Tuesday, May 11, 2021

smells of spring

This lilac looks like it was made to stick your nose into, and if you do right now, it smells heavenly!


Monday, May 10, 2021

winning skin

 In the last few years I've been introduced to a bunch of skin products I wish I'd known about long ago. Below are very brief descriptions, but there is much more information about their properties available on health, beauty and manufacturers' websites.

Manuka honey is very expensive but is said to have all sorts of health benefits when used both internally and topically. It is completely natural, anti-bacterial, and reduces inflammation to heal skin. You can put it on and let it soak in for fifteen minutes to an hour, then rinse with warm water. 

Rosehip oil hydrates, moisturizes and heals skin, and seems to loosen dirt and blackheads from pores. Leave it on for five to fifteen minutes, then wash off with a cleanser. 

Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser is the best one I've ever experienced. It has fruit oils but is still very gentle on sensitive skin and doesn't have any nasty smell. 

There is some debate about the safety of long term use of witch hazel. Some contain a lot of alcohol but it can be a good toner after washing to get the last bits of dirt from pores and shrink them. It also moisturizers, and I've read it's like a tall glass of lemonade for thirsty skin.

A little of Annmarie's Anti-aging Serum goes a long way. It says to use before your moisturizer, but I use it as one because it has a nice light feeling on your skin, not suffocating like a lot of moisturizers. 

Slightly heavier but still very comfortable and silky is Sircuitskin's Day Care moisturizer. I like the little bit of tint it adds to the color of my face and the protective feeling it gives. For wintertime, Surcuitskin has a wonderful thicker moisturizer, Supernatural-A restorative retinoid creme, not pictured here.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

astronaut adventures

Yes you can see I have a thing for starry skies, so much so that this rocket is ready to launch!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

sing song stars

 When the wind blows and pear blossoms fly,

 they look like stars in the night sky.


Spring is surely here so if you want to get the picture before they fall apart, snap soon!


I love you know who plain and simple

But it's not simple at all how we got here.
Still glad we made it, to begin again.
Happy Arbor Day

 Thanks to Bask for the free spruces!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

snail sox

 Fun lovely socks from xhilaration knit with at least 30% Repreve polyester made from recycled plastic bottles.

The Kiss


net loss

I design wovens and knits, so I appreciate the natural beauty of the net structure this seed is wrapped up in. As its coat is shedding it still makes a case for the seed as the seed tries to get planted.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

spring digs

New Bedford is a hidden gem!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

earth day

 elegant ecosystem

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

no nose 4 today!

illustration by Mervyn Peake
Sing a song of sixpence, 
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing—
Wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in the counting-house
Counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey,

The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes.
Along came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.
And shortly after that,
there came a little wren,
As she sat upon a chair,
and put it on again.

Friday, April 16, 2021

a mug must be mugged

Do you go digging through an overabundance of mugs to find the one that's right for you each day?

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

couldn't find the i

but it's a great h for the natural alphabet

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

one of a kind place

This museum...
is really cool inside and out. The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA has interesting exhibits and a lovely gift shop in a pretty wooded setting on a lake which actually comes into the building plan, almost rising over the terrace. I like close up views of textures and patterns in uncommon materials, so you'll have to go there to see the larger objects. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon with a friend.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

on the outside...

Different, huh? Beautiful and compelling labels. Would be nice to try the wines and taste if they match the aesthetics of what you see.