Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Mary is a fascinating woman with a wonderful family who were all there supporting her as she she manned her booth. I had a little chance to talk with her and learn about how she has her sculptures cast into bronze. First she uses clay to sculpt the artwork, then she sends it to be made into a mold that will either be a one of a kind or a limited edition. She likes to experiment with patinas, it was interesting learning some of the techniques she uses to achieve different colors and textures on the bronze.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here is Dad with his wife ChaCha and my husband Scott, along with a variety of his framed paintings. His booth looked amazing.
Along with all the artwork on display, there was a rodeo...right in the resort! It was the first rodeo I have ever been to that was inside a building. Pretty spectacular.
And this waiting/practicing area was also INSIDE the resort! My vantage point is from above looking down from a window. These people all looked very nervous getting ready for their chance at a portion of 4.2 million dollars in a roping contest. Of course the horses looked completely at ease. :)
Even though I went to this event to support my fathers artwork (and him), my favorite piece was from one of his horses that he had on display in his booth. A testament to his sense of humor and his horse's mighty tongue.
I'm so glad that I could attend this event in support of my Dad. He and my step-mother were so glad that we could be there and that meant the world to me.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is the first quiet week in awhile – my hands are resting after printing up a storm for Bazaar Bizarre and Craftland. I’m looking forward to a little reflection and digestion of the year’s events, and enjoy this peaceful time before barreling full force into new designs and projects.
I took time out for an old friend’s wedding in my hometown Toronto earlier this month, and got married myself a week later! So needless to say, life has been hectic, and full of all sorts of energy. All things considered, this has been a fantastic year of experimenting and learning, and big leaps of faith. I’m excited about the year to come, and all the surprises it may bring.
Speaking of surprises, I have to share my new kitchen appliance Santa brought me for Christmas – the cutest and most high-tech rice cooker ever!
Monday, December 26, 2011
1. Boston Skyline Coaster Set of 4 , by Lucie Wicker Photography
2. Lidded Box , by City by the Sea Ceramics
3. Wedding Party Favor Gift Tin , by MaJenta Designs
4. Twisting Pyramid drop in Sterling and gold with Spinning Action by Cristina Hurley Jewelry Design
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Decorating a new home for the holiday can be so much fun, just hanging a few ornaments here and there and a garland over the door can make such a difference. A ribbon across the kitchen wall holds cards received, fun to add more as they come in.
No tree this year but I'm surrounding myself with friends' artwork and photography, the surest way to make a house a home.
In the center of this photo, an image from my friend Chris Kowalski, who sadly left us this year but will forever be remembered.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
On November 28th the best holiday gift arrived to our family - our new baby Naomi. About a week later the best new baby gift arrived from two classrooms of 2nd graders at St. Peter's School in Philadelphia courtesy of my dear childhood friend, and amazing teacher, Jessica Kulick.
Every 2nd grader handmade a beautiful card and wrote a heartfelt letter of "advice for a good life" to our new baby daughter. I am so grateful for all the letters we received and for the great advice (in fantastic handwriting!) such as:
"You should not watch too much TV or play too many video games because it makes your brain go mushy. Do not be mean to your brother. Do not cry too much in the night" from Christian and, "Listen to your mommy and daddy! You should also try not to bite people in your family or anyone else!" from Charlotte and, "Get washable markers and paint." from Trevor and, "You should be a good friend so your friends will be good to you." from Drew.
Wise words, and sweet gifts. Receiving this amazing package also got me thinking about handwritten letters and how I rarely send or receive them anymore. The letters from these children inspired me to write a few letters of my own, by hand, on nice paper, and mail them to friends and family. Sometimes the sweetest gift is the simplest one.
If you're looking for nice stationary for sending some handwritten notes, check out these local artists on Etsy.com:
Cricicis Design at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cricicis
Albertine Press at http://www.etsy.com/shop/albertinepress
Sophy Tuttle Illustration at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SophyTuttle
Zoetropa at http://www.etsy.com/shop/zoetropa
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I am sorting through my inventory for the last couple of days and I was really inspired by the array of colors that I had created the past 6 months. Although most of that inventory has been sold, which makes me very happy, I am always producing more yarn each week. After looking at my inventory I have realized how much I enjoy mixing my color palette up with color combinations that make you think outside the box. I really have found my niche for my color and it's because I have taken the time to find inspiration from modern and contemporary artists but also I am trying to spend more time going on excursions locally to find interesting materials and people wearing amazing colors.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
If you are looking for a neat homemade treat that's a little different than cookies or pie, give this easy homemade pickle recipe a try! They are really very simple to make (it is a refrigerator, non-canning method), the ingredient list is short, and prep time is quick! I am making them as hostess gifts for Christmas this year (shhh don't spoil the surprise) because... who doesn't like pickles?
There are several non-canning methods you can find online. I adapted my recipe from the website Never Trust a Skinny Baker.
3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp of pickling spice
2 cups hot water
2 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced in spears or discs
1 bunch of chopped fresh dill
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Mix vinegar, sugar, salt, and pickling spice in a large, heat-safe bowl. Pour the hot water (I just boiled it in a kettle) over the vinegar mixture, and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
Chop cucumbers into spears, and divide them into jars (I used pint sized Ball jars which you can find in your local supermarket or hardware store for cheap).
Chop the dill and the garlic, and divide it evenly among your jars, and pour the cooled brine over the cucumbers. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to two weeks, and enjoy!
Monday, December 19, 2011
1. Sterling and CZ North Star Pendant , by Cristina Hurley Jewelry Design
2. Plush toy scissors , by Hibou Designs
3. Leash - 6ft Pupcake Cupcake Mini , by Cody's Creations
4. Trefoil of the Grove - Stained Glass Gothic Arch Window Necklace , by Parrish Relics
4. Butterfly Flower Cap Sleep T-shirt , by An Li Studio
6. Boat , by Arthur Halvorsen
7. Green Rope Inlay Stoneware Mug , by City by the Sea Ceramics
8. So Sari Beret in Green , by Elephunk's Trunk
9. Springtime Festive Floral Explosion , by MaJenta Designs
10. Dandelion 8x10 Photo Print , by Lucie Wicker Photography
11. Needle Felted Fruit Ornaments, by Cozy Cottage Creations
12. Dragonfly brooch green and majenta , by Stray Notions
13. Northern Ireland 5x7 photoprint Featuring Cows, by Kerry Hawkins Photography
14. Recycle N Reuse Leg Warmers, by Elizabeth Brennick Designs
15. Adult Village SQRZ T in Green, by Evan Webster Ink
16. Holiday moose postcards, set of five, by cricicis design
17. Fenway Park Red Seat 8x10 Photographic Print , by Fraske Designs
18. Green polka dotted gift tags , by Reclaimed to You
19. Green Meadows 170 yards tencel and merino wool , by Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Designs
20. Aloha Pendant, by Nancyrosetta
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1. Iris Sonnenschein 2. Rali Weaver 3.Marietta Appollonio 4.Barbara Trainer
All of our artists are local and many are from Dedham. One of the goals of the Guild is to bring local art to the community. It is wonderful that local artist hang out, work and make things in the gallery.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I have spent the month of November preparing for my holiday craft fairs this month and I have to say, it was so exciting to be able to do more craft fairs this month and to see the amazing and talented crafters in Boston. I have been spending the last week or so dyeing and spinning yarn and I wanted to share with all of you some of the completed hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns I have done.
I call this Batman as I used black and yellow food coloring which blend into amazing colors.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
There were eight Boston Handmaders participating this year. Lady Dye Fiber Arts, Cody's Creations, and Cricicis Designs are all new to the fair. I was happy they were able to join us this year.
The Boston Handmade line-up includes: Lucie Wicker Photography, Kerry Hawkins Photography, Cody's Creations, City by the Sea Ceramics, Cricicis Design, Elizabeth Brennick Designs, Straynotions and Lady Dye Fiber.
Boston Handmaders are also exhibiting as a group their work in two venues until January 15. In Boston, Artist Crossing and in Canton, Cristina Hurley Jewelry.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
1. Leash 6ft - Red Hots, by Cody's Creations
2. Santa Owl Plush Collectible Toy Owl , by Hibou Designs
3. Fingerless gloves - Red with multicolored trim , by Stray Notions
4. Red Hummingbirds Notecard , by An Li Studios
5. Wrist Pin Cushion Apple , by Elizabeth Brennick Designs
6. Inman SQRZ T, by Evan Webster Ink
7. Rose 220 yards of Peruvian Highland Wool , by Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design
8. Love Note made from recycled paper, by Reclaimed to You
Sunday, December 11, 2011
On December 1st several members of Boston Handmade, myself, Kerry of Kerry Hawkins Photography, Arthur of Arthur Halvorsen Ceramics, and Sharon of Stray Notions were part of the West Elm and Etsy Handmade Holiday Workshop. The Boston Handmade Team demonstrated how to make origami paper ornaments. We helped the shoppers make and decorate the ornaments which they could bring home or place on the Christmas Tree in the store. The decorated tree will be delivered to Rosie's Place on December 24th along with any unwrapped new toys that have been donated in the store collection bin.
The evening was a blast! We have fun making ornaments, shopping at several featured Etsy sellers that were set up in the store, and meeting the crowd that came into West Elm for the event. By the end of the night, the tree was decorated beautifully and we were throughly in the Christmas spirit.
If you have a chance, stop by the West Elm in Fenway to view the tree, and if you can, donate an ornament or a toy.
The following photos are courtesy of Kerry of Kerry Hawkins Photography. Thank you Kerry for capturing the event!