Market, Napkins, Aprons

Summer Pop up this Sunday

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This Sunday on June 11th I am so excited to be selling with Brooklyn Makers at the Down to Earth Farmer's Market in Park Slope Brooklyn.  I have been thinking of selling at the farmer's markets and when Teresa of Brooklyn Makers announced she was collaborating with Down to Earth I nearly jumped out of my seat I was so thrilled!  Brooklyn Makers will be showcasing 5 to 6 brands at the market this Sunday and Wednesday June 21st in Dumbo.  I will be selling at both.  

Conductor Stripe Denim Picnic Blankets with twill ties, carry strap and d-ring closure.

Conductor Stripe Denim Picnic Blankets with twill ties, carry strap and d-ring closure.

 

You can find new aprons, tea towels, picnic blankets and napkins. I have added quite a few new things for the summer season in bright pinks and adding some tassels too!  

New apron style, the Conductor Shortie Full. 

New apron style, the Conductor Shortie Full. 

Pink, blush and grey napkin collection, reversible to pink pineapple, gold metallic dots and grey squares.  Mix and match!

Pink, blush and grey napkin collection, reversible to pink pineapple, gold metallic dots and grey squares.  Mix and match!

You can see the whole list of makers by visiting Brooklyn Maker's website right here. 

Hope to see you this summer and for an extra 10% off your purchase at the Park Slope of Dumbo pop up,  mention you read my blog post about the Brooklyn Maker Pop Ups!

Tracey

Inspirations, Color

Blush: Color of the Moment

Have you noticed all the blush, dusty peach, faded pink colors out there lately? It's showing up in home, apparel, interiors, accessories. It's amazing. It's a beautiful shade and when put together with other colors it can be a sophisticated new addition. Here are a few of my faves. 

Many of these are from companies I follow on Instagram so I have kept the company name on the photo. From left to right, the farmhouse project, selvedge magazine, abc carpet and home.

Many of these are from companies I follow on Instagram so I have kept the company name on the photo. From left to right, the farmhouse project, selvedge magazine, abc carpet and home.

Blush pinks have a bit of yellow to them and are dustier than your baby pink.  It looks refreshing with spring green which is a lighter, brighter shade.  It also looks sharp next to pea green or golden ochre.

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Here is dusty blush pink with peaches, yellows and whites.  From left to right, Etsy, Brooklyn Haberdashery and The Loome. 

Here is dusty blush pink with peaches, yellows and whites.  From left to right, Etsy, Brooklyn Haberdashery and The Loome

pink and tan

This photo has been on my inspiration wall for a few months now. Unfortunately I cannot remember where it was from. It is from a magazine, possible NY Times Style.  It is actually swatches of wall to wall carpeting but I ripped it out because I love the rose pink shades next to the taupes.

everyman espresso tile wall

And the wall at my local coffee shop, Everyman Espresso.  Love this!

 

Etsy NY Street Team now becomes NY Handmade Collective

NY Handmade Collective

Some of you may know I belong to the local Etsy group which is called the Etsy NY Street Team. This consists of the makers who sell on Etsy who live in New York City.  Our group is amazing and we have over 250 members! I volunteer with this group and I sell at the Etsy NY markets. As I was reading the press release I was reminded of something.   "...organizing local artisans to connect and educate the wider world on the positive impacts and overall human value in promoting and buying handmade".  The human value.  I have been taking a class at Fashion Institute of Technology called Ethical Fashion.  And this is one of the things we discuss in the class.  I worked in mass market. I worked with factories overseas.  I sat behind a computer and designed, sent the tech pack to a factory somewhere in China or India.  A few weeks later an article of clothing came back.  Seeing the same thing made over and over again with no uniqueness is what drove me to start my own company.  But also when you buy something from your local shop  instead of a large corporation you support your neighborhood, the lifestyle you live in and the people who own the business. I live in a cute section of Brooklyn called Park Slope.  Many mom and pop shops are closing because rents go up.  What opens in place of them are nail salons or the space remains empty for years.  We moved here because we like all of the little shops. People don't seem to connect the two. It's important that we all support local farms, local makers, local businesses.  Make the effort. 

Click here for the press release.

Tracey

 

Inspirations, Fabrics

Vintage Fabric Finds

While building my new line which will consist of upcycled, vintage inspired and sustainable fabrics I am on the hunt for truly antique fabrics.  In a local store right in my neighborhood I found this blue and green kitchen scene floral fabric.

vintage blue green floral

This fabric is light weight but a tight weave. There is a casing at the top which looks like it was used for a curtain.  I don't know the origins and the tags are still inside but all print has been worn away.  What attracted me to this fabric were the colors.  I love the shades of blue used with the shade of lime green. Is that a green orange or lime with a blue interior? Blue or green cherry anyone?  I assume it is 3 colors because that those were the printing capabilities available at the time. 

Totally cute fabric and  I was able to secure 4 panels.  Now working them into my line.

Feed Sack Fabrics

Tagging along to last week's post about the book I've been reading called Feed Sacks, The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric, I have been hunting for some of these historical cloths.  Ebay seems to be the place for authentic ones.  Although reproductions can be found on many sites as well.  Depending on what you plan to use them for you need to look at them carefully.  Usually Ebay sellers are upfront in the description with stains or rips.  My plan is to use them for apron pockets and detailing on a new category I am designing.  Therefore a few stains won't effect me too much because I just can cut around it.  

some feed sack fabric purchased on eBay.  

These ones I received are in pretty good shape and I am quite pleased with how they turned out after washing them.  They will work perfectly in my blues category! 

Have you shopped for feed sacks? Where are your go tos? Find anything amazing? Please share!