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Gazania from the Garden of Nutmeg Designs

Gazania in the Garden of Nutmeg Designs

Gazania from the Garden of Nutmeg Designs
Gazania from the Garden of Nutmeg Designs. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz took care of me with a photo of this Gazania flower for my Orange Tuesday.  Gazania are from the Aster family and originally from South Africa.  They like the sun, and open when it shines bright and then close up at night, looking as if they are dead.  Also known as Treasure Flower, they are indeed like little pouches that contain the coin of vibrant color.

Margaret Olley Still Life with Mandarins

In an Orange Room with Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley Still Life with Mandarins
Margaret Olley, Still life with mandarins, c.1975
oil on board, 76 x 122 cm, Private collection

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.

Steven Alderton, Early Morning at Margaret Olley's Home
STEVEN ALDERTON, EARLY MORNING AT MARGARET OLLEY’S HOME 2011 [DIGITAL PRINT ON ARCHIVAL PAPER 158.85CM X 67.5CM] COPYRIGHT: STEVEN ALDERTON
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.

Orange Chairs on the Porch of Nutmeg Designs

Open Studio and Open Heart: May 7th and May 8th, 2016

Open Studio 2016
Open Studio: Open Heart at Nutmeg Designs.

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!

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Orange Chairs on the Porch of Nutmeg Designs
Orange Chairs on the Porch of Nutmeg Designs
Deco Switchplate in Orange and Copper by Margaret Almon

Switch Plate in Art Deco Orange and Copper

Art Deco Switch Plate in Orange and Copper by Margaret Almon
Art Deco Switch Plate in Orange and Copper by Margaret Almon. Duplex outlet and single toggle.

 

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!

Switchplate as Mosaic Tapestry with Millefiori(single toggle)

Art Deco Inspired Switchplate(double toggle)

Add another combination to the repertoire and send me an email if you are searching for your own light switch or outlet cover.

Tulips with a Stratozpheric Turtle

Tulips and a Turtle for the January Cure

Tulips with a Stratozpheric Turtle
Tulips with a Stratozpheric Turtle Suncatcher

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?

 

Stratozpheres for the Turtle

Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs

Choosing Your Word for 2016

Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs
Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs

 

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.

Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Moss, Coral and Sand by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.

Gifting the Gifter

Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Moss, Coral and Sand by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.
Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Moss, Coral and Sand by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.

 

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.

Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Orange and Red by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.
Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Orange and Red by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.

The second was in deep lovely blues and eggplant purple. 

 

You can commission your special gift here.

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