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best new bags and the Made Movement!

   

 

 

Here are some quick peeks of new bags that will be available at Urban Air Market on September 16th.  The top one is made from beautiful Horween leather which is made in Chicago.  It is a nice big bucket tote with an inside pocket out of woollen plaid.  The leather is butter soft, but nice and thick.  The second is a Pennyroyal standard carryall with a sturdy leather bottom made from leather from Hermann Oak tannery in St Lois.  It is vegetable tanned and will patina with sun exposure and with use.  The bottom picture is another fringe-close carryall made from a new super small batch of woollen plaid from Cotswald Woollen Mill.  I put a little leather pocket on the front - I was thinking lipstick, but you can say Chapstick if you are a guy.  I only have 3 of these.

 

And sticking with the Pennyroyal spirit of contributing to and assisting in the rebirth of American Manufacturing, a great poster put out by a fantastic company - Made Movement.  Check them out here.  In their words..."Made is a marketing agency dedicated to supporting a resurgence in American manufacturing."  Sweet, right!!!  And while you are there, check out their shop - Made Collection.  All sorts of cool things to peruse.

Last but not least - the shop is allllllllmmmmmmoooooooooossssssssst ready.  Really.  Swear.

That is it for now - back to the industrial machine!  Vroom vroom.  xoxo

four craftspeople I love

first chair by Pennyroyal Design

One of two chairs I recently finished here at Pennyroyal Design.  I think it turned out rather well.  The next project involves a beautiful teak mid-century modern couch.  I will be hand dying and stitching the fabric for all 6 cushions.  Slightly more ambitious, I would say.

On a different note...one of the things we strive for here at Pennyroyal is to have our raw products be as natural as possible with the smallest carbon footprint possible.  That being said, it has been extremely difficult to find fabrics made here in the US.  The majority of it coming from China.  After much hunting and some dismay over the loss not only our farms but our mills, I finally found a source not only for US grown, spun and milled organic cotton but also organic wool Melton!  Yeah!  I have some on order already and am really excited to begin working with it!

xoxox

more goods, brick and mortar, & computer frustration

 hemp cotton blend infinity scarf naturally hand dyed with indigo and held together with a little leather tie - here.

and another one - here.

another large tote bag in a dark woolen plaid.  This one has a really beautiful fringe.  Here.

and my favorite fabric in a very sweet tote.  Here.

Some more goods in the gallery.  Now...if I could just find an easy way to get the shop up and running!!!  To say that the process is frustrating would be putting it mildly.  However, as of tomorrow you will be able to find my goods at an actual brick and mortar store in Noe Valley, San Francisco.  Details...tomorrow.

Be well.  xoxo

back in the land of the living

It has been very, very busy around here, therefore, no blogging.  Getting ready for the UniqueSF show was a lot-lot-lot of work.  But, I did it.  And I had a great time.  It was, I would have to say, a success.  One of my bags was even featured in the Unique ad they ran in the SF Weekly.  So that felt pretty good.  I have enjoyed a couple weeks off with the wee ones playing in the beautiful California sun shine and now...back to work.  Starting on the 20th of this month you will be able to find my bags and some home furnishings at Loft1513 in Noe Valley, San Francisco.  And the new site with online shop will be up and running in a couple of weeks.  The online shop will be filled with lots of new designs and some brand new products which I am very happy with.  But, today, I am going to share some snap shots from around our home.  Enjoy the sunshine, wherever you are.

A new chair I have been working on for a while and a large stack of beautiful, over-sized floor pillows with leather handles - one of the new items that will be available in the shop.

unique sf

Pennyroyal Design will be here June 30 and July 1st.

great new photos...

...all thanks to my good friend Debbie.  xoxo

indigo

A lovely new batch of natural indigo-dyed fabrics drying in the sun.  Each fabric picks up the color a little differently.  Today I played with a medium weight linen, a hemp cotton blend and a pure hemp summercloth.  It would be a perfect day out there if my allergies weren't kicking my tushie!

new things

another market bag - this one with a large leather fold over fringe to keep your goodies safe

and some big, free-form floor pillows made with naturally hand dyed fabric and kapok stuffing

For the past couple weeks I have been keeping busy out in the garden - which is looking especially pretty this year, I must say.  But now it is time to come in and start sewing again.  I have some new materials to play with - virgin wool for stuffing, lots of different hemp fabrics and even some raw linen - as in, not even washed linen.  Hours of fun!  I have a whole list of goodies I will be offering towards the end of June including lots of naturally hand dyed linen napkins, linen floor pillows, linen and woolen bags, tea towels and some other surprises.   I am also opening a new on-line shop, so keep your eyes open for that.  But for now, back outside because it is so very beautiful today.  Be well.  xoxo

best one yet

tie it closed to keep your goodies safe and sound

two nice big inside pockets with pen holder and a leather key ring on the side - to keep you organized...and sane

I love these leather strap details

lovely plates by Just Pottery.  you can find them here.

A sneak peak of new bags that will be available soon here.  They will be available in beautiful natural linens and naturally hand dyed hemp canvas and hemp summer cloth.  I am having a lot of fun making them - which is probably why I love them so much.  Be well.  xoxo

And now...for something a little different.

A sneak peek at the new line of market bags.  I am calling this line "English Hunt."  (More on that to be revealed later.  Trust me, it will make sense.)  The outside is a lovely wool tartan from Cotswold Woolen Weavers - hand carried from jolly old England.  The inside is naturally hand dyed hemp canvas with two generous linen pockets.  Straps are oil rubbed leather from our own Maverick Leather here in Penngrove.  The closure is held with a vintage cadet button - not sure what I will do when I finally run out of these handy buttons.  The lovely Simone - owner of the ever so fabulous Zenbelly Catering - tested the prototype for me.  I figured she was the perfect person to test a market tote since she is a regular at the local farmer's markets.  And the result is...a glowing two thumbs up review!!  "...it's perfect for the market, and also as a city bag/big purse- If I were running errands on foot, I would totally use it to throw my purchases in."  Which means, not only is it good-looking, it is - more importantly - well made and functional.  So, you can carry it out with you to town and throw in all the goodies you find - go ahead, load it up! - and comfortably carry it home.  She tested the longer strap version which will be available.  Some versions will also now have an outside pocket for your keys and wallet - Simone's suggestion.  And a good one at that.  Back to Zenbelly for a minute, if you haven't checked out her blog, you absolutely should.  Don't wait.  Do it now.  It is filled with the most delicious recipes.  As in, "the best chicken ever" type of recipes.  And they are easy to follow.  Which, as we all know, is very much appreciated.  Thanks, Simone, for testing my market bag, and thanks for more than a couple excellent family meals!  Your the tops!

4.9.12 Easter Tree

A pretty new tradition we picked up from our dear friend Lucy while we were in England.

3.31.12 fresh milk

Mmmmmmmm....fresh milk.  Wouldn't this be nice?

3.30.12 Objects of Use, Oxford

Objects of Use No. 6 Lincoln House Market Street Oxford OX1 3EQ United Kindgom

Telephone: ++44 (0)1865 241705

goat hair high duster, cobweb duster, and carpet beater

garden goods and brooms

lovely garden goods

Wandering around Oxford – some may call it lost, we like to call it exploring – we stumbled upon THE most amazing shop.  And I do not say that lightly.  Objects of Use is quite simply the loveliest shop I have ever stepped foot inside.  Filled with a vast array of usable items of the most exquisite workmanship and quality.  The time the proprietor must have spent in choosing each piece is impressive, to say the least.  What was most refreshing and touching, really, was the lack of slick brand goods.  This is not a design store.  Although it is, in my opinion, exquisitely designed.  It is a store filled with Objects for Use.  Simple in its function.  Stunning in its execution.  Again, the loveliest shop.  My heart leapt when I spotted a selection scissors lovingly hung from wooden pegs along the wall.  I may have to take a trip back for the little gold stork handled embroidery ones.  At only 15 pounds, I would be a fool to pass them up.

the lovely lady of the shop

the very gracious owner - a supremely brilliant human being who is - in his own words - 'against throwawayism'

cooking and kitchen

3.8.12 New goodies in Penngrove.

20"x26" shams.

A little collection of new goodies I have been working on.  I am especially fond of the shams.  Everything has lots of hand stitching on it and, as always, everything is naturally hand dyed.  I am trying to move away from the straight blue/gray...which I have been obsessed with but now am a little weary of.  I am not sure if I will put any of these in the shop, or just amass a large pile in the hopes that I will get into one of the craft shows I have applied to.  Gulp!  Juried.  Scary.

We are off to England in a couple of weeks to spend some time with the family.  My sister is having her first baby.  So I will get to spend three weeks holding my little niece or nephew.  Yeah!!  I can't wait!  I am giddy.  My daughter is excited about the plane flight - gack - and my son and husband are excited about the pubs and the food.  Mum lives in a tiny - and I mean tiny, tiny, tiny - town in Gloucestershire and my sis lives just outside Oxford in another tiny town called Woodstock.  Both come with their own older-than-anything-we-have-in-this-country houses and pubs.  My sister's home looks like it belongs in the Shire from The Hobbit.  Really.  I kid you not.  Complete with tiny front door that you would absolutely miss if you did not know it was there.  I am hoping to visit some fabric shops.  Mum brought over some gorgeous French linen last time she visited.  So hopefully I can sneak out of the house for a while and pick up some lovely fabrics to bring home.  So...that leaves me two weeks to bust out as much stuff as I can.

Until next time...be well.  Enjoy the sun if you have it.  Or the rain.  Or your warm home.  Or...  xoxo

3.6.12 spring

Working on some new things for spring.  I knew my jar of scraps would come in handy...one day!

2.21.12 New in the shop today

A new pillow for the shop today.  You can find it here.   My new goal is to get at least 4 new items in the shop per week.  Hopefully more.  Including some nice naturally dyed linen napkin sets - because everyone deserves nice cloth napkins - and a great new bag I have a sketch for.

This is the new packaging I came up with for some of the goodies sold in the shop.  Cute muslin bag with a small blue antler hand painted on wool felt.  It has a nice drawstring and can be reused for whatever your little hearts desire.  I like it.

And finally, a new batch of natural dye for a napkin order.  The color came out really pretty.  In the left over soup I added some minerals and got a soft grey-pink.  Still deciding what I should make with the left over fabric.

On to other news...we went bird watching this weekend, which we are always doing to some extent.  But this time we took binoculars and our Western Bird Book.  Wow.  Nerd alert!  We identified 19 species of birds in our neighborhood.  Which was completely addicting once we started.  And we ignored all our other chores.  Next year we want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Audubon Society, and Canadian Partner, Bird Studies Canada.  But for now we are obsessed with naming all the little black, brown and grey birds in our backyard.  What is it about grouping and naming things that we are so driven to do?  Mystery.

Have a lovely week.  Treat yourself well.

xoxo

2.8.12 Kapital – Japanese Sashiko Fabric Tote

find out more here.

A friend sent me the link for this bag today with the subject "thought of you."  Which is a very big complement.  Thank you a million times over.  I would love to apprentice in Kapital's workshop for a day or two.

So today is the big day...the day I have been mulling over in my head for months - perhaps years would be more accurate.  It may have even been a lifetime.  Today is the day I begin to stitch together the fabric for a the Victorian Parlor chair  which has been sitting in my garage, ever so patiently, waiting for me to get my confidence together to tackle the project.  I know this will be a long process.  I am resigned to the fact that for a stretch of time I will hate my work.  I will feel incredibly uncomfortable and I will want to quit.  I am also resigned to the fact that I will keep sewing.  And eventually, I will reach the point where I look down and smile and know I have created something good.   It always works like that.  The same predictable evolution.  The difficult part is remembering that I have been there before.  Remembering that the discomfort is a natural part of my creative process.  And after getting a bolster of confidence from the Kapital tote above, I have to say, I am quite excited to begin the journey again.

xoxo

2.7.12 The Clutter in my Brain

A small peek into my mind/work space.  As you can see, it is a little cluttered today.  I spent the day digging through fabric, dying some, cutting more, making piles all over the sitting room.  I am preparing to cover a beautiful, old, Victorian parlor chair.  It will be my first cover with my own fabric - hand dyed, hand stitched in my own rustic industrial fiber art design.  A tad intimidating.  Hence...the work space and clutter in the brain.  All will be well.  Just have to push on.  Tomorrow is a new day.  Bright and new.  And clean.  xoxo

2.2.12 Dub with Strings

http://youtu.be/iMOU9efjCsA

What we are listening to over here...sit back...relax...breathe.  And a little bit of what I have been working on.  Terrible photo.  But a really beautiful little pillow.  Will try to take some better shots tomorrow and get it up in the shop.  Goodnight.  Sleep tight.  xoxo