Always intrigued by quilts and hooked rugs and needlework, I've been focusing lately on the patterns from other cultures and countries that feature similar shapes and patterns as traditional American crafts.
John Robshaw's pillows offer a nice little case study on this subject. (Are case studies still a thing in the working world? We did a million of them back when I twisted into pantyhose five days a week.)
Robshaw's handblocked designs have always showcased common shapes, but this latest collection features more embroidery and stitching.
I wandered into one of my favorite shops eight years ago to buy a dog ball and, through a very indirect route, ended up here writing about decorating, my family and life. My posts are not as frequent as they used to be, but you're welcome to drop in anytime.
What's that? Why "Mrs. Blandings?" Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a 1940's movie starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy chronicling their adventures in renovating. In the movie, Loy delivers an iconic description of paint colors that nearly every design aficionado knows by heart. She is my muse.
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