Monday, June 17, 2013

a summer feast of the senses


the weekend was spent in great company of friends and animals. the road took me southeast of portland to a beautiful setting among farms and vineyards.  the fresh smell of grass, the warm sun on my skin, the epic landscape, the call of owls at sunrise, and abundant fresh produce was a feast of all my senses. a reset and reminder to all i love about life. thank you, thank you, thank you

artist Kristin Longbill of Moontea Studios is so lucky to live on this lusious land. she hand prints by either using her century old printing press or silk screens onto fabric in her studio among the cats and llamas. her work is beautiful! check it out at

gracious hospitality, a stunning setting, great food and drinks, and good company left me energized, grateful, and ready to start the week. happy monday folks, make the most of every moment and find even the smallest joys in all you do  


Sunday, June 16, 2013

happy fathers day dad

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

~Arthur O'Shaughnessy, "Ode," 1874 

here's a shout out to my dad, another great influence in my life. he gave me my love of the desert, adventure, and an optimistic outlook. i wish i could have gotton that picture of him in his elvis pants, but that'll have to be for another time, a surprise post in the future! happy father's day dad!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

fall inspiration

its hard to think about fall when summer has just arrived, but its what i'm doing. yesterday in the park i sketched, spent some time working on the inspiration board, ideas are starting to come together. texture, layers, tactile fabrics, location and setting, rich colors - this is what stands out so far, the designs will find me from there and are brewing in my mind

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

mid-week inspiration

i took the two photos of the coney island windows in seattle back in march and have been waiting for the right time to use them. i had intended to create a sunny summer inspirational post, but when i saw this picture below with the dramatic sky, it rang true to what's been happening with our pre-summer weather. it was also fitting with my daughter moving back from brooklyn this week, yay! ok, now lets have some summer!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

mid-week inspiration

tell me what has you inspired at the moment

 a strange litle blossom found on a neighborhood walk

two beautiful companion fabrics a friend picked up for me in an indian market

Monday, May 20, 2013

Open Season Fashion Show - Part 3

pendleton's portland collection was shown wednesday night at rontoms. sorry, more bad photos, i swear i'll get better at this! but if you click on that link above, their website has really good photos of the pieces.

everything came together to make this the best show yet. the collection was absolutely gorgeous, i never would have thought i would love this type of northwest style, and it wasn't just wool as most of us associate with pendleton. the venue worked really well for the show too, i had a good seat, good company, and the band lovers played and is definitely a new favorite

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Open Season Fashion Show - Part 2

day two of the mercury's fashion show - tuesday's show featured designers reif and brady lange

sheer panels on tops, skirts, and dresses made reif's clothing both romantic and edgy. lange's tailored looks included lots of colorful jackets with shorts for both men and women. this wide legged jump suit was phenomenal!


brady lange