Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hooray!

Every year of my childhood I left foggy San Francisco summers behind to live with my grandparents in New York for July- my birthday month. Fireflies, berries, fresh flowers and vegetables from their gardens, long humid days filled with swimming, reading books in the hammock and swinging on the porch swing… these are the memories I cherish most. How lucky that I get to recreate them all as an adult now living in central New York (I just wish I didn't have to suffer through the snow to make it to JULY)!

 I don't think I've ever set a goal for this month before… but this seems like a good year to do so. My desire is to run as much as I can, do as much yoga as time will allow and eat as much fresh food as I can get my hands on. By the end of the month I should be living and breathing summer's radiance. At least that's the plan. That little card above is my birthday card to myself proclaiming this promise to go for it. 

 Is there a certain time of year that you feel most vital and vibrant? My theory has always been that it's the month you were born in. As an example- my daughter certainly likes summer- but the heat wipes her out and she feels most comfortable in the depths of winter. What?! I can't understand that one, but it fits well with my thinking about how are spirit and bodies love birthday time. Happy July to all of you, too!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

flowers… and baskets, of course!

Hello friends! Days have slipped by as I've been immersed in end of the year activities with my children. Summer vacation has finally begun, and my view (above) from over the kitchen sink gives you some idea of the lushness that envelopes us at the end of June. I love it! The wildflowers are early and abundant this year… 
My perennials are quite happy too!
So- I'm filling the house with bouquets! Probably my favorite thing about summer is gathering flowers. Maybe even more than all the fresh veggies and fruit. Which is saying a lot.
In between shuttling children and clapping hard for all of their achievements- I've been savoring some awesome sunsets...
And sewing. Of course…
more
baskets!
These natural ones are my favorites. I say that about all of them, I know. But really. It's true. I'm also working on a very cool rope basket project just for all of you... hope to share it in a week or two. Part of it includes coming up with new shapes… and how cool are these squares?!
I've just listed the three naturals below in my shop… you can find them here.
This bucket design was one of the first to sell out at Squam… need to make more. Something very lovely about the handle being part of the same single length of rope used for the entire vessel. I'm thinking it would be perfect for holding so many things, but especially yarn or wooden toys.
It's available here.


Have a super summery weekend!


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Monday, June 15, 2015

baskets and skirts

Happy Monday friends! It's the last full week of school around here and I'm hustling to make the most of it in my studio. Summer is definitely upon us and there's been swimming, horseback riding and ice cream cone eating aplenty… but I haven't slowed down my sewing machine. There are baskets listed for the first time in my shop!  They are each naturally dyed in summer hues of water and sunshine. I've also listed some feathered indigo pouches. YES!  Go take a peek right here.
On Saturday I taught some lovely ladies how to refashion a t-shirt into a skirt at Craftstitute. I'm in love with their studio space… Clear, clean and flooded with natural light from gorgeous windows everywhere. 
We're talking about another rope basket class, so I'll keep you posted. Ithaca is a fabulous weekend destination this time of year!

Have a great start to your week!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

squam- with her!


What a special weekend with my sweet girl! Seeing Squam through the eyes of a 10 year old was awesome! She's a phenomenal traveling partner and quite the little social butterfly! Oh my, did she LOVE being surrounded by doting creatives by the lake. We spent the day walking my favorite paths, docking hopping alone and with friends, and exploring favorite classrooms.
Then it was time to set up… and get ready for the wonderful women waiting in the woods. Apparently, they were excited for rope baskets (among other things!).
Lots and lots of baskets went to new homes! The fair was fast and fun and filled with some of my favorite people!  Only had time for a few shots… but these three are golden.
em falconbridge

cal patch
cinnamon

And now… guess what I'm doing? Sewing more baskets! So many requests- the best kind of problem ever! They should start appearing in my shop today and tomorrow… I'll just keep listing them as they come off the machine.


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Monday, June 1, 2015

more!

More baskets! More joy! More fun! I can't stop… just trying to document them all for future making and to record their beauty. There are still others that didn't make it into this shot. I have a bunch of solids- blues, golds, and cream! So good. These will go to Squam, but any leftovers and a whole new crop will be filling my shop mid June. Happy Monday!
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

sky scarves

 Some of my indigo dyed linen called to be scarves… 
Two kinds:
-long strips of sky and clouds to wrap around or
 -circles to create an infinity of the wide blue yonder
The infinity has a french seam and intentionally frayed edges. The standard has hemmed sides and frayed ends. Both so pretty that they are being snatched up before they even make it to their destination next week at Squam. Yikes! I just ordered more indigo and am hunting down some linen so that I can repeat this delicious process for mid June in my shop. 

The the bridal wreath spirea bush bloomed as always during this last week in May. I forgive it for the few years that it plagued me as the reminder of my former wedding anniversary. It's gorgeous- so glad that I didn't chop it down when I wanted to. Now- it's just another beautiful component of my garden and a lovely backdrop for scarves. It was resilient after our hard winter and seems stronger than ever- just like me! We are all so much like a garden… something my yoga teacher is focusing on this week. We are filled with as much beauty as we cultivate. Without tending, weeding and caring for ourselves we all know what happens. So here's to creating our own beautiful inner and outer landscapes… and wearing the sky, of course!


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

the color of bliss

 I am not usually drawn to working with a lot of colors. Although my palette has consisted of white and neutral for so long, there has always been a place for blue. In dabbling with indigo dye, I've discovered how touching, rinsing, hanging, winding, folding, stitching with blue is extremely soothing. There is a sense of serenity and bliss while working each day with the color of the sky and water in my hands. Yes. The color of sky and water in my hands. I wonder if that feeling can be felt through this screen, because I want to offer it everyone… not keep it for myself.
 I will be bringing these blue bliss bowls to the Squam Art Fair, but will be making more for my shop this summer. I can't stop making them. I love the striping- the color blocking surprises that happen along the way. It makes each one feel like magic… as if they have a spirit of their own, and I am just guiding the rope through the machine. Isn't that so cool?!
 Look at how captivating the interiors are! I know I sound a bit crazy in love with my own making. I kind of am! And how can that not be a wonderful thing?!
 Below is a bowl containing the rope that I double dyed this week for a richer blue. It's subtly different, and I love both shades equally. Luckily, I made sure to double dye hundreds and hundreds of feet in this shade, just in case it was a good one..
  And while I was at it, I wound and folded, twisted and rubber banded all of my white linen to throw into my dye vat. I've got plans!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

weekend blues

What a beautiful weekend it was! The only blues were in my dye bucket. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used in history for textiles and printing. It was high time I gave it a try. I used a very simple method as a test to see if it was something worth pursuing. Oh yes! This kit from Dharma Trading Co. was so accessible and fun… as a bonus the dye vat lasts for a while.  So- I got more rope! 
 The relationship indigo has with oxygen was the most fascinating part… the dye bath is actually green.
 It's only after it the rope/fabric tastes the air that it begins transforming to blue. It gets oxidized!
 Watch what happened with this cotton fabric over 10 minutes… so cool!
 Rope was my main ingredient. Cotton clothesline for spiral sewing of beautiful, blue bowls and baskets for summer. One dip gave me a very dark rich shade….
  But upon rinsing- it transformed to something softer and deliciously peaceful. And after drying… it has taken on its own shade of sky blue that can be seen in my instagram shots over in the right side column.
 Something so silly and satisfying about draping the clothesline over my clothesline to dry!
 Can't wait to share my upcoming indigo adventures with some double dipping for darker shades and, of course, the meeting with my sewing machine!



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday- bacon and blossoms

 I didn't look at my sewing machine this entire weekend! I had hungry boys to feed, flowers to plant, and creeks to swim in. And now… I will sew!

But before I "spiral" away… you must know how excited my crew is about finally trying bacon and egg "muffins". We've been all wanting to make them for ages, so Mother's Day seemed a great excuse. Anything with bacon is a winner in my book! They were the rage on Pinterest a while back, but I didn't follow any specific recipe yesterday… just made it up in my typical winging it way. Here's what we did for a dozen "muffins":
  1. Preheated the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisked 10 eggs with salt, pepper, chopped fresh chives, a handful of grated cheddar and a spoonful of parmesan.
  3. Brushed each cup of a muffing tin with olive oil.
  4. Lay a piece of uncooked bacon around the walls of each cup.
  5. Poured the egg mixture into the center of each cup.
  6. Baked for 15-20 minutes until the bacon was crispy and eggs were fluffy.
  7. Devoured!
These will be on repeat for sure. Especially nice on a Sundays since the leftovers would make an easy Monday breakfast. If there are leftovers!

So happy Monday, my friends!  I'll leave you with some pretty pics of my bleeding hearts that are peaking right now. They're truly one of the most poetic and beautiful flowers ever. Can't believe I've never pressed and saved them before. 

Today I will!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

clothesline cuffs


I'm a total minimalist when it comes to jewelry. So simple rope cuffs are very appealing to me. I'm in the process of figuring out new ways to work with clothesline and these are my first attempts at something beyond spirals. Each is as light as air and so soft. They also have a super hero quality to them… a little wonder woman goes natural fiber-ish, don't you think?
One uses a knot closure, the other is just a tiny strip of elastic sewn between where the sides meet.
Quick and Fun! Now back to baskets and bowls!
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