hi, my name is linda

I'm a designer and paper shop owner from Seattle. One Fine Dae shares bits and pieces of my life and lovely things that I adore. I also love good food, books, sailboats, and all things simple and sweet. I have a dog named Charlie Brown. He's my goofy little companion and unofficial paper shredder.

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new notebook in the shop
/ Friday, January 30, 2015

one fine dae: isosceli notebook

one fine dae: isosceli notebook

I made this notebook sometime last year but didn't get around to adding it to my shop until now. It's called isosceli and it's decked out in tiny, hand-cut triangles with specks of gold shimmer. A perfect notebook for everyday writing or doodling. 

a girl and her skin
/ Sunday, January 04, 2015

one fine dae: a girl and her skin

The other day, over lunch, my girlfriends and I were discussing New Year's resolutions and one of my besties said she wanted to focus on taking better care of her skin. Nodding in approval, her declaration reminded me of my own battle with skin care and the time and commitment it took to finally resolve it. So today I want to share that with y'all.

Please keep in mind that skin care, and beauty in general, is a personal topic and is different for everyone. You are the only person that lives in your skin and should know it best to know what it likes and doesn't like. This post is not meant to be the holy grail of skin care methods, but serves to share my experience of getting to a happy place with my skin, and highlights things I've learned along the way.

This is a lengthy post with sections to help guide you through. I tried to be concise but still thorough enough to capture my whole experience. I hope it'll provide some direction for any of you who are going through a similar process. Here goes...

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end and beginning
/ Sunday, December 28, 2014

I'm sitting here, the last Sunday evening of 2014, trying to find some clever or noteworthy quote to bid farewell to this year, but can't find anything to sum up what I want to say.

I have to confess, 2014 hasn't been the best year. It's not terrible, and there are a few highlights (like being brace-free after 3.5 years), but overall, I feel like I took a few steps back in life and still trying to make sense of everything. There's only so much I can do to control things before I have to let the universe do its job while I exert a bit of patience. Still working on that last part.

Either way, this year has taught me a lot about myself and the direction I want to take, both personally and professionally. Thanks to everyone who still follows this blog of mine. I know posts were few and far between but I hope to remedy that in the coming year.

Best wishes to you, and here's to the end and beginning of things. 

the days are cold, the nights are long
/ Monday, December 22, 2014

one fine dae: the days are cold, the nights are long

According to the winter solstice, days should be brighter and longer from now on out, but it certainly doesn't look or feel that way from where I'm standing. I'm really dreading winter.

Mornings are especially hard this time of year and all I want to do is linger in bed ever so slightly longer as the weekdays progress. Life is a bit up in the air for me these days. As much as I want to embrace this uncertainty, who am I kidding? I always need something to keep me grounded and lately I don't have an anchor holding me in place, which makes me anxious. I'm wrapping up a project soon and need another to fill my days. And there's also the daunting task of culling most things I own to prepare myself for a much-needed move. There are so many things on the horizon, and it sucks that I can't control the timing of them all. 

Sigh, at least there's still photography to help me capture a bit of beauty in the most repetitive of tasks.

(See more on Instagram.)

summer day in canada
/ Monday, June 23, 2014

one fine dae: summer day in canada

Frederick and I spent the first day of summer in beautiful Vancouver, BC. My umpteenth time, and F's first. 

This part of the drive is always my favorite on I-5. The road curves softy between rocks and trees, and it almost forces you to take a minute to appreciate your surroundings.

one fine dae: summer day in canada

We had planned on getting some all-you-can-eat sushi and Korean bbq, and exploring Gastown, but diverted all plans after running into the International Jazz Festival, and decided to grab street food and enjoy great music under the sun. 

A change of plans made for an interesting afternoon of taking pictures with a giant gum face and spotting naked bikers! Seattle also has these entertainments (gum wall & Solstice Cyclists), both of which I have yet to see. 

one fine dae: summer day in canada

We ended the afternoon with a quick walk down the waterfront, and a short session of how many cherries F can fit in his mouth at once before crossing back over the border. Cuz, you know, US customs are anal about that stuff.

(A few more photos on Instagram.)

this week in photos
/ Friday, June 20, 2014

one fine dae: this week in photos

one fine dae: this week in photos

My succulents and Charlie soaking up some sun.

one fine dae: this week in photos

Made lunch for mom and me. Ham and fried egg sandwiches with melted provolone and mozzarella, mayo, lettuce, and sliced kosher pickles. Yum!

one fine dae: self-portrait

A new self-portrait to replace the old and barely identifiable one my friend took of me almost half a decade ago. (And sporting my new favorite tee from Everlane!)

west seattle love
/ Monday, May 12, 2014

CafeLadro

Spent some time with friends strolling around West Seattle this past weekend for their annual garage sale. Didn't pick up anything good, but managed to snap a few shots here and there of the charming little neighborhood. Also found a cute nursery that I hope to visit again soon. 

Fleurt

Redchair

WSnursery

Photos from Instagram: Lights at Cafe Ladro, pretty things inside Fleurt, sidewalk scene, and fuchsia golden gypsies at West Seattle Nursery.

the bear and the bunny
/ Tuesday, April 08, 2014

one fine dae: the bear and the bunny

Regina from Oh, Albatross makes the sweetest little animal toys. The bear and the bunny are my two favorites. She has some great vintage finds, too.

let's talk business, ch.2: being true to myself and my craft
/ Wednesday, March 26, 2014

one fine dae

It's funny. Not too long after I wrote my first "let's talk business" post, several conversations that I took part in (online and off) coincidentally were centered around the topic of being true to yourself, your work, and your values. It's weird how the universe has a way of grouping certain situations like this together. It doesn't happen very often, but I find it quite serendipitous whenever it does.

When I started One Fine Dae almost four years ago, I knew that one of the things I always want to do is be true to myself and my craft while running this business. Because to me, crafting is an art form, and art to me should always make me happy. But I've learned that business combined with art can sometimes blur the line between doing something because you truly want to and believe in, and doing something because of money. 

It's hard when large, well-known companies approach me wanting to do business, but require me to alter my work that makes me feel uneasy. Or when they want a large order, but their target demographic or style isn't aligned with mine. Let me tell you, it's a tough call sometimes. But so far, I've managed to make decisions that haven't left me feeling anxious, regretful, or uttering the phrase "Seriously? WTF." I've felt those feelings and uttered those words many times before, mainly in less ideal circumstances, and they never sit well with me. Thus, it makes sense for me to be a little selfish and protective of my company and ideals, especially when happiness is on the line. 

one fine dae: let's talk business, ch.2

Aran Goyoaga's studio, via Instagram.

I went to a blogging event last Friday, my first, and one thought that resonated with me that all three speakers agreed on was that you should find your own voice and create things that ring true to who you are, and not what others like or are already doing. I couldn't agree more. I remember one time in English class my senior year, we were learning about European authors and the rise of Shakespeare, and my teacher was talking about an author whose work was considered to be like Shakespeare. I asked him how come he's not as well-known, and he calmly said, "Nobody remembers second best." 

It's hard, I admit, not to try to do something that someone else has already become so successfully at. Or not to lose my sense of self or style when business opportunities arise. I just have to stick to what I know and value, and be dedicated.

a trip to swansons nursery
/ Monday, March 24, 2014

one fine dae: a trip to swansons nursery

I took my mom to Swansons Nursery this past weekend. A first time for both of us and...wow! This place is huge. With a great selection and so much more. There's even a gift shop, cafe, and koi fish pond, all nested inside a bright greenhouse. 

Much of my time was spend browsing houseplants and getting tips from a friendly sales rep on how to keep succulents alive for more than a month. (Yeah, quite sad, really.) After a couple of hours, both my mom and I walked away with happy purchases. 

one fine dae: a trip to swansons nursery

Here's my stash. The miniature ones are the cutest.

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