Please stand by…

I will be absent from the Blog until the beginning of December. 


Another extended trip to  visit the Fam in Oregon. So nice to be where there are Seasons. And to be able to take this personal time out. 

I will also be making some adjustments to content and format and would love to hear your feedback before, during, and after. 

With all the Social Media available, it’s time to make some hard decisions about how best to us this particular venue. It has served me so well as a “personal” shared space–one that I could put into one place, a daily reminder of the art and its makers. The history and the on-time style that swirls around us and in my mind.

As such a flexible format, I have resisted turning it into commerce. But it was actually the initial intention behind its creation.  And I think that it is time to highlight a more professional side of my Creative Life. There is so much that has been going on in the past few months. I look forward to sharing it with you!  And there will be plenty of fun content, too. 

So do please, stand by. 

I’ll be back shortly…woot!


Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

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Looking very much forward to selling here, with the L.A. Hat Collective.  I’ll be representing, along with Corina Myla Haywood and Una Murphy-Hernandez.

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, looking for something fun to do…check it.

There will be lots of great vendors and we will be there, with new pieces for Fall.  It’s also a great way to meet us in person–we would love to chat, measure your head,  if you would like to know your hat size (a good thing to know!).  Or to discuss custom work, which we all love to do.

You can read more about the show here, where they call us (and I love it), a “custom millinery crew.”  How cute is that?  



Cozy. Cool.

There is something about enamelware, be it vintage or new, that is so utterly comforting.

Perhaps it is in their look and in the way they actually *feel* to the touch.  They are cool and soothing in your hands.  And delicious in that they are softly enrobed in that thick coating of paint.  Conversely hard AND soft–almost rubbery, in your hands…

My sister collects stenciled vintage pieces that are brightly colored.  I use quite plain vintage and new enamel trays to corral my artistic works-in-progress.

And, of course, there is a perfect use for them in the kitchen.  I saw these over at Fab, and am quite taken with them.  By Golden Rabbit–where if you look at their full website, they have quite the product range.  They have pieces printed with licensed art as well as more traditional (conservative) patterns. 

But it is the marbled pieces that really get me.  And if you go to the GR site, you will see a wider range of colors available.  They also have black, green and orange.  !!!

Not a much better deal at FAB, right now, than on the website–but if you stay tuned, they could always be included in a FAB blowout sale.  I’ll keep my eyes peeled, in any case…

Interesting how enamelware for the home used to be a staple.  Good to know that it continues, at least in some degree, so that we can enjoy it today…



over at Illustrated Ladies:


Friday Femme: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.

This woman did so much in her short life.  You can see this on an extensive timeline of her achievements here and here.


In trying to pinpoint what it is that I admire most about her life and career–besides her being a student of Bauhaus who went on to become a successful career and business person–is her passion and compassion.  

The fact that she was politically active, early on.  

That she was interested, and in the end, devoted to, children–encouraging them to be more and create more.  She both pushing them and her, to stretch, grow, and live in an impossible setting.  

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examples of the work of her child pupils, in Theresienstadt

That is staying connected outside  of herself and to others, that she had the greatest chance of saving her own self.  That’s my interpretation, in any case.  History had another story to write.  But I will always think of her in this way.



Words of Wisdom.

My favorite quote from a favorite author.  I believe this with all my heart and all of my soul.  
E.M. Forster

“Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest. Live in fragments no longer.”

E.M. Forster, Howards End

And in a pinch, the shortened version, “only connect…” will straighten you out.  Can get you right with the world again.  On the path to Love–be it animal, vegetable or mineral.  Try it.  You might be surprised at the results.  Money Back Guaranteed.