Carissa and Claire of Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota is 25 acres of large scale installations and machinery. I visited last week and it was like a winter wonderland of creativity and fun. Carissa and Claire live and work at this unique community arts organization. Each year, new artists apply to Franconia for fellowships. Artists work, create, eat, and live together. It’s not often that you can find an open and innovative environment that provides work, residence, and exhibition space to emerging and established artists. The girls showed me around their workspaces and the scenic art that covers the land. The pink forklift, affectionately referred  to as mother, helps get the job done. Who said forklifts are a man’s tool?!

Check out the girls’ outfits: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Berkley Jacket, Women’s Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree, & Quincy Hat / IFD Women’s Detroit Jacket, Women’s Clermont Sweater, Annapolis Long-Sleeve Shirt, Carhartt Pants, & Maysville Hat

A Simpler, More Sustainable Life

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

Sterling Homestead Wisconsin

This is the time of year for recollecting and being with loved ones. It’s the season for taking a look at your life and feeling grateful. Perhaps it’s just the right time to rethink your approach to everyday. Maybe we don’t need all the odds and ends we wrap up and give to each other. Maybe we just need to take a deep breath, enjoy the nature around us, and connect with the people that mean the most to us.

Last week, I drove through snow and ice to meet up with Suzy Clark at her winter paradise. She and her husband run a 10 acre plot of field and forest called Sterling Homestead. They grow organic fruits and veggies, which they sell through CSA and local markets, and preserve their harvest during the winter months. Suzy and Joseph live almost entirely off the grid with solar power, wood heat, and no running water in their charming cabin.

Without the distractions of television, internet, and cell phones, there is a sense of peace that exudes from warmth of their home. Over a cup of coffee and the smell of baking bread, Suzy and I chatted about the ins and outs of leading a more sustainable life. Their interest in permaculture practices (that’s environmental design that develops sustainable agriculture modeled after natural ecosystems) has taught them so much. What can you learn from taking a peak into Suzy’s everyday? Maybe we all could take some time to disconnect with technology for a bit and really link in to the immediate world around us.

Check out the winter work outfit that keeps Suzy warm during the bone chilling Wisconsin winter: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Kenai Parka, Women’s Series 1989 Slim Double Front Dungaree, Force Performance Quarter-Zip Shirt, & Women’s Quilt’s Glove

The Women of the Michigan Ice Carving Team

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

ice carving and Carhartt

How did you spend your free time in college? If that answer involves power tools, right on. Stephanie and Alicia joined the Michigan Ice Carving Team to wield chainsaws and blow torches. Hardcore indeed.

DIY: Stick Snowflake

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

DIY stick snowflake and Carhartt

It’s the holiday season and time to fill your home with festive cheer. Handmade decorations feel so much more merry and warm (and free!). Today I went on a scavenger hunt for sticks to turn into a winter wonderland. Check out the photos to see how to turn a pile of branches into snowflakes. I felt especially festive and toasty in my Carhartt Alpine Jacket.