I met Jill courtesy of the Boston Design Salon, a group of hugely talented woman designers in the area who get together on a regular basis. Her work is as bold and colorful as her sparkling personality. I was in awe at the studio that she shares with her husband, Lawrence McRae, also a ceramicist. Walking into the space, you could just feel the creative energy flowing. From the beautiful work on display, to the pieces that were drawn on and yet to be painted, to the painting that her sidekick Ichiko was hard at work doing, it was all a visual feast. For more of Jill’s work, see her site here and her Etsy store here.
I am still saddened by the events yesterday in Boston. My mind can’t come to grips with the fact that there are hateful people in this world who want to destroy other people’s happiness and lives. So I am trying to focus on the ways that everyone in this town is coming together. The city is tighter than ever, and the outpouring of shared feelings of grief, compassion and community is overwhelming. People have been donating blood and having vigils. Raising money for the families of the victims. Planning walks together in a show of solidarity. In some of the darkest times, we have the brightest moments of humanity. And this is the solace that we can take with us as we face the future.
Being an amateur baker, I’m always impressed at how easy professional bakers can make things look. A few weeks ago, Meredith from the Artisan Bake Shop gave me a demonstration in how to make French macarons. She managed to whip up a batch so quickly! It was something that, if I would have attempted it, would have taken me an entire afternoon. I think for now I’ll stick with easier things like muffins. ;)
I seriously wish I could live in a place like this, though cement floors wouldn’t cut it in a Boston winter. Home Hotel in Buenos Aires combined all of my favorite things. It was modern, airy, and bright, yet charming and cozy. For more info on the area of Palermo, Buenos Aires, see the fabulous city guide that Design Sponge published here.
Dan and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip to South America, which I have always dreamed of doing. We got back last week (which means many more Argentina posts to come ;)). Here is the first, about an area we visited north of Buenos Aires called the Tigre Delta. The Tigre Delta is an area of waterways where people live and work entirely on the water. There are no roads, cars, or stores, and things like groceries get delivered by boat. It is populated by people who have lived there for generations, and other people have moved there as caretakers because they believe in the delta and want to preserve the ecology of the region. We spent a beautiful day with Ralph, a native Swiss who has moved to the Delta, and Michelle, a native Argentinian who has moved to the region, learning about the life and environment there. (And if you ever happen to be in Buenos Aires, I highly recommend taking a day trip there and doing their tour: http://delta-unplugged.com.ar/index-en.html)