New piece in the Etsy shop

Posted on | Friday, July 31, 2009 | 6 Comments

I just created a new piece for the etsy shop and photographed it with my camera... before shipping my camera off for repairs (I know I said I was going to do that weeks ago). So sadly... pictures may not be as *pretty* until the camera is back.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!

Romantic new garter in the Etsy shop

Posted on | Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 4 Comments

I am waiting for some more supplies (coming from France) for the Blue Bird garter. I've received a bunch of inquiries about it... I will try to have it relisted soon! In the meantime, I created another garter for the Etsy shop and you can view it HERE.

I'm slowly taking custom garter requests if you are interested and are not seeing the perfect piece. Email or convo me for details.


Posted on | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | 5 Comments

I've been working a bit more slowly since it's been so hot in Oregon (107 degrees!). I know Chelsea has similar sentiments. Wah-wah-wah.. right? It's okay if you have AC... but it is really hard to work in a boiling hot house if you don't have AC. I would stand there in my studio, not moving, and the sweat was dripping down my face. Well, like many Oregonians, Matt and I waited until too late to go AC shopping. Sold out just about at every store from Portland-Salem (I called everywhere). Anyhow, we just got a used one that is big enough for my studio room in the house and it is heaven. To celebrate the simple things in life, I created a simple, yet gorgeous handmade silk rose. It's in my Etsy shop HERE.

Makes me want to go on a picnic...

Posted on | Monday, July 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

Along with all the amazing weddings they've photographed this season, I love this photo by Paul Rich and Holly Andres. It really makes me want to grab my picnic basket and go to the park with my hubby.


For Mix Magazine
Found HERE.

A couple new pieces :: Etsy shop update

Posted on | Friday, July 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

It's about time I listed a couple new pieces in my shop, yes? I LOVE this new "Twirl" bridal hair piece. It is so floaty, lightweight, yet completely glamorous:

And a petite and delightful addition...

Both in my Etsy shop right now. Happy Friday!

Pretty pictures :: Stephanie Williams Photography

Posted on | Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 6 Comments

I just received a few gorgeous photos from the talented Stephanie Williams of Stephanie Williams Photography. She recently photographed the fashion spread in the lovely e-zine, Utterly Engaged. Here are a few photos and one from the e-zine:

Photo credits: Stephanie Williams Photography

Oregon Bride Magazine :: fall/winter 2009

Posted on | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

Aw~ just lovely:

This amazing photo shoot was taken in May on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Elianna Bar-El did the amazing styling and the spread was for the lovely Oregon Bride Magazine. I see several tops from the English Dept., including that amazing shrug that Elizabeth Dye made for me! There are a couple twigs & honey pieces in the shoot:

Just stunning. How funny that a few years ago, my MA thesis was on Mt. Hood, glaciers and environmental change. When I chose Mt. Hood as my region of study, I never thought that years later, I would have designed a couple pieces for a fashion shoot on the dormant volcano. Full circle. :)
Photo credits: Oregon Bride Magazine
Video by Kevin Focht

shabd simon-alexander :: loving right now

Posted on | Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

I saw Shabd Simon-Alexander's work a few months ago on various blogs and bookmarked the site... I just loved everything (I am sure you have seen her work already). I recently started thinking about her fabulous dyed clothes and am now slightly obsessed. I guess it was one of those things that just grows and grows on you until you find yourself daydreaming a bit about it. Her new fall line should start to become available in a few weeks. I cannot wait! Here are a couple of favorite pieces including a top in her shop and a previous custom made dress:

I really love this top. I wish I had the abs to pull it off!

I love this dress way too much.
I was never a fan of tie-dye until now. Thanks, Shabd!

Vintage finds

Posted on | Friday, July 17, 2009 | 6 Comments

Thank you so very much for all your thoughtful comments and emails after my last blog post! They have meant so much! Matt and I are still in search for the perfect dog. We have narrowed the breed down to either a german shepherd (thank you bloggers for the great recommendations!) or an english mastiff (thanks, emily!). I'll keep you posted. :)

Recently, I nabbed an armload of goodies at the antique shop a couple blocks away from our house. I felt like I hit the jackpot. Spending just over $30, I nabbed a great vintage wooden soda bottle box, a vintage hard suitcase, a handful of vintage brooches and earrings and a wonderful woven and leather belt. Here are a few photos:

Vintage wooden soda bottle box, hung on the wall to create a storage shelf.

Perfect for storing lots of little supplies.

The top box is the vintage hard suitcase.
Anyone going to be in the Salem, Oregon area today-Sunday? The Salem Art Fair and Festival will be taking place at Bush's Pasture Park, which is conveniently a few blocks away from our house and also where we took our formals for our wedding. It should be a great weekend! See you there!

It's a crazy world out there

Posted on | Monday, July 13, 2009 | 14 Comments

I had never previously considered having a dog that was a companion and a "protection dog" until recently. Not to get too personal, I'd just like to say that harassment that is unprovoked and ongoing is not okay. It is not right in this day to be afraid to walk out of your own home when you haven't done anything. That said (I may remove this post later), I'm looking at getting a second dog to protect myself and my family, which includes Indy. Indy is a great companion dog, but she loves everyone and isn't a good "guard dog". I know that probably, not everyone agrees with me about having a "protection dog". I don't think I agreed with it in the past, but things can happen in your life that change everything. I don't like feeling like I have to watch my back for my own safety and Indy's if I go for a walk. That's just ridiculous. Anyhow, life got a bit rocked this past weekend, and I haven't been out much at all, so posting might be a little light this week as I try to get my life back to a level of normalcy.

Oregon Bride Magazine

Posted on | Friday, July 10, 2009 | 6 Comments

I need to grab a copy of the latest Oregon Bride Magazine! I'm dying to flip through the whole issue. I noticed that they have a few of the pages online HERE and they did a lovely little write-up on Twigs & Honey HERE. They included a picture I took for my website. *smile*
Thank you, Oregon Bride Magazine!

I can't wait to see the fashion spread styled by Elianna! I'll keep you posted.

Rise and Shine Necklace :: Spotted!


I just happened to visit the Etsy FrontPage this morning and saw a flash of something that looked familiar. It didn't totally click in my head at first and then I realized it was the Rise and Shine Necklace. Remember I originally designed it for my sister?

Twigs & Honey necklace

Fun stuff.

jane.bird :: lovely Flickr photostream

Posted on | Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

ar, originally uploaded by jane.bird.

kali, originally uploaded by jane.bird.

anonymous face, originally uploaded by jane.bird.

originally uploaded by jane.bird.

I'm loving all of the photos by Savannah Jane on flickr (jane.bird). I love the settings, lighting, fashion, everything...

Remember these shoes?


I really loved the Banfi Zambrelli shoes on Gilt Groupe a little while back... they retailed for almost $700! Even at Gilt Groupe, their "sale" price was way more than I was willing to spend for shoes. So I sighed a bit and was resolved to the fact that I was never going to be able to afford them. BUT... thanks to all the lovely people who signed up for Gilt through my invite (thank you, thank you!!), I was able to get a pair today! For almost free! Be sure to sign up and then be sure to invite all your friends so you can enjoy credits! Thank you to all my fellow stylish friends and blog readers who love a good deal as much as I do.

I received my nearly free Hunter boots last week... LOVE them!!! I'm so glad I waited for them on Gilt Groupe (For a long time, I couldn't rationalize spending over a hundred for wellies. Anyone feeling me?). Click HERE to join.

Pssst... Women's Final Sale at Gilt Groupe today

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They are having the Women's Final Sale at Gilt Groupe today. Over 30 designers with prices up to 90% off retail. Be sure to visit. :) To be invited, click HERE. Sale starts at 9 am PDT.

Everyone loves a good before and after...

Posted on | Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | 9 Comments

I think I said ages ago that I'd post some photos of our home remodel. Well, Matt and I got busy! We have been tackling it one room at a time. When we bought our house a little over a year ago, it was 2 bedrooms with a large den in the back. The den was nasty and dated, with wood paneling on the walls, uneven floors, old carpet... generally speaking, it looked like crap. We decided to create a home office and a third bedroom out of the space. This also created a new hallway to the backyard. So far, Matt has finished the home office and the walls for the hallway and 3rd bedroom. I'll post progress photos as we get farther along. At the moment, we've switched gears and we're overhauling the landscaping while the weather is nice.
So here is the second home office before and after:

Home office: Before


Home office: Before

This is the east half of the former den.


Home office: After

Much better! Mind the clutter... I called Matt before this post and he was like, "no... I need to clean the room first before you do the post." ;) Clutter is so much better than what the room was before!

Home office: After

New lighting.

Home office: After

New dry wall, texture, paint.
New crown moldings, floor boards and the windows got a nice coat of accent paint.

Home office: After

Home office: After

New hardwood floors.
Matt also put in french doors, but I could not get a good angle to photograph them... but more to come once the hallway is finished.
Question: "...did you guys do all the work yourselves?" - Sabrina
Answer: Yes! Although, it was 99.999999999% Matt. :) I think I held the crown moldings for a moment so they could get nailed in. Mostly, I cursed at the dust and the tools lying around. But Matt gets all the credit.

Little updates


I'm so sorry if anyone hopped over to my online shop over the weekend and didn't see anything there. I just found out late last night that something with my host company changed and for some strange reason, my shop disappeared. Anyhow, all is fixed now, but the url is different so update your bookmarks. :)
To shop right now at Twigs & Honey click HERE (

This week, I need to send my camera in for repairs, so expect to see lesser quality photos for a couple weeks. I'm so sad. :*(

AND! I'm not totally sure what they will use, but if you happen to watch the Early Show on CBS tomorrow (Wednesday from 7-9am), look out to see if you see some Twigs & Honey pieces. They chose this one and this one. Crossing my fingers.

Oh! And I thought I'd post a few photos I recently received from Loren, a lovely bride I worked with over a year ago now. Time flies! Congratulations, Loren and hubby!

Lovely real bride :: Melissa

Posted on | Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

I worked on Melissa's piece over year ago and was delighted to receive a few photos today. What a lovely, lovely bride and gorgeous photography!

Congrats, Melissa!!
Photo credits: AMB Photo Company

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