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  • Frida’s Garden

    Our outdoor life is about to begin. We raked the yard this weekend, using lots of muscle to get the matted leaves and film of road dust off of the sleeping lawn. The garden and half of our house foundation are still swallowed by blankets of snow, but the weekend was finally mild and we…

  • Frosty Feeling, Antidote: Hygge

    Welcome January. I guess. The world is frosty, and I’m working to warm my heart to the hard work ahead. Outside the windows it’s fairly bleak and monochrome. But red, green and blue keep popping up saying, “Hey look at me!!” Safe marching in Washington, Sisters. In Boston. In Chicago. Philadelphia, and beyond. I’ll be in…

  • Kellie Day Studio ©Sue Schlabach

    Tapping the Soul

    Do the things you can’t. That is how they get done. -Picasso Last week I had a great conversation with an artist I work with. Her name is Kellie Day, and she is a collage artist from Colorado. She has this Picasso quote hanging on her refrigerator. And she is daily figuring out how to do…

  • Marie-Elaine Cusson Art Tools © Sue Schlabach

    Marie-Elaine Cusson

    Marie-Elaine Cusson lives on a street just off the bustle of Sherbrooke in Westmount, Montreal. The quiet of her upstairs rooms belies the action just around the corner. But the quiet is mostly in the late night hours when her family is sleeping. Then she and her dog, Cacouna, settle into her little studio of…

  • Heather Chontos Art

    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…

  • Geremia

    Wings

    2014 is marching onward. Here I am in February watching the light change and finding myself cleaning the house with spring on my mind and snow whirling outside the windows. My daughter turned 12. We are on the verge or acquiring a horse that needs a home. Life is changing and I’m barely catching up.…

  • Gudrun Sjoden from SueSchlabach.com

    A Little Bit of Sweden in Soho

    I have yet to travel to Stockholm. But a few weeks ago I stepped into the Soho shop of Swedish designer extraordinaire, Gudrun Sjõdén and got a tiny taste of the Stockholm vibe that must emanate from her flagship store there. It is one thing to admire someone’s artistry from your computer screen or the…

  • Birdcage © Sue Schlabach

    A Spring Rabbit, Masako Kubo

    A tiny touch of spring weather is in the air for Easter weekend here (this means sunny and a high of 48 F, with possible high 50s for tomorrow). The snow is receding. The farmyard is muddy. The sugarhouses will be boiling today. I came across this rabbit artwork by Masako Kubo on the Covet…

  • Jessie Chorley shop sueschlabach.com

    Welsh Countryside on a London Street

    Where I left you on Columbia Road in London, not so long ago, was Vintage Heaven and Cake Hole. Oh to be there today, nibbling cake and sipping tea. I am, however content to be here this morning. There is a dusting of snow on the hillside and animals waiting at the fence for breakfast.…

  • Keys © Sue Schlabach

    A List. An Award.

    Many thanks to Pearly Queen Notebook for bestowing me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I am long overdue in thanking her and passing on the goodwill to so many other deserving artists and writers. Pearly Queen makes new jewelry from old. I have huge respect for this. My friend Sara Dakin has tried to…