Showing posts from May, 2011

Sights ~ 347 Broadway ~ Providence

The Charles L. Eaton House 347 Broadway Providence, Rhode Island
This impressive Queen Anne-style Victorian sits directly across from Seven Stars Bakery. 

I wasn't able to find anything of note about Charles L. Eaton, but the house itself is online, because apparently it's for sale. It's been converted to mixed use and houses a medical office.
The interior images from the sale site show great detailed woodwork, stained glass and ceiling painting. It's a stunning example.

Rhody artists ~ Michael & Erin Waite ~ Pawtucket

Michael and Erin Waite
Olive Spoon Studio
Pawtucket/Providence RI
Twitter: WaiteErin
Facebook: not yet, but coming this weekend!

1. Tell us about your work
Michael and I repurpose vintage and antique silverplated flatware into jewelry, garden markers, and message-stamped silverware. We both love to hunt through garage sale, estate sales, and little out-of-the-way antiques shops all over New England. In today's economy and with the growing trend to make do, or to make new, spoon jewelry is making a comeback in popularity. The detail and artistry of antique flatware is amazing, and it is such a shame to come across a box of gorgeous silverware, tarnished and forgotton, in the back corner of a shop. We love to rescue it, shine it up, and give it a new function!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I have always had a need to create. I studied ceramics for many years, eventually be…

Dining ~ Liberty Elm Diner ~ Providence

Liberty Elm Diner
777 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 467-0777

When Bear and I were living in the South Side of Providence, we loved to stop at the Liberty Elm Diner after church every Sunday. When we moved to the Northwest Side, we found we don't get there as often. That's a shame, because they serve great food at reasonable prices.

They're a popular spot both locally and for out-of-towners, which you can see in the guest book they keep on the counter. I usually see Tink and Judy there, always friendly, as much with the newcomers as with the regulars.They even remembered us from our last visit, more than a year ago.

Wherever possible, Liberty Elm sources its food from local farms, meaning you're getting fresh, local produce and meats. It definitely shows.

Bear always gets the Monte Cristo sandwich, which she discovered at Liberty Elm and has loved ever since. I like to switch it up among their Mayflower turkey and cranberry, the Black and Blue burger, a brea…

Events ~ Slater Mill Fiber Arts Yard Sale ~ July 10, 2011 ~ Pawtucket

Fiber Arts Yard Sale
Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Ave.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Rhody artist ~ Elsie Collins ~ North Providence

Name: Elsie Collins
Location: 58 Waterman Ave. N. Providence, RI 02911-1132  Phone: 401-231-4343
Etsy shop: Thistle Cottage Studio
Twitter: orsinimedici195
Facebook: Elsie Collins

1. Tell us about your work
I am an apparel-costume designer, master dressmaker/patternmaker,milliner, and teacher.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I've been a designer who has always pushed the boundaries of my creativity, always looking to try new mediums. I am predominantly self-taught, and attended Rhode Island School of Design in the 80's, where I studied apparel design and pattern drafting.

I spent 3 years as an apprentice to an Italian tailor, and at that point considered myself a true professional. Read on, for the details of my career progression, as a shop owner, and costumer in the theater.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
The short answer is that I am luck…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Narragansett Bay by 12MeterCharters

Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

bright in the sun by boliyou (I {heart} Rhody)

WaterFire Providence, RI 4-27-11 by Dave Amadio Photography

Fish Ladder by Here At All

IMG_9125 - Copy by mary jane 43

With you always by MattJohnston401

Sunrise on Greenwich Cove - East Greenwich, Rhode Island by misterfoto

Bridge At The Carousel In Roger Williams Park by MyDay247

Water and Rocks by nat_19901

Conanicut Lighthouse, Rhode Island by nelights

Atlantic Beach Coastline & Beach Houses, Westerly RI by Perpetual Twilight Photography

Misquamicut (Westerly, RI) by NetParrot

Untitled by provbenson2009

Gazebo at Pawtuxet Cove by R Joanne

Trying to slip under the lip by robert.rinkel

under the dome: rhode island state house #1 by undergroundbastard

Gilbert Stuart Museum by SteelToad

Harbor View - Newport, RI by sgitlin

Untitled by siriusthinking

Castle Hill Light by robtm2010

Rhode Island Sunset by Sandytravelbug

Gilbert Stuart birthplace and museum by Rick Payett…

Rhody Artist ~ New Moon Studio

Hilal Minda
Providence, RI
Etsy shops:;

1. Tell us about your work
My focus is to develop lines of functional ceramics as well as decorative pieces. I create all my work on a turning wheel or build it by hand. I also have a degree in architecture and I try to incorporate principles and ideas from that field into my artwork.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I always loved playing with clay since I was a little girl. I was making miniature cups and bowls from our garden soil. I loved watching them dry in the sun…My mother noticed my interest and talent and gave me an opportunity to take extra art classes after school. After one year of preparations for the entrance exams I was accepted to the Marmara University Department of Fine Arts in 1996 and I studied Ceramics/Sculpture for four years. I came to United States in 2000 and established New Moon Studio in April of 2001.

3. Where do…

Events ~ Picnic at the Point Festival ~ August 21 ~ Warwick

Picnic at the Point Festival
Conimicut Point Park
Warwick, Rhode Island
August 21, 2011
12:00 - 5:00 pm

Event ~ True Blood Drive ~ June 24 - Providence

BelieveIt Tour
True Blood Drive
Rhode Island Blood Center
405 Promenade Street
Providence, Rhode Island
June 24, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Dining ~ Charlie's 404 ~ Providence

Charlie's 404
404 Benefit St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Bear and I took a walk around Benefit Street a couple of weeks ago. One of our stops was Charlie's 404, a little sandwich shop on the corner of Transit Street, not coincidentally right next door to Darwin's liquors.

The interior is cozy, with dark wood and reds.

Kurt behind the counter was friendly and helpful. He told us about the specials and "build your own" sandwiches. It's easy to see why this is a popular neighborhood place. They also offer board games, reading material, TV and free wi-fi.

Bear had the pulled pork sandwich with sweet sauce. She declared it "really good." I had the French Dip with horseradish cheddar. Whew! the cheese was potent! It was a great sandwich.

We also tried Darren's own baklava. I don't know who Darren is, exactly, but he makes good baklava. It was sweet and moist. Flaky without falling apart all over.

We'd definitely make another trip there.