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Thought I’d post this delightfully fun print to celebrate the historic same-sex marriage rulings we had here in the states yesterday—woohoo! So much love for each and every. Celebrate with lluminate—the third in the ROYGBIV series by Michael C. Place. Available for purchase in the Build shop.

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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.

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

No, we haven’t had any luck getting a ticket to see an Olympic event, I’m over it, not really. Meanwhile, back in the USA, a very fine man needs reelecting soon, and so my 2012 OBAMA tee (in men’s and ladies’) is up for pre-order sale. Pass it on to all your friends and families—support independent artists, and well, get out there and vote in style. BAM! Buy your tee here.

 

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. 

We travelled to Oslo last week for a quick 4-day adventure with Norwegian friend Vegard and [Spanish] friend Sandra. I began compiling all the photographs but realised the exquisiteness of the Opera House—or in Norwegian, Operahuset—could not be summed up in a single photograph, it warrants its own post. Completed in 2007 by Norwegian architects Snøhetta (same firm building the Sept. 11 Memorial), it’s the rising-out-of-the-water home to the National Opera and Ballet, and thanks to Vegard’s sweet friend Daniel, we even got a backstage tour. In its entirely, the Operahuset is stunning—immense, reflective, interactive, crisp, warm, jagged, beachy, marbley, not to mention the inside smells like a forest. I’m having a tough time aptly describing it, nor do the photographs capture what it’s truly like to be there. Put this on your list.