Sunday, December 19, 2010

these are the super soft alpaca armwarmers i received from my lovely coworker anicka. she made these! i appreciate how beautifully knitted they are, much nicer than any i've seen in stores. i love handmade!

Friday, December 17, 2010


this past weekend we had our company party and gift exchange. crafty wonderland was also happening where i picked up a really cute linen bag from a local etsy shop owner and filled it with crafty writing supplies. the talent and artistry of the vendors and their handmade wares was really inspiring.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

some new postings to my shop...
a-line 6 paneled skirt
linen wrap skirt



Friday, November 26, 2010


here's just a few of my favorite things included in an Etsy Treasury, Shop in Your Underwear Black Friday. The bowls are in my shop along with a few other things that would make pretty gifts. Yes I know, they're not handmade, but they are vintage and I did hand pick these especially for my shop. Reusing is the next best thing to handmade, right?







Wednesday, November 24, 2010

i love to give handmade gifts to my loved ones. most of us really have everything we need, and trying to give a gift that is thoughtful becomes easier if you give handmade. as i'm making a gift, i reflect on that person and personalize it to suit each recipient. if i don't make it myself, i have plenty of talented friends that do. it's so much more fulfilling than shopping at the mall!



Sunday, November 7, 2010

this sweet little sugar spoon just found a new home in austin, tx. a place that i've been crossing paths with all weekend. thanks to all that have shared your little bit of texas with me

Friday, October 29, 2010

the nesting continues...i've been baking and sewing like crazy. these tea towels are now in the etsy shop, and the cookies went to my coworkers. ok, i may have eaten a few, and by that i mean breakfast lunch and dinner (for the last 3 days!), but who's counting?


Friday, October 22, 2010

i've been getting comfortable and set up in my new place, which has room for me to work on my screenprinting again. the creativity has been flowing in the last few weeks, the napkin of irish linen screenprinted with berries will be found in estate's etsy shop for now, as i create more i'll open a new shop just for home items





Friday, October 8, 2010

just a few skirts newly listed in my etsy shop...



the new hood

i just made a move into a new place. it's bigger, light-filled, and painted in happy colors. the houses in the neighborhood are mostly victorians, it reminds me of my home town. i've discovered the quirky side of it while walking fran on these cool fall mornings. its been the favorite part of my days this fall. what's you favorite thing about fall?


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

one of my most talented and stylish friends got married at the end of september. her wedding took place on the nicest day of the month. as expected, she was a beautiful bride. congratulation Kara and Steven!











Monday, October 4, 2010

this is blouse style we'll be making at modern domestic. starting October 30, i'll be teaching an intro to couture class, come join us and learn fine hand sewing techniques.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

the bp disaster got me seriously considering my footprint on our beautiful earth. i didn't drive that far, but i was driving everyday, and i wasn't driving that far!? so with my concern over the oil spill, my need to exercise, my love of being outside, why wasn't i biking? i took the plunge and sold my car! i LOVE biking everyday! i can smell the coffee brewing in the coffee shops, the grass and trees after a rain, it's heavenly.


enjoy the beautiful view i see from my bike every day


Friday, September 17, 2010

the end of summer


i'm sad to say goodbye to summer. it was a really beautiful and magical summer for me. i know there will be more, but i can't help thinking there will not be another like this one.
a road trip to the desert wasn't long enough
the concert in the park was too short
sunlight shone too shortly on the picnics at the river.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

this cute skirt just found a new home in new york. there's one more left in the etsy shop

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

have you been to the portland chinese garden? its a really magical place, one of my favorites in the city. i ocassionally have the privelidge to help cater weddings that take place here. when night falls, lanterns turn it into a twinkling paradise. you may not have the chance to see it at night, but a day visit to the garden and tea house is a special treat too.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010



the newest skirt added to the etsy shop - vintage purple polyester! who would have thought that fabric in grandma's sewing room would look so cute as a skirt. it hugs the curves in just the right places and is actually kinda sexy. meow!

Monday, August 2, 2010


a girls weekend took me to oregon wine country
it was great to reconnect with girlfriends i've had for 20 years and more




youngberg hill was my favorite stop

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

today at modern domestic, there's a designer's fabric sale. all are welcome to come, there are lots of beautiful fabrics on sale for super cheap prices. looks like my stash will have a few new pieces.

Friday, June 25, 2010

vintage fabric finds!



here are some great vintage fabrics i got today thanks to a tip from my favorite shopkeeper Nicole. there were so many fabrics it was really hard to choose. i can't wait to begin making skirts!

i took a much needed break to slow down and learn to breathe again at an amazingly beautiful ashram here in portland. a long day of classroom work, yoga and meditation reminded me that i'm not in control and that things will happen whether i like it or not. how i choose to deal with it is in my control, and so i begin again with my list making and dealing with things in a postitive way as they come. no more procrastinating!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

old dress gets new life


this was a wedding dress from the 50's that i picked up in the thrift store. i held onto it for several years before i could work up the courage to cut it up
the stains and tears of a live well lived
a few embellishments, a snip here and a snip there, some dye, and it became a new dress that was just as beautiful in a new way
take it out, shake it up, live!