Saturday, July 30, 2011
A while back my dear friend and inspirer Natalie loaned me her cherished book Drawn from New England by Bethany Tudor. I felt very privilaged for Natalie to share this prize with me. Her copy is in nearly mint condition, being printed in 1977. What a beautiful book.
Tasha Tudor was a talented artist, farmer and mother during the 20th century. She had a deep passion for the simple things, and created sweet and nearly magical traditions for her family. Her lifestyle was nothing short of extraodinary, doing most everything in the fashion of the 1850's. Growing the family's food source, keeping hens and cows as well as other farmyard animals. A very productive woman, it seems all actions were taken with a lovingly atuned eye for beauty.
A few of my favorite Tudor family activities are making elaborate clothing catalogs for her children's dolls (4-times a year) and sending lit birthday cakes down the river for the children to chase along the riverside.
Thanks for sharing Natalie!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Greetings. I know I haven't made many updates to the shop lately! However, I am working on custom single framed letters. Everyone should enjoy some artful monogramming! Also working on a new cursive font that can be used in banners and singles. Hooray!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Some of my favorite textiles from my closet. Several of these are so amazing, I really have no idea how they were made. My ultimate favorite is a strange coat once owned by one of Prince's wardrobe ladies. The linen colored cotton with inset blue metallic stripes and floating cord embellishment may be the most beautiful thing I own.
My newest addition is a lovely textural handprinted wool scarf from Gaijin Made. The colors and textures make me happy. I love how the warp is a black tighter twisted yarn and the weft yarns are more fluffy.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Fashion: 18th and 19th Century.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Check out this amazingly refreshing super sweet blog/shop from Sleepy Fawn. I love blogs that create a world you want to live in, and this is most definiatly one of them. Also, she's a fellow Minneapolis artist/maker of things. Above are so images from her blog and shop. Bravo!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I've welcomed in the first zucchini of the year from my zucchini plant. It's so amazing that he started from a seed I planted! Sunday morning I cut him free before I went for a 20 mile bikeride in this record breaking humidity and heat. Not sure if this plant will yield more, but luckily I started another seedling about 2 months ago. It's still a teenager but is already blooming.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
After some thought, I have decided to move on from my old-old Fuji to a new-old Fuji. I needed something a bit lighter to get around the city and found my new friend at a used-bike store in my 'hood. Even got some old Hughes cage petals put on. Shocks, pegs, lucky.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
During our stay in New York, our friend, who now works for Etsy.com, brought us by for a tour of their amazing offices. His fellow Etsy coworker showed me photos of an awsome afghan she was working on from waste yarn. In prep for the next knitting season, I've decided to do the same to work through those leftovers. CopyCat.