Yesterday's Outfit of the Day: Thriller.

Posted on January 30, 2009

Yesterday's Outfit of the Day: Thriller. I cannot get enough of the ridiculous choices of the 80s.  Here I have taken a perfectly good Forever 21 turtleneck sweater dress, cut out the high neck (sometimes I have nonchalant panic attacks when these things are snuggling my neck; you might think I'm fine, but I'm going bonkers inside), then I cut and ripped down the center, tried... Read More

An old friend.

Posted on January 29, 2009

Music does this to me: I'm working today, hammering out silver and heart and time.  A fire is building in my belly.  A new song inched in and expanded so big that I can't stop thinking about it---him, the why and how, the beats, the rough voice, the simple lines.  I'm thinking about it the way one thinks of a... Read More

Outfit of the Day: Frump Chic.

Posted on January 28, 2009

Outfit of the Day: Frump Chic.   Frump Chic OOTD betsy & iya sexy earrings. sexy sweatshirt (is that possible?) from Pin Me. Cutesy hair accessory from beautiful bridget.   Colorful Chic   blue feet pants: old roomy puke green wool from high school (wowzers.), shoes: old simples.     sweatshirt off under the sweatshirt:  amazing one-of-a-kind handmade shirt from reclaimed materials, by Atomic Daylight, in... Read More

Bowlerrifc Light.

Posted on January 28, 2009

Bowlerrifc Light.   fierce bowler Went to a bowling alley last night to watch my friend, Jen, bowl her brains out.  She has recently joined a bowling league with a fellow betsy & iya seller, awesome Allison from Modo.  They call themselves the Kitty Cats and they are no doubt, awesome bowlers.  I seriously never thought I'd be saying that about any... Read More

Shameless press plug.

Posted on January 26, 2009

Shameless press plug. Super busy today, but I just want to brag about one thing: front page...oh yeah, baby! (bottom left) The awesome photographers with whom I've worked on various shoots, who did my crazy website idea shoot (and totally stood behind me when I kept going wackier and wilder with the ideas), wrote me this morning to tell me we had... Read More

So refreshing.

Posted on January 24, 2009

So refreshing. I met up with Sheila from Rock 'n' Rose Rags on Burnside and instantly fell in love.  I mean, I had already kind of fallen in love via gmail communication, but in person, she's almost too much to handle.  I LOVE the store and I'm so happy that they decided to sell my goods.  Apparently the feeling is marvelously mutual,... Read More

Great Odd Things.

Posted on January 23, 2009

Great Odd Things. bears aren't so scary, right? On our weekend adventure we ran into a few wild things.  Within only a few yards of the large cabin, we slept, hot tubbed, played games, fished, sang songs, blew bubbles, drank wine; ran into bears, llamas, goats, a rooster, a frozen boy, fuzzy trees and we also sat on babies (which was hilarious). lookey... Read More

Introducing, new from b & i: RINGS

Posted on January 21, 2009

Introducing, new from b & i: RINGS I cannot believe the day is finally here.  I am shouting to the WORLD that I have rings now!!!  It's been a long time coming and a few of you have been super patient. I will ease you in slowly with this one: Handmade Vintage Mexico Ring   The listing is a direct link to my online shop listing of... Read More

Outfits of the days.

Posted on January 20, 2009

Outfits of the days. Outfit of today Had a lovely weekend in a computer-free, no-cellphone-signal setting with good friends and great fellowship.  My friend, Lou, who's birthday was the excuse for our gathering, had a great suggestion for my blog.  And in honor of her (one of my greatest-ever friends), I will employ this idea as a permanent fixture of my blog: Outfit of... Read More

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and a best friend, Lou's birthday

Posted on January 16, 2009

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and a best friend, Lou's birthday I am headin' out of town for the weekend for a much needed break.  Even though I'm having withdrawals, I will NOT be bringing my sweet MacBook with me (only book books where I actually have to turn the pages...(sigh)). I'll be sure to tell you all about it when I return.  For now, enjoy this photo I took in... Read More


Posted on January 13, 2009

HOTness Sunny Portland is just a step outside my studio...What would YOU do? I keep looking for excuses to leave the studio and run outside into the buoyant beam of light blanketing Portland today.  It's been weeks since it's actually shone its face and I've really missed it. In honor of the sweet sunshine, I wore a HOT outfit today--inspired by... Read More

As previously promised, I bring you: the Norma lacy baby.

Posted on January 12, 2009

As previously promised, I bring you: the Norma lacy baby. Hello dear precious readers and good morning (for me at least)! Awhile back, I introduced/teased you with the smaller version of the Normissima earrings: the Norma lacy baby.  Though I didn't have any good pictures for the sweet babies and I had not one iota of a moment to list them in my online shop.  And lately the lace earrings... Read More

I really like my outfit today.

Posted on January 10, 2009

I really like my outfit today. This one's gotta be a quickie. (uh...remember those orders I talked about yesterday (insert: HUGE SIGH), I still haven't sent them out, so you know what today is about). But I couldn't let today's post opp slip by without a shoutout to today's rockin' fashion spin.  Sometimes, especially when I'm not feeling in top form---I gotta fake it.  And sometimes... Read More


Posted on January 09, 2009

Friday? I've been working so incessantly lately that the above word has lost its exciting societal meaning. Not to disappoint all of you who are actually celebrating the word right now...on the east side and middle of the country, hopefully you're soaking up a nice happy hour, on the west, you're solidifying your happy hour plans (esp. in Portland because if... Read More

A little more about me and you...pretty please?

Posted on January 08, 2009

A little more about me and you...pretty please? I'm really lovin' the modern homebody blog lately.  Those girls bring a lot of color into my life.  Recently, Courtney posted a cool blog-interactive-interview thingy circulating through the blogworld.  It was interesting to read the fun questions and her personal responses--- lets us get to know the people behind the blogs a little better. I decided to participate and I'd... Read More

New Items (a lot of them, all the time).

Posted on January 07, 2009

New Items (a lot of them, all the time). Sprightly quaintly filigree teardrop beauties (and EXTREMELY affordable)! I have so many new items that I haven't had a chance to list in my online shop.  With cramming in all the orders I could possibly fill before Christmas (including a last minute snow selling party in the studio), I had a tough time keeping up with everything (it seriously makes... Read More

I'm back!!

Posted on January 05, 2009

I'm back!! When I returned to Portland on December 31, I jumped right into friends and NYE celebrations as if I hadn't skipped a beat; though on the inside (and a little on the outside) it looked as if I was about to collapse.  Christmas break in DC was fantastic, and came and went so quickly that for a brief moment before... Read More

Breaking it up.

Posted on December 28, 2008

Breaking it up. Miraculously, I made it out of the Portland airport and into D.C. by 3 am on Christmas Eve.  I was exhausted and grateful that I was not aboard one of the 500 flights that were cancelled that day.  Since then, I have been truly enjoying this break with my family.  I do think I really needed it.  My hands and... Read More

One thing dies a new thing arrives.

Posted on December 19, 2008

If you haven't already noticed, my new website quickly became my old website and we've made a transition to the one you are viewing now.  I'm excited how fantastic this newer new site is proving to be with the integration of my newer new blog.  I hope those of you who were "following" me are here now, feeling cozy and... Read More

Handmade Bazaar

Posted on December 14, 2008

Not too much has changed since my last post because I have another show TODAY. I am sorry, so late at warning you, but all those who are able to come out (in this beautiful snowy day), I'd love to see you! By the way, I am loving the snow. It reminds me of Virginia...(sigh)... Here is the poster: noon-5... Read More