Friday, December 28, 2012

tahoe trip inspiration

a bunch of us are headed to Tahoe for a wintery trip this weekend. 
I have high expectations that someone will be dressed like Zucchi below. 

 images from 1961 (here) 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

photo by Richard Avedon, 1970s + vintage swatch from our collection

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

happy holidays!

thank you for a great year, friends! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

mixtape: holiday tidings

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I'll admit, the playlist is a little heavy on the Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Brown songs, I couldn't help myself. 
What are your favorite it-wouldn't-be-the-holidays-without-it songs? 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

life, lately

1. endless beads & baubles at the Gem Faire in Costa Mesa
2. Brian and Missi being cute accidental twins
3. a white whale of a tale
4. mixing swatches from our collection
5. pinecone hoarding for my thanksgiving table decor
6. stormy monday serves up a good supper

all photos from our instagram -- @anna_birdsofohio 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

holiday card

we had so much fun making our stop motion holiday card last year (watch here!), we decided to make another one. Brian is doing the editing now---stay tuned!
 behind the scenes at the studio
bits and pieces

photos from our instagram

Monday, December 10, 2012

1960s girl + a vintage swatch from our collection

Monday, December 3, 2012

the lovely Kate Moss + vintage leopard print from our collection

Thursday, November 29, 2012

pleased to meet you: Auguste Herbin

portrait | one | two | three | four | five

fun facts:

French painter born 1882 and died in 1960.

studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lille.

in 1906, his involvement with Cubism deepened when he met Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

wish list: books

it's not too early to start christmas lists is it? these books have been in my amazon wish list for a while now.

1. Harvesting Color - How to dye using natural ingredients! a recent obsession. we actually just added 
    this one to the library at the studio.
2. Gunta Stolzl - I love her colors and geo style.  more here.
3. Semi-Precious Stones - ok, I just want it for the cover. is that so wrong?
4. Los Angeles: Portrait of a City - there are some great photos of life in LA in this book.

are there more books I should have on this list? 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

British Vogue, 1966 + vintage shirt from our collection

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

friend: Summer of Seventy Eight

Summer of Seventy Eight is Summer Rapp's clothing line that launched earlier this year. 
Her pieces are unique (interesting textures, bold prints and unexpected details) and casual-chic. 
The California coast has definitely inspired her looks and the attitude is sexy and tough -- hello leather!
 I love the restrained tie dyed look of the pants and her sweaters look so cozy, with an edge of course.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

while we were out

Missi took these in Ohio when she and Brian were there flea-marketing. there's treasure everywhere!
1. coral and maroon, I approve
2. simple and strong
3. hand-painted paper
4. embroidered detail 
5. piles of ethnic textiles!

Monday, November 19, 2012

a young Grace Coddington + vintage print from our collection

our pinterest page is chock full of vintage inspiration, if that's your thing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

life, lately

1. parking lot bouquet 
2. American Fabrics - Spring 1953
3. a favorite found photo
4. visiting Noon Design Studio on the 10th floor
5. brainstorming color with leftover bits
6. brian + missi, halloween 2012. any guesses? one word: Eureka!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Heath Ceramics Sale

one of our favorite pottery stores is having a sale Nov. 16-25th in LA. 
get 20% off your entire purchase in store. 
I have a few pieces and am eager to grow my collection, plus they have a ton of other great things for sale too. like this and these.

see our post on Edith Heath.

pleased to meet you: Tadanori Yokoo

portrait | one | two | three | four | five 

fun facts:

born was born in 1936.

is a Japanese graphic artist, illustrator, print maker and painter.

began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theater in Tokyo.

in the 1960s, he became interested in psychedelia. this interest was further deepened by his travels to India.

he still continues to paint and is involved in the graphic arts scene.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

while we were out

1. RCA
2. Olaf. what a name
3. perfect seventies colors
4. font on a flour tin
5. you stud, you.

Monday, November 12, 2012

street style + vintage swatch from our collection

Friday, November 9, 2012

life, lately

1. Venice Beach from the Hotel Erwin rooftop
2. Max - a - licious!
3. green vs. purple
4. brian indigo dyeing with Lookout & Wonderland
5. mini bags for mini things
6. a homemade tassel and a naturally dyed fabric sample

Thursday, November 8, 2012

pleased to meet you: Marimekko

one | two | three | four | five

fun facts:

Marimekko was founded in Finland in 1951 by Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo.

In 1960, Crate and Barrel began a partnership with Marimekko, which continues to this day.

Many of the early Marimekko designs still remain in production.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

fall inspiration

friend: LAS Jewelry

Lisa and Dan Soltis are a husband and wife team that create little wearable sculptures! 
They're both from Ohio, so they are definitely kindred spirits.
check out their collections here
the gift giving season has begun-- maybe someone you know needs a rad unicorn skull ring? just a thought.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012



perhaps you could wear this dapper vintage bow-tie while doing so.

while we were out

1. spectacular book cover
2. vintage wrapping paper -- great colors on the polka dots
3. festive pouch
4. Texas -- fun fact, I used to live there.
5. marled check

Monday, November 5, 2012

Paul Newman + houndstooth print from our collection

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

still wondering what to be for halloween night?
BAM. easy breezy.

(from our pinterest page)

while we were out

1. put those colors on a sandwich, I'd eat it
2. this straw bag calls out to the hippie in me
3. always
4. continued
5. "I'm Not Lisa"
6. reptillian luggage

Monday, October 29, 2012

Keira Knightley for Harper's Bazaar, UK + vintage swatch from our collection


hoping our friends on the east coast stay high and dry.

Noon Design Studio

last Friday we took a field trip to visit Jane Palmer in LA. 
she runs Noon Design Studio and specializes in natural dyeing techniques.  
Jane's homemade indigo dye kits -- beautifully packaged.
 the indigo dye station in her studio.
her studio is on the 10th floor, with such pretty calm

afterwards we ate at The Pie Hole (mac 'n cheese pie? believe it) and took a peek into Poketo... a great little gift spot -- I finally got some washi tape to add to my crafting collection.

hope you guys had a nice weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

life, lately

1. pattern hunting at Missi and Brian's abode
2. Burt Reynold's taking a lounge at the studio, no big deal
3. vintage trims
5. textured wallpaper in LA bathroom -- fancy
6. last month's newsletter still life

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

string art DIY

missi and brian were in NYC last week which left me some time to do a little crafting at the studio. 
I had lumber left over from a shelving project, so I decided to stain a piece and make a little sign.
you need to print out what you want it to say, cut the letters out, position and tape in place.
then comes the part where I'm sure I annoyed the neighbors... start hammering your nails around the edges of the letters, making sure they stick out a bit. this was the longest part of the project for me. finally, you can start wrapping your thread in fun designs or simply around the outlines.
c'est voila!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

while we were out

1. velvet-y pattern on a chair
2. geo grate
3. how to
4. a simply drawn bloom
5. a certain pup givin' me some teeth

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jane Birkin + a bright vintage plaid from our collection

Saturday, October 20, 2012

indigo workshop part 2

my random polka dot design and zombie blue hands. who needs gloves? | splattered
this gal was going to make silk pants out of her design! I'd wear them | our patient teacher, Niki | little drawstring bags with different designs... these turned out really fun

have you done any dyeing like this? it's fun to play around and experiment with hue and making different designs. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

indigo workshop

 a sunny fall afternoon at Dream Collective in LA | creations hanging out to dry | Brian showing off a piece of vintage fabric Missi decided to dye ... it looked so cool!
Missi and Brian and their indigo baby | the green part is the indigo oxidizing right before our eyes! (did you know that indigo is actually a green color? when it hits oxygen it starts to turn that deep blue color. mind. blown :) 

it's hard for me to edit photos of this day because all the dyeing was so cool looking -- and I also want to introduce our teacher, Niki Livingston from Lookout & Wonderland (she was great) --- so, more tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

vintage Lanvin

while we were out

1. preppy drinking cup for the tennis lover
2. embroidered little soldier man
3. upholstered canteen
4. KY fine cut
5. book cover
6. herringbone

Monday, October 15, 2012

editorial in Elle magazine + vintage leopard print from our collection

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

while we were out

1. this rad little backpack reminded us of something we'd see in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom
2. detail
3. book of military uniforms
4. faux bois -- except this one is real bois
5. an entire couch in this print? yep.