NEW WOODCUT COUPLE’S MONOGRAM HANDSTAMP

Is it rude of me to think our new personalized stamp offering is the cutest? Because I do! These are my and the Fancy’s initials, pretty hilarious right? This has just been added to the shop, it’s a petite size which makes it perfect for favor bags or creating your own couple’s stationery.  I will be adding our plain cotton bags to the shop soon, because I have had an overwhelmingl number of requests for them. They will come in three sizes, the medium is the perfect size for favor bags, although the small bags are pretty darn cute. I think they would make a great alternative to traditional wrapping this holiday season and are re-usable which should feel nice and guilt-free.

P.S. Don’t forget about the D.I.Y. stationery giveaway on Hope’s blog.

GLASS DOMES

I don’t need these domes, but I surely do want them.  I found a pretty nice resource for them at The Evolution store. They have a huge variety of sizes, I of course like the tiny ones, it’s just my thing. In a back issue of Lonny they had a link to Laura Day’s excellent butterfly in a dome DIY, which would look stunning in my studio. I hope to one day try it out, have you done anything with these domes or know of a better resource so I can add it to this post?

DIY STATIONERY KIT GIVEAWAY!

 
One of our winner’s in the launch contest designer/artist Hope Karney of Paper Relics wanted to spread the love. When she invited me to do a giveaway on her beautiful blog I was only too happy to oblige. Hope as I may have mentioned was one of my students in our Souvenir Foto School and at the end of class she graciously sent me some of her beautiful cards as a thank you.  I was so touched by how thoughtful the gesture was and truth be told the cards were so pretty in person I had a hard time parting with them. The DIY stationery kit seems to be a hit in the shop (hint, I will be adding more variety soon) and I would love it if you won, so please go over to Hope’s and enter to win.  Good luck!

MONKEY BUSINESS

Look at that face and those little fingers. What could be cuter than Ms. Hepburn and a monkey? Not much, except maybe a baby rhino. I am really happy it’s Monday, I have a ton of work to do but so ready for the week. Sunday was dedicated to more apothecary experiments, working with soap and testing stabilization of fragrances. Patience is not my strong suit, so the waiting for curing, stabilization, etc. nearly kills me. I am trying to figure out what scents to launch first, which is like asking me to choose my favorite puppy, I am having a hard time with that decision. I am doing something very complex that has to feel very simple, I am trying to re-create the scent of nature identical fragrances, but it really is a Herculean task. There aren’t essential oils for a lot of florals, like gardenia, you can’t get an essential oil from an actual gardenia so if you are buying a fragrance that reads it is gardenia essential oil it’s a lie. What you can do though is try to combine essential oils to re-create that scent. It’s extraordinarily difficult.  I like to think that my tuberose is spot on, cue the angels singing but I realize now that most people won’t want to smell exactly like a tuberose, it is a little heady. The tuberose would probably be best suited for a room fragrance so that leaves me going back to the drawing board. What other one’s do I think I have perfected (in my not so humble opinion)? Well, my cucumber smells just like a fresh, watery cucumber when the oil is in the bottle, on the skin not so much, in soap, uhm not so much. I have some candles with the cucumber curing and I am hoping that it doesn’t change, but one never knows. My California clementine blossom, hello, I could smell this all day. Flowers from most citrus tree’s have an almost jasmine and gardenia combined note, they don’t really smell citrusy I really love this one.  I only have a couple people that emailed me about being testers, so if you are interested send me an email.  I am going to start sending out samples to my testers soon!

SERIES II

 I created a whole series of these round images inspired by the 1890 Kodak No. 02 camera. When one developed their film it would come back as a round image on a square card. I love that it has an air of adventure to it, almost like you were looking through a telescope or a porthole. This was from one of my adventures this summer, miles above the Pacific ocean, somewhere between California and New York City. I have been playing with the idea of printing on a very slight white background so it feels even more authentic. It was shot with a vintage Canon manual film camera and yes I am as surprised as you that it actually came out.
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