Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Off to Italy!!  
Not really, but with this gorgeous spring weather and warm sunshine, memories of Positano are fresh in Carlin's mind.

Il San Pietro Di Positano

Limoncello is the PERFECT summer liqueur, but make your batch soon -- it has to soak for 40 days.  Italians sip this after-dinner drink in small, chilled ceramic cups.  Salute!

Peel 7 lemons.
Soak them in 2 pints pure alcohol (vodka works well) for 40 days.
Filter and mix the resulting liquid with just over 3 pints water and 2.2 lbs sugar.
Heat on stove and bring to a boil.  Leave it to cool before bottling.
Serve chilled.
This will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for months.

Il San Pietro Di Positano

Il San Pietro Di Positano

photo by John Ecker

Lemon farm in Procida
photo: bon appetit

This little Earthborn pottery cup is the perfect vessel for Limoncello!  
Available through C & A Camp!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Got Art?

 Carlin knows her art.  So it was no surprise to me to walk into the shop and see some amazing pieces for sale.  These are gorgeous, big, juicy art statements.  Molly Ledbetter is an up and coming artist living in the fine city of Nashville.  

Have a look at her work:

"Dark Holler"

"Grasshopper Pie"

"You Know I've Been Called A Dreamer"
 These are four examples of Molly's work.  The originals for sale in Carlin's shop are "Dark Holler" and "Grasshopper Pie."  The computer screen hardly does this art justice.  They are so much more spectacular in person!

From the artist:
I am interested in the idea that one can feel nostalgia for something one never actually had. What is that about? What does nostalgia do and how does it operate? I think nostalgia exists where loss and beauty intersect, and I think in all my work there is an undercurrent of loss and beauty, and a struggle to define that point of intersection.

Topically my work appears to be engaged in a dialogue about color, line, and texture, reveal and non-reveal. When I paint I am thinking simple thoughts. Intuition informs the way my body moves. My studio is filled only with what it takes to make the work and little else because when I am working nothing else interests me. I am often impatient. I vacillate between moments of intense energy, self-doubt, celebration, mindfulness, and release.

My work is very much process-driven. I like to give myself a repeated form in which to let color take center stage. I think without realizing it I have been struggling with painting's limitations, or I have been trying to figure out why they are with regard to how I work, and whether these limitations are even important to me.

What are my subjects? I thought I would paint the thing itself. The moon works as a trope in the way I mean, so I’ll paint the moon. Something happens to my brain and heart when I see music live, particularly outdoors and in the summertime, and so I’ll paint the concert lights. But none of this felt real. None of it could really close the gap between experience, that familiar heart-feeling when my heart feels overwhelmed, and the realization that as I was experiencing the thing I was also loosing it. And none of it could address the question of whether or not any of that really mattered.

If I could make a painting that felt like what the sun feels like then I might feel I as on the right track. I am searching for the moment when head and heart align; when loss (when what is lost) becomes beautiful and visa versa. I like what Amy Sillman says, that you should do two things at once: what you do and what you don’t do. My work is about exploring that point of intersection.

How can I contain all of this that I feel? How can I make sense of it? Where is the beauty in all that is lost? These are things I think about. They are simple questions, and yet they are perhaps the most essential.

Experience Molly's art! 
Come to 
C & A Camp
Downtown Charlottesville

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Libeco Home

Libeco has done it again....amazing linen imbued with gorgeous colors.

'Two colors take center stage in Libeco Home’s new collection: Old Red and True Blue. Two timeless colors, very different yet somehow belonging together. Two simple colors that shine out, forceful and clean. Two authentic colors that found each other on the beach. Old Red and True Blue.'

"This story begins with old red.

After happening upon old Dutch boats with sails of “madder red” this color became our obsession.
These sails became a vision that we could not get out of our heads.
But as you make your way through the pages of our book you will completely understand why.
The simplicity and earthiness of this color is exactly what we’re all about
and so these elements became a part of every old red product we created.
Old red is now a good friend.


We were working away on the old red story when the Avignon collection came to be.
And suddenly we were on to blue in a very big way - it pulled us in and wouldn’t let us go.
Working with these blues we were blown away by their beauty and power
and true blue was born. For us true blue is a state of harmony - a kind of peace.

In our story old red meets true blue in an old tractor on the beach.
Ancient harmony re-created.

And in the end, it’s youth that inspires.
The future is bright."

--Jamie Welstead and Amy Behn
(designers Libeco Home)

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Saturday, March 10, 2012


Hang your pictures on the wall.....then take a rest with a good book.

photo:  Olatz Interiors

Friday, March 2, 2012

If It's Good Enough For IRON CHEF...

That's right -- Chef Chris Hastings of 
Hot & Hot Fish Club 
battled Iron Chef Bobby Flay and used Earthborn pottery to present his cuisine! 

Hot and Hot Fish Club owners, Chris and Idie Hastings

Chef Chris Hastings’ famous Hot and Hot Tomato Salad served on Earthborn pottery.

"Historical traditions and methodologies are used in the creative process and require an artist’s eye, strong hands and continual diligence to achieve the balance between form and function that typifies the elemental character of Earthborn pottery."

"The product has been tested for quality and safety. The clay is vitrified, which guarantees durability, and the abrasive-resistant glazes are industrial dishwasher safe. The product is beautiful, original, and restaurant sturdy."

All Earthborn products are certified microwave, dishwasher and oven safe (when brought up to temp or run under hot water).

"Like the people we cherish, each piece of Earthborn Pottery is unique and one of a kind, a treasure to be passed down for generations."  --Tena Payne, founder Earthborn Pottery

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