Is what I love to do most, in any form, (don’t get naughty I mean crafts!)
I just moved from my beautiful studio of three years in Red Hook, Brooklyn overlooking the ocean:
I’ve moved into a more modest and cozy dwelling in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but as a transient Sagittarius, this change was much needed. I had some amazing and crazy times with my studiomates, RHLS, JUNKPRINTS, ZOOGUU, LEDTHREAD, REITER8, CUBIST LITERATURE, KCOLINE, and Mister Rob Kalin, himself, and those walls will always store a ridiculous novel’s work of adventures, mishaps, theft, fire, drama, incest, and siege in our hearts. Throw a ton of artists in a 5,000 sq ft loft and see what kind of shenanigans occur. I will miss you all, but onto the new!
With that said, I can hardly move my arms today. I have taken my first stab at DIY laminate floor installing and although, I can totally do it and it looks great so far, swimming ain’t got nothing on installing floors. Gahh ! My back! my hands! My fingers! My forearms! Haha! I can’t wait to see how the space shapes up. ;o)
Now onto the beautiful things! New hand-woven handiwork. I LOVE DOING THESE, so buy them so I can make more in seriously any color or color combo:
I made everything here but the boots!
Lots to choose from for just about any style…
Red Italian wool houndstooth cowl scarf only $22 on ETSY
Cowl me on the line
Cowl me cowl me any anytime
Cowl me my love you can call me any day or night
A TON of new cowls coming your way today on ETSY
It’s already November, ay carumba! and I don’t know about you, but it’s freeaking freezing in NYC!Yesterday my friends Chi & Rob and I drove through Rob’s New Jersey neighborhood checking out trick-or-treaters. We happened upon an amazing family dressed as The Incredibles complete with fake muscles and masks, yet couldn’t find them again to snap a picture.
I wanted to go apple picking… that didn’t happen…
I wanted to go camping before it got tooo cold… that didn’t happen…
& I wanted to have at least one dinner party outside in our new apartment’s garden…. NOPE.
Yesterday I worked outside all day and nearly froze… my butt off…
ANDDDDDDD I am continuing a monthly promotion with a SPEND $50 & GET A FREE SOPHIE BELT! http://www.etsy.com/shop/desirapesta Yeah yeah yeah.
Last year, my cousin Stephanie asked me if I thought she should open an Etsy Shop for her amazingly adorable knitwear for children and adults.
An Etsy zealot, I barely screamed YES!!!!
A little over a year later, she has several hundred sales, wholesale accounts, and a very very very busy schedule, AND she has four kids.
Her hats and knits are fun, creative, and so freaking cute and what more adorable models have you ever seen? I am personally a huge fan of the Bear Hats. I want to buy eight, but I don’t have any friends with kids and I also want the baby in the photos to come with the hat, but I don’t know how Steph feels about that…
With her adorable totally Stephanie-replica girls and boy as hat models, she has managed to create a business from her Pennsylvania home that not only gives her a venue to sell her work, but also extra income AND the ability to stay at home with her little ones.
I started selling on Etsy just one month after the website started back in 2005 and I can’t even count how many lives it has totally altered because of it’s success. Stephanie is just one of the thousands of people who have been able to “quit their day jobs” and make a living making things. It has revamped commerce and retail as we have come to know it. Plebeians are taking over much of the income from huge companies and businesses. We are taking back craftsmanship, quality, and reinstituting the relationship consumers used to have with businesses. You can actually talk to the person who designed and handcrafted what you’re about to buy. That relationship had become rare since the turn of the 20th century when things were made behind closed doors.
I am so proud of Stephanie and my other friends and peers who have been able to change their lives with their own hands.