New Slouch Bags

Here's a fresh new batch of lovingly hand stitched slouch bags in Belgian linens & vintage denims. My staple design, always a classic & a favorite to hold & carry, they are beautiful both inside & out!  Available at my shop page.

 

Handmade Belgian linen slouch bag - Sun Kissed Chaparral

Handmade Belgian linen slouch bag - Sun Kissed Chaparral

Handmade Belgian Linen Slouch Bag - Hedgehog + Morel

Handmade Belgian Linen Slouch Bag - Hedgehog + Morel

Handmade Vintage Denim Slouch Bag - Indigo Blue

Handmade Vintage Denim Slouch Bag - Indigo Blue

Handmade Eco Linen Slouch Bag - Bark

Handmade Eco Linen Slouch Bag - Bark

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/


Walking a creative path

I've been thinking of the creative's journey, the difficulties, the self doubts and immense joy all bundled into one swirling emotion...  This quote by Mary Oliver from an interview I read is a beautiful affirmation of a woman who really stayed true to her creative desires, I love this... "I've said before that the angel doesn't sit on your shoulder unless the pencil's in your hand. ... And in truth that [is only] given after years of desiring it, being open to it, and walking toward it."

Diligently doing the work, holding it as something special, even sacred, having a spacious mind and always moving towards your desire, the main ingredients to a fulfilling creative life...

walking a lighted path
walking a lighted path

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!

The River Flow Tote Bag

River by Mary Oliver The river Of my childhood, That tumbled Down a passage of rocks And cut-work ferns, Came here and there To the swirl And slowdown Of a pool And I say myself- Oh, clearly- As I knelt at one- Then I saw myself As if carried away, As the river moved on. Where have I gone? Since then I have looked and looked For myself, Not sure Who I am, or where, Or, more importantly, why. It’s okay- I have had a wonderful life. Still, I ponder Where that other is- Where I landed, What I thought, what I did, What small or even maybe meaningful deeds I might have accomplished Somewhere Among strangers, Coming to them As only a river can- Touching every life it meets- That endlessly kind, that enduring

One of my favorite mid century prints that I have treasured for years and years, it speaks to me in so many ways, as Mary Oliver does, the poetry is in the print as it flows out and swirls about, like a graceful river, in all it's beautiful muted colors of nature.

available here

River Flow Tote Bag - Front View
River Flow Tote Bag - Front View
River Flow Tote Bag - Front Body
River Flow Tote Bag - Front Body

Mid Century 'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush ...

excerpt from 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins

the wonder, the colors, the freshness, the taste, oh the happiness of spring! blessed with rain, the spring comes alive with technicolor brilliance here in the pacific northwest, so much goodness one's heart sings with joy! the 'botanical' sun 'n shade hat, made of a gorgeous blooming vintage mid century linen is a visual ode to the magic of springtime and the anticipation of heading outdoors into the sunshine!

available here

'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat
'Botanical' Sun 'n Shade Hat