good fight herb co : seasonal care package

Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, places, the earth, things, well-being | No Comments »


Good Fight Herb Co. is my favorite resource for and supplier of herbal medicine in the form of teas, syrups, tinctures, extracts and salves.

The new Seasonal Care Package Program is a wonderful way to maintain herbal support for your wellness throughout the year. It functions much like a farm CSA; you receive four bountiful packages – one per season – for pickup in Hudson, NY or shipment to wherever you are. Not only does this program provide a means for taking good care of yourself, it also deepens your knowledge of the plants and how they nourish and support our bodies.

Read more and signup here.



elephant landing : linens & silks

Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, doing good, handmade, places, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


These beautiful textiles for the home are made by Elephant Landing, an inspiring social enterprise. The products are each made by hand in India as a part of a training program for women, who receive a sewing machine upon graduation to continue their trade back in their home village. 100% of profits are used to educate and employ more women in neighboring villages of India.




(*via The City Sage)

sierra & michael’s wedding [part 2] : table scenes in dominica

Posted: February 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »


Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.






All photography by Jen Huang.

sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »



This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.




Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff




All photography by Jen Huang.

random wants : handmade citrus juicer

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade | No Comments »

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The Koromiko shop features American-made home designs and gifts. I fell for this perfect and simple white porcelain clay juicer made by Lindsay Emery of Studio One Studio in North Carolina ($38).

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(*via a heads up from Apartment Therapy about the Koromiko Shop)

marisol umbrellas : gorgeous & good

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, design, doing good, handmade | No Comments »


Marisols offers these stunning handmade umbrellas using African wax prints. Naturally, the fabrics are imported but the umbrellas are assembled in Brooklyn.

Twenty percent of the net profits are donated to women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women.






(*via In / Out)

gamma folk : woven jewelry

Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, brooklyn, design, handmade | 1 Comment »


Brooklyn neighbor Lily Piyathaisere is the designer and creator behind Gamma Folk, a line of braided and woven necklaces in beautiful, subtle hues. Explore her shop online, prices range around $65-75 for most pieces.





(*via Pattern Pulp, via Miss Moss)

sara barner : handmade leather goods

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, things | Tags: | 1 Comment »



I came across the Sara Barner line this weekend. Clean designs and really nice leathers. The studio is based in Portland and the full collection can be shopped online.






atelier stella : plant ceramics

Posted: October 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, things | No Comments »



What charmers! Handmade ceramics by Atelier Stella.

Her work is available in batches only, so stay tuned to her blog for upcoming sales.




(*via Moon to Moon)

jane perkins : plastic classics

Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade | No Comments »


Jane Perkins uses found plastic objects to recreate plastic paintings in this series, Plastic Classics.







(*via Unknown Editors)