Blog on the Move!

Things have been a bit quiet over here but I’m pleased to announce our move from WordPress.com over to WordPress.org!

What does this mean? We now are a hosted blog and all new posts going forward can be found here.

Why did we move? Our new address on the web will allow us to give you more content and integrate our blog with our soon-to-be launched e-commerce shop in one lovely site. The only thing you have to do is click here to get there, (and subscribe if you wish) and you’ll be able to see our latest posts and continue following our creative life adventures.

Thanks so much for reading and hope you all are having a lovely week!

ox

-Stacy

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Kelly Wearstler comes to Illinois

I was back in Illinois earlier this month and one of the great things about my hometown is that it is an absolute treasure trove for fantastic vintage items. Fortunately, this also means there are a plethora of vintage items that no one there seems to see the potential in.  While at one of my regular stops, I happened upon this very unfortunate pair of lamps:

Forget the shades but great shape, great design, just awful finish, right? Well…after some aggressive DIY…and channeling Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Hotel Palm Springs

*photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Wah-lah!

I’m slightly obsessed with how well they turned out and how they scream modern Hollywood Regency (my absolute favorite style for interiors).

What do you guys think? Love them? Want them? Want to see more images? They are one-of-a-kind, so find them here in my shop while they last!

Thanks and hope you’re having an awesome last week of summer!

ox

-Stacy

Game Changers

It’s been a busy month (as, errr…is reflected in my blogging activity – sorry guys!) and March has flown by!  However, I’m so very excited to show (and tell) you about some of the reasons for my absence. With all the supplies I’ve acquired (thank you rare and amazing NY closet space) I really decided to go full throttle with Fritz & Fräulein, my vintage redesign biz.

Part 1: I joined The Etsy New York Street Team (no, not a gang of knitting needle wielding ninjas roaming Williamsburg keeping the hipster population in check – well, not yet at least). ; )  The team is an amazingly talented group of handmade Etsy artists from the New York area that meet online and off to share information on everything from markets to sell at to tax tips and supplier recommendations (yes, for my never ending “trim sourcing” quests for the perfect zipper, chain, buckle, leather, whathaveyou) or just attending handmade events like the upcoming Etsy Symposium and an Etsy-focused taping of The Martha Stewart Show.  We also host our own team blog (which I’m a writer for – yay!), Twitter, Facebook and are launching a Pinterest shortly (and you knowww I’ll be a part of that) ; ) to share anything and everything related to the handmade movement and growing a small business. In the short time I’ve been a member, it’s blown me away with how active and helpful this community is that I’m so very proud to be a part of.

Part 2: This leads me to…the fact that I’ve been desperately needing to acquire an industrial sewing machine to replace my sad little home sewer that just isn’t up to snuff to efficiently sew my Garrison Clutches (and soon-to-be released upcycled iPad/laptop sleeve line). I spoke to Parsons, FIT and my old fashion department at Syracuse for advice and then scoured craigslist, the fashion district and spoke to more fast-talking dealers (sewing machine dealers people, sewing machines) than I care to remember. Just when I was totally over the whole search and about to pull the trigger on a used Juki from the least shady dealer I could find, Etsy New York came through. =) Fellow team member, Rosi, from Rosi Rouge, was moving her studio and needed to sell a vintage industrial Singer 95-10 for a steal. I did my research and learned it was one of the original Singers, Made in America on August 5th, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ (yes, the “need to know” researcher in me actually called Singer with the serial number), is highly regarded in the industry as one of the best machines ever made and still used by designers today, particularly preferred for it’s “elegant stitch.”  Needless to say, if it ran good, it was recommended that I snatch it up.  After testing it out and being in utter amazement of its gorgeous work and whisper quiet whir, I did. =) Aaand here it is…

I have yet to name her/him but suggestions are welcome.  Maybe this will be the Fritz to my Fräulein (at least for now). =)

Granny Chic

Who would have predicted what once was only hot on the bingo circuit would become such a long-staying trend?  Knitting, crocheting, quilting, doily’ing (errr..?). Until recently, these words probably brought to mind those not-no-chic, cringe-worthy gifts from your childhood (three armed sweater anyone?).  Today, Gramma’s crafts have turned into one of the biggest trends to hit the design world.  With the revival of the handmade movement over the past several years + the comfort these sorts of materials have brought through these not-so-fun times, Granny Chic has infiltrated all aspects of product design.  You can find it in interiors, with these cute, knitted ottoman poufs from CB2:

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CB2 Knitted Poufs in GraphiteCamoPool, & Blood Orange (online only), $79.95-$89.95. Available in store or online.

Or you can go modern handmade and snatch up these upcycled doily-laden pillows and crochet Kindle cases from Betsy Bell:

Rockin' Grandma Vintage Doily Cushion Cover

Granny Chic Throw Pillows (available in a variety of colors and sizes/also does custom orders), $32-$38/each

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles - Chunky Crochet - 100% Peruvian Wool

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles (available in 12 colors/also does custom orders), $26

If you need to get organized, go for some vintage crocheted hangers from our own Fritz & Fräulein shop:
Crocheted Wooden Hangers - Blue, Cream, Green, Turquoise and Red Split (set of 3)

Vintage Crocheted Wooden Hangers (wide variety of colors) $9-$18/set

Or add a cute, retro touch with these LOVE yarn stitched coasters:

Coaster Set - LOVE Coasters

LOVE Coaster Set, $14

If you’re looking for a unique (and super cute) handmade gift, check out Skunkboy Creatures. She hand stitches every plush item, including the most adorable ornaments, larger plush animals and amazing custom cake toppers.

Image of Penguin Ornament  Image of Custom Blue Bird

Image of Laying Fawn

Image of Custom Bunny Wedding Cake Toppers

Penguin Ornament, $40; Blue Bird, $75; Laying Fawn, $200; Bunny Cake Toppers, $100.

Maybe fashion’s more your game? Be super chic with the Dublin knitted handbag from Gerard Darel, the designer French women and celebs alike (Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry) flock to for his classic styles.

24 heures Dublin

Gerard Darel 24 Heure Dublin350 €. Available in store (France only) or via gerarddarel.com.

If you’re not ready to hop the pond and drop that kind of coin, you can always pick up a lace shirt or Granny-inspired sweater, at retailers like Zara or American Apparel.

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Silk Lace T-Shirt, Zara, $25.90

Sweater, Zara. *photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com

So whether it’s home goods, accessories or fashion, pick your poison and insert some Granny Chic into your life. Gram would indeed be proud.