Because Everyone Needs a Pencil Case


New! Fabulous Back to School Pencil Case (I won’t tell if you use it for your cosmetics and are no longer in school!). 


It’s August. How did that happen? We’ve been inundated with back to school promotional ads for weeks now (do kids ever get a summer?) and our own son has been busy prepping for his first classes in college. It seems like you just can’t escape the back-to-school fever. 

I’m not ready for summer to be over. I feel like it just began! But, it’s inevitable. And you can feel the change in the weather here. While sunny and warmer, the air is crisper. The blackberries are ripening and the leaves are starting to suggest they won’t be all glossy green forever. We’re getting out to walk as much as possible: and when I’m not out soaking up this amazing weather, I’m in the studio. 

Lately, I’ve been working with some very “Boho” fabric: it’s a bit of a change for me, I think. But I love these bits of vintage and it’s certainly colorful to be creating with them. So, for the next few days I’ll be listing some Boho chic items in the store.

First up is this Back-to-School, Boho inspired pencil case. It’s really adorable, and I’ll be honest, I can’t decide which “side” I like better. Either way, it’s really a wonderful little bag. And as the caption suggests, I promise not to tell if you’ve long had your diploma and you decide it’s just for you. But, wouldn’t it make a fun back-to-school gift? Maybe fill it with a few pencils and a Starbuck’s Gift Card? It might take the edge off of Summer ending! 

So, stay tuned. There’s more Boho Magic coming this week. And then later in this month: ipad cases! 


Keeping Your Creative Edge

Sometimes, One of A Kind is wonderful. New to Mireio: Hand lined vintage straw beach bag.



I think like most artists, I sometimes struggle with the sameness of what I do. I find myself daydreaming about a jewelry line or a clothing line or a “that’s just amazing thingamajigit” line. It’s not that I don’t love making the things I make,  I do, I do! It’s just that at times I want to try something new. Something different. Something outside my comfort zone, or something to challenge my skill-set and help me grow.

There is a special balance to keeping your store well-stocked. If you strike it correctly, then you have time to make new items AND fill current orders. But it doesn’t leave much time for CREATIVITY.  It’s the curse of being busy—one I am deeply grateful for, even if I lament just a bit the loss of exploration.

And then there is the question of multiples. As store owners, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself on this one. You spend a ton of time sourcing and launch into a supply buying frenzy before you’ve really figured out if this new passion is really for you!  I’ve found my-self down that particular rabbit hole far too many times.

When you create using vintage and upcycled goods, there is a nagging thought that sticks with you, “Yes, this is perfect. But it’s just ONE. Can you actually make more?” A lot of time can be invested sourcing only to discover that as much as you love your creation, it can’t be easily reproduced. Which throws a big old wet towel on you burning desire for creativity.

Darn it! What’s an artist to do?


I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s OK to do one of kind things. Even if those things are completely unrelated to what I typically create for Mireio. I can make anything I want to! And I should. When the muse strikes, I’m not going to spend dozens of hours researching the details and specifics. I’m not going to get ahead of myself ordering supplies to make LOTS. I’m just going to MAKE. ONE.

And I’ve come to another conclusion. It’s OK to sell those one of a kind things! Even if those things are unrelated to what I typically create for Mireio! If my moment of creativity becomes something I want share —then Mireio is all the better for it. It doesn’t dilute my line or my brand or my niche (no matter what the artist-run business pundits might advise.) It just means that Mireio will reflect my passion and creativity —and those of you who follow my work will have an opportunity to collect something completely unique and wonderfully Mireio.

I’m convinced this exercise in giving myself permission to be creative has had a powerful influence on the rest of my work. Taking time to be creative, to just create because you WANT to, not because you have an order to fill, or need to stock your store, is invigorating.

So, if you find yourself wishing to make something different, something beyond what you normally do. DO IT! But do it just ONCE. Don’t spend time sourcing out supplies to make more at a better profit. Don’t even think profit. Think CREATIVITY! Do, and be inspired. And share your creation if you so choose. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make!

Crocheted Bangles

Nubby texture + subtle color = Perfection for Spring

Crocheted Bangles:

1. Alejandra Jacoby. Set of 3 for $15

2. Astash. Set of 2 for $50

3. Tickled Pink Knits. Set of 3 for $23

The Best of Etsy — Mama Needs a New Bag

Mother’s Day is coming up, and this particular Mama could use a new bag. Something luscious and lovely and utterly handmade. Bet your Mama would like one too!

The Best of Etsy — The Mama Needs a New Bag List

I’m loving the soft texture of this La Touchable bag. Gently embroidered with a stunning button close. It’s plum perfect, no?

I’m thinking of all the ways I could use this silk Clutch by Julia Sherry Designs. You might be here awhile, because I’m still counting. . .


This large hobo by Patkas is divine. The color, the texture, the size. . .  Perfect!

And who knows, maybe if you splurge on Mom she’ll let you borrow her new bag once in awhile? Just a thought!

Do you have a favorite “it” bag for this spring? Something just perfectly you? Share a link in the comments!!