Hello, my name is Kelly Massey and this is my line of handmade wearables, Pretty Penny.
I live in West Hollywood with my husband and fantastic, fun, little girl who is seven. They put up with my piles and piles of fabric and leaning towers of ink jars relatively cheerfully because they are often busy making things too.
Lately, I have been screen printing and sewing scarves and clothing out of bright and soft bamboo and cotton knits.
As you will see, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to the subject of fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, mittenettes, handwarmers or gauntlets. Whatever you call them, my Etsy favorites list is full to the brim with them. Allow me to show you the best I’ve found in the hope that it will keep me from buying up each and every pair myself!
$32 by Chez Plum.
$34 by Coquelicot Salon.
$32 by Jeannie Knits. These need to come live in my coat pockets.
$35 by While They Play.
$65 (mmm, cashmere!) by Adventures of Jessica Rose. (I have room in my pockets for these too!)
I love them all. Which pair(s) spoke to your taste?
There’s so much lame art out there for small people. And that is a terrible thing. I’m convinced bad art rots little brains. It’s why I ended up eschewing popular mass market toddler art for framed pages of retro books for my kids. I spent ages hunting down old books from the 60’s and 70s with interesting line art, decoupage prints etc. Lucky for you now, there is Etsy and Jonty Bloom.
Let’s face it. Babies, toddlers, etc look at their walls a lot, what with all the time they spend hanging out in their rooms. Do you really want to trap them in there with nothing good to look at? With some insipid cartoon-y depiction of jungle animals and fairy ballerinas? Or do you want them looking at something a little better, more thought provoking? The kind of art that tells it’s own story and gives you more to look at each time you examine it?
I thought so. Chances are you’ll spend a fair amount of time in the room with your kid too. Buy something that you like, that they like, and that your grand kids would probably like too, if you save it for them. Good graphics make the world a better place. Let’s work together to make ugly primary colored vinyl dinosaur wall appliques from mass market chains, go extinct. Yay art!
Mandinka Designs: Our process begins with the Hunt. We love to go hunting in thrift shops for gorgeous suit coats with fabulous linings and labels.
The labels are like little works of art in and of themselves. We “ooh” and aah” loudly while people look at the two strange women flipping through the men’s suit rack. Once we get the coats home we “fillet” them into the various parts- sleeves, collars, pockets, etc.
Then the real fun begins as we collage them into the varying styles of handbags, totes and accessories. Of course, no part of the coat should be wasted, so we make our adorable bugs out of the leftover sleeves.
I have to be upfront here: I’m a Crocs hater. That said, I know a ton of kids who adore them, and Monkey Lisa has come up with a product which makes me less negative about plastic shoes. “Cranklz” straps for Crocs shoes. They are very cute, make the shoes look less mass-produced and fit better, so if your kid just has to have Crocs, at least they will be able to run without their shoes flying off!