Margaret Olley caught my attention with her orange tones which occurred again and again in her still life paintings. Orange walls, orange objects, oranges. To my delight I discovered she had an orange dining room, and often painted there, as well as a yellow living room and a green kitchen.
Mandarin oranges are one of the few fruits I remember fondly from growing up in Edmonton, AB. We would buy a crate at Christmas time, and the thin leathery skins were easy to peel with just a bit of pressure from your fingers. I made a dollhouse from one of the wooden crates.
Stratoz and I invite you to come to our Nutmeg Designs Open Studio: Open Heart on May 7th and 8th, 2016. Prepare to be delighted, find mosaics and stained glass gifts, and if you bring 5 food items for donation to Manna on Main Street, the opportunity to enter a drawing for a hope stained glass design in your favored colors.
Look for the orange chairs on our polychrome porch!
A switch plate to be set into a newly painted orange kitchen backsplash was a commission made for my orange-loving heart and suited to the geometrics of Art Deco. Switch plates and their kin, outlet covers, and the various combinations they come in make for numerous configurations. Each type has its own character. This one had a single toggle, or single-gang switch, combined with a double outlet for plugs. Of course it was different than the others I’ve made!
The January Cure has come around again, and Stratoz and I are giving our house some attention. Besides cleaning tasks, there is the task of buying flowers weekly, and the color is a lift in the winter. Another task is to sit in a place you don’t usually sit, and observe the new view for 10 minutes. Taking this photo I noticed that the turtle is swimming in blue water. How did I not notice that before? How much of our homes do we actually see? How much of our lives?
What is your word for 2016? Until January 13th, we have free shipping within the US for words. Stratoz set it up on his Etsy Shop: Words with Free Shipping. If your word is not there, just order the one with the same number of letters. Leave us a note in the comments field. And if you want Times New Roman font like the ones above, let us know that too. We always check in about colors and details before we begin. In 6-8 weeks, we will send you a word to resonate for the rest of the year.
After creating a Create for a client the first week of the year, I chose Create as my word for 2016. A reminder to go into the studio for rejuvenation.
One of the most rewarding aspects of creating art is having it become part of a family’s traditions. In November, Nutmeg Designs received a message requesting a thoughtful commission.
. . .I am writing to you because the gifting of your beautiful your Mosaic Trivets have become a sweet and meaningful tradition in our family! My sister Lauren found your site, and commissioned a Log Cabin Mosaic Trivet for my wedding in our wedding colors, and just a few months ago did the same for my brother when he got married! So now she and her husband are the only ones without a trivet of their own, and I would love to gift them with one of your trivets for Christmas if that is possible. . .
A very grateful recipient of a Nutmeg gift
The brother requested his sister’s wedding colors and sent photos of the shades of moss green, coral orange and sand. It was a delight to bring it full circle to Lauren, who ordered the first two trivets. The first is below, in oranges and reds.
This was to be a yellow sunflower, but the orange slipped in. Yellow is pliable and molds into orange easily. The days are going to get longer now that the Winter Solstice is here. The sun will slip into the darkness and intertwine night into day.
Stratoz created a festive 21 Days of Free Shipping on 21 of our creations. Fortunately, some of them are orange, including one of my quilt inspired trivets, a jazz inspired suncatcher and a blue spiral through the orange desert in mandala form. Click on any of these photos to go to the listing and order. December 15th is the last day to participate in the free shipping.
See the inklings of glass in Stratoz’s drawing, the the colors glow as if lit from behind. He was doodling when I met him some 30 years ago, and his doodles still amaze me. You can commission him to create a card to send to someone you love. He has stamps, and he’s ready to use them.