Monday, January 27, 2014

Around here....

Around here, it's seventy degrees while many of you suffer under a pile of snow. Which? Sounds nice, and it is. But it hasn't rained in all of January here, which means we're headed for "the worst drought in decades" according to the evening news. This summer, we're all going to have to bust out our Shower With a Friend tee-shirts from the 70s and water will cost more than gas.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Materials. (Honestly.)

The world of textiles is an imperfect one, filled with imperfect choices - so I thought I'd tell you about some of the fabrics I'm using and why.
This one needs little introduction - it's conventionally produced cotton.
The upside: Inexpensive, easily sourced, abundant variety.
The downside: Cotton is one of the most chemically-intensive crops grown in the world, using pesticides and defoliants that are known human carcinogens. It's bad for wildlife, and for the people who work in the cotton fields or live near them.
How I justify using it: I don't buy much. (Sometimes, though - there's a Liberty of London or an Anna Maria Horner that calls out to me - and I buy it.) What I do buy, I use every centimeter. I will keep and find a use for any scrap more than an inch square. I take "destash" - bits of fabric that friends no longer need or want - things that would have been thrown away otherwise. It's very "mend and make do," which is somewhat satisfying.
It's one of the least best choices (Honestly.) and I choose it the least often. There you have it - imperfect.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Around here....

Around here, I sent my child on a school trip with five pairs of socks and he brought four of them back clean. And a sweatshirt with a cornbread muffin in the pocket. Which? I washed.

Friday, January 17, 2014

What's the deal?

The new Heart Garlands are all in the shop! They're so pretty and good. (There's a sales pitch, right?) Plus FREE domestic shipping from NOW thru Sunday with the coupon code SHIPIT114.
BananaSaurus Rex

Friday, I'm in love....

with Annie Clark. And also with her hair.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Well, here we are at post number one-thousand. Joanna - did you ever think I'd be so verbose when you suggested I start blogging? Surely not. Pictures being worth 1000 or so words, here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order. Half of them are of my kids. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. Click a photo to go back to the original post, if you wish, sweet peas!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday, I'm in love....

Will Thoms has a show of new paintings at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes right now. They are gorgeous and you should go look! I called this one (above), but it is for sale, and if you buy it I will be ninety-nine percent super happy for you.

I want to keep them all and hang them on the insides of my eyelids. I wonder if we just have the exact same aesthetic sensibility or if there's some kind of kinship/familiarity at work. I have been seeing and living with my dad's paintings for my whole life, but I don't think that completely explains why I like them so very much.