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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So it turns out Idaho is pretty great

I knew I would be enamored, I knew the scent of sage would capture me and the rolling cumulous columns would enthrall me.  I knew Plume Gables would feel welcoming, and I knew Miss Jillian herself would be just as lively, just as thoughtful, just as generous with her home and heart as I suspected.  

What I didn't expect was to miss it so much after I came home.  I mean, I was only there for five days, a veritable blip, but I feel like I left a very important sliver of my soul back in Idaho.

The Noisy Plume with The Gables in her eyes.

It was one of those trips where the return to routine and normal responsibilities is tricky, and the last two days have held their share of struggles.  Making this even more difficult is the extraordinary inspiration I feel.  I want nothing more than to hermit myself away in the studio, coming out only for water and berries but the exterior world keeps pressing; business emails keep piling up, the refrigerator is empty, in-laws will be arriving in mere hours, the porcelain needs scrubbing and I can't find my tweezers to tame back these eyebrows.

So today I awoke, determine to bask in the goodness that was last week, and the goodness I will create for myself this week, even if it is already Tuesday (when you live in my world, days of the week really only apply when the gallery you want to visit is closed on Mondays).  I sluffed off the last sticky burrs in my skin and greeted the day early.  

*I've greeted the Dogwoods, with all their subtleties and lanky blooms.
*I've baked three loaves of bread, tasty farmhouse whole [white] wheat.
*I've caught up with business emails (I know, rough life when you have to correspond with various gallery directors, art collectors of ALL types - painting and pillowing).
*I've whipped up a few new pillows, some that will be landing in el etsy shop this week, and some that will be heading to a brand new gallery-boutique here in Seattle - but more on that later.
*I've determinedly sought out time for myself, a quick bit of reading and a petit glass of chenin blanc.

Slowly, so slowly, I'm putting my feet down and testing the surface.  It's gonna hold.  

*** side note ***
I just had to share with you my new favorite bit of plumage, found, naturally, right here.  I don't believed I've ever used the term "flattering" when it comes to earrings, but these long babies are FLATTERING!  They  make me hold my head up a little higher, allowing their curve to swing flirty against my cheeks, making me feel as elegant as any gypsy princess ever has.  

I love me some pretty, shinny things.


BC said...

Gypsy Princess for sure.

And it's true, Miss Dove has been missing Idaho, and on top of that is full of ideas. Apparently it was a full on idea factory out there. What's the saying, "Metal sharpens Metal."

And that bread is tastilicious.

Michaela Dawn said...

... and I so was going to say man-oh-man, rather {lady-oh-lady} she looks-so classy...

then a scroll down and confirmed: regal, approachable still, but a gypsy princess indeed!

Good share, welcome back sweets:)

The Noisy Plume: said...

You're my favorite redwood and I'm your favorite potato.

Idaho misses you.
I'm haunting the hills
all alone
until your return.

All my love,

John said...

I'm glad you two whooped it up out there in potatoland. I could feel the tremors and shockwaves of your creative explosion from Arizona. (In fact I surfed it along the Colorado River on my jetski Sunday afternoon. My broken nose and collarbone were totally worth it.)

Melissa's been working a lot, but she sends her love.

UmberDove said...

What? Oh NOoooo John!

jordan said...

umber. As if that photo of you in the chair isn't the classiest damn thing ever. I honestly don't know how you ladies (you, plume, crm) make relaxing look so bloody fashionable all the time. when i'm reading in my chair i'm wearing an oversized man's tshirt and ugly hand-me-down sweats. to change that and still be comfortable...

UmberDove said...

Jordan, I have three words for you: Stretch Hemp Cotton. I basically wear the equivalent of pjs as much as I can get away with - and this dress (from gaia concepts on etsy) is one big stretchy tube dress. It's like pretending to dress up. Which is perfect.

jordan said...

i've SO been coveting stuff on gaia concepts. she makes amazing things she does. maybe i'll have to start investing...

UmberDove said...

Yeah, I have two of those dresses (they're called "love me 2 times) and I wear them so much it's embarrassing. Totally basic design, but the fabric is great and they make me feel pretty. So I guess, what more can you ask?

Melissa said...

Yes and John has a broken leg now too. And his spinal column is severed...

Hehe don't worry K.... I think he's as full of it as you do.


UmberDove said...

Ha! I got through the first sentence there and felt my stomach drop for him, but now I know - what a punk ass!

Pamela said...

What a beautiful sounds like you two had a magical time in Idaho. :)