Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bags of Gold!!

I am a certified bag nut! I love them, and covet them, but I rarely ever use them! I love bright patterns, fresh designs, good construction and lots of pockets! Here are a few bag options that will ensure the bag doesn't end up on a hook on the back of the door!

These Plastic Baggie Sleeves clip directly onto your dogs leash! And although it wont pick up your pup's business for you, you'll never find yourself in a sticky situation.

I have been eyeing one of these Car Litter Bags from Allyson Hill for a certain someone who just traded in her car for a shiny new one. (If you are reading this-look away!) And you know I would need one too. Although Allyson's shop is all sold out of these lovelies right now, she does custom orders, so contact her through Etsy and pick your favorite fabric from her huge offering! **This just in: Allyson just wrote to let me know that she will be re-stocking here Car Litter Bags very shortly, so keep your eyes peeled before they are all snatched up!**

Bet you never thought you would covet something that even came close to resembling a fanny pack, but I can see how useful this Vanetti Hip Bag from Rubyzaar would be! I love the funkyness of it, and the green suede is certainly swoon worthy.

I love the idea of a knitting needle organizer specifically for the larger circular needles! This one from Granny's Chamber really does look like something that could have been passed down from your Grandmother!

And who doesn't have some clutter in their bag that needs catching?? This Clutter Catcher from Chic Boutique is so cute and retro! How can you resist??

Finally, these two totally different passport covers will make sure that you CANT forget to take it with you!! Pictured above is Tiny Meat's more traditional take is fun and colorful. The padded vinyl case has 2 additional pockets for extras like ID and cash. The inside is made from paint chips! How's that for recycling????

This Vintage Jersey Passport Pocket from InCraft We Trust is made from fabrics passed down from the designers 88 year old Grandmother, and serves many a purpose. I bought one and use it as a home for my iPod!

(Images from each individual seller)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Alicia Paulson Studio

I know that most of the crafty/design blog community is very familiar with Alicia Paulson and her blog, Posie Gets Cozy, but for some reason I have not caught on. I must have been in a coma! What a treausre trove of wonderful anecdotes, imagery and cooking pictures that will make your mouth water!

Alicia also has an online boutique called Rosy Little Things where she sells a wide variety of sweet handmade goods all created in her home studio, which brings me to my point! Is this NOT the most gorgeous studio you have every seen!!!?

I am so in awe of how perfectly lovely the environment is! So soothing and calm. I would never think to use such a bold color in my studio space, but this has changed my perspective! I think that the creative touches, like having the slippers on the wall for extra storage, really help to inspire. All of the beautiful papers, notions, bobbins and fabrics are such eye candy. It sure makes for a beautiful space! Well done!

I wanted to share the discovery of this space with you becasue I think that having an environment to work in that stimulates your creative juices is so important. Sometimes it is hard with all of the stuff we collect to create with, but Alicia proves that it can be done BEAUTIFULLY! (I am so jealous!)

To see more photos of the details of the space, click here!
(All images courtesy of Alicia Paulson)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Daniel Bejar

I just discovered an amazing Illustrator by the name of Daniel Bejar. His work is all very thought provoking and well executed. There aren't many designers who can make such important statements in such innovative and smart ways. The works are just all beautiful! The piece above, Identity Theft was awarded the silver medal from the Society of Publication Designers in June 2006. Well deserved nod if you ask me!

"The Summer of '04"

I really like seeing the fingerprints and smudges along the outside edges of each piece. It reminds me of how Rodin's fingerprints and nail marks can be seen in his sculptures because he liked to mold with his hands. There is something humanzing and beautiful about works that are created by artists who like to get dirty and use their hands as tools, instead of to hold tools, while they are creating.

"Are you responsible for your own weight?"

There is a link for a future shop on Daniel's website. I hope it comes soon!
found via Marbargarbo
(All images courtesy of Daniel Behar)

Friday, August 11, 2006


Scary that my last post on CS was over a month ago! The Swoon will be back in action soon! I promise! In the meantime, Felt Club is this weekend bringing you LOTS of crafty surprises as only FC can! Be there or be square! Be sure to say hi if you make it there!

I will be posting lots of pictures, so be sure to check back!