In the south, there is a pecan tree in just about every yard. Every autumn, we pick up pecans and my aunt, Elaine, shells them all winter long. She says that she cannot sit still at night with nothing to do – so, when she is not stitching, she shells and when she is not shelling, she stitches. This last year, she shelled about 300 lbs of pecans! (Of course, she will also tell you that she picks about 100 gallons of blackberries every summer too!) But she did shell and awful lot of pecans and I have to say that she is not stingy at all and shares the hard-to-come-by meat with everyone!
Our friend Precey makes the best pecan tarts you ever put in your mouth & here is her coveted recipe: Continue reading
As I recently learned at the Textiles Futures Salon2, there is still a long way to go to understand the materials that we use and consume. We have been using organic cotton for the last year and plan to make the switch to 100% Organic by the spring of next year. And although this is just a small part of the picture, it is a good place to start.
Here are a few places to get started learning about the true cost of cotton:
White Gold – The True Cost of Cotton
A Report by the Environmental Justice Foundation
Green Basics: Organic Cotton
Beauty has changed its face over the course of our history. The History of Beauty by Umberto Ecco lavishly documents the changing face of beauty and gives us food for thought on an issue that surrounds us each and every day.
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I can not say enough about the music of The Be Good Tanyas. We listen to this new CD every day at the office. I have never had the opportunity to see them play live but I want them to come to Alabama very soon…
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Mother Nature gives us a place to find inspiration each and every day. Living Jewels is a document of a small part of our environment which has a large impact with these beautiful photographs. You will find the most beautiful color references on each page.
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Art School Girl specializes in one-of-a-kind hand made paper goods. Expertly crafted from recycled materials and often sewn or printed by hand, each piece is artisan quality. They have great items available online.
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Bound for Glory is an amazing document of America, the people, faces, locations, textiles, and farms from a time forgotten. This book has inspired many of our garments, their cuts, colors and embroideries.
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