An Interview…

a sweet, little interview was posted about me the other day on the blog, Betsy and Iya.

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Betsy and her crew have a wonderfully curated little shop not far from my home.  it showcases Betsy’s amazing jewelry as well as my own.  other items for sale include pieces from local artists as well as those nationwide.  the place is such a treat for the eyes (and other senses!), I would encourage you to stop by if you’re in the area.

and if you’d like to more about me, I’d love for you to read the interview and check out the beautiful pictures my Mr. R took- he’s quite the talented photographer!

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Ebb and Flow

goodness, where does my motivation go?!

it ebbs and flows and the question I don’t always know how to answer is why?

so, as a one-woman business, how do I stay inspired, motivated, and encouraged?!

yikes!  a break in the business or a small let-down can be so devastating.  I am aware of some of the things that I find difficult- for one, working as much as I do in the summertime at my other job really takes its toll on my business.  every summer, things start to slide and then I re-organize and reinvigorate for Fall.  I don’t want to let this keep happening!  so, a new plan is in order… and goal setting!  I’m hoping these ideas will help.  and as a jumping off point, I will be taking the Catalyst Course with Jena and Jen– I’m very excited!  I am stuck in a cycle that needs to be broken!

I know that I don’t often post personal stuff, but as far as business goes, I have decided to be candid and open with my readers and those who support me.  hey, why not?  this business thing is a struggle- it doesn’t necessarily come natural to me!  so, it’s time to make some changes so that I can go forward with success!

I was recently in New York City with my best friend for her wedding- it was marvelous!  every time I go to NYC, I come back with significant stories to tell and this time was no different.  I think of that trip every day and to be honest, wish I was still there!  I love it, I just love it.  when I’m there, though, I am aware that I couldn’t live there long-term.  those buildings and all the people start to make me feel a little claustrophic at some point.  but, it truly is a magical place- and the city never sleeps!  it is alive with energy.  it’s definitely hard to get back into the swing of things here, but day by day, I’m making progress!  tomorrow’s gem show should help!  I’m excited to get some new gems and start creating again.

perhaps these images from my trip will inspire me-

and maybe they will inspire you too!

all the love,

A

New Camera

{Birdcage}

{Artemesia}

{Chinese Garden}

{Quilt}

{Gnome}

my dad recently informed me that he owned a Yashica.  do you know how excited I was when I heard this?!  it is now in my possession and I’ve been enjoying shooting with film.  I got my first role of film developed and I love how the pics turned out!

the weather is crazy here today, but the light is just lovely.  maybe I’ll head out and try taking some shots with the black and white film I have in there now.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and finding the end of the weekend relaxing and peaceful.

xo,

A

A Day at the Coast

a couple of weeks ago, a dear friend and I decided to spend our day at the coast- although it was 96 degrees here in Portland, it remained a cool 60-something at the coast.  I wasn’t prepared for such a chilly day, but I relished it anyway.  it was really lovely.  we spent some time in Wheeler, Manzanita, and Gearheart- a few of my favorite coastal towns!

the sun came out for us in Wheeler

can you spot the heron?

after dinner in Gearheart

I have a feeling that day was my last “hurrah” before the Fall Season arrives and I will be focused on getting ready for holiday shows- I can’t believe it’s already time to start applying!  I better get busy.

xo,

A

A Birthday Photo Walk

last week a friend and I went on a ‘Birthday Photo Walk’- this particular friend of mine is an amazing photographer and so, of course, taking pictures is one of her favorite things to do!  we walked all through the Northwest and then downtown and through the Pearl- it was a great time and I was happy I could spend her birthday with her!  I took both my film and my digital cameras with me- I can’t wait to pick up my film, but for now here are some of my digital pics…

{Sunflowers}

{Hops}

{Wildflowers}

{Whisper}

Photobooth!

this week in Portland is gonna be hot, hot, HOT!  although the heat and I don’t always get along, I know that this is the end of it, so I’m happy for it.  but, most of all, I’m happy that my favorite season is going to be here soon!  oh Fall, I can’t wait to feel your cool breezes, to see your colorful leaves, and to wear all of your inspired fashions.  yippee!  the Season of Change will be here soon.

xo,

A