el bag: a gathering of FOUND ideas, materials, tools and love…

May 7, 2010 - 11:00 am

riikkabagel bag.

our goddess riikka is so gracious to pose for me wearing her new el bag—  in our fave spot— good earth’s produce section. i find myself there often… grounding into the fresh, alive organized beauty of this lovely space.

“let us call it translating…” vincent van gogh wrote in a letter to his brother theo from st remy, france (where I also found my favorite linen blouses 116 years later),—regarding painting his version of “the sower”, a well known painting at the time by Millet.  I decided to ‘translate’ the “el bag” after falling in love with a similar denim bag at my friend louesa’s shop, august, in oakland, ca.

my new denim bag attracted attention… and I loved the casual hippy energy it carried… and I had an idea.
coincidentally, my boyfriend steve (a thriftstore denizen) seemed to be getting more serious about his sewing habit, finding (collecting) sewing machines, fabric and experience through craigslist, thrift stores, word of mouth, (his friend stanley’s 93 year old mother).

steve prefers vintage Singer brand sewing machines (both born in New Jersey).

though the original bag was denim, steve convinced me I should consider other fabrics he had collected…the most perfect grey/pale pink tweed, a faded denim, a unique beige camouflage— all with a revealed “selvedge” —the finished edge of a bolt of cloth—usually decorative in nature.

everything about the el bag is found, reused, recycled .

To buy call—  415.577.1052
or email me: eloise@thenaturalspace.com

green juicing…pulp salad! yummmm???

March 23, 2010 - 8:16 pm

pulpwhen a friend introduced me to green juicing in the morning while living at the beach, she suggested i have fat in my stomach before drinking the juice. it sounded right, and i really enjoyed the idea of more than just juice. the surprisingly lovely “pulp salad”  a small pile of pulp (green star juicer–the best! twin gear—easier on the veggies, more enzymes, less pulp) leftover from kale, celery, parsley, cucumber,ginger and lemon with sliced avocado, hemps seeds (two good fats and excellent omega profile!) and a sprinkle of himalayan sea salt and squeeze of lemon. delicious and full of fiber—and consuming the “whole food”. i feel very satisfied (and vibrant!) after this meal. i continue to drink green juice with more hemp seeds as i enjoy my pulp! yum! let me know…!

winter wandering with native flora

December 28, 2009 - 10:56 pm

huckleberriesetci love the huckleberry bushes, the bishop pine and manzanita nearly blossoming! iphone nature photography. my friend and colleague deb asked me this question today: what is my experience as i connect to nature through my photography? 



as i stand carefully next to the manzanita bush to reach a shot of some lichen,

i am pulled deeply into the moment with these beings.
they are different of course but so joyous.
they ground and celebrate simultaneously.
they are my mentors.

holiday cacao

December 2, 2009 - 12:13 am

cacao heartfresh sweet cayenne peppers—deseeded, dehydrated, pulverized sprinkled into/onto flowing cacao…becoming queen vanilla, our best selling raw chocolate 4 inch by.5 inch lusciousness with a “hot” finish. divine! please email info@thenaturalspace.com to place orders for these 4 x .5 cacao queen vanilla bean hearts! plain cacao queen vanilla hearts available too!

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