Sunday, June 28, 2015

Haddaway Hall Greenhouse

After some Sunday hiking plans fell through, i went off to another derelict green house to cure my photo-bug. I've seen this attraction many times in my life, only a few miles from where i grew up. But today i took the time to research it a bit.

This is part of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, or Haddaway Hall. Most recently it had been a seminary for the better part of the past 30 years. Though it was originally constructed in 1923 for the timber baron John Weyerhaeuser and his wife. The main house is a 52-room, 15,600-square-foot mansion, one of the finest in the Pacific Northwest they say. It recently sold for over 5 million! The property's grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers - who are also responsible for landscaping New York City's Central Park! What a strange gem to stumble upon...

The online real-estate listings show off the the regal and well-maintained mansion, though as we see here in my photos, the servant’s quarters and a greenhouse have fallen behind over the years. what a contradiction between detailed gold leaf finishes and the side that faces this street. There's some history for the day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice! I think spring thought is was summer all along, but now the season has caught up to the warm weather!

Sunday evening we hosted another fire and dinner to welcome the long days getting shorter. This time i laid out old tapestries (my go-to beach collection) around the fire-pit early in the afternoon for our dinner. And as the sun set and the heat settled we lit a nice fire! From the backdoor of the house looking out into the yard you could see a sea of strangers and friends sitting and talking quietly as guitars were passed around for some ambient jamming. I think the tapestries and blanket were perfect for a Sunday evening affair, sitting instead of standing made the event so peaceful compared to a few rowdy house parties in the past. Hey, they all have their moments, but this nice was lovely.

for our undocumented feast, Anthony smoked a roast, and we made beet burgers for the veggie crowed, beat-meat. I also made a cilantro lime coleslaw garnished with nasturtium blossoms from Anthony's garden. Happy bellies.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vintage Finds

Why a is a vintage wardrobe more interesting than new "fast-fashion"?

I've been working on maintaining and updating my lil shop more often lately. Warm weather brings out my thrifty side. I live with-in an hour of a big military base which makes for a lot of interesting ethnic finds. A lot of war-brides, lady's from overseas who married American solders after World War II. We also see the homes of a lot of well traveled families. Estate sales around here are often loaded with worldly bohemian finds! I'm endlessly fascinated piecing together the lives of the house you're going through. The story's they have to tell!

One of my favorite finds are vintage kimonos. They feel so boudoir and special. Even if they end up being wall decor, silk kimonos are a pretty thing. I pick whimsical and unusual pieces for my shop because this is my own aesthetic as well! I love fabric, pattern, embroidery... and of course sharing my find around the world! I've shipped to nearly every continent, that's crazy! This week it was New Zealand and Colorado! Sometimes it's shipping Japanese pieces back to Japan. Or Indian pieces to Sweden... Conquering the world, one vintage find at a time!

So, if you're ever interested in what i'm digging up - you can visit anytime over here.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Maritime

Washington is being hit by an awful lot of hot weather! On Sunday we did some boating out on The Sound. Gig Harbor was having a Maritime Festival and a ceremonial Blessing of the Fleet. Mystic Lady was my favorite fishing vessel name.

After braving the bigger waves under the bridge, we anchored in Gig Harbor to do some people/boat watching. We passed cold beers to canoers (because boating people are nice people!), and chatted with a few harbor seals.

I used an adapted Holga lens for the day, toy camera photos.



If you ever manage to find you way out on the water near Pt. Defiance, a passage called The Narrows, check out all the awesome homes along Salmon Beach. A unique bohemian community of houses and cottages built at the bottom of a cliff over the water! In high school I knew a few families who lived down here. What if this was your view everyday?! Vehicles park at the top of the cliff, and inhabitants hand carry every item down to the homes... commitment! I can see why you might keep a couch for an awfully long time down there.