Oracle Organics has 100% organics natural juices and great packaging. This juice has no preservatives, which means no natural flavors. Natural flavors can be a number of 30 different ingredients like Aspartame, dye, and saccharin so watch out. The fewer ingredients the better. Fresh squeezed juice is always better as the enzymes are active but juice over soda or sugary drinks is always a better choice. I have not seen these in the United States but hope they appear somewhere soon. On the go without a fresh juice bar around, these would be nice to have and you could easily reuse the snazzy glass bottle. Designed by Fenetik Design | Country: Australia
Liam is an active six year old who happens to have a neuromuscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. His lovely mother Lynn, founder of Satsuma Press, has organized a giveaway to raise funds for a bathroom remodel so that Liam can have a fully functional bathroom in his house (complete with roll-in shower).
Fifty-one artists have donated work for the giveaway, including INK+WIT. Please check out the details of the giveaway here and the list of participants. A great list of sweet and talented people.
I want one. This egg pod, found on G Living, is a mixture of white cement, lightweight aggregate and glass fiber. "According to the designer’s website, the diameter and height of the pod are the expansion of a hen’s egg shell. Holes in the body of the pod lend a sense of weightlessness to the structure while allowing a delicate sprinkling of light to reach the person nesting inside this cocoon of air and concrete."
Aparigraha is non-possessiveness and non-attachment.
Stay humble, kind, open minded, and remember how you started, where you started, and be fair to everyone. Listen well, speak with clear intention, be moderate in your daily grind, and live simply. Your business will grow and be planted in good intentions. When the seasons change you will have a toolbox to stay planted, steady, and keep it real.
On this overcast day I want these Munio Candela candles from ABC Home burning in my office. The simple package design is lovely too. Toxin-free soy wax with lead-free wicks handmade by artisans using herbs from the Latvian countryside.
Madeline Weinrib is one of my favorite textile designers. She lives and works in New York City as a painter and designer and is the grand daughter of ABC Carpet & Home founder Max Weinrib (lucky lady)! Madeline has carried on the family tradition with her innovative collection of artisanally-crafted pillows and textiles. Her color palette is lush and opulent with the concept rooted in traditional forms and her travels. Madeline's new wallpaper, based on her hand painted designs then silkscreened on a clay coated paper by US-based workshop, Studio Printworks, will be displayed at the Madeline Weinrib Atelier on the 6th floor of ABC Carpet & Home mid May.
Featured above at top are Madeline's designs for carpets and pillows and on bottom the new Alemande wallpaper design. "Titled "Allemande" the lyrical black and white pattern was inspired by antique French brocade and reinterprets its sumptuous, old-world feel with an airy freshness. With visible brushstrokes and traces of the artist's hand throughout the surface, the design has a highly-gestural, spontaneous feel which harks back to Madeline’s beginnings as an abstract painter."
Thin and durable hand blown glass balloon spice/salt + pepper shakers designed by Masayuki Kurokawa, an award winning architect and product designer. Hand-blown by Shotoku Glass Co., who originally created lightbulbs in Japan.
Found at my favorite online shop Merchant no.4
Happy Earth Day. Hopefully, we can all take a moment to thank the planet and elements for keeping us alive.
These Slim Chips, organic paper chips, are hysterical. Tasty edible paper and pure organic tastes. Hmmm, not enticed to eat them but the idea of them as a gag gift entices me. Designed by Hafsteinn Juliusson, an Industrial/Interior designer from Reykjavik, Iceland living and working in Milano, Italy.
Lately I have been trying to take a break with my husband. He is on vacation this week. Somehow planning a trip was not in the stars. When I found the website The Happy Campers it made me realize I would be happy going even an hour away to a campsite and sleeping in a tent for 2-3 days relaxing under a bunch of trees. I remember as a child how it was so exciting to make a tent out of sheets in your room or a tent in your backyard. Honestly. I might just put up a tent in my backyard and sleep out there for 1 night and call it a mini vacation. Everything is what you make it, right?
The Happy Campers has a great website dedicated to camping sites in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Stunning places to be in nature. And, they have a inspirational book here. (images above from The Happy Campers website)
I was super excited to hear from Saffron Marigold a few weeks ago about their line of textiles. Based in Petaluma, CA, Saffron Marigold's line includes hand block printed duvet covers, bed spreads, drapes, cushion covers, curtains, pillow covers, table cloths, valances and shower curtains. The creations are sourced from Rajasthan, where entire villages derive their livelihood from the craft of hand block printing.
Saffron Marigold features amazing pictures of the block printing, dying, and drying process here to fully see how hard the craftspeople of Rajasthan work from start to finish. It is a pleasure to see the colors being mixed, the hand stamping process which is quite tedious, and the linens being air dried. The block printing process is quite serious. Each block is Sheesham wood, a heavy and hard wood made from a deciduous tree, native to India. If there are any areas printing gaps or holes in the carved design block, the holes/areas must be plugged with cotton. In addition, the most skilled artisan printer must print the first pattern in outline. They use their hands to measure, no ruler. As each design on the block is hand printed they move their hands from place to place ensuring accuracy of the final forms. So much love and care goes into the full design and there are quite a few people working on it. It is special to know each piece of Saffron Marigold is created with love and genuine skill.
I will start with balance. Balance in your intentions. Not balance of all these different things we must do but how to balance the ultimate intention (being happy, kind, helpful). I think having a joyful life while running a business must have a solid intention behind it to create a work ethic and body of work which uplifts the business owner and society. Whether you are making vases, pizzas, or delivering newspapers, the task at hand must be enjoyed or the intention of the business becomes dark. It is inevitable that there will be a project, an event, a pitfall, and a wave of uncontrollable ups and down that come at you. I am learning that in these waves are opportunities to see change, growth, and truth ultimately creating balance. And, the truth hurts sometimes unless you look at it upside down and say, there is the answer... here in the chaos. But to see the answer in the chaos one must be still.
It appears terrariums are in demand these days. I have not had the desire for one I must admit. But, litill's did make me curious. The colors are combined in a beautiful way. Bright blues, pinks, and yellows with all that white stone and sand is quite pretty and relaxing to look at.
It has been very busy here getting ready for the National Stationery show. I swear, the time just goes by all year and then bam, the show is here.
Over the next 4 weeks I have seven new letterpress notecards debuting, 3 new stamp sets of Arctic Animals, Paris, and Safari scenes, tea towels, wrapping paper, and if it can get done, wallpaper. Yes, finally, wallpaper. I had to surrender yesterday and say, it will all come together. For those of you who have not yet done a trade show, it is very important to remember you cannot get every thing in your mind done. But, you can get most of it done if you stay calm and enjoy the ride. I just keep repeating it is what it is.
Above is a sneak peek of my new fox.
Los Angeles based duo, Scout Regalia, is a multitasking design studio focusing on design and fabrication of space, furniture, home products, graphic identities, material processes, and sustainable living. And, they have won my heart. I love the SR Outdoor Table Set made of enameled aluminum and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified redwood.There are 210 aluminum colors to choose from so you can really customize the table.
Then, there is the SR Patio Garden Kit (DIY) including everything you need to construct a patio friendly garden of various sizes and lengths. The SR Patio Garden Kit (DIY) comes with powder coated heavy gauge steel brackets and a drainage textile made of 40% post industrial recycled content to help drain soil. Brackets are locally manufactured in Los Angeles and designed to minimize waste and maximize material. Also available fully assembled: SR Patio Garden
SR is dedicated to supporting local fabricators, and aspires to embody innovation, discipline, and inquisitiveness in all the work that is produced. Created by Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani.
Time to start that garden!!!