This week’s New England Sayings illustration is dedicated to my home state of Vermont. This amazing state was heavily damaged by Irene with the worst flooding in a century. So many valuable historical buildings are now lost or are beyond repair, businesses I grew up going to are gone, friends’ homes are severely damaged, and people are stranded throughout the state due to the many road closures. If you’ve been keeping up with the news at all you’ll see these road closures are due to the road being completely immersed in water in some sections, or a huge chunk of it has been washed away. Family friend and Vermont neighbor James Fox tweeted this week “The old Vermontism ‘You can’t get there from here’ has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of Irene.” Thanks to his inspiration, the illustration is a simple drawing of Vermont with the red dots denoting all the current road closures. It’s a simple request that if you can, please donate to the Vermont Red Cross or offer support through other outlets. Thank you to everyone who has supported the green state in this time of need!
Monthly Archives: August 2011
It never gets old having a boyfriend whose father, Tony Jose of Linekin Bay Woodworkers, is a master woodworker. Whenever we visit their home in Boothbay, ME there is always a new project in the shop we get to drool over, whether it’s a gorgeous wooden boat or even a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. The latter was a project Maine architect Will Winkelman brought to Tony this past year, and is now featured as the cover story of the Maine Home + Design September issue. The owner of the vintage bus had enlisted Winkelman to renovate it into a camper. Winkelman turned to Tony, a master in custom boat building, to outfit the interior with custom woodwork and cabinetry. The resulting camper is spectacular, especially due to Tony’s fine craftsmanship. Winkelman praises Tony’s expertise in the article, “He sculpts wood like it was putty”. And he’s really not exaggerating. Pick up the issue to see the full story and more images of interior. Below are some additional photos of the bus before, during, and after Tony’s work on it.
The Penfield’s F/W 2011 lookbook that I helped this past Spring is now live! It was an amazing project to work on. Skip Brooks of Alex Grant helped was also a stylist and Fred Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep was our amazing photographer. Our locations were Rockport on the North Shore then back down through Cambridge and Boston. Andrew Ray of One Man’s Style came by during our day in Boston and took some awesome behind the scenes shots for us. Our models Neal and Madeline were fantastic and made the weekend so much fun. A special thanks to Skip, Fred, Madeline, Neal, and Andy, to the Penfield team, and of course to Steve Dool and the folks at BPMW.
I love Elizabeth Dehn’s face care products (which I’ve written about previously here on the blog), so I was stoked when she announced her makeup clutch collaboration with Chicago-based designer Jessica Constable. I’m a sucker for pouches that I can carry my daily necessities (contacts case, Rosebud salve, Jurlique rose powder, and the Elizabeth Dehn face spray), throw in a bag, or switch up as an evening clutch. This one is the perfect size for both and features a fun turquoise lining.
I’m really into William Yan’s video series with We Are Not Pilgrims. It’s always a pleasure to listen to talented individuals like Kate Jones of Ursa Major and Greg Chapman of Perfecto Brand by Schott NYC elaborate on their craft and creative process. I look forward to seeing more from this collaboration and can’t wait to see the artisans they feature next.