mothers day

New: Liberty of London Keychains



Just in time for Mother’s Day: these adorable keychains make the perfect little gift. Each keychain features a tiny lavender sachet featuring gorgeous Liberty of London fabric. In store now, but at just $8 each, they’re sure to go fast!

Why not pair up key chain with a matching Buckwheat Pillow? They’re the perfect way to pamper mom. (or you, shh… I won’t tell.) 


PS: I’ve added some new vintage listings!! 




Test Run: A Mother’s Day Project


A Mother’s Day Project

With much trepidation, I pressed the “submit” button on an order of silk scarves. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea: spending so much money on a single art project. What if it didn’t work? What if it did work, but required more time than we have? What if it created a giant mess and instead of making lovely gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day, I sent home a passel of children stained and marked? “Here, Mom. . . for Mother’s Day I made you more laundry to do!”  

We’re a small church. A Mini-church if you will (a mini-church in a huge building and oh the stories!) — so my Sunday School class consists of children ages 5-13. On the one hand, I love it. Our conversations are varied. There is a balance between older kid and younger kid energy. I think it’s a great opportunity for siblings to interact: a chance for older children to assume leadership roles. 

But on the other hand, it drives me crazy. Finding projects that a 13 year old boy would want to do that a 5 year old can do. . . means lots of hours on the internet researching. I don’t even watch TV any more. I listen to it: while I dig through my online resources, looking for the right projects. I’m constantly pinning ideas for the future: my eyes always searching for just the right thing that will speak to every kid the ultimate truth I want them to glean: YOU ARE LOVED… and isn’t Sunday School cool?!

So, when I stumbled on a tutorial for dyeing silk using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol I immediately pinned the idea. Hello Mother’s Day! (and um, hello gift that any mom would WANT!) And then I researched every tutorial out there on the subject. And then I asked a friend who dyes things for a living for help. You know, just to make sure. Could we do this in 50 minutes? What kind of silk should I order? Do you think I’m crazy to try this??

For me, these projects not only serve to reinforce the message. . . and give the kids opportunities to learn by doing (instead of just talking at them!)– these projects serve as a ministry opportunity beyond the message. Public schools are cutting art programs as funds dwindle. Time to do those projects has been greatly diminished with the ever growing perception that our children are falling behind the world in the areas of math and reading. So, out goes the play. Out goes the paint. In comes more testing. 

Which makes me ask the question, “If the Church is to speak to the needs of people today. . . well, what are those needs?” In the case of children, I would strongly suggest those needs include playing and creating. If I can, once a week, provide an opportunity to do so and tell them all the same that they are LOVED LOVED LOVED just as they are — it’s a no brainer, right? Challenges aside, it’s worth the effort if these children (be it 15 on a good day or 3 on a quiet day) can learn and explore and create!

The above photo is a test run. Geo wanted to try and I figured, why not? If the 16 year old can do it and love it, then it’s golden. Right? The project has ticked off all my boxes so far — I’m crossing my fingers on the rest. I’ll post photos and tips next week after we do the project on Sunday. But in the meantime, I thought you’d like a sneak peek into what constitutes my creative process these days. 

Liberty of London Sachets


Liberty of London Sachets

...A shop update on April 1? It’s NO joke!! But it is limited and for a short time… so HURRY!


Playing April Fool’s jokes is so last year! And coincidentally, so was my last shop update! I thought it was time to give you a wee bit of Mireio and start a new April 1st tradition. Gifts not gags! 

And I’m serious about the wee bit part! I’m no longer stocking a full store. My work schedule hasn’t relented: but I’ve missed being creative so I’m making time for small shop updates every 6-8 weeks. Small but mighty. Small but BEAUTIFUL! 

This month’s update is all about Liberty of London. Soft pastel fabrics from the STILE collection (art deco/nouveau themes in blue, salmon pink, green, and yellow) are perfect for this time of year. There are 8 fabric prints to choose from: and you’ll find two handcrafted Art Bear Sachets as well.  

And because I adore you all and to reward your patience and support: I’m creating special gifts with purchase for each of you. Unique, one of a kind, original bits of Mireio just for you when you spend $20 or more.  This month I’ve made these wonderful envelopes from antique sheet music and Liberty of London fabric. Each envelope is unique and includes a Mireio postcard and a tiny lavender sachet (retail: $7.50).  

And if you come LIKE my facebook page, you’ll find an GREAT coupon too!



Shop Update Details:

♥ April 1st: Liberty of London for Spring — Unique Sachets and Gifts featuring Liberty of London fabric. 

♥ Each $20 order (before coupon) will receive a handmade Mireio Gift Package . (fabrics and sheet music WILL vary!) While supplies last.

♥ LIKE Mireio’s FB page and receive a BIG coupon on your order. 

♥ Supplies are very limited. Next shop update is May 13, 2013 


Friends, it’s not too early to be thinking about Mother’s Day. And between the gift with purchase and an amazing coupon, this might be your moment to get something wonderful for the Moms in your life (and treat yourself in the process!) 

Love you all and thank you for your support. 

It’s a Weekend

Pretty new Bon Bon Soaps from Mireio. Just $5 for a set of 3, they make a perfect little gift!


Where did the week go? I know I’ve been busy in the studio and my much neglected yard and attempting to slim down for a late summer wedding. And, that sums up my weekend plans as well!

Before I dash off to dig up flower beds, there are a few new items in Mireio. I hope you’ll take a peek. It’s the perfect time to be thinking about Mother’s Day and, of course, Wedding Season is upon us. Mireio is a great place to shop for all those beautiful women in your life—and if you need something specific, don’t hesitate to ask. I love custom orders and as always, every Mireio order ships promptly and beautifully wrapped. Like these soaps!

Liberty of London Wallets

Limited Edition Liberty of London Wallets at Happy Kathy.


Swoon!! You know how much Mireio loves Liberty of London. Imagine how excited I was to discover that my favorite wallet artist is now carrying limited edition pieces in Liberty! Go grab one now while you can. (and psst… these make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts!)