February 28, 2011

images from Bolivia

Running water can be a luxury in many homes in Bolivia. Since I set foot in Cochabamba more than ten years ago, the image in this photo has been a common sight in the heart of the northern part of the city.

Here women washing clothes in a public washing area in the middle of one the city's recreational parks.

February 25, 2011

spring is here

...or almost here.

This week I have been unpacking and working on the first spring-summer orders that have arrived from Bolivia. Everything looks beautiful! All orders will be in stores in the next two weeks.

Happy weekend!

February 24, 2011

images from Bolivia

In Cochabamba {Bolivia} streets are cleaned the old fashion way...

February 23, 2011

thank you paul et paula

Thank you so so much to from paul et paula for featuring my blog today!!! I truly appreciate it. You can read more here.
Merci!!! Gracias!!!

February 21, 2011

Mount Vernon Estate {a visit for President's Day}

Yesterday we went to visit Mount Vernon Estate, the home of George and Martha Washington. The estate is located only 16 miles from Washington D.C.
Touring the main house, you learn of the lives of George and Martha Washington while seeing most rooms in the house, including the bedchamber where Washington died. The remainder of the property has several other spots of note including practical buildings of the plantation, and an impressive view of The Potomac River.
Our day was cool but sunny so we enjoyed the hot apple cider and hotcakes served for breakfast {only this weekend}. 
If anything, the tour of Mount Vernon is awe-inspiring just to be where this great man once lived.

Today the Mansion has been restored to its appearance in 1799, the last year of Washington's life.  The house and estate is set in 40 acres.  It's really worth visiting - it's not only interesting, it's also very beautiful.  The home’s high-columned piazza is considered the standout feature of the mansion. It extends the entire length of the house.
The estate has been preserved by the nation’s first womens patriotic organization founded by Miss Pamela Cunningham of South Carolina in 1858 and called the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Mount Vernon is still a working farm, so you will see farm animals and people working in the fields.

the Eastern facade, facing the Potomac

the washing room

spinning wheel in the slave quarters

The cupola, another notable feature of the mansion, was added in 1778.
Washington added his “dove of peace” weathervane in 1787.

Spinning should go forward with all possible dispatch, as we shall have nothing else to depend upon if these disputes {with England} continue…”
-George Washington, letter to his manager Lund Washington, August 20, 1775

spinning room {one of my favorite rooms}

The Blacksmith Shop, located along Mount Vernon’s North Lane, was essential to the operation of the plantation and an important part of George Washington’s business on the plantation and off.

February 18, 2011

a long week

well, it has been a long week...

many disappointments... 
from trying to migrate this little blog {in a friendly way} to Wordpress which took many, many hours with no positive results, to seeing some of my designs and techniques blatantly copied in Bolivia.
I guess that by having a blog and a website I am exposed to these kind of things.
It is a risk we take when blogging and "facebooking". Very upsetting, but nothing a good stretch on the mat can't fix.

on the positive side...
In a few weeks I will finally have a Fournier online shop. This time I will be part of a group of wonderful designers. More soon! 

Anyway, here's to a good weekend. Hope you all have a wonderful one! We will be enjoying the great weather here {in the 70's today}, and the Presidents Day sales.

February 17, 2011


I'm getting ready for another show in three weeks. To the other shows of the season I do not go since I have agents that take care of the sales, but to New York I always go.
Designing the booth is one of my favorite parts, so I am working on some some knitted pieces to showcase the beautiful things we can make in Bolivia with alpaca.

February 16, 2011

surprise, surprise for a sweet tooth

Yesterday my friend Chantale surprise me with the sweetest of gifts! She sent me a box full of Whimsy & Spice goodies. Brownies, marshmallows, shortbread cookies, biscotti, sandwich cookies... Just wonderful!
Thank you so much Chantale for such a sweet and thoughtful gift. We are all enjoying them at home.

immaculate packaging

inside the box {yum!}

honey lavender, chocolate orange cardamom and brown sugar gingerspice shortbread

hazelnut whisky sandwich cookies

February 15, 2011

valentine's day gifts

How was your Valentine's Day celebration? Ours was pretty nice. We all had gifts for each other and had a wonderful dinner!
Sebastian and Daniela made hearts for me at their pottery class. Some are for necklaces and the others for hanging around the house. They also made letters and cards.

{... I also received THE blue box with a beautiful gift inside}

Sweet Shot Day

February 14, 2011

happy fete de saint valentine {at school}

Last Friday the kids celebrated Valentine's Day at school playing Love Bingo, eating lots of candy and cupcakes and exchanging handmade cards.

After the Valentine's celebration the kids went to see the 100th day presentation by the kids in kindergarten. Each kid made a display with one hundred things they chose. These are my favorite.

February 11, 2011

fresh off the needles

happy weekend! It seems we will have a warmer weekend here with temperature around the 50's on Sunday!!! Anyway, just in case I just finished this cabled neck warmer. I used a yarn from Peru; a blend of baby alpaca with silk that is very soft and warm. The wooden buttons are from the market in Bolivia.

stay warm.

February 10, 2011

a favorite


9 grams of protein
5 grams of fiber
120 calories
9 essential amino acids

February 9, 2011

where is the week going

we haven't had more snow... luckily because as I write this post I am also blowing my nose.
I have a cold since Monday and it refuses to let me work as I would like to :-(
but it´s been sunny and beautiful outside though, just a little windy.

tomorrow is another day...

February 8, 2011

people {La Paz, Bolivia}

Sometimes that perfect "photo moment" happens when you least expect it...

Sweet Shot Day

February 7, 2011

scenes from the weekend

A weekend of celebrating Nutella Day with a little baking at home, a Sunday with spring weather that took us to the Fairfax Railroad Museum, and a visit to the Library to check out knitting books.
Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend!

{love these vintage suitcases}

{the railroad telegraph, switch and box}

{on my wish list... }

{snow still covering the ground}

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