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    Finding The Lost Garden

      Fall is here and I’m still nursing an elbow injury that I got last April right before we moved to The Little Brick. My ideas for a summer of gardening had to be put aside. No serious digging, pruning or shovel work for me. So I took to the gardens and field with  my…

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    Life at the Crossroad

    Back in 2010 I subtitled my new blog 129 Twig and Vine ‘At the Intersection Between Art and Life’. All these years later, I am living—literally—at an intersection. We moved into the little brick house in late April and the year of work is slowly ebbing from our achy backs and knees. The house is…

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    The Little Brick House on the Corner

    There is a little village near here where my family lives. My brother and his wife moved there in 1995, and this small town—with only a couple hundred residents—took them in. My parents bought a house around the corner from my brother in 2004, and also became active participants in this thriving small community. Two…

  • New Clothes for an Old Sofa

    Most of our furniture is gleaned from family houses, the curb or swapped with friends. I like the eclectic nature of the whole. But we do have a sofa that we acquired new in the late 1990s when I did design work for a furniture store and was paid in furniture. We picked it out…

  • Grape Picking in a Vermont Vineyard

    I can already feel the indoor days creeping upon us. So a weekend outdoors among the vines was a welcome invitation. My brother began planting a vineyard for Red Horse winery six years ago, and this year was a bumper crop for the two white and one red variety of grapes planted on a sloping hillside looking…

  • Gudrun Sjoden outfit © Sue Schlabach

    Gudrun Friends Journal

    A few weeks ago I was invited to journal for a week as a friend of Gudrun Sjoden, the Swedish designer whose art, home and clothing lines epitomize everything I love about design. Her art is infused with color, pattern, whimsy, beauty, ethnicity and a nod toward history and place. Last week was a great week…

  • Tori's Hen Sofa © Sue Schlabach

    Walking Your Hen. Vermont. Paris.

    Tori and her chicken Wanda, Marguerite and her Parisian chicken

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    A Farewell of Sorts

    It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written. As the months yawned on since last June, I couldn’t think how to synthesize what I wanted to say. So the long and short of it, is that we are moving on from our little house on the hill. Not without some reluctance, but also not without…

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    Heather Chontos—Milk Farm Road

    In the continued quest to think about how to creatively cover my thrashed, but cozy, feather-filled couch, I came across the artist Heather Chontos‘ canvas painted throw. That’s inspired. Heather writes and occupies a sublime spot in Portland, Maine. I like her carefree approach to getting paint on a surface—whether it’s the table she’ll serve…

  • Woodland Findings © Sue Schlabach

    Hello Winter. Thankful.

    Almost Thanksgiving and the grass is nearly obscured by snow. That’s okay with me after the mild, lingering autumn we’ve had. Our garden wall project that ate up our summer (and was partially the reason I rarely wrote), is nearly complete, and that is one of a million things I am thankful for this season.…