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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!

Wednesday Vignette – two boots

Joining in my own meme over on Flutter & Hum this week, with a couple of photos from my recent trip home. Both are from my hometown Åtvidaberg, and both feature boots of one sort or another. The first is … Continue reading

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The seven year wait…

So far, this week has been a pretty normal week for me, but it contains a GIGANTIC mile stone for my friend and co-worker Gina.  After the upcoming weekend, she and her husband will be at the end of a process … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – Lan Su at night

It’s after 10 pm, it’s dark outside, and I just got back from work. Today was hot, hot, hot, but it has finally cooled off somewhat. I didn’t really get my customary chill-out time in the garden this evening, but … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette

This near empty greenhouse I happened upon last week, just had a beautiful stillness about it, that I couldn’t help taking to heart. Wouldn’t you agree? It is from Vassey Nursery – a lovely place I had the privilege to … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – what’s that on your wall?

On my other blog – Flutter & Hum, I have hosted this meme for a few months now – the Wednesday Vignette. But, for some reason, I didn’t think to participate by posting an offering from this blog. Oh well, … Continue reading

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An evening at the Japanese Garden

Day or night, I rarely – if ever – turn down an invitation to experience the Japanese Garden. So when Drake (the owner of the company I work for, and also a board member of the Japanese Garden) asked if … Continue reading

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What exactly is Cor-Ten, and is it worth it?

If you pay any attention at all to design and architecture, you may have heard the term Cor-Ten thrown around quite a bit. Cor-Ten is a registered trademark name for a type of weathering steel alloys, owned by the US Steel … Continue reading

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Oh mighty metal head…

The other day, in a quest to find someone who could build some metal planter boxes, I visited Delia – a metal works place right up the hill from where I live. My neighbor Jeff works there, and I can … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with little girls and pink?

When I was a little girl, I absolutely ADORED pink. And purple. Had you asked me back then, I probably couldn’t have told you which one I liked best. Which, of course, makes me much alike the majority of other … Continue reading

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The female superpower – Tetrachromacy!

Remember that biology class you took way back when – the one on the anatomy of the eye? Where you learned about rods and cones? Okay, it’s probably all coming back to you now… Anyhow, most humans are trichromatic. This means their … Continue reading

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