Month: December 2010

Fall Winter 2011 Collection by MiuMiu

Style Love: Fall Winter 2011 Collection by MiuMiu

Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean the outfit has to be boring. Bold, fun, feminine, whimsical- Miu Miu’s fall winter collection for 2011 is anything but dull!

vintage kitchen items

Etsy Love: Oldies But Goodies

I’m so pleased with my latest Treasury that I cannot help but share it here.  How I wish I can buy all of these old goodies for myself, particularly the antique Peugeot wood coffee mill and the vintage stainless steel teapot which I think can double as a coffee brewer too! The white porcelain coffee set is  exactly what I want and the retro wire basket is such a fun and functional piece I’d love in my kitchen. To see each seller and the details of each item, please click here .

Angele Parlenge Home via Lonny

Home Interior Inspiration: Angele Parlenge via Lonny

Have you seen the latest Lonny?  I love the home tour of designer and writer Angele Parlenge’s Manhattan apartment.  My favorite element is this bulletin board covered in wrapping paper, placed inside a 19th -century frame atop an old steel farm table.






Etsy 2011 Calendars

Etsy Love: 2011 Calendars

I’m happy that I finally finished my personal round-up of Calendars for 2011. These are all handmade  by Etsy sellers.  I’ve arranged them under four categories: Letterpress, Printables, calendars with animal designs, and Perpetual calendars.


Spring Summer 2011 Collection by Minna

Style Love: Spring Summer 2011 Collection by Minna

Minna introduces her new collection for the Spring/Summer of 2011 with the theme “Modern Romance”. I love how delicate laces are used to  subtly accentuate a woman’s body. As always, the lines are soft and elegant, even black cannot hide the lightness of the fabric.

Each piece is made from organic silk and Scottish lace and hand dyed using tea or Azo free, reactive dyes.This month, Minna is offering 20% off on all items from their website and FREE worldwide shipping! Here are my favorite pieces:













Etsy Red Items

Etsy Love: The Joy of Curating

After months of favoriting items and interviewing sellers from Etsy, I just discovered curating today! Can you believe? I actually thought that the curators are chosen people behind Etsy. I had spend hours creating my own picks from Etsy to post on my blog and I had no idea that I can create my own list from there. So you can imagine my joy of being able to do that, and so easy too!
Wow, I am inspired to create more:) This is one of the things I enjoy doing when I’m tired of writing stuff for my work – to feast my eyes on all those beautiful handmade. Would you like to see my first treasury? I called it, Seeing RED because it features things in various shades of red. If you would kindly click here, it will take you to the actual page where you can click on the links of each shop.
And here is closer look at my most favorites from this treasury:
Did you like my Treasury? Which piece is your fave?
Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

It’s always nice to see a new shop and it feels great to be able to support talented and hard-working people, even in the littlest way you can.  We have featured a couple of new shops in this segment, so it was a truly a pleasure when Claire, emailed me to let me know that she along with three friends is launching, The Nimbus Factory.

On March, we have featured Claire’s shop (Dot & Jim).  In this interview, let’s find out how this four some started their company and get to know a little bit about each of them.

What’s the inspiration behind the shop’s name?

The name appealed to us because it had a really quirky, optimistic feeling about it, which we think is very fitting for us. We’ve come to think of it as a perfect representation of our own aspirations.

What inspired you to start the nimbus factory?
Each of us has daydreamed about how cool it would be to be able design our own products and start an art collective/design team. We all love creating products that we would want for ourselves, and of course we hope others would want them too. And all four of us love working together and making our designs real!

What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?
Well, we are based all over the US- one in California, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Georgia- so distance gets tricky sometimes. Luckily we have modern technology. 🙂


How did you get over it?
Each of us is fully devoted to The Nimbus Factory. We have weekly meetings on gchat and loads and loads of email threads. We make it work!


Who are the founders behind it?



Claire Teschel, Phyllis Sa, Julia Kuo, Emily Dove

Do you own other businesses aside from the nimbus factory?

We each run our own sites and/or freelance on the side. Here are the links if you’d like to take a peek!


Name your top 3 favorite picks from your shop

 That’s a tough question! If we had to choose, we would all agree on Happy Ocean calendar set, the Year Round Wall Calendar, and Animal Kingdom playing cards.





stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without

Emily: sketchbook, brush pen, a little grocery bag
Julia: pen, spoon. You never know when you might need a spoon.
Phyllis: iphone, pen, scrap paper
Claire: moleskine, micron, and paint chips

your favorite shops

We admire many shops, but if we HAD to narrow it down.. Rifle Paper Co., Anthropologie, Giant Robot!

What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?

Stay confident, believe in what you’re doing, and don’t be afraid to take risks. as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing, those things will come naturally.


Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
Ever since the shop opened, we’ve heard from new friends, old friends, friends we see every day and friends who are on the other side of the world. The support has been amazing – thank you for being so encouraging!
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Thank you The Nimbus Factory for being Our Shop of the Week!
All the Best!

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