Posts Categorized: Life

Design + In the Know + Kinfolk + Life / Friday, 30 Mar 2012

Kinfolk Issue 3

Remember this teaser? Yes, I realize it appeared to be a pregnancy announcement. I mean, it would make sense. BUT, it was really to introduce this:

I was honored to be asked to contribute to the premier issue of the beautiful Kinfolk magazine and I’m even more stoked now to have written an article with my husband, Paul, for their latest issue. We were asked to do a 2 week experiment where we would eat breakfast every day together for two weeks, something we admittedly do not do (do you????) and then report about it. Hilda took our pictures, of course.

Well, it was the coolest thing because we wanted to bring meaning into it so we thought of my grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Bradshaw, who were the sweetest, most pure, angelic people you’ve ever met and thought about how they would have done it. My grandparents were really the bomb. I wish you could have known them. Like, they were cool. They raised goats in the middle of LA for  crying out loud! We interviewed my mom, aunts, and uncle to find out more about Carl and Dorothy and it was so revealing and comforting. Each one of them thinks they were angels on earth. Just hearing my aunts and uncle talk about them made them feel like they were here with me again. Smiling. My grandma used to write me letters saying, “I wish I was a little bird perched on your shoulder and could see the things that you see.” And she would mean it. I wish I would have had the chance to interview them fully while they were still here so I could learn how they do it. If anything, this experience made me want to value the relationships I have right here, right now and treasure the time that we spend together. And now that I’m getting all thoughtful with this post, I remember hearing a podcast by a lady I admire. She was talking about how when she was raising her kids she would take advantage of the time she had in the car with them, shuffling them around town and create conversation. She made those moments meaningful. Sometimes I think about that and wonder if I’m using my time well with my husband and those whom I love….Or am I instagraming?!?

I encourage you to check out the latest issue. It’s beautiful. Order here or, let’s be honest, you’re probably Anthropologie a lot, so pick one up there.

Above…we finally got our copy in the mail today (15 days to ship from the States, Mr. Postman?!? ). And the intro video is delightful.

Have a LOVELY weekend! 

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Europe + Life + Music + travel / Thursday, 8 Mar 2012

Iceland

Paul & I just booked our tickets to Iceland for Easter and I. Cannot. Wait. I’m taking my work with me and we’re going for a full solid two weeks. Wahoo! Iceland seems so other worldly to me. So much open space with greenery. It just begs wandering. I’m loving this picture above with the hardened lava contrasted with the green. Have I ever shown this Bon Iver video? It captures what I think the spirit of the place feels like. So beautiful.

Do you have any tips? We have PLENTY of time to explore so I’d love your suggestions. Shops? Little corners in town? What do you think?

This was my first post on Iceland and I still dream about it.

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Design + illustration + Life + Products + Shops / Monday, 14 Nov 2011

Language of flowers

I’m super stoked to announce the arrival of 3 more new items to the shop. I can’t tell the full story of how it came to be just yet, but it’s a good, juicy tale. And yes, I just pulled the juvenile “I’ve got a secret and I’m not sharing” trick and I’m not ashamed to use it.
The theme of the collection is, “Language of Flowers” and the design records a love poem written by a boy to his beloved darling in the Victorian-era secret language in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise couldn’t be spoken socially. Starting with the left side of the wreath to the right side, each flower reveals one more part of the missing puzzle poem. Included in the poem are amaranth globes, black-eyed susans, daisies, poppies, dandelions, tulips, morning glories, roses, magnolias, laurel leaves, laurestine, forget-me-nots, honeysuckle. You can try deciphering the poem with a little help from our friends Wiki and Pedia
First in the collection is a 2012 wall calendar giclee print by our friends at Rowley Press. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it turned out! The colors turned out so beautiful rich on the cotton paper. 
Next up, we have kitchen accessories. I have this thing for kitchen accessories, but I hate to cook. Go figure. This oven glove above is super thick and features two different sides, one with a red poppy on one side and a yellow rise on the other. Then below, a cotton tea towel featuring a silhouette of Queen Victoria as a symbol of the times, lover of beauty, and wearer of flowers in her hair. Has there been a bigger royal proponent for beauty than Victoria? 

Lastly, I introduced it last week, but must add it again, the custom silhouette rubber stamp return addresses. I’ve received a few comments like, “wish I could order, but I move to much.” Amen! I know the feeling. SO, do not fear. Order the first one and all repeat orders with just an address change are discounted.

I’ve wanted to squeal with this exciting news for awhile, but it’s finally here. Check the individual products out on the shop.

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Life + nepal + Spirit of Place / Monday, 13 Jun 2011

recounting birthdays past 2011

I’m back in Kathmandu after finishing our 9 day memorial to the ancestors of Namje Thumki. We had an inauguration celebration with the whole village on Saturday, which just happened to coincide with my birthday so I selfishly pretended the celebration was just for me. But rain gods, I could have done without you right at performance time. I never imagined I would travel to Nepal, but it seems to be the trend to spend my birthday away. So in the birthday tradition, here’s the updated list:

June 11, 2011: Namje, Nepal

June 11, 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
June 11, 2009: Berlin, Germany
June 11, 2008: New York, NY
June 11, 2007: Washington, DC

June 11, 2006: Kensington, MD
June 11, 2005: San Clemente, CA
June 11, 2004: Curitiba, Brazil
June 11, 2003: Dana Point, CA
June 11, 2002: Venice, Italy

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In the Know + Life + paper + royal wedding / Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Portobello booths

I’m back in Copenhagen to find that spring has finally sprung! I’m writing from our terrace–completely useless in the winter but so beautiful in the nicer months–and finding that the apple tree and lilacs are reaching full bloom. I must describe the royal wedding weekend as a nothing short of beautiful. The wedding itself was perfection with beautiful words spoken, amazing music, and a great collective spirit in the air. Though I’ve been to London a couple of times, I never quite saw the beauty I saw this weekend. The people were charming, the weather was surprisingly bright and cheery and I loved being spoken to in English. I have tons more photos from the trip but today I’ll highlight our booths at Portobello. After the ceremony on Friday we took our bags over to our booth in front of HSBC on Portobello Road. After setting up, Lorianne and I left our brave husbands to sell while we attended a high tea to celebrate, of course wearing my hat (pic 8) the whole time. The next day we had our booth in the arts and crafts section and met an amazing bunch of excited tourists in town just for the wedding. I’m amazed at the number of people who flew in just for the event…oh wait, that includes me. But really, tons Americans and Australians in just for the weekend. I had brought paper with me to make large paper flowers for the booth and my head. I used the ombre tablecloth that I had made for Oh Happy Day
Our poor husbands selling while we attended high tea:
Lorianne, fearless promoter of Lars souvenirs
I had to take a picture of this girl’s ladybug dress. 
We got around with huge bags on our backs and roller suitcases. And by “we” I mean the boys.
Wisteria at Portobello. Sigh.

More to come…

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