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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 – Epiphany

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Well, it’s finally 2021! How do you like it, so far? It’s Epiphany, and that means I can tick off another year here in the US. On January 6th, 1987 I moved here for…

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Wednesday Vignette – frost

Originally posted on The Creative Flux:
Though the light is officially on its way back, we still have a few months of winter left. Down in the city, here in our part of the world, that usually means buckets of…

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Wednesday Vignette – holiday bling

Originally posted on The Creative Flux:
How’re you all holding up? Are you ready for the Holidays? We’re not. For as much as I usually enjoy all the lights and the pretty tree, honest to Dog, it feels like way…

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Wednesday Vignette – on weird talents

My husband possesses a remarkable – and exceptionally useful – talent. He is uncannily able to find prime parking ANYWHERE. It doesn’t matter if it’s the opera on premiere night – he’ll get the slot that’s right in front. (This … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – sunrise

The sun rises, even on a broken world. That’s hopeful, isn’t it? I’ll leave it at that. A few more weeks left of this hideous year. However you choose to end it, be safe out there, won’t you please? (Better … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – changes

I have some news! I got a fun job! This week, I started my training to become a plant buyer for Teufel – a huge landscape company here on the west coast. For as much as I like design, I’ve … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – thanksgiving

This is a weird year, and everything is different – routines, traditions, you name it. It’s easy to gripe about it, but really – this is only one short year out of one long lifetime. Quite honestly, it could be … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the rose experiment

I guess I’m not unique in that I have binge-watched The Great British Bake Off during this pandemic. A pattern I’ve noticed is that almost everyone attempting to use rose water in their creations gets told off because it’s too … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – serendipity

About a month ago, I asked for your favorite plants that last well in a vase, and you kindly gave me some great input. Last week – two days after the election – I finished sprucing up the 100′ bed … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – waiting and sweeping

Well, it wasn’t a clean sweep. It’s disturbing that it had to be this close, but there is still hope. I admit going to bed before midnight, but we all knew it was going to take time, right? For as … Continue reading

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