Monthly Archives: May 2013

“You have a blog for your dog.”

“You have a blog for your dog,” my brother observed via a chat conversation a while ago. To which I say, well, yeah, maybe. But if your dog looked like this, wouldn’t you? Anyway, I write about other things too; this has even been accused of being a food blog. (And we did make some delicious cornmeal scones from one of my Moosewood recipe books lately, but I didn’t even post about those, did I?)

But without further ado:

roller_derby_sudoRoller Derby Sudo! (That’s a human knee pad, but it works as a greyhound helmet, because greyhounds have tiny heads.)

thistoyismineThis toy? This toy is mine. “Sharing”? What’s “sharing”?

tangledsudoYou are going to have to help me untangle my legs later.

papasansudoI really quite like this chair.

sudonothumbsWoe is me! My toy fell and I have no thumbs with which to pick it up. I request your assistance.

upside down sudoThis is a totally normal way to sleep, right? Why are you laughing? (She was in this position for hours. Seriously.)

Okay, brother, you win. This is a dog blog.

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Craft Boston

A few weekends ago I went with some friends to Craft Boston, “a show of contemporary Art, Craft & Design presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts” down at the Seaport World Trade Center. It reminded me a little bit of the holiday fair in Union Square in New York, except it was (1) indoors, (2) much quieter, (3) higher quality things, and (4) ┬ámuch more expensive.

So we window-shopped, or whatever the equivalent is where there aren’t any windows. A few of my favorite things:

From Purple Sage Pottery, a mug in a beautiful deep blue glaze:

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From Liz Proffetty Ceramics, more mugs (and other pieces) with glazes reminiscent of landscapes. I had to go back and have a last lingering look at these before we left; I think they were my favorite pieces we saw all day, and the only thing that kept me from buying even just one mug is how many mugs we already have in the house. (They’re a good thing to collect…up to a point.) Beautiful, though:

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From Stephanie Young at Calmwater Designs, these glowing lamps:

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From Michael Michaud Designs, delicate jewelry fashioned to resemble berries, flowers, and leaves. The dogwood, cherry blossom, and pussy willow designs are beautiful, but what first caught my eye were these raspberry earrings:

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I also took a card from Liz Norkus Design, but couldn’t find on her site the piece I thought I saw in her booth: a necklace that looked like it was made from joined twigs sprouting tiny pearl buds. However, on the Craft Boston site, there are photos of a few of her pieces, and these earrings are closest to the necklace I saw:

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I saw similar designs by Elise Moran:

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The Steampunk Industrial booth was fun to explore – it can perhaps best be described as rusty, whimsical, glowing, and giving off something of a mad genius/time travel vibe:

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We were also all very taken with the creations from ArtHead Studio, from the “JunkYard Dogs” made of scrap metal to the “reTweets” to “The Odd World of the Littles,” which reminded me a little bit of Joseph Cornell, if he had been a bit more humorous.

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All in all, it was a really nice afternoon out. I rarely go into Boston even though it’s so close, and it was nice to see physical, tactile art in so many forms: wood, fabric, glass, metal, and more.

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