Grace Brett, pictured above, who was born in London in 1910, is in all likelihood the world’s oldest living street artist — a term she reportedly finds quite funny. As a part of a group of ‘yarnstormers’ Grace took part in a subversive knitting takeover of her town, knitting cozies, bobbles, and artistic scenes to adorn fences, phone booths, park benches, lamp posts, and other public features. Isn’t that wonderful?
We’ve been settling in here for over a month now, and it’s beginning to feel more like home. It’s one thing to move your things in, and quite another to feel as if you belong to this space, and it belongs to you! One thing that I’ve found helps a great deal is to buy more plants! Since we had to move cross-country (and store our belongings for a month before actually moving in) I wasn’t able to bring a single plant with me. Wah! I made it one of my first missions to visit the local nursery, and picked up two split-leaf philodendrons, an assortment of succulents and cacti, a fern, and an aloe. It always surprises me when I enter someone’s home and they don’t have any houseplants … they make such a difference!
Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese concept that translates as ‘forest bathing’. As in, cleansing the breath, relaxing the body, and soothing spirits with a short visit to the woods. This past weekend felt like a shinrin-yoku experience, as we explored some of our favorite old haunts (and some new) in Big Sur. Camping in a lovely old redwood grove, ducking into the famous Big Sur Bakery for treats and a stroll through the cactus gardens, a rather cliffy hike (we were holding our breath as our fearless son braved the trail, arm in cast and all), lunch at Nepenthe, fireside margaritas in jam jars, and an impromptu nature-inspired bunting project to adorn our campsite. Oh yes, it was good!
Hello dears! While you may not have seen much of me recently, I have been quite busy behind the scenes: not only moving across the country (!) but also working on a complete redesign and rebrand of my web presence. After nearly 7 years of blogging here, I will be making a fresh start with a new eponymous site and a commitment to sharing my own original photos and stories, with occasional interviews and home/studio tours with creative folks. It has been refreshing and slightly terrifying to commit to this leap, but as it is beginning to take shape, I am finding myself more and more excited. Are you excited yet? How about a little sneak peek of the new logo…
And beyond the pretty new website, I have also been hard at work developing my first e-course, on a topic that is very dear to my heart. I can’t wait to share more with you, but for now all I can say is … stay tuned!
Well, it took the impending sale of our house (yes, it’s true!!) to motivate me to finally get this room together the way I’ve wanted it for a long time. (Isn’t that always the way it is?)
The past month has been a whirlwind of painting, decluttering, staging, roofing (!), and landscaping, and I am so ready for a few summery weekends without a house project in sight. I’ll include more details later for those who are interested, but for now I am just pleased as punch to get to sit down (on my white slipcovered sofa!) and relax … until the packing begins.