Sunday, June 13, 2010
Here's the disclaimer: this post is probably a few days early, but maybe for the first time ever I'm planning ahead. Early tomorrow I'm leaving Minneapolis for a few days to spend some time in nature with extended family. There will be kids galore, a lake, a cabin, and no internet. So I'm preemptively announcing this big news: items from Recycling is Rad's vintage textile line are now available at Minneapolis' newest conservation-minded retailer, Moss Envy.
Moss Envy's grand opening is happening this coming Saturday, June 19, at their St. Louis Park location (in the Whole Foods shopping complex). There you'll find more R is R purses like this one, plus eco-friendly clothing, gifts, home goods, baby gear, bath and body, and furniture. Check out their site to learn more about the store and the super rad couple that run the place, Tina and Ryan North (previously of Re-Gifts and Twin Cities Green fame): www.mossenvy.com.
I'll still be in the aforementioned forest, so I won't be able to get out and show my support, but you should go. You know, help keep it real in the Twin Cities. Click HERE for directions and more info.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This week I listed some of my messenger bags on a new site I discovered (and by "I" I mean "my gear-blogging husband"): Pedalr. It's bikes, bike gear, bike culture, all under one roof, and anyone can sell their bike-centric wares there. Basically Etsy-for-bike-nerds-only. So, it's awesome. Go check out my shop there and see for yourself: http://www.pedalr.com/profiles/180.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Every time I see this bag, I start singing "Red squirrel in the morning..." in my head. But to be clear, the plastic I used for the squirrel is actually bright pink, so. I love the all-white look, and the inside is lined with a pale grey wool flannel and has an interior water bottle pocket. Although, I lamely forgot to get photos of the interior. I was and still am fighting some kind of vague head cold, so the fact that I'm even upright here is impressive.
Here's a closer view of the squirrel graphic. Instead of doing the straight-up silhouette cut-out that I usually do for graphics, I drew this onto a piece of plastic bag with a sharpie, originally just to get the idea of it going, but then thought it looked kind of awesome that way, so I went ahead and fused with the sketch lines. I wasn't sure how they'd react to the heat and layering, but I'm pretty happy with the end result.
Also, did I mention I rode a fixed gear for the first time ever for this photo shoot? You can tell by my face how much I love trying new things. Actually, it was secretly awesome. Mostly I was just nervous because this particular fixed gear is this truly sweet custom bike my husband has on loan from local (and ridiculously rad) builder Peacock Groove for photographing purposes. Not the bike you want to crash into your own garage on. Most of the bike doesn't show up in these shots, but TC will be doing a more extensive shoot (of just the bike) soon and those photos will likely end up on his site in the very near future.
A stability strap is pretty much a must-have if you ever plan to wear a messenger bag AND ride a bike at the same time. Nothing makes me want to ride screaming into traffic like a slidey bag.
So, that's the bag. I kind of want to keep it, but it's already been claimed. You want one, give me a call.