A WHOLE "LOTTA" LOVE

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Today we're honored to announce a little news from the blogo-shopo-sphere!
Silver in the City, a wonderful housewares shop in Indianapolis, is celebrating “a whole Lotta love” with us this month in honor of Lotta's birthday. We really, really like this shop — they have such a great sense of humor and a wonderful selection of items, many of which we're dying to take home. (Good thing they have a great online shop as well!)
The lovely ladies from Indianapolis have already shared a cinnamon bun recipe and a studio tour — that's right, they visited us in Brooklyn this August — and they'll be posting once a week all month. Stay tuned because we've heard through the grapevine that there will be some fantastic DIYs coming up.
Thanks again to Silver in the City for the virtual birthday celebration!

MAKERS PROJECT — NAN GATES DESIGNS

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Last, but certainly not least, today we're introducing our sixth and final Maker, Nan Gates Designs. Nan, or Nancy, has been designing and making handbags and colorful accessories since 2004 — but she's been sewing for more than 35 years! Along with Etsy, Nancy sells her fun and functional items at fairs and home shows, through wholesale channels and by custom order. We're so excited to have her beautiful, carefully made items in our shop.
Nancy's eyeglass cases, key fobs and luggage tags in Lotta Jansdotter fabrics are available in our Work + Shop now. Both the key fobs and lugguage tags come in four colors, while the eyeglass cases have been made in two. As with all our Makers Series items, quantities are limited, so if you see something you like, you may want to get it while you can!
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MAKERS PROJECT — SIR BUBBADOO

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Today we're getting back on track with Maker number five. We are so glad to have teamed up with Kristina, the woman behindSir Bubbadoo. Inspired by her son Emmett (nicknamed "Sir Bubbadoo," of course!) Kristina makes beautiful modern baby blankets, bibs and burp cloths in her home in San Jose, CA. As with so many of our Makers, we've been blown away by Kristina's amazing craftsmanship and thoughtful choice of materials. One look through her shop makes it clear that she has a deep love for fabric and pattern, which makes us a perfect pair.
Sir Bubbadoo baby blankets ($64) are available in one pattern while the burp cloths ($18) and bibs ($24) are both available in two different colors. Stop by our Brooklyn Work + Shop and check them out for yourself!
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VISIT US AT NY NOW AUGUST 18TH – 21ST

It's been a very exciting year in our Brooklyn studio. We have worked with so many fantastic companies and craftspeople to bring you a ton of brand new Lotta Jansdotter products — and in some cases, entirely new categories!
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Aesthetic Movement  Booth # 3744AM will be showing our new collection of patterned melamine made in partnership with Bob's Your Uncle. The full collection includes drinking cups in two different sizes, serving bowls, platters, trays, cereal bowls, salad plates, coasters and placemats. They will also be showing our upcoming baby melamine items! info@aestheticmovement.com Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter. 

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CB Station Booth #8175

We're so proud to announce the launch of our first canvas bag and home accessories collection with CB Station! The sturdy and practical (and fun!) items are screen printed with Lotta Jansdotter signature patterns in stylish colors, and the collection includes two bags, a pair of zippered pouches, and two soft buckets. info@cbstation.com 

Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter. 

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Fog Linen Work Booth #4150

Now in our 13th year of producing limited edition fabric calendars, we've joined up with the amazing team at Fog Linento get them out. This year we'll be producing two styles, each hand-screened and sewn in Lithuania on 100% linen. Our calendars are notorious for selling out quickly, so we recommend acting fast! world@foglinenwork.com 

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Crash Candles Booth #2671

Made in Chicago, these beautiful glass tumblers come filled with natural soy wax and are thoughtfully packaged in custom-designed kraft gift boxes. The Crash Candles collection includes 17 unique designs, with three brand-new designs this year. And when the wax has burned through, the vessels make wonderful juice glasses that coordinate wonderfully with our melamine dinnerware collection. info@crashcandles.com 

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The NY NOW show will be open at the Javits Center in New York City from August 18 – 21. For those of you not able to attend the show, please contact the companies directly for more information.

 

MAKERS PROJECT — FRIENDS OF SOCKTOPUS

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Say hello to Maker number four. Friends of Socktopus owner Clarity Miller turned lemons into lemonade when she was diagnosed with a rare and serious kidney disease which made it impossible to have a “regular” job. Instead, she decided to get to work on something she loved: sewing! Her colorful shop offers pages and pages of cheerful stuffed friends — from foxes, owls and elephants to sock monkeys, octopi and wiener dogs. We just cannot get over how adorable those wiener dogs are, even now that we have a full litter of our own in the studio.
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All of Clarity's items are handmade at her home in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. We have three different Lotta Jansdotter doggies available in our Brooklyn Work + Shop for $36 each. Stop by and say hello!

 

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Makers Project — Oonala

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On to Maker number three! Karen Sairanen of Washington, North Carolina, started making fabric bonnets for her own daughters 40 years ago. She went on to study Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University and got a Master's Degree in Textiles at Cornell University. From there, she has worked as a weaver, teacher and more. It wasn't until years later, when those bonnets were passed down to her grandchildren and she received so many encouraging comments, that she decided to make them again under the name Oonala. We're so glad she did! She says they are the perfect cover up for windy days and are great for going under gaping hoods and helmets.
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Each bonnet is made of cotton and is reversible and washable. We have two styles in our shop — both made from Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, of course! They are one size fits all and cost $36. Come and get them now in our Brooklyn Work + Shop!

 

MAKERS PROJECT — WEE STITCHERY

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Today we are introducing Maker number two: Lauren Dalzell ofWee Stitchery. Inspired by her own daughter and the desire to make things for her that she can pass on to her own children, Lauren sews her wares out of a renovated classroom in an old brick school house in Livingston, Montana, (our kind of studio!). She also draws inspiration from the playfulness and wonder of childhood and from the classic beauty of the natural world — a source we share! The wonderful Wee Stitchery spring/summer collection includes bowties, sunhats and playful dresses. And for our collaborative effort, she's made coin purses, bowties and the cutest earrings you'll ever see, all in LJ fabrics!
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The Wee Stitchery collection is available in our Brooklyn Work + Shop and it includes two styles each of coin purses ($28), bow ties ($24) and earrings ($18).
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MAKERS PROJECT — KATE WILLIAMS DESIGNS

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A little while ago we told you about one of our favorite new projects: a Lotta Jansdotter collaboration with six talented designers and makers. Today we are introducing the first of those makers: Kate Williams Designs. Kate is an inventive mother of two who has been selling her wares since 2008. She started creating baby items after shopping for her own kids and feeling like there was a hole in the market for super-cool products. Now she makes crayon and chalk rolls that are so popular they've been featured on The Today Show! We also thought her crayon rolls were just the sweetest, so when she jumped on board for this project we were thrilled.
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Our collection with Kate Williams Designs includes three crayon rolls in Lotta Jansdotter fabric. They hold a spectrum of eight crayons and are the perfect size for tucking into a car seat pocket, a beach bag or a picnic basket — and they are just the right size for little hands. The rolls are available right here and now in our Brooklyn Work + Shop for $12.
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MARTHA STEWART VISITS LOTTA JANSDOTTER

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A few months ago, we had a visit from some lovely people at Martha Stewart Online. They spent the day in the studio, along with our good friend and wonderful photographer, Jenny Hallengren, chatting with us about our process, products and inspiration. It was a really fun day, and now it's so exciting to see the feature go live. You can read it in its entirety here. Enjoy!
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All Photos by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter and Martha Stewart.

LOTTA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG!

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Who needs another bag? Well, don't we all?!
I have been creating and making totes for all kinds of uses and in all kinds of sizes for many years, but they have always been made in linen. Now I have teamed up with a most wonderful company (which I truly enjoy working with) and together we are creating sturdy, practical, fun and happy canvas totes and home accessories.
The totes are screen printed with my signature patterns in stylish colors, and we are introducing two bags, a pair of zippered pouches and two soft buckets. The collection will launch in a couple weeks so if you want to carry these items in your lovely store, please make sure to visit:
at NY NOW (August 18 – 22)
booth no. 8175.
If you go, please say hello to Jim for me. He is the nicest guy you will ever work with! And if you cannot go, please contact them for price and order information atwww.cbstation.com.
The canvas bags and other items will find their way into stores in October and early November. Yeah! I canNOT wait!
Lotta
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BOB'S YOUR UNCLE MELAMINE GOES BABY!

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We were pretty excited about the launch of our first Lotta Jansdotter collection of melamine with Bob's Your Uncle. The pieces were so fun and colorful that we thought we'd never love another dishware collection as much.
But then the Lotta Jansdotter baby melamine samples arrived! And oh, did we swoon over the bright and bubbly collection of three plates, bowls, cups and spoons! Kids can choose the patterns they love the most, claiming one pattern for their own setting, or mixing it up for a one-of-a-kind mismatched party table. And when the kids grow up, the bowl is perfect for ice cream and the plate is just right for a side salad. We can't wait to use these for years to come — and since they are made of durable melamine, we know we'll be able to.
The Lotta Jansdotter baby melamine collection will be available for wholesale purchase starting at the New York Now gift show in August, and will be in stores shortly thereafter. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact Bob's Your Uncle at info@bobsyouruncle.com.
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LOTTA JANSDOTTER IN JULY

We've received so many incredible submissions from you — pictures of and stories about all the fantastic ways you use Lotta Jansdotter fabrics — that we've decided to highlight a few of our favorites every month. In this round we're showing three projects that are truly different. We've never seen the Windham collections used like this. It's so exciting and inspiring to see you working, with us, outside of the box!
Yukata by Naomi Kosaka
Made with Glimma
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Naomi says, "I made this Yukata for my child's Tanabata festival at her kindergarten — a very modern Yukata (cotton kimono for summer). I [am] impressed that Lotta's fabric fitted great on Japanese traditional things!"
Headboard by Theresa Dorey
Made with Bella
 
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Theresa says, "To freshen up the bedroom for spring/summer, I slipcovered a headboard with Bella (my favorite!). This print has become hard to find — I'm so glad I was able to find a large enough piece to complete this project."
Made with our scrapbags
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Bonnie says, "Some things I have been making with the fabric scrap bag I purchased a few months ago. I LOVE the range of fabrics and colors — very inspiring for my fabric-scrap note cards and small sewn projects."
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted. Remember, if you'd like us to feature your projects, please email us at talk@jansdotter.com or post on Instagram with the hashtag #lottajansdotter. And thanks again for keeping us inspired!

 

A SUMMER PICNIC + HOW TO

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Summer has finally arrived in Brooklyn, and that is truly when the city is at its best. All the public parks become my extended living room — wonderful places to hang out, relax and to socialize. It is also where I can kick off my shoes, feel the earth, smell the grass and hear the rustling of leaves. Nature is a big source of inspiration for me in my work as a textile designer and maker, but it is also inspiration for a more healthy lifestyle in general. Being in nature calms and grounds me. It makes me a happier person, really.
Having picnics is one of my most favorite activities; I love food, I love spending time with good friends and, as you already know, I love hanging out in nature. Picnics combine all of that. (For whatever reason, the food ALWAYS tastes better out in the fresh air. Why is that?)
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For the first picnic of this year I decided to invite my girlfriends for a sunday afternoon in the park. I wanted to make it real special, so I decided to create some cute picnic bags for my lovely friends filled with delicious handcrafted food. Fresh Brie and salami sandwiches, lovely and sweet strawberries, orzo salad, crisps, shortbread cookies and a small bottle of bubbly for us each all packed into a simple tote.
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I created a simple two-color stencil design for the tote — a floral motif seemed rather appropriate. It is so incredibly easy to stencil print. You can print several bags in a jiffy and you do not need expensive or complicated tools or materials to get started. I used cotton bags easily found online. It actually would be real cute to also print some matching cotton napkins for this set. And if you feel ambitious, I bet you could print a nice border design on a table cloth turned picnic blanket!
We had a lovely day in Prospect Park that Sunday, one of many this summer. I hope you will enjoy some too!
Best wishes,
Lotta
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*Stenciling How-To
What you need
- These files: here and here, downloaded and printed
- Permanent marker
- Clear plastic (acetate) or stencil paper for making the stencils. You can also use self-adhesive clear plastic (contact paper) for making stencils for fabric printing. It is easily found at craft stores and some stationery/paper stores.
- an X-Acto knife
- Heavy cardboard or a cutting mat to use as a cutting surface
- Pebeo Setacolor fabric inks
- Old plate
- Masking tape
- Stencil brush or sponge: Stencil brushes will work best, but any flat stiff-bristle brush will serve the purpose.
- Cotton bags to print on
What to do
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1. Start by printing out the design and tracing the design with your marker onto the clear acetate paper. (Some printers can print directly onto some acetate papers.)
2. Cut out your designs with the knife.
3. Pour a small amount of paint onto an old plate.
4. Place your template (stencil) on top of your material. Secure the stencil to the material using masking tape so it will not move during the printing operation. (This is why using self-adhesive plastic as a stencil is so handy — you won’t need to secure the stencil with masking tape.)
5. Dab an even amount of ink through the stencil with your stencil brush. Applying several thin layers of ink yields a better result than using too much ink at one time.
6. If you are printing more than one color: Print all of your designs in one color, and let the print dry before changing stencils. It is easier to use a separate brush or sponge for each color.
(*A version of this content originally appeared in Selvedge Magazine, 2011.)

LOTTA + BOB'S YOUR UNCLE

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From outdoor cafes to our own balconies and porches, we've been soaking up every possible moment of outdoor dining. But eating alfresco just got better, because our first melamine dinnerware collection with Bob's Your Uncle is now available!
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Actually, the shapes are so interesting and elegant, and the quality is so great, we think you could really use these indoors and year-round as well. They are great for entertaining and everyday use, especially if you are a little rough with your dishes. (Psst: we're already working on a collection just for kids!)
The full collection includes drinking cups in two different sizes, serving bowls, platters, trays, cereal bowls,salad plates, coasters and placemats. Bob's Your Uncle will soon carry all pieces on their website, but if you just have to have it now (we totally understand!), you can contact them directly to find out if there are any retailers near you.
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GREETINGS FROM DENMARK

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It is so wonderful when long-time Lotta Jansdotter fans stop by our Brooklyn Work + Shop and say hello! It gives us a chance to really connect with people from all around the world who make it possible for us to keep doing what we love. The other day we had a visit from two lovely Danish ladies, Alice & Emilie, and we chatted with them about this and that, their time in New York and their love of sewing. They even brought us yummy chocolates!
Of course they had to return home to Denmark, but when they did they were nice enough to send us a note and these pictures of the things they made with our fabric — skirts with Glimmaand Echo fabrics and a chair from Handmade Living. Have a look!
From Alice and  Emilie:
Dear Lotta and the rest of the team:
 

Once again, we would like to thank you for letting us visit you and your studio in June. It was a great experience meeting you and your team and to see the place where all your creations come to live. Actually, it was one of the highlights on our holiday in New York.Now, we are back in Aarhus and we have been sewing new things from your beautiful fabric. Please see the attached photos to see our newest creations made from your fabric.

Kærlig hilsen and many greetings,
Alice & Emilie
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We love this chair! 

 

GLIMMA GOODS

A couple weeks ago we shared this wonderful quilt made for our latest fabric launch and asked you to contribute photos of things you've made with Glimma. We received a number of wonderful responses, and here are a few of our favorites:
A beautiful quilt by Amy Friend —  www.duringquiettime.com
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An intricate notebook by Diana Lasater — www.pinkchalkstudio.com
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A lovely project by Instagram user @lrkeenan  — simple, but very clever and a great way to show off the pattern!
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There's never a bad time to show your stuff! Just email us at talk@jansdotter.com or post on Instagram with the hashtag #lottajansdotter. We'd love to see what you've come up with!

 

PARTNERING WITH MAKERS

If you can believe it, we're about to launch our fourth collection with Windham Fabrics... and we're busy designing our fifth! It's great fun to put these collections together but perhaps the most amazing part is seeing what YOU make with them! We've seen you design apparel, accessories, home goods and even stuffed animals!
So! We got the idea to approach some of the very talented people making products with Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, and we asked if they'd like to help us create small collaborative collections that we could sell in our Brooklyn Work + Shop. Luckily, they all said “yes!” and now these wonderful items, from key fobs to nursing blankets to stuffed wiener dogs (yes! you heard us right!), will be available here in our shop starting... well, now!
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Sneak peek from sirBUBBADOO
We'll be highlighting each maker right here on The Ledger as the summer goes on... but for the time being, here's a taste of what you'll see. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime we urge you to take a look at all the great products these makers currently have in their shops.
Wee Stitchery - Bow Ties, Earrings, Purses
Friends of Socktopus - Stuffed Wiener Dogs
Nan Gates Designs - Eye Glass Cases, Key Fobs, Luugage Tags
OONALA - Baby Bonnets
Kate Williams - Crayon Rolls
Sir Bubbadoo - Baby Blankets, Burp Cloths, Bibs
Sneak peek from Nan Gates Designs

 

MY TIME WITH LOTTA, BY LAURA

BLOG_2013_7-1-11It's been a privilege to be interning here at the Lotta Jansdotter studio. What a perfect place to get inspired creatively and to get a feel for how things run around here. I met some wonderful people during these two months and it seems like there was always someone new popping into the studio that I could meet and learn from. And what a great studio space; I have enjoyed the beauty of the studio and having such a great work environment. Most importantly, I have learned so much from Lotta! She has such a wealth of experience and knowledge and it's been a great opportunity to tap into some of that.
Part of what I've worked on during these two months is a collaboration with six makers on Etsy. They have agreed to make their products with Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, which will then be sold in the shop here in Brooklyn (more on that soon!). Its been a privilege to work with these wonderful makers- I feel inspired to sew and create more. Maybe you will too? We can definitely look forward to seeing their beautiful items this summer and stay tuned for more on those collaborations!
 - Laura
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YOU ARE MY SISTER - A BENEFIT FOR A FAMILY AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER

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Hello out there! We're very honored to be a part of a charity event this Sunday in Santa Cruz, and we wanted to share some of the details with you.
Our friend, illustrator and author Heather Ross has a twin sister, Christie, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the disease was caught early and she has already begun her treatment which will include surgery, chemo and radiation. Unfortunately, even though the prognosis is good, her insurance situation is not.
Here's a little more about Christie, from Heather:
“Christie works in a Santa Cruz area high school, managing the counseling and advising office as well as serving personally as the at-risk youth intervention counselor.  She works tirelessly, and changes lives every single day. Yet, thanks to a maddening and confusing teacher's union rule (don't get me started), her job does not entitle her to standard health benefits. My sister is usually the one to help, not to ask for help. She is generous and good and incredibly hardworking. She has always put the needs of others before her own, and now she's fighting a terrible disease with the added stress of knowing that it will drain her family financially.”
Hoping to give her sister some peace of mind, Heather has organized a fundraising party in Santa Cruz, CA, this Sunday, June 30th at 7pm. The evening will be filled with cocktails, a live auction and raffle, and a chance to shop for Heather's newest fabric line. Tickets are $50 each through Harts Fabric.com or heatherrossdesigns.com and include a raffle ticket.
If you're in the Santa Cruz area, there are just a few tickets left to this Sunday's event. And if you're not on the West Coast, you can still help out by purchasing tee's, prints and raffle tickets online, right here.
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Visit us at NY NOW! August 18th - 21st

It's been a very exciting year in our Brooklyn studio! We have worked with so many fantastic companies and craftspeople to bring you a ton of brand new Lotta Jansdotter products - and in some cases, entirely new categories! If you are going to the NY NOW show (formerly the New York International Gift Show), we'd like to encourage you to stop by and say hello to some of the wonderful people producing and representing our work.

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Aesthetic Movement Booth # 3744 AM will be showing our new collection of patterned melamine, made in partnership with Bob's Your Uncle! The full collection includes two different sizes of drinking cups, serving bowls, platters, and trays, cereal bowls and salad plates and coasters and placemats! They will also be showing our even newer baby melamine items! info@aestheticmovement.com Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter.

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CB Station Booth #8175 We're so proud to announce the launch of our first canvas bag and home accessories collection with CB Station! The sturdy and practical (and fun!) items are screen printed with Lotta Jansdotter signature patterns in stylish colors, and the collection includes two bags, a pair of zippered pouches, and two soft buckets! info@cbstation.com Above photo by Jenny Hallengren for Lotta Jansdotter.

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Fog Linen Work Booth #4150 Now in our 13th year of producing limited edition fabric calendars, we've teamed up with the amazing team at Fog Linen to get them out there. This year we'll be producing two styles, each hand-screen printed and sewn in Lithuania with 100% linen. Our calendars are notorious for selling out quickly, so we recommend stocking up! world@foglinenwork.com

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Crash Candles Booth #2671 Made in Chicago, these beautiful glass tumblers come filled with natural soy wax and are thoughtfully packaged in custom-designed kraft gift boxes. The Crash Candles collection include 17 unique designs, with 3 brand new this year. And when the wax has burned through, the vessels make wonderful juice glasses that coordinate wonderfully with our melamine dinnerware collection! info@crashcandles.com

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The NY NOW show will be open at the Javits Center in New York City from August 18 – 21. For those of you not able to attend the show, please contact the companies directly for more information.

SWEDISH SUMMER, IN SWEET PAUL

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As you may know, each summer Lotta takes a leisurely trip to her island summer home in her native Sweden... and it's all the rest of us can do to not invite ourselves along! We imagine crisp bread piled high, hand-made ceramics overflowing with fresh and cured seafood, evenings full of schnapps and toasts shared with friends in the open air. And as it turns out, we're not that far off in our nordic fantasy!
In the latest issue of Sweet Paul Magazine, Lotta shares an afternoon lunch, her thoughts on the importance of recharging and reconnecting with friends, and some classic Swedish recipes and a few pearls of wisdom from her mormor. Of course, all of the lovely photos - which feature our collections with both Fishs Eddy and Windham - are taken by Lotta's long-time friend, Jenny Hallengren. It's a lovely feature, guaranteed to get you in the mood for hosting a summer dinner en plein air –take a look here.

 

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