Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sorry we weren't home, we went canoeing.

I put all of the home organizing, and designing of wool accessories aside this weekend. We got out. To Healthy Kids Day at the Y.
To the kickoff of baseball season.
And to Camp Shand, Family Day.
Jo Ellen, and I and three of the kids, All in a canoe. (!)
Seeing Max beam in his life jacket was lovely.
Our hair smells of campfire. Because we made S'mores.
I quite enjoyed putting my own camp canoeing skills to the test. I was floored when the tour revealed flushing toilets in a white linoleum new bathroom interior, and shower stalls that looked like something from a fitness center locker room (not the swinging plywood shower door with spider web cluster that as a camper I encountered).
We quite enjoyed our preview to summer. Now back to a house that needs tidied, and barrettes that need made and marketed. Passing the summer camp torch onto Max, with love. xx

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

My family was visiting this weekend. Yesterday, we celebrated the sunny weather. Matt helped clean a local park ravaged from flooding, and my nieces modeled pieces of my new line for IZZY LANE in the afternoon. It was really a spur of the moment idea, with me throwing Hunter wellies, Izzy Lane tweed coat and Wensleydale Izzy Lane scarf, a container of my pieces, and camera into my LL BEAN tote bag- before getting into the car to go to my Mom and Dad's house. With sweeping views of Lancaster County farmland, here's a peek at the Autumn Collection...
Created from the offcuts of Izzy Lane garments (literally the remnants that fall to the cutting room floor when the tailor makes his cuts for Izzy Lane skirts, jackets, and coats), these accessories help to reduce waste from garment production.
A huge fan of Izzy Lane since 2009, I am so excited to create these special accessories. For me, I imagine them being worn everyday, with your jeans (like Abby here), to school, the office. It's a way to wear Ethical British wool Everyday!
From "Izzy Lane is a cutting edge and unique ethical luxury brand and has in its short existence, since 2007, established its credentials as one of the leading ethical brands in the world and the leading voice of animal welfare in the fashion industry as well as being a leading voice for the use of British wool and the British Textile Industry. At its core are the 600 rare breed sheep that have been rescued. Our flock of Wensleydale and Shetland sheep comprises mainly of animals that would have been sent to slaughter for being male, missing a pregnancy, being a little lame, being too small, being too old or having imperfections such as a black spot in a white fleece. We pay equal and better prices to save them. These sheep will live out their whole natural lives in our sheep sanctuary in North Yorkshire and their wool is used in our knitwear and wovens."
Select maggie french for Izzy Lane pieces for now are available on my Etsy website. Look for my maggie french for IZZY LANE online store, coming soon.
I hope that this Earth Day your "Green Dreams" come true too.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mimi does her homework too. Mimi (almost) 18 months.

I am obsessed this week with three things.
1. Launching my collaboration accessory line for Izzy Lane.
2. Planning Max's Super Boy Summer. (camps, calendars)
3. Thinking about preschool for Mimi, who turns 1.5 years next week. Little thing, with perfect pencil grasp. At 18 months, she's quite a lovey friend to me, and so bright I can't get enough.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Great Egg Hunt

We sponsored our first Super Egg Hunt, in our own backyard. We started with four kids and 160 eggs. (it's a "Super Hunt" so that's why so many eggs for each kid). It seemed to be just enough. The baskets were full. We made it a two part day, and colored eggs afterwards, followed by a little pizza dinner.
Next year, more eggs, and more kids. A new tradition.

Happy Easter, remember when?!: