Thursday, September 30, 2010

illustration by heather ross


October 2, 2010


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Great Poem to mark the occasion

The Writer's Almanac

Ode to the Yard Sale
A toaster,
A plate
Of pennies,
A plastic rose
Staring up
To the sky.
It's Saturday
And two friends,
Merchants of
The salvageable heart,
Are throwing
Things onto
The front lawn –
A couch, a beanbag,
A table to clip
Poodles on,
Drawers of
Potato mashers,
Spoons, knives
That signaled
To the moon
For help.
Rent is due
It's somewhere
On the lawn,
Somewhere among
The shirts we've
Looked good in,
Taken off before
We snuggled up
To breasts
That almost made
Us gods.
It'll be a good
Day, because
There's much
To sell,
And the pitcher
Of water
Blue in the shade,
Clear in the
Light, with
The much-handled
Scotch the color
Of leaves
Falling at our
Shoes, will
Get us through
The afternoon
Rush of old
Ladies, young women
On their way
To becoming nurses,
Bachelors of
The twice-dipped
Tea bag. It's an eager day:
Wind in the trees,
Laughter of
Children behind
Fences. Surely
People will arrive
With handbags
And wallets,
To open up coffee
Pots and look
In, weigh pans
In each hand,
And prop hats
On their heads
And ask, "How do
I look?" (foolish
To most,
Beautiful to us).
And so they
Come, poking
At the clothes,
Lifting salt
And pepper shakers
For their tiny music,
Thumbing through
Old magazines
For someone
They know,
As we sit with
Our drinks
And grow sad
That the ashtray
Has been sold,
A lamp, a pillow,
The fry pans
That were action
Packed when
We cooked, those things
We threw so much
Love on, day
After day,
Sure they would mean something
When it came
To this.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

knitted leather handbag

could it be a knit wits project?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I love maps.
Where I am sitting right now is sometimes called the map room.
I love to know where I am going.
Navigation is my job on car trips,
but I am not so good on the iphone directions.
I much prefer the real thing.

You have got to admit that these furniture pieces covered in maps are very clever.

I have seen rooms wallpapered with old nautical maps.

And look at this room from the October 2010 House Beautiful; it was designed by Daniel Sachs. a bloomsbury life (one of my regular reads) showcased this room on her blog.

a wider view of the room
Imagine reading stories at bedtime with that expansive map on the wall.
House Beautiful, October 2010.
Interiors by Daniel Sachs. Photos by Ngog Minh Ngo.)

I have seen trays decoupaged with more old maps.

Of course I have many maps on my walls,

but maps on furniture - this is a first.

I saw the mapped furniture on Elements of Style here - the creator is Bryonie Porter here.

Something I might attempt sometime

for a dear girl I know who is REALLY into maps too.

You got it - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Maps are her latest dorm decoration.

Monday, September 20, 2010

No room for a large memento board ~
try one of these handy desk-tops.

Cheerful even without all the fun invites and terrific photos.

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Use your own fabric

Great price

Fast turn-around

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

great photo from slow love life

reminded me of my girlhood.
every autumn we would make a pilgrimage to the chestnut tree
and collect dozens and dozens of chestnuts
then store them like squirrels.
i even found one lurking in my desk drawer recently.
it dates back to one of my early hunts;
hard to believe, but true.
i never wanted to throw that chestnut away.
it would be like giving away one of my fondest childhood memories.

and then
two weeks ago
miss is, dh, and i were walking around the city campus
and we
found a chestnut tree.
such fun.
we stuffed our pockets,
filled empty water bottles,
and took our stash back to our respective rooms.
mine sit on my desk.
miss is ... has her stash too.
we think of our walk when we look at our stash.

they are nice to hold and roll around in your palm
and the color brown is wonderful, warm and rich in tone.

my stash also reminds me of my favorite book:
pride and prejudice
remember elizabeth's aunt, mrs gardiner,
in the book she reminisces about running to the horse chestnut tree at lambton
and mr darcy recalls his fun boyhood runs to the very same chestnut tree.

i will hold on to this recent chestnut stash for a long time
because i am an empty-nester now.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I love to bake...can you tell?

Two of my favorite pie recipes are tucked into this frame -
pumpkin ice cream pie which I make every October
heavenly pie - just the thing for spring and it is heavenly!

This frame could be just right for a hostess present or a wedding shower~
dual purpose:
a frame or a recipe holder.
Bring this fun frame to a friend's house
with a recipe.
Maybe even bring a pie too!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love a happy customer.
And she took the time to write me a note

when she received the board pictured above.

Clover leaf fabric in reverse colorways on frame and a desktop
love 'em both

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

another great fabric design
from my autumn 2010 line
made me think of the ghost chairs
that are all the rage now.
and as seen here in visual vamp's house

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fit for a queen...we all should feel like a princess or a queen
another wonderful fabric for Autumn 2010 collection

Do I dare put myself in the royalty frame?
I think not; but dear miss is perfect as a little princess.

This new frame reminded me of the
fun bicycle ringer on the
fancy fat tire bicycle
that I posted about here
which I saw on here

AND it reminds me of another new
frame for the Autumn 2010 collection
remember the bike and basket full of fabrics above

so a nice combo - bike, flowers, crown
new frames - bike, flowers, crown

perfect for any princess or queen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great screen in Bunny Williams's office (photo from Habitually Chic)

I think need to buy a jigsaw so I can make fun new shapes for memento boards.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I saw this bulletin board over at

What a fun shape...
Makes me want to try a few new shapes this autumn.

Thanks for the inspiration Sunny!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Notice the similarities? photo, with permission

a bike and a basketful of flowers
perfect as we end summer

I just love to bike around on fat-tired cruisers like this one
big handlebars
makes you feel like you have perfect posture when you ride.
Only problem,
the terrain in my neck of the woods
would make this bike hard to use,
but I love a cruiser at the beach
or in town with gentle rolling hills...
You sit up high and roll merrily along your way.

Some day I will live there!

Birthday bike from slim paley today

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ok, back to business...
New fabric - I predict this one will sell well -

A little tricky with the diamond pattern on diamond pattern
on the picture frame
but dynamite on the larger inspiration boards.
I changed the shape of the ribbon lattice to mimic the fabric pattern.

It works much better on this 24" x 36" custom memento board.
I love this.
Just shipped it out. The photo is not great, but it was fantastic !

So why will this fabric sell well?
The clover leaf is is my post from last year about the clover leaf...still popular
Reese Witherspoon and her fave: the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I am not what people call a helicopter parent. I just miss hearing about the daily doings from my daughter who went off to college two weeks ago. So I read the online campus newspaper to keep up with the action. I watched a two minute piece on the freshman convocation, class of 2014; the band played, the President spoke, the glee clubs sang, and my eyes welled up with tears.

The President of the college urged students to leave their “comfort zones,” and take risks. The purpose of your education, she said, is to make students familiar with the process of exploration and the mistakes and missteps that accompany it.

She went to say: “Find that part of you that will take a chance on an idea or an ideal, the part of you that is willing to fail … Our job is to help make this willingness for risk and invention become second nature to you, so that your idea of success includes some failure, so that you allow yourselves to become uncomfortable as you try new things.”

I love this advice for young people. You never know what you will find out about yourself or your world unless you just go for it...explore new territory... dig deep ... take a leap ... the net usually appears and if not, well you learned something. To our next group of leaders and doers. Cheers and hurrah! xo m

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

pencil tip sculptures

perfect for September 1, 2010

September always feels like the beginning of the year for me, so I decided to make a few resolutions: slow life, balance, rest, determination, hope,
and I must remember the feathers,
those that fall in my path, and one of my favorite poems.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune -- without the words,
and never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me

Emily Dickinson

there is always the possibility of hope in the midst of difficulty