Monday, December 29, 2008

Tea and Rest

Nothing smells as good as bread fresh from the oven.

Winter arrived in style, just days away from Christmas. The whole neighborhood shoveled for three days straight. After that, I took the needle off the record (to use an expression from my past). No sewing, no posting, no email even. Just reading, and wrapping, and sipping tea. You can see one of my favorite tea cups in this picture. The artist, Kristin Nichols, is a remarkable designer and long ago was a colleague. Now she owns her own sheep herd in western Massachusetts and publishes her designs and books. Check out her blog.

One of the books I devoured was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. That inspired me to get out the bread machine again. And to fritter some early morning hours daydreaming on-line about seeds and container gardening. Now I'm reading Musicophilia and thinking I should clear off the piano to play again.

A last check came from one store, plus a welcome request for more inventory. Here are my pillows, packed and ready to go:

I am sending them a sample of my new pocket note books. At just $4.75 they are an easy way to slip a little indulgence into your life. They sold well at the Loading Dock Gallery. I will have them in the studio when we hold our next open house, this Saturday, January 3. I'll post when I get the new crop up on Etsy.
But this week the dog is my inspiration: curl up, stay warm, and (unless food's handy) relax:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thank You

The days rush past. Many many folks still without power. News of more layoffs reach me: jobs falling like branches in the ice storm.

So thank you everyone who leaves a kind note here, or visits our studio, or just smiles in passing. Generosity and kindness are gifts, gratefully received.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Last Open Studios for 2008

If you plan to spend anything on anyone, skip the mall. Come to an artist's open house.

All the beautiful items above are under $20.

Of course, if you are in the neighborhood, I hope you'll come to Lowell Fiber Studio, #512 at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5PM.

My scented pillows, from vintage table cloths, hand-dyed and hand-printed: $8-$22

Hand-dyed and individually pieced scarves, $20-$30

But I'm sure some artist somewhere is hanging out her shingle near you.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What is Real

Yesterday, 8AM, in my neighborhood:
Three houses were damaged. In Cambridge, that means at least 7 families dislodged. My friend's home is toast.

I find myself hugging my family, and my dog, a little more. And wondering what it would feel like to kiss so much of my physical "self" goodbye. A reminder: it doesn't matter beans whether my shows go well this weekend. Just so long as everyone gets home safe at the end of the day.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Lights Artisan Show

My first opening and I missed the photo shoot! That's what I get for having an early bedtime!
Don't they look fine?
photo by Adrien Bisson

We all came duded up in our finest. Champagne punch was the drink of the evening. My o my.

If you want to shop is for meaningful gifts - made with love and modestly priced - come to the Loading Dock Gallery. We're open 11-4:30 Wednesday through Sunday. Parking is free. I'm gallery-sitting December 10th and 19th --- I 'd love to see you there!
This show features small work: Jewelry, housewares, textiles, photographs, blank books, pens. Something for everyone. My little covered books are priced at $4 - perfect for teacher gift or stocking stuffer:You can also go upstairs to Hub Mills, which is having a blowout sale on yarn and sweater samples. Your time will be rewarded. The show will make you happy, the gifts will show love, and your cash will stay right here in the US, helping an artist get dinner on the table or heat into the studio. Thank you!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Lowell News

Wouldn't you love to put your ipod in this quilted holder by Lowell Fiber artist, Susan Webber? I would.

The talent among the members at Lowell Fiber Studio still amazes me. Here are some of the new items we'll have on sale at studio 512 the next two weekends, when Western Avenue Studios holds it's open house. Please come by, Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7 and December 12-14, from noon til 5.

Cathy's made Christmas ornaments:
Margot's crocheted hats and made her adorable pins:
I've appliqued my prints onto vintage aprons:
And we've all dyed scarves and collaged blank books:

It should be a wonderful weekend!