picnic blanket

Product, Brooklyn Made

Time for a Picnic

lobster picnic blanket

Here in the northern hemisphere we are in mid-summer and it certainly feels like it in the northeast. I am probably more aware of it because my mother--in-law from Sydney is visiting and it has been a topic of conversation that it is unusually cold there right now, in the 40's fahreneheit. But here in New York City it has been in the high 80's and 90's plus awful high humidity.  I certainly don't want to stay indoors when the temperatures rise.  Each morning I can't wait to get out to my small urban garden and see what has transformed over night. After I poke around the veggie plants and flowers I like to sit on the couch outside, have an ice coffee and do a little work.  Sometimes I opt for a picnic blanket in our patch of grass.  

Perfect for a baby who is in his or her tummy time stage or learning to crawl or a little one who might be a little unsure of the grass.  My daughter was not a fan of grass or sand in the first few years.  Whatever the case may be I have designed and made a variety of picnic blanket styles that come in 2 fabrications; denim cotton and water resistant poly. 

Neon Orange Tassel Denim Conductor Stripe Blanket $55.00

Neon Orange Tassel Denim Conductor Stripe Blanket $55.00

denim blanket with neon tassels

I am always drawn to the denim and natural fabrics.  I like the way they wash, ware and feel but in early summer when the ground still has that spring dampness or after a heavy rainfall there is nothing like getting a wet bottom on your picnic. For these occasions there are water resistant blankets I am selling in my Etsy shop and at Celebrate Brooklyn. 

Lobster in Nantucket Red Water Resistant Blanket to  purchase visit my etsy shop   by clicking here.  $50.00

Lobster in Nantucket Red Water Resistant Blanket to purchase visit my etsy shop by clicking here. $50.00

These blankets are relatively easy to make depending on straps and pockets.  The main factor is time.  If you don't have the time you can purchase by visiting my Etsy shop or one of the many great shows at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Check out the schedule here. 

Hope to see you at the bandshell!

Tracey

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

Product

Going for a picnic?

For the past 3 years I've been selling picnic blankets at the bric celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park Brooklyn. 

What started out as a "why aren't there any picnic blankets here" has turned into a new category in the traceytoole brand.  

You can find these blankets also at Van Hook Cheese and Grocery in Jersey City, New Jersey.  

201 conductor stripe with gingham check pocket  

201 conductor stripe with gingham check pocket  

Featuring a storage pocket and twill carry straps and of course made of cotton woven fabrics. 

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picnic blanket order heading out.

Arrival of Japanese denim.  

Arrival of Japanese denim.  

Yep we have grass in Brooklyn.  

Yep we have grass in Brooklyn.  

7th heaven fair on 7th in park slope Brooklyn  

7th heaven fair on 7th in park slope Brooklyn  

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And not just denim. There is a selection of water resistant blankets to keep your bums dry if the ground is a bit damp. I love the Native American inspired prints I found. These are in beautiful, sun bleached earth tones.  

Womel Canyon Water Resistant Blanket

If you can't make it to Bric Celebrate Brooklyn and would like to purchase a blanket please contact me tracey@traceytoole.com

The 201 Conductor Blanket is available in my etsy shop. Click here. 

Hope you are having a wonderful summer so far!  

Tracey  

Labor Day Sale on Picnic Blankets

The summer is winding down sadly.  We have a few more days, weeks if we are lucky, to hang out at our favorite beach or park spot.  Until Sept 7, 2015 all picnic blankets will be 10% off in my etsy shop. Some of these were made for the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival this summer.  Others were designed and made for the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island in mid August.  Just type in LABORDAY10 and receive 10% off. Click here to take you to my etsy shop.

Happy Labor Day!

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Market

Etsy Craft Party, Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape

photo: etsy.com

This coming Friday and Saturday will be the Etsy Craft Party.  Not just in one place but all over.  This is the celebration of crafting and community.  I am fortunate enough to live just a few miles away from the headquarters.  But anyone can organize a craft party.  All the details are right here.

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Every Etsy event I have been to has always been chock full of goodies, creativity and inspiration. This year's theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper taking Shape.  Don't think you have to be crafty to attend. Everyone is welcome. It's all about enjoying yourself and meeting new people!

One of my favorite things about creating is the community.  Stitch n bitch, craft gathers or quilting bees.  They are all wholesome and  down to earth pleasant things to do.

This year Etsy will be doing something different.  They have invited local Etsy sellers to apply for a craft fair that will be held during the craft party.   I applied and got accepted! So if you come to do some paper crafting, look for me! I will be there selling aprons, picnic blankets, tea towels and napkins.  Everything you need for a summer day in the park or at the beach.

Summer '15 picnic blanket collection featuring denim rail road stripes and water resistant canvas prints, all with a pocket. 

Summer '15 picnic blanket collection featuring denim rail road stripes and water resistant canvas prints, all with a pocket. 

Have a great Monday!

Tracey