kjoo bio: I am a graphic Designer with a passion for illustration and crafts. I discovered the better material in the world, the hand made felt, and since that happened I just can’t stop to try different combinations.
Sea of Tales: Even if the schools I went to prepared me for something completely different, only now I can say I can’t wait to get up early in the morning and do what I do! I love making clothes and bags and hope you will enjoy the things in my shop
Look what I just discovered in the Gallery.
I am Audra Zilinskiene (Audra Zili) – a textile designer located in Vilnius, Lithuania. I’ve been working with textile fifteen years. All the time I was interested in the source of textile, traditional weaving and dyeing techniques, ethnic design of different cultures.
I feel proud of my little discovery – textile mosaic. I have spent two years to find the best way of combining and constructing the colorful yet simple circles to something unique, eye-catching, comfortable to wear and of firm construction.
Aren’t they gorgeous?
If you’ve been thinking to yourself that there is a holiday dry spell between the 4th of July and the end of August, you would be totally correct. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate here in the Seasonal Handmade column. In fact, celebration has been on my mind a lot lately. My husband and I celebrate our seven year anniversary this summer and we are thinking of going out of town for a romantic getaway. It is easy to prepare for any romantic getaways that you might be planning with the help of handmade sellers.
When I said the words “romantic weekend” to my husband, the first thing he thought of was a picnic. The great thing about a picnic is that even if you don’t have the money or time to go out of town, you can easily pack up some goodies and head to the park for an afternoon. If you don’t have a traditional picnic basket, you might try this picnic worthy bag from Sasaki Bags. I love baskets, of all sorts, but I think this might be the cutest picnic tote I’ve ever seen.
I am a big believer in having handy totes for different purposes. So, once your picnic is over, you might went to hit the town with your honey and do some antiquing. How about using this fabulous market tote from Sweet Possibilities to stow away your goodies?
Once you’re done shopping and having picnics, you may want to rest in your room at a lovely bed and breakfast. This gorgeous robe from Plum Pretty Sugar will have you lounging in effortless style.
And nothing spells romance like a good massage. This Divinity Bath and Body Oil from Spa Goddess will make your massage even more special with its soothing, relaxing, and, yes, sensual, scent. Start with the massage and see where the feelings of romance and relaxation take you.
One of the problems with staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast during your romantic weekend is that, for safety reasons, they generally prohibit the use of candles in your room. And candlelight is not just universally flattering, it also helps to amp up the romance. Fear not, you can use flameless candles, like this one from Nouveau Design and get the ambience of candlelight with none of the risk of going up in flames.
Really, you don’t need anything but you and the person you love to have a romantic weekend, but these handmade goodies will help you have a relaxed, fun, and stylish weekend away. See you next week!
“LEMONADE” Mixed Media Collage Print, by Linda Woods
“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” When Dale Carnegie first spoke those pithy words of wisdom, his intent was to remind us that no matter what comes our way, it is up to us to make the best of it. For me, though, as soon as I hear “When life hands you lemons…”, I think “Lucky me!” That could be because I always associate the cheerful little yellow fruits, not by their sourness, but by their powerful mood-lifting effects. And, it’s not just me; research has proven that just a sniff of fresh lemon really can boost moods and increase optimism in test-subjects. It sounds counter-intuitive, and I stumbled upon it completely by accident, but the tart juice of the lemon is actually an age-old remedy for nausea, too, and is commonly recommended by naturopaths. I can vouch for this first-hand; when I was pregnant with my son and deep in the throws of
morning all-day sickness, the only thing that could calm my tummy and allow me to function was to (literally) suck on a lemon.
So, when life hands you lemons, here are a few ideas for what you can do…
”When life hands you lemons, wash your socks!” Can doing laundry make you happy? It can if you use an eco-friendly product with an uplifting fragrance like the one pictured above by Maylee’s Garden. Scented with pure lavender and lemon essential oils, this all-natural, vegan laundry soap is made by hand by the always effervescent Libby, and contains absolutely no palm oil or harsh detergents. It’s also great in cold-water and suitable for HE/front-loading machines.
“When life hands you lemons, go shopping!” …and be sure to keep your positive eco-karma intact by bringing along a handy reusable shopping bag. This reversible one, pictured above, handmade by Charity of Lil Hipsters, features a cheerful lemon print on one side and a fresh green solid on the other.
“When life hands you lemons, take a bath!” Scrub your troubles and bad mood away with the zesty Lemon Slice soap made by DeShawn Marie The handmade, 100% vegan soap contains a triple-squeeze of lemon (lemon peel, lemon essential oil and lemongrass essential oil), along with nourishing coconut milk and exfoliating dried chamomile flowers. After you’ve toweled-off, visit DeShawn’s website for details on her soap club, which offers a different soap every month!
“When life hands you lemons, rub it in!” Into your cuticles, that is. The next time you find yourself in a seemingly endless line-up, instead of impatiently tapping your fingers, massage Pure Intox’s conditioning, lemon-drop scented balm (above) into your dry cuticles instead. The uplifting scent of lemon will energize and relax you while you wait (patiently) for your turn.
Of course, when all else fails, go ahead and make that lemonade.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
1 cup Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups cold water
Ice and lemon slices, to serve.
Directions: In a pretty pitcher, combine simple syrup, lemon juice, and water. Adjust sweetness/tartness by adding more sugar or more lemon juice. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
Simple syrup: In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved.