Thursday, November 17, 2011


These little charmers have arrived in the shop from England :little leather purses to hold keys, change, little treasures. Shaped like acorns, hearts, apples, shells- perfect to house a gift of jewelry.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

local talent

Many Portlanders have a piece- or several- in their jewelry troves made by Michelle Estell. Much of her work is bead-centered, but I like metals...and metals she brings. These new necklaces have a hint of Calder, if you ask me. The other joy of carrying her work is seeing her park her bicycle by the front door and hearing her bountiful laugh.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


One day this past week found me low on energy and so the scale of work went from jackets....down to hats ! Today I was flipping through an old family album and ....hats again ! Don't you wish people- men and women- still wore them as a daily accessory ? The first few photos are long-gone family and friends-of, the last photo: my feeble attempts.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

last of linen

I have sewn the last linen pieces of the season. I sewed through the whites, the blues, the blacks, the patterns, the checks, the stripes. At the end was "maltinto", earthy tones from Italy. One corner of the shop looks like a mossy, mushroomy forest. So here's the idea: dye. Lately I have been dyeing- just for fun- some of my more tired summer clothing...and for the most part, with success! A couple of friends and I have an "indigo party" planned. Some wine, some indigo kits from Japan, and a new life for some linen garments. Pictured here: shop corner avec linen.