Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall is for beautiful words

It always seems a little difficult to make the transition from summer (glorious, warm, hours and hours of daylight summer) to fall (wet, dark, cold, albeit colorful, fall). But there is a turning point for me when I give up on trying to wear summer skirts and I trade my sandals for boots. I drink tea all day long, and I look forward to cozying up with a book and my dog in the evening.
Fall always inspires me to go to my poetry book shelf and to ponder the beautiful, complex world we live in. And so I thought I would share an excerpt from Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke. Because his words are indeed beautiful.

Here, where I am surrounded by an enormous landscape, which the winds move across as they come from the seas, here I feel that there is no one anywhere who can answer for you those questions and feelings which, in their depths, have a life of their own; for even the most articulate people are unable to help, since what words point to is so very delicate, is almost unsayable. But even so, I think that you will not have to remain without a solution if you trust in Things that are like the ones my eyes are now resting upon. If you trust in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier for you, more coherent and somehow more reconciling, not in your conscious mind perhaps, which stays behind, astonished, but in your innermost awareness, awakeness, and knowledge. You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The making of things

I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but in case you haven't heard this before, I don't know much about sewing. However, I do know that I love handmade things, and I really like having things that I have made myself. I enjoy the learning experience, and the satisfaction of the final product. I have never really used a pattern, so generally when I'm sewing it takes two tries to come up with something that works.

All this to say, I decided that I wanted to make a camera strap cover. We are going on a trip soon, and since I will have my camera on me everywhere we go, I didn't want to advertise I HAVE A CANON to everyone within eyesight. So I took some fabric I had on hand, and went to work. It was just some leftover fabric so I wasn't totally concerned with exact measurements. I've finally learned that I shouldn't use my "good" fabric on the first attempt without any sort of tutorial or pattern. I'm pleased to say it actually turned out pretty well and I learned a few things for the next one.

Here is my camera strap before:

And camera strap after!

To see the photo tutorial and general instructions, click here.

P.S. If you are more into the having of things rather than the making of things, there is someone by the name of SheyB who makes and sells camera strap covers online. Super cute stuff!

Friday, November 5, 2010

And the lucky bumblebee is...

ERICA! Congratulations, Erica, you won! This lovely pendant will soon make its way into your hands. Leave a comment with your email address to claim your prize (don't worry, it won't be posted).

Thanks to everyone for entering. And don't worry, if you didn't win, we will have another giveaway soon! In the meantime, head on over to our shop. Those of you who entered the giveaway will receive a bonus gift with your purchase before November 15th. When you check out leave me a note that says GIVE1. Have a great weekend everybody! I'll be back next week with a LoveDog Ranch post.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I just want to say a huge thank you to all of YOU for the support. Thank you for the great emails, the encouragement, and the purchases! I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of the giveaway. In the meantime I have a BUNCH of lovely packages to send off to our first customers!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Giveaway! You can win!

HELLO to my favorite readers. It’s finally time to reveal my top secret project: Justin and I have been working like mad on a new company: Bluejays & Bumblebees. From blowing glass, to making the jewelry, to painting, to stitching, to a full on photo shoot, we have done it all, and are now ready to present to you .

Justin is a long time glassblower and I am a long time crafter so we decided to combine our powers and see what we could make together. It has been BUSY (I'll spare you the bee pun here) but it has been a blast so far. In celebration of our shop opening, I am giving away this lovely flameworked glass pendant.

How do you win? Go to and click on the SHOP tab at the top. Peruse our shop at your leisure then come back and leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite product (or products) in our shop. One commenter will be chosen at random to WIN*! Good luck! Now go check out our shop!

Also, a sincere thank you to my friends who have known about this “secret” project and have been full of support and enthusiasm. Love you guys.

*Contest closes on 11/3 at 11:59PM Pacific. One entry per person. Winner will be announced 11/5. Anyone can enter but the prize will be mailed to U.S. addresses only.