Danielle Kroll

J and I spent the past week up in the San Juan Islands.

It can be hard work, relaxing.

I felt like I had finally got the hang of it, even sleeping until what would normally be my first union break at work; of course by then we had to make our departure and return to reality.

Life can be so hard sometimes.


Check out Kroll’s designs for ‘The Wedding Story.’

Considerably more sassy than the sweet and whimsical print above.



Two weekends in a row J and I have been to the river.

Of course, I didn’t bring my camera to take pictures because J didn’t think it was safe to bring valuables into the canoe with us. He’s a smart man… so you can blame him for the lack of photographs.

This leaves the score: summer fun: 2 :: blog: 0


+ covet: Tree of Life litho print

+ make: sign up for DIY Dress Up (an e-sewing course) via A Beautiful Mess

+ blog: Design Darling


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Alix Bancourt



+ look: Magnificent Magazine Issue no. 6 (A+A spread by Sigurd Gr├╝nberger melts my heart)

+ diy: Painted Wallpaper

+ covet: Orbit Ruler via Studio Juju (Creates straight and curved lines)

+ watch: The Illusionist (Film by Sylvain Chomet)


Oh my gosh. Can I just say I am so excited for what you are about to see? Seriously, I’m giddy.

In my Arts in the Elementary School course I took this term we had to make a stop-motion animation film–complete with story boards, backdrops, characters, everything. This is the result of 3 hours of hard work (I don’t want to give away the story just yet because you have to watch it!)

Maybe I’m obsessed because I thought it was so amazing–we seriously took over 400 frames to make this not-even-a-minute long clip–but I watched it probably five times on the camera when we made it. I was super impressed how our transitions turned out because when actually doing them I didn’t think it would look so great.

For those of you who didn’t get it… a synopsis: our story is entitled Efforts in Futility, where our protagonist is a snowman whom is self built. After an arduous journey he reaches his unintended final destination–to obtain a canonical carrot nose from a satirical “Pole” Foods grocery–where he melts before he is complete.

Complex, right? If you check out asteelpdx‘s account on youtube, you’ll find other groups who created films for the class as well. One of my personal favourites is theadventure: in which a man on a boat is swallowed by a whale, and it shows his adventures within the cavernous interior of said whale. They’re all great though, so watch them!



via *Peanut

Back-to-school came so suddenly it feels. I knew it was coming, but actually getting back into it seems like such an abrupt process. Especially being on a new campus, I definitely feel like a newbie.

Needless to say my posting schedule will change. Between work and school I’ll be a busy lady, but I’m hoping to blog more frequently than not. Not to worry, I will still post beautiful little gems like this image from *Peanut.


I took this video a while ago from the back of my lover’s motorcycle on the most perfect summer night. It’s pretty low quality considering the camera is a tiny point and shoot, but I kind of really loved that aspect.

This is a work in progress; I want to go out and take some more footage and edit it a bit more. I was simply proud of myself for having made a short film and I’m obscenely technologically challenged.



Sorry for not posting the last few days. I was on a last-minute planned adventure out to Bagby Hot Springs and Smith Rock.

Bagby Hot Springs actually really surprised me. I was expecting to sit in a hole in the ground with a bunch of naked old hippies. Contrary to my prediction, the hot springs at Bagby were pretty elaborate in their set up. There was a string of private rooms that the water was channeled to via carved, wooden “pipes” that you could adjust the water flow to your tub. Then there were four “communal” tubs, three of which looked like those log flume carts that Disney mimics on their Splash Mountain ride, and the ‘Backyard Brewery’ big tub that take 45 minutes to fill when empty.

This is the big tub… but obviously not me. Oregon Hot Springs has a great website describing in detail the different locations to find great springs. Click on the image for more information.

To get there we hiked in 1.4 miles, and it was a really pleasant trail with beautiful foliage and views of the Collawash river. There were several spots with little falls, and the blue of the river was GORGEOUS!

After spending a few hours in the springs, we hiked back to the car and drove out to Smith Rock for some rock climbing.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to climb but the hike we went on, up to see Monkey Face rock, could have very well passed as rock climbing. Only 0.75 miles (one-way), the Misery Ridge Trail is the most difficult out of all the trails at the Smith Rock State Park. Of course, if the name doesn’t give it away, the pictures will.

This is the the trail, going back down. Killer on the joints and quite scary if you slip.

After our hike we camped at Smith Rock State Park, which was pretty full, but a really nice camping area. (Which means it really is nice, since I’m really not an out-doors kind of girl.)

On our journey back home we witnessed some really beautiful landscapes. It’s funny how everyone is complaining about the weather being so wet and rainy in June, but it was pretty cool to see the mountain tops all covered in snow at this time of year.