This Life

Love in the Post: Snail Mail Swap










OOH! Look what arrived in today’s post. A month or so ago, Mirta from Mi + Ed  Design hosted an international swap and she graciously allowed me to join very last minute! Her lovely package arrived today from Italy and fortunately, the sun came out just enough for me to be able to photograph all this treasure. (Plus a few reshoots for Mireio! Yay!!)

As you can see from the photos, Mirta really spoiled me. The rules of the swap were pretty easy and so fun to do: we were to include something purchased, something vintage, and something handmade. I was so excited to send my side of the swap to Mirta, that I completely neglected to photograph what I sent. (You can see a quick photo on her blog

I love everything that Mirta sent: especially the vintage paper garland she made and the wonderful note book. I adore all things paper and I’m so “old skool” about note taking: I usually have a couple of note books going at once.  I don’t really “journal” but I do doodle all my prayers, plans, and ideas. 

Mirta has a wonderful design esthetic and you can see more of her work on her Etsy story: Mi + Ed Design.  Thank you so much, Mirta, for being such a wonderful swap partner. I love, love everything!! 


Want to participate in a Snail Mail Swap?

It’s easy and I’d love to send a little package to you! Contact me in the comments or on my Facebook Page



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. 


There’s a New Candy Maker in Town

candymaker2 Oooh… caramels. Bourbon caramels. That I didn’t make. Double yummy.

Our son convinced one of the elderly men at church to teach him how to make caramels. And this is Geo’s first solo flight at home. We were pretty, um, sugar high when wrapping them. (I got put to work on that part) So, I think the production team will have to work on their wrapping skills in the future. Heh. But these are sooo yummy!


A Blurry photo of the candy maker in action. He moves too much to get a good photo.

Question? Why are candy makers SO skinny?

Snow Day




The Universe heard the collective prayers of the children of Astoria: and we woke up to snow today. Even the college kids got the day off. Thank goodness, too, because I was dreading the drive down the hill to get Geo to school. It doesn’t snow enough here to have ever invested in snow gear: and with growing teenage boys, it’s really pointless to do so. 

So, instead of traipsing out in the snow,  we’ve spent the day downstairs, huddled in front of a fire. Which has utterly confused Miss Sophie. At 12, she is a dog with a schedule, and she intends for you to keep it. Eventually, she gives in and joins us on the couch. But not before she’s spent a good hour or so attempting dog telepathy, “Don’t you want to go upstairs?”

It’s been too cold to be in the studio as well. And, let’s face it, sitting in front of a fire all day is just so inviting! So, I created a Flash Sale in honor of the snow today. It’s only good for a few more hours, but you’ll get 25% off of everything in the store. Scoop up a few holiday gifts

As for me, Mireio is winding down for the year. I am anticipating closing the store in the next week or so– in order to spend some time with my family over the holidays. I have big plans for the store coming up in 2014: which I can’t wait to share with you all. Lots of good things on the way! Just like Santa!

But until then, I’m wishing you all a lovely holiday season. If you’re enjoying the snow today, keep warm and bundled up. No frostbite allowed. 


A Whale of a Good Time



Stunning print by Michele Maule. You can find it here.


I have thing for whales. Big Fish. I’m not sure why, though I do think immersing myself for months in the text of Jonah during graduate school probably played a role. The whole Jonah metaphor figures big in my life. . . but that is a different story.

And while I don’t actually collect “whale” things in real life. . . (Pretty sure that would trigger a hoarding impulse in me —  “Oh, so you really like whales!”) I find myself pinning and hearting whale things often. It’s not exactly an addiction or anything.  Just a minor obsession. 


whaleadatineHow amazing is this whale? I need this, right? Fabulously created by Adatine. You can find it here. 


And at the risk of provoking the ire of all my literarily minded friends: this is EXACTLY what you should be doing with Melville. . .



The House of Ismay rocking all things literary.



And sometimes, I buy tiny little jumpers in tiny little whale prints and send them to tiny little babies.  ♥