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Welcome Friends: Art and Friendship

We helped inaugurate our friend Kathy’s new kitchen, and one of our Nutmeg Designs’ welcome signs was there to greet us, as was Russell, the orange cat.

Stratoz made pizza, with an oven light years ahead of ours. I had made fridge magnets as a kitchen warming gift. We have known Kathy for 15 years, and she has been a fan of Nutmeg Designs from the beginning.

Russell, on the other hand, is a fan of being the center of attention.

 

 

Garden Gate from Suzi's Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC.

V is for Victoria, BC and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not So Secret Garden, A to Z Challenge 2013

Garden Gate from Suzi's Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC.
Garden Gate from Suzi’s Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC. Photo by Suzi Beber.

V is for Victoria, BC, and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not so Secret Garden.  Although I have never been to this place, I feel part of it, since our Nutmeg Designs art is there, starting with the sign on the garden gate.  Suzi made the gate with parts of an old headboard.  It is magical.

Wood Ducks -- outside the bedroom window -- This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Wood Ducks — outside the bedroom window — This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Her sweetie Tommy made this birdhouse in the back of the house.

Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi commissioned a mosaic bowling ball, and it travelled all the way from Pennsylvania to Victoria, to a beautiful welcome from the flowers.  This is its one year anniversary in the Secret Not So Secret Garden.

One of Suzi Beber's Paintings Come to Life in the Garden.
One of Suzi Beber’s Paintings Come to Life in the Garden. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi is an artist, and her work blossoms forth in the garden.

It's always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for "A Walk in the Park." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for “A Walk in the Park.” Photo by Suzi Beber

Suzi is the founder of the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund to help end canine cancer, in honor of Blues, her Golden Retriever who died of lymphoma in 1991.  Blues was a companion to Suzi as she dealt with chronic illness, and the human-animal bond was part of her healing.

Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and Suzi has sent some stunning photos of the ones lucky enough to be in her garden.

It's always nice to hop on the bike and go for a "garden ride." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to hop on the bike and go for a “garden ride.” Photo by Suzi Beber.

I was in Victoria in 1987, and remember the beauty of Vancouver Island.  Suzi has added immeasurably to the beauty.

Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund

My previous A to Z posts.

More images on my A to Z Challenge 2013 Pinterest Board.

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

Nutmeg Designs Digs Making Clients(and Houses) Happy: Custom Mosaic House Numbers

1441 House Number by Nutmeg Designs
1441 House Number by Nutmeg Designs, glass on slate, 12×8 inches.

Stratoz and I feel very blessed when we have the opportunity to create something that will give clients joy every time they come home.  Adam in Pittsburgh commissioned this 1441, and we were bowled over by the note he included with his order:

I searched for house numbers on Etsy and your designs were one of the first ones that I found. After looking through pages of other designs, I kept returning to your work! Each of your pieces are wonderfully unique, and imbued with love and care. Every tile is crafted individually. No other artists who are creating house numbers seem to capture so much elegance in a single piece.

Thank you Adam!  He said he was “seething with anticipation” and for a moment we had some trepidation about whether we would meet his expectations, and were delighted and relieved when he loved his sign and sent us photos after installing it.  We also had a moment of anxiety when we saw the orange ribbon, since we don’t want any wind disaster to befall our clients, but Adam assured us that the ribbon is just for show and there is heavy gauge wire hiding beneath.  I love having a client who adds his own orange, since I am a big orange fan(as evidenced by my Orange Tuesday posts and Orange Tuesday Pinterest Board.)

Nutmeg Designs House Number 1441 Before and After
Nutmeg Designs House Number 1441 Before and After, glass on slate, 12×8 inches. This one went to Pittsburgh, PA.

Adam also graciously included a comparison photo of his old address plaque and his new one, and we appreciate the love.

 

Let us know if we can make something for you!

Goodness in Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Words Engraved in my Heart: The Goodness of Friends, Commissions, Art and Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness. Glass Mosaic. Lettering by Wayne Stratz, mosaic background by Margaret Almon, and Border by Suzanne Halstead

 

Friends and clients Suzanne and Gary Halstead commissioned me and Stratoz to turn the  9 Fruits of the Spirit into mosaic signs.  In April, 2011, all four of us gathered in our basement to pick out sheets of glass, and talk colors.  Wayne Stratz designed the lettering, cut out the letters, ground the edges.  Margaret Almon created the backgrounds, and then we gave them to Suzanne, who created the borders, grouted, sealed and polished them as part of sweat equity.  Gary installed them for the October 1st, 2011 dedication, which started with a walk through the Halstead’s stone labyrinth in their backyard.  These words will always be present in my heart after working with them so intimately over the past months, and I am honored that Suzanne and Gary were moved to commission us.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit
Wayne Stratz, Margaret Almon, Suzanne and Gary Halstead and the 9 Fruits of the Spirit Commission

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