gypsy handmaker...

oh my, it's been a while.... being a gypsy has it's challenges, mostly keeping up with one's journals & such as it's always tucked away in a box or in between locations.  since last i wrote, ry & i packed up our goods & hit the road again & have landed for a spell in the sleepy,  super laid back coastal town of carpinteria, california.  missing portland, especially during spring bloom season but loving the mid 70's temperature & endless sunshine here...  i've been busy setting up my studio & back to creating again which makes me so delightfully happy!  my focus, as ever, is on well made, simple, thoughtful, timeless goods that's easy to wear & easy to grow old with.  i'm also super excited about setting up a natural dye studio so i can experiment & custom dye my handmade goods!  in the meantime, here are some goodies that i'm slowly putting up on my site in the coming days/weeks.

i hope you are living beautifully & authentically wherever you find yourself! 

aloha!

arts + letters smock in 'bloom'

arts + letters smock in 'bloom'

mini.malist x-body leather tote in 'de oro'

mini.malist x-body leather tote in 'de oro'

arts + letters smock in 'enso'

arts + letters smock in 'enso'

mini.malist leather tote bag in 'caviar'

mini.malist leather tote bag in 'caviar'

leilei + g's bespoke bags & hats

a perfect cure for the cold rainy days?  sew up a batch of bright cheerful vintage print bags & hats of course & send them to kaua'i!  i treasure the moments spent sewing & handling these vintage linens, they have that certain quality that new materials lack, they feel richer & heartier & these prints... swoon...  dreaming of the ocean, sunshine & sandy toes, this batch manifested from that dream.  find these one of kind goods at oskar's boutique on the garden isle of kaua'i!  aloha!

leilei aloha + g roslie's bespoke bags + hats

leilei aloha + g roslie's bespoke bags + hats

New Slouch Bags

Here's a fresh new batch of lovingly hand stitched slouch bags in Belgian linens & vintage denims. My staple design, always a classic & a favorite to hold & carry, they are beautiful both inside & out!  Available at my shop page.

 

Handmade Belgian linen slouch bag - Sun Kissed Chaparral

Handmade Belgian linen slouch bag - Sun Kissed Chaparral

Handmade Belgian Linen Slouch Bag - Hedgehog + Morel

Handmade Belgian Linen Slouch Bag - Hedgehog + Morel

Handmade Vintage Denim Slouch Bag - Indigo Blue

Handmade Vintage Denim Slouch Bag - Indigo Blue

Handmade Eco Linen Slouch Bag - Bark

Handmade Eco Linen Slouch Bag - Bark

renewed site renewed vision

it's been a while since i last posted & realizing half of the year has come & gone. we've been busy remodeling our first home & as remodeling goes, seemingly no end in sight...  my designs have been on the back burner for the past several months but now that our home is in a livable condition,  i feel energized & ready to start creating again.  so with this new energy, i put a heaping amount of time & love into this new site bringing both of my labels, rizom designs & leilei aloha under one roof, so to speak.  my hope is for a cohesive space, an organized, streamlined site that makes it easier to share what i love & create.  please browse around & check back often for regular posts. for now, i leave you with a spread in the beautiful spring/summer issue of oregon home magazine featuring my little redwood tote bag.  thanks so much to snow blackwood & the oregon home staff for their generous love! here's a link to their stunning magazine if you'd like to browse their latest issue!  http://www.oregonhomemagazine.com/


The River Flow Tote Bag

River by Mary Oliver The river Of my childhood, That tumbled Down a passage of rocks And cut-work ferns, Came here and there To the swirl And slowdown Of a pool And I say myself- Oh, clearly- As I knelt at one- Then I saw myself As if carried away, As the river moved on. Where have I gone? Since then I have looked and looked For myself, Not sure Who I am, or where, Or, more importantly, why. It’s okay- I have had a wonderful life. Still, I ponder Where that other is- Where I landed, What I thought, what I did, What small or even maybe meaningful deeds I might have accomplished Somewhere Among strangers, Coming to them As only a river can- Touching every life it meets- That endlessly kind, that enduring

One of my favorite mid century prints that I have treasured for years and years, it speaks to me in so many ways, as Mary Oliver does, the poetry is in the print as it flows out and swirls about, like a graceful river, in all it's beautiful muted colors of nature.

available here

River Flow Tote Bag - Front View
River Flow Tote Bag - Front View
River Flow Tote Bag - Front Body
River Flow Tote Bag - Front Body

Mid Century 'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush ...

excerpt from 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins

the wonder, the colors, the freshness, the taste, oh the happiness of spring! blessed with rain, the spring comes alive with technicolor brilliance here in the pacific northwest, so much goodness one's heart sings with joy! the 'botanical' sun 'n shade hat, made of a gorgeous blooming vintage mid century linen is a visual ode to the magic of springtime and the anticipation of heading outdoors into the sunshine!

available here

'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat

Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch

Ever drifting, drifting, driftingOn the shifting Currents of the restless main; Till in sheltered coves, and reaches Of sandy beaches, All have found repose again.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem 'Seaweed'

This bag.... A labor of love, countless hours upon hours stitching & dreaming of the foggy gray coastline, walking in meditation, heaps of scarred driftwood that have seen the world, good stories kept in silence, tangled up in seaweed, it's most trusty drifting companion, draped beautifully giving itself to dryness of the land. All these thoughts and images of my day dreaming mind and methodical hands incarnated into the lovely Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch.

Available here

Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Front View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Front View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Body View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Body View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Side View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Side View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Detail View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Detail View