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A little Albert Camus love for my Northern friends because I finally learned that Winter can be a wonderland. x
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Wanted to wish you all a happy New Year and thank you for all of your support. Looking forward to 2016 and sharing with you some of new work and products I've been putting together over the past year. Here is a little sneak peak at part of a new pattern collection that will be available on all kinds of quality goods from my friends at Society6
Happy Holidays Friends! Just wanted to quick share some free printable snowflake gift tags with you. Wishing you all a fun and happy holiday! xo, Amy
p.s. I did not include trim lines on this file, please let me know if you would like them and I will post another file.
Chances are, if you live anywhere East of the Mississippi, you are familiar with the prolific Mulberry Tree.
The specimen in my own backyard borders an alley and squirrel highway comprised of telephone and power lines. On any given morning from Mid June to late July the tree is filled with birds and acrobatic squirrels testing their limits and dangling from springy limbs like oversized Christmas tree ornaments. Last week I watched on as baby Cardinals learned to fly in between snack breaks on fallen Mulberries. It was pretty hilarious actually. Dad Cardinal would peck at the ground like fancy chicken and pick up a berry as if to say, "See? This is how its done, kid. Now you try." Kid Cardinal would then fluff up, shiver his wings and open his beak expecting to be fed. Dad would instead drop the berry on the ground only to pick it up again and the process would repeat.
While in season, I usually grab a handful of mulberries for breakfast or a snack but until this Summer, I had never taken the time to harvest enough to use in a recipe. Gathering mulberries can be a time consuming endeavor unless you happen to have the right tools....I recently learned that a canvas tarp and garden rake make quick work of Mulberry harvesting. Simply spread out the tarp beneath the branches and use the garden rake to shake out the mulberries.
Using this method it took about 5 minutes to gather 5 (crushed) cups of mulberries which I then transformed into 7 jars of mulberry jam. This was my first ever attempt at making jam (and canning) but my tastebuds have declared it a success.
I discovered an excellent mulberry jam recipe via Serious Eats blog post The Urban Gardener: Foraging Berries in Brooklyn but I needed to make a few adjustments to reduce the sugar content. If you are less sensitive to sugar than I am, the agave in my recipe can be replaced with 2 cups of sugar. It should also be noted that I left the tiny green stems ON and cannot fathom the time involved in removing them. Hope you enjoy and I would love to hear from you!
Delighted to have stumbled upon this sweet little instructional animation via Happify. With a project deadline tomorrow (along with 20 million other projects in the works) this little mouse made my day.
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Oh, Apartment Therapy! I love you in so many ways it sometimes feels like a dirty obsession...the sophomore nerd crushing on the cool, popular quarterback...Samantha Baker + Jake Ryan... I have 42 notebooks filled with drawings of your face (mostly comprised of the back of your head), your boots, my name when we wed... (I've decided to take yours because my feminist views are trumped by the ridiculously sweet siren-call of "Mrs. Amy Apartment Therapy"), the names of our children, grand-children and cat children.
Now that I see that you have noticed me THREE times, it could only mean one thing...you love me too. I'm not very good with with words (and have no business blogging) so I have attached this video which I believe to be a more accurate portrayal of the feelings I have for you.
Your eternal flame,
I was introduced to Pam Powers by way of my other favorite client, Susan Holding from the Little French Bakery. I was in the middle of a move and recovering from my first and only (knock-on-wood) "Client from Hell" experience, but Susan insisted that I would love working with Pam and that it would be a perfect fit as well. She was right.
Not only is Pam a ridiculously talented knitwear designer; she's witty, cool, funny as hell, a brilliant photographer and a sister night-owl to boot.
Working with Pam was dream. You know, the client that trusts you to solve design problems because you are their designer? Pam.
The client that gives you space and encouragement while you work through the less-than-stellar-ideas phase? Pam.
The client with impeccable taste that not only knows exactly what she wants, but can expertly communicate exactly what she wants?....What?!! Pam.
Hope this serves as a bit of encouragement to my fellow freelancers; dream clients do exist.
Here is a little peek at the new Pam Powers Knits Branding, but you should really do yourself a favor and pop on over to her website and pick up a couple of of her beautiful patterns...think "Anthopologie for Knitters." Seriously great stuff. And for the knitting impaired (myself included) she has tutorials and patterns for beginners as well. After seeing her designs, I for one can't wait to finally try my hand at knitting this winter.
And can we just talk about Pam Power's Photography for a moment?
It certainly doesn't hurt when your dream client suddenly provides you with swoon worthy photography. Isn't it fantastic? In retrospect, it wasn't until Pam began uploading her photos to our shared folder, that the branding really started to come together.
Hope you enjoy. x
...but we're back! And on the way with lots of surprising treats for all of the believers + dreamers like you. -xo, A
I awoke to a snow covered landscape today but new weeds still managed to spring alive in the studio. Two of the newest additions were commissioned for an editorial piece for Health & Spirituality Magazine and the third, Lily of the Valley was a custom request for a fun and amazing client of mine. Hope you enjoy!
Happy to announce our new vintage supply and trading company Archer Draw on Etsy. My husband Leslie and I have curated a collection of vintage goods as well as our own handmade products. Enjoy 10% off your entire order today and tomorrow (March 17 + 18) by entering coupon code IRISHLUCK10 upon checkout.
It has been a couple of days since winter solstice, and I can honestly report that I MISS THE FRICKIN' SUN!!!! I am screaming this declaration from the tips of my tiniest norwegian/irish sun-starved veins, directing it through the EARTH'S NORTHERN HEMISPHERE + and aiming it at the heart of the SUN!…..ahhh, now that was therapeutic.
But what was even more so, was coming up with 12 reminders why winter doesn't stink. Here they are …our arctic friends in calendar form. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy Holidays + New Year Friends!