I realise lately that I am missing the 80s.
But not for the usual stuff that people miss about that decade… not the music or the high-maintenance hair or the rise in designer narcotics abuse.
I miss the TV (simple and laugh-track-ladden). I miss the comfortable proportions of the clothes (oversized). And I miss my entrepreneurial spirit. For in the 80s, I had a solid schoolyard business in stickers.
Okay, so maybe they are more labels than stickers, but they are fun and playful and they allow you to spice pup the ordinary.
They are even mix-and-match, thus allowing you to construct labels in different incarnations.
A panel here, a tail there, a kicky zigzag. It’s all too adorable. At €25.00 for 200 components, they better be.
But still, it’s a small price to pay for a nice flashback.
And then the internet delivers printed enamel joy and all is well again…
Already huge fans of Cathrineholm and the vintage leaf pattern, we were thrilled to come across the modern-day equivalent in the range from Finnish company Muurla…
So much our aesthetic, the Yellow Leaves collection is now all over the kitchen at Social Nesting HQ – so much so that there is nowhere to put a cup of coffee.
We didn’t splurge on all of it, but I could justify the choices I picked as needs – we needed a large roasting pan, we needed a small milk pan, we needed a medium pot, and more than anything, we needed more printed enamel in our lives, because frankly, who doesn’t?
The stuff is phenomenal for cooking with (so long as you watch your heat) and it cleans up a dream. And it’s lovely to look at.
While extolling the virtues of Lotta Kühlhorn and the lovely collections that we do have access to (so we shall cease to complain),
I was considering the other favourite Lotta of mine – Lotta Jansdotter – who for years has produced delicate and delicious prints that elevate everything from simple stationery to candles to über-covetable status…
And as I look into this very talented designer/illustrators work…
all I can think is “Damn…
… I gotta change my name to Lotta!”
…is a statement best reserved for others.
For anyone who knows us well knows it is. Or at least to complain about things we don’t think make sense… or to complain about perceived injustice… or to complain about when we don’t get our way.
That last one really turns our collective crank.
So when we are tortured by pinterest for showing us all these wonderful products and designs and retail happiness that is out there, only to then stab at us with the phrases ‘too late’ or ‘too expensive’ or simply ‘too bad’, that is when we sound off.
Now this is all in light of the work of Lotta Kühlhorn…
And you won’t blame us for our frustration once you peruse the collection of this very talented Swedish illustrators work…
and recognise it as right up the Social Nesting alley.
The stuff is absolutely adorable and everything we want to serve up a casual summertime meal on on the deck of our lake house in Aarhus some day. Can you see it? ‘Course you can…
Now her work for Koloni Stockholm is delightful, and fairly easily available in the UK, but, of course, it’s the merchandise above and below – made for her Japanese agent and only available in Japan – that we lust after…
but can you blame us for not wanting to pay for shipping and duty for a Swedish product to come from Japan?
Please bear with us while we find a quiet spot to complain.
I have really been tasking myself with using the materials, tools and supplies I already have instead of jumping off and buying more…
And when I have been a part of crafting that tool – thus making it all that more meaningful – well, I have just got to maximise the usage.
So out came the amazing sugru feather stamp that Christine made for me during our interview, as did glittery gold fabric paint and a heavy cotton twill fabric scrap I had kicking around just waiting for a usage. These thusly came together…
to create a bevy of gold feathers.
I then cut them out and, for added feathery authenticity, threaded the edges by pulling away individual strands,
to create a cool feathery nest of fabric feathers.
But what next?
Well, I have had a couple of branches… real, untreated, straight-from-a-forest branches that were collected on very strict instruction by my then-new boyfriend (now 13-years later husband) that have taken a variety of crafty forms in our home. And they had been purpose-free for a while, so one was just primed for a feathering.