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Paris: A little more

When most people go to Paris, they go see landmarks and take pictures that might look something like this.   Well, when we go to Paris, we get looked at a bit funny because we are seen mostly taking pictures of things like this…   in fact we seem to have a real thing for fencing… And we seem to spend a lot of our time looking up…      When our necks hurt from looking up, we would stop in for one or both of these…   So we could spend some more time looking at these…    When we got our fill of the beautiful blooms that seemed to be on every street corner, we reveled some more in, well, in food… just looking though…     Usually that would make us hungry enough to sit down and…

Paris: just the beginning

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is that if I go MIA like I have a bit recently, you will not hesitate to come find me! Even if my hub finds it a bit funny to feel this attached to a stranger, thank you to all of you who emailed and even called our office recently to find out if everything was okay and that I was fine. I am here to announce that I am just fine, hunky dory in fact and I have just been taking a little bloggy break mostly because I have been abroad, on vacation or on business trips. Oh and there is that whole summer thing happening around here that is making it kind of hard to get to the computer…. just saying. I want you to know that I am back at it, back in the swing of things…

Introduction: Day #3

Today's Introduction: Saltwater Taffy It's always fascinating to me how the quilt and pattern industry goes in such clear and identifiable waves or trends. A few designers get inspired by something, then a few more and very soon there is an explosion of a colors or designs or patterns featuring said trend. Its unmistakeable and it happens like clockwork. I know that this is the way it is in most artistic or creative industries, but since I am most connected to this one, it is always so interesting for me to watch a "trend" spread into so many different venues and in so many different interpretations. I love watching it happen and I love being a part of it… especially when I am at the beginning of the inspiration LOL! …Saltwater Taffy done out of Fresh Cottons with a tone one tone…

Fun Stuff

We have had lots of fun things going on lately and I keep forgetting to share them. I don't know, sometimes it just feels a little too much about me, me , me. Oh yeah, this is a blog about me :-)…. so here goes with a warning: there's a lot about me coming up, read at your own risk! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration Several of you have already mentioned the early release of this latest wonder by the great Jo Packham [of Where Women Create magazine and book fame] and Jenny Doh [former editor of the Stampington family of magazines and bookazines]. This is a wonderful addition to any creative woman's book library [I just did a book review on it in my latest issue of Fresh Vintage #15 which will be up on our site any day…

A beautiful Saturday

The place: Sonoma …wandering around abandoned vineyards.  When: Definitely Spring. This past Saturday to be more specific. …cherry trees in bloom. … baby figs. What: an afternoon of relaxation & a bit of fun. …realized I am hardly ever in the pics of where we go. Destination: The Girl & the Fig …can you even believe that there is a such a place an hour from my home and I have never been there?? My drink: A Fig Royale … my new favorite drink. My date: My husband Our dinner: Flounder in a brown butter & fried caper sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes and spinach. …uummmm, do I really need to say anything else? Skirt Steak with a wine and veal reduction with fingerling potatoes and spring greens …eric had a hard time parting with more than one bite of this…

Love me some vintage….

As many of you are quite aware I'm sure, I love, love vintage images. Did I mention that I love them? The character of them, the saturated colors of the old advertising posters, the canning labels, the postcards. I just can't get enough of the fact that back then, not much was pastel or muted or dark. Most art or I guess advertising to be more precise, was bright and colorful and had a certain personality. I just love the imagination of it all!  Well we try to bring those images into our work whenever possible so when it came time to do a little freshening up on our website, I started playing with vintage images. And I played for a long time. I must admit I get a bit lost when I go looking through those I have physically in my studio, those I…