Monday, December 7, 2009
We have something REALLY exciting right here in Westfield, Mass.....brand new, just opened this week with a soft opening. A new art gallery just opened next to Pilgrim Candle right in the midst of the new bridge mess, called Shaker Gifts. Just go to the double door entrance where the black dog used to be.
(You can park on the north side of the building, and then when you leave go around the back and between the two buildings so the traffic light will help you get out easily should you need to head south.)
Despite what the name may lead you to believe, the art is quite bright and colorful and very etsy-like. There is a good range of repurposed and recycled goods. Everything is created by local artists. The owner of the gallery, Karen Novak, makes beautiful Nantucket baskets. Karen is a bright and fun person with a good heart and lots of know-how.
I have watched the transformation from drab space to colorful and gleaming gallery, and I have to say this: You HAVE to go. It's just so much fun! The gallery is not just a gallery either. There will be classes taught by local artists and other assorted functions. So if you are looking to learn how to sew, make a fishing rod or attend a stitch'n'bitch, you really must stop in. You can sign up to get onto the mailing list for classes while you're there. The space is much larger than this of course. I just snapped a couple of pics for you to whet your appetite.
Monday, November 16, 2009
It's very hard to do the clocks, crochet, and manage to get some wood projects done also, but my husband has been home recovering from a herniated disc, and he is finally well enough to get some woodworking done.....so my idea, his time and talent.
If you know me, you know I love modern. This one is done in turquoise blue faux stone. It measures 19x25x2.75 and is available on our site. We have very similar ones available in tropical tan, faux gray granite, faux oxidized steel and acid wash hot pink.
Click on the picture for more info.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
You know how T-shirts sometimes claim one size fits all, and the claim is just plain silly? Well I think this time the claim could be made. I love this great recycled necklace EnviroMental made from a t-shirt. She has them in quite a few colors, and also makes jewelry from maps. She also has a second store on etsy where she sells her baby items called OliBear. She makes pacifier clips that do not contain chemicals. DD is from Nashua, NH, so pretty close to Mass. She likes to crochet, knit, paint and is learning to sew too. I love this necklace both for the form and because it's recyceled material. Great job, DD.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It arrived this week. I hadn't even realized I was expecting. It's just adorable, keeps me up till one am, requires round the clock changing. On the upside, in 16 years, it won't be backing my car into a phone pole. Check it out.
(Site has since been changed to NizaHandbags.com)
Friday, October 2, 2009
This adorable pendant, available in many colorways, is a cairn pendant, a memorial or marker done from a series of stones seen along hiking trails. jeniferglagowski's etsy store has these wonderful pendants, paintings and note cards. All her items are "made with happiness".
I read her profile, and you can too by visiting her shop. She sounds like the kind of totally fun person that you and I would love to hang out with.
Jennifer is in Northbridge, Ma. She teaches snowboarding and skiing and loves to hike. When she has a minute to sit down, she creates some really fun jewelry. Great stuff, Jenifer.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Check out the wonderful colors in the photo and of course the main attraction, the house pin. This is a polymer clay creation sold in aktie9's etsy store, 3 AM art productions. Heather is a massachusetts artist living in West Boylston, who lives to DIY. She is formerly from Wilbraham. She takes great photos, and makes adorable polymer clay creations. Great work Heather.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sorry it's been a while since I've added anything. Clock sales have been absolutely nuts, and I opened a second Etsy store called bearlyarttreasures. That store features my own design of pigtail crochet hats for adults and children, my necketbooks, which are freeform crochet necklaces that are also purses for your cell phone, license & cash, keeping your hands free while shopping. Of course they also go great with sweaters. There are also vintage items there.
Stop in and check it out.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Gosh, I wish I could knit like this ! The matching handbag and doggie sweater are the creations of Maura from SPRINGFIELD, MA. She learned Aran cable knitting as a young mother in Ireland. Now that her children are grown, she makes these wonderful bags and doggie sweaters. She also enjoys completing custom projects, so if you are looking for a talented knitter, here you are. You can contact Maura through her etsy shop by clicking on the link. Very nice work, Maura.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Durable and cherished Nantucket baskets are on many vacationers' wish lists when visiting the Massachusetts shoreline. Now you don't have to drive out to the coast. Upmysleeve makes wonderful basket purses, but not the same old, same old. Sarah's basket purses have new twists, like gold seashells against blue....really nice, huh? Sarah is located in HAMILTON, MA. She was a workaholic involved in investments, and now makes these great basket purses and beautiful jewelry instead. This would be something you don't see so often anymore....a corporate story with a happy ending. Congratulations, Sarah, beautiful work.
Monday, May 11, 2009
What amazingly green color. Can't you just picture how great this would look in your kitchen? You'd be thinking spring even in the dead of winter. This print, and others like it can be found in Poetry's Etsy shop, which you can get to by clicking on the photo link. Poetry, aka Maria Lewis, works out of CONCORD, MA., where she lives with her husband and her dog. Her photos have been featured in art shows. Check out her store. She has some very cool photos.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have been telling my friend Jenn, who lives right here in WESTFIELD, MA., that she should open an etsy store for quite a while. She upholsters, sews, does alterations and has one of those nifty embroidery machines that you just throw the fabric at it, and it makes you something nice. Not really... it actually does require some real studying to get it to do what you want.
She has put together a pretty good collection of really awesome hostess aprons that are made from formal dresses or day dresses, and she manages to maintain the style of the dress as she embellishes and comes up with these REALLY awesome aprons. If you have a favorite dress that is now too tight, and you've finally come to terms with never being that small again, maybe having it made into a hostess apron will be a great way to have it come out of the closet now and then. Check out Jenn's shop, and contact her. She LOVES crazy custom projects.
UPDATE: Jenn is selling her aprons in my BearlyArt shop on Etsy, so the photo-link has been adjusted. (She had issues getting her products listed).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Feast your eyes on this vibrant handbag made of woven ribbon. It was made by cactusheadstudios of WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA. The bags bright colors make you think of sun and water and fun. The creator of this wonderful bag is a puppeteer. She says she loves all things silly and whimiscal.....Sounds like my kind of girl.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR !! These great mittens are my first find of the new year. You KNOW I have to love these, right? They have that not both the same thing going for them....and matching is SO over-rated ! They are exactly the magical mittens I would expect a snowfaerie to make. Snowfaerie of SPRINGFIELD, MA., creates with "thought, joy and happiness" and it sure does show in this wonderful pair of wool mittens.