If you are wondering where we’ve been for the past year…up to our eyeballs in a big renovation of our house. Something we had talked about for years finally turned into a real plan last April. We spent hours deciding exactly what we wanted to do; changed plans drastically once and ended up with a great plan. For several months we visited lots of vendors to pick out tile, counter tops, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, vanities, etc. etc.
Work began in November. First the kitchen was gutted to the studs. Then on to the two bathroom — also down to the studs. We learned to live with very little. We basically lived in the office (the one room that wasn’t being touched during the reno). We made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years living in a ripped up house. By the end of February most of the major work was done and we had a fully functional kitchen again.
Fast forward to today. With only one bathroom left to finish, we are enjoying what feels like a brand new house. Deb took on the challenge of renovating the office, so now every room has been redone. Now we are left with the fine tuning. The first project was to redo a storage space off of the kitchen. It’s our tiny pantry space. We knew we wanted a barn door, but couldn’t find anything that we loved. And the hardware for a barn door ain’t cheap. So in true MacGyver form, Deb set about to create the door herself. And she fashioned her own barn door hardware from things she found at the local hardware store.
Every bit of the door is made from found and collected bits — all having some significance and meaning. Here are some detail pics.
Now that’s done on to installing another barn door on the guest room. For that door we are using a found door. A neighbor had placed a beautiful old wooden door with three glass panels on their front lawn as trash. We saw it on our way into Boston one day and decided if it was still there when we came home we would pick it up. It was there and now it’s getting a makeover and clean up and will be installed as a working barn door soon. Check back to see the results of that project soon.
Spring has arrived in New England and so it must be time for CraftBoston Spring at the Cyclorama in the South End. Lots of new work is coming to this show. The latest piece out of the studio is Krazy Kat.
I found these two Krazy Kat teacups at a flea market and loved the graphics. A little research and I learned all about Krazy Kat.
The Krazy Kat comic strip focuses on the curious relationship between a guileless, carefree, simple-minded cat named Krazy of indeterminate gender and a grumpy mouse named Ignatz. Krazy nurses an unrequited love for the mouse, but Ignatz despises Krazy and constantly schemes to throw bricks at Krazy’s head. Krazy interprets this as a sign of Ignatz’s affection.
Also coming to CraftBoston:
If you are in Boston’s South End this weekend, drop by Booth 511 at CraftBoston Spring and say hi.
If you can’t make it to the show we have loaded up the online shop with all the latest work. Check it out at www.artheadstudio.com/shop
This beautiful New England Fall weekend I am at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA. Chris Lindahl of the Hampshire Gazette wrote a great article about the show with a nice mention for ArtHead Studio.
Today is the last day of the show. Come to booth #938 and say hi.
I have always enjoyed whittling. Many years ago on vacation in Bonaire I spent many hours whittling pieces of driftwood.
Whittle Mermaid, 2005
And recently I have become more and more intrigued by wood carving. Every year for Christmas I get some “mad money” to buy something for myself that I wouldn’t normally buy, so this year I used my mad money to buy a quality set of carving tools.
A close friend of mine is a woodworker and she had given me some scrap wood. Armed with my new tools I started an adventure to see what I could create. I was intrigued to find out what great things might be hiding inside these square blocks of wood.
And here is what came of my adventure.
Finding a way to combine these carvings with vintage bits was my next adventure. This new line of work feels like a natural evolution of the work I had been doing.
Check out all the carvings here.
It’s freezing outside! This morning the thermometer read 1.4 degrees. That is just absurdly cold. So what’s a girl to do when it’s so cold outside?
Go outside and make something for the garden of course!
Inspired by our good friend and talented glass artist, Martha Williams, today seemed like the perfect day to attempt my own garden ice sculpture. Martha posted this on her Facebook page a couple days ago.
I was possessed by the concept. “Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore!“
- First I had to get balloons.
- I found food coloring in the back of the kitchen cabinet.
- Now I had to fill the balloons with colored water and set them outside.
… and WAIT!
It took at least 24 hours for the balloons to completely freeze. And what better time to go unveil the glassy, ice orbs than a day when it’s almost zero degrees out?
After time outside I felt like Olaf the Snowman, but it was all worth it because now I have a fantastic sculpture in my garden.
Here’s a close up:
If you look closely at the left side of the picture you will see a glass piece that Martha made for us years ago. Her glass next to the piece inspired by her!
So thanks to Martha who had inspired so many of the surprises in our garden. I have a feeling there will be more of these popping up in our garden in the days to come.
What do you think? Are you going to make an ice sculpture for your garden?
Holiday season is in full swing! Activity in the studio has been at an all time high preparing for two upcoming shows and opening night receptions.
The Society of Arts and Crafts is doing something new this year at the opening reception for CraftBoston Holiday to be held at the Hynes Convention Center on Thursday, December 4 from 6-9 PM.
Holidays and Highballs is the opening night event where you will select a handmade tumbler from an array of styles and materials to use and take home at the end of the evening. You are then invited to stop by the CraftBoston Bar to fill your new piece with a retro-inspired highball cocktail. Sip, schmooze, and shop to the sounds of classic 45s as you preview the newest and finest contemporary craft by over 175 artists.
And here’s the part about being in two places at one time… The opening night reception for the Foundry Artists Annual Holiday show is also Thursday, December 4 from 5-9 PM.
There will be refreshments and live holiday music from John Juxo and Otis Read.
Once again they will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank, so bring a can or two and share the holiday spirit!
Start making your holiday shopping list and be sure to stop by both CraftBoston Holiday and the Foundry Artists Holiday Show to support artists and buy handmade.
This past weekend Mother Nature granted us with one last weekend of summer. So we decided to squeeze every last drop out of summer by going to the beach. We packed the car, put our dog Penny in the back seat and off we went on our way to Gloucester for a glorious send off to summer.
Apparently everyone in New England thought Gloucester was the place to be! We arrived at Wingaersheek Beach and found an overflowing parking lot. The street was lined on both sides with parked cars long before we even got to the parking lot. So we did a U-turn in the parking lot and drove to the salt flat not far from the beach. Penny was pretty happy to be able to get in the water.
We left the Salt Flats to go to Good Harbor Beach. It felt like Groundhog Day, same story with the ridiculous amount of cars. Hoping that the third time is a charm we made our way to Halibut Point. And we were disappointed for a third time.
Feeling defeated, we made our way to Woodman’s of Essex. The line to get food was ridiculously long, but we wanted to close out the summer at Woodman’s. So we waited and once again, Woodman’s did not disappoint.
We decided to give Wingaersheek Beach one more try, figuring that most of the people will have left to get dinner. We go there, parked right up at the front and took Penny down to the beach.
The beach was beautiful at sunset. Penny was as happy as can be playing in the water. So after a day of being disappointed, we ended it with a delicious meal and a glorious sunset on the beach.
And so we say goodbye to summer and begin the fall show season. First up Paradise City Art Festival in Northampton, MA the weekend of October 11-13 followed by the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, AL on October 18-19.
We hope to see you at a show soon. And if you can’t make it to a show, you can always see the latest and greatest in our online shop.