Looking to Fall…




so, I did a little research and this is what I’m looking at for a Fall 2012 palette- what do you think?  I am really loving these colors!  in fact, even my beautiful aging bouquet below reminds me of Fall- I guess I’m ready for it to get here!  it is my favorite season after all.

I’ve started to work on my pieces for Fall and rubies are definitely in order!  if you’d like, a little sneak peek…

Phoebe Necklace- ruby, vtg. brass, sterling silver, goldfill.

Annabelle Necklace- labradorite, vtg. brass, sterling silver.

Ruby Row Necklace- rubies, sterling silver, goldfill.

I hope the colors of Fall have been inspiring you too!  although we’ve been experiencing the heat here in Portland, I’m starting to see some Fall color and it’s beautiful- I’m excited for the glimpse of a new season!




Beautiful Inspiration

hello!  please pardon my absence.  I’ll just admit it- keeping up with blogging is hard!  what have I been up to?  well, of course, there’s the blur of the holidays, then January came and I just wanted to rest.  and rested, I did!  Meriwether’s closed for 6 weeks to remodel the kitchen.  I had big plans to be uber-productive, but in the end, I realized how much I just needed a break.  I did get lots of organizing done, though!  my apartment looks better than ever.  and I got my Spring Line mostly designed- soon to be in stores!  there have been high’s and low’s these past few months, but I’m starting to feel on top of things and ready to take on a new challenge.

since I have been redoing my space, I’ve been looking for new pieces of art here and there and recently, this beautiful watercolor caught my eye.  it came yesterday and even the packaging was impressive!

how cute is the baker’s twine and tape?!

a note card freebie and brown paper packing.

and inside was the most beautiful painting!  I had just the place to display it.

isn’t it lovely?

clearly I find the color combination quite inspiring!

hope all is well in your world.

much love,


There is Much to be Thankful for!

it’s been quite a year for me and although I tend to reflect rather regularly about life and what I’m thankful for, Thanksgiving day is no exception.  although I haven’t been feeling too well AND I worked yesterday, I still wanted to take a moment to give thanks.

this year, I’m especially thankful for:

1.  my amazing friends who gathered around me and lifted me up when I was down- Amy, Ivy, Jen, Fawn, Janell, Linda, Misha, Sarah, Erin, Charity, Tania, Laurilee, Rebekah– I love you and am so honored to have you in my life!

2.  my family, whom I’ve become closer to and have gotten to know better in this last year.  thanks for being my rock!

3.  my Grandma, especially, for being someone I can tell anything to and she will listen, laugh, and understand.  we are the same.

4.  my work, Meriwether’s, who was kind and understanding and supportive when I needed them to be flexible and dependable.  Walking there every day got me out of my head and allowed me the freedom and independence to support myself and be independent when I needed to be.

5.  and of course, my other job, which brings me joy every day and has grown twofold in the past year.  I am so thankful for being able to do what I love and to have met such kind and supportive people in this amazing creative community.  Ruthie, Joann, Kristen, Betsy– it is such a pleasure to know you and your work is inspiring!  thanks always for supporting what I do.

6.  Portland, the fantastic city that I live in- my favorite coffee shop, the co-op across the street, Forest Park, my family-owned apartment building and my cute little apartment.  I’m lucky to have everything nearby and to live in such a great community.  I look forward to seeing such open, friendly faces every day!

7.  for all that I’ve learned about myself this year and how these things have changed me.  I’m excited for the adventure that awaits!

{the images above are from a recent trip I took to Northern California- so lovely!}

Trunk Show

I had a trunk show this past weekend at Mink– yes, I know, I’m a terrible promoter- anyway, it’s still all set up and it looks great!  it’s the debut of my Fall 2011 Collection and there’s still a few pieces that need to be added.  my ‘to do’ list is so long sometimes, I often feel like I’m going crazy.  does anyone have any good tips on how to stay on top of things?  I do know that I enjoy rewards, so I guess every time I can accomplish a certain amount of things on my list, then maybe I should reward myself- hmmm, that could work!  any other suggestions, my dear friends?

okay, I’ll be looking forward to your suggestions!

have a lovely day,


Striking My Fancy

My latest favorites- featuring, the color, pink!  so light and summery- I can’t get enough of these rose-colored hues.

{this beautiful feather from Slodge Podge}

{these antlers from Kari Herer}

{this tee from Larime Loom}

{delicious cocoa and coconut soap from 12th Avenue}

{this necklace from Orange is the Sun}

{and this amazing dress from Dear Golden Vintage– I want!}

and so it is… a lovely round-up of pink!

I hope you are all enjoying your Tuesdays!



Checking in…

yesterday was my first day off in over two weeks!  I didn’t make any jewelry or work at the restaurant– it was lovely, but way too short.  I really need two days off in a row and lately, I haven’t been getting that, much less, a day off at all!  but I’m not complaining- things are good!  I’ve just been busy-

I’ve been filling orders and adding all sorts of new designs to my line sheets!

I did take a brief break on Sunday and took a nice long hike-

this is just up the street from where I live!

isn’t it lovely?

there’s so much I want to share with you, but I think that will take some time- books I’ve been reading, thinking I’ve been doing, putting new ideas into practice, taking old ones out….  little by little, I will start to talk.

hope all is well in your worlds!