Showing posts from September, 2013

From the I {heart] Rhody Flickr group

Providence RI by Cross Photography

Drunk Buildings by Armadillo Commander

PontiacMills_1 b&w by sixkings55

Providence by Wilks2010

Providence by provbenson2009

Newport Bridge BW Pano by Royston_Kane

P5050029-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg by MStoeckle

Untitled by appylovee

a view from India Point Park! by kravi2011

Castle hill light by marion faria

DSC_4486 by dadofliz

Rocky Point storm-2 by enjoiskate8

Artists ~ Muffy Brandt ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Muffy Brandt
Shop name: KAIZEN by Muffy Brandt

1. Tell us about your work: 
Hi! My name is Muffy Brandt. I make hand dyed and hand printed clothing for adults and kids. I like bold patterns and bright or high contrast colors which I use to make playful pieces for every day.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have loved making art and crafts my entire life. At RISD I majored in Painting and Film, but took lots of textiles electives and knit and sewed myself clothing in my free time. It became clear I loved fashion and I loved the dyeing, sewing, and other processes of textiles.

I began sewing tote bags that I sold at Farmer's Markets. My brand evolved and now I sell online via Etsy and to shops all over the US, and to One in Japan.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I think that my inspiration…

Events ~ Fundraiser ~ Eating with the Ecosystem ~ Newport ~ Oct. 6, 2013

Eating with the Ecosystem Fundraiser
October 6, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Newport, Rhode Island

From the site:
"Eating with the Ecosystem is an educational effort to design and promote a place-based approach to sustainable seafood for New England. By fusing the ecological knowledge of marine scientists and commercial fishermen with the culinary creativity of the region’s most innovative chefs, the project advances a dining paradigm that channels a deep understanding of the special places in the ocean that produce the seafood we enjoy."

To advance their mission, Eating with the Ecosystem is holding their first-ever fundraiser. Proceeds support their efforts to connect local commercial fishermen, scientists, chefs and eaters.
"The event will take place aboard the Schooner Aurora out of Newport RI. We'll be joined by past and future Eating with the Ecosystem guest speakers. Share a cocktail with Rhode Island's most forward-thinking fishermen and marine scientists! Learn …

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Too Hot, Too Hazy by SteelToad

Turkey Vulture 3 by sixkings55

Osprey Frerich by jambori39

DSC_7950 by dadofliz

Artists ~ Cate McCauley ~ West Greenwich

Artist’s name: Cate McCauley
Shop name: Pyrography Illustrations: The Fine Art of Drawing with Fire

1. Tell us about your work:
Pyrography literally means to "draw with fire." My artwork is burned on watercolor paper using heated metal-tipped pens. Burning an image creates unique sepia-toned shading and crisp details unlike any other medium. Each piece is meticulously hand-drawn. They can take about 10 to 40-plus hours to complete, depending on size and complexity.

(For more about the tools and techniques, please visit:

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/designer?
My art career began almost four decades ago. I went from a teenage apprentice at Mark Three Studios in Providence to becoming president of my own ad agency. I was trained on the job to be an illustrator back in the days when everything was drawn by hand instead…

Events ~ Photography Exhibit ~ Warwick Public Library

Seen Unseen photography exhibit
Sept. 7 - Oct. 26, 2013
Warwick Library
600 Sandy La.
Warwick, Rhode Island

The photography exhibit, “Seen Unseen”, will be on display September 7th through October 26th at the Warwick Public Library. The exhibition features 56 print photographs showcasing macro and close up photography by seven photographers.

Under the supervision of photographer/educator Shane Gutierrez, the photographers explored several different locations throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England. Shane worked with his students to explore and study composition and close up photography at The Butterfly Zoo, Fort Witherill, Buttonwood Farm, Quonset Air Museum, Blithewold Mansion, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, John Chaffee Nature Preserve and Rhode Island cemeteries. The students’ photographs offer a unique perspective exploring their own artistic style of light, texture, color, tonality and composition.

The exhibition includes a reception celebration on Sunday, October 6t…

Doing good ~ Rhode Island Recipes gives to Ronald McDonald House of Providence

My good friend and Twitter buddy Jennifer Leal co-authored ‘Rhode Island Recipes: Creative, Healthy Cooking with Iconic Local Foods’, a unique cookbook that uses 17 iconic Rhode Island food products like Del’s Lemonade, Dave’s Coffee Syrup, Rhode Island Red Hot Sauce, Wicked Natural mustards, and more in every day recipes!

For the entire week of September 15-22, Jen and Lydia will donate $2 from the sale of every eBook  to Ronald McDonald House of Providence. Their goal is to sell 125 eBooks during the week-long event so be sure to share this with your friends and family.

The e-book sells for only $8.99 and includes 30 recipes with full-color photos of each!

You can also help support the week long event by following them on Twitter ( and Facebook ( or with the hashtag #RMHprovidence.

The Ronald McDonald House of Providence provides programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and thei…

Giveaway ~ Taste Trekkers Food Conference Tickets

Taste Trekkers Food Conference
September 20-22, various locations
Providence, Rhode Island

I've been excited about the Taste Trekkers Food Conference since I heard about it last year. The first of its kind in the country, Taste Trekkers chose Providence because of our reputation for quality and diverse cuisine, and our cooperative community of food professionals.

Here's a little more about it:

I'm excited to be able to give away a pair of tickets to the Saturday events at the Biltmore! To enter, leave a comment telling us why Providence was a great choice for a Food Tourism Conference. 

Each comment will be given a number, and the winner will be selected by a random generator on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at noon.

Can't wait? You can receive a $15 discount when you purchase tickets by following this link:

Good luck, and good eating!

Shop Local ~ ouRIsland ~ Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Just wanted to show off my new hoodie. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago from ouRIsland, and I love it! It's so soft, warm, 100% cotton (I recently committed to buying only clothing made of natural fibers). The photo doesn't really represent the true navy color. It's actually darker than what you see.

I knew it was a winner when Bear immediately asked to borrow it as soon as I showed it to her. She's worn it a couple of times, looking very proud of herself. The timing couldn't be better, either. It arrived just as the temperature nosedived (nosedove?) in early September.
We both love the insignia, too:

Their customer service is great, too. Quick response and excellent communication. I have my eye on this guy next:

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Sailing in the sunset by I {heart} Rhody

Night Fishing by Jerri Moon Cantone

Wickford Harbor - Wickford, RI by Juan_Carlos_Cruz

Freedom- Newport by leith70

Tugs by Macedo295

Artists ~ Beth Needham ~ Barrington

Artist's Name: Beth Needham
Shop name: ByWater Craft and Kenning
Facebook: ByWater Craft and Kenning

1. Tell us about your work
I work primarily in Sterling Silver wire. Although I do also work in Gold Filled (14/20), and copper, and sometimes anodized aluminum, for color. I specialize in chain-maille, and wire wrapping. Mostly I work with bracelets, earrings, and little accessories I call "Bugz". These are little (abount 1 inch in length) pins, created from sterling silver wire, and Swarovski crystal components.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always been interested in jewelry, even as a child. Through the SCA, a Medieval/Renaissance re-enactment group, I watched "the guys" make chaim-maille armor. I thought, I can do that, but make it pretty. When my position at a healthcare insurance company was eliminated, I had ample time to pursue this.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?

Events ~ WBNA 30th Anniversary Gala ~ October 19, 2013