Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday What's Making.....

Having fun making rings from leather scraps.  xo N

Experimenting with pipe fittings and crystals.  xo N

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday What's Finds.....

I found some old barb wire.  Still trying to figure out what I can make with them.  Of course they sure are pretty just the way they are.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday What's New....

We just placed the clutch purses by Gather and Spill in the shop and added Julienne's lovely rings as well.  Come check them out!  xo N

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interview with Gather and Spill

Coming to the shop soon is Gather and Spill.  I was fortunate enough to sit with Julienne English the creator and brain child of this beautiful line made of  leather pieces and jewelry.  I met Julienne on a Tuesday morning at a local coffee shop, the first thing I noticed when she walked in was this large and lovely bag that she had draped over her shoulder.  I had to comment and paw the bag for a bit.  It was a prototype that she'd been working on with her new sewing machine.  I knew right then that she was my people.  Based in California Julienne works with vintage linens, repurposed leather and various metals.  She shared with me of what inspires her and her creative process.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Los Angeles.  Came to Santa Cruz in 2003.

What did you have for breakfast?
Scramble eggs and Kale with avocado.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from everything, everywhere......all the time, traveling and things I see on a daily basis.  And I love old things.

When did you start and what sparked you to make your leather pieces?
The first time I went to Thailand I met this ex-patriate who made these beautiful leather work bags.  I had him show me how to make something that I wanted to make and made this leather hip bag with turquoise on it.

Did you continue your education? 
 My continued education mostly is self taught.   Ross who owns Leather Wise helps me all the time.

Who is/are your inspiration?
That changes on a weekly basis.  Right now my friend Judith is my inspiration.  She is the Queen of positivity and yesology.

Where do you want to go with Gather and Spill.  Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years from now?
I was just talking with a group of woman last night and I feel like I really would love to work in a collective and create and share and not keep everything to myself but to share, collaborate and teach and inspire.  I know this old African proverb:  "If you teach a boy, you teach one, if you teach a girl, you teach a whole Village."

What is favorite thing to create with?  
Leather or anything really.

Describe your style?
I like the juxtaposition of old classic rustic things combined with new classic sleek things.

What's your favorite thing to do?
This is a hard one.......I love sharing a bottle of wine with someone and talking.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
I've been all over the world but I'm where I want to be.

Where is the one place that you would like to travel to that you haven't yet been? 
 I really want to go to Ireland and Scotland.

What is your creative process? 
 I guess I like to blend textures together and sometimes I feel like certain historic people will fuel my pieces.  Also I feel like the colors and textures of things make it all happen on its own.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday What's Want....

Handmade net bag available at Chay

 Band Of Outsiders funnel neck coat available at The Dreslyn.

Ankle boots from Humanoid available at Totokaelo

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday What's Finds...

Found this beautiful large old cutting board and this hand carved butter knife.  I love wood especially pieces that are useful and well worn.  xo N 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday What's Making.....

We named it, "un brin" which is french for a tad or a bit.  Is it not fitting?   Yes?  We think so.  They are made with antique and vintage beads and findings.  The clasp have been hammered out especially for these pieces and the tassels are handmade as well.  You can wear them around your wrist or neck.  Hoping to get them out onto the shop soon.  xo N 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday What's New...

What's new, well.... it's not that new but the ads are out and I'm beyond excited about it.  Isabel Marant's line for H&M will be in the stores November 14 in the USA and now the ads have been released.  ...sigh....   xo N

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday What's New....

What's New... are wooden and leather bead necklaces.  The beads are placed on a blue silk cord and the ends are crimped with brass.  They are fun to make and are fun to wear.  I'll be placing a few in the shop.  xo N

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wo & We

As you have probably guessed by now I am a bit obsessed about lighting and drool quite frequently from good illumine.  Wo & We is a lighting company based in France.  Industrial lighting with character.  Visit their website here

Tuesday What's Want....

What's Want is... A D├ętacher Consuelo Long Cardigan.  I could probably wear this all day.  See more Detacher clothing at Creature's of Comfort.  xo N

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday What's Find....

What's find is this beautiful weaving.  It would be great as a wall hanging, table runner, rug.  xo N

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday What's Inspiring....

The amazing Ceramic Artist, Paula Grief that's who is inspiring.  Her style and esthetics along with her talent just takes my breath away.  I want every one of her pieces.  You can see more pics here and here. xo N

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday What's Making

We are making knitted and crocheted wash cloths for the shop.  They are nicely paired with a small dish for soap and tied with a remnant piece of vintage fabric.  Each one is different and made from unbleached cotton so their nice and soft on your skin.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Playing photo shoot

We had another wonderful photo shoot with our beautiful Miss Brea to feature our up and coming products.   xo N
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