Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I've posted this wristlet and wallet combo for sale on our website here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This is my Pug Otis Redding's curly tail. Many people don't realize that pugs' tails go limp when they are sleeping or not feeling well. In fact, you can measure most pugs' moods by the look of their tails.
More on the adventures of Grandma Doris and the bag we made from this dress later...
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
When I first moved to Seattle back in the '90s there was a recently enacted law that banned posters on telephone poles. For years indie bands had stapled show posters all over town, but the powers that be felt that this practice was a safety hazard.
These rusty staples and scars on the wood are evidence of this old guerrilla publicity method. The piece of paper on the left is a sign about a missing cat.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Springtime means that color is on everyone's mind these days. Our customers are hungry for bold yellows, juicy oranges, and the hottest pinks. Nature is bringing forth color too, in the form of tulips and cherry blossoms.
These yellow flowers are adorning our Oregon Grape in the planter outside the front door of the shop. One detail of this image that I like is the soft purple background. I took a color theory class a couple of months back. One of the things I found most interesting was the subtle use of complementary colors in paintings and other art. While yellow and purple in full saturation can read as kind of tacky, the use of complements in shadows can really make an image sing.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
These little cuties are compact and functional with a nickel snap closure and rivet accents.
Many minimalists even use as these snap coin purses as wallets. Ashley, for example, tucks her ID and cards in this back pocket, and uses the main pouch for her bills and coins. She tells me that everything stays secure.
Finally, I've added the snap coins to the website, so you can customize and order them right here. The price is $15.50. That's a mere 1,550 pennies people.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This bag is a bit wider on the top than on the bottom for those who like a larger opening than many of our styles. Though it is small, it is three inches deep, so it is deceptively roomy. I designed this bag for those who love prints and patterns balanced by clean lines.
I haven't named the bag yet - I'll probably choose from the terrific list of names submitted for our bag contest last week. I'll keep you posted.
I like the idea of pictures that are black and white at first glance, but are actually color images. For example, when I look closely at this image I see blue and lavender in the shadows.
This is the mail slot at my husband Jeff's woodshop. The paint looks more like a whitewash than a fresh high gloss finish. Remember Tom Sawyer's fence? This paint reminds me of that iconic paint job.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The new video capability on Flickr, the terrific photo sharing website, is quite controversial among that community. Personally, I think this video is an exciting development. I like the idea of having short videos intermixed with still images.
I just uploaded the Making a Luxe Clutch video that Laurie Pearman and I made last fall. The image quality is far superior to YouTube. I also posted the little video above. It's nothing fancy - just Jeff and Otis wandering around Richmond Beach last Saturday. It was a sunny, wonderful day.
I decided that you might be sick of seeing every single macro photo I've done for the 30 Day Macro challenge so I've taken a break from posting them here. You can see Image Fourteen and Fifteen if you like.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Sandi put together a sweet little photo essay about her visit that you can view here. Be sure to scroll down below the large logo at the top of the page to see lots of images of LBD including a supercool panorama of the whole store.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
But it was a customer Emily who came up with the winning entry. Her suggestion of Harriet from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh was truly inspired. I absolutely adored this novel about a smart girl with an observant eye and a little bit of loneliness.
So this bag Harriet is named for every girl who carries not only a notebook, but also her curious individuality close at hand at all times.
Thank you everyone, especially Emily.
Edited to say: The fact that outfits the on book cover and our model are similar is a happy coincidence. We took the picture weeks ago, long before the name Harriet was even submitted to us.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Stay tuned for the contest results. We've received so many terrific submissions that we want to consider all of the options before we announce our decision. Thank you so much for participating.
These little Russian nesting dolls were a recent antique mall purchase and they were great fun to photograph. I had a tough time choosing which image to include in the challenge. Click here above to see the other pictures I took.For Macro Photo Image Eight I cheated and used a picture that I posted on this blog last year.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Consider grey as a warm weather alternative to black. It's softer and less severe against your skin, yet still neutral and versatile. When paired with bright red, grey is anything but gloomy.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Since it is small (about 4.5" tall by 9" wide), the Luxe clutch can showcase bold, bright fabrics that might be too flashy for a larger purse. Plus, looking through all of the rich ribbons and vintage buttons is like reading a dessert menu.
Base price is $48 for a Luxe clutch. You choose your outside fabrics and embellishments, lining, and either a bangle or fabric strap.
I saw these figurines set up at an antique mall. Since I've taken to carrying my small point and shoot camera in my purse, I was able to take some quick pictures.
I took the shot without moving the tiny figures at all. I was struck by the way I found them set up in a slightly chaotic bridal procession.