best of the week on roadside scholar

hellooo, how’s it goin? it’s pretty good over here, because i am still celebrating my birthday! please enjoy a virtual piece of cake and a few highlights from the past seven days or so, just in case you missed it. you can click on the photos to read the posts and click on the links underneath them to find out more about the artists, items and companies.

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spikey ceramic creations by claire palastanga and a goofy sleep mask

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philippe starck’s monseigneur collection and chris duffy’s glo canvases

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amazing bento box compositions from sakurako kitsa

thanks for all the friendly birthday wishes and your patience with my traveling whims. like i mentioned before i tend to lose my writing schedule when i am out gallivanting around the lower 48. and sometimes i wonder if i put too much pressure on myself to produce posts on a daily basis. i am just going to keep going though, and hope i don’t lose any readers in the process. this is still as fun to write as it was nearly a year ago when i started, and i have in large part all of you to thank for it! i wish you all a lovely weekend and hope to see you next week to share in more bright and colorful things.


best of the week on roadside scholar

i am writing you from sunny las vegas because it is my birthday weekend and i so enjoy the desert, and the pool by the desert, and being with my sweetie and going places. my favorite is being with my sweetie though. i don’t want to leave you in the lurch though, so here are some of the week’s most popular stories. as always you can click on the photos to read the articles, and click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the artists, items and companies.

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holly grace glass and amanda spicer’s illustrations

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three questions for susan graham and erin smith’s collage work

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interesting tidbits in an interview with gilah press

we had a server outage this weekend which took the site down for quite some time, but now we are back up. if you happened to come over when we were down, thank you for your patience. and thanks too for stopping by to say hi and check in all week. i love visiting with you! next week will be filled with lots of beautiful things, and a few tidbits about me because i’ve been tagged — fun!


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o hai there. i’m so glad you’re here! i apologize for the lame amount of posts this week. i know i still owe you a flowery round up too. when i travel i have a really hard time keeping up with my (self-imposed) writing schedule, and i was traveling, am traveling and will continue to travel in fits and starts from now through mid june. don’t ask me why — that is just how things are working out (and it is lots of fun too)! i am planning to hit the writing hard on monday though, and this weekend i’m in michigan opening the cottage, but for now please enjoy some of the most popular posts from the week. as always you can click on the photo to read the article, and click on the hyperlinks beneath the photos to find out more about the artists, companies and items.

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works on paper from bill frederick and 3 questions for lapomme

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a great interview and excellent works in oil from from michelle armas

i want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy week to come by and see me. next week is going to be a big fabulous one here, so please stay tuned!


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hello! what day is it today please — is it friday or saturday? ai yi yi what a whirlwind week this has been. and i am trying my best to go with the flow but too much multitasking and not enough unitasking really sends me into orbit. i really hope my chi comes back to earth next week. anyway, as i fly off (now!) to see the inlaws in new orleans this weekend i leave you to check out the past week’s most popular items. you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the hyperlinks beneath them to find out more about the artists, products and companies.

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the favela chair from the campagna brothers and zach kowalczyk’s funky food photos

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carrie pollard’s photographs and jurgen lehl’s pottery

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the artistic garments of jennifer collier

thanks for taking time out of your busy week to come by and say hello. i love it when you say hello! i wish you a good weekend and hope to see you back on monday with a miniview with an excellent french crafter, a new and exciting chat with one of the artists from the beholder, and a funky round up of flowery things. ciao for now!


best of the week on roadside scholar

hi there! is it gloomy and raining by you? if it is, or if it isn’t, please find below some of the most popular posts from the past week, in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the people, companies and items.

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chatting with daniel edlen and affordable critters at uppercase

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gorgeous textile work from tamar mogendorff and stamp’s elegant jewelry

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the brilliant felt creations of blythe church

all kinds of creative ideas are flowing through that hamster wheel in my head and i can’t wait to get to them all! of course part of what keeps me going, thinking and planning is visiting with you all for a little bit during your busy week. thanks for coming over — it sure is fun! next week’s eclectic adventure continues with an informative chat with a popular online gallery owner, an awesome lighting round up, painters, photography and much, much more!


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oh hello there loverly people. how are you? is spring kicking in by you? it is here, with crisp sunlight and little green leaves poking up in the dirt. while we wait for the season to unfold, please find below some of the most popular posts from this week, in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the people, companies and items.

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sarah thirlwell’s sustainable wood accessories and a nice chat with anna higgie

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a wearable salute to say anything and three questions for iris schwarz

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munire kirmaci’s oh-so-elegant dual salt and pepper

we had a terrible health scare with nestle, our beloved bernese mountain dog on monday, and this week was one of the worst i have ever had. the vet first thought he had cancer but after the test results were examined by a pathologist they called (today) and reversed their grim diagnosis. he is feeling much better and we remain cautiously optimistic about his health. while all this was happening i was a complete wreck. we’ve had him since he was six weeks old and he is the closest thing to a child that we have — it might sound ridiculous but it’s the truth! anyway, while i was falling apart this week, unbeknownst to you, some extremely encouraging emails and kind comments floated in from many of you reading out there. i cannot explain how gently these small gestures lifted me up during a very brief but extremely dark period of time. even though you had no idea, you have helped me so much, and i thank you enormously for your continued interest and feedback.

i can’t believe how lucky i am to have made friends all over the world who are an active part of the weaving of this beautiful quilt, made of words and pictures, here on this site. thank you all so much for coming over, even if it’s just for a minute. and please! stay tuned for next week’s delicious tidbits of art, craft and design. good stuff coming, including a stoney end of week round up, a miniview with a terrific crafter and a great let’s chat! with a very skillful painter!


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oh hello there. what are you going to do during earth hour today (you are participating right?)? i plan on drinking some wine by candlelight and having a nice chat with the hubs myself. before we turn our electricity off though (at 8 pm your local time, for one hour), feel free to take a peek at some of the week’s most popular posts, just in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the companies and items.

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the beautiful illustrations of jerry seguin and matt stuart’s street photography

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bernhard grafl’s organic dear deer and a few questions for gypsy and twink

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an informative let’s chat! with virginia glass artist elizabeth perkins

so, do you call it spring when it is sunny out but 35 degrees? i don’t think you can. your comments and emails keep my chin up everyday though — thanks for your support! have a pleasant weekend and i will see you next week with a miniview featuring a terrific digital collage artist, a great let’s chat! with a superhip illustrator and a fun cup and mug round-up. over and out!


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well, hello there lovely people. did you have a nice week? i hope so. if not, maybe this wrap up of some of the most popular posts this week will cheer you, in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the companies and items.

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a few questions for jared may and soner ozerc’s cmyk lamp shade

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thomas broomé’s wordy illustrations and wallpaper animals from inke heiland

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a fun and informative visit with the women of the excellent better living through design

this week chicago welcomed the beginning of spring with a heaping serving of wet, heavy snow, and what i thought was beginning to sprout was buried beneath a sparkling white blanket. it hasn’t deterred my zest for finding new and interesting things though – yee haw! thank you for always helping to grow that spark by stopping over and saying nice things all week. i wish you a good weekend and look forward to chatting with you about next week’s selections, including a miniview with a fun collage artist, a great let’s chat! with a spectacular glass artist and a beautiful necklace round-up. ever forward!


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