Friday, February 27, 2009

Erica Weiner Jewelry

I have been a fan of Erica Weiner Jewelry for a long time, but I just discovered that she had a shop on Etsy.  Based out of Manhattan, Erica began designing jewelry in 2005 with an emphasis on creating pieces that were made from antique and vintage pieces. Her pieces have a wonderful non-precious aspect to them that makes them both wearable and treasurable. I think thats the part I like most about them- they look rich in history in their antiquity, but because she uses antique and vintage findings she is able to keep the price reasonable. Click here for the oversized plastic studs featured above. 

These  rose gold plated mesh bracelets are something I have my eye one. I have always been a fan of rose gold, I love the femininity of it and that mixed with the delicate mesh and clasps are absolute perfection. 

Fabulous YSL enamel zipper pull earrings. I love the thought process that went into these. Navy Rectangles emblazoned with the classic YSL logo in a pretty copper are destined for some very stylish ears! 

Orphan Annie Bracelet. Original medallions used for promotion of Ovaltine (yum, used to love Ovaltine as a kid!) in the 30's decorate this chunky chain. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Virginia Johnson

I must be ready for Spring, all I want is happy, springy patterns around me and Virginia Johnson apparel and accessories are just the ticket! Virginia Johnson is a talented Canadian textile and clothing designer who draws her inspiration from nature and worldwide travels. Both of these aspects of inspiration are clearly visible in her designs which run the gamut from vibrant dahlias to whimsical elephants. Click here for the collection of fabrics that are available to be purchased by the yard  featured.

I love this red merino wool shawl decorated with an adorable dachshund. Such a cute decorative piece to keep you nice and cozy! 

Perfect beach tote! Okay, I know I am begging for Spring to come and I am already skipping ahead to Summer.. Great navy artichoke print on this one. 

Bright and cheery shift dress. Featuring an orange wheel design and made from organic cotton poplin. Breathable and great for a warm summer! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Beklina is an fantastic online shop with an amazing assortment of goodies to choose from. Everything from clothing to fab pieces for your home. They feature items that are sustainable, vintage and new and display and photograph them in a simple, clean way. They also make an effort to work with independent artists, creating a unique array of products that you won't find at any old shop... This Minimal Lamp by Jed Crystal featured above immediately grabbed my attention. I absolutely love the construction! Made from power cords that have been covered in colorful cotton creating a "web shade." I love how basic this design is, yet at the same time looks amazingly complicated. 

I am so loving this adorable Rachel Comey dress. I have always been wild about prints- I love to mix and match patterns and this dress does all the work for you! Made from 100% silk with a favorite feature of mine in dresses- hidden pockets! 

I've been on a hunt for some feather headbands and I just found it here. Made by Moth Love which is a sustainable collection that uses vintage and vegetable tanned leather. Beautiful and on sale too! 

Another adorable dress on my must have Spring list (hurry, warm weather, hurry!) I love shift dresses- they are so simple and sophisticated and easy. Throw on some flats and you are ready for trip to the park with the dogs or an elegant outdoor lunch. Ethically made by hand. 

Monday, February 23, 2009

Branch Handmade Peacock Feather Pants

Good morning! Just wanted to apologize for my lack of posts last week... was super busy with the biz (yeah!) and unfortunately The Peacock took the brunt of it. Worked on a bunch of new designs over the weekend and we are very excited for the unveiling! Keep checking the online shop for new products to be posted this week. 
Also look for a bunch of great store and product reviews I have lined up here. I leave you with a new style from us at Branch Handmade- super comfy peacock feather pants. I absolutely adore mine- I never want to take them off! You can check them out here. 

Friday, February 13, 2009

Crow Biz

I have been a fan of Crow Biz for awhile- I love the simple line drawings of vintage items as well as the layered art that is being created. You will find a fantastic array of items, ranging from glass magnets and hair barrettes to pendents and unique prints. Click here for the collection of magnets featured above. 

I adore this Ostrich on Opera Text print. Part if a series of images on salvaged book pages. Printed on a synopsis of the opera "Thais." 

Beautiful Medieval Scribe Paperweight. Felt backed, the image comes from a 1933 bookseller's catalog of medieval books and manuscripts. 

Brightly colored vintage British Postage Stamp magnets. Perfect to hold all the important notes on the fridge! 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Product Spotlight: Stone Forest Round Bathtub

I saw this bathtub and was immediately transported to a land of bubbles, candles and fresh air! Stone Forest makes beautiful pieces for the bath and kitchen using natural granite that has been hand carved using a hammer and chisel. Combining contemporary design with a traditional Japanese aesthetic, Stone Forest designs amazing pieces that carry a weight of authenticity that you don't normally see. I absolutely adore the shape of this tub, its looks so comfortable and natural! You can check out all their beautiful pieces right here

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Its an early, grey day this morning and I was happy to peruse the beautiful, textural papers of Smock. Smock. makes great letterpress stationary and cards with pretty graphics and patterns and adorable images. Smock. is based in Syracuse, New York and is the first and only print shop in the U.S. to offer printing on sustainable bamboo paper. Check out their website, they are also happy to work with you to customize invites for your wedding, shower or any special occasion that needs a beautiful invitation. 

I love this adorable Horsey notecard. Letterpressed onto bamboo paper- its even packaged in a certified biodegradable and tree free clear sleeve! 

Perfect for an outdoor Spring party! Check out the Bloom invites. I love the color and the design- simple and fresh! 

Nothing truly says thank you like a beautiful card, and this one is just right! Great pattern and bright colors make it the perfect thank you card for anybody. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Vintage Bi-Plane cardigan and More...

Good Monday Morning! I am happy and looking forward to this week- I think the weekend of fresh air, yard work and 55 plus degree weather helped to revive my tired spirit! Todd and I embarked on a trip to the midway to take some photos of some of our new pieces. It seemed like a great back drop and it proved to be a fun and inspiring trip. It was one of those days when the light is perfect, the weather beautiful and instead of a sad, closed down boardwalk the pastel rides popped and jumped off the sky blue back drop. Click here for our new Bi-plane cardigan featured above withe the fortune teller! 

The carousel was whirling around, I love the lights and the horses! 

This photo of the ferris wheel came out amazing- I love the pastel colors of the buckets, so perfect! 

Photo we took of the midway. Usually still, closed down rides give me the creeps- guess I have seen to many horror movies, but today the rides looked cheerful and ready for the Spring! 

Friday, February 6, 2009

Product Spotlight: Christopher Jagmin Number Plates

I saw these fabulous plates in the February 2009 issue of Domino (sadly, it will be one of the last issue's we will get to enjoy ) and was instantly in love. I always enjoy the stark contrast and simplicity of black and white and the numbers are just the perfect addition. You can pick them up right here, and click here for the rest of the Number Collection . 

Whimsy & Spice

Most of people think of etsy as the place for all things handmade, but few realize or think about the delicious, handmade foods that are also available. Whimsy & Spice, a Brooklyn based bakery, caught my eye because of their beautiful photography, simple packaging and drool worthy yummys! Check out their shop here and pick up some perfect gifts for Valentine's day- much better than the box of chocolates you can pick up in the supermarket! Click here for the Box of Valentine's Cookies featured above. 

I have my eye on this delightfully packaged sampler box- that way I can try all their goodies at once! 

Okay, this is not right- I am salivating posting these pictures! These sound great, I love the unusual mix of flavors. Check out these Chocolate Orange Cardamom shortbread cookies. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Angela Adams

Good morning! It is a blustery, grey and snowy day here this morning, but these fantastic, colorful pieces from Angela Adams' new collection are sure to brighten anyone's day! I have been a big fan of her textiles for a long time, but I think her new collection of floor coverings is especially inspired. You can check out all the goods here, including new apparel and select, lovely furniture pieces. I am in l0ve with the textured Flora/Peony Rug featured above. 

The prints and shapes of the Manfred collection of pillows is so great! I love the retro, bright feel- would look great just about anywhere! Available in three distinct shapes. 

These totes are perfect for carrying around town or on a trip. Featuring the distinct Angela Adams patterns and color. Made of silk screened canvas and handles long enough to go over the shoulder. 

Check out this bright 2' x 3' rug, perfect for an entry! On sale too! I love the colors and made from soft 100% cotton.