Thursday, March 6

Ambatalia brick and mortar shop at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard

Welcome friends,
Come visit us at our new retail- studio space at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard. 
Located at 129 Miller ave, Mill Valley, Ca 94941
winter hours: everyday 11-5
You will find wonderful goods to support a non-disposable life.

Wednesday, October 23


Eat your fruits and veggies! And join a CSA program!

Danielle with our first week's share from CSA. Modeling an Ambatalia kitchen furoshiki.
A few weeks ago my roommate Jen and I were shopping at the local Logan Square Farmers Market on a lazy Sunday. Montalbano Farms CSA sign caught our eye. We saw happy customers leaving with giant bags of fresh produce, so we decided we must learn more. 

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is a program that has been in practice for over 25 years. Basically what happens is that a farmers offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. When you purchase a share you, in return you receive a box of seasonal produce throughout the farming season. CSA programs vary from farm to farm, but Montalbano Farms offers three options for their CSA program. You can either receive a vegetable and fruit share, a vegetable share, or a fruit share. And then you also get to decide if you want the box every week, or every other week.

This means that since we are signed up for the biweekly fruit and vegetable share, every other week we get to pick up a bounteous box of fresh produce with a wonderful mix of fruits and veggies. And a few days prior to pick up Montalbano Farms emails Jen and I a newsletter detailing what we can expect in the share that week, fun recipes to use the week's offerings, and updates on events at the farm. This week our menu looked like this:

Harvest season is upon us. Summer crops like tomatoes and peppers are finished while cool season plants are thriving.
  In the Vegetable share this week,
Chioggia beets
Bok choy

And in the fruit share:
Mix of Empire and Jonathan Apples from Earth First Farms
Let these persimmons get a little soft and enjoy them chilled. They make great sorbet and they dry well too!
What is so great about the CSA program is that all the vegetables, herbs, and fruits arrive within days of being harvested. This means that it is as fresh as can be! Also it allows you to make a connection with your farmers, since Jen and I go to pick up the box every other week the farmers become familiar faces. I also love the fact that the CSA program is a great way to support local farms, but also receive quality produce at a reasonable price. 

Jen and I are both eating healthier and happier! Definitely check out the CSA options in your area. A great resource to find more information for a program to fit your needs is at your local farmers market. 

And don't forget to eat your fruits and veggies! Til next week! -Bridget 

Friday, October 18


Happy Friday everyone! This week is going to be a little different. Not only am I posting today, but I will also be doing a post this coming Wednesday! So stay tuned...

Today, I wanted to share with you some Ambatalia posters we made for NY Now. Feel free to download the images and print them out! And enjoy the weekend...


Friday, October 11


This week I would like to introduce you to Danielle and the Ambatalia kitchen furoshiki. Danielle and I grew up together in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been best friends since the sixth grade. A recent graduate from Northwestern University, Danielle actually works behind the scenes as Ambatalia's blog editor. Since last week's post was quite a hit, we wanted to continue the how-to's. This week Danielle modeled one of my favorite products; the Ambatalia kitchen furoshiki. Photographed here in brown ticking, these magical squares are 31" x 31," 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton and manufactured 100% in San Francisco. The kitchen furoshiki also comes with a 68" twill tape and directions for use. They are perfect for carrying casserole, pie, and drinks to potlucks and picnic, but also turn into an instant apron and grocery bag, or a gift wrap for breads, wine, or your favorite book. This week Danielle helps us illustrate several general uses of this modern gem.

Using the twill tape that comes with the kitchen furoshiki, you can fold the square in half and wrap the twill tape as a belt to hold this half sized apron in place. Perfect for gardening or cooking. 

Simply tie corners into two square knots. Then, fold the corners inside. This will create a little basket to fill up with fruit or any finding at the market.

Similar to the bag demonstrated in last weeks post, this furoshiki can be tied into a little tote bag. Simply tie opposing corners into two square knots, and voila you have a bag! Tie one square knot tighter then the other to allow room for a handle.

Eliminate plastic or paper when you pick up flowers for your lover, have the florist wrap your bouquet in the kitchen furoshiki cloth and use the twill tape to secure it with a bow.

Perfect for a spontaneous picnic. Use as a miniature picnic cloth or tablecloth and enjoy your food!

Similar to option 1, but instead use the whole cloth and secure with the twill tape for a full length chef's apron. Simple and stylish.

Bring your books to school or wrap them as a gift. An easy folding method, simply lay books in the middle of the cloth and fold one set of opposing corners snug around the book. Take the other set of opposing corners and tie in a tight square knot. There it is!

Going on an adventure? Wear it as a bandana as you ride off into the sunset!

One of the more complicated wrapping techniques; this furoshiki can wrap two bottles of wine (or whatever you like to drink) and turn it into a lovely gift wrap. Lay down two bottles in the middle of the cloth with the bottoms of the bottles facing each other and about 4 inches apart. Proceed to roll the two bottles, until they are completely wrapped in a tube of the cloth. Then stand both bottles up, and tie in a square knot at the top. Now get to your party!

How do you guys use your Ambatalia kitchen furoshiki? Please share!

Friday, October 4


Ambatalia furoshiki scarves are oozing with good vibes. This is why I bring mine everywhere. Each one is individually hand-stitched with love in New Mexico by artist Mikaela Kate Hennessey-Ambatalia owner Molly’s sister. "I am finding over time that it is not the art of perfect stitching, I seek. It is the act of sitting quietly, the meditation of handy creation and dreaming of good things while my fingers move," says Mikaela of the stitching. The beautiful running stitch along the edge of the scarves adds a simple and unique touch, to complement the simplicity of the cloth.

Jennifer with her furoshiki scarf
Furoshiki scarves hanging in New Mexico, Photo taken by Mikaela Kate Hennessey

This scarf will take you through fall, winter, spring, and summer. Made of 100% Irish linen, it keeps you warm when it’s chilly and lets you breathe when it’s hot out. It also can turn into an instant bag for a shopping spree, or an old-fashioned halter-top, among other creative things!

Cloth has carried us all through generations until now.  For many of us, its about time we listen and begin using and reusing,” writes Mikaela on the use of the furoshiki. This week I wanted to illustrate how versatile this cloth is, and share with you some fun and creative ways it can be used. I asked my beautiful roommate Jennifer to model the Ambatalia furoshiki scarf for me. Purchase one here!

1. The classic scarf

2. The babushka

3. The tote bag

4. The halter

5. Boudoir style, no knots required

Those don't look too hard now, do they? The only one that might be puzzling you is the tote bag option. So here is a how-to on:

How to use the furoshiki scarf as a bag:
Step 1: Lay out the furoshiki with your object in the center. 

Step 2: If you are wrapping clothes it's nice to fold it beforehand.

Step 3: Take two opposing corners and double knot it, or for better security use a square knot. If you do not know what a square knot is, refer to the beautiful diagram below.

Step 4: Do the same thing with the other opposing corners, but place knot towards the end of the corners as to allow for a handle. 

Step 5: Voila! You are good to go!

There it is. 5 simple ways to wrap your furoshiki scarf. How do you guys use your furoshiki? What do you wrap up? I would love to hear-please comment!