It is Spriiiiiiiiiiiiiiing ... Yeiiiiiiii.....

Dear Blog Friends... I hope that you all have had a fantastic week ! Here in Stockholm Spring is finally here and it always comes with so much warm welcoming from all ... Instagram feeds are filled with beautiful pictures of flowers finding their way up from a winterlong sleep  and everyone shares how wonderful it is to just walk in the sun and take in the fresh spring air , some have taken their first cup of coffee sitting outside taking in all that spring has to offer... For me it has been a very , very busy week finishing some spring knits and dresses ... Here a picture from the latest handknitted big sweater that decorates my window display this week...
 
A biggie sweater handknitted in french wool from an amazing yarn store here in Stockholm that unfortunately is closing... But the owner will continue selling her wonderful yarns in her home so that is a very big comfort for me as I am a big fan of yarns from France . They stand for high quality and that is want I want to offer my customers in everything I create...The closing of small wonderful shops has unfortunately become a more and more frequent phenomenon as internet shopping is taking over... The thought of closing my shop has never come to my mind as it has from the beginning been more than a shop for me , it is also a place where people can meet over a glass of wine or a coffee and it  is so wonderful to see how many of my friends have found new friends here in my little boutique...Makes me a little proud to be ablel to enlarge persons aqcuaintenses by letting them meet here... It is a lot of work having a shop , I am very aware of it , it is almost like a second home but it gives me so much hapiness back so all the effort is really worth it...
 
My home got new fresh flowers...Inside and yeees outside...
 
12 terracotta pots that I always decorate with season flowers have lovely daffodils in new fresh soil now ... I hope they will stand the cold temperatures that we still have at night...Time will tell...
At home the pelargons have decided that this was the week to start blooming and I could not be more pleased!
 
Tiny tiny flowers in red and light pink are reaching out for the light... so , so wonderful.....
 
The mini daffodils I planted som days ago inside in small lovely pots are also reminding us that spring is here...
 
 
And this week I chose soft pink tulips for my favourite vase ...
 
As weeks go by more and more flowers will take place in my home and studio , for me it is a must , something I could not be without!!
Last week I wrote that I was sewing a tiny , tiny dress for a special person and here is the result...A mini wrap dress...
 
This is definitely something I will continue to do , and add to my design . The response to this dress has been amazing from everyone. Thank you so much!!
My window display goes mainly in shades of dark blue... I wanted this darker color before the explosion of color I will add next week when I decorate it for Easter... Everything is ready for easter and I hope that you will like it! 
Here a picture from the outside...
 
New knits and new wrapdresses...
And a look from the inside...
 
Finally Dear friends some wonderful pictures of my lovely faithful customers this last friday in my shop...
 
 
 
I never get tired of telling my customers that they are all a big part of my inspiration and that my work would be nothing without all their inconditional love!! 
I wish you all a very happy week and stay tuned for some easter reading next sunday...
 
With love / Andrea Labbé
Designer / Artisan
 
 
 
 
 

Workie and an important message from the heart...

Dear Blog Friends ! It is finally sunday with some real sun actually ! My big cup of green Kusmi tea is ready and so are my writing fingers...The days are still very cold ,  but just to have the sun here if only for a few days is a big comfort for all of us that live in Stockholm as the winter never seems to end... It is time for us to have a little spring now... please! 
This week has been a week of working with some new dresses and finishing some spring Knits...The Julia mohair cardigan is one of them ... A cardigan , handknitted in pure soft Mohair and details in silk... We had very fun taking the pictures as always but I think even more when I get to be the model... I have a great dificulty staying serious but I think the photographer caught the feeling I wanted to express by wearing the Julia cardigan...
 
A cozy cardigan that you easily can dress up or down if you want to add a pair of jeans or a a little skirt...
 
The dressmaking is one of my favourite moments when creating a new collection, I have been making them since the start of my business. I love to sew them myself as I am a part of every step of the production , sometimes I get some help here in Sweden but nobody ever helps me with the wrap dresses , that is my area , I love making them almost as much as I enjoy knitting. This week I also started the patterns for some new dresses I have in mind , a little smaller , a little cuter...
 
I hope I have the result next week...
 
It wasn't my intention to make dresses this week , but how could I resist when I found the most lovely fabrics...My mind starts creating the very moment I see a fabric I like and then It is impossible to stop...Here they are..
 
And the same pattern but in blue...
 
The photoshoot will be next week and I am so excited to work with a new model you will get to know then...
Here a picture of one of the walls where I keep my treasures...my yarns of course , I realised it was time to give them a little time and and get this yarn filled wall a little caring and organization...Not sure if I succeded because a new idea always comes to my mind and I end up thinking of a new knitting I want to create...hahaha...
 So finally Dear friends this is what I have been up to this past week and I can hardly wait for next weeks interesting meetings and new creations... I just want to share some thoughts I have had in mind this whole week and that I want to express ... But first some lovely pictures that you can have in mind when you read my next text... They are pictures of one of the places I love most about my home , my loved Greenhouse... I am sooooo longing for the spring so that we all can enjoy it...
 
Dear friends enjoy the good and small things in life! Health , friends , good food , love , being active! Ignore people that give bad energy by being jealous of who you are and what you do... Believe me in this branch you see a lot of this.... Just wipe bad energy away with a positive and a happy mind!
Let us all enjoy high quality items in our wardrobe. Things that are made from small business, handmade and with no massproduction. Let us all care for each other and not feed the unhealthy demand for cheap production in countries that have unfair salaries for those who work! This exhausts Mother earth!
Look at all these beauties that nature gives us...Wonderful new fresh tupils and my new English pelargon . 
My tomato and strawberryplants happily growing and longing for the time they will grow outside...
LOVE NATURE!!!
 
Finally some pictures of this weeks window display ...
 
 
And from the outside...
 
 
And last but not least some happy moments in the boutique this week...
 
 
Thank you so much for reading my blog! I wish you all a happy week! 
 
With Love / Andrea Labbé
Designer / Artisan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sweet Sundays...

Dear Blog Friends! I have chosen to call these days of writing for "Sweet Sundays" as it has become one of my favorite days of the week...  A day of reflection of last weeks events and work but also the day when I get to write some words about these last days of work in my studio and in my little boutique in the city... It is almost like therapy and the name Sweet Sunday is perfect for describing the feeling...
It has been a really intense week as I am working on all the details of this Spring Collection that I hope to have ready at the end of April... I am already beginning to add some new garments in the shop so that my faithful customers always have something new to see when they visit ...
The window dispaly is beginning to have some details of Spring to come , adding more colours and flowers...
 
I chose yelllow as the main colour this week as we soon are entering the week of easter . Yellow in all shades is a very easter colour and a big trendy colour this spring... For me it is not a new colour that I am adding this spring to my collection as I always have a lot of colour in the things I create , especially in spring and summertime.Yellow has always been a colour that is part of creating spring for me...
 
So when the window display is ready and all my new ceramics are out of the oven and in place, it is time to open the shop... Fridays and saturdays during this mid-season time...From 13-18 h on fridays and from 12-15 h on saturdays.
 
Some new small pots were ready this week  , blue and white , always so right... I call this design , "blue so true" ceramic collection... I think that I came up with a good name for these beauties that I am so proud of...
 
I went to the city on friday  with this Springs coat production , happy with the result and now there are only 4 left... Made one for myself to , in yellow of course .... 
 
The coats are produced and made in Sweden, as is everything I create and there is no massproduction of anything I do, but if someone wants something in another colour I always try to do my best to fullfill my truthful customers wishes.. I have been blessed with working hands that can sew and knit so this is fortunately no problem for me and when I have the company of my other half in my studio everything is so much easier to work with for me...LOVE...
 
When all lanterns are lit up and the small chairs and a little table is out on the street as a part of the decoration of the shop it is time to open for the day and amazingly there is always someone who finds it cozy to sit down on one of the chairs as I told you last week... This week it was a little boy that had very tired legs and he and his lovely mom was for a moment a part of my shops outside decoration... Thank you to all that love to sit outside my shop and rest for a while... I feel very happy everytime I look out and there is someone there sitting...
 
 
I am so happy that fridays and saturdays have become exactly what I wanted it to be in my little shop and studio. A place to meet , be creative , shopping and so much more , we talk and enjoy to be together and the best of all is that I know that many people have found new friends here... That is exactly what I wanted when the idea of opening my own shop came to my mind 6 years ago... By the way this 28 of April is my shops Birthday... Incredible 6 years have passed and it seems like yesterday... Thankful for all these years , so thankful...
 
Finally Dear blog friends as always here are some pictures of this weeks fresh flowers in our home... They give so much harmony , inspiration and joy to life and of course they are all tulips grown in Sweden...
 
 
And last but not least some pictures of happy creative women and shoppers in my little boutique this week...
 
I wish you all a happy week with happy moments at work and in your home...
 
With Love / Andrea Labbé
Designer and Artisan