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The School of Flaunt Handbook

If you are not familiar with Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke, co-authors of “The School of Flaunt Handbook” and of their web site (www.schoolofflaunt.com), you should be.  Described as The Divas of Good Taste, Alexandra and Cate have dreamed up a tome in which they promise to navigate you safely through the snakepits and landmines of money, moda and manners.

With such interesting chapter titles as “Wardrobe – From Runway to Reality”, “Votre Maison – All Gated Communities Are Not Created Equal” and “Amour or Affair de Coeure – We Want to Light Your Fire!”, their Handbook is filled with tips and quizzes and a bevy of helpful hints to guide you safely into their “Flaunt Fabulous World.”  (Full disclosure:  I was very honored when the duo asked me to do the black and white illustrations for the Handbook.  Thanks so much Alexandra and Cate!)

So before you even think about accepting that next dinner party invitation or stepping foot into Bergdorf’s again, spend a few hours with Alexandra and Cate and The Handbook, available through amazon.com.  You’ll be glad you did and as the authors proudly state, “why go through life as ordinary, when it is just as easy to be extraordinary!”

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Dish It Up!

Admit it, washing dishes is just not much fun.  Reading about the history of dinner plates and their myriad of styles and colors is terrific fun, however!  And so is the new book entitled “Dish – 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates” written by Shax Riegler, the features editor at House Beautiful magazine.  In “Dish”, Shax explores centuries of dinner plates from olden days to the present and, with beautifully simple photography by Robert Bean, showcases rarified and humble examples.  They’re all pieces of gustatory history, items that we usually take for granted.  But you’ll never look at your plates in the same way after reading this entertaining volume.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Corny

Fall, to my eye at least, presents us with the most nuanced color schemes of the year.  And perhaps Indian Corn, more than any other seasonal offering, is unmatched in showing how nature melds colors together in unexpected and beautiful harmonies.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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October Changes Everything . . .

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Feeling Picky

The orchard behind my studio/shop comes into its own this time of year.  The trees seem to groan under the weight of the many varieties that will soon be available for picking.  But before the trees are raided, I stopped by early one morning just to take a look.  It’s easy to pick up a pie at the bakery but so much more satisfying to start from this place.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Sunny Side Up

On the drive to my shop/studio there appears a field of blazing sunflowers at this time of year.  I pulled the Jeep over yesterday just to stand in the furrows with the breeze blowing and the bees buzzing.  Soon these guys will be cut for trip to the nearby farmer’s market.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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“In the Morning Sew Your Seed . . . “

“In the morning sew your seed and until the evening do not let your hand rest,

for you are not knowing where this will have success, either here or there,

or whether both of them alike will be good.”

Solomon

Ecclesiastes 11:6

Photos by Joel Woodard

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