Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mia's Blanket, Finito!

Adette and I finally managed to finish little baby Mia's baby blanket and ship it off to her mother!

It's been a long struggle, considering how much of a failure the yarn ended up being. After making the blanket, (which was almost done in a previous post), Adette tossed it in the washing machine. We had, after all, chosen a soft acrylic suitable for washings (it's for a baby, dur). However, the package lied, and it shed blobs of fiber in the washing machine, as well as all over itself. Two gaping holes emerged, and we were feeling a little downtrodden. We debated for quite a while what to do about it, so it sat on some chairs in our living room for quite a while. We finally decided to mail it, and I'm hoping to hear back from Mia's mom. It'll have to come with a warning about that fuzz...

Check out more pictures on the Flickr page!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snag It! Harumi Bag in peach

I'm so excited to announce that I've listed a new item in the Explosive Kiwi store on! The Harumi Bag is a personal favorite of mine--a makeup bag (that can be used to stash anything you can think of, really) in a beautiful orangey-peach toile fabric with BIRDS. I freaking love birds.

It was inspired by Paris, in particular the use of the more contemporary toile pattern (trés French) in a beautiful and unexpected color (trés moderne).

Check out more images below, and then see the full listing in the shop!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Site to follow: Audrey Kawasaki's LiveJournal

Beautiful lines, delicate features, haunting imagery, and palpable sexuality: Audrey Kawasaki's art is enchanting. A prolific artist, she draws and paints on paper and wood, making something exceedingly difficult look effortless. I've got a girl crush on her, and was overjoyed when I discovered she's got a LiveJournal account that allows for easier stalking.

I dig her style, and I'd highly suggest you check out her work for yourself. I'd also suggest taking a peek at her legit website, though her LiveJournal (called okonomide.) offers a more intimate look: extra content written by her, and frequent updates.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snag it! Antoinette Bow Choker in yellow and black

One of my favorite pieces, I've re-listed the original Antoinette Bow Choker (in yellow and black) in my Etsy shop! This adorable accent piece is a double fabric bow made with a lightly flowered black and white fabric, as well as a buttery yellow fabric. They are clasped together with black ribbon, and topped with an adorable, yellow heart-shaped rhinestone (I can't resist the lure of sparkle...). The strap (knotted in the back) is a solid black fabric. I made another one a little while ago (which you can check out here), but this little fellow is the originator.

It's playful and a tad saucy, precious and quite feminine. Check out the listing on etsy and snag it for yourself!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Welcome, Baby Mia!

A dear friend of mine had a beautiful baby girl a little over a week ago. Little baby Mia, certainly working her way to be the light of many people's lives, was born November 28th to one damn proud mother. She came a few days early for us, however, as Adette and I were supposed to have her welcoming baby blanket ready for her...uh...welcome.

Though I tend to roll a little late, Mia's arrival is an adorable reminder why we set out in making this labor of love (the blanket, that is). Making blankets, objectively, sounds like a great idea at first, and then you get to your 36th granny square and want to end it all. We're in the home stretch, however, and it's actually starting to look like the baby blanket we set out to make! Thankfully, Mia's mom loves color, and I heartily approve of her choice of golden yellow and hot pink for baby colors.

I'll be sure to post some images of the final blanket :), though in the meantime you can check out the progress on the Explosive Kiwi Flickr page.
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