i have this dream that i've been casually pursuing now for a few months - buying 5 acres of land and building a studio on it. taking my dogs with me to work after i drop my daughter off at school. letting the dogs out to run around. making a cup of coffee and sitting outside in the morning sunshine, considering what i'm working on that day. it almost hurts to think about it - it's that good. for me anyway. the idea is an old one but it picked up again when i started driving giulietta out to her new middle school. it's a 15 min drive through one of the most beautiful rural areas around here. green pastures, sheep, cows, old farmhouses .. a canyon of oak and manzanita that opens up above the american river. i could theoretically go fishing on my lunch break if i had a place out there. my rent went up earlier this year to $900. it's really a fraction of what i'd pay in a big city but i could be putting that money toward an investment. you can do a lot with 5 acres of land. especially if your father-in-law has a tractor in his yard and your husband is crazy enough to think it's a wonderful idea too.
so the spring collection for next year is coming along. it will have to be small, just a few styles. i think i managed to infuse it with a lot of what i loved about european dressing. it may not be for everyone but i like it and i want to wear it .. loose, feminine, soft dressing. there are some ruffles too i confess.