Ambatalia Making Happy


Molly and Me.

Our minds seemed  inseparable for many years or were we?

I dont really remember,  accept that when i was 3 years old, a 6th sibling was added to this rambunctious Irish proud family, and she somehow became my twin sister.

To begin with stories of our adventures together would take a book, and my objective here is to introduce her style to you.  Not necessarily her style.   I copied her style when we lived together in our  20s.  She would come home and throw her clothes onto the chair  next to the bed and i would wake up in the morning, throw them on me and  make her style mine.

So maybe i speak not of  her funky glamorous  style but more, of  her way of being.   Her delight in sustainability, her perspective parallel with mine to bring us to similar places in our lives, yet so very far apart.


Molly is busy, Molly is to the point and when Molly wants something, well…Molly gets it.  The truth is, our child of vision got it early in life  and continues to live with a passion for family, textiles and sustainability.

This is a rumor, an old wives tale….truth or not, i hear, that in the 1980s,  Mol walked through the entire town of Mill Valley and converted every last shop to recycling.   In one day.  Thats how much movin and shakin this wild woman has in her.  If you know her, you know it.

” Molly de Vries is inspired by our history living with textiles and the natural resourcefulness of our ancestors. She is continually experimenting with ingenuity, design, and function. She strives to source textiles with the smallest foot print and most integrity. Molly believes the more you use cloth and use less disposable packaging in your life, the more connection you have to your food and environment and at the end of the day your eating the healthiest food the earth has to offer….”from


Mill Valley woman hopes to create connection with cloth


I received a big package in the mail a few months ago….full of yards and yards of this spectacular Irish Linen, just ready to be hand stitched into furoshki scarves.   There are now quite a few ready, through Ambatalia,  for some wearing….shopping… carrying or on a hot day, making into an old fashioned halter top.

The deeper use of these skarves are what inspires me…..any old tradition of carrying….whatever you will carry….bringing back tradition from so many different tribal cultures of the world.  Cloth has carried us all through generations until now.  For many of us, its about time we listen and begin using and reusing…..Our ancestors have the answers and my sister Mol is onto the change.

To be in touch with Molly and her work click here and enjoy!


About Mikaela kate

Raised middle in a dancing circle of seven children. Grew up in a middle class Irish Catholic environment and have been ever so rebellious since. My rebel skills include being a truely practicing lover of no conditions, especially with the young folks and a wide open heart that seems to attract magic in very adventurous ways. Im also rather fiesty for justice, and with age some discipline. I reveal MySelf for MySelf. Welcome and Merry Meet!
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2 Responses to Ambatalia Making Happy

  1. Come on sister! don’t! stop!, don’t, stop, DON’T STOP!!!!!!! I love you! Thank you so much for saying so many beautiful words about me, it does feel good! You are in my heart, my family and my work every moment. I cherish you. You teach me to slow the heck down and when I hand stitch I breath in and breath out learning to be in the moment. I love that your sharing your self in such a real way on your new blog. whoo hoo!!!!!!


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