Sunday, February 26, 2012

( favs )

\ my favorite chair right now
/ a felted rock (wool over rock) door stop from ashley.. I love this!

( pack )

packing for a trip to the east coast

visiting dc, where my family lives + one day in NY for fun

when I get back, I have lots of vintage clothing (spring!) to list as well as some newly made, natural material necklaces

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

( update / leather pouches )

extra useful Rennes leather wallet pouches, small & medium in pine (beautiful!) & matte black..

handmade pine leather wallet pouch sm
handmade black leather wallet pouch sm
handmade pine leather wallet pouch med
handmade black leather wallet pouch med

Sunday, February 19, 2012

( author )

newly one of my favorite authors, halldor laxness. we visited his home (now a musuem) in Iceland.. it is beautiful

Friday, February 17, 2012

( pasta tuesday II )

we got a pasta maker!

a few years ago when I lived in nyc with my grandfather, he, my brother & I had a weekly pasta night- Pasta Tuesday

so now Pasta Tuesday (west coast edition) is re-instated, as of next Tuesday. really excited!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

q + a / ashley

many times talented (& lovely neighbor) ashley rose helvey..

Q. Favorite colors / prints?

Surprisingly, I have been drawn to faded/washed out floral colors/prints lately. Something about this curtain in my friend Jen's closet is so cozy and feminine. I also love these sheets and am inspired to somehow work florals into our new place.

Q. Visually inspired by..

A visit to J.B. Blunk's house in Inverness, California. Aside from it being in one of the most dreamy locations and the home of one of my favorite sculptors, practically everything in the house (including the house itself) was made by him. The simplest everyday items like ceramic cups and bowls, wooden plates and stools, cutting boards, you name it– were all made by him. I found it so inspiring I was shaking with excitement. It was kind of like a "DUH!" moment..

Q. Favorite designer(s), artists?

Probably the best combination of the two are my friends Kristin Dickson and Shin Okuda, or Krishin as they say:) Kristin designs a line of clothing called Rowena Sartin and Shin has a handmade furniture collection called Waka Waka. Together, they run Iko Iko, my favorite store in Los Angeles. To me, their work is always somewhere between fine art-meets-function-meets-beauty. I'm kind of obsessed with these new bookends Shin made.

Q. Favorite book / magazine / art piece?

Favorite book of all time (due to cover and content) is Sheila Hicks' Weaving as Metaphor/ Magazines.. always Apartamento and The Gentlewoman because of their photography/styling/content, and most recently Rika/ My favorite art piece is this newly acquired Waka Waka zig zag from Iko Iko. I'm pretty picky about hanging "artwork" in my home, especially paintings and framed things (although I wouldn't mind one of these). I think I am more fond of functional items or objects as art, like this amazing tissue dispenser, these plant hangers, or this towel. I feel like you don't need art when your household items are beautiful, plus you get the benefit of interacting with them every day.

Q. Recent home inspiration / creative idea?

I have forever wanted to take a ceramics class and after visiting the J.B. Blunk house I am determined to make all my own stoneware. I collect so many thrifted ceramics I know exactly what I like– it's so simple, yet for some reason, so hard to find! Ideally I'd make lots of small plates (10" is my ideal size plate), small bowl/cups (that could be used for food or drink), a drip coffee maker, a large crock with lid that fits inside for fermenting things (like sauerkraut and kimchi), and storage containers for leftovers. Instead of paying an arm and a leg for beautiful stoneware, I figure why not make it myself? I found the containers above at a Goodwill, it's shocking retailers don't think to make something similar.

Q. Currently most excited about..

Moving! I am so excited to move from of our current location into a quieter, more central part of our neighborhood. We don't have a car, so it's important to us to be close to a good grocery store due to the cold and rain here in Seattle. I also love moving because it forces you to part with what you don't need and realize what you do. Some things on my dream list are a Miele vacuum, a natural bed, and a cozy couch. I am also really looking forward to turning 30 this year.. I'm making a real effort to be healthier and have discovered so many new recipes and drinks that are both wholesome and delicious, like this date shake (above). ♦

Monday, February 13, 2012

( complete )

I finally finished my quilt! you may remember its first mention- back in late October. I've worked on it many hours (I'm estimating about 200 total) since then, and I'm in a very mild shock about its finally being done

a few of my favorite squares came from friends who make beautiful things.. most of the knitted squares are from cathy in oregon & several of the felted squares are from monika in scotland. there's also a felted square as well as many triangles in vegetable-dyed silk from ashley on the west coast, and a knitted square from charlotte on the east coast. I received a gift of a knitted mesh square from my sister sarah, too

besides these full squares, I got my material from..

\ dresses shortened into tops (vintage batik & a mociun print)
/ st james striped top I cropped
\ samples from various custom handmade projects
/ vintage silk top I shortened
\ handdyed silk velvet I bought on etsy
/ sheep hide
\ tiny sheepskin
/ my own homemade felt
\ linen & ikat fabrics given as gift wrap
/ favorite old pillowcases


it was a pleasure to create this, and its amazing how much more than just a blanket it is. the project itself was hours upon hours of thinking while working, improving not just my sewing but overall patience & understanding that a careful approach saves time & frustration..

the quilt was originally handsewn by a family member many years ago. given this original creation, along with my recent work & love in it, I feel like its nearer to a creature than an inanimate object

Sunday, February 12, 2012

( cushion-y )

found this talented artist on etsy- she made a handspun, handwoven custom cushion for me.

my house is feeling more comfortable, and I hope more inviting, than in years past.. a big part of this is cushions here & there

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

( save )

its been awhile..

15% off all items in shop with code ' savin ' now through 2/18


( tote )

cat tote!

Monday, February 6, 2012

( restful )

( custom nap mat made by the nice people at soaring heart )

this past was busy, productive, a lot of fun, and very tiring. I'm spending this week alone, regrouping, solidifying feeling healthy (I was sick on & off for about a month), feeling good.. here's my plan


- walk plenty
- drink water & tea
- eat lots of fish & other healthy, good-feeling foods
- good dinners each night cooked at home


- drink coffee, alcohol
- eat bread, pastries etc
- make dates with friends (as fun as they are..)

I'm also in the midst of a month-long spending freeze. so also don't spend much money!

Saturday, February 4, 2012