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{studio update} recycled sweaters…

This week was super rainy here in the NW. I’m generally not one to let the weather bring me down – I grew up a northwest girl after all. But man – it’s been down right dreary! So, I felt the need to make cozy, wool snuggly things in between filling orders. This of course comes from the major spring cleaning kick I’ve been on too.  
Over the years I’ve sort of become a bit of a pack rat (to say the least). It’s really hard to part with clothes in particular. Even if they don’t fit, if I really like the texture, pattern, or color – I just can’t seem to part. Well, I found a solution for that a while back & I started making sweater slug plush out of my old sweaters. I now have a new stack of sweaters to work with from my latest purge. These are some of my longtime favorites. It was hard to make the first cut, but I quickly got over it when my critters came to life. I even made a sleepy owl (that was seriously a self portrait that day). 

I have to say, I enjoy making these cuddly plushies with sweaters that already have a story.  The plush section of the KLTworks Etsy shop is sure filling up! Not only did I have fun making these, but I had fun taking instagrams of them as well. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! What are your plans? Maybe there is some sun in my  future & I’ll have to start working with cotton seersucker….

{Mid-Week Inspiration} Marimekko Process…

When I cracked open my new dwell magazine, I was delighted to see an article called, “Helsinki Ink” under the PROCESS category. You know I love Marimekko, but I also love reading about everyone’s creative process. This article lets you step inside Marimekko’s printing factory- oh how I would love to go in person! But for now, it was a nice studio break read.  

You can view the “Helsinki Ink” article here or check out the new September issue of dwell magazine pages 72-76.  It was just the little piece of mid-week inspiration that I needed to get back to work. Hope you are having a great week! 

:: middle three images via dwell.com ::

{Mid-Week Inspiration} Marimekko Process…

When I cracked open my new dwell magazine, I was delighted to see an article called, “Helsinki Ink” under the PROCESS category. You know I love Marimekko, but I also love reading about everyone’s creative process. This article lets you step inside Marimekko’s printing factory- oh how I would love to go in person! But for now, it was a nice studio break read.  

You can view the “Helsinki Ink” article here or check out the new September issue of dwell magazine pages 72-76.  It was just the little piece of mid-week inspiration that I needed to get back to work. Hope you are having a great week! 

:: middle three images via dwell.com ::

{Fabric Friday} Marimekko for Spring…

Bears hibernate during the winter, but I collect Marimekko fabric. I stash it away like a squirrel stashes nuts. I’ve kept my eye open for vintage & hard to find Marimekko remnants for my plush for months now. My stack is growing & my ideas are flowing. 

These three cheerful amigos joined the other colorful slugs yesterday (in honor of Cinco de Mayo). They really mimic the gorgeous color of the many tulip fields that I’m surrounded by in our valley. 

While I certainly have lots of plans for klt:goodies using my Marimekko fabric, for some reason, I love making slugs with these happy textiles. The idea of a kiddo toting around these vibrant & cheerful friends make me smile. I have to say, Sayer has already adopted one from this new stack. Can you guess which one? I knew right away which one he would be drawn to. He already has two slugs, but they could use a little break & a new friend. Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite fabric from the stash? 

As a side note:
klt:works loves moms! To celebrate you lovely mommas out there, everyone gets 25% off the entire KLT etsy shop this weekend  with the code “KLTMOM” (offer ends Monday Morning at 8am PST)! Happy Mother’s Day! 

{Fabric Friday} Marimekko for Spring…

Bears hibernate during the winter, but I collect Marimekko fabric. I stash it away like a squirrel stashes nuts. I’ve kept my eye open for vintage & hard to find Marimekko remnants for my plush for months now. My stack is growing & my ideas are flowing. 

These three cheerful amigos joined the other colorful slugs yesterday (in honor of Cinco de Mayo). They really mimic the gorgeous color of the many tulip fields that I’m surrounded by in our valley. 

While I certainly have lots of plans for klt:goodies using my Marimekko fabric, for some reason, I love making slugs with these happy textiles. The idea of a kiddo toting around these vibrant & cheerful friends make me smile. I have to say, Sayer has already adopted one from this new stack. Can you guess which one? I knew right away which one he would be drawn to. He already has two slugs, but they could use a little break & a new friend. Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite fabric from the stash? 

As a side note:
klt:works loves moms! To celebrate you lovely mommas out there, everyone gets 25% off the entire KLT etsy shop this weekend  with the code “KLTMOM” (offer ends Monday Morning at 8am PST)! Happy Mother’s Day! 

{shop update} willie & wanda…

There were glimmers that spring was right around the corner this weekend. It was sunshiny but  still really chilly.  Wanda & Willie worm like to come out in the spring when the tulip fields in our valley start to bloom, but they decided to emerge from the studio this weekend (a little early)  full of cheerful, Marimekko splendor. Making them today seemed like a nice way to encourage more of this weather & to start the week out on a happy note. These are the sort of critters I make when I’ve had a nice weekend. Hope you did as well! 

{shop update} willie & wanda…

There were glimmers that spring was right around the corner this weekend. It was sunshiny but  still really chilly.  Wanda & Willie worm like to come out in the spring when the tulip fields in our valley start to bloom, but they decided to emerge from the studio this weekend (a little early)  full of cheerful, Marimekko splendor. Making them today seemed like a nice way to encourage more of this weather & to start the week out on a happy note. These are the sort of critters I make when I’ve had a nice weekend. Hope you did as well! 

{shop update} willie & wanda…

There were glimmers that spring was right around the corner this weekend. It was sunshiny but  still really chilly.  Wanda & Willie worm like to come out in the spring when the tulip fields in our valley start to bloom, but they decided to emerge from the studio this weekend (a little early)  full of cheerful, Marimekko splendor. Making them today seemed like a nice way to encourage more of this weather & to start the week out on a happy note. These are the sort of critters I make when I’ve had a nice weekend. Hope you did as well! 

{Everyday Inspiration} Converse + Marimekko…

When I first read about this awesome collaboration in December, I was really excited to see what the finished product would look like. Well wait no further – the Converse/Marimekko shoes  were just unveiled yesterday along with this great little mini documentary. They can be found at converse.com – all the styles range from $75-$85 US (& those cool shoe bags come with the sneakers). I really don’t need to tell you how much I love these do I? What do you think? Do you have a favorite? I think I have it narrowed down between two…. stay tuned.
{via here}

{Everyday Inspiration} Converse + Marimekko…

When I first read about this awesome collaboration in December, I was really excited to see what the finished product would look like. Well wait no further – the Converse/Marimekko shoes  were just unveiled yesterday along with this great little mini documentary. They can be found at converse.com – all the styles range from $75-$85 US (& those cool shoe bags come with the sneakers). I really don’t need to tell you how much I love these do I? What do you think? Do you have a favorite? I think I have it narrowed down between two…. stay tuned.
{via here}