June – a mixed bag

Normally, I try to be professional and not mix my private life with my business life. Much. But in this case ….. my son inspires me … still.

My son died on the 27th June 2002. 19 years ago – hard to believe when it all seems so fresh in my memory.

Cover of the CD he worked on right up til he passed.

Every year when June rolls around I start out being really sad. But many things happen in this month of weddings, and graduations, and fathers day, etc.

Lots of trees are flowering and doing their thing – lovely smells as I am cycling around in my work. Rose bushes in all their splendor also providing beautiful visions crawling up the sides of buildings, fences, AND mmmm the scents.

Then my favorite roses – peonies – are also out!

Then there is SKt Hans (celebrated here in DK), Sommerdans in Fælledparken, five weeks of outdoor dancing starting in June,

the noise of graduates through the streets

In Østerbro, Copenhagen

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This year, the football fans going crazy.

Saw this on my riding through the city for work.

https://youtu.be/ypQjRpNYh3o

Not that I watch it much, but there’s cycling through France on TV (Tour de France).

But all this to give the connection to Shaka, my beautiful, talented son that I am especially reminded of in June to my concrete mini pots that I started doing over 4 years ago.

It started out with me wanting to recycle milk cartons that we throw out daily, and other single use items/packaging. I started using them as molds for the pots. But then came getting plants to put in them, and the taking care of them them til they sold – hence the name – Zenplanting. I can almost feel my blood pressure dropping as I water them and watch them grow every morning. The taking care of them brings me to Shaka. Reminds me of him. He had such a green thumb.

So, as I get closer to the 27th June, my spirits are lifted.

Rabbit holes and other good stuff

I came across these great phone accessories from Tinder and Bloom,  while updating my Etsy shop today , and wanted to share them with you.

Plus they go great with my Clairely accessories   (he he he)

Left:  Iphone case,   right:  Clairely necklace

Precious, isn’t it?  Found this print on Etsy also, but now cannot find the shop.   Sigh.

Also seen on Etsy

My tribute to Alice (part of my Steppin’ Out collection) shown below:

Teapot, teacup, keyhole, playing card, “eat me” biscuit … and further down,  a stopwatch

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Talk about lost in translation

As a Jamaican-American, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark, I still remember a lot of my childhood references which are both British, and American.

Some years ago while visiting some friends in the UK, I came across this product.
What were they thinking?

This “stuff” is exactly the color of what you would need if you ate too much of this.
I remember this from my childhood.

Then, recently I was in Hamburg and saw this…

Makes me think of Dixie cups in a whole new light.

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ATA designs takes the prize for best wallpaper

I am proud, and certainly inspired  by Annette Taylor Andersen’s being.
She has just received the first prize in the wallpaper category in
International DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2011

CONGRATULATONS!

Here are some examples of her wallpaper.  Enjoy.

(Taken from atadesigns.com)

She is currently exhibiting at 100% Design in London.  Go and check it out, now!
22-25 Sept.  Earl’s Court, London

Art in the shop (literally)

Eliane left France many years ago to come to Denmark. She has now quit her job in an international organization in Cph to realize her long-time dream: working with artists, craftsmen and designers and presenting their creations to a broader audience.

She is running a web shop working as a sales platform for these artists and craftsmen. In a busy world this is an ideal means of promotion, giving quick and easy access to a variety of creators and exciting pieces of work. At present, modern paintings, design jewels, bookbinding, products in fish skin, glasfusing are at display for sale, but this offer will hopefully progressively expand.

So visit artishop.dk

Hmmmmm, smells good!

I was recently at a trade fair in Denmark, where I saw a fantastic product – packaging was appealing, and wow!  what a fantastic scent that came out when I tried it!

Normally, I look for products that are “clean” – no parabens, no ugly stuff, etc.

But I was so taken with the scent, I forgot all about that.

perfume

(photo from Tokyo Milk’s site)

Really impressed with this line of products from Tokyo Milk.  The packaging is so attractive and eye-catching.  Let me not get started about the scents.  The one was nicer than the other.  Can’t wait to get my hands on one of their lovely products.

So… to see what I am up to.  Check out one of the following links.

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