Plus 1 Design is all about beautiful and practical bags, purses, homewares and accessories made by a girl who is just a little bit pedantic about making sure things are top-stitched, sewn straight, reinforced, centered, spaced evenly, and as perfect as she can get them!
jDUCT: The Koi is not only a beautiful fish, but is also a powerful Chinese symbol. It represents perseverance in the face of adversity and strength of character or purpose. It can also represent wisdom, knowledge, longevity, and loyalty.
This classic billfold wallet has a large pocket for your cash, 4 card slots, and 2 “behind the scenes” pockets.
Each of our wallets is hand-made with 100% duct tape. That’s right, no cloth, cardboard or animals were harmed during the construction of these products. These are not your “hey look at this duct tape wallet that my 12-year-old brother threw together!” Oh no, jDUCT combines meticulous engineering, high style and detailed craftmanship to create pieces with fashion and function. Designed for the maximum amount of storage with minimum “bulge”. Each seam is reinforced to eliminate sticky stuff associated with other duct tape wallets.
Nothing better than white space on a computer screen that needs to be filled up as far as I’m concerned… I feel lucky, because as a freelance web designer I have a lot of time to think and to ponder as I’m putting together designs for this and that. As I was putting together the images for this post I couldn’t help but think of “blooming” and what that means to me… What truly nurtures my soul and makes me feel happy and free – the moments where I feel most alive. (Pictured above – Jewelry from Thumble.)
The enchantment of a dusky summer evening, unexpectedly wading in a creek on a broiling summer day, time spent with my closest friends and family. In my day to day work life keeping an outlook that is unerringly positive does wonders for me. Seeing beautiful works that others have created inspires me and invigorates me. Finally, being challenged is of so much importance to me. Trying out new things and making progress in them helps me keep my spark and drive.
Each of the talented makers I’m featuring today inspire me too… Lori’s flower photo, #1 above – available here in her shop – is delicate and beautiful. The name of the print says it all – “Alone”. YumiYumi clearly has a sense of whimsy and fun – that can be seen in each of her colourful prints (#2 above). The bottom flower picture, #3 by HeyZee is a soft and dreamy look at a dahlia. The camisole featured in the bottom right photo is the work of designer Patricia Valery – who in addition to designing clothes finds the time to play the piano and the fiddle too.
So what was to be a post about design and style has taken some unexpected twists and turns! I’d love to hear more about you if you’d like to share. What makes you feel alive, what nurtures you and drives you forward?
Handknit Hugs: My name is Heather and I am a stay-at-home mom with three young, beautiful, busy and incredibly silly children. Though I have always enjoyed many different types of crafting, I discovered knitting after my second child was born (my very inspiring little girl) and I never stopped. I love knitting for babies and young children. It is so much fun to experiment with different graphics and colour combinations. I enjoy taking classic designs and updating them with today’s style.
And if you’d rather make them yourself, she does sell the pattern.
Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause
“It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.
Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (www.soulemama.com, Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).
In addition, there are plenty of helpful tips on how to give locally and globally, how to give thoughtfully and appropriately, and how to empower those you are helping.” → more info