"Fun A Day" Challenge: Make one thing every day. I am making postcards on the back of these 3x5" chipboard bingo cards that I've had lying around forever. I am also meditating for 15 minutes first thing in the morning everyday. It hasn't seemed to help with my anxiety issues yet... keep on keepin' on... we'll see.
Oh February... why are you always so difficult? The holiday work madness subsides, the parties and festivities end, the weather gets progressively shitty and then it's February - nothing but a whole lot of cold and dark and quiet. Sure.. I have a crazy long list of things to do and resolutions for the New Year, but let's get real - I suck at winter.
Get me out of here.
It's around this time last year that I did a residency at the Sou'wester Lodge at the coast in Seaview, Washington to work on some new designs. I called them up to see if they had any spots open in the next month or two... They happened to have an opening the following week so I jumped on it. Time to do some self reflecting, work out some new ideas, decompress, make a plan, not freak out.
I managed to finish several patterns and prototypes in between beach walks, hikes and lodge hangs with the other residency fellows who were working on their respective films that same week. A major snow storm in Portland kept me there for an extra 3 days - a fortuitous extension... I didn't really want to leave anyway. Thank you Sou'wester!
I can't believe it's mid January already. I've fallen off the blog wagon with the busy holiday season and then a much needed break from work, but now I'm back and excited for the new year and fresh starts. I pretty much always go to the coast to celebrate the New Year with friends. The last thing I want to do post holiday madness is be at some all night dance party drinking crappy champagne, rubbing up against sweaty drunk people, and then waking up with a gnarly hangover.. ugh.
This year we stayed at my friends beautiful house in Seaside OR while they were off visiting family. We cooked epic meals, read neglected books, played silly games, burned our "good riddance" lists in the wood stove, made postcards for friends and went on gorgeous hikes everyday. Totally lucked out with beautiful weather and mindblowing sunsets for most of the days were there. The photos above are shots from Ecola trail viewpoint, Fort Sevens and Cape Falcon trail. Man, I'll never get sick of the Oregon Coast... it's kind of magical.
It was really hard to leave and get back to reality and all that I've neglected over the past few months, but I left with a plan and lots of goals for 2014. Looking forward to changing things up this year with new designs and hopefully a revamp of the ol' website too. I'm just really grateful to have this little business which gives me the freedom to think, create and explore. I couldn't do it without you - the people that support what I do - so Thank You! Happy New Year everyone. xo
Super excited for Urban Craft in Seattle this coming weekend! It is our last show of the season, so come check us out in booth 56, smack dab in the middle of the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (see below) We're featuring a holiday sale and some new items and colors too..._ Hope to see you there! xo
Click map below for directions to the Exhibition Hall
Head over to the lovely Honey Kennedy blog and enter to win a $150 gift certificate to our shop! You'll also find a link to our "Secret Sale" page there too. Good Luck! (p.s. You get a second entry by signing onto our mailing list here)