Packing my bags this morning in Berlin to head home – and later in the week on to our events in Marfa and Austin!
Hello Etsy was amazing, inspiring, reassuring and _____ – fill in the blank as you can watch the entire conference here. I had every intention to live blog my time here but have found that I need time to process all of the great ideas that were presented. Over the next weeks – and after our Texas excursion, I will be catching up with some of the great folks we met at Hello Etsy.
Here, a few of my favorite moments from Berlin!
Gluckskind = Darling of Fortune – perhaps tagged here at the entrance to the subway as a reminder to celebrate the small moments in life.
I feel very lucky and honored to have been included in the first Hello Etsy. Thank you to everyone (Matt, Emily, and all!) for such a beautifully organized conference. I heard a rumor that this will become an annual event and I am already looking forward to the next round!
If you can’t be with us in Berlin tomorrow for Hello Etsy, check this out:
“If you can’t make a DIY Summit in your area, be sure to tune in LIVE in our Online Labs. You can watch from anywhere in the world! Use this handy timezone conversion tool to find what the Eastern Standard Timezone converts to for your region. Be sure to RSVP for each event so you receive an email reminder to tune in. Use the #HelloEtsy tag on Twitter to join in the global conversation all weekend long!”
Use the arrows at the top of the photographs at the Online Lab to scroll through all of the great talks.
Natalie Chanin – Connecting Your Business to Your Community
Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM EDT
See you there!
I made it! 50 years old and going strong.
On my daughter Maggie’s birthday each year, I send (or do my best to send) an invitation to celebrate that includes the following text. Today, the invitation is for me:
“Join us in celebrating 50 years of life.
No presents please, plant a flower or a tree for me.”
Thank you for all your support for Alabama Chanin… and me.
As my father reminded me: “This is going to be the best decade of your life!”
P.S: For those of you who have been asking, my cleanse was a success – or should I say a beautiful and permanent change of lifestyle: 25 pounds lighter and I feel 10+ years younger.
Now, on to cleansing my life, home and studio! It is going to be a wabi-sabi life – starting today…
Carolyn Murphy says about our work, “I love the fact that each tag includes the name of the person who made your garment.”
Visit Carolyn for Fashion’s Night Out on OpenSky.com for a 31% discount on our100% Organic Cotton Jersey Ponchos.
If you are in New York for Fashion Week, mark your calendar for the opening of YIELD on September 10th at the Textile Arts Center.
Thanks to Holly McQuillan and Timo Rissanen for including our work in this important installation.
And learn more about zero waste in Subtraction Cutting School, by Julian Roberts.
Thrilled to be back @ EcoSalon today and shocked that has it has already been two weeks since the last column! Head over there to find out why “Life Demands an Ice Skating Fee.”
Time always seems to pass much more quickly when you have a lot to do; so far, August has been no exception.
Although I’m far from packing for Berlin, I am already dreaming of which designs from the new collection will fill my suitcase. I’ve spent the last few days pouring over images and choosing which ones to add to the site next week. To be perfectly honest, I’m having a hard time narrowing it down - that is a lovely problem to have.
I have, however, begun packing for Texas. The new collection and a tower of DIY kits for the Marfa Workshop will be traveling with me; this requires a bit more thought and planning, twenty pairs of scissors and a bag of X-acto blades means arriving extra early for your flight!
We would love to see you @ Fancy Pony Land for our trunk show, El Cosmico for a Two-hour workshop (there are a couple of spots remaining), or both!
Or, should you happen to be in Austin the following week, visit us at the Hotel San Jose.
Stop by and visit EcoSalon today and let us know what you think. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. The next installment will be here before you know it!
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend…
After my daughter’s first day at school, Will, a parent from her class called and cried, “We have one in the books!” I had never heard that saying but now know that after the first full week of kindergarten, we have truly put one in the books. It was a week of highs and lows, adjustments and realizations. (“I am sad. I love my new teacher, but I miss my teacher from last year, too.” Don’t we all feel that way sometimes about the things in our lives?)
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first back-to-school extravaganza and to all of the great teachers who make our children excited to get up every morning!
We still have some back-to-school sweepstakes going and those will be announced in the coming days. If you haven’t entered, get to it!
There are still a few workshop spots left in Marfa. Plan your road trip and join us.
Got questions? Post a question for Alabama Chanin in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or at EcoSalon for next Friday’s column. Go ahead, ask anything…
The best part of the week for me (aside from surviving the first full week of kindergarten): our HEATH Ceramics collaboration was being photographed in my home and two dear friends – Cathy Bailey and Angie Mosier – were here to realize the images (see our styling table in the photo above).
Launching in November… stay tuned.
One “in the books” indeed!
A times my schedule can seem a bit daunting, but I feel nothing but ready for the upcoming months.
Our Events Calendar is a sight to behold – I can barely contain my excitement at the thought of connecting with friends at Hello Etsy in Berlin; then on to Marfa, Texas for a workshop and trunk-show, and, if the stars align, a round of drinks with some soul-sisters I haven’t seen in ages.
Maybe the Alabama heat has driven me mad, perhaps it’s the building anticipation of overdue reunions, or quite possibly it’s the energy surge that comes with over a week of good behavior (Detox day 10!) but I’m ready for adventure…
Alabama Chanin is hitting the road.
Everyone in our studio seems to be in agreement: It’s time to see the sights and make some house calls (and a few new friends). If you or yours are interested in hosting an event just contact our studio; 15 participants and a little notice are all we require.
P.S.: A company favorite – our One-Day Workshop @ the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley – is now open for registration.
Maggie says, “This is going to be the best day ever!”