fall fell in portland...

Fall has most definitely befallen Portland, an explosion of color around every corner... here are some photos of what's happening nature-wise here... Enjoy & I hope you are all enjoying the best the season has to offer...

a moment of ensō

a moment of ensō

shapes + colors + texture of nature

shapes + colors + texture of nature

crimson leaves

crimson leaves

family of leaves

family of leaves

light filters through impossible colors

light filters through impossible colors

trees in reflection

trees in reflection

nature of things

nature of things

universe of leaves

universe of leaves


Seaward Bound

When it's sweltering in the city, time to hit the road & head west to the coast.  My favorite highway in Oregon, 26 West makes its way through a lush forest & drops you off at the foot of the sea.  Roll down all the windows & get ready for an elixir of trees, wild flowers, berries & rivers to fill up your senses...  So much beauty & wonder to behold, I am forever longing to head to the sea but when you have the magic of both the forest & the ocean, you are doubly blessed here in Oregon.  Here's a little photo journey of a Saturday well spent.  Happy Sunday!

26 westward bound

26 westward bound

tree couple

tree couple

Nehalem River  

Nehalem River  

Nehalem Falls

Nehalem Falls

Nehalem Bay State Park

Nehalem Bay State Park

Dunes + Sea

Dunes + Sea

Dunes

Dunes

S'mores by the sea...

S'mores by the sea...

Big skies over Nehalem
Big skies over Nehalem
Parking lot view

Parking lot view

One of my favorite views... 

One of my favorite views... 

Dusk arriving

Dusk arriving

Sunset

Sunset

Little beach campfire with my old man

Little beach campfire with my old man

Magic hour

Magic hour

Nightfall

Nightfall

renewed site renewed vision

it's been a while since i last posted & realizing half of the year has come & gone. we've been busy remodeling our first home & as remodeling goes, seemingly no end in sight...  my designs have been on the back burner for the past several months but now that our home is in a livable condition,  i feel energized & ready to start creating again.  so with this new energy, i put a heaping amount of time & love into this new site bringing both of my labels, rizom designs & leilei aloha under one roof, so to speak.  my hope is for a cohesive space, an organized, streamlined site that makes it easier to share what i love & create.  please browse around & check back often for regular posts. for now, i leave you with a spread in the beautiful spring/summer issue of oregon home magazine featuring my little redwood tote bag.  thanks so much to snow blackwood & the oregon home staff for their generous love! here's a link to their stunning magazine if you'd like to browse their latest issue!  http://www.oregonhomemagazine.com/


a path with heart

“A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you . . . Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.”― Carlos Castaneda

a path with heart
a path with heart

I've asked myself this question for what seems an eternity, 'What is my path?'  My walks on the beach, through a park or climbing a mountain gives me good footing for my mind and sometimes the path reveals itself to you, a path with heart, the only kind to take...Aloha Friday!

Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch

Ever drifting, drifting, driftingOn the shifting Currents of the restless main; Till in sheltered coves, and reaches Of sandy beaches, All have found repose again.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem 'Seaweed'

This bag.... A labor of love, countless hours upon hours stitching & dreaming of the foggy gray coastline, walking in meditation, heaps of scarred driftwood that have seen the world, good stories kept in silence, tangled up in seaweed, it's most trusty drifting companion, draped beautifully giving itself to dryness of the land. All these thoughts and images of my day dreaming mind and methodical hands incarnated into the lovely Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch.

Available here

Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Front View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Front View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Body View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Body View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Side View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Side View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Detail View
Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch ~ Detail View

Seaside Diversion

We traveled to Newport this week for a dental surgery that I have not been looking forward to, needless to say but both along the way to and from, I was pleasantly soothed by the beautiful Central Oregon coastline and made the trip a good memorable experience.  Thank you Dr. Loiselle & staff for the wonderful care & thank you Mother Nature for creating such beautiful scenery.  Here are some pix from the trip ~ hope you enjoy a weekend filled with natural wonder wherever you may be...

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, OR
Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, OR
Vintage Buoys & Floats, Newport, OR
Vintage Buoys & Floats, Newport, OR
Depoe Bay, Central Oregon
Depoe Bay, Central Oregon
Drift Creek Covered Bridge, Lincoln County, OR
Drift Creek Covered Bridge, Lincoln County, OR
Drift Creek, Lincoln County, OR
Drift Creek, Lincoln County, OR