November 7, 2013

kale & tahini salad

today I made my
favorite salad for lunch

November 5, 2013

bunny faces

{behind the scenes}
Embroidering bunny faces!

October 31, 2013

happy halloween

Wishing you all a 
Wonderful, sweet and safe

October 30, 2013

fall in Washington, DC

Fall is my favorite season
because the temperature is perfect
and the colors are stunning!

A pleasure to walk along the National Mall
this time of the year.

October 29, 2013

crochet party hats

Making crochet party hats
for our bunnies.

Each hat embellished with tiny crochet "bobbles"

baby alpaca and No.3 crochet needle

two color combinations
Gray with Charcoal & Pink with Ivory

October 28, 2013

nativity set

This is one of my favorite
Nativity sets from the market
in Bolivia.

The Holy Family in their traditional dress
with a llama.

October 25, 2013

the art of making dolls

Making hand knit soft toys
is a time consuming process.
It takes long hours to finish just one piece.

This is a behind the scenes look at
the bunnies and cats we have made
at our studio in Bolivia for Ooshki

We make each piece by hand using
the finest Bolivian alpaca.
Tiny needles are used in the process.

Then we fill them with fiber and join the pieces
to complete the toy.

Filling the toys {a short video}

The embroidery is all made by hand
with a contrasting color of alpaca

Crochet details: our signature cheeks, collar and beret.

finished toys ready for face embroidery

October 23, 2013

handmade toadstools

Our toadstools are HERE!! 

The classic Red cap with Ivory dots
and our unique Charcoal and Striped with multicolor dots

{all three featuring a crochet butterfly}

October 19, 2013

at the pumpkin patch

The newest addition to our family
of handmade toys
enjoying the pumpkin patch

Wishing you're having a wonderful weekend!!!

October 17, 2013

Fournier 10 years & International Day of Eradicating Poverty

Ten years ago Fournier was born
in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia

A dream of giving opportunities to artisans!
just work, not charity

We celebrate these 10 years today on
the International Day of Eradicating Poverty

{hope you enjoy this little video that sums up our 10 years in Bolivia}

October 16, 2013

farmers' market

All good things must come to an end...
This weekend marks the end of the 
farmers' market season in our area

On our recent visit to St. Michaels, Maryland
we explored their very popular farmers market.
It is a popular destination for locals, visitors and boaters.

Farmers offer fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, 
breads & yummy pastries, cheeses, orchids, eggs, honey...

October 15, 2013

missing summer already

summer spent on
the Chesapeake Bay

{resisting the idea that summer is over}

October 12, 2013

Fournier spotted in New York City!

One of the most beautiful stores in the heart of New York's Soho
has a wonderful selection of goods that I think you’ll love! 
A perfect place to shop for something unique and stylish for the little ones! 

They now carry Fournier
Check out their windows for this fall season!

Andoni comfortable sitting on a very French pillow

Our Eiffel Tower rompers in two color combos and Pepe Raccoon

Also spotted, Theo Cat paying careful attention to the wooden blocks!

Check out Les Petites Chapelais if you are in New York City or HERE & HERE!

October 10, 2013

neck warmers for fall-winter 2013/14

It is getting cold around here!
Rain and gray skies
Time to start thinking about
warmer clothing and accessories
for the little ones

Our garter neck warmers are
made with baby alpaca in three
beautiful colors!

Available here!

October 9, 2013

Lego goodie bags

How does 10 years just fly by?
Someone's turning 10 around here and having a Lego party

For the occasion I made some Lego figurine goodie bags.
Very easy to make.

I used organic cotton fabric for the little bags, and printed the figurines on heat transfer paper.

cut each figurine leaving a small edge around it

used a very hot iron to transfer the figurine to the fabric

peel the transfer when cool to the touch

finish the bag with the overlock and sewing machines

baker's twine

a finishing touch

he loves them and can't wait for the party this Saturday!!!

October 8, 2013

Bolivian awayus {aguayos} and frazadas

Very hard not to fall in love with the
beautiful colors of the 
Bolivian "awayus" and frazadas.

These are some of the colorful "awayus" I took home with me
{awayus are used by Andean women to carry things on their back. They also carry their babies with these lovely pieces of cloth}

hard to decide which ones to buy

{frazadas are handwoven by Aymara women in the Andean region. They are used to protect against the  high altitude cold. They make wonderful blankets, rugs, throws}

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