From the Studio Series: Where do we begin?

Posted by Viola Sutanto on

As an entrepreneur and designer, I love reading the posts from fellow business owners: what inspires them, their process of creation, their challenges and victories. I am humbled by their stories, and grateful to be able to learn from their experiences. 

By the same token, I'm excited to launch our "From the Studio" series. Over the course of the series, we'll be sharing how we create MAIKA products: from inspiration to finished product.


sketches and handlettering


I often get asked the question: how does the design process start? Where do you find inspiration? Truth be told, I don't have a "process" in place where I start. Often the approach is organic, and meandering.

Instead I carry a sketchbook and my trusty phone wherever I go. I record details that catch my eye, words I hear as I go about my way, food I taste... etc. You get the idea. For the most part, my sketches are hasty and gestural. I'm capturing ideas, and feelings, not editing at this point. As cliché as this sounds, inspiration is really everywhere. 


wood decor

Sometimes, I snap a quick photo just to remind myself of an idea floating around in my head. At this point, it's so primitive I have no inkling if the thought will germinate into anything.

Maika Fold + Snap Storage Canvas Bucket

And voila! a year older... we launched our Maze collection. Although Maze wasn't directly based on the photo above, it did serve as a starting point.



Over the years, I've found the best way to get inspired is by playing! I drew these silly little faces while goofing around with my daughter a long time ago. As we were dotting their cheeks with our markers, I suddenly saw the beginnings of a collection with these simple circular shapes. Quickly, I sketched out what those shapes could look like as a series of canvas goods (left spread above).

maika luna collection of canvas bags and buckets

Thus our Luna collection was born.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into our working studio. Till the next post...




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Packing for Spring Adventures

Posted by Ashley Etling on

For some spring sparks thoughts of spring cleaning. Around here we are thinking spring adventures; from weekend adventures to warm beaches far from home. Wherever lives journey takes you, here are few packing tips we gathered from recent travels. 

#1. Grab a . . .

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Pin-worthy! SPRING ❤️

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Spring pins

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring! And we've been a little pin-happy here. These are a few of our favourites.

From top left, clockwise


Yummy Kale Citrus Salad

Smudge Sticks

Pastel Dyed Eggs



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Posted by Ashley Etling on

I had the opportunity to have an afternoon mountain chat with two MAIKA customers, Kim and Beth, about their love for food and travel. Specifically, travel to the small mountain town of Telluride, Co and a few of their favorite foods and traveling delights. The delightful sisters find themselves venturing from St. Louis, their hometown, to this hidden gem . . .
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Beyond Stenciling: DIY Custom Pouch

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Stenciled pouch


Did you guys know that March is National Craft Month? Ok, I know some folks think it's a made-up title to encourage more shopping, but here at MAIKA, we never turn down an opportunity to get crafty, so here goes... 

To kick off the month, I thought we'd show you how we used our Stencil-A-Pouch kit and take it one step further to craft a one-of-a-kind textured pouch. Admittedly the result is a little more kooky than my usual style, but hey, crafting is all about experimenting, right?

DIY Stencil A Pouch TutorialMATERIALS
• fabric markers
• a pouch (or something you'd like to decorate on) 
• stencils

All of these are available in our Stencil-A-Pouch Kit.

In addition, you'll also need:
• pieces of felt
• fabric scissors
• fabric glue (not pictured)
• any pen for tracing on felt (not pictured)

stenciling a MAIKA pouch

Step 1
Stencil the pouch with the design of your choice. I chose to spell out a name and stenciled some stars around it. Leave some whitespace where you want the felted piece(s) to placed.

TIP: Need a refresher on stenciling basics? Check out this post.

stenciling on felt

Step 2
Set your stencil against your felt and trace around the desired shape. In this case, I wanted to highlight a single star. Cut out the star and dab fabric glue on all corners.


Step 3
Place star on desired position on the pouch and apply pressure for a few seconds till the glue is set.

TIP: You can heat-set your work by placing a piece of cloth over the stenciled area and running a warm iron through it. 

customized pouch

Ta-da! Your very own textured customized pouch. Easy, right? Think of the possibilities!

Ready for more crafting action?



DIY gifts

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