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Etsy Love: joojoo

Last night, I went to my fabulous book club. It is an amazing group of women that I feel so lucky to be a part of. After glasses of wine, a good healthy book discussion and plenty of delicious food we did our usual round of sharing what's been going on in our lives. One lovely lady had just been to Panama with her husband on a wildlife adventure! They are both passionate and devoted birders -  I hadn't known this about her. Both me and another bird fan squealed with delight as she described the amazing birds they had witnessed. I love it when you discover something about someone that connects you in a new way. By the end of the night, the three of us were talking about going on guided bird walks put on by the Audubon Society. I can't wait!

With birds on the brain today, I stumbled upon joojoo on Etsy. Artist, Afsaneh creates the sweetest bird illustrations! I had to share...

Aren't they precious? You must also visit her beautiful blog, here.

Hope your week is going well...I'm holding out for a sunny weekend!

xo,

Etsy Love: Macaron Magic

Lately, I've been wanting to buy macarons. Not because I have a craving, or I want to give them as a gift...I just want to take pictures of them. Yah...I know it sounds weird but I have seen the most gorgeous photos of macarons and I want to give it a try! I've almost ran out to Pix to get some...but I decided to head to Etsy for some inspiration first! My dear friend, Amy referred me to the beautiful work of Havilah...a local Portland photographer! Her Etsy shop - dearmachine has some lovely images! Check out these delightful photographs of this most famous French cookie...

So pretty right? I love that something so simple as a baked good can look so special. Almost as enchanting as a cupcake...

xo,

 

p.s. want to try making them yourself? here's a recipe from Martha. ;)

 

all images via dearmachine

Hints of Spring by Suzanne Kasler

After living in Portland for eight years, you come to realize that, at times, January and February flirt with Spring like conditions...but, like always, the rain has resumed. As the gray closes in, I found myself drawn to the lovely interiors created by Suzanne Kasler. I really love the soft, pastel hues in these rooms...reminding me of the first blooms of Spring...

So soothing to the eye...I could look at her rooms all day - imagine living in one! I wish!

To view her amazing portfolio of work check out her site.

Hope you are seeing signs of Spring where you are!

xo,

All images via suzannekasler.com

My pretty Valentine

It's sunny here and so pretty out! The whole city comes to life when Mr. Sun decides to hold court in our Northwestern skies. I love it. To celebrate, I decided a good dose of pretty Valentine pictures were in order. I've been collecting them from all over the internet for my Pinterest board. Enjoy...

Hope the sun is shining in your world too.

xo,

Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Link Love

Hello friends,

Image via weheartit

Yesterday it was perfectly rainy here in Portland. (Surprise, surprise)...and I was roaming through blogland with my hot cup of tea.

I discovered so many pretty things to show you that I was having an inspiration overload, so I thought the best thing to do would just share some of my favorites with you.

A little link love is in order. Ready? Okay let's go...click away!

Discover the snow-covered Amsterdam landscapes by visiting one of my favorite bloggers...Pia.

Enjoy some curated mood board inspiration from Melissa.

Virtually thumb through one of the loveliest online magazine around...Lonny.

Feel like baking something beautiful? Stop over at Aran's for some gorgeous deliciousness...aka...Pear and Hazelnut Tarts!

How about some holiday cheer from one of my favorite artists? Head over to see Geninne...

Hope you have fun persusing some of my favorite blog hangouts. Enjoy!

xo,

Texas Garden Delights

Just got back from The Little Winter sale! It was such a beautiful show. I even got to meet Abby from Abby Try Again! It was so nice to meet her after following her blog this past year. She was super sweet and I purchased a print that I fell in love with ages ago. Looking through her gorgeous photos inspired me to post some pics from our recent trip to Texas.  Although the trip was for very sad reasons, I am happy to share these shots from my mother-in-law's lovely garden. After all the tears it was wonderful to play in her whimsical yard. Grace especially had a blast... She has these huge old oak trees that seem to watch over the garden like gentle giants...

This little stage is actually a vintage day bed that my mother-in-law found on her many antique shopping adventures. Like the old red doors above, she collects precious treasures and finds the perfect spots for them. Grace adored dancing around on "her stage" all afternoon and into the night.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

xo,

p.s. If you live in Portland, do not, I repeat do NOT miss the opportunity to check out the incredibly talented women at the Little Winter Market. Tomorrow is the last day!

As Fall approaches...

Rain is blowing in as I type this - Portland is due to be gray for the next two days. A prelude of what is to come. A new season is approaching and I'm actually excited to greet it. Tomorrow, I start my blogging class and I'm so thrilled. Grace goes off to school. Chris to work. Me and my computer are going to cozy up and get some work done. I hope.

As I daydream of what might lie ahead...I found myself thoroughly enjoying these beautiful images by Cedric Bihr.

Simple, serene and set with the hues of autumn, I had to share...

I'll let you know what my homework assignment is tomorrow. If only I had been this excited about homework when I was a kid!

xo,

Vintage Love

So sorry I haven't been posting. Its been crazy. Today is my birthday, but I've been celebrating all week! I finally have a little quiet moment to share with you some images from the most lovely Portland vintage boutique, Xtabay. My dear friend Amy introduced me to this little gem of a store last Saturday morning. So inspiring and glamorous! Light filled, oh so feminine and utterly enchanting, visiting Xtabay is a must for lovers of vintage attire. Go meet Liz, the delightful store owner and check out her beautiful blog too. For those of you who don't live in Portland, you can also shop Xtabay on Etsy here.

I couldn't resist buying a gorgeous 1940's necklace, I may need to go back and get a dress to go with it!

Hope you have a happy Friday!

xo,

A stroll in the rose garden...

Forgive my absence. With family in town and other random summer craziness, I have been truly neglecting my blog. Okay, so today, I have some images for you from the beautiful Portland Oregon Rose Garden. My mom, dad, Grace and I visited here last week. It was lovely to stroll through the endless flowers, deeply inhaling the sweet perfume of thousands of the city's prize blossoms...

Grace kept insisting that flower fairies must live here. As she delicately smelled the roses, she would call out to them in a soft whisper. It was too cute. Alas, much to her disappointment (and mine)... none were sighted.

Of course, I had to play around with some of my shots and add some fabulous textures. Such fun...

Have a fantastic Monday, or at least do your best.

xo,

p.s. On a side note, I have a bit of fun news...a little organic massage spa in Vienna contacted me with interest in selling our products in her lovely storefront. I'm a tad excited to say the least. I hope to be sending her samples soon, so I will keep you posted. I would love to just hop on a plane and deliver them myself! I wish...

In love with Sahlia Michelle

Okay, everyone knows I love sparkly things but these beauties really took my breath away. One of my favorite jewelry designers, Amy Olson introduced me to Sahlia's work and as usual, Amy's impeccable taste has not led me astray.

Her organic aesthetic, unique combination of textures and materials and an undeniable *swoon* factor, makes her work highly desirable. Half untamed and half refined, her designs strike the perfect balance between the good girl and bad girl in all of us.

The fact that she's from Portland is rather fabulous too!

These are from her Bridal collection but I think I would wear them everyday...why not?

Go to her beautiful site to explore her entire collection.

You won't be disappointed.

xo,

Images via: Sahlia Michelle

Escape to the beach

Yesterday it hit 100 degrees in Portland! Lucky for us, we decided a day at the shore was exactly the remedy for the record heat.

We headed out, kids loaded up, DVD player on and large coffees in hand.

We explored the quaint beach side town, while we waited for the sun to make its appearance.

As the day warmed, we headed to the beach.

It was very typical Oregon coast weather - the clouds fighting with the sun for the sky. The clouds won but we didn't mind. The sand was warm, the wind was gentle and the kids were instantly having a blast.

Sand castles were built, feet were buried and clothes were soaking wet.  Amidst the tearful episodes from sand in the eyes, it was a successful beach day. Katie and I even got momentary glimpses at some magazines!

After ice cream, we loaded up some very sleepy kiddos and made our way back to the blistering heat of Pdx.

It was a pleasantly exhausting day and a relief to feel the cool ocean air on our faces. Now, I've got to get back to cleaning out all the sand from my purse.

Have a fantastic weekend.

xo,

Ivy

P.S Thank you, Katie for a great day! xo

Rainy Thursday

It's the July 1st and here, in Portland....guess what? It's raining. I could be bummed out (and I am a little) but instead I decided it would be good to get out into the garden and take some pics of the flowers, delicately bejeweled with the summer rain.

The rain is supposed to clear up for the holiday weekend, so I guess I'm okay with it for now - like I have a choice in the matter.

Hope it's sunny wherever you are on this first day of July!

xo,

Summer Days

This past weekend the weather was amazing. Sunny, clear and warm. Like good Portlanders we got out and did the things you are supposed to do when the sun comes out!

We went to the farmer's market and gobbled up tons of fresh berries. Yum.

We filled the house with fresh blooms and...

adored the garden.

And of course, we went barefoot in the cool, green grass.

Hope your summer days are filled with simple delights.

xo,

Ivy

Vintage treasures...

I wanted to share the treasures I discovered while happily roaming through Sellwood's antique stores. Yes, they are all sparkly...are you surprised?

Not sure what I will do with them yet but I sure had fun taking these pictures.

Don't you love those 1920's shoe clips? So pretty.

xo,

Ivy

Creative minds and french macarons

Monday night was pretty amazing. I got to meet some wonderfully creative women, sit at the open air bar & patisserie of Pix and brainstorm on how  to further pursue our passions. The three lovely ladies that I met there were, Barbara Soule, Amy Olson and Jen Lees. Each one brought inspiration, encouragement and knowledge to the table, making it a fabulous evening. The only one missing was Sarah Leoni, creator of Coco & Co Chocolates, although we are looking forward to seeing her at the next meeting!

Barbara Soule is the creator of B Hive Designs. Check out her amazing hand screen printed textiles. Her great blog is definitely worth a visit too! Each design is derived from her own  beautiful illustrations.

Amy Olson, organizer of this meeting of the minds and local jewelry designer creates the most lovely pieces. Timeless, unique and ultimately feminine...you deserve to own one of her baubles. Get them at Etsy!

And finally, Jen Lees, who is an incredibly talented paper artist. Her collage pieces are a thing of beauty. I just ordered myself several of her cards, each one its own little piece of art. Get yours here.

So that was the gang...and as you can see, I was in the company of some impressive creative energy!

It was Movie Night at Pix and they were playing "Say Anything" which is fitting, since it's Amy's favorite movie. When we weren't reminiscing about 80's movies we were jotting down tons of info about how to better our crafting businesses.

Then we ordered a lovely selection of Pix's famous french macarons.

My fav - the fleur de sel (salted caramel). Yum!

They didn't last long...

After we said our goodbyes, I drove home smiling, inspired and thankful that I had the opportunity to connect with such fabulous women, who are both artists and business owners! I know I am going to learn a lot from each of them.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. thank you to Amy for bringing us all together! xx

Keep calm and have a cupcake

Between family coming into town to celebrate Grace's birthday, moving into a new home, trying to figure out how to furnish this new home AND stay in budget, not sleeping and preparing to go out of town, I'm feeling a little exhausted...frayed and frankly, a bit overwhelmed.

Today, my mother literally sent me to my room and told me to take a nap...I think I was being a tad crazy.

A nap was needed.

Upon waking I knew what I must do.

I had to go on a mission to buy cupcakes for Grace's classroom birthday celebration tomorrow.

I grabbed Grace and my mom, led them to the car and took off like a mad woman to Saint Cupcake Deluxe on SE Belmont!

I wasn't coming home until I had two dozen beautiful cupcake creations in my possession.

Well, at least I got one thing on my list done.

For the first time this week I felt a bit better, calmer.

Amongst the chaos, the boxes, the mess...I sat, devoured a chocolate cupcake and smiled.

Hope you are having a productive and happy week so far.

If not...go on a cupcake run.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. As a sweet bonus, this newly remodeled Saint Cupcake location is tied to a fabulous home decor and gift store called Noun - a treasure trove of unique vintage decor, accessories and art. Yummy treats for your tummy and your home. Love that combo.

Check out some of these lovelies...

And the charming shop...

Images via holiday jenny, saint cupcake and noun.

Supplier Saturday @ Seven Planet

I was lucky enough to be the featured Supplier at Seven Planet this weekend.

It was a glorious day in Portland...sunny AND warm...an irresistible combination to the sun-starved Oregonians. People were out in droves, wearing their flip-flops and shades.

I took up residence behind the "Tea Bar" in the light filled space that is Seven Planet's home.

Grace and Ivy products lined the bar and I got to wear my Grace & Ivy apron that my husband bought me for Christmas.

Anxiously, I waited for customers to enter the store, eager to give away the goody bags I had  filled with samples of our products.

People trickled into the store, sun drunk and smiling. I got to meet some wonderful people, scrub their hands with our brown sugar scrub and share information about the products. All in all it was a great day and a great experience.

Thank you to Seven Planet for opening your doors to Grace & Ivy and thank you to everyone who stopped by and showed their support.

It meant so much to me.

xo,

Ivy

There's no place like home...

I'm back home and spring has come early. Flowers are blooming everywhere and I am feeling peaceful and grateful to be back in my little cottage.

I went out, bought fresh flowers and then, starting at my front door, took pictures around my house and garden to celebrate.

Grace missed her Dad so much. She keeps running up to him, throwing her little arms around his neck and proclaiming, "I love you so much Daddy!" It's pretty darn cute.

This month is going to be exciting for Grace and Ivy. I will be guest blogging on the fabulous blog, Haute Apple Pie. Can't wait to do that and we are also going to be a featured supplier at Seven Planet's Supplier Saturdays on March 20th, 2-6pm. So if you are local, come on down and get a free swag bag full of samples.

I love Portland in the Spring and with fresh opportunities all around, I can't help but feel like a very lucky girl.

Vacations are lovely but it's always good to come home...

Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Ivy

Hints of Spring

Portland's February is typically a bit of tease.

The sun likes to come out and remind us of its warmth, its soft caress and the way it illuminates everything - trimming the trees in golden light and turning the raindrops to diamonds.

Just for a moment.

Then...without much warning...we are cloaked in clouds once more.

But little hints of Spring have begun to show themselves in our wet soil. Modest crocus' and snowdrops unfurling, while daffodils bloom, looking cheerful after their winter slumber. My favorite, the cherry blossoms, are beginning to burst from their buds...

It may rain a lot here, but the beauty that emerges each Spring is worth every gray day.

I hope you are seeing signs of Spring where you live too. It makes you smile, doesn't it?

xo,

Ivy

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