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{Glimpses} Hometown…

How many times does it take before something becomes a habit or a part of your routine? Last Wednesday I started to document my “glimpses” here as a way to participate in the drawing assignments that I give my class. I want my students to keep a sketchbook or journal where they collect images of things that they see in their daily life that inspires them. I took a drive last Wednesday making a point of pulling over to snap a photo of things that caught my eye. I found that I was looking forward to doing the same thing this Wednesday. While I won’t always take photos of my hometown for this feature, I felt the need drive the backroads again today. It really has a way off clearing my mind and my stresses seem to melt away temporarily. I also just got a new zoom lens for our camera and really wanted to test it out. Here are my five Wednesday glimpses.

Glimpse 1:  Every time I pass this little building, I crane my neck to look at the vintage signage. I’m a sucker for typography and rust. So today I pulled over and got out of the car to snoop. 



Glimpse 2:  In addition to cool, vintage signs, there were old gas pumps and cars out  back. I loved the colors and shapes. 


Glimpse 3:  It was the row of birds on the roof of this barn that made me pull over. They had a really great view of the valley. I like the lines and color of grass in this photo as well. 

Glimpse 4:   Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the sound, but this is what is above Sayer and I when we walk to school these days. If the sun is hitting the trumpeter swans just right, they shimmer. It’s truly spectacular to witness and I always look up. I snapped a photo today to document pattern. I’ve been playing with images to create new pattern screens for my textiles and this may inspire a new screen print. 


Glimpse 5:   I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching swans, particularly when they take flight. I’ve been drawing swans in thread for my plush, textiles, and screen prints so I took this photo as a study. I love the the swan’s wings- so delicate and strong. I really do wish that I could fly. 

What has inspired you lately?


Thinking & Planning…

My photo of the day – need I say more?  via 

{Music Monday} Vintage Green…

Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day! Green is actually one of my favorite colors, how about you? I haven’t quite had my fill of green yet so-  Happy Green Music Monday

*Photos from my 1967 copy of What is a Color by Alice & Martin Provensen

{Fun} little cheerful…

While on vacation, I found myself mindlessly surfing Etsy one evening. I suppose out of habit more than anything. Warm, happy colors & characters were catching my eye & a few minutes later, Little Cheerful treasury was created. The vintage Humpty Dumpty fabric started it all.
You can view this treasury live here. Hope everyone’s week is going well. Thought you may like a mid-week smile….

{Fun} little cheerful…

While on vacation, I found myself mindlessly surfing Etsy one evening. I suppose out of habit more than anything. Warm, happy colors & characters were catching my eye & a few minutes later, Little Cheerful treasury was created. The vintage Humpty Dumpty fabric started it all.
You can view this treasury live here. Hope everyone’s week is going well. Thought you may like a mid-week smile….

{Fun Finds} little girls…

I’ve been spending a great deal of time on Etsy lately & got a bit distracted last night as I was uploading things into the shop. It was really hutch studio’s sweet room & The Measure’s adorable petticoat that got me started on this vintage inspired, girly treasury.  It was a much needed break to think about who the little girl would be, that would occupy a room like that-  in her sweet petticoat & boots. Hope you had a nice weekend!

You can view the “little girls” treasury live here

{Fun Finds} little girls…

I’ve been spending a great deal of time on Etsy lately & got a bit distracted last night as I was uploading things into the shop. It was really hutch studio’s sweet room & The Measure’s adorable petticoat that got me started on this vintage inspired, girly treasury.  It was a much needed break to think about who the little girl would be, that would occupy a room like that-  in her sweet petticoat & boots. Hope you had a nice weekend!

You can view the “little girls” treasury live here

{Vintage Inspiration} four finds ~ PLAY

It’s true, when I go to the thrift or antique stores, I’m driven by two major things- nostalgia  & Sayer. It’s getting nice outside these days (finally) & when I found these vintage Fisher Price roller skates (circa 1984-86), I just had to snatch them up. I used to love to roller skating – well, I still do. So, I was thrilled to share this love with Sayer & we are having perfect roller skating weather now.

Chris & I took Sayer to the antique shop the other day & his eyes honed in on a big bag of toy tools. We ended up getting this bargain bag of tools only to realize when we got home, that he needed something better to store them in. The plastic bag wasn’t cutting it. So, I hopped on down to the shop again (by myself) & found this great wooden carpenter carrying bin. It’s the perfect size & he has been carrying it around with him all through the house. It’s really nice to have an extra handy man around. I also found this really sweet sit ‘n step chair. Sayer prides himself in his independence, so we can never have enough step stools around. This one is particularly charming. I have it in my studio for him now so he can have his own seat & step stool. He said it’s his fire house step stool.

The fourth of the finds might be more for me actually. I did get it for him to play with, but I really couldn’t pass up the wooden clown. It only came with one ring – which is fine, because I’m not very good at it anyway. Sayer is much better at it. I keep this in my studio as well – it’s a perfect stress reliever & I like looking at him too. I’m a total sucker for clowns, wooden toys, & red stripes w/turquoise. So this find was a winner in my book. Isn’t it cool how someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure? 

Hope you are having a great week! We are all just getting over colds & we have Chris’ dad is visiting for a few weeks as well. So we are moving at a different pace these days. It sure is nice to have some sunshine…. 

{Vintage Inspiration} four finds ~ PLAY

It’s true, when I go to the thrift or antique stores, I’m driven by two major things- nostalgia  & Sayer. It’s getting nice outside these days (finally) & when I found these vintage Fisher Price roller skates (circa 1984-86), I just had to snatch them up. I used to love to roller skating – well, I still do. So, I was thrilled to share this love with Sayer & we are having perfect roller skating weather now.

Chris & I took Sayer to the antique shop the other day & his eyes honed in on a big bag of toy tools. We ended up getting this bargain bag of tools only to realize when we got home, that he needed something better to store them in. The plastic bag wasn’t cutting it. So, I hopped on down to the shop again (by myself) & found this great wooden carpenter carrying bin. It’s the perfect size & he has been carrying it around with him all through the house. It’s really nice to have an extra handy man around. I also found this really sweet sit ‘n step chair. Sayer prides himself in his independence, so we can never have enough step stools around. This one is particularly charming. I have it in my studio for him now so he can have his own seat & step stool. He said it’s his fire house step stool.

The fourth of the finds might be more for me actually. I did get it for him to play with, but I really couldn’t pass up the wooden clown. It only came with one ring – which is fine, because I’m not very good at it anyway. Sayer is much better at it. I keep this in my studio as well – it’s a perfect stress reliever & I like looking at him too. I’m a total sucker for clowns, wooden toys, & red stripes w/turquoise. So this find was a winner in my book. Isn’t it cool how someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure? 

Hope you are having a great week! We are all just getting over colds & we have Chris’ dad is visiting for a few weeks as well. So we are moving at a different pace these days. It sure is nice to have some sunshine…. 

{Fabric Friday} Emilio Pucci…

My first memory of discovering Emilio Pucci designs was about 15 years ago when I lived in NYC. There was this really wonderful vintage clothing shop a few blocks from my school/studio. Every now and then I would stop by to browse & play dress up. This store had a lot of high end designers from the 50’s – 70’s and I remember being particularly taken with the bold & colorful designs of Emilio Pucci. One of the bizarre facts that I just learned, is that Pucci’s first clothing designs were for the Reed College skiing team- in 1935 he received a skiing scholarship from Reed College and later received his MA in social science. It just strikes me really interesting that someone born in Florence, Italy to a noble family, would end up in a small college in Portland, Oregon. I won’t go into his whole history, but this fact was one I found particularly notable. Needless to say, he was known for his bright & bold textiles and his designs have been sought after by quite a range of woman like Marilyn Monroe (she was been buried in one of his dresses), Jackie Kennedy, & Madonna. 

{source here & here}

I’m really enjoying my textile design history tangent that I have been on lately. I had to include that hilarious helmet design. You know, I live in the rainy NW & something like that just might be the answer to these grey rain filled days.  I think I could totally pull that off at the local grocery store, don’t you? Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite textile designer?