A Perfume Genius Distills Scent Memories

One of my favorite things in the shop right now is a very special collection of scents by the Brooklyn-based perfumer, Christopher Brosius. For the uninitiated, the name of Brosius's company, CB I Hate Perfume, often evokes a laugh. It's a counter-intuitive brand name for a fragrance maker, but the backstory is brilliant.

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Rock Solid: DIY Concrete Planters

I love the industrial-meets-rustic look of concrete plantersand I'm very excited to share the new collection that I've been working on (available soon at the shop). Like all good art projects, the making of pots includes a healthy dose of research and some exciting revelations. And while there are already a lot of really great how-tos out there, my hope is to add a few additional bits of wisdom to the pot-making oeuvre in case you want to try this yourself. (Plus, I'm throwing in a link to Momofuku Milk Bar's cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie recipeand I swear it's not off-topic You'll see why in just a bit.) 

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5 Minute Exercises: Reduce Stress, Up Your Energy

Stress. It's a symptom of our modern world, and it can really affect the quality of our lives. Luckily, there are some easy exercises (in tandem with some wonderful, meditative breathing techniques) to get us back on track, calm and revitalized. Dr. Johannes Liu, a longtime practitioner of TaiChi, meditation and Chinese herbal medicine is here to show us how it's done. 

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DIY: Botanical Chandelier

Back in February I wrote about making myself some floral art to celebrate Valentine's Day, and I waxed poetic about Azuma Makoto, an artist whose work is an enduring source of inspiration. Scroll through my posts and you'll notice a major theme: I'm crazy about making structures out of flowers, leaves, branches and grass. And, I'm envisioning that plants, living and dried, will be an essential part of my store. 

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The Warp and the Weft

The shift from summer to fall is in the air. Signs of the transition are everywhere, even in unexpected places like the neglected alley behind my house, where I recently spied a row of tall golden grass. I must have driven past it countless times, but backlit by the late-afternoon sun its beauty was impossible to resist. I took a break from weeding my flower beds, grabbed my clippers and gathered some up. I thought immediately of the incredible botanical sculptor, Tracey Deep, and how my newfound material would be perfect for creating something with the sort of woven detail that I've admired in her work. 

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Take the Long Way Home

I am so grateful for Seattle's light rail. Without it, I'd have to drive to work in horrendous commuter traffic. But there's a catch: I live over a mile from the station, which means either walking or riding the #50 bus to and fro. In the morning, it's a breeze. The bus is almost always on time and well synced with my transit app. Going home, it's another story. 

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Blue Twig: Study no. 2

The other day I was walking in the rain with a friend when my eye fell on this twig. It was lying on the wet bricks in Pioneer Square looking a bit forlorn, like it had fallen violently from a tree or been thoughtlessly cast aside. I suppose that's one of the reasons that it spoke to me. That, and the fact that I found it's shape really, truly beautiful. "I love that twig!" I sang out as soon as I saw it. And I knew instantly that I would take it home and paint it a vibrant shade of blue.

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The Freecycle Florist

I get an incredible thrill making something out of nothingespecially when the project is spontaneous. This morning the sun was shining, and I felt inspired to walk around my South-Seattle neighborhood. What's great about my route is the mix of carefully tended gardens interspersed with less well kept (or vacant/under-construction) lots. There are lots of spots where the plant life is in the public domain. I brought a pair of trimmers and a tote bag along in case anything arrangement-worthy caught my eye. 

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