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Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

Freddy & Ma are loved by the ladies for their fabulous custom handbags, but did you know that they’ve now launched custom pillows and melamine plates? Oh yes. It’s true. And I’m over the moon because seeing the talented Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! fame as part of the designers involved in this is super exciting. Her patterns look terrific as plates and pillows, don’t you think?


And there are other artists part of the Freddy & Ma crew with delicious patterns too, so browse the site and see what you can pull together. Here’s a selection of plates that I’d love to own along with some of Joy’s things, all would make the best gifts. I can’t resist the idea of owning a stack of melamine plates that coordinate, all in different patterns by various designers, and using them for lunch at home or on the patio in the warmer months. Hanging a collection on the wall is another idea, especially great for adding dimension and pattern to an otherwise boring wall – perhaps a long narrow hallway or as a border across the middle of the wall only.

For as little as $12 for a plate and $60 USD for a 17″ square pillow, you can’t go wrong with going custom!

(images from freddy & ma)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen, textiles on October 29, 2007

MirrorMirror {new} Pretty Things!

Paola sent along updates for her pretty web shop, MirrorMirror that I have to share. I never tire of ceramics and tea towels, and it seems Paola doesn’t either. Just look at these darling things just added to her shop.


Paola has exquisite taste so it’s no surprise that she has additional works, like these ceramic mobiles, from Swedish talent Karin Eriksson. Karin is really growing as a ceramicist, it’s exciting to watch her progress and venture into other avenues with her talent. She’s really amazing and in Sweden, she’s quite the it girl, I noticed her wares around Stockholm and in magazines there. And thanks to the internet, Karin has expanded into all parts of the world selling her products at stores all over, as well as web shops. This is quite an example of the power of the internet. It doesn’t matter where you live these days, if you have talent and put it out there, people will respond. Isn’t this fact so encouraging?

Thank you Paola for the tip!

(images from mirrormirror)

Posted in ceramics, kitchen, textiles on October 26, 2007

Bantie {Sweden}

Bantie is Ulrika Gyllstad and Wilhelmina Wiese, Stockholm-based textile designers with a collection of patterns that definitely scream I am Scandinavian, don’t you think?

The more popular prints that I noticed around the city are Kokeshi, Paradis, Bubbel and Korall, especially Paradis with the birds and Korall with the organic circles resembling something from the sea.


Click here to locate their textiles, or if you own a shop and would like to offer Bantie to your customers, send them an email to info AT bantie.se. You can also purchase their fabric by the meter.

(images from bantie)

Posted in textiles, travel on October 25, 2007

Clare Nicolson

There’s nothing like a little Monday morning print and pattern indulgence and I always love to see what textile designer Clare Nicolson is up to so let’s enjoy her for a moment, shall we?


Clare is so super talented with her cute colorful designs, it’s fun to see what’s she’s cooking up. Her cushions are as sweet as ever and her tea towels are the best.


Overall, I’m impressed with her designs and think her work is getting stronger all the time. Go Clare, Go!

(images from clare nicolson)

Posted in kitchen, textiles on October 22, 2007

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