One of the ways I like to celebrate Earth Day is to create something using all natural/found materials. Today I wandered down to the creek with Ember and collected some dried sticks and made some essential oil diffusers. It’s super easy and so satisfying. I can already smell the scent of wild orange filling our home. All you need is a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sunflower oil or sweet almond oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil in a glass jar with a narrow opening. Gather small dried sticks and arrange to your liking.
posted on: April 22, 2015
posted on: April 21, 2015
Lovely new items are popping up in the shop daily. Take a peek and while you’re at it, take advantage of 25% off all vintage clothing, including existing sale items. Use the coupon code “spring clearing” at checkout.
posted on: April 18, 2015
I’ve lovingly created these sage bundles that will be included with every vintage clothing order. Burning sage is a traditional Native American practice to cleanse physical and energetic spaces of any negativity to restore balance, and prepare for future intentions. Use this hand-crafted, wild-harvested sage bundle to imbue your vintage garment with intention before it joins you on life’s journey. Or, just enjoy the smell;)
Thank you Alyson for helping me finesse these words.
posted on: April 17, 2015
posted on: April 9, 2015
Every now and again a woman will look through my selection of clothing and made a comment like — this is “vintage” now? They might spot a garment similar to something they loved in the 70′s(my favorite era for style) and the name “vintage” makes them feel dated. However, I don’t see vintage as necessarily needing to be that old. I see vintage as anything that stands the test of time in function and style, that could be a decade or a century. Even more that assigning a specific time period, it’s the essence that communicates classic and the knowing that it will be loved for many, many years — it’s the antithesis of the current fast paced disposable fashion. People often ask me, how do you know something is vintage when you find it. One thing I notice is the font and color of the tag, the graphic designer in me spots this. Also, there is a quality and attention to detail that is always apparent. The saying, “they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore,” runs through my head when I find a great vintage garment. Of course, I also love the serendipitous nature of a garment finding it’s bona fide owner and how a story and energy lives on through the clothing.
posted on: April 2, 2015
For my latest contribution to Sugar and Charm, I made this toddler sleeping bag. I wanted to create something that we could take along on our outdoor adventures and would withstand the elements. Of course, it also had to be super cute with a special flare just for Ember, so I designed the print and had it printed via Spoonflower. I’m so thankful for the lovely folks at Spoonflower, I love seeing the visions in my head come to life on fabric! Head over to Sugar and Charm for the full story and how to make it!
posted on: March 24, 2015
I’m currently losing myself in the work of Joy Harjo. I’m loving this interview on Talk of the Nation and this poem…
To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
We pray that it will be done
posted on: March 19, 2015
Ember said the F word today. I knew it coming, I was just hoping not so soon. I had just come from a meeting where I had to bring her. She was pretty good for a 1.5 year old but it was still really hard to focus, it took twice as much energy – as most things do with a toddler. As we were leaving and getting in the car I lost my keys, it was cold and Ember was whining incessantly. As I was searching all over for the keys, I said it, the F word. And low and behold, Ember copied me. I couldn’t help but smile to myself because there is something so funny about that sound coming from the sweetest little package, however, it’s not ideal. I used to get on my mom’s case about swearing and she would respond with, “swearing is just a healthy form of expression.” I fall somewhere in-between. I agree that sometimes, a swear word is the only response to a feeling. However, my goal is to save those words for the very “appropriate” situations and I certainly don’t want my daughter swearing anytime soon. So, I’m reminded of the spiritual practice of being a mother. It’s not just about me anymore, my daughter literally reflects everything I do, including my moods. I’m learning how to be present with frustration (I think it’s important to let yourself feel what you’re feeling, not trying to fake it) yet somehow not letting it manifest into something unhealthy that’s ultimately transferred to them. I have no interest in being the perfect “all together” mother, I want to be raw and honest and hopefully as I learn how to best deal with my frustration, Ember will learn from watching my process. I have one little trick that seams to work well for me. When I’m feeling really frustrated I say to myself, my little blessing is driving me crazy!
posted on: March 16, 2015
Lots of goodies popping up in the shop daily! See if there is a serendipitous find for you! >> Shop New Arrivals
posted on: March 14, 2015
A mixtape to celebrate the smell of earth as the snow melts away. Listen here!
1. The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake
2. Menina, Amaha de Manha – Mia Doi Todd
3. Someone You Love – Tina Dico
4. Gimme Shelter – Patti Smith
5. Little Black Star – Hurray for the Riff Raff
6. Harlem River Blues – Justin Townes Earle
7. A Case of You – James Blake
8. Makambo – Geoffrey Oryema
(Image found here)