I'm so surprised and excited to have my work featured in The Simple Things, a lovely, thoughtful magazine and blog put out in the UK each month. They found me through my Etsy shop and asked to include one of my feather cyanotype sun print wall hangings in a story that they were doing about sun printing. Duh, of course I said yes! It's so fun to see my work alongside other artists who love this process too. One of the first pages has a "Could Do List" and it made me laugh immediately because it sounds like something I should start making because I hate being told what to do even by a to-do list! I love the tag line on the cover too, "Taking time to live well." Such a great moto to live by, right? You can read their blog at www.thesimplethings.com and subscribe to digital or print issues there too.
I've always had a very eclectic style. I love mixing colors and patterns and having fun with how things fit together aesthetically, on my body and at home. I get that from my mom, she has a super funky, colorful, fun style and has always had a really creative wardrobe and house. Living with colors and patterns is FUN and makes me feel so happy and inspired. I think a lot of people are afraid of color (hello, beige walls and most outfits from big stores), but I believe that everyone has feelings about color and likes them more than they are willing to embrace. I'm on a small mission to change that, by making colorful, cheerful things that make me feel good and are inexpensive enough for folks to take a chance on. One of those things that I've started making are cloth napkins.
My mom has been making these for a few years and they are always so wonderful to look at and use. They make meals at home engaging and fun - our family and friends who come over for dinner talk about how cute a pattern is or how fun a color is and it adds so much to the whole experience of eating together. My mom always has new ones in the works as she finds fun fabrics that inspire her, which means there are always new pretty things to look at when I visit! They have become one of the things that define home for me.
Kelly and I have a lot of her designs in our kitchen, which we use all of the time. I decide which napkin I want to use on a particular day depending on what I'm drawn to and love to change it up a lot.
A few months ago, I asked her to teach me how to use a serger and a new obsession was born. We made a bunch of sets together; some she kept, some I put in our kitchen like this green and blue polka dot charmer that I used at lunchtime recently and a few sets I put in my Etsy shop.
My dear friend and fellow artist, Emily Walen bought a set for her family to use while they are on an epic, open ended travel adventure around the country. It was so fun to get these photos of her using them!