Recently I’ve been thinking about my design roots as I’m tending my perennials and designing my container gardens. My love and passion for design came from my days working in a green house with perennials and herbs back when I was a kid. The colors and textures of the plants stimulated my imagination and senses. I loved the transformation of taking the plants from their pots in the greenhouse and planting them into the earths palette and discovering them in a whole new way, as art. My parents dug out a small spot in our backyard for my own corner garden. I would bring home the scraps from cuttings and landscapes we had cleaned out that day and I started to design my own garden, mixing textures, colors, heights, depths and smells. Because of my garden obsession I snap a lot of photos of flowers. I came across them recently and was inspired to design note card sets which I just posted to my etsy shop. During our recent trip to the Northwest I snapped away at wildflowers as we hiked trails in Oregon. Here are two new card designs which were just added to my shop today. Enjoy!
I’ve added new note cards to my etsy store! Stop in and visit.
While enjoying a stroll through Powells books in Portland I stumbled across one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Rachel Austin. She had her prints on sale at Powells. I really love her work and now love it even more. When traveling it’s always a treat to discover local artists.
(images from: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rachelaustin)
Every street you walk on in Seattle has got adorable restaurants that you want to sneak inside and nibble. I have got three must stops the next time you’re in Seattle.
1. A huge perk about staying at the Ace Hotel is that they have super friendly staff that tell you about all the cool places to check out in the neighborhood. Bathtub Gin & Co. came highly recommended. She gave us the directions of, “You know that large engagement billboard? Well walk to the back of that parking lot to the alley. The restaurant isn’t marked with a sign it’s just a wooden door.” We were like ok, well why not! Locals always know best! We walked the alley a few times wondering where in the heck it was and then realized it was right in front of us. I think the max capacity is 30 people. We found a charming little corner in the “library”. We enjoyed a fabulous cocktail made of things I had never heard of and enjoyed the company of locals, who by the way purchased our beverages! Two hands down it’s a must stop.
2. We stumbled across The Local Vine as we were wandering through the city. They had an amazing happy hour menu which included the delicious white cheddar truffle popcorn with black lava salt. It was cozy, which you need on rainy Seattle days and had a huge wine selection. I highly recommend it.
3. Last but oh not least is Serious Pie. I have never EVER in my entire life had a better pie. My tastebuds have been dreaming about it ever since. We savored the yukon gold potato, rosemary, pecorino pie and the must try (from the Food Network) roasted mushrooms and truffle cheese pie. Oh my soul folks you have got to get to Serious Pie.
Like I said, Seattle is a foodie paradise!
We had an amazing stay at the Ace Hotel in Seattle. Really, it’s a graphic designers dream hotel (second to the Pantone Hotel). It was the perfect location and the perfect price for our budget. It was in the middle of all the great happy hour restaurants, walkable to Pikes market and the sculpture park was around the corner. To top it all off they serve a delightful breakfast before you head out to conquer the city. Book the Ace for your next Seattle adventure.