Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Working designs.

I've been working on some new tableware designs lately, all of which have been inspired by styles of Old World Scandinavian art, like embroidery, weaving, woodcarving and mural painting.

My aim wasn't to try to replicate these antique artistic styles, but rather to show their themes in a more modern, whimsical way, while still giving nod to the original format.  I wanted it to look reminiscent of vintage Scandinavian work, but not a clone of it.

I'm also painting this series instead of drawing, for a more organic, free-form look.

Lots of changes and additions yet to be made, but its fun to work it out and see what I come up with!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Need inspiration? Organize something.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I seek it in a lot of places--art books, nature, magazines, places I travel...

However, it recently struck me: I am most inspired after I have organized something.

And it doesn't really matter what I've organized.  I am not necessarily inspired to paint more when I have my painting supplies organized.  But I may be after I have cleaned out the kitchen cabinets or revamped the filing system in the office.

Just the act of getting things in order, and feeling like I have accomplished a task puts me in the mood to create.

I discussed this with other creative friends and I was surprised to find that they all felt similarly!  It seems that for most of us, creativity thrives in a setting that's devoid of clutter, mental or tangible, and has less to do with the actual creative task at hand.

So, I will continue to find inspiration in the world around me, but when I really need to get my creativity flowing, I think I'll resort back to the mundane, like rearranging my work table, cleaning out my email inbox, and going through the ever-present stack of mail on the kitchen counter.  Because you've got to do what works, right?!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Good stuff from Food52

We are still selling a selected amount of our Rosemal plates in the Food52 Shop, which recently just rebranded from Provisions to simply, the Food52 Shop to keep things more streamlined.  I love so many of the other products they carry, (especially the tableware, because that's my thing) that I thought I'd give an overview of some of my Food52 favorites.

I didn't think this lace tray from Suite One Studio could get any better, but now it does; it comes in a gold-rimmed version.  So pretty.

I really love mugs without handles for some reason, and I'm always big on blue and white, so these mugs from Art et Manufacture are very much up my alley.  

This handblown Moroccan blue glass pitcher from Hawkins New York is so pretty.  And it's dishwasher safe, which is always a plus. 

These Porcelain Coffee Filter Bowls are just so cool.  What an awesome idea!  

Also for serving, this Double Handled Walnut Serving Board would add instant warmth and character to any dining table or dinner party.  And why not have two handles instead of one?!

And with spring on the horizon, these Compostable Plates are a great alternative to the typical paper or plastic plates you might use outdoors.  I love the wood grain!  

Last up, these Gold Dipped Seashell Bowls.  They have just the right amount of metallic, and can be used for a variety of things other than holding food.  Definitely a good gift item.

Take a look at what other items the Food52 shop has to offer, get great recipe ideas, and catch up on all your foodie news!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014


It was YuleFest weekend at the Nordic Heritage Center in Seattle.  We don't do a lot of craft fairs, in fact, we don't really do any at all, as they are a ton of work, but we loved being a part of this one.

This yearly event is a great fundraiser for an institution that works hard to continue the heritage of Scandinavian culture in the Northwest, and besides, it is really, really fun.  Music, shopping, food, and more Nordic sweaters and blonde hair than you could ever imagine.

It really is a great way to kick off the holiday season--and I love that it is the weekend before Thanksgiving, making the holiday season last as long as possible, and a little less busy once December hits.

Disclaimer: The photos below are from my phone.  They're a bit blurry, grainy, and it was beginning to get dark when I finally got a chance to take some pictures.  I was just too busy all weekend to pull out the real camera.  It is fun to get a look at this fantastic old building, though, and take a peek at our booth.

Welcome to the Holiday Season!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosemal Teapot and Country Living Magazine

Our Rosemal Teapot is being featured in the Country Living holiday gift guide: 12 Perfect Presents Priced Under $50!  Check it out to see our fun teapot in blue, and a host of other unique gifts.

We also carry the Rosemal teapot in black, and matching mugs in both colors.