12.22.2010

My Heart Swells

My heart has felt big and full recently - full of love for my family and the wonderful people in my life, full of contentment with where Barry and I are in our lives right now, and full of joy about this season and the warm thoughts that it brings to me every year. I've been remembering with fondness how magical my parents made Christmas for me and my brother and sister. I've enjoyed what little Christmas shopping I did this year, realizing that keeping things simple allowed me time and energy to put into finding meaningful gifts. I've had fun shopping at local Portland stores, finding truly special gifts and seeing so many other people out supporting independent designers. And last night, since Barry and I are leaving early tomorrow morning for Virginia to spend Christmas with his family, we celebrated Christmas here a bit early - our first Christmas in our new home.

I have to share with you one of Barry's gifts to me because it was so beautiful and so perfect. Blue Deer and Red Fox by Clare E. Rojas is a gorgeously illustrated book that tells the story of a deer and fox who are lifelong friends and who take care of one another as those who love each other should. It's sentimental in the best way possible, and it made me bawl like a baby last night when I read it for the first time. Tears are running down my face now as I'm thinking about how beautiful the story and the images in this book are.

I'm lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. I hope you're spending the holidays with those you love. Merry Christmas, friends.

12.15.2010

Nothing Like the Last Minute

Inspiration hit tonight and I couldn't resist. I got to work on a number of necklaces - click here to get an idea of what they look like when worn, noting that the ones below have differing lengths. If you'd like one of the necklaces for yourself or for a gift, leave me a comment here with your e-mail address and the number of the necklace you'd like. I'll send you a Paypal invoice for your order. Unless otherwise noted, there's one of each style shown - you may want to check the comments to see if anything's been spoken for. Since I ship sulu-design orders immediately, there's still time to pick up one of the necklaces below for a Christmas gift. I hope you're having a good week, friends. Back soon.

necklaces 1a (21.5 inches) and 1b (22.5 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
black resin beads

both SOLD


necklace 2a (25 inches) and 2b (26 inches)
silver-tone chain
black and red resin beads

$40


necklace 3 (24 inches)
silver-tone chain
black and red resin beads

$40


necklace 4 (27 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
black and red beads

$35


necklace 5 (24.5 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
black beads

SOLD


necklace 6 (24 inches)
antiqued silver-tone chain
black and yellow beads

SOLD


necklace 7 (21.5 inches)
antiqued silver-tone chain
yellow and black beads

$35


necklace 8 (22 inches)
antiqued silver-tone chain
red, yellow, and black beads

$35


necklace 9 (25 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
yellow and red beads

$35


necklace 10 (28 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
red and black beads

$35


necklace 11 (23 inches)
antiqued brass-tone chain
red beads
SOLD

12.09.2010

Up There and Down Here



Snowshoeing on Mount Hood isn't a bad way to spend one's day off, particularly when it's raining in the city and gently snowing on the mountain. I squeezed in a little sulu-design shop update this morning before work. Now I've got to run...



12.06.2010

Priorities, Or Earrings Before Beer

A quick sulu-design shop update includes some relisted pieces you've probably seen:

A couple new pieces that are similar to ones you've probably seen:


And one new style that you probably haven't seen (unless you caught them at Little Winter before they sold out):


All of the above photos are links to the earrings' listings. Click on 'em to get to the shop. Another shop update will follow soon. My weekend officially starts now, though, and most Monday nights you can find me at the New Old Lompoc... time for some locally brewed seasonal pints. Cheers.

12.05.2010

Christmas is On



On our days off last week, Barry and I got our Christmas tree. Last year at this time, we were in the middle of packing to move into our current place. There was no tree, there were no stockings... just piles and piles of cardboard boxes. To make it up to ourselves for decoration-less last year, we wanted to do it up right and right away this year. We'd talked about going to a u-cut tree farm, but opted instead for a tradition that we'd started back when we were living in New York City - buying a tree from a lot in the city and walking home with it balanced on Barry's shoulder. We have higher ceilings in this apartment than we had in any of our places in NYC. We got the tallest tree we've ever had. The walk home was interesting.

We've been sitting by the tree every night since them (it's hard not to sit by the tree when you live in a one-room apartment). And today started out with a pretty perfect morning: looking at the lighted tree, sipping coffee, and wrapping up a shipment of sulu-design pieces to send to Liebling in Sweden for Christmas shoppers. I hope to have a sulu-design shop update in the next couple of days, too. You can bet I'll be parked on the floor next to that tree getting it ready.