Studio Visit: Miishka Handbags

Miishka Handbags Studio One of the many pleasures of having our shop in Ballard is the times we find an opportunity to interact with our community. We have great restaurants, shops and artists working in our little neighborhood and nearly all the local businesses are owned and operated independently (ok, so we do have a Starbuck’s). We love being acquainted with so many entrepreneurs in our business community. Here’s a great example: We were seeking a resource for a simple wristlet bag for our shop, not a collection but a single item we could stock in many colors. We didn’t have to look far, right around the corner is an artist collective, Fifty Four Sixteen. Inside there is a group of spaces occupied by creative people of many disciplines. One of these creatives is Michelle Pozniak who, among other things, develops “Miishka Handbags”. She makes mostly custom and bespoke bags made from new leather, calfskin, pony hair and repurposed leather garments.

Michelle’s talents go far beyond handbags, one visit to her studio and you’ll be in awe of the eclectic talents of this artist. Pysanka eggs, soaps and blown glass surround the workspace, all of these are created by Michelle. On the walls, creative installations of some ordinary objects, arranged in a way that reflects the artist and the connection to her materials. The vintage machinery (a sewing machine from long ago, a vacuum cleaner that could have been her grandmother’s) are reminders that today’s technology just isn’t necessary. Continue reading

Friday ~ Free Ballard: Curtis Steiner

Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard.  In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here. 

Those of you who are local Seattlites, may already know of Curtis Steiner’s beautiful shop and gallery. So, please bear with us as we tell the world why Curtis Steiner is the crown jewel of our Ballard neighborhood. If you ever come to shop our little street, his gallery is a must stop on your next shopping adventure. It is a feast for the eyes and a truly a magical space.

From his beautiful hand drawn cards, to his carefully curated collection of turn of the century ephemera and his intricate and delicate designed jewelry it’s easy to get lost in this world upon entering the doors. At any given time you can visit Curtis Steiner and find something that you had not noticed before. Each little vignette is carefully arranged and always displayed flawlessly. Even the drawers of the back counter have little treasures to admire and explore.

Curtis also exhibits and rotates other local artists 5 to 6 times a year. Currently showing are “Paper Cuts” by Jessica McCourt. Beautiful gold paper is transformed into intricate maritime portraits with careful cuts. In November, for the 9th year in a row, Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures will return to the gallery. The show promises to be as exciting and inspiring as in years past.

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Curtis’s ability to discover beauty in the littlest of things and his attention to detail in everything he does is rare and inspiring. Just peruse his Instagram feed and his Pinterest boards and quickly understand why we admire his artistry. Even his pictures taken on his “walks with Mortimer” are ethereal. Curtis is an  artist of many, many talents and we are so fortunate to have him as an anchor in the neighborhood.

Curtis Steiner is located at 5349 Ballard Avenue NW – Seattle WA, 98107

Friday ~ Free Ballard: Todd Werny and Space Oddity

Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard.  In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here. 

Today’s special little Ballard place is brought to you by Mr. Todd Werny by way of his tiny shop called Space Oddity.  It’s located “around the corner” from our shop and it’s underneath an art gallery, very easy to miss.  To say that the shop has an eclectic mix of items just wouldn’t do any justice to the place.  Todd is a collector of vintage things, ranging from the mid-century modern to rustic industrial and institutional.  Some things are perfect, some are hard worn.  He finds all sorts of unrelated items and brings them together, medical equipment, filing cabinets, laboratory elements, measuring devices.  Many of the items are repurposed, industrial racks as a storage solution, chemistry utensils as design elements in your home.  It’s not for everyone but for those with a keen eye, there’s some really great finds.

Space Oddity stocks items from another era, when things were built in America, by people with tools and machinery, in a simpler time.  The shop reminds us that production and manufacturing once occurred without the aid of robotics, automation and computer aided design.  A mechanical typewriter sits next to a device once used to measure Ph levels.  70’s era plastics are here and there, wooden school chairs and a hospital gurney.  And T-Shirts, designed by Todd with Ballard themes!

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Todd himself comes from an era of punk rock and skateboarding.  Twenty years ago he started a motorcycle club that now has chapters all down the west coast.  Unrelated, he started Backfire Moto, a motor club specializing in cafe racer, vintage and rat bikes that meets up every month.

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Locals know that anything at Space Oddity is likely one of a kind and the inventory turns regularly.  Regulars stop by once a week but even if you’re not local, you’re going to find cool stuff every time you go.

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Space Oddity is definitely NOT a pretentious place, it’s quite humble and Todd isn’t interested in gouging customers for top dollar collectible items.  Everything is priced properly and often you’ll find something very useful at a bargain price.  We have certainly found a number of things at Todd’s shop, we’ve purchased things for our home, for our office and fixtures at the shop.  Just another reason we love living in Ballard, good people, great places, great finds.

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 Want to see more cool places in Ballard? Follow our Pinterest board “Free Ballard” here

Mondays, Maggie Muses: 17 Gift Suggestions

It’s that time of year again… we have been busy stocking up our shop and our website with some really neat gift ideas. For those of you who might not be familiar with our shop, re-souL is located in a neighborhood of Seattle called Ballard.  It is a charming and fun community with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, and the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping for the holidays.

So with that in mind, we have teamed up with a pair of our favorite neighbors to bring you the ultimate shopping guide. If you are in the Seattle area, come see us! If not, no worries, you can shop with us online.  Links to the pictures and our websites are listed below. Thank you for shopping with us and happy holidays!

BALLARD HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

BALLARD NEIGHBORHOOD
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

GIFTS UNDER $50

(1) Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Travel America Calendar ($26) at Drygoods Design

(2) Blue Wovens Fat Quarter Bundle ($22) at Drygoods Design

(3) Dorothy Cheng Triple Ampyx Ring Ring ($50) at Velouria

(4) Hansel from Basel Socks ($12-$28) at re-souL

(5) R&L Goods Extra Large Notebook ($32) at Velouria

(6) Rifle Paper Co. Polka Dot Tin Recipe Box and Recipe Cards ($34) at Drygoods Design


GIFTS UNDER $100

(7) Areaware Wooden Alphabet Set ($72) at re-souL

(8) Iris Guy Sofer Earrings (ranging from $52-$74) at re-souL

(9) Jessalin Beutler Cat Eyes Circle Scarf ($78) at Velouria

(10) Essential Travel + Starter Sewing Kit ($65) at Drygoods Design

(11) BYAMT x Mimot Teal Clutch ($55) at Velouria

GIFTS OVER $100

(12) Gidigio T-Strap Pump in Oxblood ($298) at re-souL

(13) Learn to Sew Trilogy ($140) at Drygoods Design

(14) Nikki Jacoby Valkyrie Cuff ( $175) at Velouria

(15) Aunts & Uncles Goody Aqua Leather Handbag ($350) at re-souL

(16) Feral Childe Smock Dress ($296) at Velouria

(17) MyWalit Medium Purse Wallet ($148) at re-souL

SHOP RE-SOUL | SHOP VELOURIA | SHOP DRYGOODS DESIGN

“Ballard Gives” Black Friday

Ballard Gives Black Friday

If you have not visited re-souL at our shop on Ballard Avenue, you wouldn’t know that our neighborhood is a remarkable mix of small, independent and locally owned businesses.  The “Shop Local” mentality is alive and well here in Ballard and this year, we hope you’ll join us in our own version of Black Friday.

Many Ballard area businesses are promoting the “Ballard Gives” Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving.  No “doorbusters” here but instead, a more socially conscious effort.  Area businesses are partnering with local non-profits to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization of their choice.

This year, re-souL will donate 5% of sales for November 29th AND 30th to the Ballard Boys and Girls club.  It is our way of saying “thanks” to the neighborhood which has been very kind to us over the past 11+ years!

When you shop locally, three times the revenue remains in your community. Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Black Friday in a whole new way.  Please help support your local small businesses and know that you’re doing the right thing by your community.

Thanks as always, and we hope to see you soon!
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