Thursday, September 11, 2014

a giveaway

As the weather cools and I feel that crisp nip of autumn in the air, I find myself itching to do some knitting. Before I start any new projects though, I think I need to make a little room in the shop. Why not have a little giveaway? If you'd like a chance to win a handknit wool hat, visit my instagram profile (click icon on right) and find the post with the picture above. Read the caption for details on how to enter. 

Good luck!

Monday, September 1, 2014

shop is open

September is here and the shop is open! To celebrate I am offering free worldwide shipping through the end of the month on all of the lovely moth prints I have in stock. From the pages of a 1966 book, these color plates are perfect (and affordable) for framing. Look for them in the paper & print section of the shop, and use the coupon code SEPTEMBER2014 to get free shipping. There are over 30 to choose from, so pick your favorite!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

late august

Well, hello there. Yes, I'm back from a wonderful month-long wander through the mountains of central Mexico. We had such a relaxing trip soaking up the warmth, colors and friendliness we met at every turn. I will share more photos later, I promise. Until then, here's one perfect frangipani blossom for you!

Back on the home front I'm attempting to find my rhythm again, to wrap my mind around the fact that leaving for a month of summer means that it will indeed be waning when you return. I'm hanging on to it though, harvesting carrots, cabbage, beans, flowers and more from the garden, picking blackberries and eyeing the apple trees. Tonight we're having friends over for a barbecue dinner on the deck -- even if we do have to wear jackets. 

I had planned to reopen the shop by now, but haven't quite gotten there yet. I have lots of great vintage ready and waiting for me to get it on the shelves, so it will be soon, stay posted.

I hope that this finds all of you enjoying the late days of summer.

xo for now!

p.s. If you aren't following along already, click the instagram icon to the right to see many more photos from Mexico and daily life.

Friday, July 18, 2014


In two days time I will be in Mexico for a month-long adventure. It will also mark the passing of what has been a pretty hard year. I say that knowing full well that many people in the world suffer daily more hardship than I have ever known, but for me, relative to my life, it's been a tough year. I'd like to think that leaving for a trip like this will mark the end of that year, and that this will be the respite I need to put it behind me, to hit the reset button, so to speak. I sure hope so. As I've said before, I don't get too personal in this space with specific details, but know that my troubles are probably similar to your own, involving family, health scares, and emotional pain. Much of it has thankfully passed, and what hasn't has become more manageable with time. Time, the great healer. I am also blessed to live in a beautiful place with a loving partner/best friend, with supportive friends and community around me. My gratitude for my good fortune will always outweigh any troubles that come my way. 

The early part of this summer has been a bit of a blur, but we did manage to pack the freezer with pounds and pounds of peak summer raspberries and (weirdly) early blueberries. We stacked our 3 cords of firewood, and now feel like squirrels with our cache of nuts waiting for the coming winter. When we return in late August, we'll pick blackberries to add to the stash, and maybe a few locally-caught salmon, too. 

I hope that wherever you are, life is treating you well, that summer is sweet, or winter, cozy. I'll be posting a few photos via instagram as I travel the mountain villages of Mexico. Follow along if you like! (click icon on right)

Until I return, cheers to you all.


photo: detail of mural by Diego Rivera at the Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

Friday, June 20, 2014

happy solstice!

In celebration of the summer solstice tomorrow, please enjoy a 10% discount in the shop with the coupon code: SUMMER2014.

For those of you celebrating winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, please enjoy free shipping on all of my handmade wool hats with the coupon code: WINTER2104.

Happy solstice, everyone, whether it be summer or winter in your corner of the world!


(Both coupons good through Wednesday, June 25th. Free shipping on hats to addresses in the southern hemisphere only. One coupon code per customer.)

Monday, June 16, 2014


Here it is, mid-June and time has already sped up like we're in the heart of summer. Wild roses and columbine blooming, the peonies knocking our socks off, fresh salads from the garden, the first of the garlic harvested, stray kittens rescued and loved briefly before finding new homes, scooter rides around the island, fires on the beach and in the sky. Yesterday we ate strawberries right off the bush until we had our fill, then rode our bikes and picked roses from a beautiful bush alongside an abandoned house. I love this time of year but wish in some ways I could slow down time and savor it a bit more. 

How's June unfolding for you? 

p.s. Still using this from last June.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

sneak peek

Oh hi, remember me, that lazy blogger?! Yes, I'm still here. In truth, I haven't been being entirely lazy, I've just been very distracted by life. Nice weather, lots of working in the garden, enjoying the first beach fires of the season... and other (not so exciting) life stuff. I've also been stockpiling a nice collection of vintage that I will soon be listing in the shopThese are just a few of the things that will be included, if you see anything you'd like me to reserve for you let me know. (The Native Funk & Flash book is seriously quintessential 1970s hippie love!)

We've starting eating outside on our deck again, as the nights grow warmer and the light lingers later. I've grilled pizza twice in the past week and I think it's high time that I shared the recipe & how-to here, because honestly, it's so damn good! So, I'll be back soon with that. In the meanwhile, I hope that all is well in your worlds.


addendum: the Native Funk & Flash book has been spoken for...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


kim-chi noun
spicy pickled cabbage, the national dish of Korea.

My fella and I are big fans of kimchi. Several years ago we began a quest to make good, homemade kimchi, which led us on a funny path through the interwebs reading everything from traditional Korean recipes that involved "hugging the cabbage" to health-nut adaptations that caused us to furrow our brows. After some trial and error, we finally struck upon a basic recipe that works for us every time and feels fairly traditional. I thought I'd share it here in case you're interested and spare you the exhausting effort of trying to find "the" recipe among millions on the internet. 

You'll need:

1 large head Napa cabbage
6-8 tablespoons sea salt (for brine)
6-8 cups water
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 head garlic, crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, grated or finely minced
1/2 cup Korean red pepper powder (kochukaru)
1 tablespoon sea salt (for seasoning)
1/2 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Start by pulling the leaves off the cabbage, one by one, and rinsing them in a sink of cool water. Cut away any parts that have browned. Pack all the rinsed leaves into a big bowl or pot and cover with a brine made from 1 tablespoon salt per cup of water. For one head of cabbage it generally takes about 6-8 cups of water to cover it completely. Cover the bowl or pot with a plate and something heavy to weigh it down so that the leaves remain submerged under the brine. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and soak overnight.

The next day, rinse all the leaves of the brine and allow them to drain in a colander. Shake a bit to remove excess water.

Chop the cabbage into 1-inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup Korean red pepper powder (available in most Asian markets - and really, getting this pepper powder is key to getting the best flavor), 1 tablespoon sea salt and 1/2 tablespoon sugar.

To the cabbage mixture add the green onions, ginger and garlic.

Mix everything thoroughly and transfer to 1-quart size glass jars. Be sure not to screw the lids on too tight as the fermenting process produces gas. Let sit for a day at room temperature, and then sample to see if it has fermented to your liking. If not, let sit another day and then store in the refrigerator. 

We like to eat kimchi as a garnish alongside rice bowls with tofu and veggies, but can also be found quite often eating it straight out of the jar with chopsticks. Some people make kimchi soup, others kimchi pancakes; the options are endless. You might also like to try adding other things into your kimchi such as mustard greens, daikon radish, grated carrot, mung bean sprouts, green beans or whatever else you can dream up. We've tried a few variations but always seem to come back to this basic recipe. 

And when the jar gets this low, you know it's time to start soaking more cabbage to get the next batch underway!

Any other kimchi lovers out there? What are your favorite ways to eat it?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

shop update

Some nice finds in this week's shop update. I think the cover of that International Encyclopedia of Cooking looks ahead of its time for 1967. And those mugs... I might have some trouble parting with them! As always, if you see something you'd like to reserve, let me know. Happy May!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

coming soon

A preview of some of the new items that will soon be listed in the shop! Feel free to leave a comment if you'd like me reserve something for you. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

down by the seashore

If I were more open to laying bare my personal thoughts this might be a post telling you about the dark clouds that have drifted in and out of my life these past several months, bringing with them rain and thunder, and even a couple lightning strikes. But I'm not that person, and mostly I realize that we all have our dark clouds, and even if the storms they bring are unique to each of us, we must face them all the same. Instead I'll let the sky rumble and share with you some pretty pictures... because honestly, stepping out my door and into nature is my balm for whatever ails me. (And in this instance it required rubber boots, a sure sign of some good mucking about.)

There is a long stretch of sand on our beach that is exposed only during extreme tides, and last weekend was one of them. If I'm around, not much can stop me from pulling on my boots to head down and explore. I love being able to walk around in an area that is usually hidden under water... it's like the sea is revealing its secrets.

A highlight was finding a few of these sunflower seastars. I've seen them over the years, but they are not entirely common, and sometimes a season will pass without seeing them at all. I saw an orange, red and one small purple one; all of them amazing me with their color and texture. They are covered on the underside with tentacle-like feet and can move themselves across the sand surprisingly fast.

The seagulls were a bit overly curious, so I scooped these beauties up and moved them near a big rock where they could attach themselves to the side and hopefully avoid the nosy birds. 

Anemones... the underwater flowers.

It might be hard to tell, but above the bird tracks is a snail's trail. Encouraging proof that even at a snail's pace you can get somewhere. 

Unless, of course, it was a hermit crab. When the snail's journey is over, the hermit crabs are always happy to move into their vacated shell. 

So, yeah, those dark clouds will come -- and go. I'll continue to push myself out the door and keep the wise words of Bill Cunningham in mind through it all:  

"It's as true today as it ever was. He who seeks beauty will find it." 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 random things

Inspired to play along by Erin of bluebirdbaby, here are 10 random things:

1. I'd rather be too cold than too hot.

2. Popcorn is one of my most favorite foods.

3. I don't have (and don't want) a cell phone.

4. I'm good at splitting firewood.

5. I have been a bookworm all my life.

6. I'm a healthy eater (and pescatarian of 22 years) but I have a serious weakness for cupcakes.

7. My first concert was Mötley Crüe. (Yes, seriously. Followed by Van Halen and then on to a long and winding road of Grateful Dead shows!)

8. My seaside home is only 500 square feet. 

9. I'm good at keeping secrets.

10. I own a ridiculous amount of shoes and there are still more I want. (It's awful and excessive, I know!)

Oh, and those two up top? They are the king and queen of our little house: Henri on the left, and Miss Hazel on the right. They are the sweetest.

Anyone else want to play along? Add your list to the comments or a link to your blog!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Time for some spring cleaning. I just added lots of new items to the sale section of the shop - check it out! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


A smattering of photos taken recently as spring unfolds all around us. Blossoms everywhere, tender young nettles up and ready for the soup pot, garden work beginning, beach walks, rain, sun, rain, sun and rainbows. How can you not love spring?!

ADDENDUM: Upon further thought there is one thing I might not love about spring: allergies. Ugh.