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  • Rodney Smith Postcard on Sue Schlabach blog

    Inside the Photograph: Rodney Smith

    In February my husband gave me a Valentine card of “Couple Kissing, London England,” by Rodney Smith. At first I thought it was a painting (in the spirit of Andrew Wyeth). R’s message began with: “Look at that fireplace! Look at that cat! Look at those heels!” I just found the card this week as…

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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…

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    Good Morning Weekend

    Here’s a little weekend watercolor applied over an ink drawing I did awhile ago. It’s part of this collection if you’d like to see more. Wishing you a happy weekend and some creativity or exploring on your horizon. I am painting and sewing this morning, and then will be off to the village down the hill to help…

  • 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…

  • Jane Cumberbatch © Sue Schlabach

    Lightness, Whiteness

    I feel well familiar with whiteness right now. Our landscape remains monochrome, blanketed with snow. But I leave for London tomorrow where the grass is green and the air is mild. Mild never sounded so good. I’ve been remiss in writing about an afternoon I spent with Jane Cumberbatch in London last fall, and since…

  • 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…

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    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.…

  • Sara Pinto Studio Shade Photo © Sue Schlabach

    Under the Cacao Tree in Bonnington Square

    London, September. Bonnington Square was lit dimly by streetlights as we left the busy roads near the Vauxhall Station. Sara described it to me on the Tube, and here it was, as though she’d conjured it. The corner Italian deli, the little restaurant where they held cooperative dinners when she lived here in the 80s,…

  • Paris Puces © Sue Schlabach

    Paris Puces

    Summer ended in a flurry of planning and packing for a sojourn to Paris and London in September. I returned to autumn weather, and writing has taken a backseat to the last frenzy of outdoor work and living. But now, with photos sorted—at last—I’m remembering Paris flea markets. I love a Paris flea market like…