Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Sixteen

striped garage door, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Fifteen

light fixture reflections at podners, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Fourteen

velodrome at alpenrose farm, portland

inspired earrings found here


A Simple Little Update

Oval love.
Click images for etsy listings.

These come in long and longer.


Recipe Schmrecipe

I lied. When I said I'd returned from Richmond with a few new recipes, I should have said that I returned with a few new cooking ideas, based on one particularly good dish (Brussels sprouts with shallots, hazelnuts, and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice) that my father-in-law prepared. Ideas like: I should be eating more leafy green vegetables. I should rely, at least for everyday meals, less on fancy schmancy recipes and go with what I already know from my own kitchen experience (thanks, Mom, for the years of kitchen training). And I should work with what I've got.
So for the past week, that's what I've been doing. Some pretty tasty dishes have resulted, if I do say so myself. We've had pasta with broccolini, anchovies, hot pepper, and shallots. Kale with roasted pine nuts and currants. And spicy cabbage with celery, carrots, and onions.

Frequent trips to the grocery store for fresh produce were already habit here, and I make the trips quick by always keeping a few commonly used ingredients on hand. I'm never without anchovies, tomatoes and various tomato products, lots of nuts (almonds, pine nuts, and hazelnuts in particular), currants and golden raisins, hot spices, shallots, and onions, all of which perk up vegetables nicely. And to prove that I'm acclimating myself well to Portland, I offer you a photo of the canvas bags that I carry it all home in. But have no worry, New York City friends. I still bust out my granny cart every now and then. You know, to keep it real. Happy eating.

P.S. A pair of sold Original Intent earrings have been relisted in my etsy shop...


Beginning to See the Light

Cue Velvet Underground (hit play once you're there)...
Taking some time off yesterday gave me the space to get a few things in order in my head. For a long time now, I've been thinking about making changes to the way I approach this whole blogging thing - both posting my own and reading the blogs of others. I have slipped into spending many hours on the computer each day, and have as a result sacrificed things that are important to me - spending time with Barry, reading (as in reading print on actual paper, not on a screen) and taking walks with my camera. I've considered changing the way I deal with comments, I've thought about limiting my posts, and I've toyed with the idea of scrapping it all together. But blogging has brought far too much good into my life to throw in the towel, so I thought long and hard yesterday about managing my time better in order to let blogging remain in my life without swallowing it whole. I've got a few plans in place now, like limiting my computer use to specific hours and cleaning out my bloglines account a bit (I mean, do I really need to check in daily on the coolest type fonts around, or on photos of women biking in Denmark?) which I hope will get me back to a happy blogging place. And no, dear friends, living on the west coast has not changed me - I use the phrase happy blogging place with a huge sarcastic sneer on my face. I wish you all a wonderful weekend, chock full of lots of lovely non-virtual experiences.



The last time I was visiting my family in Cleveland, my father reminded me of how I, as young girl, frequently rearranged the furniture in my bedroom. My mother regularly put up with the sounds of my bed frame scooting across the floor and the heavy drag of my dresser as it pulled at the green carpet in my bedroom. (Remember that carpet, Ma?) My college roommates lived with new floor plans all the time. (Remember the creative sofa-on-a-diagonal layout, Meg and Holly? And how about rehanging that tapestry a million times, Julie?) To this day, I am constantly rearranging things in the spaces I occupy. But now I recognize a pattern in my urges to shuffle. Like many of you, I'm sure, I tend to move things around in my physical space when it's things in my head that really need the shuffling. I've been meaning for a while to get some things straightened out up there, but have been putting it off while I've focused on "to-do" lists and other time-filling non-sense. I need to do some thinking about time management. And about priorities. And a bit about my self-image, too.

I am lucky to have a boss who is unbelieveable in her understanding and appreciation. Without my asking, she called last night and told me to take the day off today. She could tell I needed it. So now that I've shuffled things around in our kitchen cupboards and moved a few chairs to different spots in the apartment, I'm going to spend some time clearing things out in my head, too. And lucky me, I get to do it while basking in rays of the beautiful sunlight that has fallen upon Portland these past several days. I'll be back here soon, hopefully with a new floor plan in place.


Too Many Photos and No Decent Title

Our recent, unexpected trip out of town took us to Richmond, Virginia, to see Barry's parents. Barry's mom had ended up in the hospital a few days before they were planning on heading out to visit us in Portland last week, so we did a little trip reversal and headed east to be with them. I'm happy to report that my lovely mother-in-law is out of the hospital and doing well, and that the four of us we were able to spend lots of time together in what turned out to be a nice little vacation for me and Barry. We ate well. Too well. Barry's father is a maestro in the the kitchen, and I came home with some great recipes, along with a puffy belly - a souvenir that always indicates a proper vacation. The trip also allowed for...

a visit to my favorite Richmond bead shop, where I found beads I'd been sorely missing and where I found some sea glass to add to my stash:

a visit with Amy at JetSet, where I picked up an adorable new dress (I can never resist choosing something from her amazing selection) and dropped off these, among others:

and visit with my favorite friend from Baltimore, who was sweet enough to bring me cards that she's made in the great gocco swap of '08:

What could have been a stress-filled visit turned out to be a great time with family and friends. And now I'm totally exhausted. I've got lots of catching up to do. I hope that all is well with each of you.


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Thirteen

purple garage door, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Twelve

hostel with no vacancy, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Eleven

neon sign in dress shop, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Ten

john's cafe counter, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent (Revisited): Day One Hundred Nine

parking lot exit arrow, portland

inspired earrings found here


See you later, alligator.

Unexpectedly, Barry and I are heading out of town this week. Original Intent posts are ready and waiting, so you'll still see daily posts here. But I wanted to let my etsy customers know that any orders placed on or after Tuesday the 12th won't ship until February 18th. Orders placed on or after the 18th will ship, as usual, within 24 hours of the order being placed. Thanks, and enjoy your week.


Remember Me?

This blue bead stole my heart when I first laid eyes on it a month or so ago, so when I saw it restocked at my semi-local bead shop, I bought every last one they had. Every. Last. One.

If you share my obsession, click the image for the earrings' etsy listing. And if you were trying to pick up the gold-tone pair pictured yesterday, click here - I put a couple more in the shop.


One is Silver and the Other's Gold

Okay... one is silver-tone and one is gold-tone, but that's not how the rhyme goes, so just humor me, please.

Images are direct links to the earrings' etsy shop listings.


Saccharine Sweet

Is there such a ting as too sweet? Maybe. You be the judge:

As always, click images for direct links to their etsy listings.


Busy Bee

I've been finding that recently, I've been most creatively productive when, oddly enough, I've had the least amount of free time. I've been working six days a week, sticking tightly to a running training schedule, and dealing with the "business" end of earring orders for weeks now, but somehow I'm finding more time than ever to squeeze earring-making into my day. I think I've been on a bit of a high from bouncing from one activity to another, and working on earrings in my few spare moments helps me to come down from it all. It's resulted in well-stocked tins (scroll down on that link to see how I store and transport my sulu-designs) as well as a chock-full etsy shop. So, each day this week, I'm going to post a couple of the designs that I've added to the shop as a result of my recent productive mode. And each morning, during the time that I'd normally spend preparing a blog post, I'm planning on heading outside with my camera. It's been a long time since I posted an Original Intent pairing, and I'm itching to get back on that track.
Have a great week, friends. I'm starting my week of earrings off with these guys (click images for direct links to their etsy listings):



I've mentioned here before that I get way too excited by coincidences. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found Linda's blog. As it happens, Linda and I lived a few blocks away from one another in Astoria, Queens before I moved to Portland. I didn't know her and never saw her, although from photos she's posted, I know that we shopped at the same grocery store. And right around the time that I up and left New York City, Linda, too, was moving clear across the country. For a while, our blog posts of our cross-country trips were ridiculously in sync, to the point that she knew exactly what little not-on-the-map town we were in based on my photos, as she'd seen the same sights within days of my seeing them. Linda and I now find ourselves in another similar situation. We've not yet found the ultimate sources for our crafting needs in our new towns. Chit chat about this lead to a swap, and boy oh boy did I make out like a bandit. Check out the beautiful things Linda included with the bag of fun beads she sent:

Those little crocheted acorns kill me. You must check out her blog if you haven't already. The woman's photos, use of color, and magical hand in all that she creates is phenomenal. You can also find her blogging at ReproDepot and Adorn. And you can pick up a pair of her crocheted earrings, like the ones above, as well as the cutest darn hats at her etsy shop. Thanks, Linda. And happy start to the weekend, all!