Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bread + Rest

Today has been a marvelously slow and easy day. I woke up at 8:50 and decided to just lay in bed and THINK (what? have free flowing, random thoughts?!?!?!!?!??!??) It was nice. it was so incredibly nice. Sometime in the middle of all that, Riva (who had been sleeping downstairs) came up and got in bed with me. She is the greatest dog of all time. When I finally did get up, I started making my favorite bread and decided to try something new for breakfast. CRUNCH CAKES!! I learned this from J.Christophers, a local resturant, try it: it's AMAZING:

As you mix up the pancake batter (I just used a regular old mix from the grocery store) stir in some granola. If you're in a fruity mood, also add some blue berries. Cook it just like a regular pancake. really delicious, and a little bit more filling than a plain pancake.

This past week has been so lovely, Elena, Leah and Elias were all here for their breaks. It was awesome to get to catch up and just spend some relaxed time with old friends. Yesterday morning, Leah and I went to the beach. Incredible, in march! There are these cute little swings scattered about and we sat on one for a while and soaked it up.
Alright, off I go. I need to head home and put the bread in the oven. Also, I have a huge stack of notecards to finish up!!!!
Happy easter, happy spring. much love + many sweet thoughts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cards and Stamps

Here is something thrilling: I have decided to buy
a) a self inking Betty+Isabel Homegrown Products Stamp!

b) PRINTED bussines cards! One side will say BETTY+ISABEL homegrown products. The other will say: Read:

VERY EXCITED about all that because it will cut down ENORMOUSLY on time! Also, it's the first step towards "mass" production. my oh my. you can expect to see it all within the next few weeks.

while we're on the topic of the new and cool:
My Mom (Marsha Lieberman) and I are sharing a booth in the JFK middle school's crafts fair, which is on April 12th at the school! I'm not quite sure about the timing, but I will certainly post it when I find out. There will be Tiny Pintings and Notecards from Mummay and books, prayerflags, spring knits, scarves, notecards, ********NEW**** FABRIC BRACELETS!! from me. Go check it out, there is sure to be much fine work by local artists.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Some lil things I've been cooking up down here...

Well, it all began last Thursday. We FINALLY had a critique in my ceramics class. It was the first of the entire term. it went quite well, one of the neatest projects was by my friend Annalise. She made molds of legos, cast them in clay and built a castle out of the pieces. Inside, she places casts of random objects, like pieces of fruit and a baby doll head..... very cool, fantasy world that I wanted to play in. If you are in town. go check it out in the ceramics department.
This critique was followed by a delicious steak, made by Adam, who is secretly quite an excellent chef! (much to my joy and elation) I really love steak. I really need to learn how to cook it better, I usually dry it out. (Suggestions????)

Friday was the beginning of the Saint Patrick's Day Bonanza weekend. The Parade started at 11 am. Laura and I ventured out to watch. it was amazing, I think that all of Savannah was out on the streets to watch. People were so happy (most of them incredibly drunk) and it is so amazing to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of jolly people. Before we knew it Laura and I were bestowed with some green bling, and we didn't even kiss anyone. I promise. We watched the whole parade, and then headed home to FINALLY relax and just HANG OUT!!!!! WEE HAW. I made a gigantic plate of cookies and started working on these fabric bracelets that I've been working on in my head for a while. They are made from strips of linen with patches of upholstery fabric that Sydne Didier of Essentials (Northampton/Amherst) gave me a few months ago. I'm really excited to finally be putting them into production, because they are the first really new item I've made in a while. I think that they will be called The Essential Ali+Lex, because they are SO the type of thing that my friends Ali Schiek and Lexi Paladino would wear. And I have long wanted to make something a la those two. (if you know them, you will know why!)

More pictures and more about Spring break to follow. I promise. (so many promises, fulfilled and to be fulfilled, I swear!)


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Story Scarves

Hey Darlings---
here is my artist statement from Images on Fabric....specifically about the story scarves. I'm trying to attach some pictures!!!! Blogger is having issues, but hopefully I'll get them up by the end of the day. big love + wild dreams of a new beginning.

Of the late, I have been thinking about a line from the 1980s film Moonstruck. Nicholas Cage says this to Cher, “we weren’t put here to be immaculate. We were put here to take risks and mess up and love the wrong people.” I love this idea; I think that there is such a lot of pressure in the world to do “the right thing” and there is a very narrow window of that which is regarded as the right thing. When I really think it over, I begin to believe a couple of things. The first is that there is not a single way to live a life, there are many paths to Nirvana, to inner peace, to achieving what is good. Another is that good and doing a good job are relative and personal terms. If one wants to do a good job they need only to listen to their deepest, truest, innermost voice and they will be on the right track.
As I create more work and become further involved and connected to it, and that work becomes more and more of the vocabulary that I live my life thru it becomes easier for me to listen to that voice and know that it is right and good for me to follow what it says.
When starting out on this project, I tried to give myself a lot of space to figure out what I really wanted to create. It quickly occurred to me that it my work I hope to encourage people to listen to their innermost voice and to act according to it. I think that often times people are afraid to do that because they feel like whatever that voice leads them to do will not be accepted. I want to create pieces that totally support and nurture that aspect of the people that I know. I want to love people for the right reasons and make them feel bolstered up and admired for the pieces of them that they are most truly connected to.
These story scarves are meant to sing a little song to you about the messy thrilling lives of the people that they are about. Like a song, I hope that although each scarf has a specific story that it tells and person that it refers to, you will feel some connection and find ways to apply the imagery and the story to your own garden of dreams, wonderings, thoughts and ideas.
The scarves are made of a variety of fabrics; depending on the person they’re about. Each one is hand dyed and embellished in honor of these souls that I feel so connected to. Each scarf has a Milagro sewn to it someplace. Milagro means Miracle in Spanish and refers to small metal charms that the people of Central America nail up on doors, walls, windows and chairs. The different shapes and figures mean different thoughts and prayers. I added them to the scarves because they add an element of magic and we could all use a little of that.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Hello Dears, far and near!

today has been an absolutely scintillating day so far. my friends Jason and Joellen are down here visiting from Virginia. we had a fabulous weekend hanging out and catching up with them.... inbetween million hour stretches of homework! This morning, Laura made pancakes and we all (including Reeves!) ate together while blasting Fleetwood Mac. It is an exceptionally beautiful day her in GA. (I feel like I write that here all the time, and I promise that it's true.)

I just finished putting all of the pieces of my story scarves in the steamer! Which is the final step, it sets the dye, before washing them out. I really wanted to show you some pictures, but I still have no money and have not bought a new camera cord. BUT! I promise I will just make some scans of the scarves later today when they're dry. It's awesome to be this close to the end of the quarter. we're all trucking along. I expect to be mostly done by tonight!
today begins this great week of visitors from the north! Ian is arriving here today, with the Yale Frisbee team! They rent this huge bungalow out of Tybee, where they hide out and talk frisbee. I am however, planning to snatch him away for a few hours! Later this week Elena gets here! and then next week LEAH! and ELIAS! and JULIE!!! I could not be more excited to just sit and soak them up. I promised Riva that there will be lots of outtings and dates with Murray over the next week. Whenever I leave the house with big bags of stuff, clearly headed for hours at school, she gives me this look......... so I promised her that there will be constant hanging out and a lot of treats as soon as all this craziness is over.

Also, over break I'm hoping to get some serious studio work done! It's time to develope some new spring products. I'm working on warm (new england spring) weather knit scarves. so far they're made out of beautiful naturally dyed Patagonia cotton, which is my ABSOLUTE favorite yarn. I'm planning on embelishing them with some flowers out or fabric I've dyed and stitched. la la la. how about just finishing school first though!
love to you all. and hello hello hello in particular to LEXI and AMY. And to Ashleigh: I love you anyway.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


I can't believe it. March First...... we went to the beach! It was one of those days, so glorious, that I thought I would just explode!! Brooke and I just watched "Swing Time," the Fred and Ginger movie and now I'm getting ready to do a little work, because I didn't do any at all yet today. I'm going home to start my story scarves and plot a nice dinner for tomorrow. We've started doing nice dinners every sunday night to keep ourselves calm in anticipation of monday! Tomorrow I'm making spegetti and meatballs. I've never made meatballs before. Adam says he likes small ones. And lot's of them..... so I will be profecting my small ball rolling skills and further abandoning my fear of raw meat. heres to that.

love you all so.