Hingham Holiday Market

The Hingham Holiday Market this weekend was a great time! Met some wonderful customers as well as  other artists. Thank you everyone who stopped by.
If you are in Worcester tomorrow, stop by Assumption College Hagan Hall 10-5 for their annual Holiday Bazzaar. MAKE.GOOD studio will be there!

Hanging out with my neighboring vendor, Kirsten of It's Sew You... She is adorable and so are her lovely textile goods.


Little plates, little plates.

It's the season for being home, staying in, and cuddling up to cozy things. Nesting, we call it; the phenomenon that comes when summer ends, bikes get put away and the fire place once again becomes the center of the home.  It's the season for holiday celebrations with family, eating well, and eating plenty.
I love designing and making handbags, but as an architect I have a soft spot for anything home related. And about a month ago I realized the shift in my customers from wanting bags to wanting things to make their nesting time more beautiful. They are no longer wanting to buy hip bags and totes that remind them of how far away next summer is, but instead are searching for pillows and linens in tactile fabrics and warm colors. And so I happily shifted my focus to the HOME COLLECTION. There are pillows and linen napkins. But the latest addition is my favorite, adorable 5" dessert plates, hand painted some with dots others with branches! They are perfect for winter parties and make any food feel extra special. Which color is your favorite?


Hingham bound.

After the turkey has been devoured and the mashed potatoes are gone (I do make amazing mashed potatoes thanks to Thomas Keller), it's on to HINGHAM SHIPYARD HOLIDAY MARKET !
I'll be there with new totes, great pieces for the home, and an amazing little over the shoulder bag. I'm in love with it's simple design, sturdy construction and handy (fuchsia!) exterior pocket.
See you at the market!


And the winner is...

Thanks everyone who participated in the giveaway yesterday! It was so much fun reading about how you would use your Envelope Zipper Pouch. But only one can win. Congratulations Lori!

UPDATE: Lori was so excited to win the Zipper Pouch she blogged about it. Read her beautiful words here and here. Thanks Lori! I hope you are enjoying your voyage to Laos and Cambodia



Today I'm doing a giveaway!
You may remember the Envelope Bag recently added to the winter collection at MAKE.GOOD studio. Everyone is loving this bag, so I created a companion piece to go with it! The Envelope Zipper Pouch is a structured pouch to carry all your loose ends: laptop, chords, keys, even your phone fits in one of the roomy pockets inside. It's 12"x14", made of charcoal Felted Wool and lined with gray and white Ticking fabric. Perfect for winter!!

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below about how you would use your zipper pouch. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck!
(please also leave an email address where you can be notified if you are the winner!)


A custom bag coming to life

A few weeks ago a friend from long ago contacted me wanting a custom bag. A few idea emails were exchanged and before long a custom tote was in the works.
My primary goal for writing this blog is to give you insight into the process of designing and making. How do things come to be the way they are? It's no easy task, but I hope you at least get a peak into my world and the way I think. Enjoy the images, and Sara, enjoy your new tote!
The handle for the tote is a reclaimed leather belt I found. I chose it because I felt the natural leather works well with with the Gray Felted Wool. My favorite feature is the 02115 zip code stencil. It's the zip code where Sara and I went to college. It's moments like this that help me remember why I love what I do. It's intensely personal, always.

So-Not-Russian Nesting Gourds

I have a confession to make. I have always wanted a set of Russian Nesting Dolls. Why, you ask? Well, I can't remember when the obsession started, but I do know it goes way back. I can't remember a time when I didn't love these cute little pieces of carved wood that, when opened, revealed a smaller replica of itself inside. I think it's the genius design that gets me. The adage "form follows function" comes to mind, except they are completely useless aside from being decorative. None the less, I have lusted after what I see as an object that still stands today as an example of great design.
So why I have never bought myself a set is perplexing. Perhaps I have been waiting for a trip to Russian to treat myself to an "authentic" one.
Well, my wait ended when my girlfriend Rebecca, upon discovering this obsession, took it upon herself to end my wait. Brilliantly, she opted for a modern, abstracted version of the classics. I call them my So-Not-Russian Nesting Gourds. My favorite is No.2, with it's pretty little polka dots. Which is your favorite?


Independent Designer's Market Boston

This sunday, November 7th, I will be at the Independent Designer's Market! This is a relatively new market that promises to showcase a great group of local, and yet unknown artists. I'm so happy to be among them. Stop by this sunday and say hello!
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