Friday, July 23, 2010

Modern Garden grows at Ralphs

My friend Corine sent me a text with a picture of my dishes at the Ralph's grocery in Calabasas CA! Of course I had to go see for myself- what a great display they did! Thanks Ralphs! This is one of those moments of happiness, knowing I am doing work that makes me so happy AND I get to share it with others... even better.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Greetings Today!

Thanks Jeanetta for spotting my cards and letting me know!
Some of my new greeting cards by Marian Heath are available at CostPlus World Market. The new summer line has 9 cards including birthday, comfort, friendship, congratulations sentiments. Look for the little bluebird of happiness!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Shopping Research- Pink Party

Macy's/Marshall Fields on State Street.
Dishware. Beautiful tables designed to create atmosphere and celebrate the occasion.
I'm in heaven. Shopping research has begun...

I love theses Lenox dishes! I wish I had designed them myself and they actually do remind me of some other dishware designs I have. Lovely modern leaves sparkling in platinum. Pattern, borders, so yummy! These dishes look great with any color and I love the mix of this contemporary line with the pink feminine petal fabric for the table cloth. The fabric-draped chandelier sets such a dramatic statement. Just lovely.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Marshall Fields on State

I have a unique way of traveling and sightseeing. It includes visiting stores and turning over countless products to see who manufactures it and who designed it. I know I am not alone and other licensing artists do the same thing. We are like a secret cult of the product-checkers. Beautiful displays, store windows, colorful environments... it is all inspiring on my trips. Ah, new cities, new research!

In Chicago, one of my most favorite places to go for "shopping research" is the Marshall Fields building on State Street. I know, it is now Macy's, but that particular building will always be Marshall Fields to me with the signature clocks on the corners and spectacular architectural environment inside. I used to shop there quite a bit since I worked two blocks away at WLS TV, the abc station. The glass and mosaic ceilings are spectacular and shopping there feels more special and unique. You can still get Frango mints (okay, I love the giant flowers in the display cases...chocolate and flowers...who needs anything else?) and eat at the Walnut Room. On vacation, we met my friend Susan for lunch on the seventh floor and looked out at the busy, bustling streets below. This will always be one of my favorite shopping places.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer in Chicago

Summer vacation. Chicago. Family and friends and seeing the city.

It has been numerous years since I have been back and it was great to see my mom, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. It's been too long. We had a lovely time visiting family, taking a break, watching the kids discover the excitement of fireflies and the drama of lightning and thunderstorms. Southern California kids miss out on some things like a white Christmas and the special crisp smell of Fall in the Midwest and East, humidity and rainstorms in the summer, lush green everywhere. And because we live across the country from our families, our kids have a very different experience than we had growing up. They see relatives every couple of years vs every week or month. Family trips are about rediscovering each other and enjoying being together for a few precious days.

It was especially sentimental for me to go into the city for a couple days and show my kids where I lived, things I did, what life was like for me when I lived in Chicago. It's been almost 16 years since I left that spectacular city to try out a new life in Los Angeles. I love my life in California. But it was also wonderful to remember why I loved living in Chicago. As bittersweet as it sometimes was, the eight years I lived there were full of self-discovery, heartbreak, adventure, friendship, growth, dating and love, more heartbreak, tons of work and finding myself. It was about growing up and my twenties. It is a significant part of the journey to who I am now.

Some of what I old neighborhood of Lakeview and Ann Sather's restaurant for brunch with giant, gooey cinnamon rolls. We saw a Cubs game at Wrigley field (Cubs won!) and went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. German food at The Bergoff downtown. Shopping on Michigan Avenue. Busses and "L" trains (the mosaic with modern faces on the train is from the Belmont Station). The old Marshall Field's building in the Loop. What a beautiful and unique city, vibrant and full of character. When I lived there, Grant Park did not have Millenium Park with the new sculptures and music pavillion by Frank Gehry. The Cloud Gate sculpture (we like to call the giant silver jellybean) is fascinating. You just can't stop staring at it and the reflections. I love the optical illusions you get with warped reflection upon warped reflection. At The Crown Fountain we waited for the water to spit out with children laughing and squealing under the arch of water. Magical summer in the city...

I may be a California girl now, but I still love you Chicago.