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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 Ladies

After the unification of Egypt, the crown of subsequent pharaohs consisted of the depiction of two deities whom – despite their physical differences and their representation of two separate, yet united regions – were always worshipped individually, as well as … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – communication

To prepare yourselves for this post, contemplate this statement, and envision a hand, indicating a height: “Cut it to about here.” For a while now, I’ve been involved with designing a seating area on the Benedictine Monastery campus in Mt … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the fourfold

As I was waiting for a friend at a recent visit to the Portland Japanese Garden, my eye fell on these marvelous screens that visually separated the ticket office/entrance from the hustle and bustle of the SW Kingston Avenue parking … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – marks of time

  I love tulips. And, I also like things that have a bit of patina – the evidence of time on things, mortal and immortal. Sure, the freshness of youth has its perks, but there is an implied softness in … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – anticipation

This week, the NorthWest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle commences. It’s always fun to go to, even if not always mind-blowing. I first visited the show in 2015. Since then, I’ve tried to go every year, but last year … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – gut flora

A slightly different flora than one might expect from a garden blog, but I made something the other day I just HAVE to share. It was too good not to. My mother told me she had the health of her … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – in the abstract

We had our first snowfall of the year in Portland on Monday night, and woke up to a white world. As you can imagine, ur remaining highschooler was elated to hear a “snow day” had been called. I grabbed the … Continue reading

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