Monday, September 27, 2010

the true beloveds...

{ #97, by shinya* }

{ click on the links below the captures to see these lovelies on flickr, and to see more work from each inspiring photographer }

"the true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes
lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape,
remembered conversations, friends, a child's sunday,
lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons,
yes, it being the earth and water of existence, 

~  truman capote

happy monday 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

celebrating sisterhood...

handmade tree i picked up from berea, ky

well, i'm sorry for the lack of posting over the last few weeks... can i claim an end of summer break excuse?  between being sick, and family weekend events, and busy stitching (some exciting shop news will be coming soon!), my writing and posting has been quite delayed.  

in my aunt and grandmother's 'secret' little garden, 
this is the feral cat who is father to my sister's two cats... the father to my cat is a few feet away under the brush

this last weekend, my sister and i made a quick trip up to kentucky to visit family... our mother and grandmother and aunt and uncle, as well as a visit with my best friend and her sweet baby girl.

on sunday, we drove through the back roads of kentucky, across the river ferry, and in to the town of berea... for a bit of shopping, conversation and coffee (and chocolate muffins), and a feminist dialog conversation event featuring the amazing gloria steinem and bell hooks... 'celebrating sisterhood'.

valley view ferry in kentucky

now, for anyone of the folk arts and crafts way of living, the town of berea is truly like a little hit of ecstasy!  shops filled with carefully, lovingly, and pridefully hand crafted deliciousness, from hand woven textiles, to carved sculptures, to beautifully simple wooden furniture, to lovely pottery and beyond.  i believe we exclaimed in merriment (with bursts of "cute!" and "amazing!" and "so beautiful!") over every single piece in each store... in other words, thousands of times over.

after a rest at the coffee shop, we headed over to the chapel on the college campus for the conversation event, presented by the women's studies department... here is a bit about the college itself ~

berea college, founded in 1855 under the scriptural motto "god has made of one blood all peoples of the earth", was the only interracial and coeducational college in the south for nearly half a century.   a place of shared learning, striving for the equality for all races, genders, and cultures... and offering  amazing opportunity to students from poor economic backgrounds... 

and today, seventy percent of the student body of the college is still made up of local students from appalachia and kentucky, while around sixty percent of new freshmen come from families where neither parent has a college degree.   

as one of the most highly ranked colleges in the nation, all students participate in a labor program of learning, work, and service within the community... with free tuition (offset by endowments, gifts, scholarships, and grants).  part of the berea college mission to "encourage in all members of the community a way of life characterized by plain living, pride in labor well done, zest for learning, high personal standards, and concern for the welfare of others."

bell hooks and gloria steinem, at 'celebrating sisterhood'

such an emotional experience, witnessing this conversation between two such powerful women... it was as if we were a few hundred flies on the wall, eavesdropping on this dialog, of age and gender and race and compassion, between two longtime friends, who each happen to be fundamentally important women in the history of activism for equality.  an earned sisterhood of trust and empathy... creating a trusting kinship of listening, knowing, and respect for each individual mind, rather than simply striving to achieve the same thoughts and philosophies. 

how i could go on, sharing their provocative and emotionally stirring thoughts on societal pressures of gender and age, compassionate empathy for nature and humanity and creatures of earth, and embracing and understanding and combatting the essential flaws found in every human being (how surprising and inspiring to learn that the historically vocal gloria steinem was once terrified of public speaking!).   

the conversation celebrated the launch of the 'bell hooks institute for critical thinking, contemplation, and dreaming' in berea.

a lovely evening to finish off a lovely weekend.

happy wednesday

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010


today, the holiday marking the unofficial end of summer here in the states... the start of a new season.  does this day bring you joy for the crisp autumn mornings to come?  make you repine, as the last few days of warmth pass by?  a little of both?  

although, i'm not really sure the weather here in georgia got the memo... we're looking at ninety degree temps for the foreseeable future, after a teasing few days of cooler air... but i suppose the autumnal air has taken a firm hold in many parts of the country.

anyway, wherever you may be in the world, i hope you're having the lovely weather you prefer, along with a pleasant start to this september week.  in any case, here are some beautiful images by debi treloar (via so mee) to help you on your way.  this london based photographer's lovely work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and newspapers around the globe... including the mouth watering design book, 'flea market style'.  is it wrong that images in a design book make me want to weep with joy?

happy monday

Saturday, September 4, 2010

saturday shopping list - september 4th

"departing summer hath assumed 

an aspect tenderly illumed,

the gentlest look of spring;

that calls from yonder leafy shade

unfaded, yet prepared to fade,

a timely carolling."

~  'september', by william wordsworth

vintage owl cookie jar, from seechangedesign

brown transferware english nesting hen, from englishtransferware

and you can see more lovelies in the saturday shopping list treasury!

happy saturday

Friday, September 3, 2010


finally back to stitching some new pieces for the shop this week... including this textile succulent in a vintage bud base.  i have several other pieces in the works as well... too many ideas floating about in my head always leads me to start on several projects at once.  now i must go back and finish them!

such a collection of little vases, pots, and cups i've amassed for the succulents, including these sweet vintage stoneware pots... which for now are sitting prettily in my living room ;)

and i must send a thank you to amy, of ponder and stitch, who shared my work today on her wonderful blog!

(p.s. look for a lovely from her shop in the 'saturday shopping list' tomorrow!)

happy friday