Monday, January 31, 2011

.yeah vintage.

yeah for creations!

.bike love rain.

the look of winter

Friday, January 28, 2011

.the white stuff.

snowshoeing on mount hood, barlow pass
january 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

.more jewels.

more recent jewel recreations

now you can find me at REDUX in portland as well!

.turquoise mix.freshwater pearls.reclaimed chain.

.reclaimed drops & chain.

.vintage screw earrings refashioned with found chain.

.reclaimed coconut shell. reclaimed round shells. swarovski crystals.

.all reclaimed pieces.

.cinnabar.reclaimed chain & findings.

.mixed turquoise. 9" long.

.reclaimed wood pieces. refashioned my way!

.reclaimed chain.vintage charms.

.found shell (WA coast). reclaimed vintage chain.

.reclaimed bangles.mixed semi-precious stones.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


mmm.... there's only one thing that happens when one has ripe avocados 
(i think you know where i am going with this)

2 avos, juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 onion, 1 ripe tomato, cilantro & salt
 simplicity is key!
after 4 years of longing after a vitamix... i received one for the holidays 
from my awesome hubby. since that time
i have used it for (almost) everything! 
it has been better than i expected! 
on the menu tonight: chips & dip
put everything into the sweet vitamix

turn it on variable 3 until smooth

scoop out and...

yes, it was even better than it looks!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

.nyc envy.

this collection of photos was brilliantly put together in a short 
from Mindrelic in a timelapse. instantly makes me want to return to nyc. big apple.+

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011


it's been over a year since i started brewing 
and bottling kombucha on a regular basis. 
i have changed sugars, teas, 
experimented with adding flavors after bottling, yummy!
here's a brief tutorial on my (every 12-14 days) brewing process

*remember, always always always wash your hands
1 gallon water (doesn't have to be filtered)
1 heaping cup (or 1 & 1/4 cup) organic raw cane sugar
3 organic green tea bags
3 organic cranberry hibiscus green tea bags
bring water to a rumbling boil
slowly add the sugar until dissolved
turn burner off
submerge tea bags and swirl around just a bit
~i use a clothespin to keep the tea bags on the outside of the pot

cover your very very sweet tea and let it come to room temperature
usually that means if you brew in the morning, wait until evening
if you brew in the evening, wait until morning
gather the other supplies after your sweet tea is cooled:
your brew that is ready (or a scoby and starter tea)
distilled white vinegar
bottle for brewed kombucha
wash your hands very well before touching scoby!
push down to expose yummy liquid
rinse out bottle with vinegar after washing it
do the same to the funnel
pour kombucha into bottle!
remember to leave a remainder in the jar 
(you will need it for the next batch and to store extra scobys)
separate the mother and baby scoby keeping one in the original jar 
and put one in another jar with some liquid for storage
pour sweet tea mixture in the large jar with baby scoby and remaining liquid (about 6 oz.)
cover kombucha to brew with a clean cloth and rubber band
label with today's date (for me, i do this process every 12-14 days)
store somewhere out of direct sunlight (for me, it lives on top of my fridge)
cap bottle of brewed kombucha (store in fridge for up to 2 months)
cover extra scoby jar (scobys are fine in a covered jar in the fridge for up to 2 years)

viola! madness.+

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


water street, vancouver, bc
november 2010

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

.vitamin d.

oh, summer...

how i long for thee...

Monday, January 17, 2011

.peeking sun.

i had to take the opportunity of the peeking sun on my windowsill today. between the spouts of rain, emerges the most beautiful colors...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

.in stores now.

good news!

LOVE ME! is  now in two local stores in Portland, Oregon. 
Look for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other crafty items in these shops:

.new patterns.

i have been experimenting with some fun new patterns for warm things...

men's hat with liner
similar to one my husband bought at rei

 fingerless mittens
similar to urban outtfitters version here

another beanie, this one i am keeping for me!

from now on i am going to add liners! they make the hat so much warmer and more comfortable. plus, it's easy to use old fleece from thrift stores instead of buying new. however, i haven't been wearing many hats as it is a bit too warm lately in portland for any of that!

Friday, January 14, 2011

.sign makeover.

out with the old...

and in with the new...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

.urban rainforest.

this is what happens when it rains alot. rainforest.+

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

.photo happy.

Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden
November 2010




Tuesday, January 11, 2011


it's been unseasonably cold (an no rain!) here in portland the last few days and my craftiness has taken me towards creating some warm lovelies!

this beret style hat was created with all my scrap yarn from other projects.

well, i usually buy scrap yarn from SCRAP

so i guess it is a normal hat i would make. 
does that make sense?


here is a scarf i whipped up sunday afternoon... 
i must be feeling awfully chilly!

it's long enough to wrap around my chin and neck two full times with little tails.
i may end up putting buttons on one end for a "scarflet" look.

"I" hook, 18 double crochet across, 
stitching in the horizontal bar across the back of the double crochet stitch, 
113 rows