Have not met Lisa Ventre personally except by bag, so to speak. Lisa got in touch at the beginning of the summer to say that her Brave Brown Bag , otherwise her 'go to bag' was still holding up after, I hate to say 15 years or so!!!! Lisa is a hat designer based at the tip of Cape Cod in the artsy community of Provincetown. Toyo is the material and weaving technique she uses to construct her hats http://www.lisaventrehats.com/ in her studio boutique where customers - tourists and locals alike- love to don her hats to add character and charm as well as give sun protection..... but who cares when they are so terrific looking. Here's a great article describing her artistry http://www.american-crush.co/lisa-ventre-hats/
Lisa decided to try a few BBB for her shop and we're certainly honored to be in such fine hat company. And apparently Lisa said once she received her order that someone came into shop, bought a bag and had one with her, again purchased many years ago and it still looked great. So the BBB has fans in ole Provincetown. I have put my order in with the suggestion that it has the same colour scheme as the pic below of me hamming it up in one of my lost and found hats...... something a bit Dr. Zeusssish will suit me just fine. Always lean to the side of amusing....
I recounted an amusing story to Lisa about my parent's and their sailing enthusiast caravan from Ontario bound for the Americas Cup. Ever since I can remember starting in the 60s they travelled from Canada to watch the racing yachts battle it out amidst the cocktail banter and often seasick spectators. One cup summer the plan was to rendezvous in Providence - as in Rhode Island. Some were driving, others flying into local airport, then they would all head down to Newport harbor together. One couple was rather late.......no cells back then and it wasn't until a day later that they called from Provincetown - as in Massachusetts. Ha they overshot the mark read the sign wrong and took the scenic route about 6 hours out of there way.... and I think they wanted to stay there!
Recently I heard that a new trove of drawings and letters has been discovered belonging to the artist Edward Hopper and his wife Josephine. These are now being exhibited at the Provincetown Art Museum. So worth a drive - intended or not - to Provincetown.
Thank you Lisa for carrying our BBB.
I'm not one to attend local BIA meetings; my BBB studio is a bit off the main drag of Hespeler. However, I do belong to the association to keep abreast of developments which of late are many: the old of many windows iconic American Standard building where they used to enamel bathtubs is about to be 'condoized' along side a new 11 storey apartment building, the Fashion Museum now hangs its hat in the former post office building, a fab artisinal olive oil shop O&V, a great vinyl record /book shop Millpond and recently my building sold and has new owners who will open a kraft beer brewery! Hespeler is hip!
About a month later a longtime BBB customer Carolyn Dempsey popped into the studio with her friend Barbara Cove. Barbara is an ER nurse at Grand River Hospital. You can put 2 and 2 together. The BBB in the ER belonged to Barbara. She says its a great tote for her carry the tools of her trade such as the stethscope etc when she is on high alert. It made me think of the amazing job ER nurses and nurses in general do. How do they stay calm and cool surrounded by our various states of our emergency?
Barbara was very happy with the BBB spa results and it was a pleasure to administer some much needed TLC to her BBB; restoring her tote for more appearances in the ER but looking bit more lively! Our good deed for Earth Day.
If you would like to do some Spring cleaning and send your BBB to us until May 15 all restorations are on the house!
Charlotte and Castel Sea Salt Soap: beautifully made, beautifully packaged and an exquisite experience to use. Who are Charlotte and Castel? Well not the names of the founders, 'charlotte' refers to a delicate dessert and castel? Is that a star .. The 'voyage' of the creators behind C&C is as intriquing as their collection of organic sea inspired products.
Starting from top row left to right are buttons made from branches of yew, maple, boxwood, black cherry, birch, black walnut, mystery driftwoord, tulip and ash.
I confess I know very little about trees, even though growing up surrounded by them like birds, I considered them commonplace and paid little attention to their distinguishing features. Looking south out my bedroom window - my favourite view and the best part about waking up with the sun rising over Lake Erie thru the trees. Like watching a negative develop into colour , tree trunks and branches emerged from the pitch becoming charcoal silouettes against a salmon pink sky...
No, that's not a drink... but it could be. Rather I am referring to Blair Seagram's photography. www.blairseagram.com. Yes, Seagrams Whiskey ( remember the famed Crown Royal and its purple gift bag aka best marble bag ever) is one of the pillars of Canadian spirits. Photographer Blair happens to be the great great granddaughter of Joseph Emm Seagram (link) who founded the distillery in the Waterloo Ontario area where my business is located. Blair shoots water that quenches our aesthetic thirst! Blair is also a great BBB customer who lives in Sag Harbor, New York and focuses her lens on its ocean vistas.
BBB HOLIDAY BEZAAR STUDIO SALE with lots of BBB specials and DIY gifts with 10% going to Trinity Community Table. For event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720327764801840/ Hope to see you.
Thank you Founders Garden Club of Sarasota for having me and the Brave Brown Bag collection at your Green Forever luncheon last Wed. One never knows what the display arrangements will be but this worked out wonderfully with a bit of artful tromp d'oeil greenery as my background. Very forever green. And loved the red/white and blue parapluie and the silent garcon. He didn't charge for the espresso!
Last night at the annual Toronto Design Exchange DX Intersection party/fundraiser, our Antique Wax BBB was auctioned off to the highest bidder? Were you there? Did their honorary guest Monocle editor, Tyler Brule buy it? Oh such wishful thinking. Every year since 2003 we've donated a BBB to the event.
In 2003 the BBB received the Gold Award in the sustainable/fashion category; an oxymoron if there ever was one - Sustainable means to last and the latter is always changing.... Oh well. Wish I could've been a fly on the wall and watched the bidding. Or did someone think a paper bag was being auctioned as a high design joke.
Now this is not a joke but an example of fashion and sustainability. Recently a customer bought a new BBB and gave us this treasured daily companion for a day at the BBB spa. The expression "give it up" comes to mind. But we will see what we can do and it might just be unsustainable.... On the other hand one should never give up hope. And everyone has their pet 'cant throw it out yet' experiences. I should talk.
I could not say no to this wheelbarrow of 50 geraniums destined for my neighbour's compost last weekend. Where am I gong to put 50 pots inside this fall. Or one deadheads them and into cold storage, if I had one.... I am sucker for geranium pink; luckily there were not 100 of them.