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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

 

THE MAKING OF A MEMORY GAME

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One of my all-time favorite games as a wee one was “memory game” … maybe not all that surprising considering it is a very visual game.
I now play memory game with my boy at home all the time and of course, he is much better at it than me. These days I feel like I should play memory games to keep my braincells active!… Ahhh, anyway…
August is also an avid drawer and at home we have piles and piles of his expressive creations. But there is always the question: what to do with all these wonderful drawings? Sure, we frame some of his sketches. But honestly, wall space is running out in our small apartment! So I started thinking: how else can we highlight and enjoy his many masterpieces?
Then I had this great idea… how about making a memory game, using August’s hand-drawn designs! It would make for real great and personal gifts for his friends and our family members and be a sweet memory ( ha ha! ) for us to treasure.
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This idea-turned-project quickly became a team effort in our family. August did all of the art and I edited the final pieces, “art directing” the project. My husband, with his great patience, took care of production and printing with the online printing company, MOO.
It was a super fun project – yes a bit time consuming, but well worth it! We are so glad we did it. August is very proud and happy with his work… and so am I! Won’t you try it with your kids?
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SOMETHING TO SIP THIS SUMMER

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Summer is around the corner – we can feel it in the heavy, humid breeze blowing through our Brooklyn studio, and in our constant cravings for the cooling mint iced tea from our local coffee shop! Sure, sooner rather than later, we’ll have our summer fridays and beach weekends to look forward to, but during those mid-summer weeks we’ll need a little pick-me-up at the end of the workday.
The other day, we were flipping through Lotta’s “Handmade Living” (the great thing about getting to write so many books over the years is that we can reference them later!) and the traditional mead caught our eyes. Fizzy, lemony and refreshing, a cool glass of mead is the perfect, slightly boozy, anecdote to a scorching summer afternoon – and it’s easily made right in your own kitchen… or, in our case, studio! We made the simple recipe on Monday, gave the mixture some time to ferment, and today it was ready to sample!
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As we glanced around the office for the perfect cup in which to serve our mead, we remembered that our lovely Lotta Jansdotter Crash Candles had just burned out. The glass vessels are so pretty that we decided to do a little scrubbing and use them for our office picnic! It’s always so wonderful to find a way to give our favorite products a second life!
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We hope you’ll give this recipe a shot and let us know what you think!

Lotta’s Mead (Mjöd) from “Handmade Living”
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Makes six 750-ml bottles+ 17 cups (4.25 liters) water
+ 3/4 cup (185 grams) packed dark brown sugar
+ 3/4 cup (185 grams) granulated sugar, plus 6 teaspoons
+ zest and juice of 2 lemons
+ 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
+ 18 raisinsIn a large stockpot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the brown sugar, the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove from the heat and let cool to warm, 105° Fto 115° F / 40°C – 46°C. Stir in the yeast until dissolved. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 12 hours.

Put 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and 3 raisins into each of six wine bottles. Strain ladles of the mead through a funnel into the bottles. Cap tightly with corks or bottle stoppers. Place in a cool, dark place for 1 to 2 days, until the raisins have risen to the surface. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!
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SIMPLE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS FROM THE LJ TEAM

It’s almost Mother’s Day and, silly us, we’re a bit behind on our holiday preparations! So, today in the studio we decided to band together and make a few simple, but still very special, projects that you can easily finish between now and Sunday.
Laura Wunderli is our fantastic new intern, hailing from Canada (more from her soon!). She made a fabric covered card with the Tove pattern from Lotta’s new Glimma collection. It can be put together in minutes and packs a sweet punch.
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Fabric Covered Card
You’ll need:
1 piece of card stock
Lotta Jansdotter fabric
Fabric shears
Multi-purpose adhesive spray or glue
Directions:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to your desired size and fold in half.
2. Cut a piece of your favorite Lotta Jansdotter fabric slightly larger than your card stock.
3. Spray multi-purpose adhesive on your card stock and lay the fabric on top. Press down firmly and smooth.
4. Using fabric shears trim the edges of the fabric. Inside write a special note and hand off to Mom!
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Studio Manager Laura Cooke and Social Media Manager Silka Glanzman tried their hands at stenciling some designs fromLotta’s Stencil pack. Using Pebeo Inks, they transferred the designs onto store-bought dishtowels and napkins and ended up with functional, no-sew gifts.
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Stenciled Kitchen Linens

You’ll need:
Dishtowels or napkins from any home goods store. We used linens from Ikea and West Elm
A short-haired paintbrush or a kitchen sponge
An iron
Directions:
1. Using masking tape, secure the corners of your chosen stencil to the fabric wherever you’d like the design to be.
2. Pour some of your ink onto a paper plate or palette. Dip your brush or sponge into the paint, soaking up just a little bit. (If you get too much on your brush or sponge, globs will sneak under the edges of the stencil.)
3. Using a light, tapping motion, paint over the stencil onto the fabric. If needed, untape the stencil and move it to the side to create a repeat. Let try for 20 minutes and lightly iron the front and back of the fabric with a dry iron on the cotton setting. Go over it a few times to make sure all the ink has been exposed to the heat.
4. Wash your stenciled items according to the fabric’s directions before use.
P.S. Silka took two napkins and sewed them together for a super easy pillow case.
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We hope these projects will give you a bit of last-minute inspiration! No matter how behind you are, there’s always time to give something from the heart.

 

STOOL REUPHOLSTERY WITH GLIMMA

It’s here, it’s here! We’ve finally received our own small inventory of Glimma bolts for the studio, which means there’s a good chance you can also get it at a store near you!
One of our favorite things about the newest collection is that 3 of the patterns come in canvas, and in two colors each! Not that we don’t love sewing quilts, curtains, and clothes, but the canvas makes it possible to create durable bags, rugs and simple upholstery.
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So because it’s spring and we’re looking for ways to refresh the office, we set our sights on recovering an aging but practical and sweet stool. Through a combination of reverse engineering and stealth Googling, we quickly developed a game plan which we’ve loosely outlined below. And what a difference a small change can make – our studio is already feeling more springy!
You’ll need:
Fabric
Something to recover
Iron
Staple gun
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1. Measure out the fabric. We took the diameter of the stool top and added a few inches all around – just enough to wrap around to the bottom. We didn’t have a big enough compass so we fashioned one out of a pinned measuring tape, dragging a pencil around with it.
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2. Iron your fabric and flip it so that the printed side is down. Place the stool upside down on top of the fabric, centered.
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3. Stretch the fabric around to the bottom and staple. We started with four “corners,” then worked on stretching and stapling the folds in between. Check the stool top from time to time to make sure the stretching hasn’t distorted your fabric’s pattern.
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4. Turn over – you’re done!
*We do not ship fabrics from our studio. To purchase Glimma,visit Windam’s Glimma page and click on the pattern you are interested in. On the next page, above the swatch, there will be a link to a list of stores carrying that pattern.