Wednesday, 30 May 2007

the poo poodles

Felt. Such a simple product with oh-so many applications. Here's one less obvious use: a stop motion music video! The band: the Poo Poodles. 'Here comes the future' as seen through the eyes of Jared Eberhardt. Jared won the contest sponsored by Andy Mueller's 'The Quiet Life' brand. Love it.

Monday, 28 May 2007

monkey business

Sock Monkeys, a simple toy made from a single pair of socks, has grown almost into a cult craft following. I agree that it's hard not to love nostalgic appeal and personality, though I do find the red mouth a little creepy, I like 'em stripey.

Where did it all begin? With Swedish immigrant, John Nelson. Nelson arrived in Rockford, Illinois, in 1852. He patented his first sock knitting machine in 1869, incorporated the company in 1890 as The Nelson Knitting Co. which became the first to manufacture socks world wide. The first Red Heel® socks, which the monkeys are made from, began manufacture in 1890.

The sock monkey didn't appear until the 1900's when mothers began making monkeys and other animals from these socks for their children. The popularity of these sock toys grew to such an extent that by 1920 every pair of Red Heel® socks included instructions on how to make a Sock Monkey.

Fox River Mills, which purchased Nelson Knitting Mills in 1992 wisely continues to keep the tradition alive including the original directions in every pair of Red Heel® Socks they manufacture.

Want a Sock Monkey of your very own? A few have been found and are eagerly awaiting to be adopted at

little girl lost

this 60's tile has now found a happy home with me along side my other trinkets. The illustration is beautiful in grey, pink and black and at €5, a bargain. for more vintage bargains I suggest a short trip by ferry to Ij Hallen, a massive flea market that happens the first weekend every month just north of Amsterdam. plenty of treasure to be found there amongst the 700 stalls! just heavenly! for future dates.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Hello, it's lelly online!

Welcome to my blog. This is a blog for my family, friends and strangers about the thing I love. What do I love? Design, sewing, crafts, beautiful vintage objects, furniture, clothing, fabrics, ceramics... I could go on and on.
It's also a place for tall tales of the living in Amsterdam and adventures had with friends.
Sneak previews of things I'm making for my brand, 'tactile', will show up for time to time too.