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My neighbor just brought us these gorgeous apples from her tree. Now the only question is: what should I bake? 

Happy Fall



Happy Fall… today dawned covered in grey with our first blow forecasted for this evening. It seems like the perfect entry for a change in seasons. And, for the first time in 10 years, I am ready to leave summer behind me. Come on all things pumpkin, cosy sweaters, and fires in the fireplace. 

Oh and a pumpkin spice candle! Yummy! 

What do you love about the season? 



I smile every time I walk past this rose. It’s from our son’s induction ceremony to Phi Theta Kappa… and it just makes me happy.

You know what else makes me happy? Sunshine. And we’ve had buckets of it this week. So, I’ve not exactly been productive in the studio. I hear there is rain in the forecast for this weekend–so, I’ll be back shortly. Right now… it’s time for another walk. 


The Plate I’m Spinning





So, last week was my birthday.  And I carved out just a bit of time to make up this skirt for Barbara Kellie. (It’s reversible and has vintage rid rack as trim.)And then… I started spinning the “Youth Director” plate. Hard.

After months of painting, I am *thisclose* to finishing our enormous youth room. I have one more coat of chalkboard paint to apply on one wall and a wee bit of touch-up… and it’s on to the fun stuff: decorating!

I’m really excited for the kids to have a great new hang-out spot at church. Even more excited to get back into the studio and blogging. 

I’ve been dyeing slips when I can and sorting vintage fabric for new lingerie bags. And I’m thinking with the next shop update there might even be some vintage! (Ps, if you want dryer sachets, they’re back in stock right now!)

Very soon, I’m moving on to spinning Mireio’s plate. Can’t wait!! But first I must paint. And stop rhyming. *wink*

Snow Delay

snowdelayDay Seven: Outside on my porch, in the snow, attempting to take photos of these adorable pie crust cookies!


Last night North Coast Oregon and PDX discovered snow. Actually, we’d been told there was a possibility, and it certainly wasn’t an Atlanta scenario (I’d like to think Oregon is prepared for crazy weather!) but my family  wasn’t prepared at all. Geo’s afternoon class at college was cancelled 5 minutes into it: and bringing him home 30 minutes later found IZ slipping and sliding all over the road — and behind a stuck mail truck. 

And it’s not over. We’re expecting another wave of storms tonight and Saturday night. This morning IZ* and I ventured out while there was a break in the weather and the sun was still out to fetch food for the weekend and logs for our wood stove. We’re now stocked to ride out this storm, but that also means by the time I got baking and finished up today there was little light left and no real time to post anything. So, I’m calling a Snow Delay.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a double post, I promise.

Until then, I’m going to go bake pizza and settle in for the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games with my family. I hope that you’re all staying safe and warm tonight. Bundle up! 

*speaking of romance: IZ drove me to all my errands today because I’m so nervous to drive these hills in the snow and ice.