here to see who the winner of the 5 Creative Bundle Competition is. Due to the interest in this competition, I posted on Wednesday rather than waiting for Fabric Friday


Hope you have a great weekend! Do you have anything fun planned?


{Store Feature} Ideal

Ideal- carefully curated goods, is a very special store to me. It encompasses all that I love- great design, smart & wonderful owners (who are moms to children & one to a dog), & cool books. This store is about 30 minutes away from my house & I have been lucky enough to have them carry my work for the last two years. Most of the stores that I work with are either online stores or out of the state/country. So I don’t often get the opportunity to visit in person and see how my work looks in the their shops
I usually deliver my goodies in person because I love the chance to browse & visit with the owners of ideal. They know design and how to be great moms so I could chat with these ladies for hours. Not to mention, I never walk out of that store empty handed. There is always something unique & cool to discover. They have a very keen sense of what they like and it all flows together seamlessly. We share a love of Marimekko, books, letterpress, and clean lines. They also have a gorgeous selection of jewelry too. There is always a lot to look at for Sayer and Chris as well. 
Last night they hosted a klt:trunk show that coincided with the local art walk. It was so much fun to stand back and watch the hustle & bustle in their store. I have to say, I love to observe little kids. But when they are wearing something that I made & playing with klt:plush, my heart melts. Lisa (one of the ideal owners) brought her two children to the event, Hank & Lulu.  They are the sweetest kids and Lisa is all smiles in their presence.

Both Lisa & Kathleen were calm, cool, and collected all night, sporting their gorgeous Marimekko attire, while talking passionately about design. I loved how Kathleen was so nurturing to Lisa’s kid’s too. You can tell these ladies are really good friends which just makes the store feel great to be in and visit. Every time Sayer has come with me to ideal, Lisa & Kathleen have been so sweet with him, showing him the newest toys that they have found. Safe to say, he loves visiting too. 

This is not a stuffy design store by any stretch of the imagination. It is friendly, smart, & beautifully curated. I had a wonderful evening last night and am really proud to be one of the designers who’s goods they carry. So if you are local, stop by – you will be really glad you did! 

{Store Feature} Ideal

Ideal- carefully curated goods, is a very special store to me. It encompasses all that I love- great design, smart & wonderful owners (who are moms to children & one to a dog), & cool books. This store is about 30 minutes away from my house & I have been lucky enough to have them carry my work for the last two years. Most of the stores that I work with are either online stores or out of the state/country. So I don’t often get the opportunity to visit in person and see how my work looks in the their shops
I usually deliver my goodies in person because I love the chance to browse & visit with the owners of ideal. They know design and how to be great moms so I could chat with these ladies for hours. Not to mention, I never walk out of that store empty handed. There is always something unique & cool to discover. They have a very keen sense of what they like and it all flows together seamlessly. We share a love of Marimekko, books, letterpress, and clean lines. They also have a gorgeous selection of jewelry too. There is always a lot to look at for Sayer and Chris as well. 
Last night they hosted a klt:trunk show that coincided with the local art walk. It was so much fun to stand back and watch the hustle & bustle in their store. I have to say, I love to observe little kids. But when they are wearing something that I made & playing with klt:plush, my heart melts. Lisa (one of the ideal owners) brought her two children to the event, Hank & Lulu.  They are the sweetest kids and Lisa is all smiles in their presence.

Both Lisa & Kathleen were calm, cool, and collected all night, sporting their gorgeous Marimekko attire, while talking passionately about design. I loved how Kathleen was so nurturing to Lisa’s kid’s too. You can tell these ladies are really good friends which just makes the store feel great to be in and visit. Every time Sayer has come with me to ideal, Lisa & Kathleen have been so sweet with him, showing him the newest toys that they have found. Safe to say, he loves visiting too. 

This is not a stuffy design store by any stretch of the imagination. It is friendly, smart, & beautifully curated. I had a wonderful evening last night and am really proud to be one of the designers who’s goods they carry. So if you are local, stop by – you will be really glad you did! 

{Store Feature} Ideal

Ideal- carefully curated goods, is a very special store to me. It encompasses all that I love- great design, smart & wonderful owners (who are moms to children & one to a dog), & cool books. This store is about 30 minutes away from my house & I have been lucky enough to have them carry my work for the last two years. Most of the stores that I work with are either online stores or out of the state/country. So I don’t often get the opportunity to visit in person and see how my work looks in the their shops
I usually deliver my goodies in person because I love the chance to browse & visit with the owners of ideal. They know design and how to be great moms so I could chat with these ladies for hours. Not to mention, I never walk out of that store empty handed. There is always something unique & cool to discover. They have a very keen sense of what they like and it all flows together seamlessly. We share a love of Marimekko, books, letterpress, and clean lines. They also have a gorgeous selection of jewelry too. There is always a lot to look at for Sayer and Chris as well. 
Last night they hosted a klt:trunk show that coincided with the local art walk. It was so much fun to stand back and watch the hustle & bustle in their store. I have to say, I love to observe little kids. But when they are wearing something that I made & playing with klt:plush, my heart melts. Lisa (one of the ideal owners) brought her two children to the event, Hank & Lulu.  They are the sweetest kids and Lisa is all smiles in their presence.

Both Lisa & Kathleen were calm, cool, and collected all night, sporting their gorgeous Marimekko attire, while talking passionately about design. I loved how Kathleen was so nurturing to Lisa’s kid’s too. You can tell these ladies are really good friends which just makes the store feel great to be in and visit. Every time Sayer has come with me to ideal, Lisa & Kathleen have been so sweet with him, showing him the newest toys that they have found. Safe to say, he loves visiting too. 

This is not a stuffy design store by any stretch of the imagination. It is friendly, smart, & beautifully curated. I had a wonderful evening last night and am really proud to be one of the designers who’s goods they carry. So if you are local, stop by – you will be really glad you did! 

{Fun} the trunk is full…

The sewing machine has been going at full speed lately! But I took a break today and  delivered an overflowing amount of klt:goodies to one of my favorite designs stores called, ideal: carefully curated goods. Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month which means… Bellingham Art Walk. During the Art Walk, there will be a klt:works trunk show at ideal from 6pm-9pm & all of my designs will be 20% off! I will actually be there on and off during the show, so if you are local, come on by and say hello! 


This store is truly special – the ladies who own it know their design!  You will find tons of cool things including wonderful design books for both kids & adults. They share my love of Marimekko too and have a stellar selection to boot! So, I decided to make them some thread drawing plush with Marimekko fabrics that will also be at the shop tomorrow night. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, but still want to see this awesome store. I will be posting pictures soon.