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Joy Comes In The Morning

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

It's been so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest and amazingly, my boys, for the first time in their lives (seriously, I'm not just being dramatic...) have begun sleeping in. Which means I have hours of morning - my absolute favorite time of day - to think, work, exercise, sew, pray, dream, watch the sunrise, and sip coffee ... all until they raise their sleepy little summer heads around 8:00. It's been pure bliss. 

It inspired me to create the pretty image above along with all of these others happenings: 

                          New floral bag sitting pretty on Cascade Iron Co. steel bracket shelf 

Enjoyed a sweet morning with my Mazama mug, a moleskine, and the new plus sign Checkbook Cover 
New fabrics coming to the shop soon! 

One of my favorite parts of my work is playing with pretty color combos, like this Navy and Pink monogrammed bag. 

And while I haven't been here on the blog for awhile, you can always find me hanging out on Instagram and Pinterest. What can I say, I love pretty pictures? 

Steel Shelf Brackets - New Site Launch

Monday, May 18, 2015

There's a lot of new things in the mix around here. Both professionally & personally, but one that I'm especially excited for is my little brother's new journey into hand-forged steel shelf brackets! After my endless quest for the perfect metal shelf brackets, I finally turned to Seth - a trained carpenter and all around amazing craftsman, and these are the beauties he created for me:

I immediately knew other folks would love their clean, industrial farmhouse look and so after a few creative sessions and dozens of brackets later, we're launching his new site, Cascade Iron Co

What can I say? I'm a proud big sister. Seth's not only amazingly talented but he's got such a kind, generous soul.  He's more than just my brother, he's one of my best friends.

Check out my pinterest page for more Modern Farmhouse designs!

NEW! Portfolio Organizer Sewing Pattern

Monday, April 20, 2015

After many requests, I’ve finally created a pattern for one of my favorite designs; the portfolio organizer! Adding it to my growing lists of available patterns, it’s been one of the most popular items in my shop and has been featured in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, The Small Things Blog, and Simple Living Media. While I created this organizer to be used with notepads, my customers have found new and exciting ways to use them. From simply storing their to-do lists and stationery to keeping Kindles and Mini iPads tucked away. 

Finished designs measure about 6” x 9.25” closed with approximate pocket size of 5.25” x 8.5” (a 5” x 8” journal fits perfectly!)

Available as an instant download with the BEGINNING sewer in mind. Includes:

• 10 printable pages with clear photos and precise, step by step instructions
• my own tips and tricks for creating a high quality finished clutch
• resources and links 
• ideas for creating different versions and other projects. 

Materials needed:
•Canvas/ Duck Cloth: 2 pieces 10” x 13” 
•Cotton Print Fabric: 6” x 13” AND 10” x6” 
•Muslin or Solid Cotton: 6” x 13” 
•¼” width Elastic: 10.5” in length
•Fusible Interfacing: 2 pieces 10” x 13” each
•thread & sewing needle appropriate for fabrics and multiple layers*

NOTE: this sewing pattern and FINISHED item is intended for personal use & not for resale as a sewing tutorial in print or other format. 

Like these organizers but would rather purchase one instead? Sure! You can see them in my shop too! 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's been positively spring like here in Oregon over the last week. In addition to an unseasonably radiant trip to the Oregon coast, many of our flowers have come into bloom. Little Luke plucked the top off the ranunculas, but I think I managed to save it long enough in this old spice jar to be admired for a few more days. There's a few other pops of floral color around the house: 

Instagram Giveaway!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

I've teamed up with five amazing women to offer this incredible giveaway! Includes a lovely bag from Jordana Paige and all the lovely essentials (like my gold chevron clutch) to keep inside! 

Head over to my Instagram before Tuesday, February 11th to enter!


1. Pure Natural Diva  - Travel Perfume
2. Allisa Jacobs - Gold Chevron makeup bag 
3. Pigment and Parchment - Notebook 
4. CS Gems - Necklace
5. Jordana Paige - Handbag 
6. Barbarian Heart - iphone Case

Valentine's Day Fonts, Printables & Inspiration

Monday, February 02, 2015

 With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I've gathered up a pretty bits of inspiration from a few creatives I love the most. These Valentine's Day Printables and Romantic Fonts are sure to spark some lovin'! 

free printable valentine's day card from the house that lars built
free printable watercolor love notes from thorn and sparrow

romantic calligraphy prints from la mariee aux ped nus 

more valentine's inspiration

Glancing Back and Looking Ahead

Friday, January 09, 2015

credit: juliet grace design

We're already 9 days into january and I'm just now looking ahead to the new year. I think it took me that long to recover from the holiday crazy goodness along with celebrating the 7 years we've had sweet jack, our new year's baby. Who has all of a sudden begun to think of himself as a teenager. Oh my. 

2014 brought with it many new things for me along with a good dose of humility and wisdom. There were some tears and cheers… and I'm already feeling stronger because of it. My shop took a few twist & turns and I'm still humbled and awed by it's success (thank you!). 

Here's a few highlights: 

Looking Ahead:
  • Working towards being mindful of each moment, each choice
  • Currently working on an updated, revised, and cooler edition of my ebook, Rise & Shine 
  • Planning new, typography related bags and pouches
  • Sketching out new sewing patterns to have up in the shop
  • Exploring opportunities in the education field & working with kids with disabilities again. 
  • Embracing my bravery because I think I'm going to need a lot of it. 

Happy wishes for a year filled with love, laughter, and joy!