I don’t know where to start… but apparently $30 buys you a Morrissey Finger Puppet these days.
Archive for August, 2010
Being a lover of all prints “megnoxious” — as my husband calls them — the news that the Finnish textile design company Marimekko is opening two stores in NYC is happy news. I was pretty pleased to see that they started working with Crate & Barrel some years ago, but their collaborations tend to be a little tame for my taste. Bring on the bright colors! Bring on the loud prints! [via interiordesign via cousin penelope hartwell]
There have been a lot of “When are you getting the baby her first tattoo?” comments floating around about our 5 month old, so this Jason Clay Lewis piece, Drill Baby, feels like a visual representation of a lot of household jokes. Creepy.
There’s been some Halloween costume talk, though I have a feeling we might be booted out of the neighborhood.
[via one of my favorite blogs, Sang Bleu]
An interesting article in the L.A. Times on the evolution of Home Ec classes. At a time when pop culture is embracing D.I.Y., craft, the maker, — not to mention epidemic levels of diabetes and obesity in our country — perhaps it’s not as antiquated line of study as it sometimes seems.
One would think that with your husband owning a letterpress shop, you’d have business cards… Uh, not so much. It’s been 2 years now, and I’ve been dragging my feet. First, I thought I’d get my arse in there and print them myself. That’s obviously worked out really well. And now, with a babe, I don’t imagine it getting any easier. So, now that wedding-season is over, the shop, Swayspace, down in Gowanus, isn’t quite so slammed, so I took the opportunity to ask them to print some things for me: business cards, stationery, hangtags! Whee!
Even more exciting were the snaps I just received of them being printed…
While I’ve always been willing to switch out pronouns for gay & lesbian couples, I’ve decided to make ordering same-sex Ours Decanter Sets even easier in honor of the Prop 8 repeal. Now you can order His/His/Ours and Hers/Hers/Ours combinations in addition to the ever-popular His/Hers/Ours combo. I can’t tell you how coveted these sets have been for summer weddings. Here’s mud in your eye!
When I started up my own business this second-time-around with Love & Victory, I swore that I’d have products manufactured for me so that I could grow the business more easily. I’m not talking manufacturing in China or anything, but working with other artisans in New York, let’s say, to produce them. The first time around with my business La Voleuse, we made these rad, hand-painted ballet shoes, and while we sold a ton of them, they required a lot of our labor to make them. Sometimes inquiries about selling them, like from Henri Bendel, made us nervous that the order volume would be so high that we would have no social life!
But DIY is in my blood! And so our trip to Portland, OR where DIY is a way of life and hanging out with Sarai Mitnick was kind of a reminder of from whence I came. Sarai runs this amazing business called Colette Patterns where she creates beautiful, vintage-inspired sewing patterns for folks to make their own clothing. Brilliant and beautifully packaged, they completely make me want to break out my sewing machine. And as if her business wasn’t inspiring enough, she has this sweet blog, Sweet Sassafras and has some rockin’ vintage style herself.
[packaging photo via this is love forever]
Especially inspiring are all the pics in the Colette Patterns gallery if girls of all shapes and sizes who have made their own clothes with Sarai’s patterns. They look umpteen times better than they could in any off-the-rack bullshit (says the woman who just had a baby!).
AND, as if that wasn’t enough, if you love cocktails, historic and new-fangled both, you should check out Sarai’s husband, Kenn’s, website Cocktailia. Thankfully, he led us to some fantastic cocktails in Portland.
“Push present” is such a horrific term for a present given to a woman by her husband after she gives birth, don’t you think? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for jewels on any occasion, and having a baby seems like a worthwhile one, but somehow it simultaneously crass and as if Hallmark just came up with a new holiday.
That said, I love a memorial of any kind, and my most favorite kind is a tattoo. So I’ve been poking around quite a bit trying to figure on a tattoo to memorialize the birth of my baby (5 months old today), Louella Mae.
I’ve been getting tattooed for a few years now by Stephanie Tamez of Brooklyn Adorned, and I’m head over heels for her work. She totally gets what I’m going for: old-fashioned, flash-style tattoos but not too heavy-handed, a little femme. I absolutely want to get her on board to finish up my other arm.
Recently, I discovered the work of Bailey Hunter Robinson who works out of Saved. I’m nuts for his color work and his flowers which is sort of surprising given that all my tattoos so far are black and white. I’ve always thought that that’s because old photos of tattooed folks are in black and white, so even though I know that lots of the work was actually color, it still lives in black and white in my mind. So maybe it’s his tattoos’ straight off the Bowery charm that has me excited about color. I’m thinking of an arc of flowers over each shoulder…