DSC00841_0One of my favorite consignment shops to visit is The Butterfly at the corner of Libbie and Patterson in Richmond.   My other favorite thing is Lotta Jansdotter.  I love her minimal designs, the simplicity and how she translates these items into textiles and papers. 

I like to buy her stationery from Anthropologie and her birdie post-its are a real fav of mine.  

The only other tote I found of Lotta’s that I own was purchased from The Butterfly also.  I decided I needed to Spring this one up a bit more and created the springy brooch that I placed on it.  I cut strips of fabric about 6-8″ long at varying widths and then folded them in half and sewed and then gathered them.  There are 3 layers in this one.  I topped that with a vintage blue button and then placed a pin on the back to complete it.  It is the right pop of spring for the tote. 

First Crocus

by Christine Klocek-Lim

clr gifThis morning, flowers cracked open
the earth’s brown shell. Spring
leaves spilled everywhere
though winter’s stern hand
could come down again at any moment
to break the delicate yolk
of a new bloom.
The crocus don’t see this as they chatter
beneath a cheerful petal of spring sky.
They ignore the air’s brisk arm
as they peer at their fresh stems, step
on the leftover fragments
of old leaves.
When the night wind twists them to pieces,
they will die like this: laughing,
tossing their brilliant heads
in the bitter air.

©2007, Christine Klocek-Lim

Can’t you see spring coming up all around us?