Thursday, August 28, 2008

deux fm collaboration

My talented cousin Anna Gilkerson is the artistic force behind the Canadian clothing company deux fm. This summer she and I collaborated on some lace-printed pieces for her Spring 2009 collection. It was exciting to experiment with something new and different, and to discover how expressive lace designs and patterns can be. I love the look of the finished pieces.

 Anna creates lovely and elegant clothes while promoting ethical and environmental awareness. She uses eco- friendly as well as recycled fabrics and utilizes fair labor practices. All of her goods are manufactured and sourced in Canada. Deux fm's beautiful fall line is available now and you can visit their website for more information and retail outlets.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


I know it is not proper to love a bicycle but my birthday gift binnie has earned my unmeasured admiration and affection. This bicycle was made by Raleigh in England in 1937, and I know nothing about her travels and adventures since then, except that someone else loved her enough to give her a name. She has a few new parts, but mostly she is a pre-second-world-war original, and she rides like a dream. No clunks, no wheezing, no squeaks. She has three speeds and old but reliable hand breaks, which is perfect for my short excursions. Most of all she is just plain beautiful! Since my infatuation with Binnie I have been looking for bicycle sources all over the web. Here are a few of my favorite blogs that promote commuting on two wheels in style ; riding pretty, vélo vogue, and chic cyclist.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

prelude to fall

The tip of a  branch on our tupelo tree (nyssa sylvatica) suddenly turned the brightest of red. It was almost unsettling amidst all the greenness with autumn still being far ahead. The shimmering colors and the speckled patterns on the leaves are seductive, especially knowing that their appearance is fleeting. This coming week I am eagerly returning to the studio. My mind is brimming with ideas and I am looking forward to attending to my idle projects as well as embarking on new ones. Longing to get back to work is a wonderful thing.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

20 years

20 years ago we got married in a small fishermen's chapel on the coast of Gotland surrounded by cows and our immediate family. So much love then and now. Happy anniversary my lovely husband!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

random delights

Dutch graphic designer Karin's wonderful etsy shop stiksel is brimming with alluring objects such as the upcycled canvas postal bag complete with original printing and straps and the gocco printed patchwork patch that can be used to fix that favorite well worn pair of blue jeans as well as for pure adornment, anywhere. You will also find fun luggage tags, travel pouches, and wallets. Make sure to visit Karin's blog to learn more about her creative life in Rotterdam.

if you like mid-century modern scandinavian furniture my friends dorthe and pelle ekelin's swedish company moderna möbelklassiker should be your destination. Their carefully selected pieces are available through their website, where you also can find images of pelle's vast plastic furniture collection. I know the dollar is low, these rarities are quite pricey, and then there is the freight... but lusting for beauty is always free and allowed.

metalsmith julie schumaker hand crafts her jewelry in her Manhattan, Montana studio. Sterling silver is soldered, engraved, hammered, twisted, brushed, and finally embellished with freshwarer pearls, recycled glass, petrified wood or precious stones. The result is a collection of simple, organic, and very elegant rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. These masterpieces are available through sterling jules website and you can also find Julie's work at The Barn Swallow.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

naked ladies

The belladonna lilies (amaryllis belladonna) are in full bloom in the garden. They shoot up from the ground on tall bare stems, hence their provocative nick-name. They are deliciously beautiful, and they thrive in our hot southern summer weather. 
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