as we enter fall

It is quickly feeling like fall here in Portland. I usually get up early to have my cup of french press before everyone else wakes up. This morning the air was crisp & chilly and I quickly rummaged about for a cosy sweater & woolly socks. In honor of the changing season, here are some new zipper pouches in fabulous colors & prints.  

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circles, dots and leaves, oh my!

I love lists and organizing. These zipper pouches are my favorite right now. They are roomy enough to fit all the essentials (cash, cards, keys, phone..lipstick), but small enough to throw into a larger bag or even your jacket pocket. Here are the latest in our shop, made out of amazing Japanese fabrics (compliments of my dear friend Alison). The colors and prints are so lovely and you better grab yours before they are all gone!

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weekend work

It was a busy, busy weekend. In addition to our regular orders, we are in the midst of creating for the fabulous Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale. We've been slow roasting new salt batches in enticing, unique flavors and piecing together gorgeous colors & fabrics into beautiful bags. One of my favorite details is our hand printed logo in each bag. It takes extra time, but I really enjoy this meditation & connection to each piece. Have a wonderful Monday and hope to see our local friends at the Crafty Wonderland sale on Saturday, May 10th from 11am-6pm!

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spring sale!

We are absolutely in love with these colors & textures. Our ever popular cosmetic bags, toiletry bags and clutches in spring fabrics, including organic cotton canvas & linen! These make a perfect Mother's Day or birthday gift. Stop by our Etsy shop and use coupon code SPRING14 for 20% off your entire purchase until Friday, May 2, 2014. 

i heart oregon

Living in Oregon is truly a blessing.  I love that the wild, windy coast and the lush, emerald mountains are a quick hour away!  I recently spent a long weekend with my family in the hidden gem of Oceanside.  We had lovely pockets of sunshine, quick bursts of stormy weather and found inspiration under every small rock.

Ethan & Coco walking the beach.

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Aidan becoming one with the waves.

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Frankie was enthralled by every small shell.

Our amazing crab feast.  Delicious.

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sunny days

Portland is absolutely glorious!  The moments in the studio seem lighter and bursting with creativity with the sun streaming in the windows.  It was a wonderful sunny weekend, full of bike rides, tennis, friends, family, designing and gorgeous cherry blossoms. Here are some snapshots from the past week.  

Biking along the waterfront with my little girls, Frankie & Coco.  Photo taken by the amazing Amy Ouellette.

Coco waiting for ice cream.  Love the colors.

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Frankie reading in bed on Sunday morning.  

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Fabric Inspiration

Sarah has just returned from a three week whirlwind trip to Kenya and South Africa.  More to come on her travels soon, but for today we thought you'd enjoy a little fabric eye candy from South Africa.

 Sarah's favorite shop, on what she called, "Fabric Street" in Durban.  Any store with haberdashery on their sign has our attention.

Sarah's favorite shop, on what she called, "Fabric Street" in Durban.  Any store with haberdashery on their sign has our attention.

 Similar to an oil cloth.  Would make a great travel cosmetic bag.

Similar to an oil cloth.  Would make a great travel cosmetic bag.

 Just plain fun.

Just plain fun.

 Traditional fabric for the local Durban seamstress.

Traditional fabric for the local Durban seamstress.

blooming

The sun has been shining in Portland and we are inspired to start sporting some cheerful colors! Here are the new clutches that just hit our etsy shop!  Great patterns, organic canvas, lush colors...

Eggplant purple & ivory organic canvas clutch with citron denim accents.

Smoky gray & ivory organic canvas with stone denim accents.  Lovely folded or not.

Ahh, color pop!  Indigo & white abstract canvas with turquoise brushed denim accents.

happy!

Balancing work and family can be a challenge. Amidst the chaos, there are moments when I feel truly grateful to provide my four kids with a creative environment. Every year my son Aidan makes valentines for his classmates. This year he incorporated some Frankie & Coco techniques into his creations.We hand paint designs onto ceramics and I have been carving my own stamps to add detail to some of our sewn products. Aidan grabbed the X-Acto knife and we went to town on an eraser, creating triangles on one end and chevrons on the other. He used a glass to trace circles, stamped his designs, stamped HAPPY (which I love) across the top and cut them out. The finishing touch was a Twix, of course. 20140213-124031.jpg

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