Tea Time

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Accidental Collector

Tea Time

“I wasn’t a man with a plan” claims Jose, “it was all a happy accident.”  I knew it!  Another Accidental Collector.  When I first met Jose over a decade ago, he was an international attorney for a high tech firm.  Fluent in Spanish, French, English, Italian and more, he was adventuresome, engaging, energetic and fun.  He was interested in everything, so it’s no surprise that he now spends his time in global business development and branding for companies worldwide. But back to his collection – you may be surprised to discover it’s teapots!  In his own words: “I never planned to make a...

Read More

Time Marches On…

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in All Blog Posts, Calendar

Time Marches On…

It’s paradoxical that the one thing we desire most, we often waste with reckless abandon… the gift of time.  It’s a gift that if stolen or lost, can never be replaced.  The longer one lives, the more one understands how limited is our time, and how helpless we are to conjure more. “Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin In 2015, we initiated daylight savings time earlier than ever before in an effort to extend our days for play and other pursuits. Though understanding it’s only a bit of trickery, for there are never more than 24 hours in a day, we congratulate our cleverness at...

Read More

A Stitch In Time

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 in Accidental Collector

A Stitch In Time

When asked by her husband Daniel what she wanted for her 80th birthday, Joanna Rose replied “Something I’ve never seen before” and “a gift for New York.”  She got her wish.  In March, 2011, the American Folk Art Museum held an exhibit at New York’s Armory showcasing Joanna’s magnificent collection of 651 quilts.  The twist – each and every one was executed in only red and white.  It was a feast for the eyes and a banquet for the spirit.   A Treasure Hunter When asked about her outstanding collection, Rose replied “I’m not a collector.”  She describes herself as “an accumulator, a...

Read More

A Stitch in Time

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Fashion

A Stitch in Time

Creation begins with inspiration, with a kernel of an idea, but in order to execute your concept, you need a plan, a blueprint.  The same holds true in the world fashion.  Even when couturiers claim they work freeform, and simply drape fabric as they’re inspired, (as did Christian Dior) in order for a seamstress to replicate that creation, she’ll need a roadmap. The fresh, crisp image below depicts the trade of the tailor and represents the roadmap.  Whenever we examine the underlying structure of a garment, we view with the eye of an architect – studying the master patterns, the foundation...

Read More

Tea

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Children, Entertainment, Food

Tea

 “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James The Portrait of a Lady Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sleet and snow, blizzards and cloudbursts envelope and surround us.  Yet the flip side to winter’s frosty coin always lands happily heads up when we can take a moment for a cup of tea.  It’s the perfect prelude for a snuggle or siesta, a game of backgammon or chess, or burrowing with a best seller by a blazing fire.  Perhaps most comforting of all, it’s an elixir for every hour – from purple pre-dawns,...

Read More