gypsy handmaker...

oh my, it's been a while.... being a gypsy has it's challenges, mostly keeping up with one's journals & such as it's always tucked away in a box or in between locations.  since last i wrote, ry & i packed up our goods & hit the road again & have landed for a spell in the sleepy,  super laid back coastal town of carpinteria, california.  missing portland, especially during spring bloom season but loving the mid 70's temperature & endless sunshine here...  i've been busy setting up my studio & back to creating again which makes me so delightfully happy!  my focus, as ever, is on well made, simple, thoughtful, timeless goods that's easy to wear & easy to grow old with.  i'm also super excited about setting up a natural dye studio so i can experiment & custom dye my handmade goods!  in the meantime, here are some goodies that i'm slowly putting up on my site in the coming days/weeks.

i hope you are living beautifully & authentically wherever you find yourself! 

aloha!

arts + letters smock in 'bloom'

arts + letters smock in 'bloom'

mini.malist x-body leather tote in 'de oro'

mini.malist x-body leather tote in 'de oro'

arts + letters smock in 'enso'

arts + letters smock in 'enso'

mini.malist leather tote bag in 'caviar'

mini.malist leather tote bag in 'caviar'

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

redux + recycled

the last couple of years have been a blur, so many new adventures, 3 new companies, and about 10,000+ pictures taken along the way but I have always kept rizom close to my heart....  so the journey begins anew and it's like revisiting an old friend, picking up right where we left off.  here's to a new beginning, growing wiser & deeper roots....  i will post new creations soon!  oh & thank you brett for all your love in helping me create this site true to my heart...

rizom embossed
rizom embossed

ps: here are 2 projects I have been working on for the past year if you'd like to take a peek:

http://www.leileialoha.com/

http://alohastateoflove.com/

Driftwood Goes to New Zealand

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted.... Lots going on, so much so my head is spinning... we're getting ready for a move so my shop is closed for the next couple of months but I did want to post a few snaps of my latest Driftwood I was able to stitch up before putting the lid on the sewing supply box ~ she will fly away today & is headed to a gorgeous place named Nydia Bay in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand... What an adventure she is going to have!  Hope you have a beautiful life little Driftwood in your stunning new abodes with your sweet partner, Norma.  Bon voyage!

ps.  here's a link to On The Track Lodge in Nydia Bay for those wanderlusting...  if I find myself in New Zealand one of these days, I will be sure to stay here...

http://nydiatrack.org.nz/index.html