Felt necklace by Danielle Gori-Montanelli: There are no lofty philosophical or theoretical concepts behind my work. I just throw myself into the rich warm textures and colors of the felt and watch the pieces evolve almost by themselves.
After years of working as a metalsmith, Danielle Gori-Montanelli felt as if her craving for color and texture was satisfied when she discovered felt. This vibrant medium enabled her to better explore her colorful, fanciful style in a larger scale. It also freed her from the confines of her workbench, allowing her to work with just a few simple tools, to follow where inspiration led, whether in her studio or in a flowery field in the countryside.
The cold winter months can drag on when you’re stuck inside all day, but sometimes the best thing to do is get out and embrace the chilly weather. The ice rink in downtown Chicago has some of the best views of the city and I would try to go at least once a year to take it all in. It was always crowded and I was always wobbly, but, if nothing else, I would have a good laugh at myself and enjoyed some hot chocolate at the end of it all.
If you’re ever looking for an excuse to put on a twirly dress, ice skating is it. This knit dress by Jessica Rose Design features a full skirt that’s perfect for 360 spins or just trying to stay on your feet. The classic design, v-neck and full skirt are figure flattering for women of all shapes. And, since it’s cold outside, the knit fabric is perfect for layering with sweaters and scarves.
These amazing screen-printed leggings by Pretty Penny Designs are truly going to set you apart on the ice. Made of a cotton Lycra blend, you’ll be able to move around the ice with ease and stay warm as well. The blue and white fireworks pattern is a surprising accessory to your classic blue dress.
Of course, your legs are going to need a bit more warmth if you’re going to be out on the ice all day. These speckled blue leg warmers by Uniquely Chic for You are a great accessory, both on the ice and off. Made of wool and viscose yarn, these are sure to keep your legs warm and the relaxed fit ensure that they will fit right over your ice skates.
The cute and eco-friendly ice skates featured at the top of this post were created by Recycled Parts.
Sweet felt adorns commonplace items become warm and cuddly.
Hand-sewn flowery bags and accessories by prettylilthings.
While everyone else is complaining about the winter weather, I’m sitting in sunny Honolulu and daydreaming about falling temperatures, snow and bundling up with chunky knits. It may sound crazy, but the holiday season just isn’t the same without scarves, coats, mittens and warm socks. Plus, it’s hard to enjoy hot chocolate in 80 degree weather. I’ll be heading home about one week before Christmas this year, which is just enough time to really get into the holiday mood.
This dark gray hooded sweater by An An Wang is perfection with exquisite detailing and bold details. It’s casual enough to wear on the weekends with jeans, but could also function in an office setting or even as a warm layer over a fancy dress, and of course it can easily transition from a fall coat into a winter layering piece. I have to admit that I don’t know much about knitting, but one look at this sweater and you can easily see all of the care and work that went into creating it.
Speaking of bold details, how great are the huge statement-making coconut buttons on this scarf by Tommify Design? The neutral color gives the scarf a natural look and makes it versatile enough to be worn with any color coat. It can be wrapped tightly around your neck as shown or worn loosely–either way it looks great!
Chunky winter knits don’t always have to keep you warm. This crocheted flower by MK4designs would be the perfect addition to a winter coat or sweater. The champagne pearls sewn into the middle of the piece add just the right amount of shimmer. This would be a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves to make a statement!
The holiday season always goes by so quickly. I’ll be home and bundled up in front of the fireplace before I know it. I can’t wait!
**The image featured at the top of this post was created by Vivian Lau.
Do you remember Space Invaders? Do you have cold toes?
OS Handmade: Felted slippers are made using hot water and soap – one of the most sustainable processes in textile
Wool (not merino) used for these slippers is very soft and thin what makes these slippers feel like a second skin on your feet. Your feet will be warm on a cold day and cool on a hot day due to insulation properties of the wool fibers.
Soles are covered with natural latex what makes wool slippers safe to walk around the house (not slippery).