Handmade Habitat

Studio Lately: Simplicity + Breadth

I've been working on some changes to my product line and studio lately. I'm all about simplicity + breadth. How do you accomplish that? That is the key. 

In Decor: Displaying the giant paper flowers from my wedding all over the place. Like on top of this curtain rod. 

In Product: Taking apart old scarves from a past incarnation of

Handmade Habitat

and transforming them into painted eye pillows. Coming soon to the shop. ;) 

The Sunday Blossoms Collection: Whim and Vigor

I'm super excited to announce our new

Sunday Blossoms collection

that will feature seasonal, limited edition

Handmade Habitat

products and the work of other awesome DC area artists + makers. First up on consignment is the work of

Whim and Vigor

- ceramics you'll find in all of the little corners of my apartment and now with me at shows + in my Etsy shop.

For spring, we have mugs, spoon rests (or ring dishes depending on how you use them) and tins of jasmine green tea in the collection. More to come soon. Stay tuned!

Candles & Books

Some of my favorite shots from a recent re-shoot of my large candle tins. It came about in conversation recently that I do collect vintage copies of my favorite books [not for slicing up]. I recently got a good copy of


 [not pictured above] and I have multiple copies of both

Wuthering Heights


Pride and Prejudice

that I cannot and will not ever part with. These books are the joys of my life. I also collect different editions of Harry Potter but if I ever cut one of those up my sister might actually excommunicate me from my family. So instead they sit on their own special shelf along with my Lego Knight Bus. 

March Candle Subscription: Amping Up for Spring

March is a big birthday month in my family. My sister's is the 1st and my mom's is the 20th. Then my maternal grandmother's would fall on the ides of March and my paternal grandmother's is the 25th.

In our family, the beginning of March always the signifies the start of spring, regardless of the temperature. My sister has historically embraced a brand new spring outfit every year on her birthday - rain or shine; snow or daisies. I've seen her leave for the school bus wearing flip flops on her birthday, even when there was still remnants of snow on the ground. By the way, snow was a novelty where we grew up. It did not happen and stick very often during the season. We were too close to the Chesapeake Bay to ever get out of school for a good amount of time.

So in the spirit of spring, birthdays and maybe even some

New Growth

sprouting out of the ground, our March candle subscription package includes a

Fruit Blossom soy candle

and a pair of

Happy Day matchbooks

. Lift your spirits through these last few cold days and embrace them a little too. Every day is joyous with the right state of mind.

Today: extra strong coffee + a grapefruit candle

My workbench is a constant mess. Specks of ink, paint, stamp pads, washi tape everywhere. Sorry it doesn't make for very pretty photos, but this is where I find myself spending most of my days - in my studio room, splayed out on the tiny little couch in here, watching movies that I've seen a million times. Real hibernation.

In my and Mr Handsome Habitat's quest to become simple and free of things, we got rid of duplicating ways to produce the same item. No. 01 on the list was to get rid of the coffee maker and stick to just the little french press and pour-over device that slide right into our limited kitchen cabinets. Such a small thing to do but it made such big impact on our counter space and livelihoods.

Recently my brother came over for brunch with his own coffee. (He's 18 and cool like that.) I told him that we do have coffee here, you know - to which he promptly replied, yea but you probably have some weird hand pumped coffee or something. (Yea, that's all we have) - so if it's not your thing, BYOC to my apartment.

In other news, I'm taking full advantage of leftover 2014 stock and burning it all. I don't enjoy my candles as much or as often as I should, so I'm taking the opportunity to truly enjoy my product and my work. Since the New Year I've been burning my way through an

8 oz grapefruit tin wrapped in the pages of the Feminine Mystique

, which is a book that is also on my reading list. This is a scent that I've been debating getting rid of, because making all natural citrus fragrances work in candles is a little peculiar. It requires a little tinkering to get it just right. I'm really not willing to go the non-natural route for what I make in my line though. I'm all for sustainability, of course - but even more in favor of health.

I'm really enjoying this little pup these days though, and citrus is supposed to stimulate your brain. Grapefruits were a favorite of my very creative late grandmother who passed when I was really young, so this is one of the few ways I feel that I can stay connected to her spirit - through the things she enjoyed and liked. Grapefruit is one of them, giant paper flowers are another. I'm on a mission of self-discovery.