Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring is in the air


For some reason, spring for me means the abandonment of socks and my purse.  My husband says that my feet are dirty all summer from working in the yard and walking around with sandals and no socks on.  This morning, my daughter actually told me the very same thing – that my feet are all dirty.

Neither of them seem to notice I stop carrying a purse, and just take my wallet with, but it’s a little more subtle in the eyes of a man or a two-year-old than dirty feet are.  I notice, though.  I feel a bit lighter, and a little more free, with just my wallet.  But when the wallet is liberated from the purse, it better be interesting! So here are eight new clutch wallets – I’m pairing the second one with my favorite pair of summer shoes, the Crocs Adrina Flat in Aqua/Celery.  I never thought I’d be a Crocs girl, but these are incredibly comfortable, easy to clean (spray them with the hose!) and come in fabulous colors, much like my wallets!

So grab your sandals and a new clutch wallet, and get ready for summer!  I’m headed to get a cider and pretend that Seattle is a few degrees warmer than it is.




1. Julia Clutch Wallet in Sage, Gold, White and Antique Brown. $115.

2. Amy Clutch Wallet in Pink, Turquoise, Yellow and Antique Black. $110.

3. Peacock Clutch Wallet in Sage, Silver, Yellow, Turquoise and Antique Black. $135

4. Holland Clutch Wallet in Turquoise, Yellow, Green and Antique Brown. $115.

5. Poppy Garden Clutch Wallet in Pink, Jade, Yellow and Antique Black. $135

6. Traveler Clutch Wallet in Orange and Antique Tan. $115

7. Honeybee Clutch Wallet in Sage, White, Orange, Gold and Antique Black. $110

8. Smokey Personalized Clutch Wallet in Blue. $115

Monday, April 15, 2013

Introducing the Musette Bag

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Do you know what a musette bag is?  Yeah, neither did I, and if you google search it you really don’t find much that is helpful.  But at the request of my brother-in-law, I carefully examined his well-loved cycling musette bag and created a new one – a little more sophisticated than the canvass bag that they hand out to cyclists during the race, and a little more practical for every-day use.  It did take a bit of convincing, but I got him to let me put a flap on the bag, rather than leaving it open like a traditional musette (wouldn’t want your things to fall out, would you?).  He chose the Nice pattern with a wood grain and heart, and a simple snap closure.  So, new to the Moxie and Oliver made-to-order catalog is the Nice Musette Bag in two sizes – the large is the size of an original musette (about 11x14), and the medium is sized to fit an ipad (about 9x12). 

Oh, yeah, and I loved the design so much that I decided to make a second one – the Owl in the Woods Musette.  Also available in two sizes.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Match Made in Leather

I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to shoes – if someone sends me a coupon for shoes in my lovely little inbox, I click, I look, I try to figure out what shoes I need, and sometimes I fall in love.

My shoe lust of the week are a pair of Dr. Martens.  This surprised me more than I can say - I haven’t worn Docs since the 90s when Seattle Grunge was the thing, and frankly I never thought I would again.  They’re wonderful shoes, but I’d traded in my grunge look for something a little more contemporary.

Then I saw these….

And I couldn’t help but think that these little shoes would go oh so well with my Poppy Garden Lace Cuff….

The Poppy Garden Lace Cuff - Handmade leather cut-out poppy cuff - Moxie and Oliver

And both just in time to usher in spring!

Of note – from a shoe obsessed gal with a little too much knowledge about these things, the Dr. Martens Ceri are made in Vietnam, unlike the traditional UK made Docs.  They’re also a cement construction shoe, where the sole is glued directly to the base of the upper – it’s not welted sole.  The reason I mention this is because my stepmother recently showed me a pair of Keens where the sole just split.  Most Keens are not welted, either, so they’re impossible to re-soul.  Because the sole is so thin on the Docs, I imagine that if you wore it out you could have another sole added, though you couldn’t remove the existing one and have it replaced.

More on soles later, when I stop wanting to write “soul”.