Friday, July 2, 2010

{Fabric Friday} Oh Boy... the 4th of July!

How could I not be inspired by this little boy? I have been collecting "car" or "transportation" fabrics for Sayer for awhile. The hope is to make him a quilt soon. But for now, they are his fabrics to organize in the studio as he likes. You can't walk too many places in our house without spotting a toy car, train, boat, fire engine, or truck.

This is 4th of July weekend here in the US and many people are out & about, traveling to see fireworks and friends over the holiday. What a way to celebrate but to have a Fabric Friday that honors transportation vehicles and the red, white & blue of our flag. In these patriotic klt:fabric stashes, you will find some: Kokka, Michael Miller, Amy Bulter, *Trefle* and  Kei fabrics. As far as the make of the cars that are parked in front, I will have to ask Sayer or Chris and then get back to you.

Last year, Sayer participated in a 4th of July parade (in my parent's neighborhood)  in a red wagon. I am not sure what my mom has up her sleeve for this year's parade but I am sure it will be good. After all, her birthday is today and I am sure she will be up for extending her party. Happy Birthday Mom!  Happy Fabric Friday Everyone! Hope you have a safe and fun weekend.  What are your plans?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

{objects} of my affection...

Sometimes I respond strongly to certain pictures or objects and I continue thinking about them for days... even weeks. Here are a few objects of my affection that have been kicking around in my thoughts for the last month. 

"Les Modules" {linen, ballet style room shoe inspired by Le Corubsier's architecture} LaLa Shoes  - I have dreamed about wearing these wonderful shoes as studio shoes. Just think of what I could create when wearing them. Wouldn't mind these little cozy LaLa shoes either...

Eames House Blocks {The portable Eames Case Study #8 house} House Industries - Ray and Charles Eames are my favorite designers so I would love to fiddle and play with the case study #8 house.

Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks- {Mid-century designer} House Industries  -These are beautiful, bright & could inspire all sorts of things, I am sure. 

Ties by Something's Hiding in Here, found on the Curiousity Shop Blog ~ Smarts & Crafts -These ties and the way that they are displayed, had me asking my husband if he wanted to start wearing ties. But I think they would also look dashing with the "Le Modules" shoes. 

I have to admit that I think I could entertain myself for quite a long time with this awesome  MoMA modern play house. I wonder if Sayer would like it ? (wink wink)

Just wanted to share some of my cool June discoveries with you. Can't wait to see what July has in store visually... Happy July 1st (particularly to my Canadian friends)!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{Store Feature} monsieur minouchet

Catherine Dupont emailed me in June of 2008. I actually know the exact date  because I haven't thrown any of her emails away. She was inquiring about carrying my products in a store that she was lovingly creating called monsieur minouchet. Her emails were so warm and friendly. At the time, Sayer was 5 months and I was still trying to figure the whole, new mommy/ small biz owner thing out. She was kind and patient and shared a little bit about her son Adrien, who was 18 months at the time. I don't remember everything in her first order, but there were a lot of plush kitties & owls. 

Right after Catherine received her klt:boxes, she sent me some pictures of Adrien & Ollie Owl that melted my heart. Adrien had adopted Ollie Owl  immediately. He slept with him and took him everywhere. I believe she told me that Ollie  even had a spot at the breakfast table next to Adrien! Needless to say, I was pleased to hear that Ollie was receiving so much love  in Belgium. I also remember looking at the pictures of Adrien and wondering when Sayer was going to be able to walk and carry around one of my plushies like that.  

When monsieur minouchet officially opened I spent a long time looking through all of Catherine's beautifully curated treasures. I love her style, taste, and the fact that she uses Adrien as a model. Her photos are always clever and show a peek into her life. I find that she and I are drawn to similar brands and designers. She carries a large variety of a local favorite of mine, Kate Quinn Organics. I have pictures of Sayer in that same shirt (except green). I also use Sayer as my model and I enjoy seeing photos of both Adrien & Sayer over time. It is a great way to document how fast they grow. I also get to see some of my klt:works tees on Adrien which is always fun! It appears that Adrien and Sayer share a love of Thomas the Train, cars, and garbage trucks too . 

Along with having a similar aesthetic, Catherine and I enjoy sharing music, movie, & book recommendations. We developed a friendship that I truly value over the last 2 years. She is my international pen pal with a keen wit and sense of style. I have the goal of one day meeting her in person and visiting Belgium. I have never been to Europe and so far I have been living through my critters and the interesting people that they bring my way. I have received some pretty fantastic parcels from Catherine over the years as well - including a few things found in her store like this wonderful soap & a print by Blanca Gomez- cosas minimas .

Catherine just received her latest klt:boxes a few days ago and she sent me this sweet photo of Adrien sleeping with the new little critter that he adopted, a bulldog plushie.  I have to say, it is nice to have klt:works represented in such a beautiful shop, but the best part has been  meeting Catherine. So, if you are proficient in French, live near Belgium, or just want to visit a thoughtfully curated shop, stop by monsieur minouchet.  Catherine also has a blog where she often shares yummy recipes that she finds and includes beautiful pictures of things found in her garden and on her travels. If you are like me and don't speak french this is a very helpful tool . Enjoy! 

{all photos - monsieur minouchet & klt:works}

Sunday, June 27, 2010

{Music Monday} Unique harmonies & song writing...

{photo via the Weepies website}

The iTunes or "genius" feature with the, "if you like this, then you might like this", concept is made for someone like me. I believe that is how I found the Weepies a few years ago. It was one of my major iTunes research & purchasing extravaganzas,  inspired by an iTunes gift card, that led me to the sweet duo. I have been listening to Pandora Radio a lot lately and the Weepies have been popping up frequently. I find that it is nice studio music. I read a little about them and discovered that they had a son about the same time we had Sayer. Because of their new addition to their family, they didn't tour after their last release. Instead they stayed home and wrote lots and lots of songs. But that didn't mean they fell off people's radar though- you may remember hearing their music for a Barack Obama ad campaign, along with various tv shows & films. I look forward to hearing their newest recording that is due out  August 31st. I have a feeling that I may identify with some of their lyrics. The new collection, BE MY THRILL is said to showcase their unique songwriting abilities and harmonies. Any collection where, "Cole-Porter-Esque" & "Dusty Springfield" are used to describe songs, has me curious. 

I was delighted when I saw the Weepies videos on their website. I think I actually giggled a little. I love the creativity and approach shown in each one. I felt like I hit the jackpot.  Hope you enjoy them too. The Weepies just sort of fits my mood these days. Happy Music Monday! 


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