Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloweeeeen!


Parker carved her Halloween pumpkin. Jack o lanterns are like kids drawings...they're all super duper cute.

Have fun this weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

heart shaped bananas


I saw this idea for heart shaped bananas last week on Poppytalk...it was posted by Sauna and Stephen of Somethings Hiding in Here -I thought it was completely charming (as they seem to be, eh?). I took their idea and tossed them on top of Parker's toaster waffles this morning...they really classed up breakfast! It was super easy. I didn't have time to photograph it so I stole this image from their website. But, you too can dress up your eggos in a jif...here's how Stephen says to do it:

simply carve a notch down the entire banana, then slice up the heart shapes onto pancakes, ice cream, or any of your favorite treats.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A few new bags

We just added a few new colors to the shop. The first (and one I think you'll be excited about) is a new color in the Market Bag! It's been a long time since we added to the Market Bag Collection and are super excited to show you the newest addition:


The Market Bag in brown corded canvas lined in 100% organic golden yellow cotton. This is one of my most favorite color pairings. I would love to know what you think of it.


We love this new brown corded canvas so much we decided to add it to the Messenger Bag collection as well. Corded canvas is the ideal material. It is durable, has texture, is slightly distressed, breaks in like your favorite jeans and pairs perfectly with all of our designs. Here, we combined it with matte black cordura (which is water proof and durable). Our good friend Owen just took this on a trip to Ireland...we'll let you know what he thinks of it for world traveling when he returns.



We also added a messenger in rosewood corded canvas. We made one at the request of a customer and liked it so much, we felt it needed to be in the shop. Why not punch things up a bit with the perfect red bag this winter? A little color is the best way to ward off the winter blues (though, we like blue, too!)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hello Hello

The last few weeks have been so nuts. A few traumatic events coupled with many business and personal obligations have made it high stress and very very busy around here. We are looking forward to having a few days off some time in the future (we're aiming for Thanksgiving). In the meantime, we're sewing and sewing to get caught up on all of our orders (we're almost there!!) and we want to thank all of our wonderful wonderful customers who have been so patient with us - you're truly the best!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo
Wendy & Jeremy

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Local Motion by The PGH City Paper


This Thursday night you will find us at The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre for the 5th annual Local Motion benefit fashion show organized by the Pittsburgh City Paper. The event highlights some of the best local designers and shops. We are very excited to be involved and looking forward to meeting more of the Pittsburgh community. Here are the details:

Local Motion
October 22, 2009, 7 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theatre (5941 Penn Ave in East Liberty)
Event includes cocktails, trunk show, runway show, sweets and an after party
You can see our bags in person and we will be taking orders.
Buy your tickets here

It promises to be a fun time (plus, the after party is at The Shadow Lounge, a place I've been wanting to check out and there's going to be a burlesque show.....so racy!).

Monday, October 12, 2009

I need the parenting wand

Last Thursday, Parker and I were working in the studio. Jeremy had just left town for a project he's been working on with a group of Dutch artists. Things were going fine. I was sewing, Parker was doing homework....everything was good.

As many of you know, we are renovating the building the studio is located in. When we moved in, the building was in need of repair due to some water damage. We had to replace the floors, repair some walls, paint, etc...but, the bigger issue was in the basement. The basement is a stone foundation which had been insulated with a vapor barrier, dry-walled and fitted with lovely drop ceilings (why do people do this!!!). Several months before we moved in, a pipe burst on the main floor, ran for several days, flooded the main floor and the basement - nothing was really done to take care of the damage that had been done and the water sat there for months. This meant the basement molded - in a way I have never ever seen before. It was covered, floor to ceiling in black mold...literally, the walls were black, the floors were black...it was horrible. To make things worse - the only usable bathroom was in the basement. So, one of the first things we did was seal off the basement from the first floor so we could safely work in there (we have since gutted the whole basement). The air quality was so bad - everyday we went home with headaches and Jeremy developed some respiratory issues. To remedy the situation, Jeremy tore out the basement bathroom, salvaged the sink and toilet and replaced the bathroom in the second floor apartment (which will soon be turned into an office). In order to use this bathroom, we go outside, up the back stairs and into the second floor. The back stairs are just old deck type stairs that raise up above a dead end alleyway type space between our building and the building next door. This space is pretty big and very dark...it's about 30 feet deep, 5 feet wide and 12 feet high. We have been talking about closing it off and turning it into outside storage since we moved in. There have just been so many other things that needed to take precedence that we never got around to it.

So, last Thursday, while Parker and I were at the studio, she went up to the bathroom, returned and went back to homework. About 30 minutes later, I did the same. Only, when I opened the back door to go upstairs, I walked into a police raid on our backyard. I was met by about 10 police officers who had just arrested one man. (Parker witnessed all of this) It turns out, this one guy mugged someone about an hour earlier right up the block from our building and had been hiding under our back stairs for that whole time - during the same period of time that Parker had gone outside and upstairs by herself. I spent about 15 minutes with the police trying to get the details about what had happened only to find out this guy has been coming to that space under our stairs to get high on a regular basis (I'm pretty certain he's not smoking pot). I have been completely trapped with thoughts of "what could have happened" for the last three days. While, thankfully, neither of us were physically hurt, our sense of security has been completely compromised. Parker especially.

Jeremy came home early and we tried to asses what we could do to make our building and back yard a place that would not be conducive to intruders - for starters, closing off the dark alley and following through to a more thorough security system. It's all very unsettling. In many ways I feel like it was a wake up call for us to be more careful. The reality is, the neighborhood of our studio is in the city and while I do not think it is dangerous...we can't be naive... things do happen and we must take precautions to protect our business and family. We can find solutions to this, but the harder part is working through an invasion of personal safety with an 11 year old. She has been like velcro to me since this happened. Afraid to go to bed at night, scared at the slightest noise...I'm not sure what to do except show her we are taking preventative measures. But the reality is, she is only 11 and her 11 year old imagination has taken over...she does not feel safe. This is one of those moments when I wish there were a magic parenting wand that would just make everything better. If you know where I can find one...let me know. In the meantime, we're doing our best to try and work through things.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Real Hulk Hogan


Just trying to help you in your search for the perfect Halloween Costume. Made by the (clearly) talented Thrills from Brooklyn. You could buy this in her Etsy shop. Genius, if you ask me.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Carry this


The Letter Bag in black. Perfect for fall days. Perfect for all days.


Also, the new Clutch in rosewood is now available in the shop.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Maker

Yesterday was one of those days filled with administrative boring-ness. The inspection on my car expired today and in order to get it re-inspected it meant I had to transfer my vehicle registration from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. But, before I could do that, I had to get a PA drivers license. All three things had to happen yesterday. I know, I should have done it right after I moved here, but considering dirty dishes pile up in my sink for days on end, I wear all of my clothes no less than three times before they are thrown in the dirty pile so as to prolong the time between finding a spare few hours to sit at the laundromat (because we STILL do not have that trench dug to get the gas line turned on which would make our washer and dryer work) and we look like a family of squatters living in a gutted house that has not changed from the day we moved in - taking all of that into account, I feel like I'm on top of things getting this taken care of the day everything expired rather than the day after everything expired.


So, my day started with mounds of sewing (there are many many bags shipping out later today - woo hoo!) sewing, sewing, sewing so I could take the second part of the day to take care of this responsible citizen stuff...which, consequently took the rest of the entire day. But, I arrived home to a lovely present from my friend Kelly, reminding me that I am in fact not fully defined by the administrative things that are so much a part of daily life - rather, I am a MAKER. Thanks Kelly! It was just what I needed!

Now, go get one for all of your Maker friends - or get one of each...because if they're anything like, me..they wear all the hats...er, shirts.