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

Trunk shows and pantyhose

Posted on December 11, 2008

I am chompin' at the bit to get the last few designs made for tonight's Trunk show at Phlox boutique on Mississippi. They have a second Thursday deal where the whole street participates. Booze and shopping and DJs--should be a great combination. While I always try to look my best at these things, I have decided AGAINST wearing pantyhose this... Read More

The importance of Shopping local/handmade/independent

Posted on December 09, 2008

The importance of Shopping local/handmade/independent Working Hands (Image comes from I did a show this weekend on Belmont Street (the flier is listed below) and I did really well. It was a double day show and I sold nearly all of my best hits on Saturday evening. I guess that explains why when in my sweaty insomniatic state on Sunday morning, I decided to... Read More

Yo y'all...Come out Come out!

Posted on December 05, 2008

2 shows this weekend, 2 sides of the country: Pennsylvania: WHAT - Odd Ones Holiday Craft Show - at the Old Bank on Third Street across from the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, PA. WHEN - 11-6 Saturday, December 6th WHO - Ask for Ooh La Jena, she's in the Community Room selling lovely pocket belts along with Betsy and... Read More


Posted on December 04, 2008

Last night my wares were on display and for sale at the CRAVE shopping party. Some of my favorite parts of the evening include: meeting other great vendors, admiring all the talent and hard work, making sales, people watching, playing dress up, women in general, bright pink fuchsia scarves, neon royal blue shoes, overly expensive (plastic) glasses of red wine,... Read More

Brand spanking LOVEly sparkly sweet new WEBSITE fun

Posted on December 01, 2008

  Today is dedicated to this: You can now order directly through ME. AHHH!!!! I'm soooo excited! I will keep my current store and start shifting it to only very limited and one-of-a-kind pieces. That way, I can remain a part of the handmade revolution AND offer you my stellar staple goods that flow more readily. Please let... Read More

The Truth Behind the Name

Posted on November 28, 2008

Quite often I am asked the question: Who is this "iya" (pronounced "eye-yah")? There is a perfect truth to this answer. She is NOT a figment of my joyously creative imagination (though she does feed it). She is NOT my alter-ego. She is actually not even a co-owner or creator in the business (though she does give me very sound... Read More