Although it’s been a bit on the hot side this week, we have been having a glorious spring (or early summer I suppose) here in Portland. Over the past few days the heat has broken and so I have taken some time to show my sister, (and new intern) Erin around the neighborhood. After fueling up on (gorging ourselves on) raspberries from the yard of course.
We’ve had so much fun checking out all the flowers, veggies and herbs that people are growing in their yards. And we are certainly taking time to stop and smell the roses– and lavender and sage.
It’s so great to be able to take it slow and absorb all the beauty around us.
I am sketching away trying to get ready for my big debut at the end of the summer. The goal today is to finalize my designs and start patterning!
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After a great deal of planning and procrastinating, I am finally taking the leap and starting my clothing company. I have been dreaming of starting my own apparel company for nearly a decade and I truly believe that I am finally ready to take the leap and go for it!
…and it feels so good! Gardening is sometimes tricky for me because my sciatica usually gets irritated after about a half hour. One of my goals is to eliminate that pain through healthier living and gardening is a big part of that. It has become one of my favorite forms of exercise. I spent the day gardening yesterday and ripped out some truly horrendous weeds. Their bulbs were down a foot or two, causing me to have to dig down and basically turn over and sift through my whole garden bed. I am thankful that my back lasted the whole time.
Meet Italian arum or Orange Candleflower. It has a reputation for being nearly impossible to eradicate. So much so that the city of Portland recommends throwing the bulbs you dig up in the trash rather than the municipal compost! (I love that Portland has a municipal composting program. It was one of the reasons I wanted to move up here.) This plant, that looks nice at first, has been trying to take over my whole garden.
I don’t know who was in charge of the landscaping before I moved into this house buy for some reason they picked all the WORST plants! (Except the daffodils, I love my daffodils).
After much ado I was able to get my two new blueberry bushes in the ground.
Here they are, Jersey and Earlyblue.
They’re not very photogenic yet but they will be soon. Good luck little guys! I am pretty excited about the bounty of fruits and veggies I am going to have this summer, I’m well on my way toward a more self sufficient life. It’s a good thing too, the drought in California could have a major impact on the availability of some foods.
I bought an apple and a pear tree! I am so freeking excited to get them in the ground! I did some reading on the subject and it looks like it’s going to be a little more work than I anticipated. To be fair, I was reading about how to start and orchard. Follow the link to Mother Earth News to take a look at the article I was reading. There are some great tips on planting, pruning and care for your fruit trees.
I also got a few more blueberry bushes at the nursery. I have one from last season that is hard at work establishing its roots but I recently found out that it is wise to have more than one plant for better pollination. Why I didn’t come across this information last year is beyond me. I feel like I did a fair amount of research. Oh well, crisis averted.
Globally the fashion industry is one of the largest in the world, as it is worth around $1.5 trillion annually and employs millions of people. Making a huge impact on the environment, it is important to have eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical considerations when approaching fashion as we as designers have a responsibility to our business, consumers, other designers, society, the environment and ourselves. “At least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25% of the world’s pesticide is used to grow non-organic cotton. This causes irreversible damage to people and the environment, and still two-thirds of a garment’s carbon footprint will occur after it has been bought” (Kenneth L 2015).
If more designers and companies followed a sustainable approach it could make a huge difference. The industry could change the world, saving the environment with quality fashion made from eco friendly and ethical processes.