Saturday, March 22, 2014

a little stitching: new-ish design

i just spent the day making this bag which i then packed and posted to a buyer in canada. i came up with the idea for this bag last year and still quite like it. i use this very fifties looking woven kimono fabric with roses, plus natural linen, and i added a little stitching in matching colour. here is the result. ever so surprised how much a tiny bit of hand stitching adds to an item, be it a bag, a piece of clothing, etc.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fresh vintage finds for spring

canape forks, fridge storage, enamelled containers, vintage table lamp: all in the shop

Just wanted to share some of my fresh vintage finds. They are bright, colourful and amazingly up to date. My favourite are the enamel containers from Russia ca. 1970s. Larger ones of these have been used in Russia for storing 'holodets' - which is basically a meat stock or soup cooked with herbs and garlic which turns into jelly when cooled in the fridge. I have a few of these containers and  I keep cheese in them. I like that they are heavy and substantial, and really attractive.

holiday postcards: Amsterdam

my annual touch-base-get-together with girl-friends: a long weekend in amsterdam which coincided with st.patrick's celebrations here in ireland and thus couldn't be timed better: one needs to get away from the madness! amsterdam was cool in every way including the weather. we just took it easy, walked the streets, took a boat trip on the canals, did some sightseeing and all agreed how fantastic it would be to properly spend some time in a place/city, to travel properly, to soak in the atmosphere. some retirement plans were shared - only half-jokingly.