I spotted these over at Oh Joy! today and had to share them with you (and bookmark them for me!) since I think they are affordable, pretty, and provide practical on-the-go storage for little odds and ends. I like small bags to store fabric and paint swatches, measuring tape, and shopping lists so that when I’m out I always have these things on me in case I find a treasure – I don’t have to run home and grab my notes and things before making a decision. Made By Hank is a collection of gorgeous little handmade bags created by Philadelphia-based twentysomething crafter Katie Henry. They have darling cursive stitching on them, and of course the patterns and colors are fun and feminine.
I’m all about getting more organized right now, it’s one of my big goals and I spent the past few days on mini organization projects in my flat. I love the feeling of knowing where everything is and that all items have a place — that is my ‘secret’ to not only keeping the home clean but also to keep things organized, to have a place for EVERYTHING and I do mean everything. The second I don’t follow my own rules things go completely wrong.
View more Made By Hank bags right here. Aren’t her product shots fun too?
(images from made by hank)
I’m also so pleased when I hear from Meg (Mateo Ilasco), she is such a talented and clever business lady and I find that she is a really positive example for small business owners out there. As a product designer, blogger, author, online shop owner, as well as many other things (lot of hats!) she has many things to juggle but manages to stay organized and continues to inspire so many through her work and life. Meg’s resolution for the new year is to be more organized so she developed a collection of office products around this theme and added them to her online shop.
These products include: the Numbers Desk Set which includes a Blueprint Notepad, Numbers Notepad, and Number Organizing Clips, and the Office Desk Set which includes a Weekly Notepad, a To Do List Pad, and Action Organizing Clips. During the month of December you can enter the coupon code TEN upon checkout to receive 10% off your order.
Meg is based on the west coast but surprise! she’s currently in New York with a shop at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park for 6 weeks (look for the brand Mixed Co. which includes Meg (of course), Allymoon, SusyJack*, Nantaka Joy, Linea Carta, Carrie Saxl of Blue Wild Indigo, Laurel Denise, and Good on Paper Design.) until December 28th at booth #C03. There you can view and shop for Mateo Ilasco products and books, including signed copies of her lovely and popular book for small business owners called Craft, Inc. In addition to Meg, there are seven additional shops featuring gifts, stationery, and jewelry, over 100 in fact! Artisans, designers, and food merchants from around the world.
And stay tuned! Meg is finishing up on the Craft, Inc. Business Planner, a companion to Craft Inc. that will help a creative business get organized in order to build a successful business. This book will be released during Fall ’09 by Chronicle Books. Yay, Meg!
(images from meg mateo ilasco)