Amy Karol, a.k.a. amykarol, is an artist, author, collector and mama, who has been making things with her hands since she was a wee babe. She has been able to channel her obsessive creativity and insatiable appetite for show and tell with the writing of her very popular craft blog, Angry Chicken, since 2005. After practicing commercial interior design in Seattle, Amy moved back home to Portland, Oregon in 2002. She and her husband now have three girls, and live in a lovely house that feels like it’s nestled in the woods — but in fact is walking distance to a great doughnut shop. Amy works at home writing, sewing, cooking, and creating things alongside her children. Her first book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew, is in its fourth printing and her new title, Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More, is due out this August, 2009. You can find Amy at her website, her blog, and her Etsy shop.
I love the Oregon coast. We spend a lot of time there as a family, digging in the sand and enjoying the completely unpredictable weather. I also love all things nautical. Knots, rope, fish, anchors — whenever I see red, navy blue and white together, I get goosebumps. That’s how much I love the crisp clean color combination! Add some preppy vintage sass or some distressed natural shells and I am totally happy. Here’s a “Summer at the Beach” set of items for you — to help you feel as if you have sand between your toes, even if you are stuck in an office cube. Enjoy!
I am smitten with the anchor necklace by fellow Portland Oregonian Olivia Clair. By OliviaClare, $22.
This sailor tote is just right for around town and the beach. By bayanhippo, $27.
Perfect for a craft project! From LAGIVENS, $8.50.
Okay, seriously, who doesn’t want this card? By letterpress, $4.
Create a wonderful bold look at home with these wall decals. By HutchMe, $20.
Sea glass never looked so lovely. By seaglassdesigns, $46.
I love driftwood. I mean, I really love it. And this is so awesome. By blackeyedsusan, $20.
What do I love more here — the jewelry or the photo? By nicholaslandon, $47.
Outstanding beach scene from yesteryear. From Holcroft, $15.
For my musings while I am stuck on a ship — possibly pirates are involved. By TheBlackSpotBooks, $75.
How flippin’ cute is this red and white sailor tunic? Cute. From nobletownvintage, $46.
I love how comfortable this looks, and so very chic. By esoneofone, $75.
Absolutely breathtaking for that summer home! By beachgrasscottage, $259.99.
I collect vintage cookbooks and this seafood cookbook from 1940 would fit in perfectly. From NostalgicHeirlooms, $5.
This casserole dish will help you put those vintage seafood recipes to use. From accentonvintage, $10.
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