Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Arrivals

27 inch waist. $119

I can hardly believe it's been over a month since I've posted here. The end of Summer flew by as I transitioned the shop out of warm weather clothing and slowly started bringing in wool and knits, which have been selling like hot cakes! Anyway, today I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces in the shop for Fall. Lots of oranges, browns and cute autumnal prints.

 26 inch waist $119
 30 inch waist $62

 30 inch waist $64

It's still fairly warm here in Portland (it's supposed to be 90 this weekend!) but I know the cold weather will be here before we know it. I'm so excited for apple cider, pumpkin carving and fires in our new fireplace!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vintage Inspiration: Marianne Faithfull

It seems crazy but I'm already deep in Autumn buying for the shop. Wool, plaids and knits should all be arriving in a couple weeks. Marianne Faithfull is a great muse for my buying right now. I love the late 60s/early 70s vibe and her colors and patterns are always classic.

What are you dreaming of for Fall? We've had a crazy warm summer in Portland so I have a feeling that when the rain and overcast days hit, I might just be a teeny bit excited to set aside my sun dresses in favor of knee length skirts and a long sleeve top.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Window Dressing Artist: The Paper Mama

We are so pleased to welcome Chelsey Andrews aka The Paper Mama as the August artist for our ongoing Window Dressing series. Recently I had a chance to ask Chelsey a few more questions about her business and her inspiration and plans for her upcoming window display. We'll be celebrating her window Friday August 1 from 5-9pm with champagne and snacks. I hope you can stop by!

Hi Chelsey! Let's start with the type of things you make for The Paper Mama!
I make brooches, earrings, necklace pendants, magnets, and little pillows. I guess that's a little bit of everything. 

How long have you been doing this (making and blogging) professionally?
I've been blogging for 6 years, but blogging officially turned into a business in 2011.

I've been making things to sell off and on FORever. My first business was a catnip toy "company". I named my business Meowi Kazowi, grew and dried my own catnip, and made the cat toys at the age of 12. My grandpa helped me make my first website (we made this on GeoCities, yeah). I may have been a weird cat-obsessed kid, ha! That business disappeared as I turned into a teenager. When I was in college I tried selling random things here and there, but The Paper Mama shop really came around in 2011. Right around the time my blog became a business. What a weird world. 

What's your favorite part about being a full time artist and blogger?
I am a maker, that's for sure. I never stop moving and I feel like it's what I was meant to do: to make. That's my favorite part. I make things for a living. 

Let's talk about your window! What's the theme/inspiration for your window installation?
My favorite things to draw: animals and flowers.

What limited edition item (or items) will you be making?
Made from a new daisy illustration and a hand drawn "Wander" word I'll have a variety of items for all the lovely Wanderlust shoppers to enjoy! These designs will be made into wooden pins, earrings, rings, pillows, and necklace pendants. All made for the sweetest little Portland shop. 

What's your favorite thing to do during the month of August in Portland?
Hide indoors from the heat? I am such an Oregonian. If the weather goes past 80 I start to melt and you can find me either indoors or by cool water. Even though I'm a heat wimp, my husband and I do like to take our daughter to all the local restaurants for a yummy lunch or dinner on an outdoor patio. That's definitely a favorite summertime thing. 

And finally, tell us about your most prized vintage find or vintage possession!
Oh, it's hard to pick. If I really have to choose ONE thing, it would be my velvet paint-by-numbers ship painting from the 70's. I really love that thing. It's hanging proudly in our living room. 

Thanks so much Chelsey! We can't wait to see your window go up next week. Be sure to check out the facebook invite for her celebration here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vintage Inspiration: The Livin' Is Easy

We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Portland. It's been in the 90s which is rare for early July around these parts. The good thing is I've brought out all my sun dresses and sandals and am having a wonderful time riding my bike to work and drinking a million iced coffees.

These lovely gals from the 40s have exactly the type of carefree sunny attitude I'm trying to channel this Summer.