Tuesday, December 26, 2006

old is new.

These days I am drawn to working with my hands, vintage photos, writing letters, buying stationary, ...doing things old school. all this time sitting in front of a computer (I've been working behind one for over 10 years now) make me crave the old way of doing things.

This photo is a good find.
I miss the surf living up here in Seattle...and now looking at this--I miss the idea of surfing with gidget and my woody wagon.

Friday, December 22, 2006

merry christmas.

It's beginning to feel like Christmas. The snow is falling over 1/2 of the country - and here it's just cold (not freezing, just cold) and gray, sometimes sunny. (That's Seattle for you.)

I love the vintage cards this year. Finding images online to make vintage gift tags is fun and inspiring. Vintage Christmas makes you think of proper times when men opened doors for you, your hair was always done, you bag matched your shoes, your nails were of course manicured...

ahhhh, Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

rainbows

Today, I woke up to a blue sky scattered with only a few clouds and the sun shining in through the windows. I went around the entire house opening the shades to let the light in - and felt the wind enter our home through the windows built in 1908. Then the rain started - just zoomed on in. Big beautiful drops of rain, but the sky was only 1/2 gray...

Next, I heard there was a rainbow right by our house, so I threw on some boots and ventured out to see it. It was beautiful - and a great way to start my Thursday.

Searching online I found some pictures, but also found this drawing. I love the sketch and how the illustrator made the map fun and simple. It is my Thursday inspiration.

Here's to beautiful mornings full of smiles and many rainbows where ever you may find yours...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

the tower.

i'm drawn to the Eiffle Tower these days - i'm not exactly sure why. could it because every boutique i walk into these days is using it as an icon? in cards, in decor, in charms, in... the delicate paper towers cut out adorned with glitter make me think about decorating and starting a new year, a new beginning.

it seems so romantic to go to Paris and visit the Eiffle Tower, explore with my man - all dressed up, dressed in pastel colors with flowers and layers of vintage clothes with leg warmers....

ahh, paris.



words too are inspiring.

"there's an infinite inkwell high high above the city..."
nicely said.

from 18-22 years old, I was fixed on bands like tribe called quest, jungle brothers, public enemy, erik b. rakim, de la soul, etc - to this day I crave to hear a hip hop lyric that reaches out and touches me like the music did over 10 years ago.

this morning on one of best reasons to live in Seattle - KEXP (radio station)- played that song/that lyric i've been searching for unconsiously.

"Inkwell" by the Blue Scholars - Seattle locals. if you haven't heard this song yet, check it out. it's inspring and encourages me today, dec. 12, 2006.

Monday, December 11, 2006

rain, rain, go away.

"They" told me it would rain and be gray here basically between November to March or possibly May. I thought I would be prepared. I thought I would be 'ok' but - it's just raining and raining. I need some color in my sky. Orange or yellow please! I found this painting while searching for rain drop shots to post. Can I float through Seattle capturing clouds and flowers and rain, oh my?

Basicallly all I can look out at through my office window is rain drop after rain drop.

rain, rain, go away,
come back another day.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

clouds and texture...

Today during the on and off spurts of rain - some with big drops, some small, I noticed the clouds through my windshield. No, this picture is not one I took, but sort of what I saw. "texture and electric poles." For some reason, since I've got to Seattle (I've only lived here since August) I've been drawned to texture, I just can't explain why. It feels so real, so home grown, so attainable.



I explored most of Ballard today - Sundays are farmers market day here - so I walked through and shopped. Noticing time and time again which booths draw me in, which don't.


I came across a crochet necklace for only $15 that I had to buy at Gifted (5427 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 781-0882) We're off to NYC this week and I need (ok want) to add a few fun accessories to my outfits... Of course. This necklace is full of texture - similiar to this one I've posted. The image shown is unique - blending different beads with crochet flowers, but you get the idea. I have seen this 'look' in San Diego a lot while living down there during this last year, but didn't feel it. I'm now starting to see how I'd like a few pieces.


Here are some cool sites I discovered while writing my post:

*http://www.emmacassi.com/
French accessory designer with some beautiful pieces.

*http://www.twinkleinthesky.com/products/products.php?catid=5
Dig the "Crochet Necklace with Neutral Beads and Pearl Ribbon Necklace" only $9 (Pictured here.)


*http://www.naughtysecretaryclub.com/necklaces/nostalgicnotions.shtml
Check out the "Cherries Crochet Earrings" for only $18

Saturday, December 9, 2006

here's to creativity.

ahhh, dear leo burnett -- your user interface alone impresses me. when i visit your site it just reminds me of endless possibilities. and of course i ask myself, "now, why am i not doing something like this?"

keep it up. you rock.

kinda lucky....

My new thing at the gym is to get on the elipitical and grab a magazine. This way my cardio workout goes by wayaaaayyy faster - and I get to browse mags. Something I love to do, but seems like I don't have enough time to do so.

So, today, I found a bent up January 2007 issue of Lucky Magazine. I used to have a subscription, but honestly, didn't enjoy it. For one year, the models were the same in the fashion spread, and the outfits just seemed slightly "off" -- butttttt, this issue was good. The Jan. '07 issue inspired, impressed, and entertained me for 30 mins. So much so, I decided to start this blog to share my inspirations and keep me on my toes with fashion, art, and inspiration. Here's to Lucky - hope it brings me some....