thoughts for a friday.


• have you ever read twyla tharp’s the creative process? an old boyfriend recommended it to me, and before i could get really into the book, we broke up. so you know — then the book was tainted for me. look at the book, think of the jerk. but i think i might need it. in this book she breaks down all the aspects of living a creative life, the struggles, joys, and lessons along the way. i feel very cluttered right now, so maybe tainted or not, it’s time again for twyla.

• isn’t this the prettiest lamp you ever did see? i love it, and i think i need it. it’s called the vanderbilt table lamp in blue crackle + maple by caravan pacific. Shannon Guirl turned to wood turning and ceramics to cure a creative itch and found a new passion in designing mid-century modern lighting With the aid of a successful Kickstarter campaign and a skilled team of craftspeople in Portland. good on Caravan Pacific. pretty, pretty lamps.

• i’ve taken a liking to bourbon whiskey. don’t get concerned — not in large quantities. but you can make a mean cocktail with this stuff, did you know? i like this bulleit brand but it might have a great deal to do with the bottle. i like these bottles and i like them almost as much when they’re empty. pretty water decanters, no? (note: scrub ’em real hard unless of course you enjoy a whiskey aftertaste with your water).


• this is super nice and very thoughtful of blogger Victoria Hudgins of a subtle revelry — she’s compiled 25 romantic fonts that are free to download. how swell is that? thank you victoria! head on over to a subtle revelry for all the individual font links.


• i haven’t seen soap on a rope since sometime in the late seventies, but much like their hotels, if someone was going to make it cool again, ace would be the place. lovingly handcrafted in small batches at Studio J in Portland — on a hand-knotted macramé cord inspired by a rain chain. ace hotels has a super fun line of homewares, accessories and all kinds of gadgets we may not need but really want anyway. i love this pearl + soap chain. i’m having sense memories of old spice or stetson man. or something…lather up and happy weekend!

29 Responses to “thoughts for a friday.”
  1. Rebekah says:

    I do that almost every morning in my journal and it’s the only thing that helps me stay uncluttered! Great idea.

  2. Lisette says:

    I’m going through a bit of a cobwebby phase, so I’m going to give that a try! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ola says:

    I’m pretty sure ‘Morning pages’ come from Julia’s Cameron book ‘ the artist way’ , not from Twyla ?

  4. Katie says:

    Love this new way to say “happy Friday!”, Victoria. Great thoughts – keep ’em coming.

  5. Melanie says:

    I’ve had that Twyla Tharp book on my to-read list for a while. Let us know what you think if you decide to dive in!

  6. Sparky says:

    It is indeed, time for Twyla. I read that book many years ago and loved it. I’m also feeling “cluttered” right now, and recall that Twyla has a very excellent process for making way for the infusion of creativity in one’s life. Thanks for mentioning the book—I need to read it again.

  7. amanda says:

    heyyyyo try four roses, it is BEYOND my fav and i tend to drink in large quantities. kidding, i guess. check out my bourbon cocktail post from thursday…

    we are following along with you, check us out? follow us back?

  8. Kirsten says:

    Twyla’s book is amazing. I read it a few months before portfolio review in college, and it definitely helped me unblock my brain to actually produce something, so I could graduate. Even though I’m not in “art block” right now, I think it’s time to read it again. View it from a different angle. Thank you for the reminder of the amazing book!

    (and those fonts!!! gah!! love them!)

  9. Suzanne says:

    I love that book! I’ve read it multiple times because I find it so inspiring. I’ve even forced a few friends to read it, too. So good!

  10. Emily Hazzard says:

    No shame in loving bourbon, or Bulleit for that matter. It’s a respectable, no-nonsense brand. :)

  11. Maddie says:

    Wow! Love your blog! ANd seriously love your style!

  12. Krista says:

    Twyla Tharp’s Creative Habit is one of my top five favorite books for energizing, focusing and supporting a more productive output. Really practical and straightforward. An easy read.

    Love that you shared it Thanks. Krista

  13. Great picks Victoria! Fab fonts and I will be adding Twyla’s book to my must-read list. Have a much deserved and restful weekend. Aloha!

  14. What a great photo’s!! Beatiful fonts. Love Femke

  15. Julia says:

    I love those fonts, and your book recommendation, and your blog header :) Yup, pretty much love it all!

  16. I love Twylah’s book. It has some great thoughts and ideas in it. The Artist’s Way series of books by Julia Cameron offer something similar …

  17. Marjory says:

    Have you read The War of Art by Pressfield? I love how primal his message is..
    Clearing our spaces is such deep work, beyond just removing our physical clutter. I’m grateful for vino. Cheers.

  18. Lisa L. says:

    I love those fonts, so thanks for the link. :)

    Also, thanks for the book recommendation. Definitely checking it out.

    Mostly Lisa

  19. Angie S. says:

    Tharp’s book is amazing – my bible and go-to book for getting myself into action. An easy read – fascinating – and so, so, inspiring. She wrote another one about collaboration. Oh, to be Twyla when I grow up….

  20. keishua says:

    tharp’s book looks really interesting. i’ve heard about it but never picked it up. p.s. those fonts looks so dreamy.

  21. kelly says:

    went through a bourban phase a couple of months ago – favourite cocktail – 1 x juice of freshly squeezed grapefruit, double shot bourban, teaspoon of soft brown sugar and a dash of good quality vanilla… shake violently over ice and pour into matini glass (cinnimon and suguar coated if you feelin fancy).
    so good and really hard to get a hangover from (i tried one night) – think it’s all the vitamin C.


  22. Leslie says:

    Twyla Tharp’s book is one of my all time faves. She is so clever. And it is so useful. Love it!

  23. Shannon says:

    Hi V! Just found your post, thank you so much for the kind words. And for sharing those beautiful fonts! Just love, love your blog, could peek around it for ages :)

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