Speakeasy Boutique's First Trunk Show

The Speakeasy Boutique in Concord, NH is hosting its first Trunk Show this coming Friday, April 4, 2008 from 3-8PM. The work of Dunbarton jewelry artist Diane Terragni will be featured. Be sure to stop in if you are in the area, and tell all your friends!
For more info, visit www.muchachaK.com

Craftboston 2008

If you have some free time this weekend, be sure to check out Craftboston. Featuring over 100 contemporary artists, Craftboston is being held at the Seaport World Trade Center from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30. General admission is $15. That averages out to about 8 cents per artist. You will see amazing pieces ranging from paper crafts, jewelry, glass work, ceramics, woodwork, and much more. I'm really looking forward to going with a group from Boston Handmade.

For more information, visit craftboston.org or societyofcrafts.org.

New Cards for New Babies

It is true that I have not added any new material to my online shop in a while, there is no denying that. I have, however, been keeping a growing list of ideas that I plan on creating as soon as I get a chance! I found time today to make some new "Congratulations on Your New Baby" cards that I have had brewing for a while and I am excited to launch them in my Etsy shop. These are not your average baby cards, so I hope they are a hit, especially among the science crowd!

That's right: Congratulations on Your New XX or XY! Show those new parents that you think they have good genes with these quirky cards that you definitely won't find at the Hallmark Store.
I laughed out loud at work when I came up with this chromosome idea in the middle of the day, so now I get to share my excitement with the rest of the word!

Insert Motivational Title Here

You've seen them.
You've been inspired by them.
You've laughed at them.

I am referencing those movitavtional posters, either the truly inspiring ones or the witty kind. Now you can create your own customized motivational poster with the Motivator from Big Huge Labs. All you do is upload a picture, decide on your text, and voila. I made this one of my oh-so-handsome cousin:

Charm. He has it. Now you can, too.

Spring Plans

I am really looking forward to finding time to get out and take some more pictures in Boston and surrounding areas as soon as the weather is warm enough for me to hold my camera in my hands comfortably. Since I work in town and the days are getting longer, I will have no excuse. I'd like to try out both arriving in town early to take some morning shots as well as taking my time finding my way home in the late afternoon and evening.
Another plan is to get some great new Fenway shots. My friend has pretty much commissioned me to be her unofficial interior decorator and she wants a Fenway Park theme, so I will give her the Fenway Park theme. She is actually the very first person to have ever owned my Fenway Park print that is available in my Etsy shop.

A lot of people don't know the story behind the red seat at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. Seat 21 in Row 37 of Section 42, known simply as the red seat, marks the spot where Ted Williams hit the longest home run in Fenway Park’s 84-year history on June 9, 1946.
On top of all of the other projects I want to tackle like master my sewing machine, knit some more, and design a cook book, it looks like I have a busy season ahead of me!

Customized Cookbook

For a long time, I have wanted to create a customized cookbook including favorite recipes of mine as well as favorites of my family and friends. While I didn't technically make any New Year's resolutions for 2008, I did decide back in January that I would make it my goal to complete one by the year's end. Well, I am off to a slow start, but while I don't have much physical progress yet, there is plenty going on in my mind about how the layout will be and what kind of theme it may follow.
There are some decent looking options for self-publishing like blurb or lulu, so this plan of mine is definitely attainable. I just need to get myself in gear.
Where you come in: If you feel so inclined, I would love for you to share your favorite recipes with me for inclusion in my cookbook! It would be even better if you could include a note about why you like this recipe or how you developed it/ where it came from. I would like each recipe to almost have its own personality just like all of the wonderful people who will hopefully submit recipes, so feel free to send them along anytime... I am officially accepting submissions on a rolling basis!

Learning to Knit!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a knitting workshop taught by Lynne of Cozy Cottage Creations and Louise of The Hole Thing. A group of the ladies from Boston Handmade gathered together at our first - and very successful - knitting workshop. I am so excited to finally know the basics of knitting because my grandmother, a master knitter like you wouldn't believe, tried to teach me long ago, but I just couldn't get the hang of it. This time around, though, I was far more successful! Pictured above is my first real work in progress, a warm, fuzzy scarf.

OAK Boston

Today, I dropped off some new items that will soon be available at OAK, a great new store opening up on the busy corner of Gloucester and Newbury Street in Boston, MA. I'm excited about this store because I think the area will greatly benefit from a boutique specializing in handmade clothing, accessories, and more. It is opening soon and I can't wait to pop in and see everything else that will be on sale there! You can take a sneak peek at OAK's website where they already have some items available for purchase online from a handful of the great artisans that they will be featuring.

Note Cards and Prints Available at The Speakeasy Boutique!

I am excited to announce that a selection of my note cards and prints are now available at The Speakeasy Boutique in Concord, NH. The Speakeasy Boutique carries chic handmade items including jewelry, fine art, accessories, and the owner's signature clutches which I adore! Be sure to pop in if you are in the area, you are sure to score some unique finds!

Happy Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month!

The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. The week including March 8, International Women's Day, was selected. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month.

The city of Boston is supporting women in the arts by higlighting 4 Figurative Women Artists from Jamaica Plain.

The exhibition features a wide variety of technique, style, and medium and but the common thread of depicting the human figure and being a woman artist in Jamaica Plain is the bond that brought these artists together.

1. Jessica Burko utilizes paper quilts and photographic mixed media as instruments of a visual, autobiographical narrative.

Jennifer Hughes creates woodblock prints that depict women as mothers and lovers, as well as community and spiritual leaders.

Robin Radin captures photographic portraits of people in the context of their neighborhoods, exploring their relationships with family, neighbors and the immediate environment.

Kate True paints portraits that distill an emotional experience into its barest representation, leaving only the most meaningful details.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Scollay Square Gallery and the Mayor's Art Gallery at Boston City Hall from March 3- 31, 2008. For more information, visit the city of Boston's website.