Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blog friends - your opinion please...
I told you yesterday that I was going to try the 
 faux bois with suede trim

What do you think?
Which do you like better?

grosgrain with saddle stitch or suede?

the rosewood still looks more orange in photo than in real life

another new fabric
wild zebra
with black suede trim

with cherry red suede

and vivid pink velvet

which trim do you like with the zebra?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I spent hours pouring over fabric swatches
for the fall line.

Here are two great new fabrics:
the faux bois collection


and rosewood

the color isn't as orange as it looks

so real looking - quite the conceit-
soft wooden frames

Suede trim will be used too.
for a good contrast, what do you think?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I posted this memento board before,
but I just had to show it to you all again
when I saw design*sponge on July 25th.

This pattern was one of my most popular fabrics in 2007. 
I called the fabric mod taj; 
my apologies to the designer for renaming the pattern.

Here is again on my picture frame.
Yours truly and dh on messy desk

and here it is again

love the painted pattern that mimics the fabric
on chair back and just below seat
very clever indeed

Sunday, July 27, 2008

happy birthday alicia
the youngest of the group
with the cute little face
alicia's daughter, lily, makes the exact same face

Friday, July 25, 2008


an art project 
in the Netherlands 


via on July 17, 2008

a gigantic picnic table jungle gym
or a vertical plaza

fun picnic with voer tekst te vertalen hier

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

not much to say 
dog days of summer
hot and sticky

smug rug by 
John Pour Home Typography Rugs
cut felt
as seen on Daily Candy

Monday, July 21, 2008

have a seat

chairs by Annie Coggan
of Starkville, Mississippi
as seen on Bloesem

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Off to the Cod
yes, I know, Cod is wrong, but it is a family joke.

The whole family will be congregating in Falmouth this weekend.
We live far and wide across the USA so this weekend will be fun...
three sistahs go to Falmouth in the summer 
and the rest of us are bunking in with them.
thanks sistahs!
Six siblings and spouses and children and Dad.
That's me in the painting and photo above 
painted by my sistah Betsy a couple of summers ago
during a visit to the Cod.
Check out Betsy's painting on her blog.
She is an interior decorator too!

Friday, July 18, 2008

so I just had to showcase this wonderful profile on Jeanne

One of Jeanne's mermaids greets me every morning
 as I reach into the fridge. 

She rests comfortably under my very messy memento board!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


photo by Frances Janisch, July Country Living Magazine

to my dear friend Charlotte

here she is with her grandson

Charlotte and Appleseed Farm 
are purveyors of the absolutely scrumptious 
delicious fruit fillings for your "homemade pies"
from fruit grown in their own orchards

 I am so happy to report that 
Charlotte and Appleseed Farm
are winners !

Congratulations on your achievement as a  
Country Living 
Women Entrepreneur winner

Charlotte and I met at the Country Living Women Entrepreneurs Conference
where we both pitched our product, 
along with Tricia Lowenfield, also a winner, and featured in my July 3, 2008 post.

Charlotte and I sat together as we waited to "pitch". 
We boosted each other and then enjoyed the rest of the conference seated next to each other, chatting and learning about our lives, passions and businesses.
I knew then that Charlotte would be a winner...
I even told her that I would put money on her.

As I mentioned earlier, I posted a few weeks back about Tricia Lowenfield, another gal that I met at the conference who pitched at the same time, who is also a winner!
I have corresponded with each of these ladies since March 
and featured them in my 2nd and 3rd blog postings.  
I loved their products.
And lo an behold they are both winners.
I feel like a moth to the light - I was drawn to the winners!

Read my early blogs, #2 & #3 in April and you will learn so much more.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Blue Sky Sparklin' Day

describes the day perfectly

it is also the title of a wonderful children's song 
that Miss Is and I listened to over and over again years ago

Marathon trip up to New Hampshire 
and then back home, in a day! 

Miss Is to take the less traveled road...

as the OWLES set off for a three week wilderness trip 
traversing the northern regions of NH & ME

from Lake Umbagog, down the Androscoggin River, 
to Acadia National Park and Isle Au Haut 

and then to the Bigelow Mountains

living outside the whole time!
Ah, to be young.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Latest custom order shipped to a wonderful store
in Birmingham, Michigan

the berrys, get the joke?

a very nice birthday present for a friend

going to the northern reaches of the peninsula?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mad Men

cover of NYT's Magazine in May, 2008

I loved this show last summer;
it starts again on July 27th. 

The show is a great period piece from the early 60's -
before the explosion 
of new mores, new music, and women's liberation

to get into the mood read 
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 
written in 1955 by Sloan Wilson
According to Wikipedia this book is
"a novel about the American search for purpose 
in world dominated by business"
(fun fact: author worked at Time, Inc)

and get the 1956 movie on netflix
with Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones
modern version of fedora by Asli Filinta as featured on Daily Candy NYC July 9, 2008

NYT's review last summer July 19, 2007
Another piece in NYT's July 13, 2008

lots of pop for this one.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Off to Rinfret Ltd this morning
to hand deliver this
 custom memento board

designed for a built-in above a desk
here is a close-up of the subtle nubby texture

simple but elegant

here is the book by owner Cindy Rinfret

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

my favorite store in wilton

owned by friend and artist Robin
who just started her blog

there are my frames in the window
and a couple of Robin's painted canvas tote bags.

Sea Bean - a symbol of luck and longevity
we all need a little bit of both

Monday, July 7, 2008

so excited this morning
to read a few blogs 
before i left for the office
and look what I saw

yup, that's right, my frames
thanks for the pop jennifer

i love the sis boom fabrics
you can see more frames in sis boom cotton at my etsy shop

Saturday, July 5, 2008

belated birthday wishes
to jeanne 
my youngest sister born on the 4th of july
there was talk of Independence as a middle name 
but our mother nixed it.

hmmm mmm good 
isabel, the baker, made this delicious tart on the damp 4th of july
we brought it to a concert
and it did not rain - hoorah!

Friday, July 4, 2008

happy 4th of july

enjoy cookouts and fireworks