Thursday, January 9, 2014

Farewell, Blogger!

After years of internal debate about this blog, I've finally decided it's time for a change. I'm hoping to move out of the no man's land I've created here and into a focused, informative and still inspirational space for friends and customers of the CAROLYNmaking brands. I'd love to invite you over to the new tumblr space, where I'll be posting with a little more frequency and a little more direction.

See you there!


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cheers, dears!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." 

-Neil Gaiman

Cheers to a very happy 2014. Thanks for all your support this year, it's been a great one. I'll leave you with this little quote, which I think pretty much just sums it all up.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Deadlines

Hello friends! We're back from South Africa after one of the most incredible trips of all time. But there's no time to pause and rest, the holidays are creeping up fast, and along with some more upcoming travel that means we're closing in on shopping deadlines for both shops. So in case you were wondering...

All orders for MATINE must be placed by the end of the day this WEDNESDAY (Dec. 11) for arrival by Christmas.

All orders for tilly | maison must be placed by the end of the day this TUESDAY (Dec. 10) for arrival by Christmas.

Also note that the shops will be closed for the latter half of December, as I work on some new stuff for 2014 (can you believe that? 2014!), so better to get your orders in sooner than later!

Thanks for all your support this year, I'll be back soon after the rush is over!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MATINE hops a plane.

M and I are finally headed on our honeymoon to South Africa to-mor-row. I could NOT be more excited, but of course in between here and there is a loooong leg of travel. So here I've rounded up some essentials for the plane (altogether we'll be in the air for around 19 hours!) in case you'd like to see. 

(Clockwise from top left)

Neck and eye pillow. No brainer, right? But they always seem to be ugly and bulky. I grabbed this super cute travel set from Kate Spade Saturday. It's nice to look at and the best part? It folds up into a teeny pouch, perfect for my goal of packing as little as humanly possible. 

Cashmere wrap. It's a scarf! It's a blanket! It's anything, really. Airplane blankets always kind of gross me out and they're so thin it's hard to get really comfy for a good night's sleep. I picked up a cashmere wrap from Club Monaco this summer on extreme sale, but you can find a similar one (excellent big size and thick enough to be really cozy) right here and currently 30% off.

Stocked Kindle. I'm filling up the Kindle with a mix of reads. I have a short attention span and like to have variety in case I get sick of one book. Right now I'm hopping between The Book Thief and What Alice Forgot.

Noise canceling headphones. M got these for me as a little travel gift and all I can say is WOW, what a difference they make. I've taken a few flights in the past few months with lots of noises—crying babies, coughing and even a barking German shepherd in the cargo hold—and these little wonders cancel it all out and let you get into some solid relaxation.

Notes. We're headed to Africa for cryin out loud! I've got all kinds of thoughts and ideas floating around and I need a place to capture it all. I love a steno pad style and this Field Notes version is perfect. 

A way to carry it all. I'm taking the new MATINE east/west Courier tote as my carry-on. It's black, so it goes with everything in my suitcase. Plus it's big enough to fit all the necessities for the plane and when we're traveling around it will be great for any shopping we might do.

Makeup palette. I always forget that on really long flights you're going to sleep, and wake up and spend almost another day on the plane. That means freshening up in the morning and trying to maintain some semblance of presentability for layovers and more travel. Instead of hauling all my makeup, I'm carrying this palette from NARS. It's awesome and has everything I need to kind of look like a person, all in one tidy little kit.

A way to organize the little stuff. The new MATINE mini Tilly pouch is perfect for tossing into a larger tote like this. It will keep all the little bits and baubles organized instead of floating around willy nilly.

Water bottle. I always pack an empty water bottle, and it will be especially necessary on this marathon flight of dehydration. Bkr makes the cutest (and easiest to drink from) water bottles. And the silicone sleeve means I can toss it in the bag with no worries about breaking.

That's it! What are your travel necessities? Anything you'd add to the list?

And with that, I'm off. Keep in mind that the studios are now closed and all orders placed at MATINE and tilly | maison will be fulfilled after December 6.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Etsy Hearts

I'll admit it, I have a tendency to completely forget about most of my Etsy favorites once I save them. I am always forgetting to check back, so when I finally do, it's like rediscovering all kinds of secret little gems. Here are a few I stumbled upon (again) this morning I thought you might like to check out.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

CAROLYNplaying... with hardware

Almost as soon as I launched MATINE last year I started getting questions about custom straps. Can you do longer? Shorter? Cross-body? Wristlets? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? And while I am really into the idea of making more practical pieces for all of you busy women, the fact is my ideas more often than not pop up in minimalist forms with minimal hardware. I can't help it! Translating that kind of style to a lot of super functional strap options isn't as easy as it sounds, and I've tried at least 10,000 ideas all of which have turned out plain ugg-o.

Well, it appears that I've finally gotten over my hardware phobia. I took a tiny step a few weeks ago and since then I've been placing orders like a mad woman for different shapes and sizes and have discovered a whole new love playing with some of the beauties above. Those fatty clasps you see in the middle, oh my, they have to weigh half a pound each, they are solid brass and so, so yum.

I could go on, but the bottom line is, I can't wait to share some of the new stuff with you. I'm hoping to have a second release of items in the shop for fall/winter, hopefully in time for holiday shopping. Keep an eye out!


Monday, October 14, 2013

CAROLYNshopping... for the perfect white tee.

One of life's simple joys is a perfect t-shirt, don't you agree? I don't know what it is, but I am constantly drawn to white tees, trying out different fabrics and drapes and necklines hoping for the perfect match. I've tried a lot of them and well, when you find the perfect anything, really, it's your duty to share, right? So here it is, you guys:

Emerson Fry figured it out. I bought a few of these puppies back in the day and they are perfect. Sturdy cotton, the perfect boxy enough-but-not-too-much fit, cute little tailored shoulders and a collar that doesn't go cookoo and wrinkly (the dreaded bacon neck). Well, then they went ahead and stopped making these tees. But fear not, they're available again over in the EF Outlet and you bet I stocked up immediately.

You're welcome!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

New shop!

It's here, you guys. A new shop full of new goodies and ready for your enjoyment. So crisp and clean, it makes me very happy to look at. The first batch of fall/winter 13 items are hanging out here now, and will hit the Etsy shop in a few days.


Monday, September 30, 2013

CAROLYNlaunching... a new fall collection

This week, you guys!

So much newness coming your way soon, I can't wait to share. Follow along on Instagram @CarolynMaking if you'd like to see behind the scenes snaps.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

CAROLYNsnacking... on an unexpected combo

This morning I grabbed a bagel from the weird, not great, yet super convenient sandwich shop on the corner (does everyone have one of those?). I ordered my usual which then, based on the confused reaction of the counter worker, struck me as potentially unusual and therefore worth shouting from the rooftops or blogtops or whatever: honey walnut cream cheese on a salt bagel! Have you been? If you haven't, you must. Just trust. To call this combination a revelation might be slightly overkill, but then again maybe not.

What about you? Any unusual snacks you swear by despite the crazy looks?



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A tilly | maison update!

Good evening, friends. I write this to you, lounging here just two days after THE most perfect wedding ever. I may be biased, but seriously, nothing went wrong. When does that happen? I'll be sure to post some photos here when I get them back from the photographer and have finished drooling.

In the meantime, I have an update for you. As you may have noticed, the tilly | maison shop has been closed for the past few months (!!) over the summer. And here's why: I got burnt out. The good news is that with the craze of the wedding behind me and nothing but blue skies and a little trip in front of me, I've decided to reopen, with a caveat.

Instead of being open 24/7, the shop will now operate in a pop-up fashion. Meaning, every other month or so, I'll open up shop for about a week. There will be new and old trays, and other items as I see fit. You'll be able to get your shopping on, and I'll be able to use that downtime for more creating. Because that's what all this Etsy stuff is all about, right?

I hope you'll stop by while the shop is open, from tomorrow through next Thursday.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

CAROLYNprepping... for fall

Bits and pieces of studio lately...

01. Nothing means Fall to me quite like a good piece of brown leather. But "brown leather" means lots of things, clearly.

01. Nothing means Fall to me quite like a good piece of brown leather. But clearly, "brown leather" can mean lots of things.

02. I am constantly surrounded by a mess of brass.

03. New extra roomy bags under construction.

04. I am also constantly surrounded by piles and piles and piles of scraps. I have big intentions of turning these into something some day, but let's face, it's more likely to turn me into a hoarder instead.

Our wedding is coming up in just (!!!!) 10 days, so the shop is closed until then. Thanks for your patience, friends. I hope you're as amped up for the next season as I am. Fall 4ever!