Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great things on etsy

Some of my favorite things on etsy this month. even more icy blues and whites, hot reds, woodsy textures and imagesI made a treasury too:

Let it snow

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wintry wishes

This time of year I begin racking my brain about Christmas. Do I really need anything? What would make me happy to receive?  There are always little things that I never deem acceptable to spend money on. Socks, kitchen gadgets and non-thrifted basics all fall into this category. Then there's things I simply can't afford. Leather shoes, a sewing machine. It's difficult to find a balance around this season between "I want I want I want", and "don't give me anything because I have too much stuff". For me it has become a thoughtful reflection of the qualities that give me happiness. Comfort, warmth, and the ability to create.

1. mustard yellow J crew boatneck tee
2. mandoline
3. Indigo Clark Water Row boots
4. loose leaf tea
5. J crew Dream Alexie sweater
6. Birkenstock Paris
7. warm socks
8. sewing machine

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pinboard, lately

Using Pinterest to make a vision board for my paintings, design etc. Love the combo of red/orange and blue; nordic folk patterns; woodland creatures; creamy neutral bases; typography; blankets.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Studio time

 ... on my dining table. How I miss my studio at school.
 photographing cards for etsy

 making messes is necessary, but gets in the way of my eating noodles in a civilized fashion. Art days tend to coincide with eating-dinner-on-the-couch days.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Journal page for today

Moleskine, printed 1800's diary, pen, colored pencil, watercolor, crayon

New paintings added to etsy store

lately i'm obsessed with the arctic- watching bbc's frozen planet, drawing deers and bears and seals. i'm researching scandinavian and laplander folk art, native alaskan motifs and baltic costume.
i'm painting all manner of blubbery beasts and frozen water.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Slate & Morel

I've opened a new etsy store, Slate & Morel!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's well and truly fall...

Amazing find at the thrift store this week- beautiful vintage American-made dishes in a complete set. I only got two dinner plates, two saucers and one serving platter, as some pieces were chipped or stained, but I am so in love with the pattern. There was no bowls or teacups, maybe eBay?
Made some bracelets- can you tell what the material is? Tutorials here and here
"Spotted" a Fly Agaric or amanita muscaria while out looking for chanterelles yesterday. Seems like we found every northwest mushroom except chanterelles. But no matter, had lots of fun looking.
teeny tiny baby mushrooms
Turkey tail mushrooms? Not really sure.
Seems an odd time of year to find freshly hatched robins eggs, no?
Common puffballs. Should have collected some for dinner, we found tons!

Monday, September 12, 2011

September in the Mountains

Drove out the Mt. Baker hwy about an hour up the mountain to camp on the North Fork of the Nooksack river, just outside Glacier. Absolutely perfect weather, glorious sunset, almost-full moon. The light was perfect all evening and I couldn't put my camera down. I took 400 photos in 1 day! These are my favorites.

Bellingham Farmers Market

We've had a very late summer here in the Pacific NW, and here we are in mid- September with tomatoes, corn, peaches and peppers just arriving in the markets. We spent last night picking green beans, corn and pears, digging potatoes and carrots, and eating all of it out under the pear tree at my parents house. My camera was dead by that time, so no photos of 14 people crammed around a picnic table for you.

Up next: Camping!