Category Archives: art



chases-garageI went to the CHASES GARAGE Open Studios last night.  Very welcoming and inspiring.  They offer memberships in their PRINTMAKING and CERAMICS studios.  Makerspaces rule! They happen to be firing ceramics in the back yard when I arrived.  I don’t know anything about this process but it sure looks cool.



I am attracted to the work of Alyssa Grenning.  She was not in her studio and I didn’t want to take any close-up photos of her work without her permission so I just snapped this photo below.  You can see more of her work on her website. Right.


Also loving — Ashley Norman.  Her studio is like candy. Love her sense of color and balance.  Her studio was crowded so I just took a picture of her photo display in the gallery space.  She has a blog you should follow.


Allison May Kiphuth creates miniature dioramas in vintage boxes.  The image below is taken from her webpage on the Chases Garage website.


The one piece that I saw that really engaged me was something Allison created with found objects.  Allison created a mobile with the orphan hands of vintage clocks.  She tied them with string onto a vintage saw blade. Although I didn’t ask — I’m quite sure this piece is not for sale.  Too precious.

Allison-May-Kiphuthxo jam

happy groundhog’s day

I didn’t get my act together in time to send out xmas presents for my nieces in Denver.  I told their mom, my sister-in-law, that I would send them a Happy Groundhog’s Day present instead.  I much prefer it this way. I think I might make it a tradition.  These are some of the things I’m thinking about.


a bleach pen and some secondhand dark clothing items. Images and links can be found on my “just for fun” pinterest board.

harrietgray etsy

temoporary tattoos like these cattoos from harriet gray

I think Gus & Ruby sell Tattly tattoos.


I’ll ask my boys to make some art on cardboard or cigar boxes

I love  kim laurenti’s work.  It is inspiring.


washi tape and twine so they can make washi tape bunting

(image via paisley petal events)

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 9.16.20 AMa pack of erasers like these sold out Koh-i-Noor erasers

I’ll see what I can find locally.


a set of  wonderland emoticon stickers

Oh.  BTW. The Portsmouth Public Library is going to show Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day.  How cool is that.