Vintage Cafeteria Table

February 24th, 2011

I love this cafeteria table, recently featured on Three Potato Four.  I want one for my studio!

Exquisitely executed re-fabrication of an original vintage industrial cafeteria table. Constructed of heavy cast iron (cast from original forms), table features reclaimed wood tabletop and round swivel-out stools made of mixed hardwoods (wood is unfinished, allowing you to stain in any finish you wish). Available as both 12-seater, as shown and 8-seater.

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Firefly Promotional Pieces

December 9th, 2010

This weekend marks the first Firefly Handmade Holiday Market to be held in Boulder.   I’ve been fortunate enough to volunteer my time to help with various elements of the event, including display booth design for BirdDog Press, compilation of burlap swag bags stuffed with goodies for all the participating vendors, and will be assigned wine-pouring duty during Friday night’s opening party (not a bad gig!).  Saturday and Sunday you will find me helping The Makerie with the Community Table they are sponsoring for the duration of the market.  In exchange I’ve been offered the opportunity to display some promotional pieces during the event, for both vendors and visitors.

I had a good supply of letterpress “tags” available from a previous project, so designed my promotional piece for the vendors around the tags.  The tags are made of three layers of paper: gray on the front with my logo pressed in silver, orange (sandwiched in the middle) and brown kraft on the back.  I found a printer who offers 100% recycled kraft board in their paper selection, and worked with them to produce 5×7 cards featuring a digital version of wood block type from BirdDog Press.  Tucked inside are informational postcards, and the package is wrapped with orange and white cotton string from The Twinery.

The postcards will be available on the Community Table, displayed in a vintage hardware drawer (it is orange and gray – how perfect) found on Three Potato Four.  Please come visit Firefly this weekend!

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Handmade for the Holidays

November 30th, 2010

This year my recommendation for handmade holiday gifts is very simple: go to the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market!  Less than two weeks away, this three-day market will be host to over 60 indie makers and the variety is spectacular.  Stop by and enjoy some festive holiday shopping December 10th [5pm-9pm], 11th [10am-5pm] or 12th [10am-3pm] at 1904 Pearl Street in Boulder.  I will be volunteering at the Community Table, hosted by The Makerie – hope to see you there!

My five Firefly favorites (though it’s nearly impossible to choose):

custom vintage wood type stationery by BirdDog Press

repurposed tumblers from Bottlehood

hand-crocheted flapper-style hat by Fringe Outerwear

mixed media assemblage on old wood by Studio 22

the Beyond Bling collection by Amy J. Metals

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save the date: Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

November 12th, 2010

Please save the date(s) for the Firefly Handmade 2010 Holiday Market, taking place in Boulder and featuring 60+ Indie Makers.  If you live anywhere even remotely close to Boulder be sure not to miss this event.  We can’t wait!

December 10th, 5pm-9pm
December 11th, 10am-5pm
December 12th, 10am-3pm

60+ Indie Makers, Gifts for EVERYONE on your List!
Sandwiches & Snacks from Dish Gourmet
Kids Craft Activities sponsored by Clementine Studio
Community Table (we will be volunteering here) courtesy of the Makerie
+ Eco Gift Wrap from Lyziwraps and oh so much more!

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Handweavers Guild of Boulder

November 4th, 2010

The Handweavers Guild of Boulder is putting on its 39th Annual Show and Sale from November 3 – 7, 2010 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (Hover Street and Nelson Road, Longmont).

Come enjoy this unique show and sale put on by over a hundred local artists. You’ll find items, both large and small, by weavers, knitters, bead artists, quilters, spinners, felters, basket makers, and more, including unique clothing, artwork, jewelry, ornaments and kitchen items! This free-admission show includes a juried exhibit of work by artists of national stature.

Admission and parking are free.

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Iris House: sneak peek

October 28th, 2010

A mere two weeks away from completion, the Iris House is coming together beautifully.  This project will be the subject of “A Week in the Life of a Remodelonline canadian pharmacy series that I’ve been working on, to be posted over the coming weeks.  Thought I’d share a few progress photos snapped today to get your attention.  In the meantime, enjoy!

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My Maruca Loot – Fall 2010

October 26th, 2010

After an extended hiatus from blogging to re-energize and get some projects built cheap viagra canada (and ride my bike in Tuscany), I am back with renewed focus and lots of ideas.  It seems fitting that my first post of the Fall season features the handmade, woven works of Maruca Design…some of you probably know by now that I love textiles, and someday – someday! – with any luck I’ll pull my floor loom out of storage, learn to spin fiber and start weaving again.  In the meantime, I’ve been focusing on drawing inspiration from the everyday things around me, in particular the colors, textures and light that Fall brings.  Along with work from my fellow makers.

On Friday I spent several hours at the Maruca Design studio here in Boulder.  Their annual sale provides a rare opportunity to poke around their fun workspace and purchase beautiful jacquard handbags at a seriously discounted rate.  They also have boxes of fabric scraps sold by the pound and yardage of woven fabrics in multiple patterns and colorways.  Heaven, right?  I had to resist buying fabrics for some yet-to-be-determined project, but I did make a mental note of everything there and how I could use it.

I couldn’t resist some of their handbags, however, so I stocked up for future holiday gifts, or maybe just to keep for myself…we’ll see.  If you missed the sale and want to purchase a Maruca bag locally, they are sold at the Boulder Arts Cooperative.  If you live elsewhere, Maruca has a list of vendors on their website.  Their bags can even be found in my hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Boulder’s 15th Street Design District: come visit us!

July 18th, 2010

DESIGN WALK

July 22nd 4-7pm
15th Street (between Canyon & Arapahoe)

Enjoy refreshments while touring the 15th Street Design District businesses!
Talk with architects, designers and other design and construction professionals.


The 15th Street Design District is a vibrant professional services district with a diverse collection of world class design firms and showrooms. Nestled in between Canyon and Arapahoe on 15th Street, this premier destination is studded with architecture and interior design firms, graphic design agencies, builders, sustainable design consultants, cafes and restaurants. In other words, the 15th Street Design District is one of the most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods in all of Boulder, a beacon for artistic souls and creative minds.

Come take a stroll, taking in the ambiance of our neighborhood. Browsers are welcome. Here is a chance to step into impeccably designed settings and pick up some gilt-edged inspiration – we hope you enjoy it.

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New from Waterworks: Grove Brickworks

July 13th, 2010

Waterworks just introduced a new surfaces collection and I’m loving it.  Baked from brown clay in kilns built in the 1920’s, Grove Brickworks possess an organic yet refined modern quality.

The collection’s texture is slightly rustic, creating planes rich in character.  In a modern palette of grays and blues both light and dark the Grove Brickworks field tile is perfect for bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes…and just about any other application you could dream up.  I’m working on a kitchen at this very moment that will be the perfect test case!

Visit Waterworks to learn more and see the full line of color options.

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As we celebrate Spring…

March 16th, 2010

On April 1st Heath Ceramics will release a limited edition Summer Seasonal Collection.  As you probably know by literature review writing now, I love – okay, adore – everything that Heath Ceramics makes, and their their new Ocean Pacific pattern has me wishing for an unlimited budget (and space) to continue building my humble collection.

From Heath: the Seasonal concept gives us a chance to explore new colors, techniques and ideas without altering our standard line. We offer them in limited edition runs, as a way to explore our creativity, and push the limits of our design and manufacturing capabilities.

This season we bring you Ocean Pacific, a three-color pattern created by two glazes. It starts with aqua — each piece is hand-dipped. Once dry (within moments), the piece is dipped again, this time in zest yellow. In the area where the aqua and zest overlap, another vibrant yellow is created. The resulting pattern resembles the horizon line of the sea on a bright summer day — the inspiration palette for the 2010 Summer Collection.


AMAZING.  Maybe it’s crazy that these little pieces of art can fill my being with such joy, but I think that’s just it – everything Heath makes are objects of art.  Not to mention that I’m craving bright splashes of color following the subtle surroundings of winter.  Enjoy.

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