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I’m Very Excited About: Creative Women

I found out about this company through my favorite blog, Saipua (where else?).  The Saipua store, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has begun carrying these products.  The company is Creative Women.  From their website:

CREATIVE WOMEN cares … about beautiful hand-woven African textiles, about good design, and about improving women’s lives. We are a Vermont based, women-owned company, working in partnership with two textile design studios in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a textile studio in Swaziland, to create traditionally inspired contemporary accessories and home textiles.  More than just designing and selling textiles, Creative Women works to promote equitable trading practices and to support women’s economic independence.  “I founded Creative Women as a way to create jobs in Ethiopia and sustain an ancient art form by introducing the West to the beauty of Ethiopian textiles”, says owner Ellen Dorsch.  “Today Creative Women provides a socially responsible link between producer and consumer by opening markets for these high-quality textiles.”


Their beautiful Ethiopian cotton towels

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Spring is here, I need a bike

This is my friend Matthew Bowne’s debut frame and build-up.  Isn’t it beautiful?  


The inspiring interior of his bike studio in Brooklyn:


These two beautiful photos are by Miha Matei.  I was thrilled to discover Matei through Bowne’s bikes since she spends a lot of time photographing two of my favorite things, food and flowers.  I was desperately trying NOT to write about food and flowers today, and Matei has made that hard.  Hit up her website for beautiful photographs of f&f.

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Yesterday I came home to a 3rd sofa

Yes, a third sofa for my under 1,200 square foot craftsman.  

It’s working its groove thing in my dining room right now.  And has no feet.  Yet.



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Follow up: Peko Peko Early Spring Bento


Peko Peko’s Early Spring Bento arrived today in this unbelievably soothing printed paper and red string.  Perfect since it was an early birthday gift from me to Rimpletide!  I love the Golden Gate graphic+little cars!


The pork cutlet and rolled omelette were amazing, but my Oprah a-ha moment was the crab and rice.  Ah-ma-zing.  Steamed Dungeness crab, Tamaki Gold rice, hand-made ginger pickle (ginger, sugar, umeboshi vinegar), sancho, and salt.  The hand-made ginger pickle really took things to the next level.  

We sat, ate, and smiled.  

Thanks Peko Peko!


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Too Bad

Domino Magazine is the last victim of the recession a/k/a “economic downturn.” 


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Morning Links

Is Saddleshoos channeling Sontag? Rimpletide

Mark Bittman is out-food-journaling me and I like it. Bitten

The author of Pink Wallpaper is soothing my inauguration fatigue with an update on David Collins work and boy do I love those ikat panels in the bar!  Why am I so ikat-obsessed?  Is ikat over? Pink Wallpaper

Jenny Davidson is teaching 18th century English satire this semester, may I join in? Light Reading



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It Soothes!

This is very exciting.  Our good friends Chad and Ed had their apartment featured on Apartment Therapy NYC.  We LOVE this apartment.  It soothes!

Chad did a great job in the interview, but I really feel like I could’ve given my own interview of this apartment, since I’ve soothed in it so much.  (The bed, the couch, the Beast: their chi-mix).

The kitchen counter: geraniums really soothe!  Especially in kitchens I think…

This collage really soothes, as does the Pac Man game.  You can see Beast at the bottom of the frame.  Beast soothes.  Most of the time.

The art above the couch does soothe, as do those pillows from Tail of the Yak Berkeley.  Hm!

I’m consistently impressed by this closet and the organization.  I’m also consistently impressed when looking at this closet and its organization at Chad’s ability to reform a man.  Take notes ladies and gentlemen.

A couple things weren’t mentioned in the interview with Chad: Chad and Ed’s super obsession with organic cotton textiles, their related obsession with high-end luxury bedding sample sales, and Bill’s art above the bed.  It soothes.  Oh–and Ed’s super old Barbar!  Barbar soothes!


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Is an important part of any civilized existence.  I Am Still Alive was gracious enough to bestow this gorgeous paper with a personalized monogram executed in letterpress.

Look at the weight of that paper.  Doesn’t it just make you drool?

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Ice Cream is an incredibly important part of my life.

It has be SO HOT in Oakland recently.  Honestly, too hot.  So hot I had to buy a fan (not whir-whir, the kind the Karl Lagerfeld uses).  And then said fan broke from so much use.

Sometimes the heat gives me a headache, and sometimes when I’m having a bad day I have an irrepressible NEED to eat Ice Cream BEFORE lunch.  I had one of those days the other day.  

My mecca for all things artisinal Ice Cream is the beautiful Ici on College Avenue.


The brilliant Mary Canales, wife of my other hero Paul Canales, executive chef at Oliveto, opened the doors to Ici in 2006.  She and her staff use only organic farm-fresh ingredients and create flavors in small batches that are meant to be eaten quickly.  Aside from the ice cream, I love Ici’s decor.  The daily flavors are hung in black frames from rasberry-colored French silk ribbon, which looks incredible against the icy-light-blue-teal and white tiled walls: 

My absolute, hands-down favorite is Meyer Lemon Ice Cream.  IT IS TO DIE FOR.  Strangely I did not understand the nuance and beauty of Meyer lemons until the Ici ice cream flavor.  It’s crazy.  The herbal citrus flavor combined with the creaminess of the ice cream is unparallelled.  So refreshing!

Here’s a sneak-peak into the kitchen:

Cool signage:

And the goodies by the register: 

Menu from the date of my visit:

Treats: Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip, or Rose-Pistachio Meringues, Cardamom Semolina Cookies, Cinnamon Pecan Brittle, Coconut Macaroons, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond-Cacao Nib Brittle, Pecan Mexican Wedding Cakes, Peppermint Marshmallows

Bombes (beautifully sculpted ice-cream cakes without the cake): Boysenberry and Lemon Baked Alask, Individual Strawberry-Lemon or Malted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Bombes, Amerena Cherry and Chocolate Ice Cream Bombes

Flavors: Earl Grey, Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream, Orange Creamsicle Sherbet, Bourbon-Pecan Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Boysenberry Ice Cream, etc.

The ice cream is served in a cup or in a cone; they came up with a brilliant idea for the cones: fill the bottom with chocolate so they don’t drip!

AND all of their packaging is compostible:

AND they always have fresh flowers on hand:

As for the ice cream, I’ll have to go back.  I ate it too quickly to get a picture!


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My favorite textiles

I’m obsessed with Madeline Weinrib.  Not exactly original work (lifting the textile traditions of ancient cultures the world over) but a job well done at appropriation.  Now:

She does incredible ikats (they’ve been around for a while now but I’m still LOVING them):

And this incredible Suzani, it’s called “Pink &Black Contemporary:”

And how about a “Rasberry Collins” Ikat pillow for good measure?

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