Sarah arrived safely in Kenya and will be traveling until the beginning of March. I am so excited to hear of her adventures and to see the fabulous fabrics she will bring home! In Portland, it's a rainy, rainy day in the studio. I'm going to cut out early and have my own mini snowboarding adventure up on Mt Hood with my friend (and amazing photographer) Amy & my oldest son, Ethan. The conditions are looking good and it will be rejuvenating to breathe the fresh mountain air!
This past week was busy! I just finished some really beautiful, hand-pieced infinity scarves for a client. I love creating special, one-of-a-kind pieces. These scarves were all made with coordinating, vintage fabrics.
Balancing work and family can be a challenge. Amidst the chaos, there are moments when I feel truly grateful to provide my four kids with a creative environment. Every year my son Aidan makes valentines for his classmates. This year he incorporated some Frankie & Coco techniques into his creations.We hand paint designs onto ceramics and I have been carving my own stamps to add detail to some of our sewn products. Aidan grabbed the X-Acto knife and we went to town on an eraser, creating triangles on one end and chevrons on the other. He used a glass to trace circles, stamped his designs, stamped HAPPY (which I love) across the top and cut them out. The finishing touch was a Twix, of course.
Portland was graced with snow this past weekend! Our kids were so happy to have a 4 day weekend and frolic outside. My older boys enjoyed sledding down the neighborhood hills on plywood (in lieu of real gear). The little girls were mystified by the garden blanketed in white. Sarah & I were working together on Friday and she ended up trapped here for a few days...impromptu work retreat! We used this opportunity to work on the new website (soon!), brainstorm some new products and watch the Olympics (of course). The new Slopestyle snowboarding event was awesome!
Today it was back to the status quo...school, work and rainy PDX. Here's some highlights from the weekend.
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