Papaver Vert: Patty Benson started Papaver Vert in 2007 making her small apartment shared with her husband, into a small creative studio in Northern California. Based on form, function and bold color, Patty’s work utilizes the time consuming technique of crocheting and wet felting wool to create tactile pieces with a contemporary twist.
Learning how to crochet a few years ago, she immediately found a medium that combined her love of wool with her love of home decor. Feeling that home accessories shouldn’t just be limited to ceramic or glass, and that felted wool doesn’t have to mean something old-school, she loves the idea of taking the ancient technique of felting to design something entirely new.
Patty loves that wool is a renewable resource and she stands behind a non-mass produced sensibility. Each piece is lovingly handmade in her studio and she figures the more attention put into the craft, the better the quality, the longer it will last and the less need to buy more, more, more.
Even here in Northern California the weather is finally turning to Fall. (Horrors, I even had to wear a jacket the other day!) But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love a reminder of the fun summer we just had.
Even though Ocean Girl‘s summer at the beach and mine were apparently quite different, I still appreciate the beachy reminders she evokes in her jewelry.
I’ve had a handmade sea glass necklace my mother gave me probably 20 years ago, and to this day it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Try something from Ocean Girl Collection and you may just find your own favorite for the next couple of decades.
Even here in Northern California, fall has arrived. Laugh if you will, but around here a dip below 50 degrees warrants down parkas and gloves.
To spice up your fall and winter, check out Sew Ninja — her hoodies will make your frostbite worthwhile!
And if you look closely, you’ll see that she’s got some items shipping for free right now.