I am weirdly ready to welcome September.  Ordinarily I mourn the passing of August, because it means the dreadful rainy season is fast approaching.  But I'm almost happy it's pouring today.  And I'll be glad to pack away all my fans.  Ruh roh....It's happening...I'm turning into a WASHINGTONIAN!  (Next thing you know I'll be wearing shorts and a tank when it hits 55 degrees.)

{ welcome september }



{ how are you feeling on this last day of August? }

Having a bit of a rough start today.  Crazy dreams had me up far too early for comfort.  I'm feeling scattered, off kilter and a little bit odd.

So, here's an utterly random assortment of bits and bobs, for your enjoyment.

I love these photos from the September issue of Vogue. (guess who got a color scanner at work? :P)

Check out all the rad photos Tsuki of LittleGrayFox shot for the What Do Bacon Do Etsy shop.

Spent all day Saturday painting our master bath this shade of gray. (I wish it were my job to name paint colors.)  So much blue tape....


Remember this guy?  See the finished product here.  : D 

{ how is your monday so far? }

Happy Fashion Friday all!

This week's wwKw features a beautiful vintage dress purchased by my lovely friend, Tania.  The ruching detail along the bodice is just amazing!

I'm shaking things up a bit around here.  This time I've chosen to style this gorgeous dress for two different seasons.

{ one dress, two seasons }

striped scarf: j.crew 
blue coat: modCloth 
cable tights: modCloth
red handbag: ammagyan
cowl scarf: trishafern
                                                                   plaid bolero: modCloth
                                                                                           gloves: awkward 
                                 chevron tights: anthropologie 
boots: anthropologie 

{ what do you think? }

Stacey of Design Addict Mom wrote a wonderful post (you should really read it if you haven't already) last week, giving us a little peek into her life.  And lo and behold, at the end of the post, she bestowed the lovely award on me that inspired it. : )

So here we go:

1. why do you blog?

Honestly?  Honestly, I started a blog in conjunction with opening my new Etsy shop.  But since that first week or so, I've rarely even mentioned my little business.  Blogging has become not only a(nother) creative outlet for me, but has introduced me to an entire other world of creative folks.  It's been a pleasure getting to know all of you, and sharing a bit about myself as well. 
I just watched the movie "Julie & Julia," and in it the husband bemoans blogging - that it's basically egocentric, narcissistic and frivolous.  I couldn't disagree more.  I mean yes, I do tell stories about myself (and look at me here, blathering away) but to me blogging is really about community.  And as members of this community, we share.  We comment.  We learn.  So to all the haters who think blogging is silly: Boo on you!  I loves it.

2. what are your 3 best memories?
Boy, oh boy. 
a) Our honeymoon trip to Disney World.  I'm am unashamedly approx. 7 years old. 
b) Our road trip across Route 66.  Perhaps the greatest road trip we've ever taken. 
c) My grandparents home.  It's no longer in our family, but each and every room is crammed full of memories.  It's impossible to seperate out just one, because some of the best moments of my childhood live there.

 3. name two of the best books you've read.

Good gravy.  Another serious tough-y.

"The Way the Crow Flies" by Anne Marie MacDonald.  It's an epic (over 700 pages), beautifully written tragedy.  I recommend it highly (here you go, Heather ; D I didn't forget!)

I've adored "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas ever since I was 'forced' to read it in high school.  I finished it in one day.

4. what are the  5 best movies of your favorite movies ever made?
 (the former film student in me just can't answer the previously formed question)


a) Donnie Darko
b) Bonnie & Clyde
c) Standing in the Shadows of Motown
d) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
e) Super Troopers (Don't you judge me. I still laugh my patoot off everytime I see it.)

5. name 5 things you can't live without.

humans and creatures aside....

a) coffee
b) my digital camera
c) crafting, in all it's glorious forms
d) a good story
e) potatoes


6. if you could change your name, what would it be?

I love my middle name (Moran).  It's a family name and it's unusual.  I'd probably go with that.

7. tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.

I've been to nearly every state in the U.S.  I've driven across the country 7 times.  I can't wait to do it again.


And now it's your turn.  I'm bestowing this lovely award to all of you who share the love on this little ol' bloggity blog.  Your comments bring a smile to my face and joy to my day.  This would be absolutely no fun without you.

{ i can't wait to read more about all of you! }

I may not have any schooling to head back to, but I still love this time of year.  A sense of anticipation that anything can happen.  A fresh start.  A new page. 

Here's a look at the vintage pieces I'm loving for back-to-school.


This is the epitome of the perfect satchel.  It looks like it can stow quite a lot, and I love the brass closure on the front.  Someone has first dibsies on it, but I love the word "temporarily." ( insert wicked laugh 'muah ha hahaha!' here. )

"instant collection vintage art supplies" by picapicafound

These remind me of my grandfather.  He was a design engineer, and would often bring us pencils, crayons and other fun art supplies.  I have very clear memories of toting a box of colored pencils with me to every family dinner.  (I think by the time I was 7 or 8, this stopped being cute. : P)

"set of 2 antique survey notebooks" by solsticehome

I don't know anything about surveying, but the intensely precise drawings and notes in these books are fascinating.  And yeah, I realize they're kind of useless as "back to school" items....unless you want to study drafting!  ( So there. )

"30 vintage owl bookplates" by mushroomandmoss

How sweet are those little owls?  Bookplates are a wonderful idea for maintaining your library. ( It's amazing how things seem to find new homes, in the college dorms...ha ha. )

"vintage wood molecular model set" by sevenbc

I loved chemistry in high school.  I loved making the little atomic drawings, and how precise everything needed to be.  I may not remember much about isotopes and electrons, but this wooden model set would make a cool graphic statement in your home.

{ what are you craving for back-to-school? }

ps. sorry for the abundance of parentheticals. ( what's up with that? )

This week's treasury trove is inspired by Sara of C'est La Vie, and her upcoming move to Kiev (and beyond).   Happiest of travels to you, Sara!

( Los links will take you to the bigger picture. )

We will miss you in the blog-o-sphere, Sara, but look forward to reading of your many adventures. 

{ bon voyage, dear! }

This weekend we decided to visit a place we had (ashamedly) never been to before: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  It was a lovely day, and we had a great time (and also realized, strangely, that in our 9 year relationship we'd never once been to a zoo together).

Anyway, here's some of the marvelous mammals (and etc) we saw.

Harbor seals (swimmin' upside down, naturally).


Baby tigers!!!!


Big ol' walrus.

Clouded leopards (just hangin' around).

Eagle owl (weighing in at 4.5 lbs!).

'Recycled' boat sunk to the bottom of the fishy tank. (Wish I had that kind of recycling to do.)

The wild and elusive hubbers. Seen here in his natural environment.

{ how was your weekend? }

Happy Fashion Friday, all!  I have two wwKw upcoming posts, but in the meantime, may I present my uber spendy finds.  These are the things I'd love to own, if I had all the money in the world.   (Sometimes it's fun to dip your toes in these pricey waters - even just vicariously.)

{ if I were Rockefeller...}

poncho: j crew
boots: modCloth
sunglasses: blackbirdballard

( And yeah, admittedly it's a little bonkers of an outfit.  I went a bit overboard. : P )

PS -  I'm in the middle of swapping out computers at work (and apparently, kind of breaking them too), so bear with me as I work to catch up in the blog-o-sphere.

{ something spendy you've got your eye on? }

I don't know if Portland grows amazing artisans, or just collects them, drawing them from other places around the world, but I do know this:  this town is teeming with talent.  

Here's a smattering of awesomesauce, PDX style.

"fish and boat in a bowl wooden automata" by cartoonmonster

I was lucky enough to see these in person at the Urban Craft Uprising show this summer.  They. Are. Amazing.  This is perhaps the most amazing-est one of them all!  Look at those fishies!!!

"rainy bearded city" by tenderlovingempire

So clever.  So creative.  So true.  The hubbers has serious beard-envy living out here in the PNW.

"facebroidery no 11" by cateanevski

She had me at "facebroidery."  Such a cute way to envision a traditional embroidery hoop.

"colorful fishing floats 8x8 photo" by PhotosbyChipperfield

As I'm sure you already know from reading her awesome blog, T is an accomplished nature photographer.  I gravitated towards this beautiful photo for its dazzling array of colors.  I may not know what all those thingys are for, but they look so darn cool!

"rabbit food cookbook" by BethBee

At first glance, I just thought this was an adorably silly little journal.  I mean, who cooks for rabbits?  And then I realized (i.e. READ the description) that it's actually a handy, fully illustrated vegan cookbook!  How cool is that?

{ do you have PDX love? }

I envy the editorial hands that curated these gentle treasuries.  It takes a soft touch to present something so lovely. 

Click the links to view the entire collections.

{ which do you prefer? }

Happy Monday all.  My internets were down ALL weekend (grrrr!).  It was so hard to be unplugged, but honestly, it was so stifling h-o-t in my house, I'm not sure how much I'd have gotten accomplished anyways...

This weekend's (non-internetty) goals included:

1.  Get some much needed stitchery done.  A little preview of something new, I'm so terribly excited about this new project. : D

2.  Try to keep the kittens from suffocating in the 95+ degree weather.  It must be tough to wear a fur coat when it's so hot out.

3.  Attend a lovely outdoor wedding on Sunday.  Hubbers looks far too pleased with himself here.

And since I failed at Fashion Friday, here's a look at what I wore to the wedding.  I think it's funny to note, since I'm way short, and this dress is way short, it's entirely possible it's actually a shirt, and not a dress at all.


PS - I'm so happy to read your responses to this post.   And here's the answer to a couple of queries:

#7  I am not sure what to get yet.  I have a couple of ideas, but I'm so not going to rush into anything here.  I mean, it took me 3 years to talk myself into a navel piercing (now gone).  

#8  for my dear international readers, "guns" refers to one's arm muscles.  Typically stated while flexing and air kissing one's bicep.  I used to have decently toned arms, but it's fallen to the wayside. 

#9   I have no idea where I'm going to go yet.  Suggestions?

{ so now that we're caught up...how was your weekend? }