The face in the gatehouse of one of the streets in St. Louis- in the Central West End, our old neighborhood. Our friends who live on this street are seeing their daughter get married today. We are there too! Congratulations, Zooey and David! Wishing you all the best! xo
Sewing while traveling in the car. I love the small project confined to my lap, the limited materials and colors. Making do inspires creative work. Needle, thread, scissors, felt. Some of this is left over from my Silver Bella classes last year- compliments of the good people at Marcus Brothers. Some is left over from my rug hooking days. And some is from an old silk shirt. I think the colors are so pretty together any old way they go.
We're away for a few days and I thought I would continue this series of Postcards. I have so many images that just fill the files and sometimes never get to post. In much the same way, I have a collection of little handmade dolls that fill a cabinet in the studio. Every once in awhile I look in there and see them all jammed and jumbled up. Time to take one or two out and find a place in the house where they can have a moment to themselves. These two look like brother and sister. They had a turn on the mantel this spring.
Our weekend was lovely. We had a day on the water in Andy's boat, fishing and cruising the shoreline of the Sound. It was our anniversary and the available kids came with us. The best way to celebrate 34 years.
There was the hometown parade. Mo in her dress uniform, friends and neighbors lining the sidewalk.
Strong sunlight, shadows and emotions.
I always think of my dad and miss him terribly. But without letting go of that, I can look up again, find myself back in the present, see his smile and gentle reminder that we are so lucky to have all this. On any day, sunshine or shade. Here. Now. Gratefully.
Every once in awhile, I look at one of these pretty aprons I have hanging around (and there are several) and think- when are you ever going to use that? You know, put it on...cook in it, clean in it...just put it to work and enjoy it. (Although you might recognize one of these as a prop in the book.) Well, that's my plan for this long weekend. There is so much to do here that keeps getting pushed aside so I can get back to the keyboard or the studio. A stack of work orders on the desk- designs to noodle out, sketches to send, projects to finish. All your kind and thoughtful emails to answer.
But there is that other buzz too- taking place away from here- in the rooms, through the doors just steps away. Our anniversary, children home, parades, food, friends....aprons. I'm there.
Wishing you all a safe holiday weekend- getting out those neatly folded parts of your life- or even the ones that need a little extra care. Wrinkled and rumpled, they are still our favorites- the ones we love the most. xoC
And the winner is Leigh Ann with this comment May 19th : Pink--love PINK! and giveaways--love those, too! :)
(That smiley face thing looks pretty cute italicized :)
Thanks to every one of you for all the enthusiastic comments- each so sweet to read. We've heard that copies of Postmark LA are just beginning to arrive here and there. And we are very interested to hear what you think. Hoping your comments and emails are happily peppered with lots of these :)xoC
Hello, Monday! Still so excited about our launch and your enthusiasm for the project. To celebrate, here's another little giveaway from my stash of vintage fabrics and trims. The pink collection is more than enough to make one or more of my projects in Postmark: L.A. To enter, please leave one comment on this post and I'll announce a winner on Wednesday evening.
Kind of rushing today- the Stationery Show is going on in town at the Javits. Meetings and adventures with Sheila. Hoping everyone has a happy, creative new week ahead. xoC
Yesterday was the 125th anniversary celebration of Dobbs Ferry's volunteer fire department. The first parade of the season- one of my favorite things about summer. And of course, I love seeing our girl out there with her department and a dozen others from the rivertowns. It goes by so fast, too much to take in and snapshots don't really capture the whole experience. It needs a soundtrack, the emotional rhythm of the parade- horns, drums, bagpipes, callers, applause for the departments as they march by and the voices of children excitedly announcing the next flashing truck.
Looking forward to next weekend and another hometown parade. Maybe I'll keep my camera stowed and simply enjoy another chance to crowd onto the sidewalk, make some noise and respectfully celebrate our everyday heroes.
We are so overwhelmed with the amazing response to the book project. Postmark L.A. was received beyond our greatest expectations and thank you so much for the outpouring of support, enthusiasm, sweet words and orders! (I think lulu.com might be a touch overwhelmed too.) We thought the fun was over when we said good-by to each other that last morning in L.A. Hardly! The delight just keeps growing and reinventing itself each day.
Walking by these bowing tulips, so exquisitely reaching for the sunlight this morning (thank you, dear Vanessa!), I thought about the way things rush by, how much there is to stop and think about. I know enough to be grateful for the moment- however long it lasts. Thank you all so much.
As soon as I finish it, the Jewelry Keeper will be going off to Natalie for her comment about the book on May 15: Can't wait to see it!!! But if you ordered the book, you can easily make your own because it's a simple how-to project included inside.
And there will be other treats to share here as well as on the partnering blogs and shops. Stay tuned- there is more. Of course. The moment lives on. This is just too much fun. xoC
At last.Here it is. Our much-awaited collaborative project that started so casually as a team trip to CHA and L.A. last February. We were inspired to share our grand adventure with you, and it just kept growing until, well......
Click this link (or the left sidebar icon) and see what we put together for you. It is so rich with inspiration, anecdotes, imagery, templates and how-to's- made by all of us- just for you. Loveliness.
To celebrate the launch, some of us are gearing up to post giveaways on our blogs. Rebecca. Pam. Teresa. Carolyn. Mine is the Jewelry Keeper project- made anew just for one of you. So, please sign in here with a comment and enter the drawing. And of course, we are hoping you order a copy today. I just know you'll want it to be landing on your doorstep as soon as possible. xoC....!