Did you see the July/August issue of Domino? On page 57, they featured Justin Clayton and I couldn’t have been more excited. If you’re a new decor8 reader, check out a mini interview I had with Justin in early April. He’s not only dedicated to painting each day, but he’s quite good at it and it seems he’s gaining popularity. I just had to mention his Domino sighting, Goooo Justin!
(image from justin clayton)
Let’s say you live in Boston. I’m willing to bet that you’ve never taken a duck tour. When I lived in the city, I only boarded a amphibious landing vehicle when coaxed by my manager who was dying to get the team together for a group event.
After about 15 minutes into the tour, everyone was excitedly chattering about the experience, wondering why we hadn’t done this sooner. Duh. It’s local. You can always take advantage of those closest to you. Not that you should, but you can, so you often do.
I’m sure you’ll agree, when we have something in our own city, be it the Taj Mahal or a swank furniture store, we often take it for granted figuring we’ll get there when we get there, it’s not going anywhere. Sorta like that guy who is smitten with us. He’s been crushing on us since grade school and 25 years later, he still gets tongue-tied in our presence. If we’re single, we refer to this fellow as ‘back up’. If we’re married, it’s confirmation that our butt still looks good and gravity hasn’t pulled everything to the floor yet.
Taking advantage of what we call, the old trusty things in life, is the case between me and my relationship with the local Paper Source. I am fortunate to have about four of them here, and with presence only in six states, I guess I should consider myself lucky. There isn’t even one in Manhattan or Brooklyn, so for once, Bostonian stationery addicts can chant ‘nah nah nah nah nah’ to NY lovers of paper. We have a killer store that they can only dream of. The last time I did a happy dance in front of my NY pals was when the Red Sox pummeled the Yankees at the world series. October 20, ’04 will forever be penned in history as the day Sox citizens were liberated from eight decades of torment at the hands of the Yankees.
Shameful as it sounds, I’ve visited Paper Source a total of about 3 times in my life. That’s about the same number of times I’ve attended a Red Sox game over at Fenway. This in itself is insane given my addiction to paper goods and their amazing selection of products, helpful staff, workshops, and a retail space that appears to be organized by either Martha Stewart or staffers at Real Simple magazine. In other words, what is my problem?
Determined to get down there this weekend, I’ve decided to not only sign up for a workshop (Alternative Printmaking), but to start ‘advance’ shopping online so that once I hit the store, I know straight away where I need to go. By the way, when you browse their site, don’t miss the paper flowers. You won’t be able to resist.
psst: If you are in Chicago this weekend, check out their 70% off warehouse sale on April 29th from 9am-2pm over at 328 South Jefferson Street. If you attend, please report back to us!
[CraftBoston] Lotte Kjaer – Fiber Wearable Booth #221
First up from CraftBoston, from the countryside of Holstebr, Denmark comes the extraordinary works of fiber artist Lotte Kjaer. Lotte was an extreme pleasure to meet with a friendly enthusiasm and warmth that was most contagious. Her whimsical collection of handmade shawls, hats, scarves, jackets and ponchos are one-of-a-kind and unique, tactile and lovely. I wanted to own everything. She even makes handbags. We chatted with Lotte about her life in Denmark, her experience selling her wares in conservative Boston, and her beautiful children that appear in many of the photos and collaged postcards sprinkled throughout her booth. Lotte is the kind of woman that you’d like to clone – there needs to be more people in the world like her. She was very open about herself, her life, honest, caring, enthusiastic about her work (vs. snobby) and was excited to know that we’d mention her here on decor8. I plan to interview her when she’s back in Denmark, so watch for that in the near future! Here is her website and a few snapshots from her booth.
Learn more about our day at CraftBoston here.