Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

plain bananas has friendsIt’s Friday and I made it just in time! The days have been speeding past me like the Roadrunner and I hear that all familiar “beep beep” entirely too late. School starts this week and so this Friday could be the last one with my sanity all intact. Things are bound to get a little hectic (a little is my favorite denial word at the moment), but why should I care about this when I can have a feast of color, style and fabric. Hold tight, because my friend today will make you want to get dressed up in your favorite girly heels and venture out  á la Sex and the City.

Meet Carol whose creative hands bring to us the wonderful items of yorktownroad.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Right now, Carol is exactly where she’d like to be. Ok, ok, if you’re thinking she’s behind the computer monitor like you and me, then you’re partly right. She does tend to spend a lot of time on the web (who doesn’t?). But, no, I meant that she’s doing something she’s always wanted. Her background in business operations, finance and management in the clothing industry, was well-suited to her natural progression to opening her own Etsy shop.

Despite being a popular seller on Etsy in her two-year online presence, Carol loves to spend time with her kids, enjoys taking random photos and keeping fit. She has my kind of schedule: She doesn’t do mornings, preferring to work late into the night instead. Late at night, inspiration always comes right?

Carol, had a few things to share with you. Ready?

Raised line clutch - darkest pink

Raised line clutch - darkest pink

My name is…Carol Gilbert

I make… accessories for women and the home using hand-dyed linens and repurposed leathers.

I’m inspired by… the unexpected. I never know what will spark my imagination. Sometimes it is the way my daughter Audrey describes the shape of a cloud or sometimes a broken twig I find on the ground. It can be a song or eyes that are so sparkling and blue.

Petite zip - starburst pleat

Petite zip - starburst pleat

I cannot live without… my family.

An item I’ve made that was hard to let go… was a scarf, I kept it and wear it every winter.

I create because… It allows me to express who I am without using words. I’m not very good with words. Or, as my daughter once told her friends, “my mom makes things, it’s just what she does”.

Wavy pleat zip

Wavy pleat zip

If I could learn another art it would be… graffiti art / street art (without breaking the law of course). I am often amazed at how incredible these artists are… there is a bold sense of freedom and movement in their work and I would love to express in that way. Or sculpture.

My website is… http://www.yorktownroad.com and will soon have an entire new look. I also have a yorktown road page on facebook.

I blog because… I don’t, I’m not very good with words but I do keep a photoblog on flickr.

The gorgeous fabrics Carol works with

The gorgeous fabrics Carol works with

One day… I used to start many sentences with that phrase. Now I’m trying to focus more on the reality of “today” and to make today the best it can be.

I started… refurbishing our home 3 years ago. It’s taking far too long and I don’t know if we will ever get it done.

I always…daydream.

If I were a color I would be…grey – it’s very subtle and nondescript at first glance yet when you look closely, it has a lot of depth.

Patched zip

Patched zip

My full-time job… not sure how I would describe it but my titles seem to be “mom” and “hon”. Truthfully, my full time job is making all the aspects of my life work together. Family, business and personal. There are months where it can be difficult but it usually works out fine.

In a nutshell…I love what I do

In a bigger nutshell…I do what I love and try to enjoy each day.

You can find yorktownroad here:

Etsy: http://www.yorktownroad.etsy.com

Website: http://www.yorktownroad.com

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yorktownroad/

Or you can become a fan of her work on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/yorktown-road/40048936447

I leave you with some more of her stunning work. Dress up and go out — that’s what I feel like doing after browsing all these enviable clutch bags. Have a great weekend!

Zip - black - repurposed leather

Zip - black - repurposed leather

Petite zip - 8 line

Petite zip - 8 line

Pillow slip - grass

Pillow slip - grass

Mum tote - grey

Mum tote - grey

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6 thoughts on “Plain Bananas Has Friends

  1. wow, what an amazing shop she has and she seems like a superlovely person! I have a new favorite shop now! 🙂
    Happy weekend to you and a good start to the new schoolyear! 🙂

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