I'm Julia Allen, a designer in Napa,
California. This blog is my place for
gathering and sharing inspiration.
It's also where I can share ideas and
processes for my design work.
(and sometimes, you might just see
a posting for the rant, of just because
a moment needed to be shared.)
Please feel free to say hello &
share your tendencies at
I had the pleasure of a visit from my friend Robert Swartley, one of the foremost talented engravers in the country. He brought over his current project, an antique gun. You can see the workmanship in the pistol grip, eventually gold to be applied in the deep grooves. He's a master. I am always in awe of his skills and artistry... and he has such a sweet heart. (hint hint, he works slow these days, but still is actively working!)