Monday, November 30, 2009

Palms and Pampas grass

This is without a doubt, hands down, so far my favourite christmas shopfront decoration this year in Lisbon. It is on Rua Garrett in Chiado. There is actually a real palm tree and sprigs of rosemary. Oh, the excesses of the season. Or is it a mirage...I wish they decorated their shop like this all year round.

Downtown, in Rua Augusta, a pedestrian street perfect for rambling and window shopping these ladies brave the cold and clouds of roasting chestnut smoke. The warmth is all above the kneeline. Here they sit year round selling the brightest flower bouquets, cut ferns and my favourite the dried and died fluffy pampas grass. The wicker baskets are so perfect against the cobble stone....isn´t it all just so romantic. The window in the corner belongs to a tailor shop established in 1856, decorated in a more traditional manner with pine garlands.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pretty retro fabric

This pretty fabric I found at my parent´s place is most likely from the 80´s.

If you are into vintage fabrics check out the Retro Age Vintage Fabrics Online Store. Some very cool fabrics and nice for inspiration for color combination and design. The pictured fabric is from the 50´s.

Friday, November 27, 2009

More Purses

More purses available for purchase at the Wrong Shop Lisboa.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Husquie came Home

I am so happy that I have my machine back. Not everything could be fixed but it is sewing straight and that is good enough for me.
This is a new lot of hand embroideries I am thinking about turning into bags...

...and these are my almost ready bags.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

´Tis the season...

... for Christmas berries to make your humble abode a little cheerier.
... for moss to lay the grounds of your nativity scene.
... for acorns to drop and a tree to grow.

... for childhood handkerchiefs to wipe your sniffly nose.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Love

Largo de Camões, Lisboa, Portugal
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real". Iris Murdoch

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It is a fact...

Warning: Purse not to scale! Much smaller in real world size.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Green Barber

I find Barber shops fascinating. This is because they are mostly always very well looked after and the fact that invariably the plants there kept are always thriving. Is there something in the hair that plants like or is the thumb of the barber greener than most? Also of interest are the portrait photos posted to illustrate haircuts that never seem to go out of style. These 2 beautiful barber shops are in Guimarães.
ps. Hair is in fact already used by some as very very slow release fertiliser, high in nitrogen and protein...I should have known the barbers around the world were up to something.
The things we learn. Read more here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Afro-Deco Ettore

Finished purse

Purse in progress

Odeon, Leicester Square, 1930´s
Image source: Film Education

Ettore Sottsass teapot for Ablebest Ltd. 1971
Image source: Decorative arts

I love this African fabric. It is from a lot from Senegal that I bought a few months back. What I love about this and other Senegalese fabrics are the very modern geometric patterns. This particular fabric reminds me of Russian constructivism mixed with a little Bauhaus and the amazing Odeon Art Deco style. The Film Theatre is the Odeon in Leicester Square, which still operates today. The decoration has been much simplified but there are a few remains of its former glory. The Odeon style teapot is actually from 1971 and was designed by Ettore Sottsass for Ablebest Ltd.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For your change

These are the latest small purses hungry for your change. Some of these will be on sale at the Wrong Shop, but soon you will be able to find them also for sale online. Keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I ♥ Saudade

Yesterday was rainy and miserable. After spending most of the day inside I needed some cheering up. So off we went to Saudade.

Saudade is my favourite place in Sintra to have coffee and cake, the wild berry tart is so delicious. The space is amazing. It is cozy with lots of alcoves where you can relax, romance and savour. I love to walk around and daydream that everything belongs to me. Every month there is a new exhibition, sometimes craft, sometimes art, always interesting. The coffee shop doubles as a front for a very well selected collection of Portuguese crafts and other foodie goods which are also available for sale. On the weekends(if I am not mistaken) all the cool cats congregate for the very definately "not square" Jazz sessions.

I love the dolls, they remind me of the ones my mum used to make me....Iĺl have to see if I still have them to show and tell.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Portuguese plastic toy: for the little lady of the house

I received the sad news yesterday that my sewing machine may not be able to be fixed.  I almost cried. But then this little toy cheered me up. The wheel actually turns and makes the needle go up and down.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun day at the market

Yesterday I spent my day at the urban market at SOU in Anjos. It was a great day. I shared a stand with my friend Catarina, she sells the slippers you can see in the background. We had a great time. The space where the market is held is cozy and communal and everyone was very friendly. There is music every market and Folear took the stage this saturday. They were fantastic. The space also has a little cafe with outdoor garden that sells delicious snacks and a super yummy banana and cinnamon tart. We were in heaven.
I sold most of my purses... so you can imagine I am very happy. A big thank you to everyone who came by and visited and a special thanks to all who bought purses.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sou Mercado Urbano

Sometimes I wish that fiction was in fact reality. I am trying to get my purses ready to take to the market this saturday at Sou and I could really do with some help.
This saturday November 7th, between 14h and 20h.
Getting there:
Rua Maria nº73 (à Forno do Tijolo)
1170 Lisboa
Metro Anjos
Bus 12 - 30 - 726

Eléctrico 28

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

New African Fabrics

Thanks to the nice staff over at ISU(Institute for Solidarity and University Cooperation) I now have a nice new lot of African fabrics to work with. Within ISU, Nô Djunta Mon (NDM) currently develop volunteer projects for cooperation in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde with the vision to create sustainable development in the areas of education, health and youth associativism. The sale of fabrics that volunteers bring back from their work in these countries is one way to help raise money for the programs. I am currently working on a proposal to contribute to NDM´s cause, I will keep you posted.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Lovely couple

Charles & Ray Eames show their then-new masterpiece on the Arlene Francis "Home" show broadcast on the NBC television network in 1956.