Cathy Vaughn and Copper Art from Tracery 157

Two Tulips by Cathy Vaughn of Tracery 157

  What of the pleasures of doing craft shows is meeting new artists.  Cathy Vaughn of Tracery 157  introduced herself, as we have Phoenix Handcraft as a  friend in common.  She came up from Richmond, VA with her copper art.  Her booth caught my eye right away.  Copper is a vehicle for orange in its […]

Getting Ready for Wilmington: Orange Ombre Mirror

Orange Ombre Mirror by Margaret Almon

On July 25 & 26th, 2015, I will have my work at the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE.  I am shepherding my mosaics out of the studio and down the stairs for staging on the dining room table.  I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s book on habits, Better than […]

My Office Supply Crush: French Paper Company Orange Envelopes

Awesome Packaging from the French Paper Company

I ran out of envelopes to send thank you cards, and the distributor had a minimum of 1000, but that’s not a hardship when they are orange. French Paper Company has been around since 1871, in Niles, MI, working on the 6th generation of Frenches.  I didn’t know any of this until I ordered, since […]

Bucks County Painter Lisa M. Nelson and Corvid Love

American Kestrel hanging out with Lisa Nelson's Corvid painting

Stratoz and I were at the Bucks Guild ArtsFest ’15 and we both were taken by Lisa M. Nelson‘s miniature oil painting of a fine corvid.  I was drawn to the orange and blue-black colors, and Stratoz has a thing for birds, so we took it home.  It was great to finally meet Lisa, since […]

Pollinators and Portulaca

Pollinators and Portulaca in the Garden of Nutmeg Designs.


Sophia in Her Wisdom: An Orange Spiral of Light

Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.

Sheets of stained glass migrate back and forth between my studio and Stratoz’s studio.  He had a commission for a larger version of his Sophia Spiral, and needed something special for the center.  I had some Oceana glass that I used in an Orange Sunflower mandala, with beautiful mottles of yellow and orange.  Holding the […]

Log Cabin Love: Quilt Pattern Mosaic Mirror

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic MIrror by Margaret Almon.

  One of the pleasures of having an Open Studio is that people get to see an abundance of work on the walls, be surrounded by it, and have creative ideas percolating.  A visitor saw my Log Cabin Quilt Panel(below) and asked if I could make a mirror with the same motif.  With Stratoz’s trusty drafting […]

Rest & Repeat Sign: Music Commission in Orange

Rest & Repeat Sign by Nutmeg Designs.

Need a gift for a musician?  Commission us to make one.

An Evening of Jazz with Catherine Marie Charlton

Thank you’s for tonight’s advance ticket purchasers! A photo posted by Catherine Marie Charlton (@cmcriverdawn) on May 29, 2015 at 11:20am PDT Stratoz and I took a Friday night excursion to hear Catherine Marie Charlton‘s Maiden’s Voyage CD Celebration at the Kennett Friends Meetinghouse. We stopped at La Michoacana Ice Cream on the way, a shop founded […]

Cardinal Love: Small Deaths Exhibit by Kate Breakey at the Michener Art Museum

Cardinalis cardinalis. Northern Cardinal (Male) II by Kate Breakey.

Stratoz and I got ourselves to the Michener Art Museum Museum to see the exhibit of hand-painted photographs by Kate Breakey. The Small Deaths exhibit is there until July 12th, 2015.   The colors of the birds were intense and glowing.  I loved the orange beak of this cardinal. Stratoz had just finished a stained […]

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