Creative Rummage

Wraparound Style

Seventies style celebrated the elegance of the wrap. Diane von Furstenburg launched her classic wrap dress, bohemian lasses wore long flowy wraparound skirts to Grateful Dead shows, and my high school-aged sister lived in her Indian cotton wrap skirt when she wasn’t in her school uniform. Wraparounds are my favorite wardrobe staple. I love their…

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Seriously, Why Watercolor?

Watercolor is underrated. It’s a medium linked to hobbyists, children, Prince Charles, and retirees. And me. I used to paint in oils until I developed a bizarre allergy that delivered hives. At times my arms looked like they’d been attacked by a mammoth, angry insect. So I moved on to water-based mediums like acrylic, but…

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Rubbernecking

A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.Tennessee Williams April brings back my sister Heather. She arrived on April 7th, 1959, and left on October 17th, 2014. We were born six years and one month apart to the day and for me, April…

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From the Ground Up

Spring in Woody Creek. In the right season, I sink to my knees. Something is always churning at ground level and I might catch a good floor show. Gardening may be a sanctioned hobby, sustained by a million garden centers, buoyed by as many blog sites and adjacent social media chatter, but a gardener who…

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Showing Up

A spotlight on a Colorado non-profit that shows up: Valley Settlement Kids on El Busesito is one of many amazing Valley Settlement programs. We are surrounded by invitations to be present, to be mindful, and to pay it forward. Which is a good thing. That said, sometimes I feel paralyzed by all these invocations to…

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English In Action

The women of English In Action. From left to right standing: Angela, Lara, Shinta, Paulina, Manuela and sitting: Rachel, Heather, Susannah. “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead The women of English in Action. The Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado is a…

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Peony in Blue: Design Story

Luna amongst my peony hedge. Peonies are easy to fall for. These legendary perennials look high maintenance but are quite the opposite, although they require plenty of compost, attention to staking, and the basics of water and light. The plants thrive in our cool high alpine climate and have naturalized throughout my garden. When our…

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Funny Valentine

My husband and Rose It was easy to fall for my husband. First off, he’s kind —a real eye smiler. He has a razor sharp wit. And his eyes are green. But I’m getting ahead of myself.   Daniel and I met, ironically, on my least favorite “holiday” — Valentine’s Day — 23 years ago.…

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Making the List

Our studio director Jennifer Roberts on the story behind our bestselling List-It notebooks Our monkey king list it notebook. 1. The Inspiration My mother’s singular list-making habit was the initial inspiration for my List-it notebook design. Her lists are a marvel. I would stumble on them all over our house– on a desk, the kitchen…

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Magical Thinking in 2022

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”Joan Didion Around my home. Every year I pen our kids a New Year’s Letter, but frankly, it’s also a primer for myself. So here’s the 2022 edition: My DEAR ones: Another year means another annual letter.…

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