full bloom

Here is a small taste of the blossoming wonderment in my yard.

So many flowers! A couple weeks ago, when all the blossoms were opening up and the surrounding orchards began to burst in to flower, Asher became overwhelmed with allergies. He was drowning in mucous, his eyes were watery, and he was generally a little bit spaced out. Apparently Chico is one of the worst places in the country for seasonal allergies because of all the blooming species and all the orchards. We gots some serious pollen. I felt so bad for Asher, though! I kept him home from school for a whole week, because his energy was so low, and then finally (after asking friends for a naturopathic referral to no avail), I turned to Google to answer my search.

In minutes, I found a local naturopathic clinic staffed by 3 doctors who had all trained at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. This immediately felt comforting to me, because in my 5 years in Portland, the NCNM student clinic had acted as my primary care provider for Asher. They were always loving and gentle, would follow up with phone calls and recommendations, and would refer me to the ER or prescribe antibiotics when necessary (I'll get into the ER story another time, maybe). Mostly I felt really safe with them and like Asher's health was in good hands. Plus they had discount rates for office visits and prescribed medicines. If you live in Portland, I highly recommend exploring this as an option for affordable health care. They have various clinics located in all four quadrants.

But back to Chico - I made Asher an appointment with the local naturopath, and we went in for a visit. After some time checking out his lungs and ears and eyes and some questions, she prescribed a one-dose homeopathic medicine (which she gave him in the office), a gluten-free diet (so his body could stop fighting a low-grade food allergy and rally for the pollen, instead), and a three-day upper-respiratory viral treatment (syrup).

I kid you not when i say he was 99% healed the next day. DAMN. So obviously the homeopathic medicine was exactly what I needed, and I did the 3 days of syrup and we are now almost done with week two of gluten-free. HE IS SO MUCH HEALTHIER!! I am so, so excited and grateful. He's back to school without dragging his little snot rag around, and he's even begun preaching a bit about what is gluten-free and what isn't. And I gave him a nice bunch of GF cookies in his Easter basket last week.

Anyway, I've been here for over a year and I'm so happy to have potentially found a natural doctor to work with on a continued basis. And I'm so happy that Asher is no longer a slave to the pollen. Here he is under our weeping cherry, which I should have photographed while it was flowering, but your imaginations will have to take you there - this is all I got:



Happy belated Easter! Many thanks to all you fine ladies, sisters, and mothers who commented on my Easter post. We ended up doing a little Easter-egg hunt for Asher in the garden - I filled plastic eggs with raisins and ginger candy, and he was thrilled. He had already planted grass seed in a basket at his school, so by Easter morning, the basket was full of live green grass. And, when given his neo-pagan pop-quiz, he passed with flying colors:

me: Okay, so Asher, what is Easter a celebration of?
asher (climbing up the doorframe): Spring and fertility!

I know I've been a bit absentee on the blog lately, but I'm feeling good this week and I think I'll have lots to share (and some time to share it).  I'm done traveling for a while, so I get to really focus on some stuff on the homefront - which is always my favorite thing to do.

Our garden is growing and there are flowers everywhere. The horse chestnut tree in front of my house is in full bloom and filled with bees, and the ground beneath it is covered in  pink petals. Here's me yesterday (resurrection exhibit a: the outfit post):

Asher's holding his little golden cat that he got in his Easter basket - it's one of those ones you see at Japanese restaurants that waves and waves. I'm wearing a thrifted tank top, a head scarf that I cut from an old vintage dress, and a soft, screen printed skirt from my friend Alicia. And, of course, my boots.

Yesterday I made myself my first meal with garden produce - I had enough chard to make lunch...and Asher's been devouring the strawberries as soon as they're red.

My favorite fast-meal lately has been poached eggs on chard, with or without avocado. So delicious. Here's how I do it:
  1. Wash and chop chard, and toss it in a heated, oiled skillet (I use olive or coconut oil).
  2. Sautee the chard, and lightly salt it while cooking. 
  3. Add a splash of tamari, and a splash of red wine vinegar
  4. Pull chard off the heat while it's still vibrant and green, before you over cook it (this happens fast!)
  5. Add poached eggs on top of your pile of chard
  6. Add avocado if desired
  7. Eat!
And finally, in further celebration of resurrection, I decided to pull my guitar out of the recesses of my closet. Hooray. I've hardly played at all since I moved, and I'm pretty rusty, but I'm feeling inspired to start again, so I know I need to take advantage of that feeling while I have it.

I grew up playing the piano, but only figured out the guitar a few years ago. In a burst of discovery, I learned quickly and spent late nights making terrible recordings of my new songs. It was really fun. Now I'm going to have to go back to square one, I think, and re-master the chords and callouses. And on that note (pun intended), I'll leave you with one of my aforementioned recordings, which I recently unearthed from my old files. In fact, if you want to hear all the songs from this era, I uploaded them to Soundcloud here (!!!).

Tell my girl by sadiedeluxe



Today my harness was featured on the front page of Etsy, thanks to Baily Belle Creations (yay!).

You can view the treasury here.


Summer mode

Leandra gets dressed for summer...

Coming soon to the shop!


My Vintage Addiction - Interview

Happy Monday, y'all! I'm happy to report there is a sweet little interview on my vintage life & love over at My Vintage Addiction today. Please check it out if you get a chance.

oh em eff gee

I almost died when I saw these babies over at Dig Vintage:

They are too big for me. Do they fit you? Because you should snap them up right now if they do. Last year Nicole did this very same thing to me, with these:

You lucky 7.5ers! I'm so close....but just not close enough. xo


busy busy like the bee...

I have so much to do! I'm sorry for the minimal and mildly boring blog posts this week, but I know you understand. Like everything in life, this, too, ebbs and flows. I uploaded a few more final harnesses last night, along with a few new shirts. And I have oh-so-many photographs of more beautiful dresses, just waiting for the right combination of time and energy so that they may be presented to all of you.

Happy Friday!

blue buddha burning man outfit (not new - but i edited the photo & think someone needs this this year!)
simple brown leather harness
bohemian maiden crop blouse
tooled & braided leather carlos harness (click on link to see where it gets its name...)
sweet lace bolero shrug
crystal dragon harness


Leather wear

There are some harnesses available in my online shop now..... more soon! (she says hopefully, staring at the pile of work on her desk....)