katie runnels

The Constant Gatherer



"artists", "clothing", "etsy", "wedding"Katie Runnels3 Comments
Look at these heavenly wedding accoutrements by Irish designer, Bonzie. She explains her aesthetic as a love of "all things romantic/steampunk/deconstructed/victorian/antique/vintage to name but a few!" I remember my little wedding jacket saved me on my big day- it drew everything together-made me feel covered and safe until I was ready to par-tay at the reception! {Hellooo, Pamela or Grace!!?} Visit Bonzie's design Blog here.
*ps. Grace, Thanks a million for your kind post! A feature on Design Sponge makes a girl swoon! Two girls today! And thank you too, Barb!! xoxo.

Antiquated Art Bag by Bonzie

J. Morgan Puett

"artists", "clothing"Katie Runnels3 Comments
J. Morgan Puett has been a huge inspiration for my friends and I over the years-especially my friend Amy Zurcher of ShopSCAD who shares a similar aesthetic to Ms. Puett. Years ago Amy and I worked for Pam Pemberton (who I promise will be the subject of an upcoming post!) who owned an incredible shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas called, Hi Lines. Pam introduced us and her lucky customers to Puett when she carried her exquisite clothing line. J. Morgan Puett lives her art. Its her way of life-her purpose. I cannot possibly begin to explain her magic to you- but I encourage you to discover her through the project catalogue on her website and this New York Times article about her most recent endeavor. It would be a dream for us to attend one of her workshops someday- as we've been studying her for years, painting bedrooms "J. Morgan Puett blue", and dreaming of creating a world at least half as comfortable, thoughtful and beautifully homespun!

Puett's home at Mildred's Lane .
Photo: Phil Mansfield for The New York Times

Puett's kitchen at Mildred's Lane
Photo: Phil Mansfield for The New York Times

Mildred's Lane Porch
Photo: Phil Mansfield for The New York Times

Puett's famous showroom with dirt floor
Broome Street Store, NYC 1990.

Wooster Street Store, 1993

Wooster Street Store, 1993

Shoes preserved in beeswax.
Puett archived the contents of her New York Store by preserving her last collection in
beeswax which was resurrected for exhibition in Switzerland in 1998.

Wooster Street Store display, 1993.

Made With Love by Hannah

"artists", "clothing", "etsy"Katie Runnels2 Comments
Oh, man! I think I say this every other day- but these are seriously the cutest skirts I've ever seen! Have you seen these skirts from Made With Love by Hannah on Etsy??? I gotta have one! Which one? They are all made to order and hand screen-printed! OMGosh! pant, gasp... She has a way cool blog too: knick knacks & ric rac! There is even more goodness on her website here! I gotta go lie down now.

ribbon print skirt

scherenschnitte skirt

schwarzwalder skirt

Kinchi Kids Love

"clothing", "etsy", "kids"Katie RunnelsComment
My husband would be relieved that I can't fit into these darling girl skirts from Kinchi-or I'd be stepping out all over town in these sweet kitty skirts! The designer is from the Netherlands and has a great eye for putting vintage patterns together in fresh ways! I love her tiny model(daughter?)-such rosy cheeks! I love her tag line too: "The Stuff to Buy when You're a Mum from the Seventies" She has much more available in her etsy shop including dresses, apron tops, and accessories. Uh-oh- I see now she has a new shop for grown-ups!! See: Kinchi Mama

Sweet Vintage Flowers skirt

Regalia Handmade

"clothing", "online shops"Katie RunnelsComment

Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a little gem of a town in the mountains of the Ozarks. It's located in my old neck of the woods in the state's northwest corner. It's streets are steep and winding hills filled with quaint shops, art galleries and interesting hole in the wall restaurants (The Oasis is my fave!) housed in the town's original 19th century buildings. There are sweet little bed and breakfasts tucked in and around the downtown area or grander historic hotels if you prefer. My family used to relish The Dairy Hollow House run by the amazing chef and writer Crescent Dragonwagon (check out her cookbooks!). The inn has since been recreated as an incredible writer's colony. Another talented artist who recently relocated to Eureka is my friend from Fayetteville, Mark Hughes. Mark creates a beautiful line of natural fiber clothing for women from his adorable studio-shop Regalia, Handmade. I haven't been to the new shop, but a friend tells me it is as inspired as his last. If you have a chance to visit Eureka you must stop by! He is one of the friendliest guys I know and just being in his colorful and inventive environment makes you feel so good! I love wearing his skirts and dresses. My current favorite is a linen v-neck sleeveless dress with the greatest deep pockets in a mustard yellow color. I wear it at least once a week! Check out his website here. Also, don't miss Mitchell's Folly next door. He always has an amazing collection of heartache-inducing found treasures. There is so much nature to enjoy in this area too! Lots of folks honeymoon and even marry here-see Thorncrown Chapel.