Last week I found myself rushing to make over 30 custom pillows for a large athletic wear company in town (that shall remain nameless due to confidentiality) in time for the Rio Olympic Games. Crazy and super fun project to be a part of. The pallet was not my typical earth tones in Native American Pendleton prints. We are talking super bright pinks and volt (that electric neon green) mixed in with grays and in super slippery athletic wear fabric. I was cutting and sewing at all hours to get them done in time and all else was on hold. I can now return to the previous program. So fun!
While we were at Red Rock Ranch a couple of weeks ago, the owner mentioned an old chair that was in serious need of a reupholster. During the winter months, much of the ranch gets shut down and this chair became the winter residence of some vermin.
I snapped a photo or two of this amazing and unique chair before leaving, and then received the cushions in the mail once we got back to Portland. Below are some images of the chair, the old cushions and the reupholstered/finished cushions in one of my favorite Pendleton fabrics.
It feels good knowing a little piece of me is hanging out among the horses and beautiful wildlife we left behind at RRR.
Last week was pretty magical as the Field clan headed to The Red Rock Ranch outside Jackson, Wyoming. We rode all day through the Gros Ventre Valley and climbed ridges to look out upon the Tetons. I fell in love....with the landscape and the horse. (Though I can't bring the Tetons back to Oregon, I may be working on the horse.) We were celebrating my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary and I can't think of a better way to make some family memories. It was the first vacation I've been on where I had a hard time coming home. Usually, even after the best vacations I look forward to coming back to Portland, but this place was very hard to leave.
I was so inspired by the natural beauty of this place. It's rich history of pioneer life and Native American culture. It gave me another boost of energy for getting back to craft and design that is timeless, natural, functional and rich in beauty.
I hope to be working on a special little project for the ranch in the coming week and I will share some pictures as work begins. In the meantime, I highly suggest the Red Rock Ranch as a truly inspiring and soulful place to visit if you get the chance.
Next up are this pair of mid-century chairs. I'm super excited about these. They are so comfortable and yet so ugly, but not for long.
I love covering my chairs in the traditional Pendleton Native American inspired prints, however I think these chairs will look too busy in that style. So, I'm going to reupholster them in a beautiful, but simple grayish-white Pendleton wool from their eco-wise wool line.
Stayed tuned to see the results in the next week or two.
Welcome to the magnificent Timberline Lodge. Every year our family tries to spend at least one night up at Mt. Hood's historic lodge. I am so inspired by the level of artistry and craftsmanship this majestic place displays. It was built during the Great Depression by WPA artists and craftsmen and does not disappoint. Massive timber, cozy fireplaces, NW art, Pendleton blankets and fabric everywhere, and lots and lots of chocolate....oh, and skiing too! Life doesn't get much better. I get a little overstimulated and distracted here because there are so many things I want to investigate. If you are ever in the area it is a must see! And don't forget to order one of their hot chocolates....they are amazing! Oh, and they sell s'more packets too!
The image above is of the front door where a large, carved, Native American warrior greets you.
Above is a large scale wood carving atop the massive fireplace in the dining room.
Rustic Joinery at it's finest.
The WPA even made the furniture in the lodge.
Next up is this pair of mid-century chairs. Years ago I found one of these exact same chairs and refinished it for our home. It soon became a family favorite and the most coveted spot at the dinner table. Besides looking good, it is incredibly comfortable. It was one of the inspirations for this new adventure. I was so excited to find not just one, but two more of these chairs when I was out and about and can't wait to see them once they are done. Above is a picture of one of the chairs as I bought it, and the other chair is in process of getting stripped down. Keep an eye out for them for sale in the "STORE" section in the coming weeks. (Below is our personal chair that we use at home.)
Well, here we go. Months ago I was trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my life now that my little one is in school full-time and on her way. For many years I was a therapist, counseling young people while doing arts, crafts, and woodwork in my spare time. I would have a couple of art shows a year and sell some craft here and there. Like many moms, I wanted a new career path where I could do what I love, what I'm skilled at, and have a flexible schedule for my family.
I have decided to put my art/design eye, and my craft/woodworking skills to use with lovely old chairs. I find these chairs everywhere and anywhere. They are usually pretty beat up....years of guck collected on their finish. Upholstery worn and tuckered out. I gently sand and scrape the old finish off, sometimes leaving some of the beautiful patina behind, other times scrubbing her bare. I reupholster them using Pendleton wool fabrics. I love these fabrics for so many reasons: they speak to my Northwest roots; they wear well; they feel amazing; they are timeless; nothing else compares!
These chairs are special to me. They all have a story. They carry the memories of love, laughter and tears in their old sturdy bones. They were made from skilled hands with attention to detail. They are brought back to life with the reverence they deserve. When scouting these chairs I make sure they are well made and absolutely must be comfortable. I'm so excited to share these lovely treasures with you and I hope you get the pleasure of owning one.