With every passing year I feel like I am becoming a bit wiser. The process of aging is really a process of knowing yourself on a deeper level, I suppose. I have become more in-tune with my strengths and weaknesses. One of my personality traits that I am constantly working on is my type-A need for perfection. There are pluses and minuses to this type of personality (+high productivity, -easily stressed and a need for perfectionism). I’ve become more balanced since having kids, but I still have this need to present things in a perfect light. For example on my blog here; I love showing off the finished product but I am not very good at showing the process. The process isn’t always pretty but it is where so much of the important stuff happens. I love to pull these moves: “Oh look, a completed Alabama Chanin dress/ handknit sweater/ renovated kitchen” without sharing the struggles and mistakes that came along the way. This year I am challenging myself to start sharing the journey…the WHOLE journey…with all of you. I’ll never be someone that airs my dirty laundry and child-raising fiasco’s (thank goodness…there are certain things I believe should be kept private!) but I do look forward to sharing things as they unfold.
Coming up in the next few months I am looking forward to sharing more about the Alabama Chanin sew-a-long that I’ve organized. It has grown beyond my wildest dreams and we now have 19 women from across the country (and one from Australia!) signed up to participate. We’ve chosen some amazing recipients and placed the order for their garments. This project is breathing new life into my craft practice. I’m crackling with inspiration and ideas! Secondly, I can’t wait to share some behind-the-scenes peeks into the process of writing my third book, Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet, which comes out this April. This book is so darn pretty that it makes me a bit weepy- we’re talking hard cover and full page pictures for every recipe, plus a designer with incredible vision and talent (thank you Toni!). I thought I’d share a bit about how I landed with Roost, the process of pitching the book, and also how I developed and tested the recipes, and photographed and wrote the book. Wait until you see my homemade “studio set.” Ha- it’s pretty hilarious! Is there anything else you’d like me to share about this process….or about any other subjects?
It felt appropriate to accompany this post with pictures from Detroit, where I spent a day exploring with my mom over the holiday break. If there ever was a city that knows about “the journey” it is Detroit. There are so many amazing things happening in this city- yet so much more to be done. The people of Detroit have quite a journey ahead of them- yet they seem ready to embrace it with full hearts, and they are not afraid of sharing the process that it will take to get there. Pretty inspirational, if you ask me.
–Eastern Market: farmer’s market full of local produce, food trucks, and prepared foods, and the street art surrounding the market is off the hook!
–Germack Coffee Roasting Co.: for an exceptional cup of coffee as well as roasted nuts and seeds for sale, right across the street from Eastern Market.
–Will Leather Goods: an amazing store with beautifully made leather goods, plus a coffee bar. Even if you aren’t in the market for leather goods, you’ll enjoy wandering this gorgeous space.
–Selden Standard: craft cocktails and local food, the best meal I had while I was in Michigan over the break, hands down, and great decor to boot.
–Avalon: a favorite bakery
–Belle Isle: a 982-acre island park created as a place for Detroit residents to enjoy nature, walking paths, shoreline, an aquarium and a greenhouse.