Monday, June 29, 2009

Locations: See Jane

One aspect of running Reiter8 that I really enjoy is meeting people. For example, wholesale vendor Katie Gibson who owns the shop See Jane located in the in trendy East Village section of Long Beach, California. Sweet and friendly, Jane has a good thing going with her shop in the Broadlind building, said to be one of the prettiest in Long Beach which she fills with many one of a kind handmade products.

"I like to be different and unique and that's a good selling point," she said. "People don't realize that handmade is good for the community because you're supporting your local artists, and it's good for the environment because it's not mass-produced and won't end up in a landfill."

Customers also get a well-made product with a story, Gibson said.

"Someone spent a lot of time making that item and put their heart and soul into it," she said. "Everyone that makes things - they do it because they love it. They don't do it because it's a job."

- from an article in the Press Telegram

Only someone who makes things (which she does) could nail that last part. I love that.

See Jane, 145 Linden Ave. Long Beach (map)
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Friday, June 26, 2009


I'm trilled to share that Reiter8's Recycled Sail Luggage Tags have been featured in an Food & Wine / Etsy article!

The Food & Wine site features a lovely slide show of images and yummy recipes by husband and wife chefs Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon of the Nantucket restaurant The Straight Wharf on Nantucket Island.

Photo by © Buff Strickland

'As the style editor for Food & Wine, Jessica Romm gets to combine her twin passions for excellent food and amazing design. Every month she tracks the best in tabletop, choosing stunning plates, glasses and other serving pieces to showcase in the magazine. To start off a new series of Food & Wine summer party picks, she shares a few of her favorite nautical Etsy Finds for the perfect clambake.'

'These luggage tags would be great wrapped around napkins. They are a fabulous party favor, since guests can use them again and again.'

I love the idea of giving them as favors! And using them as napkin rings - how creative is that?!

Among my favorites of her picks are:

Alyssa Ettinger's Mason Jar Lantern:

These beautiful block print napkins by Julie Peach:

The sturdy bowls and mugs by Dodge Station Pottery:

And this enamelware pot by Cabin Windows:

There are many more, so I urge you to read the Etsy article, check them out and start your shopping list!

Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Let the Sun Shine

New to the shop: a few bright bags in this otherwise dreary weathered weekend.

More info on the yellow 8 tote here.
More info on the yellow dot purse here.

Stay dry!

Friday, June 19, 2009


Working on a little sunshine in the studio today. I am loving the new bright yellow insignia color. When I peel it off the backing it's bright, shiny and slightly translucent. Reminds me of fruit leather and lemon drops- YUM!

Given the recent damp and dreary weather that we have been experiencing, it's extra nice to be working with bright colors. I'll update the post when they are listed in the shop.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WIP - Piled High

Got a bunch of bags on my work table this week patiently waiting to get sewn. Among them a few pieces from a recently donated sail with lovely weather worn red numbers that were zig zag stitched by the sail maker.

I've got something bright and bold in the works, too. Will share soon!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Stow Away and Good Deeds

Recently, I had a stow away. I was wrapping orders and one of my purse orders 'jumped' into a pillow order and started out on it's journey to Ohio ... via San Francisco.

Kind and honest Melissa, who was the San Francisco pillow recipient, brought this to my attention upon opening her package. She was incredibly understanding. 'We all make little mistakes - that's what makes us human!' She was happy to help re-route the stow away. (I must say, UPS also helped to make it easy. I was able to create a UPS shipment online and email a shipping label for Melissa to print and attach.)

So, a HUGE thank you to Melissa, who's lovely blog: fancy and folly is definitely worth a visit.

The purse has been delivered to it's rightful owner (thanks again UPS for free email delivery confirmations) and my faith in humanity has been restored. However, from now on I'm packing orders one at a time.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Item: Billfold Wallet

Just in time for fathers day (although these are great for moms, too!) and in response to your feedback, I have created a great full size wallet.

Snappy, huh?

Details in the Etsy shop

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New: Etsy Nautical Gift Guide

Etsy has a Nautical Themed Gift Guide. Here are a few of my favorites:

Vintage Button Up Sailor Shoes on Timid Acorn's shop Priced at $20! Click fast before they are gone!

Never get lost again with this brass compass ring from spunk sweet shoppe

And this lavender pillow and bag from Fric de mentol's shop will keep things calm and smelling sweet.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ReadyMade Goes Nautical

ReadyMade is such an inpsirational magazine to flip through. Fun projects transforming readily available materials into useful objects and decor. And the June July issue in no exception.
Instructions for the sail insignia inspired duvet, pallet platform and strap rug are all in this issue.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Thank You, Zooguu!

Many, many thanks to Jen Gubicza who ran our booth at the Renegade Craft Fair. It's not easy prepping, hauling, setting up, single-handedly offering fantastic customer service for 8 straight hours, breaking down and hauling everything back home. But that's what Jen did for two days in a row.

It's been a pleasure getting to know Jen this year as we are studio mates. I highly recommend a visit to her website as I have witnessed the talent, creativity and drive behind her plush business Zooguu. Pictured above are some examples - don't be fooled by the cuteness - she also has monsters. Well, OK, they are cute, too.

Don't see what you're looking for? Jen will custom create a likeness of your pet, real or imagined.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Renegade '09

Come stop by and say hello at the Renegade Craft Fair today and tomorrow

Reiter8's location is Booth 16 (pointed out by the big green arrows on the map)

I'm so excited to share a booth with a very cute and adorable band of Zooguu plushies made by Jen Gubicza.

Here's to a sunny beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Juggling this week

This week is nuts.

Husband is traveling all week ... with the car. So, in addition to prepping for fairs (Renegade and Eco Fair at the Brooklyn Museum) I've got full parental duties and all that encompasses: chauffeur, cook, study partner, psychologist, house cleaner, personal shopper in addition to small business owner.

The bright side? At least the husband took the dogs so dog walker is not on the list.

When I was thinking about everything I have on my to do list and the different places I need to be everyday - I thought of 'Penelope' juggling and the quick editing showcasing her self taught hobbies in the 'Brothers Bloom'. (click below)

(A clip from The Brothers Bloom courtesy of Yahoo via trailer addict.)

Here's to keeping all the balls and chain saws in the air!