Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category


Inspired by my friend Kat, (who was in turn inspired by her friend Sandra), I decided to put together a list of 30 things I want to achieve before I turn 30 (One year, 9 months and counting down). Some of them are small things, some require money, some patience, some dedication, but all of them are fun things to look forward to and strive towards as the second decade of my life draws to a close and my 30’s begin. I challenge you to do the same, no matter how old or young you are, no matter what age you are turning, make a list of the things you always wanted to do and make them happen!

  1. Grow my hair out
  2. Touch my toes
  3. Own an original piece of artwork
  4. Learn to bellydance
  5. Create my own signature cocktail
  6. Get a tattoo
  7. Travel to another continent (Spain/Morocco, Australia, Japan- those are high on the list)
  8. Write a poem, a really good one
  9. Learn how to tune-up my bicycle
  10. Butcher a chicken
  11. Perform a trick on the acrobatic silks
  12. Design and construct an original garment
  13. Lose 20 pounds
  14. Brew my own batch of mead
  15. Master the dinner party…start to finish, the appetizers, drink pairings, course meals, dessert
  16. Take one class about wines and one about beer
  17. Go “woofing” (work on an organic farm)
  18. Get a grant to learn a traditional craft while studying under a native artisan
  19. Own one fantastic and amazing piece of furniture that I’m in love with
  20. Grow the largest, ripest and most delicious tomato ever
  21. Have a steady second income from all my side art and crafting
  22. Work in the kitchen of a “local, organic” restaurant
  23. Catch a king salmon (at the end of my fishing pole!)
  24. Develop a regular meditation and yoga practice
  25. Learn how to bake one of those amazing and delicious savory stuffed rolls from Turkey Red
  26. Attend an herbal retreat to convene with mother nature and learn about her healing ways
  27. Have 12K in the my IRA and another 5K in liquid savings
  28. Complete an epic backpacking trip (24 miles down Crow Pass perhaps?)
  29. Write a business plan for my dream business
  30. Take a few music lessons to give the mandolin a try

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Red Moon

Happy Solstice!  Hope everyone caught a glance of that fiery red moon last night.  We are looking forward to adding daylight minutes to our days up north.  Right now we are at 5 hours and 18 minutes of daylight!

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I enjoyed getting out the other day with my camera while the sun was shining (a rare occurrence)  to take a few picture of the beautiful snowscape just outside my front door.  It has been awfully cold, hovering between -2 and 10 degrees during the day, but all the better to grow snow crystals I suppose because that is exactly what it looks like out there.  Everything covered in delicate white feathery crystals as if to say they are alive, moving, breathing, growing!  So amazing!

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Snowfall Soiree

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog but wanted to quickly sit down and make a few quick posts.  I have been super busy not only with my new job but also with my class on Saturday (sewing a fur hat!) on top of getting ready for the event posted above.  I decided that I really wanted to get my stuff out there, try to sell something, and just get a feel for how people react to my designs so I invented a jewelry party!  In a few short weeks I’ll be hosting the Saturday event to debut my designs alongside my very talented friend and jewelry designer out of Boston, Sara Danielle Designs.  Everyone LOVES her stuff so she kindly agreed to send some pieces northbound.  It has been a little intense trying to wrap everything up for the big day (designing, fabricating, pricing, gathering show props, creating invites, and deciding up marketing/branding ideas, etc.) but setting a deadline really does help push things along.  I created the above flyer as the invite for the event; my designs are photographed with the mossy background and showcase my more delicate, earthy designs.  I am hoping in the next couple months to be able to take a little break from these pieces and direct my energies to the development of my bolder, avant-garde pieces.

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Arrows by PerlaAnne

Here’s another meditation from my book, “Journey Through Womanhood: Meditations from Our Collective Soul“, to reflect upon as we enter a new week of work.  I just read the new post on my sister’s blog, A Candy-Coated Life, and could definitely relate to her thoughts of feeling lost and uncertain about what direction life is headed  (otherwise known as “What the F@%! am I going to do with my life!?!?).  So here is some food for thought, and hopefully some words of comfort for others who haven’t quite found their niche in this world.

As much as we may have fantasies of being handed a wonderful life on a silver platter. they are, in truth, fantasies. Like it or not, we have to work for our lives.  What we don’t learn through our own awareness, deconstruct and process with our apparatus, and integrate into our internal world,, is never really ours. It doesn’t work with and for us because it hasn’t been made sense of through our own eyes. It hasn’t been assigned meaning as it related to us, our needs and drives, our hopes and dreams, our sense of who we are and what life is all about for us.  We live in our own minds. What is there is what we live in; it provides the filter that sorts through experience and the attitudes that are the engine that drive us through the world. Our own life is our mos intimate adventure; no one can live it for us.  It is the Huntress in all who look for life, who yearns, listens, and seeks out a mission and purpose that feels right, that allows us to makes our unique contribution to the world. We grow when we contribute in meaningful ways. This is how we stretch our souls. The Huntress is the researcher in all of us. The Huntress is the seeker, tester, and experimenter who looks everywhere until she find the right fit, her place in the sun.

Above original print Arrows by PerlaAnne available for purchase here.

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A little peek at a crown I made last month for my friend Jenn’s bachelorette celebration.   I had been wanting to make a crown for a while now and the perfect occasion for one came up so I went for it!  I used leather scrap along with various ribbons, gold beads, and metallic ink for embellishments. To give it more structure I used plastic cut from the plethora of gallon water jugs Wayne uses to water his plants each week giving me extra kudos for reusing materials.  I just stocked up on some more leather scraps in lots of fun colors and hope to go into production over the winter with the intent to sell.  Once you put one of these on you can’t help but feel magical and happy!  The quote on Jenn’s is Rumi and reads:

“The power of love came into me and I became fierce like a lion then tender like the evening star.”

Also I am happy to announce that after my last week of creative frustration and inactivity I slowly eased into the following week without pressure to perform and spent one whole day painting rocks and driftwood just for the fun of it.  (I love being an artist!)  I have to say it worked, because my creativity has been unleashed and I’ve had trouble drifting to sleep with all the ideas popping into my head!


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Rodarte Fall 2010

Drooling…….still drooling.  Rodarte is my hands down one of my favorite designers EVER.  NY Fashion week is over and I’m a little late sharing this with everyone but it still needs to be shared!  (You can view the runway video here along with a handful of other amazing designers too.)  The talent behind Rodarte are the Mulleavy sisters, both in their early thirties and not classically trained in fashion. It makes me think there might still be hope for me one day in my own creative endeavors.  Anyway, the inspiration for their fall collection is Mexican border towns; places that are seemingly dark and dangerous but at the same time ethereal and ghost like.  I had the awesome experience of seeing some of their designs in person last winter at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City….so amazing and inspiring!

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