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  • 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…

  • 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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    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…

  • 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…

  • October Fog

      October mornings—when not frosty—are usually adrift with fog in pocket valleys. This weekend marked the peak of color for autumn foliage and the mist and sun only amplified the treetops. I had a long drive from here to the Red Horse Winery to help pick La Crescent grapes on Friday morning. The fog was…

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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…

  • Pomegranates © Sue Schlabach

    Nöel

    Holiday Greetings from our hilltop valley. It is unseasonably warm, and when we walked this morning it felt like spring garden planting weather, not the season of candlelight, bayberry scent and eggnog by the fire. The woodland is so lush and green with moss and ferns that we imagined this is how Christmas is in the Pacific Northwest.…

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    A Fresh Path in the Snow

      Today I took down the Christmas tree. The momentary sadness was instantly replaced with the euphoria that comes with moving the furniture around. I trimmed the rosemary plant of dry ends and woody twigs, filling the house with its piny scent, to replace the traces of balsam that went out the door moments before.…

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    Natural Holiday, Sweden

    Someday I’d like to visit Sweden. Either in the darkest winter, or in the endless sunshine of summer. For now, I live vicariously through books and blogs. This article in Lantliv magazine sums up the airy, bright beauty of the northern winter light. I’m smitten by the simple paper and evergreen decorations in this house…

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    Advent, Bells, Snow

    Fresh snow fell yesterday morning. A nice way to begin December. I pinned the first of Peggy’s jingle bells to the hem of my coat, opened the first of my 24 advent packages—a gorgeous garland of rustic wooden stars—sent from my dear friend in France, and headed to Strafford, Vermont. Who is Peggy? Why did…