Taylor’s Eclectic: Entirely hand sculpted of paper and wire, this extremely intricate abstract vase truly is the queen of the ocean. The second installment in my ‘Under the Sea’ series, this vase is translucent on a sunny table and equally beautiful on a cloudy day.
A highly tactile piece, the Jewel of the Ocean has individually pieced ‘bubbles’ that rise and fall across it, creating various dips and rises to run your fingers across. These dips and rises are inspired by the constant ebb and flow of the ocean and its’ abstract texturing and shapes.
The rich plum base color has been painstakingly pieced around each and every ‘bubble’ to allow for optimum translucence so that the colors and textures in this vase may be fully realized.
I read something recently at zenhabits that has stuck with me. I’m more than a bit ashamed to admit, lately, much of my online reading has come to an abrupt halt. I suppose this is why coming across a gem like this — so simple and yet so true — meant all the more to me. It was discovered in one of those rare moments where I was just being with me; myself. It was written, not about food, but about wanting very little in life. Yet it applies so beautifully to the journey we often travel in finding artisan food that I had to share.
Don’t be meaninglessly minimalist. Be purposeful and deliberate in your quest…
In the weeks leading up to The New Year holiday I thought extensively about where I wanted to go with this column; what I wanted to accomplish in 2010. All I was able to come up with was to ‘Have Direction’, but struggled as to what that really meant. I knew that in 2009, in its very infancy, I had felt pulled this way and that; I had wondered if anything good was actually being done with the words I was writing here. I struggled in December to know how to fix that until I was confronted with the direction of meaning.
In seeking an artisan or handmade existence, especially in the food industry, being meaningful is a complex and oft times misdirected effort in an of itself. There are so many camps of foodies out there. Local, organic, artisan, simple, slow, complex and fanciful — knowing which is right, which is meaningful for your individual situation is never clear cut or easy.
In 2010 I hope not just to ‘have direction’ but to be meaningful and to promote the importance of meaningful decisions in the food industry. That means uniting for the cause. Whether local or organic, simple or complex it means understanding and accepting that meaningful food choices come in many colors; under many schools of thought.
Here’s to meaningful food in the New Year — for one, for all!
While touring the aisles at the ABCkids show in Las Vegas last week, I came across these thoroughly modern, vintage style baby bonnets from Urban Baby Bonnet.
I love how these bonnets look, but I also love how they challenge my ability to classify and generalize as well. It’s like my penchant for Ikea got together with my love of Little House on the Prairie. Who knew? They are sweetly old fashioned, even as they are sleek and modern. Does this make them postmodern? Whatever you call them, you cannot deny that they are utterly adorable. The simple design is downright refreshing after seeing so much same old same old. We love new old!
Urban Baby Bonnets come in cotton, organic and fleece lined versions, for those in cold climates. Fabric choices are fun and funky and include masculine and feminine prints. Flip the brim forward for sun shade and back to change up the look.
I owe my discovery of the online artisan food marketplace, Foodzie, to Try Handmade founder, Erika Jurney. It has been a few months since I received her email with the link and I must confess I haven’t cleaned my house since. I wholeheartedly believe that, by extension, Erika is solely responsible for the state of my home. Need a clean pair of socks? Take it up with Erika. To find the floor to walk on? Take it up with Erika. A bowl to eat your cereal out of? I said take it up with Erika! I’m busy on Foodzie!
You know those shops that you occasionally run across that give you an insatiable urge to set up a cot and stay — forever — right there between the antique mason jars and the knobbly hand-knit scarves? Foodzie is one of those shops, or rather a collection of hundreds of those shops. Only it’s online. Which means I can stay forever. And I don’t have to sleep on a cot. I just have to convince my husband that yes, in fact, the laptop does add a new dimension of romance to the bedroom; yes, I should bring it with me.
With names like White Girl Salsa (whose gorgeous mild salsa is pictured above), Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, Alchemy Spice Company and Mother In Law’s Kimchi (whose Seoul EXPRESS Gift Pack is pictured below) the shops aren’t just pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-a-while browsing grounds, they’re fun too.
And it’s the spirit they’re run in that makes Foodzie what it is, an online marketplace that:
…helps passionate small food producers and farmers across the U.S. reach new customers and connect directly to foodies searching for wonderful foods and gifts.
Next time you’re looking for good food from bacon to flour to complex handmade jams check out the Foodzie Artisan Producers near and far — no really, they sell bacon. Online. Check it out! Maybe you’ll find something meaningful to purchase.
Looking for something spectacular for your yard? Stop looking now. I’ve found it.
Designed to become an everlasting part of your family tradition, The Great Bowl O’ Fire is an unique work of art hand-cut by artist John T Unger. No two are exactly alike, as the flames are drawn free-hand. Gather friends and family to celebrate around a roaring blaze year-round. The raised bowl allows you to sit comfortably without having to lean forward to stay warm. Keep your feet toasty, tucked below the rim of the bowl and bask in the full-body radiance that a raised firebowl offers. An outdoor fire pit is a great way to extend the outdoor living season.
The Great Bowl O’ Fire makes a stunning focal point for yards, patios and gardens. Unlike many outdoor firepits which look dirty or empty when unlit, The Great Bowl O’ Fire functions as a gorgeous sculptural element either hot or cold. By day, the flame shapes cast intriguing shadows both inside and outside the bowl and the rich tones of the patina suggest a warm blaze. At night, with a fire burning, the bowl casts flickering shadows as lively as the fire within.
The Great Bowl O’ Fire is a gorgeous sculptural element even when not in use. The play of light and shadow as the sun moves across it is as entrancing as the dance of fire.