It’s a big weekend both in the U.S. and in Haiti. Here in the U.S., of course, there’s the Superbowl, sort of an unofficial national holiday. In Haiti–or at least in the southern city of Jacmel–there’s Carnival.
When Three Stone Steps was in Jacmel about two weeks ago, we saw lots of preparations for the big event this weekend. Here are a few photos:
But, let’s swing back to last where when, in a fit of local Baltimore pride, I decided to have a papier-mâché raven made, you know, because that’s the name of our football team that just so happens to to be in this weekend’s big football game. (It’s like the Superbowl of football!) It turns out it’s far too expensive and cumbersome to ship, but I’m sharing it with you here because it’s a special piece for a special game.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend and Go Ravens!
At Three Stone Steps most of our weekends are spent outside at markets and festivals. (If we have a home, it’s the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, in the little west side annex.) We’ve never been big fans of summer in the Baltimore-Washington region. (Well, at least not since the days the sleepaway camp.) We do, however, look for little glimmers of loveliness in the summer, and captured this neighborhood scene on Monday night.
Have a great (summer) weekend whatever you do.
(Photo was taken with iPhone 4 and is on Instagram. If you’re there too, you can follow at “threestonesteps.”)
Like (almost) everyone else, I’m trying to keep cool. And, while I’m definitely not a Christmas in July type–except for the fact that I’m in the midst of wholesaling Three Stone Steps’ line of recycled ornaments, trees, dreidels, and menorahs now– I thought a photo of a very cool, blue ornament wouldn’t be such a bad idea for a Friday Photo.
And, while global warming is pretty much at the top of a lot of people’s mind, you should know that this papier-mâché ornament is made by hand from recycled cement bags outdoors in Jacmel, Haiti (where it’s actually cooler than it is here in Baltimore) by a mother and daughter team, so besides the shipping, there’s really no carbon footprint. And, should you not care for this cool blue, other colors and styles are available.
Happy (hot) Friday.
Blue and cool.
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What a weekend. There’s O’s opening day today (where hope springs eternal), Easter, and Passover. And, tomorrow is the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival in DC. (I’ll be at the Very Cherry Marketplace there. And, yes, I wish this event had a pithier name.) Sunday, I’ll be back at the Under the JFK Farmers’ Market.
With so many spring-y activities, I bring you a spring-y photo: a Peep tree. (I did look for a matzoh or a roasted lamb shank tree, but no luck.)
Whatever you celebrate, even if it’s just the arrival of Spring, I hope you have a great weekend.
On Monday, I had Fellini model some recycled bracelets I had just received. You can see that here:
He was such a willing model, that I thought I’d step it up a bit. I have some beautiful bead necklaces, made my a women’s collective in Guatemala, and they’ve sort of languished for lack of a good model, or at least a good photograph, so Fellini, the dog, was pressed into service again. The results are below:
Obviously, William Wegman has nothing to worry about. I do love the luxe background of crushed velvet. (A tip from an itinerant retailer: crushed velvet doesn’t wrinkle, so have it around to use as a table cover. But, often I think of eshewing tables, and tents, and covers all together and regressing into my family’s Eastern European immigrant past and getting a pushcart.)
About Fellini, the dog: He’s ten. But doesn’t look (or act) a day past about four. He was found in Patterson Park in Baltimore, where we hang every day. He does back flips. This is the truth.
About Fellini, the director: Well, I really can’t add anything new about the master, but I did watch 8 1/2 for the first time in decades the other night, and can tell you that if it’s been decades since you’ve seen it, or if you’ve never *gasp* viewed this film, you owe it to yourself. It also makes a lot more sense watching this in your 40s than in your 20s. Oh, and there’s Marcello Mastroianni. Enough said.