Category Archives: BEAUTIFUL LIFE

AVEDON FASHION 1944 – 2000

The Museum at The International Center for Photography will be showing the fashion work of Richard Avedon: Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000.

One of my all time favorite books of photography was created by Richard Avedon: In the American West. This genre of photography as story teller has been an inspiration to me since the day I first started working. They are images that make me want to HEAR the stories too.

Visit The Richard Avedon Foundation for more.

P.S.: I literally ran into Avedon in a book store in Montauk, New York, some years ago. Backed right into him. As I turned around, I lost all calm and stumbled right out the door.

NASHVILLE STORIES #2

Anna Maria Horner made a surprise visit to our Trunk Show in Nashville on Friday. Nine months pregnant (#6) and shining, her smile, and bubbly disposition are contagious. What a pleasure to have had a short time to catch up and find all of our common threads in life!

We have now officially traded copies of Alabama Stitch Book and Seams To Me.

Anna Maria left the show with one of our t-shirt kits, for which she found an inspiring purpose.

We emailed yesterday and she sent me this lovely sentence which I think says so much about her joy for life:  

“Was out in a fresh green 68 acres of hip-high wheat grass yesterday with 2 pregnant friends & a photographer working on the book.  Many contractions, naturally, but oh the beauty, well worth it.”

Wishing her the best of luck with her upcoming delivery of Roman and I am looking forward to our many, many future conversations…

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

HEATH AGAIN

I returned home from my travels last week to find a box from Cathy and Robin @ Heath.

Inside the box was my new, and now favorite, book for inspiration.

The colors, textures and beautiful simplicity take my breath away:

Heath Creamics : The Complexity of Simplicity

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Cathy and Robin for making a difference.


MOTHER’S DAY

My grandmother Christine once told me that she “sewed every dress that the girls” – her three daughters – “wore until they left home.” I remember as a little girl how she sewed everything from nightgowns and underwear to prom dresses and quilts.    Although her eyes don’t see well enough to sew these days, she is an inspiration to me and can sit for hours telling stories about fabrics, scraps and how one can tell the weather just by looking at the sky.   I am starting tonight to make “Mamaw Chris” these flowers (pictured here) in time for Mother’s Day on the 10th of May.   If you already own a copy of our Alabama Stitch Book, start making flowers today for your maternal heroes…

**I wanted to name my daughter after Mamaw Chris whose full name is Fanny Christine.  I have loved that name since I can remember hearing it; however, she made me promise that I would not “do that to a girl.”

 

HEATH CERAMICS

Bravo to Cathy and Robin @ Heath for their commitment to quality, exceptional design and community.

From The New York Times:

April 23, 2009 A Label of Pride That Pays
By TRACEY TAYLOR

In a timeworn factory in Sausalito, Calif., 67 workers turn out Heath ceramics, doing everything from mixing the clay to applying the finishing glazes. Twenty miles away, a Japanese robot called Ziggy works day and night in a converted brass foundry in Berkeley, making precision-cut office furniture.

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