Happy Halloween from the lego friends.

Well this year we made our costumes again... A little different than the Ninja Turtles though. One of my best friends Emily ( the hula dancer ) came up with this fantastic idea to be Lego People! I had no idea that we would be able to make them look so good. With a lot of cardboard, tape, hot glue, card stock, paint and foam, we created these! Who knew it would be so much fun to dress up like this... haha. 

The inspiration, images via LEGO.COM

Design Week Portland: Wood Mosaic.

Last week was Design Week Portland and I was honored to be a part of it. I was in a group of other artists that put on a fundraiser art show gallery event. We sold our artwork to raise money for The Friends of Outdoor School, pretty rad!!! Here is the artwork that I submitted for the show. All wood was driftwood found in various spots in the Northwest and thoughtfully crafted into this mosaic. I really love how it turned out and its even more rewarding that it was purchased and will be a part of someones lovely home.   

The final piece.

First step was to collect the driftwood and sort it.

Second step was cutting, cutting and some more cutting. Followed by planning out the pattern.

Third step was laying them all out to play around with the many options the layout could go. 

Fourth step was to hand sand and glue each piece in... this proved to be very time consuming! ;)

TBT: Trash the Dress.

Photography by Del Sol

Throw back thursday! I designed this wedding dress for my cousin a few years back. She wanted a second dress to do a "trash the dress" photo shot after the ceremony in Mexico and asked me to create her one. I had to keep in mind the way the fabric would react in the water along with the silhouette and recovery of the fabric once it was underwater! It all started with concept sketches of dress ideas, then moved on to the actual pattern drafting and constructing the dress. Making this was so special and it meant the world to me to actually see her in it as well down in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, at their intimate wedding.  

Palm Print Paradise.

Lately, I have been obsessed with palm prints! They read so tropical and summery. I decided I should make a palm print tote the night before we left to Costa Rica, so I whipped this little bad boy together to use as my carry on. The straps are loose on the sides to stick a rolled up beach towel or picnic blanket through. I'm loving using it in Portland too!

 

Palm prints in Costa Rica. 

Plam prints in Portland. 

Handmade gifts.

There is something so special about making a gift for someone. It is so hard to go out shopping and find the perfect thing... why not make it?! I love to do handmade gifts when I have the time ;) Both of these projects, I was inspired by the blog http://ohhappyday.com. She has so many cute ideas and party tips!

Wool Letters for my nephew's birthday. You can find the instructions here: http://ohhappyday.com/2012/12/wool-alphabet-diy/

Piñata for my good friend Kelly's 30th Birthday! I filled it with various small things & candy! Instructions can be found here: http://ohhappyday.com/2013/02/giant-fringe-number-diy/

Dining Room Table.

My amazing handmade wood table and storage benches. With the help of my dad and my brother-in-law's workshop... I was able to make my idea come to life. I began the process by sketching out my idea, while sipping on some delicious Heart Roasters coffee! Then it was off to Lowe's to buy the wood and materials for the project (total was around $200, so affordable!!!). It was very time consuming, but it turned out beautiful and I love entertaining now with it! 

 Sketchin' my ideas on graph paper. 

Sketchin' my ideas on graph paper. 

 The perfect eating & drinking nook. 

The perfect eating & drinking nook. 

 Brunch I prepared for my parents.

Brunch I prepared for my parents.