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In the world of creative friends, we are insanely blessed and thankful each day. So when letterpress shop Tabletop Made (dear friends Sarah & Karis) asked me (M) to redesign their logo and collaborate on some cards & prints, I was tickled pink. On one of my many friendship trips to Santa Barbara, California in April, we nailed it. Their chosen logo, no lie, was hand painted while on the flight home. I also got to create the type for their FAR OUT and It’s gonna be great cards/prints. AND in addition to all that goodness, we teamed up with another great friend who knows a few things about websites (and makes a mean cold-brew coffee). Leo at Basic took all the type I painted, and designed/built Tabletop’s sparkly new site. Check it out here, and start shopping—there are so many goodies! It doesn’t get anymore made the in USA than this.

SIFF_webSIFF_Kweb2A week ago we had the opportunity to see Sofia Coppola’s North American premiere of her latest film Bling Ring and attend the gala that followed in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The evening was spent with great friends, the weather was sunny, and our hopes were high for a mere sighting of Ms. Coppola or, what if, Emma Watson. AHHH!! Turns out they weren’t in attendance, but amidst the excitement, we were asked to have our group photo taken by Seattle fashion blogger It’s My Darlin who was shooting on behalf of SIFF—and K was pulled aside for a special solo shoot. Go see the film when you can, and in the meantime, enjoy its soundtrack here, too.

Aaaand. We’re. Back! It’s been a bit—travelling, unpacking, new jobs, installing computer memory, Thanksgiving, yelling at health insurance companies. The move from London to Seattle was more difficult (mentally, emotionally) than expected. It’s been awhile, but alas, we are officially moved in, the sun lamp has been ordered, and the new couch arrived as did the holidays—so we decided to pick up the blog again. I couldn’t think of a better way to ease back in than with a friend gift guide—that is, goods our close friends (and I!) have made or do—all of which you might consider for your friends & family this December holiday of choice. Made with love in USA or UK, of course! Only the best.

CopticStreetClockwise: Boutique Textiles tree skirtTabletop Made holiday card packs / Radica Textiles fabric-by-the-yard / Boutique Textiles ombré cushions / Branch greeting cards / Direct Relief International domestic and/or international donations

The most extensive Bauhaus exhibit in the UK in over 40 years is going on at the Barbican through 12 August. It was pretty incredible, an overdose of inspiration. (Says the girl who got tears in her eyes reading the last panel at the exhibit—the one that tells of the school’s eventual closing—even though she already knew the story of its demise.) Definitely book tickets online beforehand to avoid the queues and wear comfy shoes, there is so much goodness to see. K loves the Barbican [Estate], but admittedly, I didn’t love it on my first couple of visits—it’s lonely. But it’s grown on me now and I realised my favourite parts are the negative shapes the buildings make, which are really only apparent when the sky is blue. AND, even the walls in the subway are smart and stylishly Scandinavian (i.e. flippin’ awesome) in Oslo. Go make some cool shit this weekend. 

A few new and favourite things you all need to know about. First up is a lovely lady I got to know recently, a real peach: Meghan in Santa Barbara, USA just launched Riviera Vintage, the online storefront where she sells her fully restored vintage furniture. The work is impeccable, I’ll take one of everything. Never a better time to drive to So. Cal and pick up proper goods, folks. Next is our super friend Sarah in Baltimore, USA who owns Radica, and is the textile perfectionist behind the business. Both fabric pieces shown are her craft—Chain pattern and Doilie —and her newly launched site has all the interior fabrics you’ve been dreaming of. Lastly, Gather, a new bi-annual food magazine, which will appear in our postbox. I do not know the people behind it, but I sure do wish I did.