Building Up.

Posted on April 22, 2009

Building Up. Awhile back, I took some photos of sweet downtown Portland---straight from the view of my mother and sister's hotel window. I really like noticing things ---details, I've never noticed before.  I like how I'm always surprised and mesmerized by the things I don't know.  And then I get to know them a little more over time and then they become... Read More

Dear Mr. Postman.

Posted on April 17, 2009

Quite possibly, the most exhilarating part of my work day is when I make that journey from the studio to the post office.  I love visiting the PO clerks, if I make it before closing time; if not, I’m a WIZ at the Automated Postal Center. It was the other day when I recognized, in the moment, just how much... Read More

Take Time.

Posted on April 15, 2009

Take Time. A friend and I had just left the studio.  We were in a rush because we'd worked up 3-(big)-pizza-slices-(each) appetites during the day and were ready to dive into a pie.  Trying not to get a ticket from negative consumption, I flew responsibly straight away from the shop. Immediately though, we were presented with this scene: Saved by the stop... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Grandma's Basement Revisited.

Posted on April 13, 2009

Outfit of the Day:  Grandma's Basement Revisited. I know, I know...I've really been neglecting the OOTDs lately.  Therefore, this post goes straight out to my fashion fans.  It's a double-hitter---both springy and both straight from Grandma's basement. We'll start off with the Robin's Egg Wonder: Dress:  Grandma's basement (sorry, no link for this one) Socks: Sock Dreams Shoes: Shoe Fly Earrings: betsy & iya (duh!) Yellow Sunshine... Read More

Five Senses Friday: my favorite feet.

Posted on April 10, 2009

Five Senses Friday: my favorite feet. (idea comes straight from the amazing Abby over at her blog.) Sight #1: A perfectly imperfect path outside of a specially designed Venice home. Taste: Salty licorice fishes from Holland.  I used to hate these, now I'm hooked. (I'm preparing myself for an upcoming visit from my beautiful Dutch friend.) Sight #2 (and my favorite): Three of my favorite things:... Read More

Simply Living.

Posted on April 09, 2009

Simply Living. First of all, dudes and sweeties, I'm so sorry I've neglected my blog this week.  Since we returned last week, I have been insanely trying to pull it all together.  I had mad wholesale orders to fill from the trip and on top of that, a new store in Portland placed their first order (I can now be seen on... Read More

Big Red Boats.

Posted on April 03, 2009

Big Red Boats. (I'm still loving the views from our train...) I am officially in over my head...and I *love* it!  While not pounding away at metal, my weekend might be spent dreaming of big red boats, wildly colorful graffiti or big open painted-cloud types of skies. This concludes scenes from the train.  Tune in next time for scenes from LA. I hope... Read More

The Sock Fairy.

Posted on April 01, 2009

The Sock Fairy. Yesterday, I was over at Will's house doing some laundry.  I changed the wet load over to be dried, put all the folded clothes in their comfy cubby homes, hung the nicer things in the nicer places, thought I was finished... and in marched the pairless sock brigade. I. can't. STAND. stray. socks. I know we all have the same... Read More

Spring's Art (Dutch Style).

Posted on March 31, 2009

Spring's Art (Dutch Style). Dutch Tulip Fields: Welcome, Miss Spring.  Man oh man, I'm glad you're back. (8 / 14,  Netherlands: Tulip fields in full bloom,   Peter Dejong/AP) I was so giddily inspired by Modern Homebody's version of Spring this morning.  I just had to bring it over here.   (This one from (found this one on Culture Making...thanks!)   Also, this is... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Lupe in Red.

Posted on March 31, 2009

Outfit of the Day:  Lupe in Red. My amazing assistant, Lupe, nearly always has a postworthy OOTD on.  A few days back, I captured one and I'm finally getting a chance to share it with you. While I don't know where exactly she purchased all of her wares, I can give you an idea of how to recreate this look on your own. (I will be adding... Read More

Advocacy for Amtrak

Posted on March 28, 2009

Advocacy for Amtrak Right now, I am riding on the Amtrak wondering if life gets any better than this?  The Pacific Coast can be seen right outside of the Westside windows and I can be seen beaming from ear to ear.  I absolutely love this.  The sun is at a perfect angle and the coast is meeting it with a steady beat and... Read More

SF: Two Days in Color (day #2)

Posted on March 27, 2009

SF: Two Days in Color (day #2) Day#2: Old Friends Unite!   I *love* this color   Dear Tartine Bakery, Will you marry me? Wait, no, I can’t do that!!!  Why?  For starters, I’d get super pudgy and I’m just not up for that right now.  But mostly, MOSTLY, I can’t do that because I belong to this guy (please see below): But seriously, I fell in... Read More

The biggest, the truest, and the fullest. Forever.

Posted on March 25, 2009

The biggest, the truest, and the fullest.  Forever. For those of you who couldn't guess: My one true love asked me to marry him before we got on the train. And I said yes. I was speechless... therefore, I will not attempt to explain how I feel, but leave you with one of my favorite poems of all time. XVII, by Pablo Neruda No te amo como si... Read More

SF: Two Days in Color.

Posted on March 23, 2009

SF: Two Days in Color. Day #1 Mere hours after we stepped off the Coast Starlight Express, we had to be at our first appointment.  We checked into our hotel room, turned it into a tornado of things, and ran out with our 15 minute cute fresh selves and a massive bag o’ jewelry.  Luckily we had time enough to wake up on some good... Read More

On track.

Posted on March 18, 2009

On track. Will and I are about to go on a long long train ride to LA with a couple day stop in SF.  We are trying to pick up a few more sweet boutiques for b & i and also (more importantly), visit old friends.  I am SO. EXCITED. We leave Thursday and I plan on documenting our adventure and giving... Read More

It's my anniversary.

Posted on March 15, 2009

It's my anniversary. Dearests, Bear with me's gonna get mushy. I feel so proud and blessed to say that today marks my official ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on the betsy & iya train.  It has been a whirlwind of a year and I've loved ...every. single. moment. I feel like such a lucky gal to be able to make a living doing something... Read More

Five Senses Friday.

Posted on March 13, 2009

Five Senses Friday. ***Just the other day, I saw this "five senses friday" on the awesome Abby's blog.  She warmly asked others to participate and even though I feel like I can barely keep my head above the wildly whirling work waters, I decided I had to do this.  I can't think of a better way to spend my breaks.  I recommend you... Read More

The Sun 'n' Me.

Posted on March 12, 2009

The Sun 'n' Me. Read around and you'll find that there's no other city whose bloggers write about its weather more than Portland's.  Funny.  It's not that I hate the dark rain and love the shine; rather the contrary, I actually appreciate them both, the same.  I've learned that the clouds make me notice, thus love, the sun more and vice versa (just not... Read More

PDX International Women's Day

Posted on March 08, 2009

Did you know: "On March 8, 1857, thousands of working women marched through the streets of New York City demanding an end to sweat-shop conditions, improved childcare facilities, equal pay for equal work, and the right to vote. In 1910 at the International Conference of Women Socialists, Clara Zetkins proposed that March 8th be observed as International Working Women’s Day... Read More