Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mouse Trap studio gets a makeover

I'm finally making strides at Mouse Trap studio! I am a bit of a hoarder/slob and I never thought I'd be able to share my home work space with you all. I am so proud to say I'm getting organized.

I am lucky to also have an art studio outside of my in a factory building in South Philly where I collaborate with my buddy Beth on SquidWhale Designs. We keep that space pretty tidy, but my home studio is another story. It's typically filled with piles of vintage waiting to be listed in the shop with only a tiny little path leading through it. Until a few weeks ago, for the last few years, I was packaged 5-10 orders a week on my makeshift ironing board table. Totally embarrassing situation.

Earlier this month I purchased a gorgeous piece of furniture from Craig's List, an antique old-growth pine work bench/kitchen counter with storage with chippy maroon paint. It's the PERFECT shipping station: counter height, LOTS of storage, large work surface. It fit into my Honda FIT with millimeters to spare only after Jessica and I knocked off the back splash with a hammer. It was a total steal at $75! Since I got this gem home, I filled the drawers with all my tools and shipping supplies. I rigged the window to store bubble wrap and various ribbons/yarn, too, and finally put my folksy paper towel holder to use as a washi tape dispenser. Check it out!

Here's a Treasury I composed of vintage items I've been coveting to complete my work space. Enjoy and check back for more improvements soon!

Thanks for reading!

~the good one

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If you like it buy THREE

I think it was four years ago that I first saw Good Twin wearing these sandals. Oh boy was I envious! They're sort of nautical, sort of industrial and spot on trendy gladiator sandals.
There was no brand name or markings and I gave up on ever finding myself a pair after a lot of internet searches turned up nothing but Gurkees. Then out of the blue Good Twin gave me the sandals! 

What a saint!
 Otherwise I would have stolen them like I did when I wanted something of hers when we were growing up.

I wore them everyday. I wore them hiking, I wore them deep sea fishing and I wore them out on the town. They had an amazingly comfortable sole! They stayed on! They were non-slip even!

I wore them until the glue gave up. I retired them to my shoe junkyard. I'd keep them there until I found a decent cobbler (can anyone suggest a shoe dude? I'm in Boston). 

Two years ago Good Twin was browsing the sale section at Anthropology and came across a replica of the vintage sandals she had passed down.

After seeing these sandals at Anthropology Good Twin called me. I immediately ordered myself the sandals in sage green. I anxiously awaited their delivery. The delivery arrived and I tore open the box to find that Anthropology had sent me the sandals in pink. Boo. Pink. I was disappointed but I was also without my go to sandals so I wore them anyway.  The next day a second box from Anthropology arrived. I opened the box and the green sandals were inside. Hmm. Did Anthropology make a mistake? I didn't care because I had two brand new pairs of my favorite shoes. A week of glorious shoe heaven later I was taking out the trash and the bin fell over. As I was cleaning up I re-encountered an Anthropology shoe box. Inside was an order form for the pink sandals and it included a note, "Love, Sarah."  Ha, the mystery was solved, we both ordered those sandals for me. Twin power!

I thought I was set for sandals for the next two years! I planned to hoard one pair away for the following summer but I couldn't resist wearing them. It turned out that Anthropology's version of my shoe just plain sucked. The thin sole made my feet hurt and the dye stayed everywhere. The hardware rusted and the soles cracked. So when this summer started I was again in the market for sandals.

All summer I hemmed and hawed about buying sandals. Then one day my eBay search for rope sandals turned up these....

From their website:

"Welcome to Kino Sandals

Welcome to Kino Sandals, Inc. located in Key West, Florida. All of the sandals sold at Kino Sandals are handmade using natural leather uppers and natural rubber soles. They are assembled and glued in our traditional sandal factory in Kino Plaza at the corner of Greene and Fitzpatrick Streets. If you are in Key West, please feel free to visit and watch as our sandals are made.

All Original Designs

The popular and durable sandals are all original designs by Kino. They make a practical and inexpensive gift. They have been widely imitated, but they have never been duplicated. The fundamental difference is that Kino uses the traditional hand made techniques to assemble his sandals. The talent of the craftsmen can not be replaced by a machine."

All this is true! @ a cost of only $13.00/pair!!

True handmade quality and way cheaper than Anthro. 


 Look at the difference in the sole. I should have bought THREE!

Now I can finally say goodbye to the cheap imitations and keep ordering directly from Kino. Kino got sole and soul.

x o x o 
B a d   T w i n

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Depression Era inspired shop update this week!

In honor of my hobo wedding blog feature on Etsy this week (eee!!!), I thought I would share some related finds in the ol' shop and some ones that are new this week. I've been hoarding some of the garments below for the wedding, and now that I don't need them I can pass them on to you! I will start listing tonight and list till I can't list no more ...

First, a few of my favorite photos from our hobo wedding to set the mood ... Both by our lovely photographer, Chelsea Donoho.

Me and my other half, Brian "Box" Brown:

Me and my other other half, Maggie "Bad Twin" Hunt:

Some Depression Era hobo-inspired finds, currently for sale in the shop, clockwise from top left:
+Blue Valentine Country Mouse Pin no.1, a special hobo wedding edition, ready to ship!
+Carved peach pit basket necklace no. 3, just like the ones me and my bridesmaids wore at the hobo wedding
+Wildwood Flower crocheted cotton rag rug
+Rustic wooden toolbox with hand painted lettering

Some new items I'll be adding to the shop starting tonight:





Some more Depression Era hobo-inspired finds, currently for sale in the shop, clockwise from top left:
+Pot metal choo choo train brooch
+Antique nine patch quilt
+Model train cookie cutters (sorry, just sold!)
+Red Wing steel toe work boots

Some more items coming to the shop this week:

Also, a quick reminder that my Virtual Porch Sale is on through 8/14! Lots of awesome items for $2.50 or $5 here.

Thanks for reading!