Showing posts from May, 2014

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

Untitled by appylovee

Rhode Island State House at Sunset by GoProvidenceRI

Artists ~ Katy Westcott ~ Pawtucket

Artist’s name: Katy Westcott
Shop name: Katrinkles
Other: katrinkles_knitting_jewelry on instagram, katrinkles on Flickr.

1. Tell us about your work: I design and make bamboo buttons, knitting needle gauges, jewelry and other fiber art related accessories which I sell on etsy and at local fiber festivals. I also separately do freelance jewelry design for costume jewelry companies and fine jewelers.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? I graduated from RISD as a jewelry and metalsmithing major in 2002 and started crocheting, knitting and sewing soon after that. I discovered buttons and shawl pins to be the natural intersection of jewelry and textiles so it wasn't long before I started adorning my knits. Making things for myself led to making things for others and I finally set up a shop after years of friends and family bugging me to do so (and I'm glad I did!)


From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Easr Ferry Deli-2 by Steven Wilkinson

Untitled by ArtFan70

The Way I See It...... by Donna St.Pierre

POINT JUDITH LIGHTHOUSE Rhode Island - C by Rob Vazquez

Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and Manchester Street Power Station by John Crosby

Nest among the thorns by Michael Macedo

HAWK by Dave Dvorchak

Artist ~ Alyssia Machado ~ Richmond

Artist’s name: Alyssia Machado
Shop name: Tula Tinkers Website
Tula Tinkers Gifts
91 Kingston Rd. Richmond RI 02898

1. Tell us about your work
My work is very eclectic, which I love! I make jewelry, terrariums, paint coffee mugs and wine glasses and stamp spoons!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I wouldn't say I'm a professional. I started painting wine glasses to give away as Christmas gifts and my future sister-in-law suggested I list them on etsy. Before I knew it, I was hooked! I love thinking up new and different things to make.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. With my coffee mugs I draw inspiration from life. I paint silly sayings on them that are meant to make people laugh. When I create jewelry I find my inspiration in nature. I love creating jewelry with found objects. My fiancĂ© and I go for a lot of hikes and we never leave empty handed! I love collecting sea glas…

Dining ~ Dischcrawl

Dishcrawl Providence
Location varies

A couple of weeks ago I was able to go on a dish crawl on Thayer Street in Providence.

What's a Dish Crawl, you ask? Here's their definition:
"Dishcrawl is the premier walking food tour that takes you on a culinary adventure. Restaurant by restaurant we introduce Providence's local food scene on a neighborhood level."

My own experience was the Thayer Street tour. The meeting location is kept a secret until a few days before the event. Ours was Kartabar, a Mediterranean restaurant.

About 25 attendees mingled for awhile and then settled into tables of four to six, usually with strangers. It was a great way to get to know fellow foodies and bond over the shared experience. We were given several small-plate servings of the chef's specialties.

The samplings included  shakshuka, friend eggplant sauteed with garlic, onions and parsley in fra diavolo sauce on warm pita; stuffed New zealand  mussels over rice pilaf and a delicious p…

Events ~ Providence Bike to Work Day ~ May 16, 2014

Providence Bike to Work Day
Burnside Park
May 16, 2014 7-10 AM

Shop local pre-test ~ Block Island Organics sunscreen

The nice folks at Block Island Organics were kind enough to send some samples of their SPF 15 sunscreen** for me to try.

Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and I used to work for the AAD and ASDS, sun safety is a particular interest. Not coincidentally, today is also Melanoma Monday.

Saturday I went to the Cinco de Mayo/Rock and Roll Yard Sale in downcity. It was sunny and warm, so a good day to test out some sunscreen, since I finally had some exposed skin.

I used my regular moisturizer with SPF 15 sunscreen on my face, Block Island Organics on my right arm and nothing on my left arm.

After more than four hours walking around downcity, checking out the stalls and chatting with people, I came home. No burn on the left arm, but definitely picked up color. I'd say it was effective. I'll be trying it in other situations as the summer continues.

Events ~ Sailing Home: 25th Anniversary Celebration ~ East Bay Center for the Homeless ~ May 10, 2014

Sailing Home Dinner and Silent Auction
Rhode Island Country Club
150 Nyatt Rd.
Barrington, Rhode Island
May 10, 2014

Dinner Reception and Silent Auction Music by WRIK Entertainment
6:30 - 7:30 Silent Auction Preview and Hors D'oeuvres Reception 7:30 Welcome Remarks, Dinner and Dancing
Tickets $75.00 each