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Updated: Dec 12, 2020

This year has been a true test of our patience. I, for one, have learned that there are so many things I can’t do anything about. All that can be done is to learn to trust the process; to wait and let things work themselves out. Sometimes our best laid plans have to be put on hold, and we see that over time, things sometimes turn out better in the long run. We learn that we are not in charge of much more than how we react to things we can’t control.

For the past year, I have been working on a new line of kimonos. I hand cut 50 kimonos — each one-of-a-kind piece featuring some curated combinations of fabulous repurposed prints. By last spring I was ready to turn them over to a local non-profit organization that specializes in small batch production. And then Covid hit. My sewing contractor was faced with having to sew thousands of masks for the medical community. It would be several months before my kimonos came near a sewing machine.

While I waited, I spent a good six months taking on-line classes about social media, photography, e-commerce, lead magnets and e-mail funnels. It was sort of like calculus to my artist/designer brain, and was not fun. At all. Now I have a new appreciation for the talent and patience of the technical experts who are on good terms with Photoshop and ProCreate. I am learning about my own limitations, and realizing that I need to stick to the creative side of things and leave the mind numbing technical stuff to all of the rest of you geniuses.

In the meantime, some of my new kimonos are coming out of production now, and I am thrilled at seeing some of the results. There are some things to tweak, and photo shoots to plan, but there definitely is light at the end of the tunnel. I think you will love this new line! I am anxious to be able to get some of the new kimonos on my website soon.

It’s been a long process, and there’s still a lot to be done before I can unveil this collection. But, it will be as soon as I can make it happen. In the meantime, I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram, just to keep in touch. I’m setting up a photo studio for product shots, and actually hiring outside help for lifestyle photography with real models. I’m also getting help with branding and marketing. Yay! And whew! I have learned a lot about what I can and can’t do, which is all good.

We all have a story about how Covid altered our plans. My little inconvenience seems quite unimportant compared to what so many people are going through. Thank you for your patience and support these last few months. I truly hope you are coming out of this experience knowing more about what lights you up, and have a new focus on what’s really important to you. Leave the rest to those who thrive on doing those things. You just be you.

Please stay in touch and sign up to get my announcements — because you will want to see these kimonos. You will want to nab your favorite before someone else does! We just might have to have a party!

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Updated: Dec 12, 2020

While we were making other plans, the Corona Virus knocked us off our feet, and has turned lives upside down. As we grope our way through the Covid cloud, we find ourselves moving towards a brightening horizon, but we are only beginning to realize the incredible impact this pandemic has had on our lives. The whole experience has affected us in many ways, and we find ourselves a bit disoriented as we try to pick up the pieces. One thing is certain: we aren’t going back to the same lives we had before Covid.

We are rethinking a lot of things — including how we will ease back into some semblance of normal life. And, for me, and all of the other fashion designers and retailers out there, one of the most important questions is, what will we be wearing? Even if we could go back to our former wardrobes, would we? So much of what is hanging in our closets no longer works for us. Some of us have already cleaned out our closets, but aren’t really sure how to move forward.

Our new line of 50 handmade one-of-a-kind kimonos will be ready soon, and we can’t wait to show them to you! Keep checking in to see what’s new — and, better yet, sign up to receive our announcements and updates directly to your in-box. Just fill out the form at the top of this page. While you’re there, grab our free Wardrobe Styling Guide as a special bonus!

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Updated: Dec 12, 2020

It's a new time, a different world. A time for embracing a more authentic version of ourselves.  It's a time for clearing out the clutter and focusing on what we want our lives to be now.   For me, it's all about simplifying, getting back to basics, having a more natural look, a more organic style. It's about living a more authentic life, and moving forward with a thoughtful intention.

I am excited about the new pieces I am creating right now, and will soon be posting on this site. I hope you sign up to get my e-mails, so I can let you know when these new pieces are available.

As I write this, we are still in a shelter-in-place mode of living. It's a time of incubation and reinvention for me, as I've slowly let go of my modern distractions and indulgences and focus on what's most important to me: my peace of mind, my connection with friends and family, and creating new things. I have been painting and sewing and designing every day, and look forward to sharing it with you soon.