Happy Halloween!

How much do YOU know about candy corn? I’m a huge fan. Straight sugar and the texture..So apparently are many others.  Did you ever wonder WHY it’s called candy corn?  The story of candy corn. Got any leftovers? Candy corn cookies!  Fair time is here and I’m thrilled to say we have eight new designs. Four are the original chiffon scarf, and four are our brand new all cotton infinity scarf just in time for chilly weather. I still haven’t got photos for all of them so be patient. Soon! We’re doing three fairs – all are in Connecticut: Saturday, November
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Parenting Plants

Every gardener understands the drive to hover over plants through all kinds of weather. Learning to care for succulents has been challenging. They don’t want you hovering! Last week, the shower gift that made my day was a Haworthia Maughanii Hybrid. A succulent. What a cute plant! In searching it out to make sure it wasn’t toxic to animals, I discovered plant expert George, aka Prickly Pete.  In 2017, George joined up with some other kindred spirits at Artisan Plants, “Where Picasso meets Mendel.” A whole new world. Fascinating. Here’s a link on general pet care and plants. Artisan Plants
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Time’s a Wasting

Before very long, the snow will fly in the garden. In the meantime, lots of work still to be done. Most of the garden is covered with leaves. I’m not yet ready to clean up. I’ve been transplanting hosta to fill some bare spots and tomorrow will be moving the large phlox into its own space. The three new Japanese willow bushes are in the ground, and I’m trying to keep them watered.  The fall garden can seduce one to itself to the exclusion of much else. It’s fun! Speaking of crazy busy, the somewhat frantic pace of Jenny and the
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Call Me A Mid-Century Modern Woman

I still haven’t figured out why I love the mid-century look so much. This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus (a German art school active between 1919 and 1933 and associated with the style) so I’ll just go with it. Each year, we wind up doing something related to mid–century. Last year we attended a Bauhaus lecture at the Clark Museum.  This year we took a cool house tour! More about the mid-century aesthetic, an overarching movement spanning architecture, interior design, product design, graphics and urban development from roughly 1933-1965.  More Mad Men Modern Tour in Norwalk Last
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Talking Textiles in New York

Every person has a unique approach to getting a project done from start to finish. Some would call it  “creative process.” Recognizing what our own personal style is can be useful in getting better results the next time. Like many others, I can be a slow learner applying new info consistently overtime.  This week, I trained into NYC for the 2019 “Talking Textiles” conference- part of New York Textiles Month. The event was again hosted by Lidewij Edelkoort, a world -renowned trend forecaster, and the Associate Provost and Dean – Parsons School of Design.  Living in Northwest Connecticut is tremendous in so many ways.
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Getting a Head Start on Fall 2019 Scarves

#1. Pay No Attention to the Head Inside the Scarf  Introducing the new Paola infinity scarf. Some of you were asking last year for a scarf more suited to colder weather. I’m addressing both fabric and styling changes. Infinity scarves aren’t new of course.. The Infinity scarf is a different creature. Natural fibers and printing are also more costly as the goods are less wide. Monday, I should get back some color swatches. I ordered a bunch to see what the colors will do on three different fabric options.  Considerations For You Today.. What do you think? As with the chiffon
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Patience is a Virtue

We’re told from childhood that patience is a virtue. I’m pretty sure that many activities, including the art of gardening, and the creation of art in general, are about learning that lesson. Creating a new scarf design has been a bit grueling. We’re introducing different fabric, potentially a different printing method because cottons take color differently than polyester chiffon and the size will be new. This one has been fun though. My husband told me he thought it looked modern. Interesting thought. I’m going with it.  When to fertilize the Alberta Spruce? The two front spruce are of similar height. Replanting the
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Transplanting Has Begun

I finally dug out two leggy pale yellow foxgloves that have been a lot of work for not great blossoms. I replaced one with a new peony- longing for sun. It will be MUCH happier in its new bed. I removed all the peony stakes and ties, trimming back some leaves already browning. Which also allows for better visibility of the sedum that are just coming to bloom. All the lilies are finished by the road, so that garden was ripe for weeding. I took great pleasure ripping out a recurring slew of old morning glory vines wrapped around captive primroses.
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Deadheading in the Garden

The temperatures are growing slowly cooler as Connecticut begins to prepare for autumn. This year, we’ve had alternate wild rainfall interspersed with hot/humid days. The garden has welcomed the rain but because of the heat, the soil dries out dramatically quick, requiring more watering then usual.  Earthworms are on the rise, I’m told that’s because of the additional moisture. I have so many earthworms that the soil is eroding in many places to the point where groundcover on a hill just slides down. At first in disbelief about the veracity of my tale, the local nursery finally suggested trying buckwheat
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The New Britain Museum of American Art

“Sleeping Children” by William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874) at The New Britain Museum of American Art. The original sculpture was a memorial for the children of benefactor Hugh Sisson. Another summer is coming to a close and I think it important to appreciate a local museum that offers one a spirit of contemplation. End of summer is always a thoughtful time as the garden, still full of life, is also poised to wind down to cold once again. The New Britain Museum is the first museum in the country dedicated to American Art. We visit when the spirit moves and are NEVER disappointed.
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