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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!

Saturday May 7th 11-5
Sunday May 8th 12-5

45 E. 4th St., Lansdale, PA  19446
Park on 4th or on Chestnut

215-353-6970

[email protected]

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. Stay tuned for a photo.

 

You can commission your special gift here.

Jazz Doodle by Wayne Stratz

21 Days of Christmas: 21 Gifts with Free Shipping Ends Today December 15, 2015

Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon.
Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon.

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.

Jazz Doodle by Wayne Stratz
Jazz Doodle Inspired by Marian McPartland, by Wayne Stratz.

 

Blue Path Spiral by Margaret Almon
Blue Path Spiral by Margaret Almon. Glass on slate, 9 inches.
Wall of Lights 2015

Creating an Oasis of Light and Color in the Winter: Wall of Lights

Wall of Lights 2015. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Wall of Lights 2015. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

 

My Partner-in-Craft is taking good care of me as the days get shorter.  He set up the Wall of Lights, after much untangling.  The tradition started a few years back when we were too exhausted from doing craft shows every weekend to set up a Christmas tree, and instead Stratoz hung all the lights in between the living and dining room.  It was an infusion of color and light in the darkness and we leave it up until March.

Come see the wall of lights for yourself.  We are having Open Studio Saturdays December 5, 12 and 19th from 10-4.  And if you can’t make it to Lansdale, Stratoz is orchestrating 21 days of free shipping for 21 items.

Open Studio Saturdays at Nutmeg Designs
Open Studio Saturdays at Nutmeg Designs, December 5, 12, and 19th, 2015.
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