Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ain't no party, like a zipper pouch party...

'Cause a zipper pouch party don't stop!

Just added three new pouches to the store:


This vintage looking red diamond print, complete with teal lining.


Ultra classic black and white branch silhouette print, with teal lining. 


And a funky daisy-dye burst pattern, with lemon yellow lining.

In personal news, I've been crazy busy; I'm now teaching 9 yoga classes a week, working hard to get the shop up and running, writing some new music, scheduling modeling gigs for my days off and planning a wedding. SHEESH! But it's all stuff I enjoy doing, so no harm done. :) 

-Eliza

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sneak Peek: before and afters!



Spent a large part of yesterday afternoon frogging a stagnant project, to harvest its bounty of luxurious grey wool yarn. I tried to use the pencil as a scale to show how massive the ball ended up, but it doesn't really do it justice, haha. It was bigger than my head! 

Can you guess what this big ball will be?

I'll give you a hint:
Oversized, ultra soft, and oh so cozy!

Elizabeth :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cookies && Cream



Just added a Cookies & Cream Tweed Cowl to the shop, It's so warm and cozy!

-Elizabeth

Savoring The Summer

Yesterday Daniel and I took a drive up to Sauvie Island for the afternoon with a few friends. I was so busy eating veggie dogs, swimming in the river and having a good time, I totally forgot I had brought my camera. Bummer! But I did manage to snap a quick shot on the ride home. :)


Just cruising home after a great day in the sun. Listening to Kings of Convenience; the soundtrack to our summer. <3


As I sit here in my apartment now, watching the rain and sipping tea, I have a hard time believing it was this sunny and warm yesterday, but that's Portland for ya. And I have to say, it makings crocheting wool cowls for winter all the more fun!



xo
Elizabeth

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fall Fashion Scarves!

Just added two new items to the shop, my Chain Circle Scarf in yellow and in red. :)





I love this design so much! The wearing and the making of it haha. :)  Perfect for the fast approching transition from Summer to Fall.


and I just liked this shot. :)

What colors would you like to see the Chain Circle Scarf in? I'd love to read your suggestions!

Be Well,
Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sack lunch #2: grab and go


Ran late to work this morning, so I didn't get to make a proper lunch (oh nos!) but I still managed to snag some essential tidbits from the fridge on my way out:


- Thermos of organic coffee with cream and sugar for the train ride to work. I seldom drink coffee, or caffine at all really, but once in a while I like a good cup.

- Pineapple flavored Chobani greek yogurt, which tastes like pina colada, I kid you not. It's delicious.

- Coconut juice, with pulp. One of my favorite "after yoga" treats, but a little spendy so I only buy them occasionally. 

- Leftover Mediterranean orzo salad from Whole Foods. I'm snacking on the last of it right now. :)
Like I said, nothing to thrilling. But there ya go!
later gater,
Elizabeth

Sunday, August 21, 2011

yay! shop's up and running!

well, up and crawling haha. :)


but I'll be upping the stock asap, so cooldeal.


etsy.com/shop/shopcardamom

<3

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What I've been up to lately. *sneak peek* :)


Hey guys! Just wanted to take this chance to catch you all up on what I've been creating lately. Mostly I've been spending my time not spent teaching yoga, working on product for the etsy site I'm opening super super SOON!
Woke up early yesterday and got going on some new patterns. Toasted Ezikiel sprout grain bread with organic hazelnut butter and strawberries, and coffee!
Got to work with a fun fabric I found last weekend.
Sneak peak of some cotton pouches I've been working on for the store!
That's all for now, have a great weekend!
xo
Elizabeth

Sack lunch #1: New job edition


So to preface this post, you should know I'm a BIG fan of the "sack lunch". Anytime I'm leaving the house for more than a few hours, you can count on me having a brown paper bag full of snacks haha. And stowed away in my little hot pink backpack no less! (hey it worked for me in grade school, so if it ain't broke, why fix it?) ;)
Anyway this sack lunch was for Thursday (yesterday), and the first day of my new teaching job at Forest Grove Health and Fitness! Delicious, filling and always vegetarian. :)

-Veggie wrap:
  • Ezekiel sprouted tortilla
  • 1oz goat cheese
  • mixed greens
  • green bell peppers
  • bean sprouts

-A container of strawberries and cherries for dessert!
I love eating and I'm always so hungry, so I couldn't imagine leaving the house without food. :) But there is something physiologically to be said for providing your body fuel consistently throughout the day. If your diet is clean and natural, eating throughout the day will only help to stimulate your appetite and metabolism, and (if that's what you're going for) help to balance the body's weight.
From my experiences, when I eat small, nourishing snacks throughout the day, my mind is my alert, I avoid headaches, I'm able to focus and my body is much stronger.
Have a great weekend!
Elizabeth

What's for dinner #1 Caprese salad



Caprese salad, toasted baguette with olive oil, and a glass of wine.
-Caprese salad:
  • fresh basil
  • sliced fresh mozzarella
  • sliced tomato
  • cracked black pepper
  • sea salt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
-Baguette from the Grand Central Bakery next door, warmed in the oven and dipped in olive oil.
-Glass of 2-buck-chuck (my go to wine, suspend your judgements until you've tried it haha)
**Not pictured: five all natural coffee ice cream
So delicious, and under $10 for two people. :)
Be well!
Elizabeth

You are already a yogi. You, yes you!


"Doing yoga" isn't just about twisting up in to a sweaty pretzel, or sitting in meditation for hours (not to de-merit those efforts, but they are impractical for most). "Doing yoga" isn't about feeling pressured to buy the latest-greatest yoga gear, or be thin, or to "be the best" or "win" (which is generally viewed as counter-culture). To truly practice yoga, is to take the time out of your busy schedule for you. To disconnect from angst and stress, and reconnect with the breath, and the self. 
When you look at yoga from this perspective, it's easy to see that you've probably been practicing yoga your whole life, and didn't even know it! Look at you, you little yogi!
  • When you pause the work day to take a breath and stretch, you are practicing yoga.
  • When you lose yourself in a beautiful song, you are practicing yoga.
  • When the sun kisses your face, and you feel warmed from the inside out, you are practicing yoga.
  • When you cry out of joy or laughter, and smile through pain, you are practicing yoga.
  • When you share a meal of wholesome ingredients with the ones you love, you are practicing yoga.
You are your yoga, the physical practice of Yoga Asana (yoga poses) is simply a tool to help you along your way!
So that's where I come in. I want to teach you how to use these tools for yourself! A lot of yoga instruction can be linear in spirit; straightforward, with little room for personal expression.  But this is about yoga for everybody. Every body, regardless of shape, natures predispositions, gender, age, weight, experience level, emotional baggage or self-doubt. Through the practice of yoga and the study of the breath/body connection, I have changed my own body and life. I know with the tools of yoga, you can do the same! Even if you never touch your toes, or stand on your head, you will quickly notice the benefit of simply loving and caring for your body, and your mind.
As I prepare for the next few months ahead, I feel a sense of abundance and faith in the Universe. Being surrounded by such positivity has been grounding and inspiring. For every person that reads my blog, or like the Facebook page, know that I come bringing sincere love and adoration. Thank you truly, for your support, and know that in sharing yoga with you and others I am getting to live my yoga. You are giving me the gift of fulfillment, and for that I am grateful.
Be well, and Namaste, Eliza

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mudra Monday #1

To start this blog of with a bang, I wanted to jump right in with one of my favorite aspects of yoga; Mudras! Pronounced Moo-DRUH, a Mudra is simply a position in which to hold the hands and fingers during yoga or meditation. Over time Mudra's can become a fun and useful part of your practice as you learn a variety. Today is the first of many "Mudra Monday's" to come, so get ready to get yo' Mudra on!

Have you ever seen a yogi/yogini sitting in meditation, with their fingers in upside down "OK" signs? (maybe I'm over simplifying this for some of you; that's ok!) Well that hand position is one of numerous Mudras available to you, when you feel like doing something with your hands.
This Mudra is called Jnana Mudra (JAH-NA Moo-DRUH). In this Mudra, the Index finger and thumb represent the self and the universe respectively, and the open palm represents openness to receive wisdom.
Though it's a great choice when your wanting to sink blissfully in to deep meditation, Jnana Mudra is beneficial to practice anytime you need a little more wisdom in life, or when you just need to remind yourself everything is "OK"! Go on, give it a try now. :)
-Place the hand palm up on your knee
-curl the pointer finger in to tuck under the tip of the thumb
-relax the remaining three fingers down
You just learned your first Mudra! Ta-da!