My latest handmade bags created from a small batch of reclaimed heavy European suede that I purchased while wandering the streets of Portland. This suede feels amazing with such a gorgeous, lazy drape to it. Perfect for the trio of cross shoulder, slouch & tote bags that I made from this wonderful material. Hand printed with my favorite primitive floral design in muted colors, these are super fun bags with a lot of purpose and style. Originally intended for upholstery, this suede is made to last... The 'Walkabout', 'Wanderer' & 'Sojourner' (can you tell I'm 'Wanderlusting'?...) available here, here & here....
River by Mary Oliver The river Of my childhood, That tumbled Down a passage of rocks And cut-work ferns, Came here and there To the swirl And slowdown Of a pool And I say myself- Oh, clearly- As I knelt at one- Then I saw myself As if carried away, As the river moved on. Where have I gone? Since then I have looked and looked For myself, Not sure Who I am, or where, Or, more importantly, why. It’s okay- I have had a wonderful life. Still, I ponder Where that other is- Where I landed, What I thought, what I did, What small or even maybe meaningful deeds I might have accomplished Somewhere Among strangers, Coming to them As only a river can- Touching every life it meets- That endlessly kind, that enduring
One of my favorite mid century prints that I have treasured for years and years, it speaks to me in so many ways, as Mary Oliver does, the poetry is in the print as it flows out and swirls about, like a graceful river, in all it's beautiful muted colors of nature.
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush ...
excerpt from 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins
the wonder, the colors, the freshness, the taste, oh the happiness of spring! blessed with rain, the spring comes alive with technicolor brilliance here in the pacific northwest, so much goodness one's heart sings with joy! the 'botanical' sun 'n shade hat, made of a gorgeous blooming vintage mid century linen is a visual ode to the magic of springtime and the anticipation of heading outdoors into the sunshine!
This is one of my latest custom project for a wonderful customer in Santa Monica. I was slightly hesitant to making the so-called 'fanny pack' at first because of the 80's association in my mind with this type of bag and the 'mom jeans' that went along with it but once I started to put my own spin and design elements into it, I fell in love with the idea. It's beautiful, understated and so practical, I feel like I may need one now... Here's a few snapshots of how she turned out.