These little ring dishes were experiments in creating my own stamps for pottery. Each has a sea theme and something about Rhode Island. We are such a small state, I think it’s safe to say when you come to visit, it’s very easy to see it all. That’s why I find it so hard to write very specific towns on everything. From Providence, to Newport, Watch Hill and Narragansett. It’s all beautiful and an awesome place to play. So I will stick with my favorite saying -I love RI!
My poor family can tell you. I am a collector of junk.
My darling husband is forced to carry bags and bags of driftwood down the beach.
My children are mortified their mother is picking up beer cans and bottle caps off the street.
Oh yeah, I am sure I am a dream to live with :)
Well family – Ya see???
I’m using all the garbage I collected thank you very much!
I have found a way to apply all of my treasure-hunting into a perfect marriage with my other passion, pottery.
I’m a little nervous because I’ve never shown anything like this to the world yet. I am crossing my fingers that people find them as fun as I did collecting and constructing them!
I had so much fun making these!
It’s like all the fun of outdoor gardening without breaking my back!
Fist I started with creating the planters. They have an ocean theme and all different Rhode Island locals stamped into clay.
Second, I invested in a wide variety of succulents. This was hard because really, I just wanted to keep all the plants for myself!
Third, Had to get some local sand.
The final steps were like the icing on the cake. I have a vast collection of sea glass I’ve gathered from the area. I sprinkled some in. I have boxes of driftwood I gathered during hurricane Sandy, each pot got a piece and the final touch was all the sea shells my kids have handed me every time we go to the beach (trust me, they pile up quick!). Mostly scallop shells and tiny periwinkles. I find them in my kids pockets all summer long (my car too!)
Staring at them every day has made me oh so happy. I hope they make some other people happy too!
My notecards have arrived just in time for The Narragansett Art Festival.
They feature my crude attempt at haiku and a lot of my favorite things about where I live.
They also look super cute framed!
I’ve reached the finish line!
I have a lot of festival activities planned for the next 3 months, but of course the planning for them started months ago. I’ve had half-finished projects EVERYWHERE! But now is when everything finally comes together. I will be staggering some blog posts throughout the next two days sharing all that I have completed just in time for the NARRAGANSETT ART FESTIVAL this Saturday and Sunday.
I still have a boat-load of pottery still in-progress, but I also have a lot done.
So, I’m going to celebrate that! Woo Hoo!
My neighbors have been having a series of yard sales for the past few weekends. At the end of each sale they have been leaving all the items they no longer want to deal with on the curbside.
You know I can’t help myself right?
Rummaging… free stuff… I just can’t resist poking around a little… or a lot ;)
I knew I couldn’t bring all this treasure into my house. One my husband would kill me and two it would force me to have to have my own yard sale and I don’t want to go there! So I decided I would hide all of my favorite finds around the yard. I wanted to keep it subtle, but if you looked behind a bush or in a planter, you might find something that would make you smile. It’s sort of like a yard scavenger hunt. What can you find when you walk through my gardens? Oh my, I have been having way too much fun!
Ok. so I’ve been trying to be all “artsy”. I know, I know… stop already!
Now my husband has a terrible sense of humor. It’s what I love about him most. So he sees me fluttering around the yard making all of these vignettes and apparently he felt so inspired, he too must have wanted to get in on the action.
I hear my neighbor yell across the street “I love your Garfield!”. I don’t know what she’s talking about. I smile and it goes in one ear and out the other. A couple hours later, I’m out in the street and I see it.
Neon Orange Garfield.
Laugh out loud. Now I have my husband and Garfield (stuck 10 feet up in a tree ) to remind myself to not take myself so seriously!
Ha. I love it!
Two more South County, RI notecards.
My daughter just looked over my shoulder and told me the seagull haiku above has only six syllables instead of seven in it’s center verse.
Oh great. Just terrific! I’m glad I sent them all out to print a week ago!
I sure hope there are no poets or English majors hanging out on the sea wall this summer!
This is one of my personal favorite places. I don’t take for granted just how “New England” the port of Galilee in Narragansett is.
Even if I’ve been there a hundred times, watching the fisherman load and unload the fishing boats is magical. It’s one of those professions that hasn’t changed much in a century. When my kids were babies I’d take them to wave at the boats and feed the seagulls. I can’t tell you how many hours we passed this way.