I choose my home...

Dear Blog Friends... This week I am blogging a few days later than I used to do , but better late than never and besides, now I can add some more days to this weeks creative events... This monday I almost jumped on a plane to South America but after giving it a bit of a thought I chose to stay home... I started traveling when I was 5 years old and I never stopped until a few years ago and being married to a pilot you can imagine that this is what we do in our family , we fly... This time I chose my home and all the happiness that it gives me ... Why travel when all you need is home? It has also become an enviromental reason for me , I mean I want to think and say that I am an ecofashion designer and there is a lot in that word ...Not only to create things in a sustainable way but to also try to live your life in a climate friendly way... And is there a better thing than to wake up at home and look at the view of fresh flowers and all the things that you love surrounding you... family , friends and of course my work that is a passion...
 
 
So on monday instead of going to the airport I went to my shop and redecorated the window display , and I only left the red tulpis from last weeks valentines ... The rest is gone and now a new display has decorated my shop this week. I focused on purple and nude and was very happy with the result...
I also managed to finish some silk satin bags for my hand knitted creations...
I decided very early this week that I would try to focus on my ceramics and my ceramics only and yesterday it was time to open the ceramic oven and see the results of one weeks work.The new production took place in my shop and now the Spring feeling is a fact with new pots, cups and sallad bowls decorated with lovely birds and flowers...
 
I love the combination of these birds with the roses and flowers... I hope that they will give joy to the daily life of my customers... I pictured in my head a few months ago how I wanted that this new collection of ceramics would look like and I think that the result is even better than I imagined... When I work at my studio at home it is so comfy to know that I can take a timeout and take care of my latest passion... My flowers... and this week has also been a week for cultivating some tomatoes and chili peppers... Last summer we got our own cherry tomatoes , chili and lovely artichokes... They all tasted better than store-bought veggies, I promise!!
 
The nature has such a wonderful , positive effect on us . Who said that leaves falling from a tree are dead ? Have you seen them on a windy day? Nature is beautiful even when it is dead. For me it is essential in my work to have nature near me and when you cultivate it is almost like the same happiness that comes when you create a new design for a skirt , ceramic or whatever it may be... To see that something that you can enjoy eating with your loved ones comes out of a little seed that you planted months ago and gave love to is what a creative life is about... In one word , Love. Finally some pictures from the ceramic studio on fridays... Fridays are starting to become the day when creative customers and friends share creativity ,shopping , laughs , interesting conversations and maybe a glass of wine or two... I have to say that this friday I felt a little proud of myself , In my mind I thinkt that I have created a space for joyful encounters in the stressing pulse of the City of Stockholm... It is Sunday but I am already longing for next friday at Grevgatan 48 and you are all invited...
 
 
 
 
 
I wish you all a happy Sunday and a great week ! With Love / Andrea Labbé

Valentines week...

Dear blog friends ! To the sound of tennis balls in action at my sons tennis training I am sitting down with a nice cup of tea... I can rest my eyes and thoughts at the tennisgame going on in front of me and behind me while I set my mind on my little blog... It is amazing all that you can see when you slow down your life... Dalai Lama once said that we all live in frustraition and what he meant was that we all can do the effort to think ourselves to a happier life and world... When we find peace with ourselves the world becomes more friendly ... We all get another perspective when we choose to think in another way. Why not start thinking like this , this Valentines Day ... To Give Love to All the people that we know and also in our mind to those that we have not yet met... What we think - we attract... Yes we do !! Thank you , thank you and thank you again for all the likes and followers , it is so inspiring to see that I have followers from so many different countries ... So , so happy for this... Thank you once again and I hope that you will continue to find inspiration in my work... This last week has been a week of planning for my little shops Valentines decoration , as I have already written I like to plan a new window display every week and when there are special occasions, I go all in ... Valentines is one of those days I want to be prepared for , with a new design and of course a New Window display...
My super Model Vilma is wearing the handknitted mohair Cardigan I made specially for this Valentines..
Inspired by so many things in my life I created this cardigan which kept growing with more and more flowers and details on the way to my shop... The first idea that came to my mind was decorating the window display with red tulips as the years before I had only used red roses for Valentines ...
Inspired of course by the tulips we have at home...I try to have some in every corner . Fresh flowers give so much joy to life so every start of the week I buy bouquets of fresh flowers , mostly roses and when all the vases have their flowers the week can begin for me... Here, a little corner of our house where flowers are growing like a little oasis..
And here are these weeks wonderful tulips at home...
When the silk tulips where ready it was time to put my little happy Valentines wishing sign that I made some years ago.. And beside, the manequin with the New Lotus skirt , Allegra shirt and the Valentina Cardigan...
As you can see the final result of the Cardigan is a little bit different from the one that my model is wearing... I kept on filling some spaces with more flowers and leaves that I embroidered with yarn and swarovski beads... So Dear friends this is what I have been up to this latest week , ah and yes of course, finished the two colored handknitted hat ... I am already knittting on a new pattern , some flowers this time... And last but not least I would like to give us all that have creative jobs a Special Heart this Valentine , because to work creatively is somehow a way to share ones inner feelings expressed in what you create and that is something that you have to have a great courage to do...We are Brave !!! Yes!!! Here are some pictures of the finished little hat...
Happy Valentines to all!! Kindly / Andrea Labbé

To Create something out of nothing...

Dear Blog Friends ... Another week has passed and day by day we are slowly getting more daylight ... Although it is in the middle of the winter one can already feel some Spring feelings pouring out ... Friends travel to warmer places to escape a little bit of darkness and cold and hopefully when they come back all the snow will have melted and the sunset will not longer be at 16h as it is now... I love to see how they post all the different places they are going to to reach the sunlight ...Meanwhile here in Stockholm my production of this seasons Spring and summer collection is taking the most of my time and for me that is somehow the happiest place on earth to be in...Take a look at this combination of joy for the eye... A little Amaryllis got a home among the tulips...It was the last one left of this years blooming Amaryllis and it has now been living with a bunch of tulips for almost a week , and they seem to get along really well...
And here My New Inglish Pelargon... Isn´t it lovely ?
For me Shopping flowers and then taking care of them like a baby is a passion... This week has been a week of working with my mayolica ceramics ... Decorating and getting them ready for the burning process in the ceramic oven...
Here the Mayolica big platter ready for the decor part... To create something out of nothing is what I love about my work... This is when I step out of my comfort zone...
When I create, it is like I ,Me, myself does not exist... The only thing that is important at that moment is my work , the process and the result . I do not have to take myself so seriously in that particular moment because it is almost like I am not even there... It is hard to explain the feeling but It is wonderful and my heartrate slows down, making me feel relaxed...
Something that I always try to fit in during the week is my oil painting ...This one is now finished. A painting of Naif Art I have called Alegria... It is spanish and means happiness and the explanation of why I gave it this name is only because I felt such hapiness painting it... And today I am on my way to buy a new canvas for I have already an idea of what I want to paint on my next painting...
My Little boutique is dressed in shades of red and blue this week...
The little Boutique also got some New Arrivals for this Spring... The Allegra Shirt... A shirt made in soft cotton and embroideries and a little skirt I named Lotus... Mixing these two as an outfit was a top match ...
Tomorrow it is time to open my shop again and I am so looking forward to it... Fixing and working with what has now been my studio and boutique for almost 6 years... I wish you all a wonderful continuation of this week and weekend... Kindly / Andrea Labbé