Looking back at last year I am so honored by all of the incredible things that happened and all of the amazing people I got to collab and connect with! Just a few highlights include having my photography work published in the very first The Confessions of a Hairstylist book, launching a new business Desert Loom, learning the magical art of macrame from Emily Katz, doing my very first handmade market Pineapple Triangle, launching two online Skillshare classes on macrame and indigo dying, teaching fiber arts classes locally, being interviewed by Finding Arizona Podcast and McKenzie Steuber, having photography work published in Angelic Magazine and Emma Magazine, taking a trip to the northwest to visit some wonderful friends with my bae, and getting to photograph so many beautiful and talented ladies! 2016 you were pretty messy but I’d say you were a success! Here’s to the new year and all of the adventures ahead!
You guys, I finally learned how to macrame!! I’ve mentioned it a few times before but it’s something that I’ve been pretty interested in learning for awhile and when I saw that Emily Katz was going to be offering a Modern Macrame workshop in Tucson I signed up almost immediately. Emily’s work was actually the thing that got me really interested in macrame and fiber arts in general so it was pretty cool that I was able to take a class from her!
This brings me to kind of a funny and strange story of how I found Emily and her work. It all started when I was hanging out on pinterest looking for bamboo patio furniture (random I know). I ended up pinning and saving a photo that she had taken. I didn’t really follow the link back to her blog until I had searched everywhere in Arizona for Bamboo patio furniture and was unable to find it. Going back to the original link I found her gorgeous blog and photos she had taken on a recent trip to Bali. Kind of weird because at the time I was very much considering a trip to Bali and had bookmarked this beautiful Airbnb that we ended up staying at. As I scrolled through I saw photos of her and her boyfriend at the same airbnb that we had planned on staying at!! (Remember my weird and similar story involving Elle Luna??) I definitely saw it as another sign that I was supposed to go to this magical place. Kind of weird, pretty cool and now I have both been to Bali and learned the art of macrame!
The workshop was a blast and super relaxing. Since it was superbowl sunday (totally didn’t realize that until about two days before lol) the class was pretty small so we got a lot of one on one instruction which was really nice. Emily was absolutely wonderful and I really enjoyed learning macrame from her. After the class my friend Kelsey and I checked out the Tucson gem show. It was so cool! I came home with some really beautiful candle holders, book ends, a new macrame wall hanging and a few gorgeous rocks. Such a great weekend!
I went to all of the antique stores in the Phoenix area and searched for hours for this exact mannequin and over the weekend I found her!! I kind of want to cry she’s so perfect. I’ve been planning some big changes over at my vintage shop and this lady is going to be super helpful. Keep your eyes open in early Spring for some big announcements!
Something I’m nerding out super hard about right now is weaving. When I mentioned it to my brother (who is a year younger than me) he said it must be because I’m getting up there age and essentially called me an old lady lol. But seriously, weaving is so much fun! I recently took a class with the incredibly talented Shelly Sazdanoff and learned the basics to create my very first woven wall hanging. Now that I have the foundational principles down I’ve been obsessively watching youtube videos and looking at DIYs online and am super pumped to keep creating. The above piece is the third one I’ve made in about a week hah. I also made the sort of macrame piece next to it recently using this DIY. If you are interested in learning how to weave I found these creative bug videos super helpful. Also, A Beautiful Mess has a really cool series on weaving too!
Today I am incredibly thankful for all of the amazing people in my life. My family, friends, amazing coworkers and every person I’ve gotten to collaborate and make magic with this year. I love you guys and am SO grateful for you! Hope everyone got completely stuffed on turkey, pie and good times with loved ones.
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that after reading Big Magic I got super inspired to make something which ended up being this wall hanging. It was super simple to create and was very satisfying because I really wanted to make something with my hands and I also wanted some sort of wall hanging above my bed to soften up the space a bit. Originally I was thinking I wanted to do something with macrame but I still haven’t yet learned how to do macrame hah. I think this piece gives the same type of texture and feeling I was hoping for with the macrame so I am pretty okay with it. If you’re interested in making something similar, this DesignLoveFest post will help you get started!
Happy Halloween friends! This year I decided to dress up as one of the least scary most magical creature out there, the UNICORN!!! I’m actually a Lisa Frank rainbow unicorn to be specific! Yesterday our entire design team + the admin team dressed up as different Lisa Frank characters. It was pretty much the best day ever. Hope everyone is having a fun Holiday!
This book, The Crossroads of Should and Must, is both beautiful and inspiring and I have kind of a strange story about how it came into my life. As mentioned previously (many times sorry lol!) we recently took a trip to Bali. After we had booked the trip I was randomly listening to a Creative Mornings talk with the artist and now author of this book Elle Luna. She told a story of having this reoccurring dream of this very specific white room. She wondered what it meant when a friend said to her, maybe you should look for your dream in real life. So she did. And she found it! She found the same room that she had been dreaming about (it was listed on Craigslist actually!) and she rented it out and moved in. When she got there she had no idea what she was supposed to do or why she had had the dream. At some point she found her answer when she heard a voice saying to her “you need to paint” which I think she hadn’t really done since she was a kid. And this incredible time of following her creativity and curiosity led her to a really amazing career as an artist and an author among many other things.
There is a lot more to the story (which you can read in the book) but I thought it was super interesting so I went to her website to check out her artwork. As I was scrolling through photos I saw an image of her at the same airbnb I had just booked in Bali!! I got goosebumps and thought, this is really strange. Then the rational part of me thought well it’s a really popular airbnb and I could totally see how a person like her (similar to me) would want to stay at this beautiful and inspiring place. But still it’s not like it’s a hotel. It’s this tiny privately owned bamboo hut on the other side of the world. I put it in the back of my brain but it was one of those things that I really felt like, hmm maybe this is another thing saying you really need to go to Bali. Fast forward to a day before we left. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and a guest had mentioned this book. I don’t follow Elle closely so I had no idea she had a book out but I thought what a great thing to bring on our trip to read. So the day before we left I had Andre pick it up for me.
As I was devouring it on the airplane I noticed that in the middle of the book the architect Alejandra who owned the airbnb we were going to be staying at was mentioned. How cool! It was just a little blip but another thing that was kind of interesting. Midway through our trip Alejandra stopped by to check in and see how we were doing and the book was out on the table in front of us. I picked it up and asked her if she had seen it, because she was mentioned in it and she started freaking out a little bit, not because she hadn’t yet seen it but because Elle had actually been there the day before. By there I mean she stopped by the airbnb we were staying at, I think to show her mom since she had spent a significant amount of time there. We were out and about in the city but she stopped by was walking around maybe her book that we had brought with us was out on the table even, ha! So strange. And she’s from San Fransisco I believe so just as far away from home as we were. Also she had apparently written the book just across the small rice paddy at the joglo directly across from ours. This was another crazy goosebumps moment and I thought maybe one of the reasons we are here is to meet her?? But we didn’t ha. So I really have no idea why all of these coincidences happened but maybe we’ll meet in the future or maybe this book will influence my life in a big way or maybe it will mean nothing at all! Who knows.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about coincidences, dreams, miracles and magic. What they all mean and how they might intersect. When I was in high school and college there were several times I had very specific dreams that came true. There were also several times that I prayed for specific things and had my prayers answered almost immediately. Times where I ran into people in strange places and coincidences that were too weird not to mean something. These things were somewhat rare but when they happened I was always filled with a total sense of awe and wonder. So I have no idea what it means but it brought a little bit of magic into my life. So thank you Elle for your beautiful magical book and inspiring story. And friends if you need a new book to read please check this one out. You will be delighted.
I’m currently pretty obsessed with these overalls from Madewell. I went back and forth for a couple of weeks after seeing them in the store before I finally tried them on and knew that they had to have a place in my closet. I love the crisp denim, the way they fit and the slightly belled bottoms. Too much fun! The shirt and necklace are also from Madewell. Can you guess what my new favorite store is?