Life Changes


Hi there!  Man, it's been a looooong time since I've shared anything here.  A full year.  Trying to keep all of the parts of my business and life running can be challenging at times, and keeping up here was one of the things I allowed myself to let go of.  

Speaking of which, things are changing in my world.  I have decided to take a sabbatical from the jewelry business for awhile in order to give my body and heart time to heal and rest.  Fully healing from a complex illness like Late Stage Lyme Disease takes a lot of energy and focus, and I've finally realized that I might not be able to "do it all" and still heal in the deep way I want to.

While this decision feels sad and scary in some ways, it mostly feels exciting to be at a place where I am willing to let go of old ways of being, and consider that I might not have all of the answers.  I am finding myself more and more open to what the universe has to offer, instead of trying to control everything.  In doing so I hope I will free up the energy I need to heal and perhaps to discover new passions and creative outlets.

I can't express how grateful I am to all of my customers and community for supporting my business and life these last 5 plus years.  It has been a wonderful path to walk down, and I may walk it again, but for now I'm taking a new trail and I'm excited to see where it leads.

The shop will be closed, and I dont imagine I'll be sharing much here for awhile.  If you want to keep up with me follow me on Instagram, and otherwise, be well.


A little bit of the last week or so:  Our garden bounty, new jewelry, blueberry picking, the awesome community dinner we attended at Nehalem River Ranch, featuring amazing food from our friends Tournant in PDX in a beautiful valley setting.  And pretty soon I'll share photos of the new deck we just built!  I can't wait to get it all decked out (see what I did there?) and turned into a cozy outdoor space.

July has just flown by, and I'll be spending this last week of the month finishing up wholesale orders, and wrapping up loose ends before we head to Montana for a 2-week van trip!  I can hardly wait to spend time disconnected, and out in nature (not to mention some much-missed van-living!).  I've also been feeling really healthy lately, and I'm excited to travel and adventure while feeling good!

For local folks, Roots & Wings will be at the Manzanita Farmers Market again tonight, it should be a fun one as the First Annual Manzanita Music Fest kicks off this weekend!  Here's hoping the sun comes out by then.

And if you're not local, we're having a little sale in the online shop, 30% off your order w/code "JustBecause," through Sun. 7/24/16.

Happy weekending everyone.


July//Studio & Home

It's been gray and rainy around here the last week or so, and I have to admit I don't really mind.  Lots of time in the studio this week, crafting new pieces to bring to the Manzanita Farmers Market this Friday 7/15, from 5-8.  I'll have some bestsellers, as well as a handful of OOAK pieces.  It feels good to be creating, especially given the freedom to explore new one of a kind ideas and designs.  If you can't make it this weekend, we'll be there next Fri, as well as August 26th.  

Otherwise, it's been rather quiet around here - bike rides and evening surfs, garden time and stacking the last of the wood for the winter.  We're starting to enjoy the bounty of our garden, and I'm so overjoyed as each new flower I planted this spring begins to bloom (I went a little flower crazy:).

I hope to see you this Friday at market, and if you're not local, the shop is always open!


A Week in Washington

We took last week off and road-tripped up to Washington with some of our closest friends.  We stayed in an amazing cabin near Leavenworth, swam in glacial rivers and lakes, camped in beautiful places, listened to endless good music, ate our weight in ice cream, shakes and s'mores, and backpacked in the North Cascades near Lake Chelan.  It felt great to spend some time in hot, dry mountainous areas, so different from our wet coastal climate, and to spend so much time outside.  This was also the first time I've been backpacking since my Lyme diagnosis (and really before that, it's probably been 4+ years) so that was REALLY exciting, albeit hard.  It's been one of my goals during the healing process, so I was pretty ecstatic to be able to do it!  

I'm back to work this week, getting ready for a couple more Farmers Market booths the next couple of weeks, and prepping for a few other projects.  Work always feels a lot more enjoyable after some time away to rest and recharge the creative juices.

Enjoy the photos, and cheers to the weekend! 


On the road again/Life in photos

Life has been full around here lately - lots of work and orders keeping my hands busy, for which I am eternally grateful.  Roots & Wings had a booth at the farmers market this past weekend, which was a ton of fun!  Thanks to everyone who came out and bought something.  If you're local, new jewelry is now available at the Nehalem Beehive, Unfurl in Manzanita, and Maiden Astoria!  And if you're not, the shop is still up and running!  And the creative juices have been flowing, so expect new designs to be hitting the shop later this summer.

As for me, I've wrapped up all the loose ends, cleaned up my jewelry desk, and am hitting the road today for a much needed week-long roadtrip with friends.  I'm pretty excited for some time in the woods, away from computer screens and to-do lists.  

Life in photos from the last couple of weeks:  Fathers day crab feast, a flourishing garden, jewelry production, wholesale orders, farmers market booth, and more.  

Enjoy your week and I'll see you on the other side!



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