Showing posts from July, 2013

Events ~ Red Fork Empire Embassy to Steampunk August 17, 24, 25 & September 7 ~ Old Stone Bank ~ Providence

Red Fork Empire Embassy to Steampunk
8/17, 24 & 25; 9/7
6:00 pm
The Old Stone Bank
86 Main St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Event ~ Bike to FUG Sundays ~ Providence


From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Superman Building by provbenson2009

Industrial Trust Building by I {heart} Rhody

A couple of new Providence tourism commercials

Artists ~ Deanna Agresti ~ Cranston

Artist’s name: Deanna Agresti
Shop name:PaperTreatsEtsy

1. Tell us about your work
I want my work to be elegant, yet fun. I love simple, classic designs. Most of my projects are printed. I love paper. I love being able to cut, score, and hold my work in my hands. More recently I have been working on some digital designs like phone wallpapers. It is just as fun to see them light up on your phone.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I majored in Graphic Design at RISD. After I graduated I started off just designing small projects for family and friends. Eventually the word spread and now there isn't a week that goes by that someone doesn't ask me to work on something for them.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My greeting card designs are inspired by things that I find in nature, design blogs, magazines and on Pinterest. I like…

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Dining ~ Figidini ~ Providence

Figidini Wood Fired Eatery
67 Washington St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 808-6886

Tucked into the growing food hub that is the Biltmore garage is a new wood fire eatery that blends traditional Mediterranean cookery with modern sensibility and contemporary decor.

We started out with an appetizer of roasted figs in pancetta with local honey. Neither of us had had figs outside of a Newton before. These were wonderful. Bear went on and on about it, and even convinced me to buy figs so she could try to cook some herself.

My entree was lamb with cucumber and local yogurt. It was cooked to a perfect medium, and strongly seasoned with a mix that included a slight bite of pepper, easily cooled by the yogurt and cucumber. Bear and I were both sad when the plate was empty. She talked about that lamb for days.

Bear's main course was sweet sausage with pickled beets and spring onions. The beets were spicy hot with a sharp bite of brine. Very tasty. The sausages were just okay, being mildly …

Design ~ Gail & Chil's home on Apartment Therapy ~ Middletown

Good onya, Gail & Chil! Their Middletown cottage was featured last week on Apartment Therapy.

Some of my favorite photos (all via Aparment Therapy):

I'm in love with this kitchen. Even the wallpaper, and I'm not a wallpaper person at all.

and this quilt.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Pawtucket Congregational Church by rilurky

Mural by Macedo295

Temple1.jpg by Wilks2010

Untitled by appylovee

Untitled by provbenson2009

The Mill by MyDay247

strange house - East Greenwich, RI by t55z

East Side Trolley Tunnel - Providence, RI by Time Passages

Super Moon Rhode Island State House by GoProvidenceRI

Turk's Head Building by Armadillo Commander

Rhode Island State House! by kravi2011

Fox Point Hurricane Barrier by 1W57thNY

Arctic Mill 1919 by sixkings55

Namquit Worsted Mill Building - Bristol, RI, USA by Juan_Carlos_Cruz

Masking&Compositing2: Chapter 5 by R Joanne

Peace Dale Depot by robtm2010

blithewold by jambori39

Book review: I, Roger Williams by Mary Settle

A "memoir" of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. The premise is that Roger Williams, in his last year or so, is writing a memoir since all of his letters and papers were destroyed in a fire. Settle definitely did her research in writing this book. It goes into great detail, especially about Williams' youth in and around London.

I was 3/4 done with the book when I started talking about it with the Park Ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial. He told me that the book was very accurate, with a few minor errors (the settlers did not build log cabins). I admit I felt better about reading it.

Although the language is old - it's a bit like reading the King James version of the Bible, which was written during Williams' lifetime - it's very engaging and easy to sink into.

My only complaint with the book is how little of it covers his life once he founded Rhode Island. Although he arrived in New England about age 30, and lived to age 65, barely 1/5 o…

Artist ~ Margaret Hinge ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Margaret Hinge
Shop name: Hinge Designs
Fine Art Jewelry portfolio:

1. Tell us about your work:
I have been a maker for as long as I can remember, but most recently I have been drawn to stone. I feel that textures, colors, and forms that are created in nature are so incredibly beautiful and I try to make pieces that bring out these traits in the stones I cut and polish.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have been making and creating my entire life. I went to school for fine arts at Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor and then transferred to RISD for jewelry and metalsmithing. After graduating I worked for a small company learning the ins and outs of running a small business. Last fall I had the opportunity to create a line as a featured artist for Anthropologie and ever since I have been working part time on my own line.

3. Where do you draw yo…

Sights ~ Newport Harbor (Goat Island) Lighthouse ~ Newport

Newport Harbor Light
Goat Island
Newport, Rhode Island

We visited the lighthouse on last summer when we were in Newport for the Tall Ships procession. My parents are big fans of the tall ships, since back in 1976 when they saw the flotilla come into New York Harbor. So they came up for a visit, and we staked out a spot on Goat Island to watch the parade of ships go up the harbor, under the Pell bridge and back. It was a lovely day.

While we were waiting, I took a little time to go check out the lighthouse that sits on the north end if of the island. It seems very small to me, though it apparently gets the job done.

Wikipedia says that the lighthouse we see today was built in 1842, and was off the coast of Goat Island. In the 1960s, a private developer bought the island to build what is now the Hyatt hotel. They filled in the gap between the lighthouse and the island, so you can walk right up to it now.

In the 1864 a keeper's house was added, though it was damaged by a submarine in …

Dining ~ Succotash ~ Providence

373 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 228-7222

While waiting for a bus on a hot summer morning a week or so ago, Bear and I happened upon Succotash. They had only been open about a week at that point, and we were excited to have something to eat and a cool place to wait.

The inside has a clean and industrial feel, with unfinished wood on walls and tables. Bear said, "The inside is very beautiful. I love the raw woods, the chandeliers, the black and brown, and the general ambiance."

She continued, "Melissa, our waitress, was very soft-spoken but sweet and eager to help." I agree, the whole staff was friendly and welcoming. Melissa in particular was very attentive.

We arrived at about 11:30, so brunch seemed like a perfect idea. They also offer a juice bar and a variety of innovative cocktails. If I hadn't been on my way to work, I would have tried the blueberry mint lemonade.

As it was, I ordered traditional eggs Benedict. It arrived with thic…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Fireworks by Armadillo Commander

Fireworks on 4th of July! by kravi2011

Fireworks2013_1 by sixkings55

IMG_4708akm by Amy Martira Photography

Untitled by provbenson2009