vases with noses : matteo cibic

Posted: February 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Ceramics with personality. Vasonaso by Matteo Cibic.

Available for purchase (approx $185 apiece).

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(*via Yatzer)

art we heart : paper plants

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, home, paper, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Handmade paper plants by Art We Heart in Los Angeles ($75 ea).





(*via Design Is Mine / SwissMiss)

botanical kitchen towels : herriott grace

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, illustration, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Love these new all-cotton kitchen towels from Herriott Grace, who has a shop worth browsing.


be brave : make waves

Posted: July 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, portland, things | Tags: | No Comments »


This is one of my favorite Portland-made discoveries. Be Brave Make Waves creates these small kinetic wooden sculpture boxes, that when wound with the handle, show a boat riding on gentle undulating waves. It’s magical. $38 and available from their Etsy shop or in local Portland stores.

Watch the very brief video below showing the sculptural boxes in action:

Make Waves promo video from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.


linen bento bags : ambatalia for quitokeeto

Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, home, things | Tags: | No Comments »

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What an elegant, simple solution. Linen Bento Bags (3 for $38) can be used to store grains, gifts, knick knacks, snacks, whatever you choose. Easily washable and reusable. Approximately 10″ (wide) x 4″ (deep).

Made in California by Ambatalia and sold by Quitokeeto.

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hand-thrown ceramics : mazama

Posted: April 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Clean designs and appealing colors from the Portland, Oregon ceramics company, Mazama — made by a team of designers and makers. Pieces pictured range from $30 – $65. Browse their online shop.




(*via A Continuous Lean)

on the desk this week : calligraphy transcription

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, wedding gifts, weddings | Tags: | No Comments »


This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this — it’s the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

-Maya Angelou

Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.

esme winter stationery : at flotsam + fork

Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, paper, things | Tags: | No Comments »


For those of us with a never-quenchable appetite for paper goods, check out the English line of Esme Winter patterned notebooks ($12-18) and note cards ($4.50), available at the sweet online shop, Flotsam + Fork.

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goodbye dear KIOSK : for now…

Posted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, new york city, places, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Sad to hear that one of my favorite shops, KIOSK, is closing it’s doors on Spring Street because the building is being torn down. They’ll likely reopen somewhere else in the city, but who knows where for now. So get in for big sales while you can, or shop online. Use code ADIOS95 or 41AHOY for 25% off everything and 75% off sale items.

Here are a few current finds from around the world.

Bread & Puppet Posters ($18, $28)


Greek Coffee Pot ($16)


Horsehair Hand Broom & Red Metal Dustpan ($57)


Enamel Soapdish ($38)


Kitchen Scissors ($80)


Two Tiny Stencils ($)


(*via Racked)

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)