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Sunday, June 14, 2009

tranquility du jour #155: get your design on with Amy Butler


Welcome to the 155th edition of tranquility du jour: a guide to bringing tranquility to your every day. Recording from the Pink Palace in Washington, DC. Merci beaucoup for sharing your twitter and blog scoop. What a fun, talented online community we have!

Today’s show menu features happenings and musings on creativity with Amy Butler.

Tranquilology Teleclass: Join moi for our next tranquilology teleclass "Shine with Summer Solstice" on June 29 (a day before my birthday!). $10.

Tranquility Tip: Create a morning ritual: Light a candle. Do a sun salutation. Sip green tea with agave nectar. Nosh on organic museli with soy milk topped with strawberries. Write in your journal. Set your intention. Meditate for five minutes.

orkshops + Retreats: A summer solstice staycation in DC THIS Saturday, June 20, tools for creative expression on July 13 (mp3 available), a tranquility-filled week at Kripalu August 9-14, a Living Your Yoga 4-week series in September, and the annual Fall Foliage retreat to the hills of Virginia October 16-18. In 2010, consider the 4th annual Hip Tranquil Chick retreat March 26-28 and a week long sojourn to lush Costa Rica May 22-29. All the scoop is on my workshops page.

Featured Tranquilista: Amy Butler is a fabric, home, fashion, and print designer known for her modern approach to botanical, geometric and romantic inspirations. With spirited color and confident combinations of print, Amy has created a freshened view of the many product categories for which she now designs. Her latest lifestyle book, Amy Butler's Midwest Modern, (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) profiles her personal passions and lifestyle surrounding exotic gardens and the lush, vibrant inspirations of her daily life. As a sewing pattern designer, she has brought modern styling to the sewing arts and inspired a new generation of young women to "find their own style." With over 5 million hits a month on her website and numerous editorial appearances, Amy's growing brand has become synonymous with creativity, sustainability, quality and great style. Amy’s fabrics, patterns, papers, handbags, design and project books, and home décor products are sold worldwide.

Savvy Sources:

amy's books:
midwest modern
little stitches for little ones
in stitches

Signature Style: Featured "look of the podcast" is the organic bamboo 2-in-1 slip dress. Watch TranquiliT's spring video featuring oodles of ways to wear your favorites. Like to be in-the-know? Join the TranquiliT mailing list to get the skinny. Save the date: summer solstice sale at the showroom THIS Wednesday, June 17. Répondez s'il vous plaît to Don't live in DC? Don't despair. Shop online and save 25% using code SOLSTICE on Wednesday!

Chic Community: Join our Facebook group. Become my Facebook friend. Follow moi on Twitter. Download tranquility du jour on demand. Watch bi-weekly tranquility du jour TV on Explore mentoring with moi. Dive into my first book Hip Tranquil Chick. Become a TranquiliT eco-fashionista. Deepen your yoga practice at Tranquil Space. Get your do-gooding on with Tranquil Space Foundation.

Au Revoir: To close out the show, we’re playing I know that I know by Capsula from Promonet. You can learn more about Capsula at
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