Friday, April 18, 2014

The weekend is upon us again, as is Easter. Any holiday plans? Honestly, for me easter doesn't amount to too much. I am wont to break out in holiday spirit from about December 26th to October 30th, nor am I ever very excited at the thought of overloading my kids on candy - which I do because, well, it makes them jump and giggle with excitement (and crash and cry of course. but sometimes a little indulgence is okay.). I am imaging our easter festivities will last all of about 5 minutes, maybe a little longer depending on how well I hide the eggs. But those paper-mâché masks are making me really wish I had the desire to get crafty, if for no other reason that to take a few cute photos and watch M+L stumble and bumble around in giant animal masks. I just might have to remember that for halloween. And if I didn't just swear off ice cream this very week, I would love to make the pistachio and rhubarb recipe. But trying to deny the fact that I am lactose intolerant doesn't make it not so unfortunately. I think I will be a good enough sport to dye some eggs though. Hope you all have a great weekend. xo

+ Ada, over at Classiq introduced me to the website Jean Stories this week when she posted about it on her blog. It's been a really fun site to peruse. 

+ The 13 year old huntress (the photos are amazing).

+ The person who spurred the writing of this blogpost and I see "ugly as f*ck" very differently. 

+ And last but not least don't forget to join in our Instagram Challenge this week!! You can see more info here, or over at Lauren's blog Still+Life. And you can follow me on instagram here and Lauren here

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Photo Diary | Bautistas Art |

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few weekends ago, my friend and I went down to Portland's Saturday Market. Our first stop was at a booth with these amazingly beautiful handwoven wool rugs from Oaxaca, Mexico. Since getting my new rug, I have found I am completely rug-obsessed and have an entirely new (renewed?) appreciation for them. Before this last rug I got, I have only ever purchased one really nice rug before, and that was so many years and "affordable" Ikea rugs ago, I forgot what an impact a beautiful rug can make. And not only that but that they really are not only a necessary home decor item, but can be a usable piece of art in your home. I am fairly sure the guy could see our eyes start to twinkle and sparkle as we made a b-line to his tent. 

He was kind enough to meet our enthusiasm over his work by giving us a little history of his craft and a lesson in the process of how the rugs are made. He pulled out a little jar of cochineal beetles, crushed them and told us that is how they get burgundy dye.  Then he mixed in a bit of lime and told us this is how they get red dye. He then added a bit of baking soda and made a purple dye. Everything is done by hand. They are handwoven by himself and his family who have been weaving for 3 generations now (the one pictured is one he personally made). Every design tells a story within it. When I asked about his prices to begin with, I will admit, I was a little deflated. But by the end of our conversation with him I couldn't believe they were priced so well for all the work that went into every step of making this beautiful artwork. And it wasn't just the work, but the passion, the pride and the story. You can't put a price on that. And in case you are wondering, yes, I am putting some money in my piggy bank for ones of these. I have literally been laying in bed at night imaging where I am going to put one when I get it. ...and mother's day is coming up...

For more information on these rugs please visit Bautistas Art. And if you are in Portland or coming to Portland and need a rug get down to Saturday Market stat!

House Tour | Born Again NYC |

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I came across photos of this amazing Manhattan apartment over the weekend. I love just about everything about it. The whitewashed brick, the plants, the kitchen, the curated little vignettes, the perfect mix of rustic/industrial/antique touches. The whole house feels like everything has a story behind it. Then I came across the  before and after pictures and I was completely blown-away by the transformation. It's hard to believe it's the same place at all. 

Images Emily Johnston

Perception Collection

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh, spring! It finally arrived this weekend for more than one little taunting day. The whole end of last week was lovely, and it just got even lovelier through the weekend. The cherry blossoms don't last nearly as long as I wish they did, but luckily we have a few different varieties around my house that seem to be on a perfect rotation, making the view of blossoms outside our windows last a little bit longer. These are actually outside my neighbors windows, but I had to snap a couple pictures of them against the amazing blue skies with my iphone. And speaking of iphones . . .

This coming Friday, my good friend Lauren, of Still + Life, and I are starting an instagram photo-a-day challenge. I took photography in college. Two years with my trusty Pentax and Canon analog cameras, darkrooms filled with toxic chemicals - both at school and at home. While I don't miss the trips to the photo supply store or staying up late into the night worrying about what the toxins might be doing to me and my child, I do miss the challenges that photography class provided for me. Lauren, is a brilliant photographer, member of a photography group, and frequenter of photo-a-day challenges. Recently when I was feeling like I wanted to challenge myself a bit more with my photography skills I, of course, went to her. We decided that it might be fun to start our own little photo challenge - and sort of as an effort to "hang out" despite residing on opposite coast lines. And so that's what we are doing. We would love for you to join in too.  

The challenge is really meant to be whatever it is that you want to make it for you to challenge yourself. The 14 days of prompts are a mix of both more focused photography challenges (like negative space), to challenge your more technical photography skills, as well as, more emotive prompts (like memory), to induce some creativity. We will start the challenge on Friday, April 18th. You can join in for the full 14-days or just when the prompt strikes your fancy. Though we are really excited to see what everyone comes up with, so we hope you will join in as often as possible! You will be able to see everyone's photos by using the hashtag #perception_collection, and at the end of the 2 weeks we will feature some of our favorite images and post them on our blogs. 

You can follow Lauren on instagram here, and you can follow me on instagram here


Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week seems to be moving pretty quickly, I can't believe it's Thursday already. I have really been wanting to get down to some real spring cleaning - an overhaul of sorts. I think the whole 'spring cleaning' movement wasn't an accident, but something ingrained in us biologically. But I have been pretty busy with my shop, and when I am busy with that, that usually means my house is covered in my work and cleaning isn't really a priority, or even an option. But that's probably why I feel like doing it. Back when I was in college my house, including my closets and drawers (things in my house that are never that clean or organized), were never more magazine worthy than during mid-terms and finals. I think tomorrow I am going to take the day off from blogging so maybe I can at least take the hour I usually dedicate to blogging and maybe try to tackle one area in my house to tide me over for when I have more time for that overhaul I am daydreaming about. 

+ Speaking of spring cleaning here are some pretty good freshening up around the house tips.

+ This lovely Melbourne house caught my attention mainly because of that hallway. I was never so into hallways before I happened upon pinterest, and now, I find myself pinning them constantly Loving or not loving an entire home based on hallways. I only included a few photos but you can see the entire house tour over at The Design Files

+ Getting comments on your blog isn't only awesome for the validation of the work you put into blogging, or (and this one is true for me especially - working from home and raising a gaggle of boys) a way to connect with others socially, but also because sometimes someone comments and you are so happy they did because you discover they have a pretty amazing blog themselves that you might not have found otherwise. Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time here. And I spent the rest of the day thinking about this post and this post. Such a beautiful writer.

+ This has amazingly beautiful wedding photos and an even more beautiful story to go with them.

+ And these photos. Oh my gosh

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and weekend! See you here on Monday! xo

Favorite Finds | 30 | Kiki + Polly

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

So far this week has been as lovely as promised. We have taken some trips to the park, extra walks and just sat outside in the grass to soak up the sun. Lisa Golightly's work of Kiki and Polly, speaks to just these kind of days. I first came across her work on Etsy, she has/had several "twin" paintings, that, well, you can imagine I loved when I saw them. But when I took the time to look through all of the work she has on her Etsy shop, I was even more smitten (and I learned she's also from Portland). I love the playful nature of her work, the color palettes and, for me, the depiction of childhood, friends and the relationship between to two, is just so beautiful. It reminds me of being small, warm summer days and how big even the smallest of moments were.

She was also featured in The Creative Block, the new book by Danielle Krysa, of The Jealous Curator. I really need to get my hand on a copy of that book soon. 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I found this little info-graphic the other day and thought it was pretty fun to read - I think Victor Hugo's was my favorite, public ice baths on a roof, who knew? (I know you probably can't read all the details of the fascinating creative routines here, but if you click this link, it will take you to one that is much larger.) Well, I am pretty routine oriented myself. So much so that I sometimes wonder if I need to try harder not to be so bound by my routines. But if I can plop myself in the company of the likes of Mozart and Kant and Milton, I feel better about it all. Not that I do place myself in such company, but then again, I did just that because I made my own little routine graph. As you can see I can easily blame all grammatical errors, here on my blog and in the comments sections of your blogs, with the fact that I usually comment first thing in the morning before my coffee has kicked in, and I write my blog posts around 11pm every night, well beyond the hours of my grammatical peak. And really all of those chunks of time should be hair-size slivers because it is rare that I actually have a chunk of time that is truly dedicated to just one thing. But this is kind the basic goal I wake up with everyday (...today's going to be the day!). I also now realize after doing this that I should probably feed my children more often. How about you, do you have a fairly regular routine to your days?

From the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
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