Art · Collection · Italian Pottery · Needlework

Collection #1 Redux: Too Many Italian Pitchers

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

Art · Travel Sketchbooks

Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks, Part 3—England

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

Art · italy · Travel · Travel Sketchbooks

Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks, Part 2 — Italy

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

Travel Sketchbooks

Collection #14: Travel Sketchbooks—China, Part 1

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

Chairs · Globes · Needlework

Collection #13: Needlework

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