A thing of beauty

  • This 15 second video of our recent rug buying will transport you to a souk in Marrakesh....grab a glass of mint tea for the full experience. More here.

A letter with great advice

  • This heart warming letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to His 11-Year-Old Daughter at Camp listing "things to worry about" and "things not to worry about" is spot on.

A recipe of creamy goodness

  • Marrakech is mostly muslim, making alcohol a little hard to come by.  You don't miss it as much as you might think when you have fresh pressed juices, and interesting smoothie options like "orange blossom, avocado and date" on almost all menus.  This was my go to- Moroccan Avocado Smoothie recipe. As creamy and delicious as a milkshake.

 -Blend until creamy-  1/2 ripe avocado, 1 cup of milk, and honey or sugar to sweeten

A read of interest

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.  This fascinating book about a poor, African American tobacco farmer who's cells were critical to many scientific discoveries (including the polio vaccine) was so good I couldn't put it down (or, turn it off, since I listened to the audio version while stacking carpets and photographing shoes).

A quote to inspire you to not wait to be inspired

  • “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.” - Chuck Close