Monday, June 16, 2014

Stansberry { Beautiful Accessories }

Sharing my story has always been an important part of my business, and lately I've been making connections with other creative individuals.  I'm always surprised when their stories are similar to my own - small businesses ran by their founders who thrive through their attention to details and flowing creativity.  Natalie Morrow of Stansberry fits this mold.  I love the colors and handmade quality of her pieces.  I ran across Stansberry while on Design Sponge and Natalie was kind enough to share her story - see the interview under the beautiful pictures of Natalie's products.

{ Multi Strand Beaded Necklace in Purple/Coral }

{ Long Beaded Necklace in Turquoise/Green }

{ Border Scarf in Yellow/Denim }

{ Tassel Bracelet }

{ Red Flower Scarf }

{ Striped Scarf in Coral }

{ Magnesite and Hammered Beads Necklace }

{ Border Scarf in Blue/Coral }

Here is my interview with Natalie Morrow of Stansberry.

How did you get started?
After being forced to close my beloved clothing boutique a few years ago due to the recession, I was at a loss for what to do next. I knew that I definitely did not want to go back to the corporate world where I had been previously. I soon started playing around with a new sewing machine that I had received as a Christmas gift. I had loved sewing when I was a teen and I was eager to see if I still had the skills! Quickly, I was back into the groove of sewing and soon I was designing and sewing clutches and handbags. A friend of mine suggested that she have an open house for me and my new handbags. Fortunately it was a great success! With this encouragement, I decided to go for it. I named my business “Stansberry” which is my mother’s maiden name. She is the one, after all, who taught me how to sew.

Presently, my business has now evolved into designing and creating scarves and jewelry. My goal is to make busy women’s lives a little more effortless and a little more chic.
Do you hand make all your products?
The scarves are all handmade by me. Each scarf is either hand dyed or hand drawn. I then sew the edges of each scarf using a rolled hem stitch for a refined, quality finish. A few of my scarves also feature a decorative embroidered stich which is also done by me. Each piece of jewelry is also handmade by me.
Do you dye your own scarfs?  
Yes, I do dye my own scarves. I use a dip dye technique to achieve the desired patterns. I also have a couple of scarf styles where the pattern is hand drawn by me using fabric dye pens.

Where do you source you materials for jewelry and scarfs?
My fabric is a silk/cotton blend and it comes from NYC. My jewelry supplies are all sourced from companies based in the US – this is something that is very important to me.

Any other products in the works?
I am currently working on Fall 2014 designs. Fall is “Stansberry’s” strongest season. I love fall because it allows me to work with wool. I’m looking to expand beyond the wool infinity scarves that were so popular last fall and move to more innovative styles and shapes. As for jewelry, the gold trend continues to be very strong and I will experiment with various types of chains and layering techniques.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Calm & Cool Nursery

  1. Frazier & Wing - Mobile Collection
  2. ducduc - Eddy Rocker
  3. FLOR - Jump & Jive in Cream
  4. Mod Mom Furniture - Wandering Path Organic Pillow in Pool

Monday, April 7, 2014

Unsightly Wrinkles { perfect solution }

I had a huge problem and it was driving me crazy.  I purchase a flat weave rug for our new family room.  The  style, colors, and price were perfect, but without a rug pad it was a disaster.  As soon as I had it all straight and in the right position, my dog would tear through the area and the rug would slide and wrinkle.  The rug is wool but a little thin and light so against the smooth bamboo it would slid all over.  Our dog thought it was great fun, but I didn't.

When Rug Pad USA contact me and asked if I would do a product review, of course, I jump at the chance.  If their rug pad solved my problem, I would be forever grateful.  They sent me the Premium-Lock Felt and Rubber Pad, which they said would solve my problem.  I was very happy that is was also eco-friendly - the top is recycled felt and the back is 100% natural latex rubber.

The pad arrived and I was surprised that it was thick and heavy - not like the usual rug pads.  I moved all my furniture and laid the pad.  I needed to cut it down a little - I just used a regular pair of utility scissors.  Once I rolled the rug on to the pad I could immediately feel the difference.  Not only was the pad gripping the rug, but the rug felt thicker and heavier.

The true test was having our dog run through the area, and sure enough the rug did not budge.  I'm so happy an grateful for the opportunity to review the Premium-Lock Felt and Rubber Pad from Rug Pad USA.  It has REALLY made a huge difference and I will recommend them to everyone!

Thank you Rug Pad USA!

doesn't he look guilty! }

{ every time I turned around this is what I would see }

{ so many wrinkles! }

{ pad is thick with latex backing }

{ the top of the pad is felt, which grips to the rug }

{ rug is staying put! }

{ it is flat, smooth. and cushy }

{ no wrinkles even after the dog runs around! }

{ problem solved }

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So Floored with FLOR!!!

Our family has moved!!  This also means my home office has moved - I will share more about my office next week.  Our new house is 1000 square feet smaller, but since I did so much planning, we do not miss the extra space at all!  It really helps that our home is uncluttered and filled with sunlight.

One of my favorite products is FLOR.  They design carpet squares that can be arrange in any shape and cut to size if needed.  I have loved them for years - I talk about my fascination here and again here.  Our new house is modern and like I mentioned before small.  Our front entry also acts as a mudroom because it hosts the entrance to the garage, so I took the opportunity to use FLOR Tiles to create a T-shaped entry.  This makes the entry so much larger and easier to keep clean - we have had sooo much snow in Minnesota this year and the idea of everyone trying to stand on a 3x5 rug makes me crazy.  The FLOR tiles give us space and allows us to spread out and keep the floor dry.

We didn't stop there!  We also used FLOR Tiles in our dining area.  Space was tight so we created the perfect size rug and built a plywood table to seat 6 - it had to be narrow to fit the space without crowding the island and pantry cabinet.  I really love the Jitterbug pattern - it is one of FLOR's wool carpets and it is soft and beautiful.

Installing the FLOR tiles was very easy.  They just hook to each other with stickers and the rubber backing keeps them from slipping.  It really could not of been easier!!

Do you have any place in your home that would be perfect for FLOR tiles?  

Floor plan showing the layout of the FLOR tiles

Entry & Mudroom (the glossy white cabinets are our closets)
FLOR:  Crossroads in Dusk

Dining Area with our custom made plywood table
FLOR:  Jitterbug in Taupe

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Giveaway!

While looking through my inventory of past organic fabrics, I have decided to do a monthly giveaway! Why let all these great organic fabrics go to waste! Our first giveaway is a 15 x 18 pillow cover in our smock pattern (insert not included). It is a soft yellow on natural colored organic canvas and has a hidden bottom zipper. The winner will be notified by email on March 3rd.  Click here to enter our Pillow Giveaway! - Good Luck!!
*Note: Winner must reside in the USA

Enter Our February Giveaway!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What keeps you happy in the dead of winter???

It has been a brutal winter in Minnesota this year, and by brutal I mean COLD and by cold I mean FREEZING!!

I love this photo because it romanticizes winter, but in reality there is nothing romantic about -30 degree wind chills!!
Source: via Swadeshi Club on Pinterest

 To make it through the winter I need several things:
  • Warm tea, coffee, coco...
  • Lots of layers, sweaters, scarfs, thick socks, and throws
  • COLOR!!  Bright happy color!
In the winter everything is gray and color always make me happy.  I look at my fabrics stacked around my office an I smile - they are so happy and bright!!  They brighten up my life during the dreadful, dead of winter.

So how do you get through the winter?!

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