After finishing the lovely pillow I started yesterday, I am smitten with this new "dot" pattern!
When you land on something good, go with it, I always say.



In the MAKE.GOOD studio there is a wall where anything inspirational, pretty, cool, or completely strange, gets tacked up.
This wall is always changing with a few permanent fixtures that I can't bring myself to take off.
..the BOX sticker is one of them.  I got it on Nantucket Island a long time ago and it reminds me of all the the summers spent at the Duck Inn. Second is the little scrap of paper on the bottom right hand corner, a doodle I did years ago of little stars and flowers.
But there is one that is most important on this wall. It is the card in the middle left of the wall. It has written on it a quote by Anais Nin. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
I try never to forget that.


Every project starts somewhere and most play off previous projects, building on something that came before.

As I find my way through attempting to put together a home collection, the idea that has risen to the surface is using fabric's raw edges as details.

Here is a peak into what's in the works.



It's hard to believe Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. I have no tree, or any plans of getting one, but I have been working on the perfect little tree ornament. No red, green, or gold in sight, and definitely no glitter. Just a cute little house block cut from maple plywood with the word HOME printed into it. After all isn't that what Christmas is really about?
To Purchase: http://www.makegoodstudio.com/



This beautiful custom napkin set would make a wonderful holiday gift! The red is perfect and the feel of these napkins really speaks holiday to me. Order them on my online shop http://makegoodstudio.bigcartel.com/



At the Hidden Talents show last week I met some wonderful designers and architects. They loved the MAKE.GOOD collection and a few placed custom orders right there on the spot.

One amazing woman had the brilliant idea of gifting the monogram napkins set to a couple who's home she designed. Construction is complete on the house, so it's customary to give the client a small gift. I couldn't agree more that these personalized napkins are perfect.

One small challenge was that the couple has different last names, therefore different initials. Easy solution, make two sets, one with each initial. Problem solved!


Just added this gorgeous reclaimed wool pillow to my online store.

All my pillows are made from fabric used for suiting in the 80's and other wool used for women's jackets.
I love the play on materials here. So unexpected.
I also love to show off the details that no one ever gets to see. The writing on the fabric is what identifies the lot to the manufacturer. And I expose the raw fabric edge, highlighting this typically discarded feature.



My online store is open!

It's so exciting to have my products available to a broader audience.
I will be rotating inventory regularly, so check back for new items.



Last week was a blur of activity leading up to the Hidden Talents show on thursday evening. But now that things have settled down just a little bit, I thought it was time I shared my new Home Collection. Unfortunately I wasn't able to document much of the process of how these items came about. As I said the week was a blur of design and production.
Without further delay, here are a few of the pieces from the new collection. They will be available for sale very soon!

This series of hemstitched linen dinner napkins is called DOT BRANCH. The design is graphic and simple, an abstraction of something found in nature. The word home is printed individually using a letter set typically used to imprint metals. I liked the way they are slightly imperfect, almost as though done on a typewriter. Colors shown are Blue, Gray, and Teal.

The OIL BOARD MONOGRAM dinner napkin is shown here with an M but can be personalized with any monogram. I thought this would make a great housewarming gift.

This is the GRASS dinner napkin which inspired the graphic for the MAKE.GOOD logo.
There is more to come. I have a beautiful pillow series to post very soon. Who knew pillows were so hard to photograph. Going to give it a shot today and hope for great results.



Hidden Talents was a success, and so much fun. Today I got a taste of what it's like to be in control of every aspect of the design process and how fulfilling it is.
I received rave reviews on my work. The general commentary was that everything was very unusual, unique and beautiful. Exactly what I'm trying to do. It's rewarding to have your hard work be met with praise and especially when it is being given by other designers.
I was also told that my work is somewhat masculine.  I would agree with that. (Although I don't think the Ruffle Pillow qualified for that category) The clean lines, simple geometries and neutral colors are what, I think, contribute to this. It also has a lot to do with the fabrics I use which are typically used for suits, or overcoats.
Here are a few images of my "booth". I kept it clean, simple and neutral.


The Hidden Talents show is today! Wow, it had been a crazy week. I thought I would have all kinds of time to post steps in my process as I was making things. Turns out, no. No time at all.
Suddenly it's past midnight the morning of the show and I finally find a few moments to post. (Although I should probably be asleep. Ha, who needs that?)

To recap the last few days is hard. There was designing and sewing and painting and... In truth it feels like I have done more in this half-week than I had in months. It feels great.

But I do have to get some sleep tonight, so I will leave you with this sneak peak...
I promise a full post and update after the show.
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