summer reminds me of how much i love the color yellow.
it also makes me want to spend my days reading poetry.

The Summer Day


Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

and listening to the beach boys.

a study in yellow:

summer sale is mere hours away...

anyone out there awaiting news of our annual summer sale?
wait no more!
here's the scoop:
we will be closing tomorrow (june 11th) at 2 to set up for the sale
which will begin promtly at 10 wednesday morning (june 12th)
make no mistake that as usual, the sale is giganormous
but quantities and sizes are limited so make haste friends!
hope to see lots of you later this week.
how bout all this rain?
happy summer folks!

old school stationers

old school stationers has had a home in o'suzannah for several years, but the newest series of cards has been unbelievable! we can't get over their awesomeness, seriously. each image is hand drawn and then printed on their 120-year-old press in portland, oregon. they are designed as cards to be sent to your pals, but we think they're also like sending a piece of art that could easily be framed once it's served its purpose as correspondence. i know i'd love to have any of these on my walls.

check out this group of "in the kitchen" cards:

and this 1960s camping series:

this mason jar of flowers is so lovely and summery it almost makes you forget it's nearly 100 degrees outside!

"love it" for july: FLOWIE

so flowie is one of our newest and favorite textile designers. she uses cotton and linen, or a blend of the 2, on which she screenprints by hand, her own designs.  she keeps work done on these textiles, on a local level, in the bay area where she lives. if you want to know MORE about yaling, go to like we did. she is super talented and we just love her! not sure who found who but it is a match made! thanks yaling xo
interview with yaling of FLOWIE:

what was your first job and how did you end up designing textiles and creating bags and accessories?

I worked as an in-house graphic/web designer for a company in Taiwan. Then, I got married and moved back to the US. I love fashion and I love graphic design as well. So, I decided to go back to school to study textile design, which combines my both interests. While I was in school, I made myself many bags to carry my school supplies, and I received many compliments on my bags. After school, I decided to give it a try and launched Flowie.

what is your favorite piece/group/series in your work?

I love everything I designed and created. If I really have to pick one, it would be the one of new series I’m working on right now. It will be available by the end July. Hope you will love them, too!

who or what inspires you?

Most of my designs are inspired by people around me or a special event in my life. That’s why I named many of my prints after my friends. Movies are my other source of inspiration.

what three websites do you visit daily?

Design*Sponge, Dooce, Decor8

describe your ideal sunday.

Wake up and drink my morning coffee that my husband  has prepared for me. Take our dog out for a walk. Think about which color to paint our rooms (we just move into our first house). Drive to HomeDepot to buy paint supplies. Paint the wall. Take a break to watch Law and Order rerun on TV. Continue painting and decorating the house. Let our dog run in the backyard while I water the plants.
Cook a nice dinner. Go to bed early.

what do you see outside your studio windows?

Lots of trees and flowers.

ode to summer

my parents at the beach in 1972.
note the handmade quality of the outfits
and the overflowing ashtray. gotta love the 70's.
this photo is always in a frame i love it so much.

JUNE: school lets out and summer vacation, for some, begins and what better place to go than the ocean, the lake, the river or even the backyard, for that matter. just outside, if at all possible, before it is so hot we all we want to be in ac and take a nap (i may have spoken to soon as we we are under a heat advisory this weekend). i am a beach gal at heart but live surrounded by mountains and trees, go figure, in a log home estimated at well over 200 years old with no watering holes of any kind in sight. needless to say my beach house does live but only in my dreams at this point, so in the summer i try to be beachy wherever possible, enjoying my many years of collected shells and photos all over the house. i love to transform my living room into a watery beach palette with aquas, greens, grays and whites (the sofa cover from ikea gets switched to white much to my huband's disbelief and terror). my rug of choice lately has been an angela adams number that i believe, sad to say, is discontinued. it's super long shag with a wavy pattern that goes by the name of "spike," and it brightens up our log living room like no other could. (we sell angela's cotton rugs if you want the next best thing to her wool ones.) oh and how i love pillows. i have a closet full, almost all from my days of retail, and switch them out constantly. many of the them are sea inspired, so these definitely make an appearance in the summer months. i especially love my linen cushions by dermond peterson. she does corals and various shells, seahorses, octopi, crabs, and fish. i love them so much i have given them as gifts to my mom and staff. we can all attest to how cool they are. she also puts these images on napkins, guest towels and cocktail napkins, all of which we sell at o'suz.

cushions by dermond peterson, snail decoupage by macbeth ,
books all from o'suz, adrienne jennings photograph lamp
(no longer made) from o'suz years ago.

cushions by dermond peterson,
conch shell from belize (contraband, don't tell)
red's first sun suit and wrv beach t-shirt.

and lastly i scatter beachy photos in dryads frames all around. we have sold dryads for eons and though i tend to like them all (that's why i sell them), i do have some favs, and here they arecontaining old and new beach snapshots.

wherever you are i hope you are beatin' the heat by the watering hole of your choice, or in the ac takin' a nap! xo, suz.