Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Artists ~ Carol Riley ~ Bristol

Artist’s name: Carol Riley
Shop name: 1shawfield also Tatters1
Website: Bristol-cottage.com
Twitter: 1shawfield
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1shawfield
www.facebook.com/bristolcottage
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tatters1/
instagram 1shawfield


1. Tell us about your work
its a mad mix ... .one day its all about colour the next day its all about neutrals .. my studio is in a state of constant disaster



2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I grew up in England and my Dad was a fabric printer, he would bring home scraps for me to use .

I have always been creative .. even as a kid I made things from found items I was happy to just sit and fiddle about with bits and bobs until I made something .. I stared selling my designs in Boston on a pushcart and I guess it just went from there

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
hard one ... my head is full

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love to create new fabric from scraps that most people would throw out ( I'm a fabric hoarder yikes I said it ) creating yardage from scrap is like meditation for me, also if I can look at some piece of junk and see what it can be then its my favorite ... I found a sofa at the flea market and stripped it down to the bare wood recovered it, and it was amazing ...so right now I'm on the hunt for a similar style sofa to redo



5. What’s your best seller?
as I make a lot of pillow covers just by number they sell the most


6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
over 20 years

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
all of it ... the ocean right on our door step should never be taken for granted
I am proud to say I live here

8. Anything else you'd like to add?
I am working on having a home based studio shop ... where customers can come shop and have a cup of tea ....We (that means Mike ) will be attempting to make it using old reclaimed windows sort of like a green house ... I plan to use it as a studio gallery space and maybe grow some veggies too ...all we have to do now is find enough windows

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dining ~ Providence Coal Fired Pizza ~ Providence

Providence Coal Fired Pizza
385 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 454-7499 (PIZZA)

I stopped in at Providence Coal Fired Pizza before the theater a couple of weeks ago. It's a noisy, friendly place with lots of wood tables and a good-sized after work crowd.

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My waiter was very friendly and helpful. I started with some water, and he brought me some fire bread (pizza dough strips baked in the coal oven). They were quite tasty.

If you order pizza, you can sit at the pizza bar to watch it made. That sounded like a cool idea.

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I was a little sad to realize that they don't have individual sized pizzas. The pizzas run 14", which is a lot to ask of one person. I didn't want to take my leftovers to the theater. So I opted for a steak salad.

Steak Salad

The salad was big, with sliced rib eye, mixed lettuce, herb vinaigrette, balsamic onions, fingerling potatoes, and Great Hill blue cheese. Delicious.

Finally I had to try the cannoli. I mean, who wouldn't try the cannoli in a pizza place?

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It was very good, with a bit of chocolate in the filling. Also, they come in pairs. Important to know when you bring a friend.

Next time, I'll try the pizza. There's an intriguing assortment, and the service alone was worth a return visit.

Friday, March 27, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

DSC_7079 by Roger LeJeune, via I {heart} Rhody
DSC_7079 by Roger LeJeune

PROVIDENCE BY NIGHT by Tao Wang Alex, via I {heart} Rhody
PROVIDENCE BY NIGHT by Tao Wang Alex

Twilight Providence Rhode Island by Scott, via I {heart} Rhody
Twilight Providence Rhode Island by Scott

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum-P3182188 by Rick Payette, via I {heart} Rhody
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum-P3182188 by Rick Payette

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423, via I {heart} Rhody
Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

Woods in winter, Rhode Island, 2015. by Peter Rintels, via I {heart} Rhody
Woods in winter, Rhode Island, 2015. by Peter Rintels

Dawn at Narragansett Bay by Jim Boud, via I {heart} Rhody
Dawn at Narragansett Bay by Jim Boud

Point Judith Lighthouse...Narragansett, RI #lighthouse #RI #architecture #instagram #photography by Fire In The Eye Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Point Judith Lighthouse...Narragansett, RI #lighthouse #RI #architecture #instagram #photography by Fire In The Eye Photography

winter bench by Eddy, via I {heart} Rhody
winter bench by Eddy

Francis Building - Corner of Westminster Street & Orange Street by Eric Harrison, via I {heart} Rhody
Francis Building - Corner of Westminster Street & Orange Street by Eric Harrison

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Artists ~ Kellie O'Hara ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Kellie O'Hara
Shop name: Pear Paper Shoppe
Website: pearpapershoppe.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pearpapershop
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/pearpapershoppe


1. Tell us about your work
Pear Paper Shoppe specializes in whimsical illustration-based stationery products.



2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always made cards for my family and friends and then one day, one of my designs caught on and people started to really like it and share it and I thought I might as well give it a shot and try to sell it!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
People, nature, design. I am a traditional Graphic Designer and I constantly notice design everywhere. I find the best times to be inspired are when I'm not looking for it.



4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I enjoy working with clients on invitations and custom orders. It's really satisfying to be able to bring someone's vision to life.

5. What’s your best seller?
My dachshund wall or desk calendar



6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
2 years

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The small, quaint neighborhoods and the great food!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Video ~ Skyward View of Providence

This is an interesting perspective on the center area of the city. It reminded me that I saw my very first drone last week: Thursday night, over Kennedy Plaza. I wonder what that footage looked like.



Found at GoLocalProv

Friday, March 20, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Waiting For Her Ship To Come In..... by Donna St.Pierre, via I {heart} Rhody
Waiting For Her Ship To Come In..... by Donna St.Pierre

Looking down Weybosset from the northeast corner of the Custom House by Eric Harrison, via I {heart} Rhody
Looking down Weybosset from the northeast corner of the Custom House by Eric Harrison

Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Providence, RI #blackandwhite #streetphotography #rhodeisland #architecture #photo by Fire In The Eye Photography

stone wall by Eddy, on Flickr via I {heart} Rhody
stone wall by Eddy

Peterson Farm - Winter 2015 by Rick Payette, via I {heart} Rhody
Peterson Farm - Winter 2015 by Rick Payette

Untitled by MrsLamontagne423via I {heart} Rhody
Untitled by MrsLamontagne423

Providence at Night by Anthony Nathan Photographyvia I {heart} Rhody
Providence at Night by Anthony Nathan Photography

PROVIDENCE SKYLINE by Tao Wang Alex via I {heart} Rhody
PROVIDENCE SKYLINE by Tao Wang Alex

Roger William Park Bridge by Steven Wilkinson via I {heart} Rhody
Roger William Park Bridge by Steven Wilkinson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Events ~ In Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party ~ Providence ~ May 2, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Block Party
May 2, 2015 11 am - 6 pm
Westminster Street between Eddy and Matthewson


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Artists ~ Amanda Lynn ~ East Bay

Artist’s name: Amanda Lynn
Shop name: BOTTLERY
Website: bottlery.me
Facebook: facebook.com/bottlery.etsy
Etsy: bottlery.etsy.com
Instagram: @tinybottlery


1. Tell us about your work
Generally, BOTTLERY deals in handcrafted bottle accoutrements. Specifically, pieces are made with upcycled components--lonely single earrings, chain scraps, bottles rescued from here'n'there'n'everywhere--and Earth-lovin' ingredients--sea glass, gemstones, moss, tillandsia, birch bark, etc. Finally, your artist here is, at heart, a gamer and technology nerd, so you'll see some pieces (such as HANDMADE HYRULE) that draw inspiration from these passions.



2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I began BOTTLERY as an endeavor with recycled sea glass in 2013; back then, I called it Synergetic Aesthetics. The bottled sea glass necklaces I created for that line were most intriguing to me, and so that interest lead me to explore other bottled bits. As my pieces evolved beyond being sea glass-centric, BOTTLERY was born. But I still keep the same creed that started Synergetic Aesthetics: Sustainably handcrafted items featuring upcycled materials. (I use recycled packaging whenever I can, too.)

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature, primarily--even HANDMADE HYRULE, homage to The Legend of Zelda, has natural themes alongside the gaming/technology inspiration.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
The tiny terrariums are a lot of fun to work with. I've had to get scientific about the best way to execute a terrarium for both the wearer and the bottle's living inhabitant(s). That challenge can make the design process more compelling, harder to walk away from half-finished.



5. What’s your best seller?
So far, HANDMADE HYRULE seems to be resonating with fellow fans of Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda. I have another piece in that line coming out soon--I'm curious to see the response!
6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
22 years, give or take. I'll be 27 this year--practically my entire life has been spent in little ol' Rhody.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The summer! (I hope we have one this year and it doesn't just keep snowing forever.) Even the smallest state has so much to explore in the warmer months.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Once, shortly after I first started making pieces available for sale, someone in my life at the time told me not to waste my time. I'm paraphrasing, but the advice was essentially "Etsy stores aren't always successful; you're better off doing something else." Monetary success isn't a driving factor for me, so I didn't take the advice. Two years later, I'm still glad I stuck to my guns. The joy of creation and the sparks of resonance along the way are worth every step of the journey, whether I'm rich or broke.


Friday, March 13, 2015

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Scallop Shell by ArtFan70, via I {heart} Rhody
Scallop Shell by ArtFan70

Interstate 95 - Providence, RI by Anthony Nathan Photography, via I {heart} Rhody
Interstate 95 - Providence, RI by Anthony Nathan Photography

Evening Approaches by Eddy, via I {heart} Rhody
Evening Approaches by Eddy

The Texting Phenomenon..... by Donna St.Pierre, via I {heart} Rhody
The Texting Phenomenon..... by Donna St.Pierre