Happy belated New Year! During the month of January, it's nice to take some time to refresh, recharge, and reset my course for the year ahead. This January (and most of February) I took some time off from my shop, the internet and social media in general to refresh my home.
Inspired by Marie Kondo's book (I know, who isn't?) I did a major overhaul of our entire house, weeding and donating things my family and I didn't use or didn't need. I even had some energy left over to re-paint and re-fresh a few rooms in our house. The results are amazing! Our home feels peaceful and orderly, and much easier to keep tidy on a daily basis.
My studio got an overhaul too, and now my space is once again an orderly spot, a pleasure to work and be creative in.
So now I'm back to work there, sewing for the stores I work for and updating my on-line shop with some great vintage housewares, perfect for refreshing your home for spring. I hope you'll want to check in from time to time to see what's new. Here on my website I have a selection of goods, and there's much more in my Etsy shop here.
Wishing you all a peaceful start to 2016!
Come say hello and shop local and handmade! This show is the last of the season and will be filled with holiday cheer and fantastic wares for gifting. Refreshments served. Please do drop by!
I love green. Of course the color, but also what green represents: our beautiful earth filled with green trees and plants AND helping the environment stay green by recycling, reusing, and reducing our waste by using what we already have. Buying vintage is one of the greenest things you can do for your home and the earth.
I stay green in my business by using vintage fabrics and by sourcing vintage finds locally, often walking to my favorite treasure troves to find the best items for your home. When shipping products, I use recycled boxes and packing materials whenever possible. And then I walk them to my local post office to ship. Really!
Thanks for supporting my shop this year and helping to keep things green!
Please join local artists and makers at the Studio Carta Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 5th from 11 am - 4pm. Jill Bent Handmade & Vintage will be there with a selection of holiday gifts and decor along with Pilgrim Waters, Becca Cahan, The Everyday Napkin and our lovely host, Angela Liguori of Studio Carta.
The address is 97 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Come visit us at this fabulous little jewel of a store and have some espresso and chocolate while you shop among friends!
Hand knit cowls to keep you and your friends warm this winter. Knit in the softest washable merino wool, each cowl is made by me using the classic 2 x 2 rib knit stitch. Cozy worn scrunched or folded like your favorite turtleneck sweater, but easier to take off once you come in from the cold. In five colors: brown, charcoal, moss green, robin's egg blue, and lavender (not pictured). Knit in small batches, there are only one or two of each color, so get them while they last! In my Etsy shop here
Just in case you need some brass candlesticks to add a dash of autumn and winter class to your abode, I've got you covered! These beauties are ready to bring holiday cheer to your table or mantle. Or anywhere around your house you need a little atmosphere.
This wonderful assortment of sizes and shapes of vintage and antique brass candlesticks are in the shop now. From $15-$60. Check them out over at jillbent.etsy.com
UPDATE: All candlesticks are sold out!! Wow, that was fast! But I'm on the hunt for more...
On these sunny fall days (after going outside for a bit to enjoy the great weather), it's the best time for shooting products for the shop. Rainy days just don't cut it for natural light in the studio. Here's a few behind the scenes shots from today's photo shoot...the corner where a lot of vintage stock hangs out...the floor too...antique brass candlesticks that are going into the shop soon. And a plate of perfect pears. Just because it was nice to take a photo of them!
Lots of gorgeous vintage wooden bowls for holding your fall veggies or holiday decor (or just those piles around the house that need containment). These bowls are so rustic with amazing textures and character. Each one is unique! Shop them all in a row right here.
Well, autumn is here...after a long summer here in New England. Always a little bittersweet to have summer end, but change is good and so is crisp air. I'm starting to stock the shop with cozy textures and colors for the changing season. If you're like me and are needing a bit of seasonal change in the way of vintage textiles and housewares check out what's new!
Vintage enamelware, stoneware, and wooden cutting boards and bowls (and much more coming soon too!)
In New England, July is the month where orange, pink and yellow day lilies abound! I've got some in my garden and I always look forward to seeing them showcase their bright cheerful colors.
Check out what's new in the shop, inspired by our summer flowers!
I just added a bunch of summery vintage and handmade goodies to the shop! These creams, blues and grays make me think of lazy summer days...of the ocean and cool breezes blowing through...of quick and easy summer meals served outside in the evening...
Grain sack pillows...just right for an afternoon lounge with a good book...couch or hammock, your call.
Vintage enamelware stockpot...ready to cook your summer seafood or a big pot of corn in style.
Antique transferware Neptune plates...serving up nautical style.
And remember, all these things make great gifts for that hostess with the mostess or the about to be newly-wedded!
P.S. Napkins in the photos above coming into the shop soon...and yes, they will be perfect for summer meals out of doors!
Over the past month I've had the pleasure to work on a variety of custom orders. Thank you dear customers, for your support, your trust, and your inspiration! Doing custom work often involves getting to work with fabric that is simply gorgeous and it stretches my imagination to create something beyond what I usually do.
If you are interested in custom work, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Just a little Friday afternoon shop update...some really pretty and fragrant lavender sachet pillows for y'all. Made by me out of vintage kantha fabric from India and backed with linen. And a cute pair of vintage oval wooden bowls...these are fab and have great character! And not new, but just looked good with the other stuff. This amazing vintage ceramic lemon pitcher from Italy. If nobody buys it soon, I'll take it as a sign that I should keep it!
See it all here
I've just finished a big custom order and now there are lots of things hanging around the studio that need my attention! Namely a big batch of lavender pillows (hello! perfect housewarming and hostess gifts!) from all sorts of cool little bits of fabric that need to be properly photographed and listed online. And then there's this cotton and linen that needs to be sewn into pillowcases for the summer. Lots of things to get to before summer truly hits. Some sweet vintage glassware and a set of wooden bowls will be hitting the online shop soon too. Look for a shop update later this week!
For all you seamstresses and fabric lovers out there, I'm pretty sure you might have the same problem I do. Not being able to resist buying beautiful fabric and then having an overabundance sitting around your house!
My goal for this year is to go through as much of that fabric as possible and put it to good use by creating useful and beautiful objects, both to add to my shop and for using in my own home.
I have pillowcases and napkins in the works, but the past few weeks, I've been having fun making patchwork pillows, zipper bags, and even little drawstring pouches for banners out of fabric that is way too nice to let sit around, but not big enough to make something as large as a tote bag or full size pillows. It is so satisfying to turn these little bits into something useful, and I hope, beautiful! Waste not, want not. I think Benjamin Franklin said that, and I concur.
My favorites are pictured above!
Saturday May 9th from 10 am to 4pm I will be bringing my wares to the Art of Craft Show at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, MA. I'll have a selection of pillows and bags handmade from vintage textiles and some vintage housewares. If you are local and would like me to bring something you've seen in my on-line shop, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's always nice to see things in person, no? I hope to see you there!