Finally painted the pantry thanks to Remodelista and Farrow and Ball, Inchyra Blue.

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F&B Inchyra Blue pantry with pear, Remodelista
F&B Inchyra Blue pantry drawer, Remodelista
F&B Inchyra Blue pantry, late afternoon light, Remodelista
F&B Inchyra Blue pantry, with white bowls
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F&B Inchyra Blue pantry with branch, Remodelista

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Vermont 2016

February 27, 2016

Billings cow barn
drying herbs Billings Farm
Olie and Solvi in barn
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Sarah's eggs
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Designskool, Studio Carta Collaborative, wrapping, supplies_edited-2 Supplies: for this project we used black craft paper and a assortment of Studio Carta ribbon, including: metallic loose weave ribbon in gold, peach and copper; wide metallic tight weave in black with gold and copper, as well as peach and gold; thin metallic tight weave in peach and gold; and thin metallic braided ribbon in gold, rose gold and graphite.

This holiday season Angela and I decided to try something a little different. Instead of classic red ribbon, we opted for warm peach and copper with a hint of holiday gold. But for a real twist, we used black paper. Enlivened with fresh greens, our packages feel, not gloomy, but more like a magical winter evening. A silent night. Like those of old in which people huddled around a cozy fire, while outside a cloak of night, resplendent with stars, settled over the forested landscape.

Designskool, Studio Carta Collaborative, wrapping, greens_edited-1Greens included exotic seeds foraged at Arnold Arboretum, as well as evergreens, privet berries, and azalea leaves foraged from our yards.

Designskool and Studio Carta Collaborative, wrapping, peach and black 1_edited-2 thin metallic tight weave in peach and gold, wide metallic tight weave in peach and gold, and  thin metallic braided ribbon in gold

Designskool and Studio Carta Collaborative, wrapping, processour work table: a glimpse of the creative process

designskool studio carta collaborative, wrapping, privet and metallic rosemetallic copper, rose gold and graphite ribbons mixed with privet berries, including: metallic loose weave ribbon in natural and copper;  thin metallic braided ribbon in rose gold and graphite

designskool, studio carta collaborative, wrapping, branch_edited-1One creative and practical benefit of black paper: you can write on it with chalk. Here we added stars to our branch gift. You could also add a holiday note.

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Second only to Christmas, Halloween has become the most commercialized holiday in this country, with entire catalogs devoted to creating million-dollar monsters and fairies. But homemade costumes need not be hooky or cheap. Instead they offer a chance to unleash our inner magician, who with a modest potion of paper, scissor, and some glue, can transform themselves into any creature of their imagination.

Of course it all boils down to materials. Using Egg Press’ expressive collection of wrapping paper, along with Studio Carta tight weave cotton ribbon in Halloween hues, we conjured our own enchanting rabbit, in about as much time as it takes to say, “Hocus Pocus, Alakazam!”

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Step 1: Using a flexible, lightweight cardboard or poster board (we used a manila envelope) make a simple sketch of a creature or critter of your choice. Cut this out.

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Step 2: Choose a paper for the underlying layer of your mask. (We used selects from their Blue, Orange and Yellow Collection.) Place your cardboard cutout onto the back to this paper. Trace and cut.

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Step 3: Using an Exact-o knife cut out the eye holes of your base mask. Then brush glue onto the back of your paper and paste over the base layer. Again, cut out the eyes.

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Step 4: Choose another piece of paper for your accents. Using the edges of your mask as a template, draw these details onto the back of your second piece of paper. Cut these out.

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Step 5: Apply glue and paste you accent pieces onto your mask.

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Step 6: Punch holes into the sides of your mask.

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Step 7: Measure two lengths of ribbon long enough to tie around you head. (We used Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon in dark indigo.) Give yourself a little extra. You can always trim.

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Step 8: Thread the ribbons through your holes and tie.

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That’s it. Of course the sky (or your imagination) is the limit on what you can do. Swap papers for a different look. Add a sequin or two. Try a fox or an owl. Or wouldn’t a lion with a Studio Carta ribbon mane look cool?

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My images of Peter Cohen‘s beautiful Salem home. See more on Remodelista.

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summer rose bouquet

July 29, 2015

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail left, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn roses, honeysuckle, and grapevine bouquet. See more on Gardenista.

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail roses, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail right, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn Rose Bouquet with grape leaves and honeysuckle by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New dawn bouquet, Salt Timber Cottage covered in roses, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

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Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative DIY 3, Keepsake Book Supplies_edited-4

Spring has sprung! And with it weddings, babies, and all things “new beginnings.” In celebration of this season of rebirth, for our 3rd project Angela and I chose to resurrect one of her old talents: bookmaking. (In fact it was the pursuit of elegant bindings for her books that led Angela to begin importing Italian ribbons in the first place!)

Though Angela, who studied and taught at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, is a pro, this keepsake book is easy enough for anyone to tackle. Success is in the supplies. Made with beautiful Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap and Studio Carta Cotton Ribbon, our keepsake book is perfect for storing momentos from spring’s (or any season’s) most treasured events.

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Materials:

* When considering the entire line of Rifle Paper Gift Wrap and Studio Carta Ribbon, the possibilities are endless. Just let the occasion be your guide. For example, if you’re making a book for the parents of a baby boy, perhaps you could use Rifle Paper Co.’s Blue Toile Gift Wrap with Studio Carta Tight Weave Ribbon in Chartreuse. Or for a wedding Rifle’s Spearmint Blossoms Gift Wrap would look smashing with a bit of Studio Carta Metallic Tight Weave in Natural with Gold Stripe. (See even more colorful combinations on Rifle Paper Co.’s site.)

For our book, Angela and I selected spring-time pairing of Rifle Paper Co.’s romantic wildflower gift wrap with Studio Carta Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon in Peach.

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Step 1: If you have not already done so, cut your archival cardboard to the desired size. We chose 8×10. To create your outside cover, lay the cardboard onto your paper and, using this as a template, measure and mark your paper so that it is a couple centimeters, or about 1/2 inch, larger all around. Cut out your paper. Repeat for the other cover.

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Step 2: Working quickly brush the glue onto the back of your paper. Then transfer your cardboard to the center and press down, working out any air bubbles with your hands or bone folder.

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Step 3: Cut the corners of your paper, leaving about a millimeter between the edge and the cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, corner, photo by Justine Hand

Step 4: Fold the first side over. Then using your bone folder, press the corner paper in towards the next fold so it lays against the cardboard edge. Then fold the second side down. Repeat as you go around.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, outside cover, photo by Justine Hand

Step 5: When you are done, gently work out any air bubbles with your bone folder. Then lightly tap down on all your corners, so that your cover doesn’t have any sharp edges. Repeat this whole process with the next piece of cardboard.

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Step 6: Once you have the outsides of each piece of cardboard covered, it’s time to cover the inside. First measure and cut two pieces of paper so that each is slightly smaller than the cardboard. Again, working quickly, glue the smaller paper so that it covers the inside of each piece of cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative no 3, keepsake book, photo by Justine Hand

Step 7: On each cover, create 4 slits for your ribbons. First measure the width of your ribbon. Then starting about 1 1/2  inches or 4 centimeters from the top (short side), and about 1 inch or 2.5 centimeters from the edge (long side), make a mark, length-wise, that measures the width of your ribbon. Repeat at all four corners of each cover.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, making holes, photo by Justine Hand

Step 8: Using a small chisel or utility knife, hammer or cut the four slits you just measured. Repeat on the other piece of cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, threading ribbons, photo by Justine Hand

Step 9: Lay the cardboard covers side by side leaving about 1/4 inch or one centimeter gap in between. Using these as a template, cut two long pieces of ribbon that measure 10 or so inches (25 centimeters) longer, on each side, than your opened book. Then, starting in the middle, thread each end of the ribbon from the outside, across the inside, and back out to the outside. Repeat on the bottom.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake book, finished 3, photo by Justine Hand

That’s it. Though there are many steps, Angela was able to make this book in about 20 minutes!

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Angela uses her keepsake books to house treasured correspondence from loved ones.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, finished long, photo by Justine Hand

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garden in the woods

June 18, 2015

Garden in the Woods, White Trillium, by Justine Hand for Gardenistatrillium

Favorites from a recent visit to Garden in the Woods, a living museum of wild plants. Located in Framingham, MA, the garden is home to the New England Wild Flower Society, which works to promote and protect native flora.  See more at Gardenista.

Garden in the Woods, lady slipper, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

pink lady slipper

Garden in the Woods, white flower path, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

Canada beadruby

Garden in the Woods, Viburnum lentago,  Nannyberry, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

nannyberry

Garden in the Woods, lupin, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

native lupine

Garden in the Woods, Solomons Seal, by Justine Hand for Gardenista solomons seal and cranesbill

Garden in the Woods, Jacob's ladder, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

Jacob’s ladder

Garden in the Woods, foam flower, phlox and ferns, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

foam flower and phlox

Garden in the Woods, yellow lady slipper, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

yellow lady slippers

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cranesbill

Garden in the Woods, sculpture, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

sculpture by W. Gary Smith

Garden in the Woods, Wild Calla, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

wild calla

Garden in the Woods, wetlands white, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

bishop’s cap

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this is where I live

May 22, 2015

pantry window

Last weekend was our first of the season at the cottage, our summer home on Cape Cod. All weekend, in between walks to the beach and visits with the cousins across the street, I ran around cleaning, making the beds, weeding, setting out towels, arranging flowers, and generally prepping the house for summer habitation. Often my work was interrupted as I paused to capture a moment on film. At some point my husband said to me, “I love watching you in this place. You get such joy from it.” “Yes,” I agreed. “It’s who I am.”

life boat rock harbor

bedside bouquet

kitchen sink

hammock with legs

boat owners

cottage kitchen window

cottage pantry

goldie locks in the three bears house

Olie and the barn door

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bedroom bureau

youngs 2

kids hammock 2

cottage bathroom flowers

dining room and pantry 2

striped heros

Glenwood

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solvi turns 7

May 10, 2015

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Solvi turned 7 this week. In celebration, we held a flower arranging party.

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Solvi turns 7, close up paper flowers

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Solvi turns 7, Parker

Solvi turns 7, Hooray

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