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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!

Nifty kitchen solution – 2, complete with a “retiree incubator”

I was recently in Sweden with my mother, working on a new kitchen for her. She spends half her time in the US, and half in Sweden. A few years ago, tired of planning their summers around the content of their … Continue reading

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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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