Barking Bird Art: Hello! My name is Rebecca and I live in Portland, Oregon with a baby, a teenager, a husband, two nice cats and a REALLY stubborn dog. I like illustration, cute things, and a strong cup of tea.
Another great find in the Try Handmade Inbox…
Pragya K: Hello! I’m an Indian currently living in Atlanta, GA. My name Pragya is a Hindi word that means intellect :) My illustrations are often loosely based on my life, random incidents and far off dreams. I have a distinct style which is part modern, very colorful and meant to bring lots of cheer. Subjects & themes are always happy too – cute birds,loved pets, nature & more.
I took a hiatus from yoga class for a few months, but this week I’m making a commitment to get back in the studio. Previously, I went to class every Sunday morning, and left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the week’s tasks. I can’t remember exactly why I stopped going, but I’m excited to get back into a regular yoga routine–breath, stretch, repeat!
If you’ve ever been to a yoga class you know that the right pants can make or break your stretching session: too tight and your movements will be restricted, too big and you’ll be pulling at them throughout the class. The solution is to pick a fabric that is stretchy, breathable and light. Enter the Hamsa from Kaya Yoga Wear, a capri pant made from cotton lycra. With just a little bit of rouching, these pants are cute enough to wear to a cafe, the grocery store or on whatever errands you need to run after class.
It’s just as important that your yoga top is comfortable. I prefer to practice in loose fitting tanks that keep me cool and allow me to move and twist easily. This tank from Purusha People is made of a cotton blend, and hand dyed a beautiful shade of blue.
Yoga mats can be a pain to carry around, but a cute yoga bag makes the task a little more enjoyable. This option from Lslie Art features a thick shoulder strap, drawstring closure and an eye-catching bold and organic pattern.
I typically don’t wear any jewelry when I practice, but these sweet lotus sterling silver studs from Shizen Designs are too cute to leave at home. They’re small enough that they won’t distract from your practice, but big enough to add just a bit of sparkle to your outfit.
A higher level of consciousness awaits! Grab your mat, head to the studio and breath your way to relaxation. Namaste!
Reality? Ummmm No, Runway, and is it for a hoof or a foot? Hmmmm.
Handmade Nirvana. The Holy Grail of Handmade. Shoes. Well the ones above are most certainly handmade but not the kind you would want to wear. I went in search of practical and stylish handmade shoes. It really is an art to make shoes, you can’t just sit down and teach yourself in an afternoon to make them like you can knitting or crocheting. There are so many considerations, style, durability, and then the tools you would need to make them. It’s a little mind boggling. Although hard to find there are handmade shoes out there, and some are not as expensive as you might think.
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!