Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spring is... Over!

Remember when I was going to have a "big" push of stuff for Spring... well, sometimes things don't go according to plan. Spring has come and gone, and I have barely been in the studio or able to work on Etsy. world (or any other world of mine). What have I been up to? Work. Lots of making coffee and selling of spices. Sometimes thats how it goes. However, I do plan on getting some energy put into TreeBed Design soon!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring... is close!

I am planning on a big Spring roll out... so lots of new activity in the TreeBed Design Shop... and on Etsy starting March 20th... the first day of Spring!

Details coming soon... Have a happy St. Patrick's Day (what ever that means)!  

Friday, March 12, 2010


Sometimes the thing that keeps us from an efficient (and healthy) process... is our own baggage. We accumulate all sorts of mental "stuff" (good and bad), and it can often get in the way of using our full energy to accomplish goals. There are ideas or ways of doing things that may have been useful to us in the past... and now, those things might be road blocks to progress. Have you looked at your baggage lately to see if you still need it? Everyone carries their baggage in unique ways, and we all sift through it differently as well. I have decided to donate some older bags to the birds.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Process (the journey) = the Good Stuff

I was hoping to be a little more active with my blog posts this year... instead, I have been putting all my energy into trying to produce. I have felt this huge weight to be creating. The weight leads to a debilitating stress, and then a lack of understanding about what it means to be productive.

In the past few weeks I have discovered (or perhaps re-discovered) the joy the process. It started about a month ago when I was faced with my 15 mile bike ride home, in the dark... on a not so bike friendly route. I was tired from my full work day, and not feeling much like peddling home. However, I had no choice. I began to refocus and redefine the task at hand. I decided that I didn't have to view the ride home as, "how fast can I commute home". If I chose, I could view it as an opportunity for a moonlit bike ride through the Napa Valley (oh yeah!). Something that was healthy, and potentially enjoyable. About 10 minutes into my ride a giant full moon began to show it self above the hills of Napa. Beautiful. It was like my little gift for redefining and refocusing.

I have found a similar gift in approaching my creative tasks (all tasks really). Attempting to let go of what I will "produce" has allowed me to savor the act of "producing". The result is better production, and more knowledge gained along the way. I can hear the questions in my head that lead me to better answers... the answers (and questions) that keep me right in the middle of the good stuff.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Decade... New Design

What to do with a new decade... well, I hope to do a lot. My past decade has been filled with lots of things (good and not-so good). I have learned so much through random jobs, travels (such as my permaculture course in Belize), and working through deep personal grief. It was not an easy 10 years. However, I survived... and I have come out the other side with so many experiences. I feel (and hope) the next 10 years (and beyond) will be used gaining focus to sort these things out, and use the potential that lies beneath the surface of experience. Why is this something I would share as a part of TreeBed Design? Because, ultimately my (and I would guess most) design comes out of experience and the reaction to that experience. You will begin to see many products arriving in the shop with direct relation to my experience, and design that grew out of it. So in this new decade... I hope to re-awaken energy, and let the composting of old experiences build up the nutrients for new growth. It would be a pleasure to see you along the way!

P.S. I have been on Etsy for a year... and to celebrate... I am actually going to put some stuff up (it has been a rather neglected shop for its first year). Lots of new things going up in the coming weeks.