Friday, July 31, 2009

The Beach

I just got back from a lovely coast getaway. I need more of these! It's really inspiring! I have a fresh batch of gems waiting for me and my creative battery is charged. I will be up all night creating and hope to see you at the Saturday Market this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend!

Photo by Chrissy Ferguson

Monday, July 27, 2009

Candid Saturday Market Shots

I love this fruit salad (and her sandals).
A visit from my favorite little boy.
I love her earrings (by Leah).

pics by Leah Pellegrini
& Yoshio Oda


It's hot in Portland and this pic is a great escape. It's 98 degrees so far. The weather man said 103! I'm from Texas and used to the heat. Yed hates it when its over 85 degrees. He needs to chill out. hee hee. I like it. I think I may be the only one...
photo by Aloberyn

Friday, July 24, 2009


go, originally uploaded by Perpetually.
Balloons make me smile! I love the details in this shot.

Enjoy your weekend!

Picture by perpetually


I have been working on these ladies and will have them ready next week!
Come by and see us at The Portland Saturday Market or at Splurge.
The perfect accessory!

Monday, July 20, 2009

All the Little Details

I love adding little touches to our packaging, whether it's a pretty stamped box & ribbon or a pink pouch. It's a little thank you to all the lovelies that support us. I'm a detail gal and I know when I get those little touches, I notice & it's sweet. Having said that, I love these little boxes from Miss Martha's wedding section. The blooms are super sweet. These are beautiful as wedding favors or packaging little goodies like jewelry.

I'm also a sucker for flowers.

Garden Bento

I love this pic by Sakurako Kitsa. They used egg whites, carrots, red peppers & squash. Lovely.

I took the day off on Sunday to garden. It's alot of work! When you see everything grow and bloom, it's so worth it. It's inspiring! Everything is growing so fast now. My zucchini is pretty big! I'll throw some on the grill today. Yum.

Friday, July 17, 2009

This week flew by and I need to catch up on my sleep! Lovely boutiques this week have fresh shipments of jewels like: Sole (in the Pearl), Silverado (NW 23rd) Lily Atelier (Camas WA) Zizia (Burien, WA) and THE FINERIE ( Seattle). I'm barely trucking along to do the Portland Saturday Market tomorrow.
!New shoes!! (that's the burst of energy I needed)!
Enjoy your weekend!

Photo by 曾夏天×曾姑娘×曾小花

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lovin' my Isabela Shoes!

I couldn't resist and they are in my possession! I deserve these babies! When I am 89, I will wear these to my bingo games with the girls!

Thank you Kim over at Sole (NW 10th & Couch in the Pearl) for introducing us.

Update: Yed said, "Where's your sword & shield?" I said, "I'll make them." Clearly he's jealous.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I love sprinkles! Don't they make you happy?
My four year old got me hooked...
I'm easily hooked...
Now to play hide & seek!


photo by miss.mallory and jek in the box

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rasberry Season

These little cuties inspired these earrings! We had a blast picking these at Krugers farm in Sauvie Island. Micah was captivated by their beauty. I tried to get him to eat one, but Leah had better luck doing that. I also got my baby fix with little Orson. It was a good day! Thanks Leah & Erin! We missed you Ann & Maggie;)

photos by Leah and Erin

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lady Bugs

I love these little beetles! The first pendant I made was a copper lady bug. I never knew that they swarm together like bees. It turns out that their population rose 15-20% this year. The sight is amazing! I had to share. These little cuties swarm together to feast and mate. What a life! Lady bugs eat aphids (plant lice) whom are plentiful right now because of the high moisture. Aphids are destructive to plants so these lady bugs come to the rescue for farmers & gardeners. I'm trying my hand in gardening this year and learn something new everyday.

Photo by teamg42

Friday, July 10, 2009

Astoria Trip

Astoria-Megler Bridge, originally uploaded by Artnchicken.
My creative battery needs, so very desperately, to be charged. So I did what any Oregonian would do. I took an emergency road trip to the coast. I loaded up on snacks at the gas station where I also added 10-30w Pennzoil to my beloved Subaru. Subaru's need snacks too.
I am currently listening to the sound of docked boats gently swaying in the wind here in Astoria. It's 2:00 a.m. and I can't seem to sleep! My creative battery is almost charged. It was beautiful here at the coast today-oops I mean yesterday! Perfect 70 degree weather (maybe 68), and my little guy loved the adventure. Although, I think I heard him groan and saw him roll his eyes when I attempted to sing the ABC's on the road. Does a four year old roll his/her eyes? Maybe I'm being a little dramatic. Micah had fun hanging out with his Tio Jesse (who happens to be working here).
Back to the grind in 6 hours.
Before we go, I must grab a hot java and walk the cool beach again at sunrise.
photo by artnchicken

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Painting Therapy

I'm overdue on some painting therapy. No, not my house, even though it's not finished yet (yikes a little A.D.D.). I love to paint portraits in black and white on large particle boards or canvas. I escape into the paint and can't stop until I finish. This picture is beautiful and inspires me to paint him. I can see all the brush strokes and shadows.

photo by Johnny Action


Bjork red shirt, originally uploaded by BjorkZine.
1. I love her!

2. I just want to pick her brain.

3. Secretly I'd like to be a rock star.

4. My definition of rock star is slightly skewed.

photo by BjorkZine

Monday, July 6, 2009

Wedding Season

I picked up Martha Stewart's Weddings Magazine (just for shits & giggles) and loved the how-to on fabric blooms! When I entered the world of DIY, I started making these first and had a blast doing it. Then it evolved just a tad ...
Anyway, I love the pictures and the little tips on how to make these. It's really simple. Your set if you have scissors, thread, needle and fabric (maybe an old bridesmaid dress you'll never ever want to wear again). Shhhh, I won't tell. I'm sure that old dress would look smashing cut up into blooms on a simple dress or tank top. You can see how they do it here.

PS. I meet with some talented ladies once a month on crafty projects and this would be fantastic! Right ladies?

Friday, July 3, 2009

I love this color!

Orange as any orange on a tree, originally uploaded by neloqua.

Bright colors make me happy!

photo by neloqua


Happy Fourth! Mentally, I will be here (pic). Physically I will be at the Portland Saturday Market. It will be over 90 degrees!

photo by neloqua

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Join Us, Sweet Baby Girl...

The moments after birth, originally uploaded by Jon ..

My younger brother and his lovely wife Jen are finally at the hospital after passing their due date by a week. I feel for her right now and hope everything is smooth & painless. Is that even possible? As my little boy would say, "That's ridiculous!".

I can't wait to meet her!

As of now she's still comfortable in her momma's belly...

UPDATE: Thursday, July 2,2009- 2:03 a.m. still in labor!!!

UPDATE: Thursday, July 2, 2009-2:49 a.m. 8lbs. 6 oz.

Congratulations Gary & Jennifer!

photo by Jon