22 February 13 • MAV

It’s here! It’s all here! Our shop is fully stocked with completely new items. We love launch day!

I’ll take you through a bit of what you’ll find in the shop.

Our new Issue of 3191 Quarterly, No. 10, is a fun one. My nephew, Miles, is on the cover. This photograph was taken, on film, in late September of this past year. Miles and I were “fishing” together in the chilly early-autumn waters here in Maine. The sun was setting and we were both filthy from our afternoon adventures. I love this photograph, it has so much meaning to me. My hope is that this cover inspires you to get out there and adventure yourself!

Another favorite for me is our new “Favorites” series (pardon the pun). This time we did “Favorite Scarves.” This was tough for me because I am a scarf addict but I was able to narrow it down and choose some newer and some longer-time faves. SCB has some great ones in her section too!

SCB and I spent a week together in October at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. We were working (we’ll tell you more about the project very soon!) and it was a great, cozy place to lay our heads. Q10 includes a photo-diary, all shot on film, from our week at the hotel.

I’m feeling really wild about trail mix these days (I have the winter snack-attacks at about 2 p.m. each day) so I was excited that SCB included her favorite recipe in Q10. I will be making this, and her Brioche (also in the issue), very soon I’m sure.

Moving on, we have had a fully stocked new Found Collection. After a week of spending time around the items that SCB brought to Maine, I have decided that this Sun Plate is my favorite piece. I have such a soft spot for it. It’s so hard to let it go!

May I introduce you to Bunny No. 3? Well he’s my dearest favorite among SCB’s new Collection. Seriously! Did you know SCB makes these all by hand and that Bunny No. 3 includes her own indigo-dyed wool as a part of his body? It’s just amazing.

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Thank you for celebrating our Launch Day with us here. And thank you for your support. Now what are you waiting for? Get out of here and go and peek at our new Collections!

22 February 13 • SCB

This week I have traveled 3191 miles and am enjoying some time in Maine with MAV as we readied the shop with new collections and Issue No. 10 of 3191 Quarterly. It is always such a treat to get to spend time across a table from MAV. Our days are full of work, but one of the many things I love about MAV is that she keeps me well fed—breakfasts at home, dinners out and treats and hot coffee from all her favorite spots.

I also love the amazing winter light in Maine.

I came with a suitcase full of bunnies and found items, and loved being able to stock the shelves at our 3191 headquarters myself (and so much has already flown off the shelves and is shipping out today!).

Along with our personal collections and our Found Collection, we have two new tote designs in the shop, and I am really excited about them! They both are silkscreened with illustrations by Christopher David Ryan that really evoke the feel of our two Portlands.

I am happiest when I am among the trees, and our Grocery Tote No. 2 is my new favorite bag. We have carried this grocery tote size before, and I think you will love the big square bottom that stands up on its own. You can really fill this one with a lot of groceries, library books or even pack it full for a weekend away.

Our mini tote features a charming cityscape and is a great little size to carry along a craft or knitting project, your lunch, or simply use it as a purse (it’s a perfect size for a little one too—toddlers love to tote things around).

Time just flew by this week, and it is already, sadly, the day for me to head back home. I will miss you, MAV!

16 February 13 • MAV

Tank No. 1

I started making the Beauty & Use Collection a year ago (see Collections I, II and III) because I wanted to share with other women some of the pieces that I had been dreaming up for myself. I wanted to create garments that I loved and therefore ones that others might enjoy as well. I didn’t want to change the world or make a big ripple … just wanted to do my thing and hope that people might respond.

Tank No. 2

In this, my fourth Collection (where does the time go?), I still stand proudly by that same simple intention. It still feels right to me.

Tank No. 3

For Beauty & Use IV (coming to the shop on 2/22/13), I have chosen very special silks for Tanks No. 1 and No. 2; these are silks I could only get 10 yards of! They are amazing, just amazing.  I coupled those with a more basic, and yet just as charming, cotton/hemp for Tank No. 3.

This is the kind of tank you might wear to bed, get up and throw a cardigan over, and find that you have been wearing it all day long. My tanks are meant to be “intimate” pieces but in a new sort of way. They are tanks you might wear exclusively in front of your sweetheart, or just when you want to feel a bit more sexy, or they can just as easily fit under a blazer or a hoodie or be worn alone tucked into your favorite shorts. But, mostly they are created to be comfortable and to fit naturally into your own personal style.

Smock No. 9

Smock No. 8

And then there are two new Smocks. My seamstress and I worked the pattern a bit more on these and we are very pleased with where things came out. I think these are my two favorite fabrics yet—a black/navy/tan woven from Nepal that wears in like a good pair of jeans, and a faded red plaid hemp/cotton that is so cheerful and washes to a softness akin to sheets.

Handkerchief No. 1

Last, there is a lush silk handkerchief in this Collection which I have a huge crush on. The color is intense when the fabric is layered and then when it is spread out it is light as air. This is my springtime “must have” and I plan to wear mine around my neck daily come mid-March.

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The best part of every Collection is when I get to share it with you. I have appreciated your support of my past Collections more than I can say here and am grateful for the emails you have sent and the dedication of our wonderful by3191 customers. I hope you find something you love in this new offering but more than that, I thank you for supporting 3191 over the years so Stephanie and I can go on this adventure together. We’ll see you in the shop next Friday, 2/22/13, and you can join our mailing list to get a note when the shop is stocked.

16 February 13 • SCB

Hi there.

I have been making stuffed toys since my kids were babies. I started to make them for my own family because I couldn’t find the quality, natural, well-designed toys I desired, then I gave them as gifts, then eventually began selling them online and in galleries for a few years. I am returning a bit to my roots with this collection of one-of-a-kind soft bunnies.

Crafted of wool and cashmere and stuffed with 100% wool, the bunnies are free of synthetic materials. Their small size and simple shape make them easy for baby to hold and easy to fit in mom or dad’s bag or jacket pocket.

Each bunny features wool polka-dots needle-felted by hand. Their nubbly texture provides a nice sensory experience for baby.  The long ears (lined in Liberty lawn prints and cotton ginghams) are perfect for grasping as well.

Sewn inside each bunny is a solitary jingle bell for a subtle sound.

Each bunny is one-of-a-kind, and I have made a little warren of them from which to chose. I hope that you will find that they would make a special plaything or keepsake for a little one in your life (my big kids like these too!).

We will also be adding a new Found Collection to the shop. I have had so much fun finding things for you, only hard part is not keeping everything for myself!

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We will be updating the shop on February 22nd (sign up on our mailing list to be the first to know). Along with each of our collections, you will find 3191 Quarterly Issue No. 10 in the shop next week. I am so excited to share this issue with you—subscribers may already have it in their hands. In order to make room, we are retiring Issue No. 8 from the shop on Monday, August 18th, don’t miss out on this fun issue, it’s a personal favorite of mine.

9 February 13 • MAV

A note I was given.

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.

A waffle I made.

It’s the little things that wake you up when you feel like you’re dragging.

Cornbread I warmed up for breakfast.

It’s the little things that get you through a long week.

A paper star I sneakily left for my man. (You can find the Paper Star project by SCB in the next issue of 3191 Quarterly which arrives in our shop on February 22nd. Sign up for our mailing list to get an email reminder when the issue available!)

It’s the little things that inspire you and make you feel connected to those around you and to yourself.

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I hope you have a great week ahead celebrating the love you have in your life. Love for yourself, for your friends, for your partners, for your family, for your animals and for the planet. I want to also take a moment to thank SCB for 4 years in our 3191 Miles Apart space (and for the 2 years before that in our Mornings and Evenings space); love you, Steph! Let’s go for 6 more years!

You can find my previous love-day-related posts here, and here, here.