Lemons: Always Delicious
Writer Giovanna Coppola is a downright Lemon Lover and homebody extraordinaire. This dear friend of mine lives and writes Limonata Lounge on the island of Ischia, which is just off the southern coast of Italy, near Naples. I delight in her IG feed, which features heavy splashes of yellow throughout, and I genuinely enjoy how she is so often exalting the spiritual and symbolic virtues of this beloved citrus while weaving it into her visual story.
Rhianna Wurman of Ello Lovey also agrees that lemons are amazing. Together we have been curating this Pinterest board for a couple months now, and I think it's finally time to share it. Rhianna is an artist based in Asheville, NC who makes the sweetest cards and Illustrations while also hosting a monthly #doodleaday prompt over at @ellolovey on IG. So fun!
How could we not love this eternal Mediterranean classic?! Lemons create a relentlessly cheery and bright sense of celebration. It's so worth taking a moment to celebrate and recognize their beauty. Humble and seemingly ever-present, this year I have noticed this winter fruit popping up just about everywhere in the handmade world.
So here are some of our favorite lemon designs that have got us drooling. I couldn't help it, I had to add my absolute favorite watercolor tutorial at the end, cuz I know you crafty like that.
Hope you enjoy this round-up of 11 Handmade Lemons We Love!
Ello Lovey via Instagram
3. An ADORABLE Watercolor Lemon Pinafore for the Babes
Sew Wee Design via Etsy
4.This Adorable Cut-and-sew Tea Towel
Ello Lovey via Spoonflower
When people ask me why I named my shop October Forever, I am genuinely confused. To me, its so obvious, but then I remember that having a business is a chance to communicate to others through your work.
October is the beginning of Cozy Times. Here in the U.S. we begin to evoke the sweet symbols of togetherness, time with friends, time in nature, and of course the sharing of food and drink. All of these things are what I want to encourage, evoke and share with my customers. I want someone to come home from a hard day at work and feel calmer when they glance at their potted plant on the window sill while sipping tea from their favorite mug. I want my customers to generously bake and share pies with each other in and on ceramics that were made with love. I hope that some simple piece of ceramic jewelry someone throws on in the morning makes them feel a casual confidence and gets them a butt-ton of compliments.
So yeah, October. Its home time, me time, sharing time, and maybe even GD pumpkin spice latte time. Get that cozy, get it and keep it and spread it all over, all year long, forever.
October, Y'all. October!
I am so pumped to offer you guys a big fat SALE. It's time to clean out this shop, make way for a new collection and move some inventory. It is a whole month long, so I will be adding new things to the shop almost every day.
In the meantime- check out these beautiful new wall pieces!
And if you are local, I will be having a house sale November 10+11, including a fundraiser for farmworkers affected by hurricane Florence in NC.
Hey yall! I'm excited to announce a house sale fundraiser combo November 10+11.
Saturday Nov 10- House Show 10-5
I am on the Durham County Pottery Tour again this year! This is a weekend-long show at my house 2410 Glendale Ave 27704
Sunday Nov 11- Seconds Sale and Party 12-5
I'm raising money for farmworkers who were affected by Hurricane Florence. If full priced pottery is not in your budget, THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. Pay what you wish- take what you want. All the $$ from the seconds will go to feeding farmworkers.
Hope to see you!
I am so excited to share my new line of jewelry with you all! The Homebody Collection brings together some brand new designs and colors, along with a few trusty favorites, that are going to become your obsession. Jeans or a dress, these pieces are stylish, versatile, and downright comfortable. My goal is make you the things you reach for again and again.
To celebrate the coming collection, I will be clearing out the Etsy shop to make way for this new stock. You will find everything in my shop 20% off the month of October.
Also, I'll be announcing a local seconds sale and fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Florence here in NC.
Pie Time, All the Time
In March I'm using any excuse to keep the oven on. Damp cool mornings usually give way to sunny and pleasant days here in North Carolina, but the slippery slope of spring means we often slide into a few days, or even weeks, of cooler weather that beckons us to make hearty homemade foods suitable for warming the bones.
Pie is always my favorite. I have my beloved pie dough recipe from the Tartine Cookbook, taught to me years ago while assisting April McGregor, owner of The Farmer's Daughter. I made this dough so many times that the actions required just pour off me now as I wade through the piles of butter and flour. Technically, it's a galette dough, but I use it for all my pies and quiches requiring a flaky, buttery crust. It has never failed me, and often I am stunned at how soft and tender the result is, even when I am sure I over mixed it. It is made with an unusually barbaric method: piling your ingredients on the table and rolling the fat directly into the flour with the brute force of your rolling pin, then stirring in the ice cold water into the shaggy, buttery mountain of dough. Its absolutely adventurous, and afterwards I feel like I've climbed an actual mountain, a little disoriented but slightly elated.
Pantry note: I get my unbleached, never bromated flour from 1 of two sources: natural food store bulk bin or King Arthur Flour. This recipe calls for half pastry flour, made from spring wheat, and contains a lower gluten level, yielding a tender, baby butt soft crust that will bring you to your knees. Read about the dangers of Bromate here.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Baked in a Pie
Enter the pie bird. A nifty kitchen gadget of Victorian origin (swoon!) that is used to vent and evenly bake any civilised double crusted pie. I was commissioned to make my version of this nifty little creature sometime last year. Although I had never used one, I loved the idea of making something that I could use in my pie baking while sharing my love of vintage folk traditions. Since then, they have become little harbingers of joy. People adore them, and that make me so happy. There is something so lovely about something that spends 95% of its life on a shelf bringing you delight every time you accidentally glance at it, and then is a sweet little workhorse in the oven making your pies prize worthy.
I am excited to share my journey with you as I make and use some new pie focused porcelain this month. I have developed some new forms and will revive a few old ones, all with a focus on baking and pies. I have a dreamy photo shoot with Rose Trail Images scheduled at the end of March which will surely set me up with some delightful ways to tell the story of how those cute little birdies are used.
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TIll then, cheers!
Nov 4 + 5 Durham County Pottery Tour
Free tour of 21 local studios and 2 teaching facilities. Find me at location #5: 2410 Glendale Ave, Durham 27704
Nov 11 Handmade Market- Marbles Kids Museum
Hip, handcrafted goods from more than 50 of the best and brightest independent artists, designers, and crafters.
Nov 12 The Bazaar- Carrboro Town Commons
An inviting and vibrant atmosphere welcomes visitors into this thriving craft & art market each month. Locally sourced food/drink/music are also available for everyone's enjoyment.
Super stoked to be heading up to NYC next week for the ever so hip Renegade Craft Fair! I will be setting up shop June 25 at the East River State Park in Brooklyn. NYC come see meeeeeee!
Next Stop: The Handmade Market
November 13 + 14 I will be setting up shop at the Handmade Market in Raleigh! Friday preview show is $5 from 7-9, Saturday is free for all from 10-5.
I am so excited to kick off this holiday season, which filled with 5 exciting' markets (eeek!). Those little elves still have lots to do...
The Line Up
Nov 21 + 22 Durham Art Walk
Nov 28 Perch Holiday Pop Up- Carrboro
Dec 5 St Thomas More School - Chapel Hill
Dec 20 Last Minute Lovelies- Durham
Take the Pledge
I love giving handmade things for so many reasons. I appreciate the time, energy and expertise invested in each object. I feel great about supporting makers who are building their dreams and sharing it with us. I believe in giving gifts that are as special as the people receiving them. Will you take the Handmade Pledge?
One of my favorite things to do is buy the top 10 winning tea towel prints from a fab Durham company called Spoonflower. Spoonflower prints custom designs on multiple fabrics, and they also host a weekly design contest. Right now you can vote for your favorite tea towel design, and next week you can buy the 10 best in a fat quarter bundle. Hem those babies up and you have a very sweet holiday gift that is beautiful, functional, artist designed, and hand made by you!
Map it Out
Did you know Etsy has a shop local feature? I love it! You can look at where to find local vendors as well as individual maker shops. So cool to see what makers are living near me.
I am so excited to see what my maker friends have been cooking up for the holiday! I look forward to seeing you all at one of the many markets I will be at starting mid November!