How was your summer?

HelloMyGoddess

What did you do over summer vacation, my lovely goddess?

I wonder if elementary teachers still assign kids to write an essay entitled “What I did over summer vacation”.

Mine no longer go to the little-kid-school so I don’t know the answer to that.

Here’s what I did.

(Other than moan about the heat…..)

OK, I admit. It wasn’t exactly holiday & margarita time.

Not for me anyway.

Was it for you?

Did you go anywhere exciting? Tell me about it!

I *tried* to work but boooyyyyy was it HOT this summer! (There I go complaining about the heat again.)

I spent more time sweating and thinking that I *should be* working  than actually working.

If you’ve ever lived in a hot climate sans A/C,
then you’ll know exactly that a human body feels
like a stick of butter sitting out on a hot city street.

Ahhh, yes, but today autumn is now in full swing and the weather couldn’t be more perfect!

My brain is finally functioning and I am finally able to post a bunch of photos with a clear mind.

Here goes, my lovelies!

Enjoy!

First of all, to keep track of time, I took this photo of my front window in the very beginning of spring. (Right, I know this is supposed to be about summer, not spring! Remember this photo. There will be a quiz question about this later. 😉 )

 

sunlight in southern Spain

Pretty, huh? I love the view, too!

What you see below is a rough draft . Instead of making sketches, I often jump right in and try to create what is in my mind, while praying that my fingers stay nimble and cooperate. I was toying with the idea of being able to carry a small vial of perfume around like a necklace. perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com
perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com

perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The project still needs a lot more tweaking. This may be a future collaboration with a perfume maker. But sshhhh, don’t tell anyone. It is still a secret!

Next stop: a trip to the farmer’s market! I’ve lived here so many years and I still loooove going to buy the freshest and finest fruit and veggies at the weekly outdoor market. I didn’t take my camera with me this time but here’s what I brought home.
summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

Summer in July: nectarines and melon.

This Spanish melon is named “Piel de Sapo”. A very unappetizing name for one of the most delicious summer fruit of all time! What’s the translation? Toad Skin Melon. Yuck or Yum?!

Here’s the bounty from a different day:

summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

August bounty: 3 different types of plums, cantaloupe melon, and black grapes.

(Can you guess we love to eat fruit around here?)

After getting a nice, healthy sugar rush from all that fruit,  my work / play time began.

I made some bags.

They are made of linen, my imagination, and interesting tidbits from my overflowing collection of “cool stuff that I can’t throw out yet”.

Doesn’t this bag look adorable sitting on my sofa next to the new cushion covers? ( I also made the cushion covers this summer out of Lithuanian linen because the old ones were all sad and bedraggled.)
See that painting? Too bad you can’t see the whole thing here. My uncle is an artist. He made it.  This is definitely the most precious piece of art I own.  I’ll have to take more photos of it another day. In the meantime, you can see more paintings by Vytautas O. Virkau here.

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

textile bag tote /www.hellomygoddess.com

 

This is the other side of the green linen bag.
textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here’s a completely different bag with views of the Spanish sand, blue sky, and golden sun.
Long live the summer!

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here are all the summer flowers blooming on the other side of that bag.

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here’s the inside of the bag. Lots of pockets and more flowers!

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Sometime between the fruit shopping and the bag-making, a blue moon came and went.
I was inspired to take some photos and even write a teeny poem.

blue moon www.HelloMyGoddess.com july 2015

moon goddess poetry www.HelloMyGoddess.com Hot
Eerie
Summer
Eve.
Nightly
Moon
Worship.

Can you see the words “Here Now” in there???

Time for a completely different project.
Here I am dying a vat of linen. This kind of activity is best done outside.
Good thing I lack no outdoor space!
Hot boiling water on a hot summer day.
Way to go, Indre!

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Pot of gold!

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Drying in the summer sun. It should actually have been in the shade but I didn’t have enough of that! In any case, it dried within minutes so the lovely fabric wasn’t out in the sun very long.DSCF5199ok

I decided to name this color “Golden Sands of Sahara”. Beautifully luscious, don’t you think?

And now it is time to make a dress out of the lovely linen. Here is it laid out and already cut in my sewing studio.
(This is the time of year when the name “sweat shop” was a very apt description of this place.)
Oh, in case you are wondering. Yes. Those are stones. Real stones. From the beach.
I use stones as weights when cutting my fabric. Very handy!
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Now I am sewing a bit of bias tape that goes in the dress.

In case you are a sewer and are curious to know: I’m using a special attachment that magically turns a strip of fabric into bias tape.

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I’ve nick-named my old industrial Singer “Old Faithful”.

I was in a hurry to get the beautiful dress sent off to my client, so I didn’t take a photo! Oh, well! It really looked stunning in that golden color. As I was packing it up, I could just picture it being worn together with a chunky honey-colored amber necklace.

I don’t know what kind of necklace my client wore with the dress but I know she does have very dark hair. This golden color must look stunning on her!

Since I can’t show you photos of that other dress,
here’s one I took of the sample dress in ivory linen.

linen jacket dress www.HelloMyGoddess

Next I made another one in black linen. Here’s the linen laid out on the table before cutting.

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Another favorite tool of mine. A hand-sized cutter. cutting fabric

 

I didn’t take a photo of the finished jacket before shipping it out to my client but here’s one from before.HelloMyGoddess Wrap Around Dress / Jacket

 

And now for something completely different.
Ideas on my jewelry-making table.

ideas on studio desk www.HelloMyGoddess.com

View of the entire desk top. OMbejesus. Yeah, it IS a mess! *yikes*
(Please note that I do not usually allow people to see this. )
I have at least a 458 ideas laid out on this desk. All at the same time!

messy studio desk

 

Here I had to clear some space and make a bunch of sterling silver earrings that got sent out to a quaint gift shop in North Carolina. If you are ever in North Carolina,
make sure to stop by The Qi Garden.www.HelloMyGoddess.com

making of earrings www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

“Hey, mom”, I hear my son say one fine summer morning. “”Could you help me take some photos of my donkey skull please”? (Say whaaaa…??? You are wondering what this is all about. Briefly, my son is a musician in a band called Donkey Hot Pink. To create the album cover for the band, he took an old cow skull, made donkey ears out of papier mâché, and painted it bright pink, black, and white. We had found that skull some years ago abandoned in the countryside and took it home. Can you tell we live in a crazy creative household?)

I took lots of photos that morning. Here are 2 of them.

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donkey hot pink www.HelloMyGoddess.com

We both decided that these photos weren’t exactly right, so we asked a professional photographer for his help. Here’s the clear winner:

skull 2

photo by Rod Westwood

It was exactly what the band wanted! The album is due to be out soon. We are looking forward to that!

Time to eat!
It was too hot to cook many days so I’d often make smoothies instead of meals.
One of my favorite had frozen bananas, a mix of frozen berries, raw almonds, and rice milk.
Great color!
Yummy, healthy, and nutritious, too!

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yummy smoothie www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

This is an Egyptian papyrus. I have lots of them in my garden.
I like the way a single one looks in a simple bottle and often have one on my big wooden table.

Did you know that the word “paper” comes from the word “papyrus”?
That’s because the ancient Egyptians first made paper using dried papyrus.
I love words and love learning curious facts like this. Don’t you?www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

More great food on a hot summer day. This time I prepared a salad and even baked some rye bread. I improvise when I make salad. Other than lettuce, this one had nectarines, red peppers, raisins, raw pumpkin seeds, and a sprinkling of candied ginger. My mouth waters just writing this and looking at the picture…..salad www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The rye bread I baked. healthy lunch with salad and rye bread www.HelloMyGoddess.com

Some of my friends say I should forget about fashion and become a professional chef.
I enjoy cooking (better yet, eating the result!) but prefer to treat it as a hobby.

Remember the very first photo up there?
Quiz time!
Can you spot the differences between the first photo and the one below?

green summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The sun wanted to be in the photo, too!

here comes the sun www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

First week of September. Here comes the rain! Finally, the hot spell was over. What a relief! I do love the summer but it was hotter and more humid this year than ever.

 

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View of the teeny town of Mojacar up on the hill.www.HelloMyGoddess.com rain in spain

Voilà!

That’s it!

Did you like the visual journey?
Do you think I should continue making bags, jewelry, and dresses?
Or become a professional cook?
Let me know in the comments below!
Don’t forget to tell me a bit about your summer, too!

One Piece of Advice

I had just posted a link yesterday to an interview with Liz Gilbert (that I had been meaning to post about 6 months ago and never got around to it…) and voilà, whaddhya know, a brand new interview with her appeared on the world-wide-spiderweb immediately afterwards.

This reinforces my belief that ideas are “out there”, floating around, and it is up to us to know how and when to capture them.

If you have a secret desire to write a book, make art, play in a band, create perfume, dance, and somehow *never* get around to it,

here is my One Piece of Advice:

Watch this video!

(And if you already have written your book, danced your dance, sang your song and all the rest, you’ll still find this interview incredibly enlightening.)

Here it is: the interview featuring Liz Gilbert (bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love).

Click on the picture below to take you to YouTube.

liz gilbert interview 22 sept 2015

 

 

Enjoy!

women & power & fear

I am LOVING this woman!

Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame

is much more than “just” an author.

Whether you love her

-OR-

whether you don’t even know how she is,

listen to this:

Women, Creativity & Moving Past Fear

 

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ARTWORK by FREDERIQUE EDY

Wanna feel like a million bucks?

 

I’ll never forget that moment I saw them after one of the trans-Atlantic flights I took.

The majority of us mortals had just endured 9 hours, 29 minutes, and 42 seconds

of flight time

in a magically shrinking plane seat,

plus an extra 5 hour and 44 minute stop-over lounging

in not-as-narrow-but-incredibly-hard-as-steel bench at the Brussels airport,

and boy, did we look the worse for wear afterwards.

 

Except for them, the couple ahead of me in line right now, as we were waiting to go through passport control.

 

I rather doubt the majority of us in that line we were feeling very human at that moment.

 

Rats in our hair,

stomping elephants in our mouths,

ants in our pants (OK, maybe not literally ants in our pants),

and body snatchers were invading our human bodies while standing in that very loooooong line,

waiting to get our passports stamped like good little sheep.

 

Darned passport control. Couldn’t we just be at our final destination already???

 

In the meantime, the couple ahead  of me were looking, oh, so elegant.

And calm.

And beautiful.

And relaxed.

And, and, and I don’t know what, but whatever it was, man, I decided right there and then that someday

I was going to look like that, too, after gracefully alighting from a jet plane.

 

It would help if I traveled in business class. Which this couple obviously did.

 

And had a million bucks. Like this couple seemed to have.

 

 

But it wasn’t a question of money. No. It was much more than that.

It was the je ne sais quoi way this couple looked.

How they looked summed up everything about them and their glorious lifestyle. They looked happy. That’s what it was. Not only did they look elegant and classy and rich but they looked like happy people. Nice, too. Really nice.

 

And how did this happy, elegant, classy, and rich couple look?

Let’s start with the hand luggage.

Mine consisted of an incredibly un-stylish diaper bag (did I mention I was traveling with a baby and a toddler, both of diaper-bearing age?), and an oh-so-chic vinyl gray carry-on with someone’s dumb publicity emblazoned on it.

Theirs consisted of lovingly worn vintage leather handbags in just the right shade of camel and just the right shape and size for their exotic contents. (I didn’t see what they had inside but it was certainly a tad more interesting and exotic than the Pampers in my bag, I’ll bethca that.)

He was wearing a hat. (Yes, a hat on a plane! And no, it wasn’t a Cubs baseball cap.)

 

It was a Panama hat. The real kind. You know what kind I mean? Not the kind that you can pick up at Walmart for $9.99. The kind you actually travel to Panama to get. The kind of Panama hat that lasts a lifetime.  The kind you can wear forever and ever, and never, ever gets frumpy. Ever.

And their clothes?

They were white!

No kidding.

(C’mon. Who wears white clothes on a plane? A plain white Tee, OK, maybe. I’ve dared to do that. But white from head to toe?)

OK, so it wasn’t really white. I’m exaggerating.

It was more the color of your great-grandma’s beloved pearl necklace. A shade of ivory. A shade of class.

And the fabric of these oh-so-white clothes?

It was NOT wash-and-wear-and-easy-care polyester.

Oh, no.

It was linen.

100% linen.

I can tell.

I can tell linen from a mile away. (Did I mention I went to fashion design school?)

“But linen wrinkles and looks like slept-in bed sheets after a short time!”, I can hear you gasp in horror.

Yes, my dear goddess, linen does do that.

 

That’s precisely why linen is so utterly beautiful and classy. It wrinkles. It wrinkles in style. Only linen can wrinkle like that and still be so heavenly gorgeous.

Maybe some people prefer wrinkle-free clothes. I can understand the convenience. Drive-in Taco Bell is also convenient.

But did you even know that polyester and many artificial fabrics are made of coal and petroleum and coal?

Do you enjoy wearing petroleum on your body?

(Not that I am a purist myself. My running shoes are made of petroleum, and are darn comfy, I may add. But I do try to avoid petroleum products as much as possible. I am not kidding.)

 

Back to the pearly white clothes.

Pants. They both wore pants. Both the man and the woman. I remember that.

 

The vision of this classy couple has been buried in my mind for so many years.

That must have taken place at least 18 summers ago!

No doubt the vision of that elegant couple had a big influence on me when I designed and made these linen pants.

I did’t even realize it until now, sitting here in the July heat, thinking back to many summers ago when I flew over the Atlantic with my diaper-clad infants to visit grandma and grandpa.

 

So my big question for today is:

How much would you pay to feel like a million dollars?

Wait. Change that.

The real question is:

How much would you pay to feel like a happy million dollars?

Would you spend $1,000,000 to feel like a million happy bucks?????

Did I hear you say no?

How about $500,000?

No?

$100,000?

Still no?

$10,000

Not sure? Maybe?

A measly $1000, perhaps?

Would you spend $1000 to feel happy and look like a million?

Still not sure?

What if you could feel classy, elegant, happy, and gorgeous?

For a mere $249??

Here they are.

The elegant, classy linen pants to make you happy.

Made especially for YOU.

With YOUR unique measurements.

For $249.

And until July 31st, you can get them for 25% off.

Don’t forget to use coupon code SUMMERGODDESS

Click on the photo below to shop!

Linen pants with high waist and wide leg

 

 

Linen Trousers.

Elegant, classy, versatile,  AND comfy.

 

Choice of  3 colors.

Oatmeal. Black. Ivory.

(Decisions, decisions! Why not get one of each?!)

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Perfect for spring + summer+ fall.

Perfect for traveling 1st class.

 

 

Grab them now for 25% off.

Use coupon code SUMMERGODDESS

Click here to shop!

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is made to order.
It will take about 2-3 weeks for me to make these especially for you!

I love to laugh. ha ha HA ha HA. Do you?

How often do you allow yourself to just have FUN?

To act silly, to giggle, to laugh until your belly hurts?

Pets and little kids can help out with this. And if you don’t have any little kids nor silly pets, nor crazy & wild girlfriends, then what do you do?

Many people complain that they never have time for anything and feel stressed.

Laughing is the answer! It is so healthy for you. First you smile with the widest smile you can then start with a fake laugh. before you know it, you really will be laughing! (This is more fun when you do it with others.)

It only takes a couple of minutes of smiling and laughter to start feeling good about yourself.

Go on, lovely goddess, LAUGH!!!!

(Who cares about wrinkles when you are busy laughing?!)

 

Love you <3

 

Indre

 

 

photo by Rod Westwood 

Ever jump for joy?

HelloMyGoddess

Hello my lovely goddess!

 

You know what?

 

Some of you reading this are my friends.

Some are my relatives. (Hi, mom!)

But some of you are just names on my contact list. I can only guess who you are. (You are goddess, that I know, but other than that, I don’t know anything about you. Except your email address.)

I’d like to get acquainted so here’s an invitation for you to send me a “Why hello there!”.

You can send me your photos, send me letters, random notes, hey, even poetry!

(Leave a comment below or write me at indre@hellomygoddess.com  .)

 

I feel like I’ve got a monologue going here at my blog sometimes.

I wonder who you are, what bores you to tears, what you look like, or what your favorite flavor of ice cream is. (Artisan made dark chocolate with red hot chili peppers is my new fav BTW).

 

In the meantime, while I wait to hear from you, I took some photos of myself so you could see me better.

OK, I didn’t take the photos myself, as I actually had a professional photograph take them AND had a session of professional make-up.

Whoa, the make-up thing!

Have you ever had professional make-up done?

In my normal life, I am a nearly-no make-up sort of gal so this was a particularly special treat.

To have someone fuss over me so much while I relaxed in a chair with my eyes closed was even better than indulging in two scoops of my favorite ice cream. (Better for my hips anyway.) I told the make-up artist that I wanted a “no-make-up look” and she spent an entire 45 minutes to achieve that.  That’s 90 times longer than I usually spend on my face before going out. (That’s 30 seconds for those who don’t want to do the math).

 

And the photographer? He’s a professional photographer, now semi-retired, who used to shoot for fashion magazines back in the ’80’s.

 

Did I mention how lucky I am?

 

No wonder I couldn’t keep myself from jumping up and down while my photos were being taken!!!

 

Nothing like feeling like a spontaneous, joyful 6-year-old!

 

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Voilà, here I am, smiles and wrinkles, ripped stained jeans, and all.

 

Not a professional model but I’m sure having fun pretending to be one!

 

It’s only fair that I tell you a tiny bit about the clothes I choose to wear that day.

 

If you don’t my choices, I won’t be offended.

You don’t have to like everything I like.

I merely want to show how fun it is to tell your life story using clothes.

The jeans. Ah, the jeans. Ripped, stained, old. Dripping with history.
I bought them 2nd hand back in the mid ’70’s (no, I am not kidding) and put a few patches on them. Not that they had holes, it’s just that I liked decorating my jeans back then. I wore them constantly during my university days. After graduation,  I went off to live in chic Paris, Milan, and Madrid and did not bring them with me. (Not chic enough for the European cities during the ’80’s, in my opinion.) I re-discovered them in the 90’s when I moved to a tiny coastal town. They fit right into my lifestyle here under the sun and palm trees.
I get tons of stares, compliments, snide remarks, smiles, looks of disgust, you name it.
Ice-breaker? You bet!
And the best part? They STILL fit after 40 years. Yeah, I’m a lucky girl. (I said that already.)

The top?

Another one of my personal favorites.

I designed it, made the pattern, and sewed it  out of 100% linen.

I’ll make one for you, too! Just click HERE to see it in my etsy shop.

 

 

There’s also a red/black/beige version that looks beautiful on women with dark hair and/or dark skin.

Click  here to see it.

 

The necklace?

I’ve nicknamed it the Cleopatra necklace but since I’ve promised to name my necklaces with goddess names, it can’t be Cleopatra. (Unless I cheat).

I wanted to choose the name Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic and life., only that ISIS now is, unfortunately, associated with the name of an Islamic extremist terrorist group.

Pity.

Isis is such a beautiful goddess name.

 

I decided to name her Hathor instead.

 

 

Egyptian goddess necklace

Click on the photo to see this necklace in my shop.

 

 

Question time!

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

What do your favorite pair of jeans look like?

Should I re-name the necklace Isis?

 

And if you don’t want to answer any of the questions, no problem.

If nothing else, please say HI!

 

 

Love, laughter, and joyful jumps,

 

Indre

P.S. My shoes? Just a old pair of converse sneakers to help me JUMP for joy. 🙂