Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Mornings

Morning. The majority of the world's least favorite part of the day. The beginning of things new or on repeat. I used to never like mornings; I was definitely a night-owl.  I've been going to bed earlier, getting up way before the crack of dawn (say, around 5 am). I know, call me crazy, but I've been enjoying the early bus rides into town-45 minutes to read my book-and the stop by the local coffee shop.
Photo: OregonicGirl
I've come to the realization that I love seeing the world wakeup. I sometimes will walk a few blocks watching as people begin to arrive downtown to begin working, stopping by a coffee shop for their double-make-that-a-triple-shot latte, their newspapers, their quick chats with the person they see every day (but never know their name). Mornings used to be something I dreaded-which, on occasion, I still do-but there's something magical about seeing the sunrise everyday. As I finish this post, I look at my clock and realize that it's almost by bedtime. Time to slumber, to rest, and to dream about the magic of sunrises, coffee, and the happy day to come.
Photo: OregonicGirl

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 5 Current Favorite Songs

I love music. I mean really love music. I listen to it constantly-in the car, on the bus, at work , at home-and if for some reason there's no music, I'm singing or humming or even doing some fairly terrible beat-boxing (sorry co-workers). So, since I love music so much, I've decided that today's post should be about 5 of my top current favorite songs. Please note that this is not necessarily current music, but a mix of new and old, and not necessarily to each person's taste. I also want to warn you, my dear readers, that I have a very strange style of music mixes. From opera to rock, pop to indie, my musical tastes are very...eclectic.
So here they are!
1) Funnel of Love by SQÜRL

I love the music from the Only Lovers Left Alive Soundtrack. I love this movie, from the cast to the music to the cinematography, and this song is one of the first I listen to on my "Off to Work" Playlist. Listen to to here.

2) Vampyre of Time and Memory by Queens of the Stone Age
This song is from the band's newest album, Like Clockwork. It is full of hard, beautiful, poem-like lyrics which talk about feeling alone in hard times, but how amazing it is when you finally get out of certain hard times of your life. I highly recommend listening to this song; you can hear the song here.

3) Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
I love J.T.. I haven't always, but I've enjoyed watching and listening to the talented man he has become as a single artist. His newest album, The 20/20Experience, has some great new songs, but this song especially is so beautiful, and everyone should go read the lyrics, and watch the music video on YouTube here. Oh, and make sure you have tissues.

4) Amy Winehouse
Okay, so this isn't a specific song, but I love so many of her songs that I can't pick just one. She was an extremely talented singer, and I'm deeply sad that she left us at so young an age.

5) Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne

With a super-soothing voice, Ray LaMontagne is an artist that seems to fit every persons musical styles. Mr. LaMontagne's music continues to get better and better. Be Here Now, from his album, Till The Sun Turns Black, can relax you and make you go into a lovely, dreamy state. His other songs and albums are just as fantastic, and for a taste, you can listen to this song here

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Down My Instagram Feed

This morning I received a note from Alison Glass, a lovely and very talented quilt and embroidery pattern designer, on my Instagram feed. I recently finished one of her wonderful embroidery patterns, and she asked if she could repost it on her page! I am very honored (and a bit embarrassed) that she likes it so much! Make sure to check out her patterns and fabric at, her Instagram feed @alisonglass, her Pinterest boards & more! For Oregon quilters, my shop also offers her embroidery & quilt patterns. Check us out at

Thanks Alison!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Few Summer Favorites

I'm going to say it right here, right now: I don't really like summer. Sure it's got some good parts, such as less rain, more ice cream, and delicious fruits and vegetables, but I am not a huge fan.  
In lieu of all this whining, I want to stop my whining and show you some of 
my favorite things.

Tomatoes are my most favorite summer vegetable, and we have been getting lots at home, thanks to our CSA box through Pitchfork and Crow & the farm my family works at, Fordyce Farm. 
Tomatoes, plain, sweet and juicy, pop the moment I put the delicious orbs into my mouth. On salads,  pasta, and many other ways, tomatoes can stay with me all summer long, please. 
Photo: Carissima Keatley

My favorite fruit during the summer is officially the wonderful berry known as the Blueberry. This berry is so versatile, but, like the tomato, I prefer them simple, eating them by themselves (sometimes straight from the container!)
Photo: cups + spoonfuls blog

 My favorite summer cold treat (other than frozen blueberries) would be 
Talenti Gelato in Sicilian Pistachio. Oh my gosh, this stuff is addicting and delicious. If I'm not careful, I'll eat the entire thing in one sitting.
 If you're looking for the closest thing to real Italian gelato, this comes the closest I've ever tried. 
Photo: Dixie Dining Blog

Sisters who let you photograph them truly rock. My sister, for example, is very photogenic and absolutely gorgeous, so of course I had to take some photos of her. I opted for a summery/comfy/vintage shoot, and I love how they have turned out!
Photo: Carissima Keatley

Photo: Carissima Keatley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Craziness of Life

The craziest weeks at work have ended, and-for this week only-the hot weather has calmed down to an almost chilly 75 degrees. It's been just cool enough that I actually brought my tights out (it's been in the mid-to-high 90's/low 100's the last couple of weeks)!

My latest project has been hand quilting my bestie Shelly's Doctor Who quilt, which is coming along slowly but surely. I'm really looking forward to finishing it (I'm sure she is, too, as it's been 3 years since I started this endeavor). I love the "new" form of hand quilting, or Utility Stitching, which utilizes embroidery-like stitches, perle cotton, and lovely Big Stitch Needles from Colonial Needles. It's fun and SUPER addicting!

I've been playing around with my hair as it's been growing out, and I really like the fact it can actually hold things like ribbons and scarves. Hooray!

Josephine has been keeping me company, which I am very happy to have. Of course, she's always expecting me to rub her belly, or scratch her bum, but that's a cats life!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome Alden!!

My cousin Alicia has been expecting this little guy, and he showed up at 41 weeks and 1 day! 
Alden Leo was born July 15, weighing at 7lb. 14oz., 21" long, and already a favorite of the ladies!
Welcome, little guy; you are a precious gift and I'm so excited you're (finally) here!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 Current Fashion Loves

I've recently been inspired by certain movies-Breakfast at Tiffany's, Love and Other Disasters-that have re-inspired me to look into my favorite essentials I have been missing! 

Top 5 Current Fashion Loves

1. The Perfect Pair of Black Ballet Flats.
As I'm a big fan of black being the staple color in my wardrobe, I was reallly needing a pair of black flats. So of course, I bought 2 pairs. They were on sale, and I need them, right?!?!

2. A good pair of Black Leggings.
To put it simply, they're comfy, work with lots of outfits when you don't want to wear tights, plus you can find them for a good price! I found my favorite pair at Target, and I think I'm going to need more..

3. A Cute, Vintage Dress.
While I've found some amazing, adorable dresses at my favorite Thrift Stores, this particular find was due to my sister's good eye (you rock, Mary!). This beautiful, Royal Blue Dress is stunning, comfy, and makes me incredibly happy when I wear it.

4. An Easy-to-Wear, Comfy Chambray Shirt.
I've been searching and searching for the best chambray shirt, and my luck finally hit when I went to Old Navy. It wasn't on sale, but hey, when a girl need something so specific, sometimes you've got to shell out those few extra dollars. You don't always need that extra cup of caffe in the morning, right? LOL.

5. Some Great BIG Necklaces.
There's accessories, and then there's Accessories. I've had some great jewelry, and I've loved rediscovering ways to wear them again! Pearls, Chains, Beading and more makes me a happy girl!

I hope you enjoy these & get inspired to explore your local thrift stores & your closet!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gathering with Love

Photos by Carissima Keatley
 This last weekend I had a lovely gathering with my closest and dearest friends. 
We enjoyed delicious taco salads-great for all those new summer veggies-beautiful flowers, and lovely company. It was a great evening of friends-more family than friend-food and entertainment!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top 5 Traveling Favorites

Photo by Carissima Keatley
Traveling can take a lot of work. You have to prepare, pack, re-pack and make sure you have everything you could possibly ever need. Even with all the craziness that packing can bring, there are a few necessities that I think are really important.

1. A Good Traveling, Cross-Body Bag. I found a fantastic one at Target for about $35, brown pleather and lots of pockets. A great bag for all your traveling needs.

2. A Journal and Good Pens. My favorite Moleskein Journal and Staedtler Pens went in my bag on my previous trip. The journal has blank, unlined pages, perfect for journaling or doodling. The pens are fine tip and dry safe, so it makes it perfect for that moment when you need to quickly shove everything back in your purse.

3. A Good Pair of Shoes. My most favorite and comfy shoes to travel in are low heeled, short booties in a neutral color. They can look cute with socks, and you look very stylish!

4. iPad and earbuds. With and iPad, you can watch movies, listen to music, play games and more. It's great because it has a larger screen, which is helpful when your eyes are tired from the plane ride.

5. A Good Book. While there are great perks to reading on a Kindle or iPad, I believe that there's nothing better than a good old-fashioned book. Right now I'm reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, so of course I'm going to use some Union Jack ribbon from my job!

I hope that you've gained some insight on my top 5 favorite items for traveling. Whilst I have many more, these are definitely my top favorites! Bon Voyage!

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Beginnings and Moving Back Home

My life has been a little bit stressful lately. Okay, really, really stressful! My neighbors that kept moving in were getting worse, work was crazy, and my bills seemed endless-I wasn't quite sure was I was going to do-until that one night about a month ago. After some not-so-fun events with my neighbors, I was getting to the point where I was getting too stressed out for my own good.
It also didn't help that since I'd like to go to midwife school eventually, I wasn't going to be able to continue on paying the meager amount on all my loans! So I talked to my mom-after bursting into tears-and she and my dad asked me if I'd like to move back in. I agreed, and now, after a month, I have officially moved back home. People have asked me if it's difficult, but now that it's been a few years, I am really glad to be back home. Not only am I now living with people who care for me, but I am no longer feeling completely alone. Sure, it's going to take some getting used to, since I have given up a few things I had before (being close to everything, certain freedoms, etc), but it's so completely worth it! Now I just have to finish unpacking...
Oy-vay, I have a lot of work to do!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

50 Knots

This coming Saturday is my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. All I can say is WOW! 

My grandpa Tom, or Papa, as he's affectionately called, is an awesome, tall Sicilian who gives great hugs, brews kombucha, and loves good Japanese food (and sake). He might have grey hair and glasses, but he's an amazing man who makes me proud to be his granddaughter!
My grandma Jeanette, or Grammie, is an amazingly talented quilter, seamstress, all-around creative genius. She loves fabric, butterscotch, gives great hugs, and also loves good Japanese food! She was my first quilt teacher, and I'm proud to be following in her creative footsteps!
Photo: Courtesy of Jana Boyd
I am so proud of all the hard work they've put in these last 50 years, and I look forward to seeing them continue their lives in a way that inspires those around them!