You Must Remember This….

“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” That is what Mark Twain said and he’s darn right. Ever wondered why urban myths, gossip, conspiracy theories become memes on blogs, twitter and facebook while some of the more brilliant ideas can’t get their boots on? If […] Read more »

In the Kitchen: Kansha and Sustainable Cooking

This morning I was watching a hilarious clip of Annie Leonard, author of “The Story of Stuff” on the Colbert Report: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Annie Leonard www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive So, what does that have to do with cooking? Food is […] Read more »

Three-dimensional Embroidery

Jane Edmonds book “Three-dimensional Embroidery” is a feast for the eyes with wonderful pictures, inspiration and How-To illustrations. What a phenomenal book for thinking outside the box. I tried my hand at a small coiled bowl to see if making fabric vessels would be another pursuit to add to my ever-growing list. Coiled and layered […] Read more »

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

What do you give a book lover for the holidays? Well, there are always books, but there are many more interesting possibilities.  Here are some of my favorites: I could use this book: At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries pictured above. It’s a bibliophiles dream. Above: Beautifully handmade […] Read more »

Reading Right Now…

The image above is by Stephanie Sinclair, a phenomenal photojournalist known for being able to gain access and photograph difficult and delicate issues of gender and human rights issues all over the world. More of her work can be seen on her website, but be aware: some of the images are difficult to look at. […] Read more »

An Artist’s Dacha and a Tiny Porch

There are many interiors to love in the book “Russian House” by Ella Krasner, found through enhabiten, with the humble country dachas being my personal favorites: This dacha above is very much my ideal of the perfect summer house: simple, improvised, soulful, and of humble beauty.  Just the kind of place to spend a nice […] Read more »

Snow Day, Sunny Crochet and Exotic Animal Training

With another March snowstorm bringing us 18 inches (45 cm!) of snow I was in dire need of something sunny and yellow. At least the forsythia cuttings in my living room were blooming as the storm raged outside. Luckily, one can always make something sunny and cheerful. And that’s all I did on yesterday’s gray […] Read more »

Travaux et Mode: Skirts, Skirts, Skirt

During my spring cleaning I found a black skirt tucked in the back of my closet. It’s hand-sewn from t-shirts (of course).  I had originally thought that black circles on the black skirt would add textural interest. Sadly it did not. It looked more as if a kindergardener had practiced stitching, which can be charming, […] Read more »

This Week: Books and Warmth

This image reflects my week perfectly. There was no time to putter, which is essential if I’m to start a new project. Like my window I was frozen solid. My focus was to keep warm and nurture our sick child back to her perky self with hot teas and great books. We read “Julie and […] Read more »