Wednesday, July 30, 2008

in the works

I have spent little time in the studio this summer. I miss the work immensely, but know that I will return when other things in my life settle down. Here are few pieces that are close to completion. From the top; linen pillows ready for the etsy shop, a section of a large wall hanging in progress, a custom etsy order waiting for shipment.

Thank you for all the birthday greetings and heartwarming words during my son's illness. I am grateful!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

blog friendships

50 posts later. I started this blog at the beginning of the year, ambivalent about its purpose and destination. I was hoping to subtly generate interest for my work, to explain my process, and show off unusual pieces.  The personal stuff, which terrified me at first, has crept in here and there. I also found that I love to share discoveries of beautiful things and talented people. 

What I did not anticipate or expect was the friendship that evolved with other bloggers. We never met in person, or chatted on the phone. Instead we have communicated through comments, emails, and by reading about each others work, struggles, delights, and adventures. It is a special kind of friendship, unassuming and generous, spanning vast geographical areas. If we really got together over coffee or wine there is a chance the conversation would grow dull, but I sincerely doubt it...

I commemorate my 50th post by celebrating these friends, whom I would never have "met" if I had not started this endeavor, and all of whom are wonderful writers, photographers, artists, and inspirations. Thank you Julia, Mrs. FrenchMarie Louise,  Tyler,  Tracey, Patricia, and everybody else who have stopped by to visit these past months. You warm my heart!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

47 and counting

Today is my birthday. My little guy is feeling much better, which is the greatest gift of all. He is back home playing with the dogs, cracking wry jokes, and delving into his favorite books. He even baked his signature chocolate chip cookies. He will need some additional medical attention for the next few weeks, but we are all hoping for a full recovery. Having a seriously ill child truly makes you reflect on what is important in life. So my birthday promise is to slow down and to live my days more fully, embracing every moment I have with my sons.

My mother and sisters sent me this beautiful necklace by swedish jewelry designer efva attling. Her work is world renowned and I am honored to have one of her pieces. The silver droplet is so sensual and simple. Tusen tack mamma, katta, och ulrika!

My lovely husband and the boys gave me a bicycle, which I will pick out from here. I am thrilled to be able to pedal to the market and the post office without leaving carbon wheel prints. Tonight we are off for a family dinner at duners. Life at 47 is bliss...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

tender love and care

My youngest son is sick and needs my full attention, love, and devotion. I am taking a break from work and blogging for a short while and will return when his health and happiness are restored.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

random delights

Back in the ambitious days I thought I could do one post a week featuring a few of the many people, places, and objects that delight my heart. Reality caught up with me, and therefor my reoccurring collection of inspirations now have a new name; random delights. They may still happen weekly, but the pressure is off...

Washington based graphic designer Saima Says specializes in exquisite custom invitations for weddings, baby arrivals, and other joyous events. Her designs are modern, elegant, and playful, while reflecting the style and personality of the people the special celebration is for.
Surface designer, screen printer, and embroidery whiz alison tauber is one of my etsy favorites. Her reasonably priced objects are both pretty and functional and her designs are simple yet fun and colorful. Her etsy shop is always well stocked – I have been wearing this t-shirt all summer long. You can find her lovely fabric patterns and beautiful custom pillows on her website.

This freshly founded website is a destination that looks and feel unlike any other web retailer or blog. It is a place for stylish green shopping and beautiful design, but also for eco-friendly ideas, information, and sharing. You will find work from independent artists such as dovetail, studio 1am, and inleaf along  with well known brand names like eva solo, amenity, and thomas paul. The site also feature articles like the one about an organic school lunch project in Chicago, a new electric motorcycle, and do good resources.  
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