While I love a good apron and The Gentle Art of Domesticity, cleaning has never been a particularly sexy task around our house. However, I loved the article below that ran in our local paper on Tuesday of this week.
It makes me happy that living clean is going mainstream.
Some great recipes are available here.
Maggie loved mixing the ingredients with me in the kitchen last night.
BUT, I still swear by Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena for washing our clothes…
*Make your own apron like the one above with the Bloomers Pattern available as a pull-out from our Alabama Stitch Book.
Delicious airplane reading en route from Ketchum back home to Maggie (and, of course, Alabama):
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
It has taken me two years to finally see this film that friend, painter and film buff Judith Eisler recommended so long ago. A fantastic and beautifully made look at the global visual culture that touches our lives every day.
One of the best movies I have seen for a very long time.
Helvetica: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit
While looking out over the water from the balcony of a mansion on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut tells his friend, Joseph Heller, that their host makes more money in a single day than Heller will ever earn from his novel, Catch-22.
Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have.”
Vonnegut questions, “What’s that?”
Untitled 10 by David Schoemer via Lee Cerre
& a thank you to Conrad Pitts for sharing this story. . .
“Benjamin Franklin was a genius, one of the great inventors of this country. What did he do? Well, everything.”
Can Do by Maria Kalman
This beautiful story from The New York Times today: Femininity, Salvaged
Lillian Bassman: Women
Anais Nin – The Delta of Venus
Thank you to Maria for sharing this story. Visit www.ted.com for more ideas worth spreading.
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
Amy sent over a great link this morning: Natural Goes National
All of the websites offer fantastic wine lists, stories and reviews. **Photo from the Terroir Natural Wine Bar & Merchant in San Francisco