Anna Corba’s studio is nestled among the vineyards and rolling hills north of San Francisco. A look inside reveals a cache of vintage elements waiting quietly for new direction.
“Dipping my hands into the wealth of this beauty, I feel anchored to something larger than myself, able to see past what already exists, into a vast opening of possibility….”
Anna Corba’s product line was formed out of her desire to create artful objects which are both handmade and functional. Using her vast collection of vintage ephemera, Anna specializes in creating new versions of seemingly simple items…vintage bottles, lined notebooks, shipping tags and candle jars are among these. She finds evidence of the human touch to be very important to her work, and to that end all pieces are made to order in Anna’s studio with the help of her talented tea drinking assistants. Together, they cut, paste, tie ribbon, listen to music and ship at the end of each week.
Anna also creates rubber stamps for those of you that love crafting, along with four published books. Where Women Create caught my eye because I love peering into the studios of artists to see the environment in which they work.
If you’d like to see Anna’s work up close and personal, you can visit her at booth #4003 at the National Stationary Show in NYC from May 21-24, 2006. Or, if you’re in northern CA, you can attend her booksigning and demonstrations. If in Chicago, she’ll be at the Women Entrepreneurs Symposium sponsered by Country Living magazine on March 22, 2006.
(photos from anna corba studio)
Wondering where the photo from coffee + cre8tive came from? P.O.S.H. Chicago. Those red lace floral creamers were unearthed in the basement of a century-old restaurant suppy warehouse, a stockpile of unused china dating from the 1920’s. Price? $6-8 each. Looking for some cute diner mugs? You may like the pancakes make people happy mug or for amelie addicts, the sunny yellow french gnome mugs and dinnerware. The Chicago skyline dinnerware is a favorite of mine, along with the vintage swedish creamers.
“At some point in your life, you want something that is real!” That thought is what drives P.O.S.H. to search high & low for the items that stock its shelves – an eclectic assortment of vintage Hotel Silver, Restaurant China & Flea Market Finds. Found in such disparate places as old American china warehouses to the antique markets and auction houses of Europe, the items sold at P.O.S.H. are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity. From a vintage silverplate Tea Service once used in an English Country Inn to a beautiful Water Pitcher from a Grand Hotel in New York, many of our pieces tell a romantic story of an age gone by.
(all photos by way of P.O.S.H.)
This photo reminds me of my grandparents farm in Rhode Island, where there’s always a pie baking, fresh vegetables on the farmhouse style table, and lots of pretty glassware and ceramics everywhere. The resident rooster wakes you in the morning. The smell of honeysuckle fills the air.
I’ll be back to tell you where this photo came from…you’ll enjoy. Stay tuned.
(okay, I’ll tell you now. Photo is from P.O.S.H. because I have to give photo credit shout outs here. But, that’s all I’m telling you…stay tuned to find out who P.O.S.H. is and promise not to google it!)
You know you’ve got everything, a woman needs, to getta man…
Especially now with this yummy handmade soap from Brickhouse. Made only with super pure ingredients and filled with love, love, love. Brickhouse soap is hand cut and wrapped in vintage wallpaper, it stimulates all the senses – touch, smell, and absolutely beautiful to look at. It would make a lovely gift for your next house guest. Place it with a hand written note on top of some towels in the guest bedroom and a tin of homemade cookies. Nothing like spoiling the ones you love.
Enjoy it alone or…nevermind. Clean up your act!
Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now! Brick – Hoooouse!
(yummy photos from brickhouse)