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etsy in action: big city linen bag

My Big City Linen Bag
(vintage orange enamel flower pin by

One of my all-time favorite Etsy purchases is my Big City Linen Bag by tortillagirl, which I bought last summer and carried every day for months. This week I’m singing her praises by showing off the Spring 2009 outing of this treasure. It’s beautiful, it’s sturdy, and best of all, it’s machine washable (an essential in my case). This week, my Big City bag has toted the following with grace and ease:

* One wholesale order and a handful of individual orders, to the post office.
* One wholesale order to a local boutique (where I put the bag on a vintage theater bench, and despite the fact that it was full of my stuff, shoppers admired it and thought it was for sale).
* Assorted book purchases:

Thursday Next, by Jasper Fford
Mothers and Sons, by Colm Toibin
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

*My current commuting reading: The Best American Non-Required Reading, 2007 edition
*Current issue of W Magazine
*One pound of fresh kolache, apricot & raspberry, from a local bakery
*Macaroni & cheese leftovers after meeting a friend at a pub
*Health insurance renewal documents
*A purchase from stilettoheights.etsy.com, retrieved from the post office (gorgeous!)
*One bottle of sauvignon blanc
*One bottle of chardonnay
*One green sweater
*One green umbrella
*Pliers, chain, wire and beads for an order I finished at the office
*Shipping supplies
*…and myriad other daily necessities that travel with me: phone, mineral makeup from pinkquartz.etsy.com, assorted loose pairs of earrings, wallet, notebook, camera, flash drive, gum, a small forest of pens, change, and used train tickets that grows like moss in the pockets, and on and on and on…

Thanks, tortillagirl, I love my bag! You can buy one here:

mortal combat: sunshine & clouds

Weather Earrings by glasfaden

Chicago hasn’t had consistent weather for days now, which I guess is true of spring anywhere. In the course of a single day we can have balmy breezes and sunshine, followed a couple of hours later by bone-chilling sleet. I carry my umbrella on sunny mornings, only to forget it in the drizzly afternoon; I take terrible dark, foggy photographs and curse my camera; I drink a lot of Starbucks London Fog (it tastes exactly like it sounds – highly recommended).

Spring has also brought me a fresh appreciation for the classic grey & yellow color combination, which is everywhere from shop windows to a patch of sun on concrete. Shana was browsing through my urban legend shop earlier this week, found my quirk earrings, and said, “Hey, I think these need to go with Partly Sunny!” My earrings have a touch of mauve to them, so they’re cheating a bit in the grey and yellow department, but the two pieces do make a really pretty pair – especially if you’re into asymmetry. I started browsing around Etsy for more pretty pairings in yellow & grey. I wasn’t disappointed.

Partly Sunny Yo-Yo Bracelet by cookoorikoo & quirk earrings by me:

I have an abiding love of unusual and standout ceramics. I think this most excellent tile by spaldingstudio has found a friend in soule’s LetterPress Plate.

Pair fringe’s piecey, edgy and impossibly romantic Wanderlust Lariat with lizarietz’s plaid wool cloche for an incredible sculptural look.

Soothe your senses with savor’s Earl Grey Creme Fraiche and this 8×10 Sparklers print by flandersfield.

Lean back and relax on your Be Nice or Leave Pillow by alexandraferguson while scribbling notes on LandMdesignwork’s Seaforms notes.

I think these two pieces were meant to live side by side. On the left, Collecting Threads, acrylic on canvas original by lindanorton; on the right, Horatia, fine art print by kirby. {note: these pieces are not actually the same size. I took some liberties with file size.}

Enjoy a lovely spring weekend, and feel free to send me suggestions for more color pairing searches!

spring sale and new designs

I’ve been reorganizing my workspace lately, and that always leads me to dozens of new ideas for jewelry designs. Add to that the fact that I’ve recently discovered two new sources for vintage materials, and you get a whirlwind of activity in my studio. I’ve been trying to get things made, photographed and ready to post before my spring wholesale orders start coming in, but I’m feeling a little flurried this week and frequently I can’t finish something before the next idea comes along, demanding to be heard.

I trust it will all eventually come together. I’m posting several new things this week, and I’ll be working on lots more this weekend. If the weather cooperates and I get good light for photographs, there should be an onslaught of new stuff in my shop in the next 10 days or so. I’ve found some incredible vintage lucite that I’m crazy about, so keep your eyes open for fun, lightweight, summery designs!

And in the meantime, to lighten my shop up and make some breathing room for all of this, I’m having a spring sale on several designs. Stop by and check it out!

weekly poem: i’m open for suggestions

It’s a gorgeous morning in Chicago, and I’m daring to hope that spring has finally arrived in my beautiful city. I need a suitably joyous and effulgent poem with which to celebrate, and nothing I’ve found is really scratching the itch. Show me what you have, people. Recommend your favorites, and I’ll choose something and post it here.

In the meantime, I leave you with this vision of loveliness, captured on my block about a month ago. See why I’m so pleased that warmer weather has arrived? Now the street-mattresses are much more dry and comfortable. Less chafing, you know.