X Marks the Spot...

of where I'd like to be curled up today.
A bad cold has me feeling super sluggish.

If not in bed, then perhaps at al Forno Ferruzzo,
my newest (as of yesterday) favorite food cart in Portland.
SW 4th Ave. at College.
They've got a location opening soon at Alberta and 28th...


Confessions of an Antique Mall Shopper

I've been on an anti-shopping kick for a while now, taking breaks whenever I find it convenient to do so (how's that for dedication?). I have to admit, though, when I was really in the thick of the no-shopping bit a couple months back, something happened that truly necessitated a break from the shopping diet. My favorite antique mall in Portland was closing one of it's three locations and was having a huge sale to clear the place out... the place with the rockin' midcentury booth... the place with the crazy beautiful Scandinavian pieces. Be still my beating heart. As I was taking photos of our kitchen for my post yesterday, I was reminded of the steals that Barry and I picked up that I never posted here (perhaps because I forgot, or more likely because I fell so hard off my high no-shopping horse that I hurt my shutter-hitting finger). No matter, I am at a place now where I can admit to picking up some pretty good loot while I wasn't shopping:

this little guy came in his original box from Budapest with a wind-up key...
he's my favorite find by far

also making an appearance in the living room...
a long, thin teak tray
I think we're official collectors at this point

the kitchen wasn't neglected:
we found some oil and vinegar cruets,
some wooden cutting boards,
and a bowl for our onions and heads of garlic

and an old desk lamp made its way into our bedroom

Oh yeah, also while I wasn't shopping, I snagged a stack of great old pyrex casseroles for a buck each at a yard sale. I feel so much better now that that's off my chest.


Digging Myself Out

Your suggestions about changing little things in my routine in order to get out of my current rut are much appreciated, and are much in line with the approach I've decided to take to get myself moving. I started by doing something I almost never do: taking photos to respond to a blog tag - a blog tag! When Kristi tagged me with the task of showing what's on my kitchen walls, I realized that I've not been using my camera recently for much other than photographing jewelry, and I'd like to get back in the habit of snapping pictures more often. So here's what I got, Kristi:

(pardon the painfully matchy red thing going on here...
it's not intentional -

a lot of good old red junk seems to make it's way into our hands)
A few other turns I'm trying to make in order to climb out of this rut:
The kitchen cabinets have been reorganized and a few chairs have traded places throughout the apartment. You know how I love to rearrange when my mind need readjusting. (Hey, there's a kitchen wall shot in that link, too, Kristi.)
I've been flipping through some cookbooks to get ideas for different recipes and ingredients than the ones I've been relying on for months (I mean, I love a garden-fresh tomato as much as the next guy, but we've gotta eat more than salads and pasta around here every once in a while). I'm excited that the season change is going to mean new kinds of produce at the market. Got any great autumn recipes? Bring 'em on.
I have an appointment with a trainer this morning to shake up my gym routine a bit. I'm thinking I may want to train for another race. Or join an athletic club. Or a sports team. Or something. Maybe.
And, as it's such a big part of my life, I thought I should make a little change in the jewelry department, too, so I got myself some new beads and dove in with these, all in the sulu-design etsy shop now:

One more change that I'd love to make is in my music collection. And ideas on good new music? I could especially use some upbeat, fast-ish paced music to run to, but anything that's currently moving you will do. Thanks for your suggestions. By the way, for some reason, Blogger hasn't been sending me e-mail notification of most comments for a long time now, so I can't always reply back with an e-mail to the sweet notes you leave here. Please know that each and every one is truly appreciated.


Over and Over and Over Again

Friends, I'm in a bit of a rut. I know that I'm a creature of habit and that I thrive on routine and pattern, but I'm thinking my routine needs a bit of tweaking. I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is that needs some shaking up in my life right now, which is why I've been a little absent here recently. I'll let you know when I figure it out.
And a side note... something that needs no figuring out: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were phenomenal at the Crystal Ballroom last night. Dad, Peter, and Jennifer, you're in for quite a show in NYC in October.


An Update and Some Blog Love... What Else is New?

I'm back in Portland, friends, spending my day off catching up on some blog reading and jewelry making after my trip to Cleveland last week. Words cannot express how wonderful it was to be with my family. Nor can I tell you how good it felt to be able to take care of my mom - the ultimate care-giver herself - although it was for just a bit. Thank you for your well-wishes for her recovery.
While I was away, the sulu-design etsy shop stock dwindled down to almost nothing, so I've added lots of new earrings, many with autumn inspired colors, to its virtual shelves. I included one of the resin oval necklaces in there, too.

Click images above for shop listings. And as always, if you'd like to hear about shop updates as soon as they occur, you can e-mail me at sulu-design@hotmail.com and type "shop update list" in the subject line. I'll add you to my e-mail list and let you know about large updates before I post about them here on my blog.

And now for that blog love I mentioned up above. First, thanks to Kathy, whose blog I adore (she's a master of the punny titles) and whose rockin' slippers are still keeping my tootsies warm. She recently gave my blog a very sweet mention on hers. I'm honored. Next, a local shout-out to Alyson, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a street fair this weekend. Check out her cute cards pictured with the other stunning photos on Abby's blog. And speaking of local, Ink and Peat, a ridiculously gorgeous shop here in Portland, had its grand opening celebration this weekend. The work of Jen Jedd-McGee was, to my delight, featured there. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Jen and her work, and her pieces fit in so perfectly in this beautifully curated shop. I've been a bit frenzied with all of this blog beauty recently. Okay... enough blog gushing. Blushing? Blogushing? Have a wonderful week, all.



As this post is being published, I am arriving at my parents' door in Cleveland, Ohio. I'm surprising my dear mom, who just got out of the hospital yesterday. Back in a week, friends.


Mostly Mellow Yellow

Coming off of a lovely weekend spent with great friends in Bend, Oregon, I'm trying to maintain some of the relaxed pace that I enjoyed while keeping my earring momentum up. So these guys are in the shop now:

Click images for direct listings in the sulu-design etsy shop.
A big thank you to those of you who came out for the Olio United trunk show on Saturday. Such a beautiful shop with such awesome owners... and fabulous customers, too! Back soon, friends.