Friday, July 31, 2009

happy weekend!

the weather has cooled down a bit in portland, thank goodness! it should be a very nice weekend. i hope you all have a nice one too!

photo by me

my shop

i've been adding some new lovely products to my shop over the past couple of weeks, so i thought i'd give a little preview of some of my favorites! these are fully lined zipper pouches. it's so fun putting the fabric combinations together- i hope you like them as much as i do!

here are some zipper pouches made with interior design fabric samples- some are upholstery fabrics, some might be draperies. they are all gorgeous! i finished them off with a little vintage button sewn on to each one ::

and here are some of my "love-letter clutches". {dx came up with the name and it was so cute, i just couldn't resist using it.} each one closes with an elastic loop over a vintage button. do you like how i photographed them with a love letter inside? hee hee ::

Thursday, July 30, 2009

crafty night

so, my girlfriends and i sometimes have little "crafty nights" where we make crafts and have some drinks, although not a whole lot of crafting goes on sometimes- usually more of the drinking. ;)
but i had to make something. and i forgot to bring a whole bunch of craft supplies, so here is my creation:: the "no-scissors, no-tape crafty flag banner" (just torn paper + string- the fabric banner is a separate piece) ::

i rather like it. it's hanging over my craft table. :)

local artist :: betsy + iya

i first met betsy from betsy + iya last winter at the handmade bazaar here in portland. she was sitting there at her table, pounding away on some new jewlery- i couldn't believe how beautiful her pieces were- all made by hand. just look at this gorgeous stuff::

as a fellow vendor, i always try to say hello to the other artists/craftspeople and see what they are selling. i was looking for a thumb ring at the time and having the hardest time trying to find something to fit my tiny thumbs {my thumbs are freakishly small}. when i saw betsy's table, i'm pretty sure an angel appeared and bird started chirping. or something. i found my ring!

it's perfect- it can expand and contract to fit any of my fingers. and i love the cute little decorative balls on the ends. betsy is just a darling too.
visit her shop
+ her blog

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


have you been to modcloth's online shop yet?{ i found out about through heather of gathering spriggs blog.} this shop has some of the MOST adorable clothes/shoes/accessories i have ever seen in one place! but be careful, you might spend hours upon hours browsing through the fabulous finds....

you can "heart" the items you love and create a wishlist for your favorites- mine is, of course, rather long.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


well, glory be. it doesn't get any hotter than this is portland, oregon. 102 degrees, yikes. and it has just been a weird day all around. i tried to blog earlier from my laptop {i was enjoying some air-conditioned facilities} and everything i typed was converted to hindi. i wasn't sure any of you could read hindi, so i waited until i could access my {non-air conditioned} home pc and realize that the heater, yes the heater, has been turning off and on in my apartment. so, i leave you with this quickie post and i am outta here once again to try and escape the heat! until tomorrow!!
photo by akirsa
{that's where i want to be}

Monday, July 27, 2009


yay! jenny and i had so much fun at the summer social! just look at the goodies i came away with ::

and i bought this print by nicole null of sacred lotus photography... adorable!
jenny and i had our picture taken by polaroid photographer amy nieto- she was so sweet!

we got to meet so many wonderful artists and vendors including darling hostess abby! it's always inspiring to be around such talent. i do hope they make this a regular event, i would attend every one!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

vintage summer dress

this is it! my mother's summer dress, circa 1970's-80's. pink gingham with a ruffled bottom and cinched just below the shoulders. boy, i sure tried to squeeze into that thing, but it just wouldn't zip up...

here's a detail of the front piece- cute eyelet fabric and embroidery! i just had to make it fit! so, i took out a few stitches from the sides, made a few new ones, and....

hooray! it fits! thank goodness there was a little extra fabric at the interior seams. it's a bit of a tight squeeze, but who needs to breathe when you look this cute? {kidding}
summer social, here i come!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

summer social

jenny and i are planning to attend an art/craft sale and social this weekend, put on by various portland area artists, including these fabulous designers and bloggers:

abby powell thompson of abby try again
alyson graves of the blog unruly things

i feel so lucky to be a portlander today! i can't wait to meet these gals and gush over their handmade goods. they're going to have a polaroid booth set up- so much fun! oh, and we're going to wear our favorite vintage attire, so i'm going to go see if i can fit into one of my mom's old gingham summer dresses... i'll let you know how it goes, wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

romper style

if you don't read the fabulous portland fashion blog "urban weeds", than you simply must start. photographed in the sartorialist style, urban weeds captures everyday portlanders at their fashionable best. that's where i spied a photo of a gal in a cute little romper and was suprised to find- after a bit of research- that rompers are becoming quite the trend of late. so i searched around and found some other darlings that i think that maybe i could pull off ::

these are pretty cute! i think i wore rompers when i was a little girl but really haven't thought of them since. the only downside, *ahem*, is when you have to use the ladies room, it's a bit of extra work. but not a bad price to pay for looking adorable.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


yes, i know i'm american and we don't spell "colors" that way, but i like the extra "u". it gives a richness to the word, a fullness- like a flower in bloom or a sweet caramel latte with extra foam on top. haha, okay, maybe that's a bit much, but i still prefer to use that spelling, and that's that. so here are some colourful images that i find quite lovely ::

all above images by pink sherbert photography


oh my gosh! i just realized that my last post was my 100th post! that's kinda special, right?

photo by {manda}

Monday, July 20, 2009

new liberty print

have you seen the new liberty print? it's called "cool coast" by simon hart. this would be perfect for kid's clothing or a cute little apron. adorable.

found via hiccupings blog

portland artist :: michele maule

i had the good fortune of meeting another local crafter last week at the portland etsy meet-up. michele maule is a real sweetheart and wow, was i amazed to see what a talented artist she is as well! here's a small sampling of her work ::

michele specializes in typewrite images- they are all so adorable!
view much more of michele's work at her website ::
and her etsy shop ::
i love making new crafty friends!

Friday, July 17, 2009


if you've studied graphic design, you may have heard of herb lubalin :: this guy was a graphic art genius. a prominent designer in the mid to late 20th century, he designed typefaces and used these fonts to create amazing graphic images :: simple, yet powerful. here are some of my faves:

all work by herb lubalin. found via a design mafia blog.