Stephanie K. Clark (and hi)

I have been gone from this space for far too long, friends. I’ve been busy? Summertime? I don’t know, the point is that I miss being here and I want to be here more. To start, I want to share the extraordinary work of Stephanie K. Clark. I came across this article about her embroidered homes and you know I can’t resist beautiful embroidery. Take a look:

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I love the colors, delicate details, and  use of shadows in her series of dwellings. They work together to tell a story. In her own words:

I consider myself a painter and I paint with thread.  The process of transforming string into art struck me as something visually stimulating with complex simplicity.

The idea of using embroidery permeates the feelings of my grandma’s home and the embroidery skills she has passed down to me.  With that, I use embroidery to create the domestic feel to tell the story of life in the home and family. 

Check out her website with more of her work here.

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Cat Art

We all know that cats rule the internet, but in the past few weeks I have come across a couple of artists that use cats as their muse to create captivating, often hilarious and irresistible works. Check them out:

Heather Mattoon
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There is something so endearing about the kitties in Heather Mattoon’s Cats in Clothes series. I love that the outfit completely defines the personality of each cat. Also, I love how they feel so dignified and stately, albeit they are cats in clothes. She has prints, greeting cards and custom portraits available on her website.

Casey Weldon

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I am confused and fascinated by Casey Weldon’s four eyed cat paintings. I can’t look away. Check out his blog if you want to get lost for a few hours in his pop culture and nostalgia driven pieces. They’re compelling.

Mimi Vang Olsen

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Mimi Vang Olsen is a pet portraitist with a shop in the West Village. Although she paints all kinds of pets, her cat portraits are what really shine for me. I love all of the pattern play and folk quality of her work. I would love to visit her shop someday.

And, because I am a true cat lady, here are my favorite portraits of my own kitties via Instagram:

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Over the Weekend

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This weekend really did feel like Spring! I had a wonderful weekend soaking it up. The Quail, my stepson and I went out for lunch and then wandered around Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday and the Quail took some fun photos. On Sunday we visited an animal shelter and walked the sweetest pup I have ever met. She is wonderful and we’re thinking about bringing her home! I hope you had a great weekend too.

Imaginary Outfit: Spring

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It has been windy, snowy and wet the past few days in New York. Here is an imaginary bright and fun Spring outfit to take the edge off.

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Here are a few links I enjoyed this week:

Wild Belle’s new album Isles is streaming here and sounds like summer.

I love this oak bag.

I get to wear this gorgeous dress at my best friend’s wedding in June.

Speaking of, I keep thinking about my Matron of Honor speech at the wedding and have read this post (and cried) about seven times now. It is lovely and true and wonderful.

And, for fun, here is a photo of me and the best friend on Wednesday night behind the bookshelf bar The Quail built for our bonus room:

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It is a beautiful piece and really deserves its own post, but this photo is too great not to share right now.

Have a good one!

 

Florence Arthaud

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I came across photos of French sailor Florence Arthaud while I was doing some photo research at work this week. What a beauty! Initially I admired her tomboyish style and those beautifully tousled waves, but after reading an interview she did right after she was the first woman to win the solo trans-Atlantic Route Du Rhum race in 1990, I fell in love with her independent spirit, her courageous lifestyle and her feisty nature as well.

After her win, a tabloid ran her story with the headline, “Florence, you’re a real man” to which she eloquently responded, “I don’t feel like a man at all. I don’t live like a man. I’m sure I am more delicate in my navigating, more sensitive.”  She adds, “I think women project in me their desire for liberty. I have always sailed in order to be free, to feel completely free; on the sea I am totally independent, alone.”

And about her life and her big win she said, “I have realized my dream, that`s extraordinary. There are not a lot of people who get to do that. I feel like I am living a fairy tale. I have never listened to anyone; I have always done what I wanted, when I wanted. I have had the life I wanted-and it has brought me victory.”

What an extraordinary woman.

 

 

Emeralds

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“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty 

                                       that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”.

In that spirit, I did a little round-up of jewelry featuring emeralds. Some of it is dainty, some of it is over the top. All of it is lively, radiant, and lush.

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5. Erie Basin//6. Jennifer Meyer//7. Gems out of Africa//8. Carla Caruso

 

Thirteen for Thirteen

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I know, I know. It has been 2013 for over a week, but Happy New Year anyway! Here are thirteen things, in no particular order, that I am wishing to accomplish/do/work at in the following year. Just for fun.

1. Be more present. The sunset isn’t any prettier if it gets posted on Instagram or Facebook. I need to put my phone away and just enjoy the moment. Sometimes life is better lived offline.
2. Knit more. I picked up knitting last winter, but never got past one wonky-looking scarf. I would like to be able to pull off a hat and a pair of wooly knee socks this year.
3. Turn 30. I know I am going to do this anyway, but I am kind of excited about it. I am ready for the beginning of a new decade, hopefully a better one.
4. Go see more stuff: concerts, plays, exhibits, movies, etc.
5. Spend more time in this space. I have fallen off blogging the past few months due to computer issues at home and I miss it and want to get back to it as much as I can.
6. Do a complete overhaul of my apartment. I have lived in the same place for close to TEN years (The Quail has been there for FIFTEEN—this is sort of unheard of in New York) and it is time to toss all the clothes that don’t fit, things I don’t use and college stuff I am holding onto purely for sentimental reasons. Fact: there is a closet brimming with things in our hallway that I haven’t opened in close to a year!
7. Start a Journal. I recently found my journal from my sophomore year of high school and, despite its horribly teenage and angst filled tone, I loved reading it. There were entire things I had forgotten about and things that made me cry to remember. Journaling was such an important part of my growing up years and I would love to get back into the habit of jotting down some thoughts/feelings at the end of the day.
8. Use my gym membership. This one is obvious and self-explanatory, but who doesn’t want to look better naked?
9. Plan a trip with The Quail. We never took a proper honeymoon and I would love to run away somewhere exotic with him this year. At least for a week.
10. Indulge in more time with the people that matter. Instead of sitting on my couch all day on a Saturday, go somewhere and do something with people I like to be with. This one goes along nicely with number 4.
11. See my newest niece on her actual birthday. This one is a bit tricky to plan, but I would love to be in Wisconsin when my sister goes into labor with her third beautiful girl.
12. Take a jewelry class. I took several in high school and would love to get back into a studio to do some bead making or soldering.
13. Learn to sew, at least a little bit. My grandma and my mom are phenomenal sewers and I have never tried to learn. Maybe this year I can find a cute sewing machine and make something (even if it is just a throw pillow).

It looks like i am in for an awful lot of crafting! Do you have any resolutions or goals for the upcoming year?

*The photo above is one The Quail took of me at The Brooklyn Museum. I thought it conjured being a bigger woman!