June 30, 2009

beaded sisal

Even the most simple "kiondo" looks wonderful with a beaded edge.

June 29, 2009

cables {for every season}

I believe cables are for every season. This stitch looks amazingly rich on summer or winter clothes.

June 26, 2009

brown sugar {pound cake}

Brown sugar pound cake is one of my favorite cakes. It is easy to make... and addictive.

June 25, 2009

scarves {fall-winter '09}

These are some of my scarves for next winter. They come in ivory baby alpaca, mocha baby alpaca and baby pink baby alpaca & bamboo blend. I made them extra long this time so they can be wrapped twice for extra warmth.

June 24, 2009


I recently had the pleasure of discovering Crystallwear. Annick Deridder works with Swarovski crystal beads, Czech glass beads, Japanese Miyuki and Toho beads.
Her jewelry is all handmade in Nairobi, Kenya. I met her while exhibiting at the same show in Nairobi a few months ago and was impressed by the beauty of her creations.

June 19, 2009

kwaheri kenya {be back soon}

We're leaving Kenya tonight.
I will miss a lot of things from Kenya like my morning coffees with my dear friend Siew Chin, the Friday lunches and shopping at the maasai market, the good heart of the local people, my kid's wonderful schools and teachers, our trips to Mombasa and Zanzibar, our safaris.... and many other things that would make the list too long for this blog.
Kwaheri Kenya!!! We will miss you!!!

June 18, 2009

pack up

The time has come to pack up. It has been three full days of packing and cleaning. Finally yesterday we finished and locked the container... in another sixty days we'll hopefully have it in our new home.

June 17, 2009

more khanga

So hard to choose among such beautiful colors and designs. Each khanga is unique.

June 16, 2009

street khanga {in Mombasa}

I am seriously thinking on making some clothing using khanga cloth. The colors and designs are amazing. I have a large collection of them. Some I got in Zanzibar and others I bought in Mombasa and at the masai market in Nairobi. I like better the ones with big flowers.

June 15, 2009

van gogh {reinvented}

This is the interpretation of 9 year old kids from Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. The first one is by my daughter Daniela. She said she painted it upside down.... just like Van Gogh did.

June 14, 2009


These are some of my printed starfish t-shirts and fabric buckets. The buckets were a lot of fun to make. I decorated some of them with beads and I also printed the label on a piece of fabric that I attached to the bucket with an eyelet and cotton yarn.

I packed the t-shirts with a piece of cotton cord {for the nautical look...}

This is the back of the t-shirts. 

Buckets are made with Kenyan canvas. I lined them with ivory cotton poplin and added big eyelets and cotton cord for the handles. 

June 13, 2009

friday market findings {henna painted beads}

I honestly don't know what I'll do with all the beads I've been collecting in the last two years. I particularly like the henna painted bone beads.

June 11, 2009

masai necklace

{a market finding}

June 9, 2009

soko soko {exhibition & sale}

I had a great time at Soko Soko last weekend. The sisal bags I have been working on for the past weeks were a complete success, as well as the buckets with rings and flowers. I lay them on a table with some cotton tablecloths I made for the ISK fair a few weeks ago.

I also had the chance to buy a some things for me and for the house. I could not resist the cheese boards in the shape of the Big Five and also two leather handbags embellished with beads.

June 8, 2009

playtime {Paris}

I am so {sooooooooo} excited about my second show in Paris. My line had an amazing response last February when I showed at Playtime for the first time. I opened new accounts from France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Norway.
The show will be at the Parc Floral from July 4 to 6. Can't wait!!!!

June 7, 2009

molds {pancake}

Pancakes were a treat at my house when I was growing up. My mom would make them on a Sunday evening, not for breakfast. 
My kids love peanut butter, "dulce de leche", maple syrup, powdered sugar, and jam with their pancakes. I do make them for breakfast, but only on weekends and sometimes on weeknights when I don't know what to give them, but I get creative with these pancake molds I purchased at Williams Sonoma a while ago. I use raisins for the eyes and oatmeal to reproduce the lamb's wool.... kids absolutely love them. 

June 5, 2009

more spring-summer {2010}

Just a few weeks until Playtime in Paris and I am still working on the designs and samples for my Spring-Summer 2010 Fournier collection.
I will have lots of crochet accessories. This is a nice ecru crochet vest in pima cotton. It'll look great with my linen dresses and tops for girls. Cannot wait to finish and take photos of the collection.

June 2, 2009

spring summer 2010 {first photos}

Today my dear friend Euridice came with her daughter Sofia to model some of my designs for the spring-summer 2010 collection. We could only take some photos because most of the clothing and accessories are still in process to be ready for the show in Paris the first week of July.
Sofia's photos are going to be in my banners for the show and website soon.

June 1, 2009

winter accessories {booties & hats}

For next winter I have a new wool, a blend of 80% baby alpaca and 20% bamboo. It is as soft as can be... and very, very warm. 
These are some of the accessories in the fall-winter 2009/10 collection. We are knitting round the clock to start shipping in less than two months!!!

"babyboo" flower hat in pastel pink.

Navy & oyster pima cotton booties and hat. I love the richness of the cables in pima cotton.

Baby alpaca booties and hat for babies. A must for the newborn!

Intricate stitch for this pastel pink "babyboo" booties and hat set.
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