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Sqam, Fall 2012

Now that July is coming to an end, it's hard not to start thinking about September.  My oldest son is 5 and getting ready to start school and I'm getting ready to go back (after 9 years) to teaching.  Maybe we're totally crazy, but in the midst of all that, we're planning to attend the Squam Arts Fair as vendors on Saturday, September 15th. 

We're in great company...
spring squam lake

If you live in the New...

Leather Sandals, 16 Years Later...

Jessica S. shared this photo and message with us. 



I got these sandals as a graduation present... in 1996 (eek). I love these shoes & they're the only pair of shoes that have stuck by me in life. I finally admitted that it was time for a new pair to get me through th next 16 years. I'm not sure what to do with the old ones though - maybe I'll bronze them or pass them down to my grandchildren some...

Do you Pin?

Pinterest, like most new techie developments, can either be a great tool or a huge time suck.  I know that the whole concept is controversial, especially within the handmade community, so I'm wondering, do you use and support Pinterest?  If not, what is keeping you from taking part?

from my Style board, via bird bird





We've been on Pinterest for a while, but still feel like we're just experimenting...

Aurora Shoes in Ireland

We love sharing photos of our many pairs of shoes and their worldly adventures.  Here's our latest email from a happy customer who traveled to Ireland in Auroras.  I love the photos and wish that I could be transported to that beautiful garden right now.  A pint of Guinness wouldn't be half bad either...


I've been loving my shoes, and even taking pictures of them! I'm from Salt Lake City, and we...

Outstanding in our Field

Literally.

I stopped at the shop and talked Dave into a quick photo session in the south field.  The sun is shining, the wildflowers are blooming, and it's really starting to look like summer around here.   




When I think about home, and the summers that Dave and I (and our two sisters) spent together growing up, I think of wildflowers, hay barns and lots of time spent lazing around in the sunshine....

Our Leather Goes to Summer Camp

Due to the inconsistent nature of leather, there are portions of hide that aren't optimal for shoe production.  We're left with boxes full of leather scrap and are thrilled when we can put some of that scrap to good use.  Some day we hope to come up with our own uses for the pounds of scrap that pile up, but for now, we are happy when we can put it into the hands of peoplewho have the time and...

Union Store in Seoul now carrying Aurora Shoe Co. Middle English


We're thrilled to be included in the hip menswear selection at Union Store in Seoul.   We're set along side Aran sweaters, TRVR wool caps, and organic cotton neck ties.  It feels like a good (and stylish) place to be. 





10 Year Old Shoes

 There was a lot of leg lifting at Squam.  Everyone wanted to see the shoes on somebody and not just sitting on a shelf.  Thank goodness for leggings, because from behind our table, the only way to show mine off was to lift my foot up, dress and all.  I was wearing these, my warm weather favorites. 

I bought these shoes in 2002 when I was waitressing and needed a pair of comfortable black shoes to...

Squam Art Fair


My mom and I left on Friday afternoon and drove the seven hours north and east to Holderness, New Hampshire where the Squam Art Workshopsare held. We arrived in darkness and woke up on Saturday to the most beautiful day. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the scenery was beautiful - winding roads, huge boulders, and the smell of pine in the air. I found myself feeling more relaxed than I...

Wedding Shoes



I have been holding on to this little gem of a postcard for at least a couple of years now, waiting for a good time to share it.  Today being the first day of June (wedding season?) I pulled it out and popped it into the scanner.  

I found the postcard at a local shop that carries local art and antiques.  The photographer, Jacci, was happy to give me a copy. She took the photo in the mid 1990s....

Birds of a Feather: Beam & Anchor

We find inspiration in other businesses and organizations who, like us, work to promote a love of good design and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  In this series, which we call Birds of a Feather, we'll share stories and ideas from around the world that reflect our own values.  We hope that you find them as inspiring and thought provoking as we do.

Beam & Anchoris a perfect example of...

Gearing up for the Squam Arts Fair

We're excited to be joining an impressive list of vendors at the annual Squam Spring Art Fair.  I hear that Ravelry will be there (if you know the online fiber community, then you know that this is HUGE).


I'm making lists and gathering supplies for our little booth and am trying to figure out just how to take orders for shoes that have not yet been made.  Thanks to a brilliant suggestion from Maya,...

Handmade Love: Wolfie and the Sneak Fabric on Spoonflower


This is just to say that I LOVE my handmade and artist designed wolfie and the sneakdress. Check her fabric designs on Spoonflower. Renee's designs are funky and fun, and the organic knit has a nice weight and drape. She sent me this dress just because we were Twitter friends and when she tweeted about sharing some sample garments, I was fast enough to say, "I'll take it!". Sharing for the sake of...

Plain T-shirt Love

This post is for all of you men out there.  Simple staples are always stylish.  Let Jace, of Plain T-shirt (who happens to wear our shoes) show you the way... 

Aurora Shoes in Laos

We recently received this photo and message from Gary M. who discovered our shoes at Neighbour in Vancouver.   Gary said:

I live in Europe and love a pair of Camper boots that I've worn pretty much around the world. I travel quite a bit on business, often to odd places, and am pretty fussy about what i take with me. Especially shoes. They need to be functional and comfortable and able to stand up...

Have you seen our NEW website?!?!


It's live and we're super excited.  Please check it out and let us know what you think!


Reinvention Book Signing


It was a real pleasure to finally meet Maya Donenfeld over the weekend.  Maya has been so supportive of our endeavors and was gracious enough to reach out and offer advice when we made our online debut a few years ago.  Knowing that she was going to be at one of my favorite Ithaca shops to launch the sale of her new book, I made a date with my mom and my oldest son to check it out.


Maya was...

The Subtle Colors of Early Spring


This was my back yard this morning.  The fields are plowed and ready for seeding and our apple blossoms are just starting to die off.  The grass has been cut twice now and dandelions are just starting to appear.  The walnut tree's leaves are always the last to come and the first to go.  

I love bright hues of late spring and early summer, but there is something really lovely about the colors that...

On the Business of American Made Goods


Have you noticed that there has been a new push to buy American made fashion?  It's a slow movement, but it's definitely gaining traction, with websites and blogs popping up to keep us posted on the latest developments and the hippest shops.  I've seen a rise in American bags, accessories, leather goods and American heritage brand boots, shoes and blue jeans.  
There are plenty of viewpoints about...

Reinvention by Maya Donenfeld

We're getting caught up in the local excitement and buzz surrounding Maya Donenfeld's first published book, and wanted to share (in case you hadn't heard) that she's got a couple of local launch parties coming up.  

Ithacamade (on State Street, in the old Bishop's building, between Mama Goose and Mimi's Attic) will be hosting a Gallery Night from 6-8 PM on Friday, May 4th. Maya will be there to...
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