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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 – bubble

A bubble contains so much. For one thing, we all live in one. Everything we do and see is processed through the filters that make up the wall of our own bubble. But it is fragile. It can break – … Continue reading

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Fried green tomatoes – a Euro-chick’s exploration of something very Americana

Remember that old movie – ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’? Ever since seeing it back in the early 90’s, I have wondered what such a thing might taste like. Well, it’s mid-October, and through my friends at Joy Creek, I happened to … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – messed up

I won’t bore you with the details (and good grief – they are seemingly endless!), but let me tell you that I have lost nearly all faith in Portland Public Schools. I am a huge proponent of public education, and … Continue reading

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How to build a fern table

Let me just preface this post by saying that I had a great day! I had nearly an entire, uninterrupted day to do something I have wanted to do for months – build some fern tables! Ever since I first … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – let light lead

After a week of inane and frightening Twitter wars, pointless arguments involving national anthems and civic protests at the expense of those still reeling from an environmental disaster, followed by unfathomable death and destruction at the hands of a lone … Continue reading

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A dozen super-duper reasons why you really should plant in Autumn!

Come July, everyone but the most fanatic of gardeners turn their backs on purveyors of plants. I totally get it – it’s too freaking HOT to labor in the garden! The soil has turned to impenetrable rock, and all you … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – beloved Oneonta

Being a little sentimental this week. Or, perhaps one could say that I’m still in mourning. The stunningly beautiful and unique Oneonta Gorge, slightly east of the tourist icon that is Multnomah Falls is said to have been severely damaged. … Continue reading

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