Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Ticket Give-Away!

WE HAVE A WINNER!
Congrats to Cynthia G. who will receive 2 complementary
tickets to the show!

Have you made plans to come to the
From Our Hands & Hearts show?

Drawing was Friday, October 31st. ~ Thank you all for playing!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Tin . . . .

Julie and Douglas Dawson keep an American craft alive.  
In 2001 Julie left corporate life to spend more time with her three daughters and
began the family business. Throughout the house, barn and workshop of an 1850's 
Ohio Homestead, they recreate a product unique to Colonial tinsmiths.
These early artisans were the first to add the plate back and handle to cookie cutters
 to keep their design rigid, providing a palette for creating useful and fun designs.
Using those same construction techniques, Julie and Doug have designed a variety of 
lanterns, sconces, tin art and candle pans that are useful in today’s households. 
As a family the Dawson's create and market their products through 
folk art shows and gift shops.  Julie and Doug have been recognized several times
by "Early American Life" as one of America's Best Traditional Artisans.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

His Eyes, His Words, His Heart

Award winning author/photographer Mark Kimball Moulton is a born & raised New Englander.
He currently resides in a vintage farmhouse in Connecticut where he is serenaded daily by birdsong and bells from the village church providing much inspiration for his writing and photography.
Mark is the author of numerous children's books. His beautiful photography can be found on calendars, prints, candle labels, greeting cards and now in 2 books.
Mark has partnered with friends Noel W. Runnals III & Verge S. Prior III of "Circa Home Living" 
to photograph, write and publish books under the name of Hearthstone Press.
Come meet Mark at the "From Our Hands & Hearts" show.
He will be signing copies of his books with a twinkle in his eye.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Her Talents are Many . . .

Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm is a woman of many loves and many, many talents.
She works in paper, pen, ink, wool, cotton, thread and linen.
(to name but a few loved materials)
Lori gains inspiration for her folk art and needlework from her humble surroundings.
The home she shares with her husband Peter is called "Notforgotten Farm",
and they tend it with care.
Each changing season,  lovely gardens and their beloved animal friends are constant
and reoccurring themes in Lori's work.
 Tho she designs for all seasons, Lori most loves the themes and colors of Hallowe'en and Yuletide.
From finished work to original patterns and supplies for those who love to stitch, you will see a beautiful array of Lori's work, on November 15th.!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Worked in Wool . . .

Marilyn Willmore, of "Worked In Wool" has had an interest in fabrics, textiles and hand 
crafted items since childhood. 
After retiring from a 22 year career as a realtor she began devoting her 
full attention to re-creating rugs by the centuries old craft of rug hooking.
Marilyn's inspiration comes from many of those early rugs. 
By using fine woolens, many of which she has over dyed she is able to duplicate the 
rich tones and hues found in such early works.
Marilyn is honored to be recognized by "Early American Life" magazine and listed in their
Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
See more of her beautiful rugs and woolen capelets at the show!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weaving Tales . . .


Judy Robinson of Judy Robinson's Country Textiles will be joining us in 
November with her beautiful hand-wovens.  Judy calls her style of weaving "freehand",
therefore her colors, designs and sizes vary with each throw of the shuttle, yet each
rug, mat or piece of fabric has a traditional feel. 
Judy concentrates on her weaving.
Judy also hand weaves her own beautiful fabric which she then uses to 
create pincushions. These pincushions are often created using antique 
and found objects and are stuffed with wool from her own 
flock of Jacob sheep.
Judy's work is displayed at many juried shows and museums throughout
 the country and has been seen in countless magazines over the years including
Country Home, Country Living, Early American Life, Colonial Homes
 and others.