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Happy Weekend

Friday, April 04, 2014

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In love with this sweet art print from Carolyn Gavin, a bit of cheer to start off the weekend. I'm looking forward to a bit of relaxation, time with friends, and even a bit of study time as I just enrolled in online continuing education course (eeks!).

It's been busy in the shop, here are a few peeks at what I've been up to: 

gold dot clutches by allisa jacobs

gold chevron clutches by allisa jacobs

chevron bridesmaid clutches by allisa jacobs
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monogram cosmetic bags by allisa jacobs
chevron clutches by allisa jacobs

Hello Spring

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hello Spring & Happy April! Even with all this Oregon rain, I'm loving the flowers & buds peeking through. Found this stunning design from Cocorrina, it's also available as desktop wallpaper... what an inspiring way to start off each morning, looking at this beauty. 

Hop over to her site to download and check out my pin boards for more design & color inspiration!


Taking Leaps

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A little while back, I mentioned some new directions and changes I'm contemplating. Well, I'm still here thinking about it all... One thing about me is that it's really hard for me to take the leap. I wasn't always this way. I've done some pretty gutsy things in my life that required a whole lot of faith (or perhaps stupidity in some instances...). In any case, I'm finding that I'm really needing to dig down deep and find some courage. 

One thing I've been considering is taking a graduate class and work towards adding a speciality to my master's degree. The degree I haven't really used since waving goodbye at the end of the school year to my classroom in Boston while I prepared for my first baby. 

I've got this good thing going here, my sewing design business is more than I could ever have hoped for. It's amazing really, I feel so blessed. But you know, I've got this little itch for teaching again. My boys have long become used to mom's 'learning time,' and I still hoard teaching supplies like it's going out of style. But I just can't seem to take that leap, muster up some courage, & click that little button to register. 

So, even though I don't see my business fading anytime soon, I still am stuck with a lot of uncertainties. But one thing I do know is that each day is calling for a whole lot of bravery. 

lovely art print from the ultra-talented alena hennessy 

Wherever You Are

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wherever you are, be all there. 

So simple & so powerful. This lovely print is from my very new favorite Abby Hyslop. She creates lovely lettered designs & I think this one would be a wonderful reminder to wake up to everyday.

more inspiration on my WORDS pin board....

Yellow Makes Me Happy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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I'm a long time lover of all things yellow... makes me happy. Probably has a bit to do with living in Oregon - which can be grey & dark & moody at times (ok, like most of the year....) We all crave a bit of light & sun around here. I like to think I create my own sunshine, finding happiness where I can. 

Recently, I discovered the lovely Shannon Miller of Happiness Is, and am completely inspired by her sunny outlook and calligraphy journey. She created this pretty yellow paint swatch - a pretty dose of happiness to my day! 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Spring is almost here, I love this feeling of hope and newness. Right now, I have so many ideas and plans I could just burst. Lots of thoughts for my shop but also forging new directions. It can all be a bit overwhelming though too. 

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time on pinterest (ok, more than usual...) - it's a bit of 'therapy' but also helps me focus on things I love as seek out clarity for all these ideas swirling about. I think I've created some really pretty boards & come take a peek

Another bit of fun news... my little gold chevron bag made it's way into the pages of Southern Living for a write up on red carpet looks inspired by Reese Witherspoon (who, I might add, has been a favorite of mine for so long - since her Man on the Moon days, anyone remember this movie??). We know Reese loves her monograms so they photoshopped her initials on the bag, which made it a teensy bit less 'mine', but still exciting.