July 2011

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T.G.I.F.! Out to mow my lawn so that I may fully enjoy my weekend. Thank goodness I don’t have to mow my car too! Have a nice weekend!

Hairy VW Beetle

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The Bokja Bug

The Bokja Bug

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There’s nothing like the taste of the succulent Amish peaches discovered last Saturday morning at the farmer’s market in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The handspun and dyed yarns across the way echoed the peach’s tones. And the daylilies now in bloom share their creamy shades too.

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Recently I’ve been thinking about buying new cycling shoes. My internet scouring led me to custom made D2 Shoes. I’m completely smitten with the idea of not only having shoes that are made to order for my duck-shaped and bunioned feet, but being able to select the materials and color placement as well!

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I love the sleek design and the wonderful juxtaposition of textures and colors in this shoe; wingtip shoe meet vintage Vans. The gold is a bit over the top for me personally – I might select light colored natural leather instead. The D2 website has a photo gallery of beautiful handmade shoes and extensive choices of materials to mix and match.

Looking down at snappily shod, pain-free spinning feet in custom D2 shoes would make me smile.

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Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA’s (Work Progress Administration) Federal Arts Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public’s imagination for education, theatre, health, safety and travel. Many of the Posters were for our National Parks. The artists and actual dates of production are unknown. The original posters, distributed to local Chambers of Commerce, were produced for internal marketing only and not for sale.

I love the WPA style and vibrant colors used in the posters. What better time of year to highlight National Parks, than summer? So here are a few posters that inspired me to create color palettes. To learn more about the posters or buy them, click here.

Mt McKinley

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Hawaii

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Crater Lake

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Enjoy your weekend!

Jan Balet - Ein schoner Sprung

By Jan Balet

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Thinking about Elspeth Beard today as I pack up my motorcycle for a long weekend tour. I’m heading south to the BMW Motorcycle Owners International Rally in Pennsylvania to check out the latest and greatest motorcycling gear from custom earplugs to battery chargers, rendezvous with friends, listen to some great live music, take a riding course and be transported by adventure travel presentations.

Back to Elspeth. I only recently learned about her and was instantaneously impressed with her intrepid spirit, and am more than a bit jealous of her bravery. In 1980, at age 24, Elspeth dropped out of architecture school and began a solo around-the-world motorcycle journey. (Today she runs a successful architecture firm in England and still rides.)

Her travels took her from her native London to the U.S., up to Canada and down to Mexico and then on to Australia. From there she headed to Indonesia and then Burma, India and Nepal. Her route home took her through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece and Europe. By the time she returned to England, after three years on the road, she’d clocked 48,000 miles on her odometer and lost fifty pounds. She survived crashes and illness and rebuilt and maintained her bike single handedly.

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I love the confidence and ease Elspeth exudes in this photo while straddling her 1974 R60/6 BMW. She stopped and made the aluminum panniers part way round the world.

Read more of Elspeth’s amazing story here. I hope she writes a book someday about her adventures. It’s tales like hers that light my imagination and make me realize that almost any dream is possible if I really want it to come true!

I’ll get back to blogging when my motorcyle’s back in the barn.

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The Italian luxury brand Missoni, which has a flare for original knitwear design, has collaborated with Brazilian footwear company Havaianas on a collection of flip flops. Now these fun “designer” flips are something I can wrap my mostly-barefoot-outdoor-lifestyle brain around! At $60 they won’t deplete my piggy bank.

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258716 - TOUR DE FRANCE

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Have a wonderful weekend wherever your wheels take you!

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130 year old legendary French sporting brand Le Coq Sportif has something to crow about at this year’s Tour de France. Once again they are providing the prestigious Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White jerseys for the race. Le Coq made jerseys for Le Tour starting in 1951 until 1988 when Castelli moved onto the scene. Nike was involved from 1996 to 2010.

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1951 Tour de France winner Hugo Koblet’s wool “maillot jaune”. Note the pointed collar and button front placket, a style which disappeared a few years later. Jerseys made prior to the introduction of synthetic fabrics in the late 70′s had button front pockets like the ones shown here. The Le Coq label is visible at the neckline.

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An evolution of Le Coq Sportif logo. Via: Cycling Art Blog

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1974 Tour champion Eddy Mercx in Le Coq’s yellow jersey. Via: Le Coq Sportif

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Even when I’m working with paper and paint textiles seem to be on my mind. This little group of monoprints was created by using paper strips woven together.

The top two prints are impressions of weaving and were made by inking and weaving paper strips together and placing them on the plate to print.

For the next two, I cut up old prints that I wasn’t satisfied with into strips and woven them together. You can see that I’d experimented with printing knit fabric in these two. I like the combination of knit and woven in the same piece.

The mouthwatering sherbert-y shades of mango, raspberry, citrus, watermellon and banana give them a cheerful and summery feel.

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Wouldn’t it be lovely to leisurely roll along seldom used country roads in a brightly embellished gypsy wagon? A deep crook in a meandering stream, shaded by ancient trees, would make a delightful spot to stop for the evening. I can imagine relaxing by a campfire, sipping coffee steeped in an old tin pot, and being serenaded by fiddle music and thousands of fireflies…

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Love this vintage Swiss postcard of feline bicycle racers from the 50′s. The astonished looks on the faces of the contenders and spectators at #15′s blow out, #13′s cool shades, and the mice on the course make it priceless! Have a wonderful flat-free weekend!

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I was saddened to learn of the passing of Adirondack legend and staunch environmentalist Anne LaBastille on July 1st at the age of 75.

I was introduced to LaBastille through her 1976 autobiographical book, Woodswoman. In it she relates her experiences of building her own cabin at the northeast end of Twitchell Lake, near Big Moose Lake in New York’s Adirondack mountains. She chronicles the trials and tribulations of living self sufficiently – and alone – in a remote place with honesty, as her chosen lifestyle was often physically and emotionally difficult. On leaving her marriage and building her cabin, she writes that she came to the Adirondacks to “sit in my cabin as in a cocoon, sheltered by the swaying spruces from the outside world.”

Her writing sparked my imagination and fueled my belief that anything is possible, and that women doing “men’s work” does not mean they’ve lost their femininity. Her stories inspire independence in the outdoors as well as in all aspects of life. Because of her courage I realized I did not have much to fear in the woods if I was sensible and prepared and consequently have spent plenty of time confidently tramping around solo in the Adirondack mountains. Living alone in a cabin without running water or electricity has been a decades-long dream for me – perhaps hatched when I first read Woodswoman.

In an obituary this week, long time Adirondack guide and outdoors writer Joe Hackett described LaBastille:

“Following the publication [of Woodswoman], LaBastille became an instant role model for thousands of young women all across the country. Her story offered evidence that a lonely life in the forest can foster great confidence.

”Her story proved to be an inspiration for a generation of female outdoor enthusiasts, and it empowered them to be more independent and self-reliant in their enjoyment of the outdoors. 
”In the process of paddling, hiking and camping throughout the Adirondacks, she became an icon of the mountains she wandered. Undoubtedly she cultivated her image, and it didn’t hurt matters that she had blonde hair, a fit figure, a bright smile and a tangible sense of independence. She exuded an air of confidence, and whether she was walking into a diner or paddling across a pond, her presence turned heads. She recognized it and enjoyed it.”

Although I’ve re-read Woodswoman a number of times – and will again, I’ve never read her other books about life on “Big Bear Lake”. I now feel the urge to visit the library and check out Beyond Black Bear Lake (1987), Woodswoman III (1997) and Woodswoman IIII (2003).

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In this paperless day and age it’s nice to receive an envelope with an interesting stamp. The U.S. postal service has been doing a good job recently of putting out well-designed stamps in hope of attracting letter posters. Personally I don’t write anything much more than thank-you notes these days, but I like to use a card and stamp that is a little out of the ordinary. So I’m always on the lookout for nice stationery and stamps.

The newly released “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” series falls into the “interesting” stamp category. The “Forever” stamps highlight some of the most influential designers of the 20th century and their work.

My favorites are the colorful and sleek Fiesta pitchers designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, followed by the Raymond Loewy’s bullet shaped pencil sharpener. Henry Dreyfuss’ 302 Bell telephone is pretty cool and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Greta Von Nessen’s “Anywhere” lamp.

The stamps were issued last week and there were only a few sheets available when I snagged one just after their release. At the slow pace in which I use stamps, it’s a good thing these will last through the next postage rate hike!

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