Tuesday, March 27, 2012

astier de villatte: ceramic indulgence

I am so intrigued by Astier de Villatte. Their website is a combination of magical chic hipness and rustic handmade. It makes you want to be part of their seemingly exclusive secret club. And you wonder if they will let you in...

Friday, March 23, 2012

a tale of slow blooming

My friend Susie gave me an amaryllis bulb two years ago, it bloomed, it was beautiful, and then it was done. The foliage remained, and I kept watering it for the next year and a half. A few months ago, I gave up watering it, and cut off all the foliage. The bulb seemed to have dried up and I stuck it in a corner. As I was passing that corner about a month later, I saw that the bulb sprung forth a bud.
I was overjoyed, and resumed watering. In a few weeks I got this:
My lesson from this experience: when you least expect it, something beautiful happens. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

subtle color

Bowls by Tabuchi Taro
And I wish I could remember where I found this beautiful collection of vases. If anyone knows, please let me know. The sideboard is a great color, too.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

lovely bonbons on sale at fab.com

I’m a big fan of my friend Deb’s jewelry, especially her delicate beaded strands. Deb’s color combinations are exquisite. And are now on sale at fab.com for a few more days. How lucky.

Friday, March 16, 2012

color inspiration: from lovely home idea on etsy

A sophisticated color palette for a linen tablecloth from Lovely Home Idea, an etsy shop based in Lithuania.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

lucky number seven

Ever have one of those weeks when everything seems broken? Lots of broken shipped work this week, and a bit of broken confidence as well. It’s been one of those weeks. Amidst the breakage there was a bright whole spot, a lovely photo by Amada Soule of her gleena 7 mug. I love seeing my pieces being used, it makes me happy, and keeps me going.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

the purity of alena hennessy's illustrations

There is something purely true about Alena Hennessy’s work. It embodies an innocence that takes one back to carefree summer vacations — when you had time to lay on your back and watch clouds in shapes of animals roll lazily across the sky.

How lucky that Alena is offering an online course called Abundant Wild Life at squam. It is rare to have such direct access to an artist and her process. A four-week workshop with Alena will be running April 30 through May 25, with registration now open here.