Monday, March 29, 2010

peachy {keen} perfection

Have you heard of SAIPUA? Well, saipua is the Finnish word for soap, and in Brooklyn, NY, you can find a small, family owned business called SAIPUA that makes olive oil based soaps like Rose Geranium, Peppermint Pumice, Red Currant and Coffee Mint...mmmm.
Not only do co-owners Sarah and Eric get down with hand-crafted soaps, SAIPUA is also an amazing floral design studio. They specialize in the most exquisite, spectacular, lush and perfect floral arrangements. Not only are the unique flowers they use beyond description, the design is unfussy, loose, balanced and the colors always make my heart sing.All photos via SAIPUA

Whilst browsing Sarah's blog, I happened upon these peachy beauties and I just had to share!
I think I am in love...please, please deliver to me!

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Friday, March 26, 2010

{two-wheel} practice

Photos by N.B.A.
This might be the weekend I put some air in the tires and take the ol' girl out for a spin.

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Green Dreamin'

For those of you wondering, I did jinx the warm weather. On the Spring Equinox we received over a foot of snow....some Spring!There may still be snow on the ground, but in my mind it's Spring. During the short moments before I drift off to sleep, I spend my last thoughts on plans for the garden, vibrant color schemes, spectacular succulents and my future greenhouse splurges. Arranged succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens

This year I am particularly inspired with wall gardens, like these from Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. You can make your own with vertical tray kits purchased on the website. Photo via Flora Grubb Gardens
I'm also in love with Woolypockets, the newest and most fascinating way to create, "soft-sided, breathable and modular" gardens. Photos via Woolypockets
One of the finest establishments putting these Woolypockets to use is the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles, a 100% solar-powered haven for desert plants, vertical gardens and chic vintage furnishings. The Smog Shoppe is available for private events like this wedding hosted in their unique urban oasis. A must see!Photo via Woolypockets
Happy green dreamin'!
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Do you play croquet?

I may be jinxing this warm spell we're in, but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping....and my crocus are coming out to say hello. I wore shoes without socks today and yesterday a friend and I took an afternoon walk in the fresh air and not on a treadmill.
The sunshine on our faces felt warm and hinted at the coming days filled with picnics, BBQs, flip flops and of course lawn games. We were lucky enough to walk through a very "official" croquet game in the park.
I have a feeling that games like horseshoes, bocce, wiffle ball, pétanque, and badminton will be all the rage this spring! Who's with me?
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cheep! Cheep! Thrills

For those of us in New Mexico, our retail shopping options are slim to none. I typically scour thrift stores for clothes that may have stood the test of time, or shop online. But mostly, I hit up Targét Boutique for my staple items. It's a great one-stop shop, and yes, most of the items are staples... solids... plain...cotton.
But, we're in luck! Liberty of London has hit the town and no longer are we starved for bold and fresh patterns!
From lamps to purses to dresses and mugs, the punch and pizazz is all there! I am usually wary of a Target design collaborations as the quality of the products is sometimes compromised. In this case, I am feeling more hopeful. "Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. Arthur Liberty's intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele."
Well, I'm inspired and excited! These duds and housewares are so reasonably priced you'll probably see me decked out head to toe in printed perfection!

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hand Made Aprons

My dear talented and creative friend Claire has been making these aprons which I think are really amazing so I thought I would share them with everyone, you can become a fan on facebook, and she updates when new aprons are available. Just look for fresa studio, and you can also buy them on
They are perfect for gifts, my favorite is the day of the dead inspired one.
-Kathryn, Santa Fe/New York

Saturday, March 13, 2010

dreamscapes & wonderlands

Robert ParkeHarrison, Flying Lessons, photogravure, 2000
Since the 5th grade I have recorded my dreams. But making a written record of something so visual, so vague, proves challenging. I feel that over the years improvement has come from practice, and that if I jot down the images and ideas in such a way as to trigger a memory of what I dreamed, then I'm successful.

I have tackled this idea in my visual artwork as well. My first book of prints sprang from the idea of the conscious vs. subconcious, how they constantly influence one another, and how present elements of waking life, memory, even nostalgia can be in these dreamscapes.

dream·scape –noun, 1. a dreamlike, often surrealistic scene. 2. a painting depicting such a scene. origin: 1959, from dream + -scape, from landscape, etc. first attested in a Sylvia Plath poem.

(I still can't find the poem to which Plath is credited above)

Last night I saw Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and it brought back memories of the animated film, reading the story, and the little "wonderlands" that we create as children. Sure, it was no Edward Scissorhands, but an intense visual experience built upon imagination. In other words, still worth the experience, even if it wasn't quite as dark or substantial as I wanted it to be.

Artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison create the kind of visual, dream-like spaces I admire. The photo above, from the series called "The Architect's Brother", explores the human relationship with the earth. The DeCordova museum posted this write-up on the series:
"At the heart of these pictorial tales is a lone individual—ParkeHarrison himself as “Everyman”—engaged in Herculean struggles with nature and artifice. The mythic world he creates mirrors our world, where nature is domesticated and controlled. In actions that are both humorously metaphorical and lyrically poetic, ParkeHarrison constructs beguiling stories that make us consider what we have done or are doing to our earth."

-Cameron: Santa Fe, NM

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm melting!!!

We can't wait for spring around here.....hurry up....please!

Happy Weekend!
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The TYPED post

My pistachio green HERMES 3000, without a doubt, the best $15 yard sale score ever!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

CRAFTERNOON: Mod-Vintage Chalkboard

Crafternoon, (kraft-ur-nooon) n., Several glorious hours of inspired creativity resulting in a DIY project to share with your friends.Today's crafternoon project was a Modern-Vintage Framed Chalkboard. I dig how the ornate curves and frills of the frame are juxtaposed with a striking, opaque paint.
As a lover of lists, I adore how convenient, yet practical this chalkboard is for my ever-evolving "to-do's". I have a feeling it will also make an appearance as a brunch menu display!
1. An old frame, preferably open backed and scored from a sweet yard sale
2. Gessoed Art Board, sized to fit in frame
3. Chalkboard spray paint
4. High-Gloss spray paint, your color of preference (I went with "Coral Mist" since it was on sale for $2.99 and I happen to LOVE the color coral)
5. Tacks, to fix board into frame
6. Chalk, to write lists and draw funny pictures on your new mod-vintage chalkboard

Happy Crafternoonin'!
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Monday, March 8, 2010

Striking Similarities

If you were lucky enough to receive the March edition of Anthropologie's catalog (, book) you were probably jumping with glee, whilst coveting every bauble and fabric adornment, like I was.
I was pleased to see an Alphonse Mucha-inspired style, which made me want to stick stems of spring florals into my delicately disheveled coiffure and traipse around in the moonlight.

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weekend Treats {in pictures}

Kicked the weekend off by designing a floral arrangement for Annie Leibovitz, who was being recognized in the Women of Distinction Series sponsored by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. I used lotus pods, hydrangea, pomegranates, magnolia leaves, ranunculus, cherry blossoms, flax leaves, pussy willow, anemones and peonies...oh my!
Caught up on some old classic flicks. I love MAME, with Lucille Ball. (I think I like it better than the Rosalind Russell version)
Attended a Southern inspired crock-pot-cook-out complete with pulled pork, coleslaw, pickled okra, key lime pie, moonshine (aka: wine) and great company. I brought these mini mac n' cheese bites. They were not g-free so I didn't try one, but the mister happily taste-tested and approved!
One milkshake, two straws: via the lovely folks at Flying Star.

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Friday, March 5, 2010

Raise your hand if you love freebies!

It's Friday (HOO-RAY) and I thought it was a perfect day for a FREE download. Via Design Dig, these awesome vintage labels are a great addition to the gift wrap/snail mail/personalized-anything arsenal! Click right here to get your mits on these beauties!

Happy weekend my sweet chirpers!
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Romeo y Julieta

I'm a huge fan of containers... always have been. I can't really stand the smell of cigars, but the boxes they come in, that's a whole different story! When I stumbled upon these $5 finds, I was overjoyed! I happened to be out with some friends at an Albuquerque watering hole that is also a cigar bar and saw a stack of used, empty boxes. There were big ones, little ones, colorful ones, wooden ones, even some gilded with metallic accents. Always willing to inquire, I flagged down a hostess and got my hot little hands on a few.
Perfect for storing sewing notions, trinkets and precious love letters from the mister, these "Romeo y Julieta" cigar boxes are a delightful addition to my ever-growing collection of containers.

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM