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IMG_5845 it is snowing today here in my wilderness escape. a lot. i was excited and prepared for the snow on thursday, which was nothing compared to the snow we are getting now . i am sure the rest of the population in the area isn’t as in much awe as me, but i couldn’t believe how much snow there actually was until i started walking in it an hour ago.

i admit i have been encountered a bit of the blues. literally, seconds after i blasted out the new lookbook and shop product, i started feeling down. i have been so focused and so busy the past few weeks, almost month, that once i was finished with the whole thing, i didn’t know what to do with myself and frankly, i still don’t. i have been a lazy bum all weekend and probably will be the rest of the day. i am missing my friends and family more than i can describe right now. it’s times like these i am ready to run back to LA or Portland or Chicago or  anywhere where i feel i fit in.

but… then there is this beautiful winter wonderland outside my front door today. how can i not stop and appreciate it? when it snowed on thursday, i took wylie boy for a walk around the hood. (there are a few photos at the end of the post from instagram- you can also see the difference in the amount of snow from today.) he made a friend with one of the horses at the ranch. it was possibly one of the sweetest things i have ever witnessed. the horse stuck his head out and wylie went in for a sniff. he practically started dancing in circles. it made my heart melt and the next day the snow did too. the thing about colorado is it can snow one day and the next it is 50 degrees and sunny. it was melting off the house by friday afternoon as if it were raining. last night it started snowing again and it hasn’t stopped since. seems it will continue the rest of the day. it is always in the moments when i walk around the property that i get rejuvenated about this adventure i am in. wylie boy had a blast running around and i started to see the bigger picture again, just from a simple walk in the snow. i only wish, i was sharing it with someone.

i love how white the light is inside the house.i love how much wylie loves running around in it. i love the way it neatly piles up on a banister or a lawn chair. i love how it can give you the excuse to be completely lazy.  i love the silence outside.

i wish i could record the sound of snow. it is so peaceful.

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http://sunandgloryshop.com

i have been talking of it for a while now…and it is finally all finished!!!!! i powered through yesterday like a champ, and when it was finally finished , i will be honest, i felt a little sad. like now what? this was so much fun to shoot with my friends, edit, put together,obsess over, and watch it work out so beautifully.

i tend to overanalyze most things in my life, except when i am creating. i realized this last night. it seems the process is the one time i don’t look to far ahead, or stress out, or generally even think about the outcome. i just let it all be, and watch it lay out in front of me as it happens. i knew i wanted to do a shoot, but didn’t have much of a plan until the day before or even day of. the only image i had in my mind was winter white.  amanda and i talked a bit about where we should shoot. out of the blue, i noticed the barn that sits up above the house. never before had i noticed its rustic charm and that day it came alive for me, for all of us. the stick idea evolved from the craft fairs. they have come in quite handy, thanks to my brother’s backyard.  the one thing i knew i wanted and hoped for, were the snowy shots. considering there was no snow on the ground, except on the river, amanda suggested getting down on it where the river was frozen and we could actually stand on it.  brilliant! the white on white, the way amanda’s hair was perfectly put up (unintentionally) for the feather necklace (one of my favorite shots), or the color of donna’s lips and the contrast of her hair with white.. watching it unravel on itself and work out in more ways than i could have imagined, well, i can now see it came out of the calm presence of creating, no stress, beautiful and very talented friends, and love. i didn’t want to boss the boys around, or tell them what to do (maybe only a few times). they nailed it! everyone did their thing and to me, it is simply perfect.

i couldn’t stop making things either. i did this when i started creating things last may for the first craft fair. as i am making one thing, i come up with an idea for another, and then i can’t stop until my vision comes through. of course, running into knicks along the way, but i always see a way to take that problem and turn it into something else. in the end, i end up with a million pieces. i am not the kind of creator whom spend days on one piece. it’s just not my style. i wish i had more patience, but as soon as i make one thing, i have an idea for another and i have this immediate sense to do it. a good thing or not, i don’t know.  i never expected to be a jewelry designer. for the future, i don’t know what my intentions will bring either.  i just know i am the happiest and in the moment when i make something, travel, or eat. 🙂 i suppose i am sharing this, because i am happy to have had the realizations of my process. i moved to the middle of nowhere to focus, and i feel through this experience, i am starting to find it.

as far as the product for this season, i didn’t make that many new macramé pieces. i did try some abstract macramé, which IS my new favorite. i am waiting for more leather to do a few more wall hangings like this as well. i got busy with some new chain and wool pieces. i was inspired by medieval adornment,chain mail, and unconventional uses for traditional supplies. i was also inspired by snow white and the huntsman, yeah i know…i was obsessed with charlize theron’s costuming,. i also started a line of wall hangings and dream catchers as well as plant hangers and terrariums. teaming up with my friend marianne, over at birdandfeather.com where she sells amazing supplies and air plants.

i might be overdoing it in too many areas. however, i can’t seem to stop myself.

check it all out:

http://sunandgloryshop.com

i can’t thank you enough for being a part of this: amanda, chris, zach, and donna.

photos by: chris vinopal and zach driscoll

models: donna goodrow and amanda scholl-vinopal

styling: annie rocchio

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the snow falls

a  little playlist from some of my favorite songs that are currently on repeat. the snow is suppose to start falling this afternoon and continue until tomorrow. generally, the forecasters around here can’t make up their minds, but coming from LA, where the weather people just needed to look pretty, they have a larger task at hand. from time to time i really miss LA (just a side fact and probably a post to come), but i admit i am looking forward to getting snowed in. it’s all part of this extraordinary experience. you see, i can’t get out of my driveway if there is like more than 1 inch of snow. my dad claims i can’t drive in the snow, which might be true, regardless, i will head out today to stock up on supplies in case the next few days wylie and i must hibernate in the neighborhood. i have been working hard on the shop update, it seems there are never enough hours in a day. i have surrendered that it won’t be done until the end of the week. i can’t wait to release it! i have plenty to keep my busy in what feels to me like it will be a blizzard, but to the locals -reality.

jenny o…automechanic

the ruby suns…closet astrologer

lucius…don’t just sit there

corey chisel and the wandering sons…fixing a hole

icona pop…i love it

gregory alan isakov…idaho

gregory alan isakov…light year

gregory alan isakov…master and a hound

kaki king…my nerves that committed suicide

kaki king…spit in back of my mouth

jonathon wilson…tomorrow’s child

click on the link above to listen in spotify

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first off, i have to admit that i am listening to Beyonce while typing this, which is pretty much out of character for me. did anybody else watch her documentary on HBO this past weekend? i had to try out one of her albums, which is a first for me, besides her radio hits. i am quite enjoying the change of pace- the girl has got some spunk! and run the world might just be one of the all time best music videos! i kind of think she is whitney houston/madonna/ and hilary clinton in one. i would probably vote for her. i am also obsessed with her choreography, not to mention her costumes. it’s just so good. ok, i am done talking about my girl crush.

moving on to this grapefruit and rosemary almond cake. which, i might say could possibly be one of my favorite things i have ever made. it is moist and light and yummy!!!! i could probably eat a piece every day. since, i can never NOT over do it when it comes to food and entertaining, i decided to make this cake a few weeks ago for my visiting friends just to have around. i told you we would be talking about that weekend for a while. i still have like 3 posts pending on it.

i found a recipe for a lemon/rosemary/creme fraiche cake and it was so pretty i wanted to try and recreate it. i did a spin on it though and changed a few things around with ingredients and flavors. the original recipe called for instant polenta, but i am not always the biggest fan of corn products, so i substituted this for more almond flour, which i am a big fan of. i also forgot to get creme fraiche at the store, kind of a main ingredient…but i had some honey greek gods yogurt and substituted this in the cake and the icing! instead of lemon, i obviously did grapefruit and kept the rosemary in there, which was my favorite part of the flavor. i added in some blood orange for color and just because i had one around. obviously, i took inspiration from the cake i did for the marie antoinette party. i have been wanting to do more fun decorated cakes like this…just another excuse to eat something. i loved this combo so much that i  did a twist on my baked donuts with a grapefruit/rosemary  for the job i did last week and they were a big hit! i will probably put herbs in all my desserts now.

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ingredients

cake

1 stick of melted butter/cooled

1 1/2 c of almond flour

1 1/3 c of flour

1 tbsp of baking powder

1 tbsp of grated grapefruit

1/2 tsp of salt

4 eggs at room temp

1/2 c of sugar

3/4 cup of creme fraiche or yogurt

1-2 tbsp of chopped rosemary

syrup

1/2 c of water

1/2 c sugar

1 tbsp grapefruit juice

glaze

1/2 c of powdered sugar

3 tbsp of creme fraiche or yogurt

1 tbsp of grapefruit juice

combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. beat the room temp and eggs for 10 minutes. add the creme fraiche or yogurt after the ten minutes and then the melted butter, which should be cool. fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in 3 batches. bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

while the cake bakes, make the syrup. combine the water and sugar and simmer until the sugar dissolves. add the grapefruit juice and pour over the cake while the cake is still hot. yum!

combine the ingredients for the glaze. you can add more powdered sugar or juice for required consistency. you can also add a little vanilla for flavor if you like. add the glaze to the cake when it has cooled.

i used a mandolin to slice my grapefruit and blood orange. i then sliced them in half and decorated around the cake. a few springs of rosemary garnish the middle.

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IMG_4119i was hoping to post this last week, but between work, the boys editing photos, and getting in my car at 5:30am everyday this week to drive to denver, i haven’t had a moment to do so. but….continuing with the weekend extravaganza that was…i wanted to share some behind the scenes of the photo shoot we did for the sun and glory winter /spring lookbook. when the ladies told me they were coming and booked their tickets my brain starting turning. i have been daydreaming of  a winter lookbook filled with images of snow and using this beautiful land i currently inhabit. although, winter is almost over, this will also suffice as a spring book too with all those horsy pictures! considering two very talented photographers, zach and chris, were accompanying the girls on this trip, how could i not take advantage of putting together an impromptu shoot?

amanda and i have been doing photos shoots since our very early days in LA, which then consisted of polaroids and my hallway. donna has modeled for me too on occasion not to mention all those photo shoots for myspace being silly. chris, has won awards for his photos and together he and amanda won an award for their submission to a crossroads photo contest. zach, puts together these amazing videos and to my surprise he took lots of video of the shoot…which i am so excited about as we have been trying to get together to do a shoot for some time now! the boys brought their professional equipment and the ladies their beauty! everyone was so into and that just makes it that much more fun! it was a perfect day to all hang out together and get creative! my favorite kind of days!

we did limited makeup and hair…maybe a little lipstick here and there. i like it underproduced, more natural, using what we have. amanda and i hit up buffalo exchange for a few pieces, the rest we wore out of our own closets. i love the simplicity of it just coming together just as it is. the colorado homestead was the location. we used an old garage as backdrop that sits in front of my house, went across the street to utilize the horses whom didn’t seem to mind the spotlight, and then moved down to the river where those snowy photos began to appear thanks to the ice and snow still on the river!

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photos by:

chris vinopal

zach driscoll

me

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this past weekend was filled with food and silliness with some of my favorite people! sunday, we spent the day on the colorado homestead working on a photo shoot for sun and glory ( behind the scenes to come soon!). that evening we turned on the super bowl, looked at the photos from the shoot, got silly, ate a big dinner, played yatzee, and had yet another dance party. on the menu: filet mignon, potato nests, salad with avocado dressing (a donna special 🙂 ), and for dessert i made cupcakes and an almond grapefruit cake (both of those recipes to come soon on the blog!). donna’s birthday is on valentine’s day and even though we celebrated the night before at oak at fourteenth in boulder, i couldn’t help but to make treats! i love entertaining at my house and having everyone around my table. maybe one day i will get an actual dinning room table that seats more than 2 people! maybe it will even be in a dinning room! there was something cozy about sitting on the floor though, especially with these guys!

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thanks zach driscoll, for sharing photos for this post!

photo credit: zach driscoll, photos 4,6,7,13,14

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this past weekend, i had my first colorado visitors. donna and zach came all the way from LA and amanda and chris from chicago. amanda, was one of my first friends in LA. through her i met donna and it was like love at first sight for all of us. almost ten years after meeting these girls, they are still some of the greatest friends i have ever had! seems my friends come from different era’s of my life, and these ladies were my rocks those first few years in LA. we figured out that beast of a city together driving around listening to music, hitting up the bars and restaurants, and simply being girls in their twenties. i obviously adore their men as well, whom have been around since those early days. it has been a long time since the three of us have been together, since amanda and chris moved to chicago a few years back.

the weekend was filled with colorado adventures, food, drinks, laughter, dancing, games, love, relaxation, and a whole lot of instagraming (grammin as we called it). we even did a photo shoot for sun and glory, which i am so excited about and can’t wait to share! it was this perfect weekend, one that has been hard to kind of let go of the last few days. it felt so good to entertain and have some heart and soul fill the house up.

i got quite a few blog posts out of the weekend! so, get ready for it!