Monthly Archives: July 2010

In love with Sahlia Michelle

Okay, everyone knows I love sparkly things but these beauties really took my breath away.

One of my favorite jewelry designers, Amy Olson introduced me to Sahlia’s work and as usual, Amy’s impeccable taste has not led me astray.

Her organic aesthetic, unique combination of textures and materials and an undeniable *swoon* factor, makes her work highly desirable. Half untamed and half refined, her designs strike the perfect balance between the good girl and bad girl in all of us.

The fact that she’s from Portland is rather fabulous too!

These are from her Bridal collection but I think I would wear them everyday…why not?

Go to her beautiful site to explore her entire collection.

You won’t be disappointed.


Images via: Sahlia Michelle

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Portland Art Museum

We decided to have a dose of culture today and headed out to the Portland Art Museum.

Grace has never been and sadly, we’ve only been once since we lived here (shameful…I know).

Grace loved looking at all the paintings. Anything with a horse in the composition was an instant favorite of hers. She also enjoyed the sculptures. Every time she saw one, she would loudly exclaim, “Look at that beautiful sculpture!”

Anyway, we had wonderful time and I was thoroughly inspired by the amazing turn of the century photographer, Edward Steichen. Check out his amazing work…

Moody, vintage, romantic and so feminine…I’m in love.

So don’t be like me…go and visit your local art museums and galleries…often.

I promise I’m going to spend more time supporting the arts here in Pdx.


Images via: Tumblr, artnet, gatochy

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Color Love Friday

Today, I was very inspired by these beautiful images where color is the focus. I love how everyday items can transcend their simplicity when arranged artfully and with purpose.  The rainbow hues are quite magical.


Have a colorful weekend!


Images via: 1. the green vase, dressdesigndecor, danske

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A Collage a Day

On Sunday, I was perusing one of my favorite inspirational magazines, when I stumbled upon an amazing artist.

Randel Plowman has dedicated his creative life to producing a collage once a day. These tiny 4″ x 4″ compositions have fueled his very popular blog, where one can experience his new art daily. Each piece sells for a very reasonable $25.00.

Being a bird lover, I am especially fond of these pieces but his style and themes vary, showing a fearlessness you can’t help but love. From soft and poetic to bold and graphic, he makes one of a kind art that is approachable and beautiful.

I am inspired by Randel’s discipline and the exploration of his own creative process. I’m thinking I might be doing something similar very soon…

By committing to a daily creative ritual, I believe it will lead me towards a better knowledge of my own artistic nature…at least I hope so!

Do you try to do something creative each day?


P.S. Check out Randel’s inspiring collage book too!


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Escape to the beach

Yesterday it hit 100 degrees in Portland! Lucky for us, we decided a day at the shore was exactly the remedy for the record heat.

We headed out, kids loaded up, DVD player on and large coffees in hand.

We explored the quaint beach side town, while we waited for the sun to make its appearance.

As the day warmed, we headed to the beach.

It was very typical Oregon coast weather – the clouds fighting with the sun for the sky. The clouds won but we didn’t mind. The sand was warm, the wind was gentle and the kids were instantly having a blast.

Sand castles were built, feet were buried and clothes were soaking wet.  Amidst the tearful episodes from sand in the eyes, it was a successful beach day. Katie and I even got momentary glimpses at some magazines!

After ice cream, we loaded up some very sleepy kiddos and made our way back to the blistering heat of Pdx.

It was a pleasantly exhausting day and a relief to feel the cool ocean air on our faces. Now, I’ve got to get back to cleaning out all the sand from my purse.

Have a fantastic weekend.



P.S Thank you, Katie for a great day! xo

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I am grateful for you.

Forgive my absence. I’ve been processing my last post and all the wonderfully supportive comments I received. I was literally overwhelmed with gratitude.

The idea that people would stop what they are doing in their busy lives, to leave me some words of wisdom and encouragement blows me away. So thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you!

You all made me feel so much better and I loved hearing about your own thoughts and ideas. Through this bizarre world of the internet true connection can be found and cherished and well…that is just pretty damn amazing.

I’m off to the coast tomorrow with a dear friend, so I hope to capture some great pics. I will share them with you on Friday.

Have a wonderful Thursday.


P.S. Image via: Etsy – Merry Blues Art (she makes fabulous eco-friendly cards…see below)

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