Thursday, January 30, 2014

Busy hands and a Family Affair.

  The beginnings (in part) of my collaboration with Brock Street.

 Made for my dear sweet brother, Levi, as a special request.

More of the stones that are now en route to Levi.

I've been very busy lately (and so have my little hands). My incredibly talented brother, Levi, over at Brock Street SF suggested a collaboration between the two of us. Of course, I was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity! I put together quite a bundle of handmade pieces and shipped them to him on Tuesday. He should receive them today. So excited!

I will share more with you as soon as I'm allowed to...*wink*

Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fringe Friday

Four new pieces in the shop this week. I really do love every one of them. I can't help it. I do admit that I've had sweethearts and valentines and love on my mind. These thoughts are definitely influencing my creativity...Love is in the air!

And Phew! What a week. So so busy. I'm plum tuckered out.

I will write more soon. As soon as I get a spare moment. It seems that every minute of this weekend is filled with commitments. I prefer slower moving weekends, and this weekend will be anything but slow moving. Wish me luck, dear hearts. I have a feeling I'll blink my eyes, and it will be Monday.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend. A weekend that is filled with just what you want it to be.

Thank you for stopping by.
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xoxo

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fringe Friday

This week's Fringe shop update is live, dear hearts. 
There are 8 new items. 
You can check them out here.

The following pieces are among the new.

cherry red
black velvet lacing
 like a warm hug
bringing sexy back

dark chocolate brown
dove grey knit bow
one of a kind
roaring 20s

black ink
velvety soft
sexy snugglebunny
faux fur

shades of brown
goldenrod as romance
crocheted lace trim
rustic chic


I hope your week was filled with small (or big!) triumphs.
My wish for you this weekend...
good food
wonderful reading
time outdoors
meaningful words
happy moments
lively conversation
rousing music

Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo


Monday, January 13, 2014

Did your day tell its secret?

dark chocolate brown

smoky grey

winter white

succulent green

Hello, dear hearts. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

I'll start off with the latest Fringe shop news...I meant to post a Fringe Friday shop update, but three of the four new items I listed sold quite quickly. Thank you to the three lovely ladies who purchased the new Snow Bunny Loop Scarves! It means so very much to me knowing my work is appreciated. What a super fantastic way to get back in the swing of things!

The Sidecar Collar is still available. It’s a one of kind piece. I adore it. The color is divine. My inspiration for this piece came by way of the Roaring 20s. The yarn is gorgeous and fun, luxury yarn from England.

I will restock the Snow Bunny Scarf in winter white, smoky grey and dark chocolate in my shop this week, in case you are interested in them. I’m so happy they are getting such an enthusiastic response!

I plan to have another shop update this Friday. I will post the new items here on Friday in case you wish to see what’s new. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a bit out of practice with my shop. My hope is to make Fringe Friday a regular routine for posting new items. There are so many new designs waiting to be photographed. They may need a little bit of attention with detailed finishing first, and I refuse to rush on that. I take pride in my work and will make certain to get each piece finished to the degree of quality that I feel is as close to perfect as I can make it. So I’ll do my best to bring them to you as soon as I can.

I do believe that is all for my Fringe news…


We had a lovely weekend here. I hope you did too. I managed to get a lot done without feeling like it was hectic. Took a walk under blue skies every day. We went out to eat at one of our favorite little family-run restaurants on Friday night. I ordered the same thing I always order there: chicken curry udon soup. It’s positively scrumptious! Especially on a nippy night like we had on Friday.

We took a walk under blue skies every day.

Ron worked on his latest woodworking project – a dining room table. It’s going to be so beautiful! I will definitely share photos with you here when it’s complete.

I made granola as I do most weekends these days. We’re a little pack of granola wolves lately. I have a delicious recipe that I would love to share with you, if you wish.

I had a nice long conversation with my beloved brother on Saturday. Talking to him is always good  for my soul. We laughed a lot. He’s a very creative and talented man. Very very! So he told me some of the projects he’s been working on at his cabin. Also, we are planning/working on an exciting collaboration. It’s double secret at the moment, but I will tell you more about it soon. I promise!

Before I sign off, I want to share a bit of beautifully written prose:

“Will the day tell its secret ... Before it disappears, ... Becomes timeless night.” 
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Until next time, dear ones.
Thank you for stopping by and...
Thank you for being you.

Much love...xo

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year of the Horse!

Happy New Year, dear hearts! 
And Happy Year of the Horse!

May your year be filled with laughter, love, good health, and prosperity. I have so many thoughts and ideas and hopes and dreams for the coming year. I am a true believer in looking forward. However, before looking forward, I want to share a little about the last year.

2013 hit my little family like a bullet in the back. It knocked us flat in May, but not permanently. We made it through, but not unscathed. When your life gets turned upside down, you find out what’s really important. I know I’ve discussed what I feel is most important before on this blog, see this post. Also, this post.

The thing is, I only recently reclaimed my desire to create. It was as if that part of me shut down. I went into survival mode, focusing solely on taking care of my family. I’ve felt like only half of myself all these months, but it’s all slowly coming back now. And it feels so wonderful, so sweet and strangely, it feels a little scary. I know time will take care of the scary part. It’s a matter of fully getting back into my creative self. Each new piece I make now feels like a gift I’m giving myself.

 Neil Gaiman wrote a lovely blog post this week that hit home with me in many basic ways. Here's an excerpt that goes a long way for me:

"And then it seemed so many things happened, and I had not written about any of them, and catching up seemed less and less possible."

That. That is what happened to me this year. It's why my blog has had crickets chirping for months. Actually, I hope you will read the rest of Neil Gaiman's post here. Truly, just start reading his blog. You'll be so glad you did.

You may have noticed my shop, Fringe, was closed for some time last year. More than six months. We were busy dodging that aforementioned bullet in the back. I'm so happy that Fringe is now reopened. New things coming up next week, beginning with this little velvety soft number.

The Snow Bunny Loop Scarf
velvety soft
snow white
coming to Fringe next week

Also, darling dears, there is a special One of a Kind Sale going on in my shop. For a select few of my one of a kind designs, 20% off. When they're gone, they're gone forever.

The final bit of Fringe news is a special coupon code just for my dear heart blog readers. Enter the code BLOGLOVE at checkout and receive free domestic priority mail shipping. 

If you are an international customer, I will give you a discount on your shipping after your purchase or contact me before your make your purchase and I will adjust the listing for you.

Thoughts for the new year. Personally, I don't make resolutions. However, I do like to try and make improvements where they are needed. Things that will improve our quality of life. I found a beautiful post this week about just that.

Also, this lovely little list for:


Be Inspired.
Be Original.
Work Hard.

 Okay, darling dears, I think I'll sign off. I went from a deserted blog to a very long post. I hope you aren't shell-shocked. *wink*

I'll leave you with this, just for the fun of it. Because I do love films. Especially the classics, as you well know...I hope you are able to curl up on a cozy couch or chair with proper snacks and catch one or more of these truly special films.

Weekend Stay-at-Home Movie Night recommendations:

On TCM (Turner Class Movies)

For Saturday: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) at 5PM PST. Dick Powell and Gloria Grahame make this a must-see, in my opinion. Of course, Lana Turner is easy on the eyes. The acting, directing and the screenplay are topnotch.

For Sunday: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIIONAIRE (1953) at 5PM PST. Lauren Becall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and William Powell too! This is fun film and the fashion is pure joy to behold.


THE APARTMENT (1960). Starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine. Directed by Billy Wilder.

CINEMA PARADISO (1988). This Oscar-winning film is set in Italy. It has, in my opinion, one of the best endings ever filmed.
~ ~ ~

Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad to be back. I'm glad you're here. And...
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I hope you're having a beautiful Thursday, dear hearts. My days seem to fly by. Trying to slow things down is like trying to hold a tiger by his tail...

The boy started his junior year of high school yesterday. Junior. I cannot believe it.

I have been very busy with a new project that I'm so excited about it. Before I tell you about it, I want to make sure it truly happens. Don't want to jinx things, right? *wink*

I spent last weekend rearranging all the furniture downstairs. I love doing that. I haven't for a while so it was especially fun for me. I even painted some walls to freshen things up a bit more. It feels like a new house now. Moving things around costs nothing, but gives me so much pleasure. The boys like it too. We are all marveling at how different everything looks. Now I'm plotting the same thing for the upstairs area...I highly recommend moving your furniture and wall art and everything else around if you feel like your space is getting a little stale. It makes a world of difference. I usually take a couple days to do it...I move some things, then think about their new location, then move some takes time. Cleaning and organizing as I go adds even more time, but it's all well worth it. I always get the cleaning and organizing bug in the fall. How about you?

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for being you!
Much love...xo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello, dear hearts. I've been busy. You know how much nature inspires my work. I have been working on several designs, inspired by the beauty of nature, for the past few months. Along these lines, I may have news for you soon as well. If all goes according to plan...

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.  Try to spend a bit of time doing something just for yourself. A walk, a book, a project, a letter, a sketch, an old classic movie, a new recipe, a long soak in the tub, whatever it is you love to do. You're worth it!

Much love...xo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

Summer project - Redoing the boy's room.
New paint chosen by the boy (Teton Blue by Behr), applied by yours truly.
I love to paint!
Crown moulding installed by Ron.

We found the most gorgeous old barn door.
The boy wanted to make a new bed for himself (with Ron's help), 
and this barn door will be the headboard.

Rusted and worn to perfection.

From my Study in Succulents project.

Found this sweet little stool at my favorite treasure shop.

Another found treasure. 
These gorgeous horns may need some work, but when Ron's done, 
they will be magnificent again.


Twin gifts for two very special ladies.

 Grape leaves!

 A gift from Ron. 
Did you know I collect old locks and keys? 
Shocking, right? *wink*

 More from my Study in Succulents project.

This little machine gets quite a workout around here.

Calm and peaceful, sometimes.

Happy Wednesday, dear hearts. I hope your week is wonderful thus far and will continue to be so. This summer is winding down. How is that possible? Our summer was different this year. It feels to me like The Summer That Never Was. Do I feel that way every year around this time? Maybe to some degree...I don't know. Today, the sun is out, there is a mild breeze, the birds are singing, no one in the neighborhood is running their leaf blower or weed wacker, and I have a bored teenager on my hands. I guess if that doesn't define a good summer day, nothing does.

So here's to making the last weeks of summer count. Every single day. My unsolicited advice? Wake up with a smile, even if you have to force it. I read that if you are feeling stressed, force yourself to smile for a few moments. The real deal smile that crinkles your eyes. The study showed that you will actually lower your heart rate and have a more positive outlook. It works for me! So give it a try...

Much love...xo

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Thursday, dear hearts!

I've been thinking a lot about our last visit to Mammoth. If you follow this blog, you probably know how much I love that mountain town and all the surrounding area. Even the drive from here to there is close to my heart - my favorite road is Route 395. This is the second summer we have not been able to make it there, and I feel a bit forlorn because I miss that part of the world terribly.

Today I'm thinking of the Road Less Traveled. I think it's so important to take the road less traveled in the journey of life. It is certainly not the easiest route, sometimes it's extremely difficult. The thing is, I never want to feel like the road most traveled is the most appealing way to go. If you take the bumpy, rocky, dusty, challenging road you will become closer to your true self. You will learn so much more and appreciate the little things, get a new perspective on what is truly important. It may be slow going, but that can be a very good thing. You may meet the most wonderful people along the way. You will be inspired and touched and changed forever, even if in a small way. You may come to realize your true meaning in life, become motivated, choose new goals. You may find the love of your life or rediscover your true love who has been right beside you for a long time.

When confronted with that fork in the road please consider both, and if you choose the road less traveled there's a very strong possibility that you will bump into me...

{a peek at my 395 wall}

Much love...xo