My very first blog post for The Clutter Chronicles was about my favorite collection: Italian Pitchers. I timidly posted only a few photos, not wanting to bore anyone right out of the gate. But once I passed my 14th Collection post, I was ready to take a second look at my entire Italian Pitcher collection… Continue reading Collection #1 Redux: Too Many Italian Pitchers
Through my sketchbooks, I've taken you through China, Italy, and now England. My talented friend, Polly—an artist, Anglophile, and bricoleur—created a brilliant sketching itinerary through England for the two of us. Art supplies in hand, we drove off on the wrong side of the street and sipped tea from up in The Lake District and… Continue reading Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks, Part 3—England
As I wrote in my blog on China sketchbooks, the most intimate way to experience a place is to draw it in a sketchbook—to see every detail and absorb the entire atmosphere (the sounds, smells, and light and shadows) around your subject. Now, in Part 2, I’ll take you to Italy. Venice Like… Continue reading Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks, Part 2 — Italy
The most intimate way to experience a place is to draw it in a sketchbook—to see every detail and absorb the entire atmosphere (the sounds and smells, the light and shadows) around your subject. I’m lucky I’ve been able to experience some of the world this way. My sketchbooks are the first possessions I would… Continue reading Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks—China, Part 1
I have needlecraft in my genes—my grandfather was a tailor and my grandmother was a charter member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. My grandmother’s specialty was crochet. She made this afghan while watching her soap operas and Perry Mason. My mother preferred embroidery, especially cross-stitch. Following my legacy, I began… Continue reading Collection #13: Needlework
Upcycling is the act of turning trash into treasure (my favorite HGTV show is Flea Market Flip). Older furniture sometimes looks for a second life and I’m glad to oblige by adding my personal touch. Crying for Color This golden oak chest of drawers was craving a trip to Tuscany. I painted Italian… Continue reading Collection #12: Upcycled Furniture
I have an obsession for chairs—more for their aesthetic than comfort. I find them at garage sales, antique stores, and even at the curb on junk night. Some of them I refurbish into a whole new look. Red Renewals My pride and joy is my Throne. It was a faux-Tuscan contemporary dining room chair… Continue reading Collection #11: Chairs, Chairs, Chairs!