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LDBA Summer Camps! 2017

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LDBA/NYC Day Camp, July 17-20

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LDBA Farm Camp 2017, July 24-28

We threw a bundle dye baby shower!

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And it was so fun! We met the parents to be in a previous LDBA bundle dye class, taught by the beautiful and amazing Cara Marie Piazza.

For the shower, participants chose adorable white baby clothes, and got to make their mark on them with fresh and dried flowers, herbs and bark! The results are stunning, for inquiries on YOUR baby shower or Holiday Parties, contact us!

Photos from Field + Supply 2016

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Here’s a first peek at Field+Supply with photos by Karine Bontemps.
The weekend was magical and filled with good friends, food, music, and wonderful students and customers! Thank you all who taught and sold and bought and learned and helped! More photos to come.

XOXO LDBA loves you.

We created our own country for 5 days. Farm Camp 2016

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All photos by Riley Salyards. Food by Danny Newberg. Kiddos  from the best parents ever. Staff straight from heaven.

For the last 4 years, we have created our own country on the top of Mark Firth and Bettina Schwartz’ sheep pasture in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. When we arrive to set up, 4 days before camp, the pasture is rolling hills of wild thyme and lush grass. With birch and maple saplings, we construct our worlds: The tipi is raised Blackfoot style by Bryan Norvelle and Mark Kolski,  and then we set up tent world, kitchen world, dish world, magic world, art world, poop world (yep). When campers arrive, camp looks like scenes from ‘Out Of Africa’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.

We awoke every day with the sun- some campers earlier than others (Daisy was the earliest riser)! We’d quietly make a fire, putting the early risers to work, cleaning camp and doing dishes, setting up for breakfast, tending to the fire, collecting eggs and water; with the reward of being first in line for breakfast.  After eating homemade granola with raw milk from Blue Hill Farm, topped with luscious berries and fruit from neighboring farms, campers would do their dishes and prepare for the day; swimsuits under LDBA t-shirts, shorts, hats, a backpack with 4 essentials (sunscreen, water, notebook, pencil).

Artist classes in the Tipi, survival school, sacred arts, medicine cards, yoga, cooking school, herb school, and lots of free time to run wild in the wild thyme… then an incredibly delicious lunch in Best Made bowls; daily herbal tea made by Jessa and the campers, dishes, and then SWIMMING (!!) in Lake Garfield every single day. We’d return to camp to play and help prep for dinner, practice whittling, draw, go check out the sheep… then long pants and long sleeve shirts and tons of bug spray as those blood sucking skeeters came out around sunset. Dinner was gobbled up by the fire, then dishes, sticks collected in anticipation of S’MORES..but first, story time, or jokes, or the Military Alphabet… Bed time happened after marshmallows as the darkness settled, campers falling blissfully asleep after being outside all day. The week seems to expand time, and then suddenly it’s over.

These photos capture the magic and beauty and FOOD (!!) of our LDBA Farm Camp, (more to come)! Thank you Riley, and thank you to everyone who co-created this world- we miss our tribe like wildfire.

 

Learn how to set a stunning summer table: Daily Candy covers LDBA in 2 fantastic tutorials!

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When LDBA was contacted by Daily Candy Everywhere to partake in a DIY Summer Table Tutorial, we knew it had to be good. Indigo Dyeing was a no-brainer, and I had just collected a bunch of shells and feathers from some summer beach romping. Add a little gold, silver, bronze and indigo paint and voila! Stephanie Stanley took these photos, and Tiffany J. Davis directed the shoot. Dye Master Isa Rodriguez (TAC) showed us how to do the indigo, and I painted the feathers and shells. (For the full Daily Candy piece, click here.)
The scissors, bowls and baskets pictured above are for sale in our shop, and our next Indigo class is in September. Sign up here.

In other news, we just returned from a wild adventure in the Berkshires! LDBA Farm Camp was a total success and almost too much fun to believe. On a farm filled with animals, we had 12 kids, 6 councilors, 1 gourmet chef, 2 official photographers and a gaggle of visiting artists who joined our amazing camp team!  As soon as we get all the footage and stories and classes from last week sorted, we will share them with you! Meanwhile, I would like to introduce our camp mascot, MopHead. Stay tuned for more pics throughout the week. (In case you can’t wait, you can visit our instagram feed.)

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