Sunday, November 25, 2012


it's been a while friends.
things have been wildish.
a dearest soul sister is moving away and i am not loving it. she will be living near san francisco and i do love that, if she must go.
i was invited to submit a piece of writing to a brilliant new magazine and i'd be a big fat liar if i didn't admit i am so super excited by this!
i am having a nice size trunk show of my handmade loot in my space at M&M, during our after hours party , 6:00 p.m., on Friday Dec there or be square.
shortly after that i leave the country for three weeks and can be found lazing about central america, surfing and eating with my 3 best friends, the guys i live with.
upon my return i will begin weekly mounted archery lessons in keeping with my "i am a badass" mantra. archery.  on horseback. 
i know. 
yep, things are wildish.
what are you up too?
always Love,
the Smashing Rubbish shop will be opened friday november 30th , saturday December 1, friday december 7 and saturday december 8, noon-6pm. after that you can find a majority of Smashing Rubbish items at M&M:123 N Lewis St. in Monroe, through the first of the new year.  as per my usual, look for some big shifts, transitions, and newness with SR in the new year.  you knew it was coming!  xox

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New & Notworthy

i found lots of cool loot at the antique show and sale last weekend.
some of it will be down at the shop very soon.
come see!
sewin up a storm,

Friday, October 19, 2012

Permission Ship

permission ship

this is one of the metallic silver ships you may have seen floating in the air at my shop.  a whole fleet of silver and white ships hang from the ceiling along with various sized mirror balls, glitter stars and tissue paper orbs.  it's a magical scene and one many folks have voiced wishes to have above their beds to glimpse while drifting off to dream land.

recently my soulstorm posse was having a discussion concerning the need for space and time around making decisions/choices while diving head long into new projects, initiatives, and work.  following the energy, if you will, and examining which lines of energy to tug on each day, reel in, work on and cast back out.  the idea of "allowing" our intuition or gut feeling guide what pieces we pick up each day to work on, within the vast overflowing pile of life-as-we-know-it,came up in the form of a "permission slip" except that it came out as "permission ship." 
and it stuck.

when one of us in our sisterhood is having a rough time on the sea of life, our hulls depleted and not getting refilled to overflowing fast enough, and when our sails are stretched taut, close to snapping,  from the gale-force winds of responsibility we must attend in a day while fitting in our abundant hearts desires, we swiftly glide each other a permission ship.  we let one another know we are each others safe harbors.  we hold each others nets and baskets while what needs to spill washes full out to empty.  and all the while we do this space holding in loving awe and utter deep respect for each other, our womanhood, our powerful wild selves.

and we sail on.

not just drifting, untethered, forlorn with no destination.
we navigate full on with billowing wind in our rippling, outrageous sails, anchored only to the deep down profound truths of who we truly are, and buoyed by our pirate crew, the beacons, the luminaries, the stars, the treasures.

i am one blessed sea rover these days...
rolling in the deep aboard my permission ship.

if you need "permission," ahoy, just send up a smoke signal.
i will see your flare and i will skipper a permission ship your way.
you can count on me.

your ever loving and deep diving mate,

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hang Ten

hang 10 is a newish feature here on smashing rubbish to make a quick chronicle of 10 things/items/experiences/people/places that i am loving, wanting to remember, and share with you!
my sister mb doing what she does, root down, word up.
when julia lost some teeth in a bike accident in pdx, i knew she'd appreciate this old gold west german toy(?) pair.  i was going to make it into a hair clip but figured she needed it more than me.
ms. moon is my new most favorite blogger.  i find we have a lot in common and i just simply adore her.
this book and this book are in the mail on the way to me.
just got done listening to dr. clarissa pinkola estes read me this and i have three things to say, no, four: swoon, word, must listen!
this post and this post had me texting my bffs to confess my undying love.
here's another woman, besides ms. moon, that i'd like to be like when i grow up (video)
johnathan fields and brene brown get down to business at good life project (video)
trying to get gus to teach me how to make one
can't seem to stop wearing feathers clipped into my hair.
good bird medicine i suppose :)
we are all in this together friends,
keep it real,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Vintage Shell Lamps

i've amassed a handful of these vintage, mid-century, souvenir shell lamps and other vintage shell related goodness...
all were in various states of falling apart so i have been saving weird stuff to glue all over them....
because, why not, right.
the one above now holds the glitter orb nun that natasha gave me.  she is actually holding a bowling ball but as soon as i got her i transmuted her bowling ball into a glittering orb.  she didn't mind.
i also added a little happy portlandia bird.  you know. 
put a bird on it.
i am keeping this one.
here is a little porcelain owl atop a shell pin cushion that hangs on the wall.  i took the soft pin cushiony part out when i was gluing so as not to ruin it.
i know.
sea elephants i suppose.
this one lights up too.
broken doll heads.
they have all been in a drawer.
i couldn't bare to throw them out.
oh and there is a whale tail in there too.
all hands shell alter/font.
everyone needs one.
is this lakshmi?
her lamp lights up.
and she is carved from sandalwood so she smells good.
i think the slight heat from the tiny bulb will make her scent waft.
here's hoping.
she got a bird too.
and this little winged creature is hanging with her deer friends.
this one works as well.
i may keep adding bits and pieces here and there until they sell.
oh, yes, they are for sale, in my shop.
Smashing Rubbish
15926 Main St.
Duvall, WA 
Fri & Sat
noon - 6
come on by and see how these look all grouped together and lit up.
you know you want to.
saltwater & sweetwater
(i'm needing a bit of both)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Begins

{my sweet soul sister Latisha just reminded me about this post from 2 years ago.  i am immersed in projects right now and have not given much time to blogging.  i am reposting this old post to hold us all over and because it is relevant still now.  enjoy!}
Handful of Amaranth

It's the first day of Fall.  And as if right on cue, the weather has up and gone Autumnal on us.  I LOVE this time of year, anticipating Samhain (SAH-win), when the veil grows thinner between the worlds of the living and the dead.  And too, El Dia de los Muertos is coming, probably my most favorite seasonal celebration of all.

Autumnal Equinox marks a turning of the wheel.  It's our harvest celebration.  It's a time of balance between dark and light.  We are moving from light into darkness, from warmth into cold.  At this time of year, when we are gathering in the gifts of the Goddess, the fruit, nuts, grain, and vegetables that are ripe, we can also give something back, make offerings and express our thanks.  The Fall Equinox is our Thanksgiving!

The Autumn Equinox can be a time when we work in some way to restore balance.  Balance in nature, balance in life, balance in ourselves.  What do you do to find your equilibrium?  How do you create a sense of balance in your life?  Do you find balance hard to attain?  What tricks do you have up your sleeve to keep your life and self in a gentle flow of equilibrium, not veering off into one extreme or the other? 
I like to think in terms of equilibrium, rather than balance.  Balance seems more static and rigid to me whereas equilibrium seems to incorporate the flow that is essential to the teetering we find in the balancing.  Does that make sense?  Seeking my equilibrium is forgiving, allows me to teeter, provides a gentle sway instead of a demanding, equal opportunity balancing act that makes me feel like I haven't done enough, don't give enough, am not good enough.  For me, seeking my equilibrium, lets me love myself and be in love with my world.  What about you?

Right now our nature table is overflowing!  We use our nature table as our seasonal alter.  Having a seasonal alter is a great way to connect children to the turning of the wheel.  Children are natural collectors and its neat to have a spot for them to display their nature treasures after walks, hikes, or playing outdoors.  Our nature table is ever waxing and waning with all manner of fruit, nut, seed, leaf, plant, beach items, wood, dead bugs, antler, shell, moss, nest, etc.  What treasures from nature do you bring into your home and how do you honor them?  What other items do you add to make the alter special and seasonal?  We often make corn dolls, cinanimals, leaf chains, "nut gnomes," or mobiles around Autumn Equinox.

Acorns collected in Chelan

One source of inspiration, information and guidance that I have used since August was quite small is the book Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill.  This book (and music CD by the same name)is a must have if you have any interest whatsoever in seeking a more nature based lifestyle, spirituality, or mentality.  Don't let the title scare you- it doesn't have the power to convert you automatically to Paganism!  But it is chalk-full of information that will teach, inspire, and amaze you.  Its an easy to use book with activities, recipes, music, games and stories.  Oh, the stories!  I LOVE this book!  Check it out!

And it's mushroom hunting time!  Yay!  I have harvested chantrelles and angel wings in the past and can not wait to get out in the woods and do a little hunting and gathering.  Maybe this Sunday.  Fingers crossed!

I will leave off today with the lyrics from a song that I learned at RavenCroft when I was doing my apprenticeship there.  I cannot recall the exact name but we call it the Equinox song.  We sing it at both Autumnal and Spring Equinox:

Onward we go round the spiral
touching darkness
touching light
twice each turn we rest in balance
make choices on this night
make choices on this night

What choices have you been procrastinating on?
What decisions do you need to make?
Now is the time.
Good luck to you!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shoe Fetish

inspired by this facebook photo of scott avett,
my boys each took a turn at a photo op with their own shoes:
we talked about me getting a photo with mine.
but we decided it would take all day,
considering the massiveness of my shoe hoarding illness.
we picked blackberries instead and made gluten free chocolate blackberry cobbler. 
sorry scott, you don't get any.
loving these last warm days before fall equinox.
gardens getting put to bed, honey supers coming off the hives, closets and spaces getting purged, cleared and organized (i do this in fall instead of spring).
it all feels good.
i feel good.
on time,

Thursday, September 13, 2012


i've been working on some antlers.
adding bits and bobs
the next ones will have some lacy bits, some string bits, and maybe a few tassels
come on by Smashing Rubbish and see what's new!
Friday & Saturday
15926 main st.
duvall, wa

Friday, September 7, 2012

Poetry of Objects

look at this loot!
my friend linden has a sweet etsy shop.
this owl pitcher i bought from her etsy shop, Poetry of Objects, is a cross over collectible for me:
adds to both my owl collection and my pitcher collection!
these gorgeous old vintage silver knives with a pear design are just ultra fabulous.  i think i will be gifting them to my favorite auntie for her birthday.
if you are in need of any beauty-full, good vibration, vintage goodness, go visit linden's shop
on etsy
and buy away
... you wont be sorry!
hanging treasures on the new ombre shop wall,
come see!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New & Noteworthy

chalk ware good luck horse head
shell and sterling shaker
vintage party hats
new old-looking globe
bakelite buckle
crazy eyed chalk ware rabbit
vintage made in japan large paper umbrella
carved wood lion head
perfect blue on a small dish
and the same blue on some old small dishes
these are just a few of the new items in the shop!
come by and take a peek...
Friday & Saturday
15926 Main St
Duvall, WA
another beach day for us...gotta soak it in while we can,