Showing posts from November, 2014

Artists ~ Kim Vredenburg ~ Hope Valley

Artist’s name: Kim Vredenburg

Shop name: Kim V glass


1. Tell us about your work. 
I have worked with glass, in one temperature or another, for over 30 years. My love affair with glass started when our local school district offered a stained glass class as part of their Adult Education program. I’d always been intrigued by glass and signed up. As my designs became more complicated in nature, I wanted to include fused glass details. One day my husband asked me what I would like for Christmas and I immediately told him that I’d like a kiln for fusing. Another year, he asked again what I’d like for Christmas and I told him a basic lamp working kit would be nice. All I wanted to do was create coordinating glass beads in the fused glass jewelry that a local shop was selling. Once that beginners torch was lit I was hooked and the poor fusing kiln sat neglected (but don’t feel badly for it…it…

Doing good ~ Ornament Rescue League ~ Providence

ORGANIZATION NAME: Ornament Rescue League
SHOP NAME:Ornament Rescue on Etsy

Once a year, Christmas ornaments make their way out of the attic and onto the tree, glittering with our warmest memories, shining with our brightest hopes.

Because everyone deserves their chance to shine, the Ornament Rescue League refurbishes old ornaments to create new holiday memories for your family this Christmas. And with all proceeds benefitting Hasbro Children's Hospital, each ornament brings the hope of critical health services for children all throughout the year.

We are a group of friends who have come together to have some fun and do some good. Members of the League range from professional artists and designers to crafting rookies. Everyone's welcomed. All it takes is a little Ch…

Read Rhody ~ Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney

I picked up Waking the Merrow after reading about the Rhode Island Writers Expo in the Providence Journal.

It's an interesting read. I say that because Evie, the protagonist, is easily one of the most unpleasant people I've ever seen as a main character in a story. She's rude and obnoxious, deeply flawed, with a drinking problem and rather careless parenting skills. I didn't connect with her as a person. To pile on, most of the story is in first-person narrative, so there's no avoiding her unhappy, snarky attitude.

Even so, I found the story to be a page-turner. While I didn't much care what happened to Evie, I was curious to see where the story went. There was a lot of history built into the story, starting with an emigration from Ireland, and ending in today's Pawtuxet Village, with stops along the timeline that include the burning of the Gaspee and a peek at Pawtuxet Village's Gilded Age past. Rhode Islanders will find a lot of the place references a…

Events ~ Holiday Artisan Fair ~ November 22, 2014 ~ Middletown

Holiday Artisan Fair
66 Valley Rd.
Middletown, Rhode Island

Sponsored by the Newport Athletic Club

Events ~ Fill a Monster Truck Fundraiser ~ November 15 ~ Johnston

Fill A Monster Truck Fundraiser
for OpportUNITY Knocks
PJ's Pub
198 Putnam Pike
Johnston, Rhode Island

Museums ~ Museum of Work and Culture ~ Woonsocket

by Mommy

Museum of Work and Culture
42 Main St.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island

We embarked on our first trip to Woonsocket with little more than a destination and skepticism. We weren't sure that we, let alone the kids, would enjoy a museum with the word "Work" in the title. We had not researched the museum at all, so we had nothing more than a name and address when we left home.

What a pleasant surprise! The Museum of Work and Culture took our family back to late 19th century Woonsocket, where the Quebecois-French immigrants came seeking work in the area's booming mills.

This was a fun and educational experience, with interactive pockets that engaged all our kids. We loved pretending to be textile workers and racing to see who could sort bobbins the fastest. Our favorite exhibits were:
Papi: "Pretending to be a union leader rallying the workers."

Mommy: "The Catholic schoolroom, where we learned about what a class looked like 100 years ago."

Pappo: &quo…

Events ~ Holiday Kids' Bike Sale ~ November 22, 2014 ~ Newport

Holiday Kids' Bike Sale
Bike Newport
Bike Garage North
1 York St.
Newport, Rhode Island
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, 3-6pm

Read local ~ Independent Man Comic

Independent Man
by N. L. Hoffman and E. Fulford

A fun find at this year's Rhode Island Comic Con was Independent Man, a comic by locals N.L. Hoffman and E. Fulford.

Told in a wry, tongue-in-cheek style, Independent Man flies from the roof of the State House to ward off the evils threatening "Provadenz," with the codependent help of his friend Nibbles Woodaway. But don't tell Independent Man he has help. He can do it all by himself.

You have to be a Providence resident and know some of the history to really get the in-jokes that run rife through the pages. There were one or two I wasn't clear on, myself. But the comic could be amusing for those who have a sense of humor about the foibles of our fair city.

I met Ms. Hoffman at the Con, and she promises more adventures for our golden bastion of self-reliance. Stay tuned.

Artists ~ Sara Chaffee-Standish ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Sara Chaffee-Standish
Shop name: Sara C. Accessories

1. Tell us about your work
I have a line of bridal purses that are all designed and handmade here in Rhode Island. Each piece is handmade to order which allows me to customize with a personalized embroidery message.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I would have to say that I fell into the profession. It was a very organic process and still is to this day.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I love old hollywood glamour so I think that my work has a bit of a vintage flair. I also draw my inspiration from the current bridal fashions and trends.

4. What’s your favorite item to create? 
I love creating a new design… although the process can be tedious an…