Monday, November 28, 2011

The Passage

Here is part 2 of the 2010 family vacation posts. The first half of our trip we stayed with Moose and Addie. The second half we were lucky enough to stay with Lark. Lark’s place is a combination of the Secret Garden and Wonderland. I keep waiting for Martha Stewart Living to do a photo shoot here.

Lark’s house has a long history. It was a duplex when she originally purchased it in the late 70’s but before that it was a farm house complete with a pig barn in the yard. The pig barn is now Lark’s pottery studio. Over the past few years she has worked diligently to convert her duplex back to a single family dwelling. Being the conscientious consumer that she is, Lark searched reuse centers, Craigslist and various other outlets to find salvaged materials for this major remodeling project. The result is gorgeous. It was a true labor of love. The living room flooring is a combination of the original wood and new floorboards that were hand painted by Lark to match the grain and patina of the old ones. The construction guys laughed at her proposal to hand paint them. They ate their words later. It is flawless. I dare you to find where the old ends and the new begins. That’s probably a good way to describe her house and style in general. Vintage is the new “new” and in Lark’s house it’s hard to tell what is genuinely vintage and what’s a new vintage-style furnishing.

Anyway, Lark treated me like a princess during my stay and I loved every day of it.

Gunning Court

I am consciously making an effort to post more, mainly for ego reasons. It makes me sad to look through my posts and see the big gaps in time. There are a few things that I have intended to post but have not gotten around to doing so. One of them being our 2010 family vacation back home to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. On that short trip I shot 1500 images and other than a light edit I have not touched the files. So a blog post is a good motivator to start processing them.

While in Rhode Island we stayed with Moose and Addie for the first half of our visit. They live in a cute 2-story house on a dead end road. There are huge beach roses in the front yard and the always beautiful blue hydrangeas in the backyard. Although both yards are really small there are little nuggets of beauty tucked in. Now we move into the inside. Moose and Addie share their home with Harriet and Karl. Harriet has a gorgeous under bite and loves to greet you at the door. Karl is always dressed to impress in his furry tuxedo but prefers not to be seen.

To the point. I love to look at stuff. Old stuff, other people’s stuff, tag sales, yard sales, estate sales, Savers, the Salvation Army, etc. Your stuff tells your story. I am intrigued by what items people choose to have in their homes. These things give your house it’s character and charm. On our trip to Rhode Island I took note of the things in the houses we visited and stayed at.
Here are a few pics from the lovely little cottage on Gunning Court.

What are the things you choose to keep, display or save?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Hardisty Art Center

I bet you didn't know I have an art gallery in my house. Here it is. It's kind of unconventional with one green wall and one off-white wall and none of the hanging materials are archival. Our gallery specializes in displaying collage artists (pronounced coe-lodge). Our current artist-in-residence is Ms. Patience Hardisty. An emerging artist that has been working in the mediums of collage and mixed media since the beginning of November of 2011. I am excited to see her art transform as she matures as an artist.

Age 2 is the best and I have been trying to take advantage of all the new big leaps in motor skills and language development. For Halloween we made leaves and pumpkin faces out of construction paper. Patience didn't quite get it but she colored the leaves and loved using the glue stick. For Thanksgiving we made hand turkeys and for a few days afterward she kept asking us to trace her hand. Now for Christmas we have made a red and green paper chain. Patience applied glue and I assembled. Later we will make evergreen trees and stars to complete our holiday look.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Room with a View

My kitchen window is a constantly evolving snapshot of the changing seasons. Here it is in fall mode. The vines are turning brown and woody. The fruit is still there but dry, shriveling and falling off. When winter finally arrives the remaining fruit will be gone, eaten by the birds as the last memories of summer. In the spring this scene will turn to green spirals reaching in and around the small squares of the mesh screen with small reddish green buds on the newly vibrant vines. In the summer an explosion of leaves cover the window acting as a natural curtain blocking out the view of the neighbor's house.

There is not much I like about this small crumbling house we rent but this window is one of it's saving graces.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend 2011

It's been a full Thanksgiving weekend and we still have two days left. Thanksgiving was filled with play and cooking. Patience, Zoey and I were exhausted by 5 pm. Patience fell asleep right as dinner was being served.

Today we finally got to rake the leaves. We lucked out that it has been so warm lately, 60˙ on Thanksgiving day, and melted the light snow cover. We even had time to make a red and green chain link to decorate the kitchen entrance way. Patience glued and I cut and assembled. Later after the raking Patience and Namdev put the final touches on our mini-christmas tree.

Up next the Holidazzle, if Miss P can stay awake.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Made for Walking

With the new shelving being installed, the shoes had to be taken out of their old shelving. This means 800 pairs of shoes are filling up every bit of extra space in the research lab. Putting the shoes back in the shelving will be a slow process because each pair is going to have it's own archival carrying case. For each pair the carrying cases need to be assembled and then the shoes need to be secured with a wide linen string.

Since the shoes are out we decided to photograph them. So until the end of December I will be getting an education in the history of women’s footwear. Maybe this is why I have become obsessed with trying to find a pair of boots. I got shoe fever.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


One of the challenges of the Goldstein Museum of Design literally being inside of the College of Design are the small rooms and low ceilings. Photographing can be a struggle especially if I need a light overhead. The movers installing the new shelves for our shoe collection could really sympathize with me. Luckily the shelves did fit in the elevator and didn’t require dismantling. With about an inch or two to spare and the assistance of knee pads the shelves slid through the doorway.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I am thinking about starting a new project. I'm just not sure what it might be yet. Either way I thought I should start by going out and shooting to get the creating energy flowing.

It was indeed cold out at Lake Nokomis at 8:30 this morning. I think I need to purchase some fingerless gloves if I decide to continue shooting outside this fall/winter. Brrrrr.

The first image is my favorite. I think it sums up the Nokomis experience.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Back to Basics

Apparently I photographed this dress backwards. It looks right but when I uploaded the image to the archiving system the metadata said it has a cowle neck front. Hmm. I went and showed it to Eunice and we stared at it. Then I said, "look for the tag?" Yes, indeed there is a tag on the inside of the v-neck. I have to go back to basics here and remember what my mother taught me growing up, tag goes in the back.

If I am having trouble with a simple garment like this, I fear how many times I will have to photograph the more complicated historic pieces. Good thing we are taking a break from dresses soon and moving on to shoes. 800 pairs to be exact!