John and I drove over to the ArtCraft building today for their 25th annual art sale. I had a chance to chat with old friend Eric of Pulsar studio. He is a wonderful human being, going through life doing good while making a successful business.
Then we were so pleased to meet up with David and Roberta Williamson, jewelers extraordinaire.
They are a wonderful Cleveland couple who collaborate on all their beautiful art pieces. I once again invited them to teach at Small Studio. Maybe we can convince Roberta to come by this coming year. Both she and David teach at Baldwin Wallace.
Another interesting artist we talked to was from Cleveland Print Room. Shari Wilkens does some unique and playful things with photography. She showed us modern versions of TinType, PhotoBooth and Van Dyke photography processes.
We also enjoyed meeting Diana J. Bjel, ceramic artist. Her fanciful assemblages combine found objects and clay.
John bought me a Christmas present from Diana and I bought him a Christmas present from Diana. We both walked out with big smiles on our faces.
Holiday shopping season has begun. John and I have had discussions and made lists. We have even done a wee bit of exploration. We have had discussions about shopping small since it hits home with us. That is our personal side of the holiday shopping. The business side is that the store is bursting with goodies for you to give others and even yourself. I offer some ideas of items available locally here at Small Studio in Westlake OH.
For the men: Vintage cameras, vintage radios, vintage alarm clocks, vintage British route signs. We even have a beautiful vintage Bingo game.
For anyone: we have art supplies including Gelatos, stencils (lots of new ones), Gelli Plates, vintage ephemera, antique ledgers, collage papers, vintage and new embellishments. We have books on crafts and decorating. We have journals, boy do we have journals.
For the home: Small Studio has clocks, big and small, frames, Santos and cage dolls, wall decor, signs both new and vintage, initials letters and numbers. For Wrapping: we have Christmas papers and a selection of over 200 decorative large sheet papers. We have ribbons from designers and wonderful everyday ribbons.
Well, why don't you just stop by and see for yourself? On Shop Small Saturday, Nov 30th, we have a gift for you with purchase as a thank you.
Small Studio 26113 Detroit Road Westlake OH 44145 440-808-8599 Tues-Sat 10-5
Another day has gone by. It has ended beautifully. I took this photo of the sunset as I was driving home from my store, Small Studio. Lately all the sunsets have been beautiful. They are so fleeting that I am often moved to photograph them.
John and I went to see the movie "About Time". It started very slowly but by the end we loved it. The conversation on the way home was all about making each day count and enjoying the small moments as well as the large. Sunsets fall in both categories. They happen often so maybe they are a small thing, but then one realizes the majesty of each sunset and the joy and peace that a sunset brings to the moment.
We never know how much time we have left. We never know when we will see someone again. We never know if we will pass this way again. It is so important to tell those we love that we do. It is so important to not only have good intentions but to act on them.
First I want to post the only Fall picture I have taken this year. Fall has been late in arriving, but it burst into color this week. Here is my view out the front store window.
You should stop by the store and check out our 20 new papers and by Tuesday we will have all of our Christmas stuff ready for you.
26113 Detroit Road
We have a lovely view from our patio and deck in back, but during the summer months there is just too much sun all day. We have an awning, but we live in a really windy area and often cannot use it. We can't add a permanent overhang because of the large and really high windows. The answer: Greg Porter, the best landscape guy in the area in our opinion.
Greg and I decided on a River Birch. I told him to get a good size one because we did not want to wait 15 years for it to grow.
The root ball was huge.
Aimee Kluiber taught a very successful and happy class last Saturday here at Small Studio in Westlake OHio. The classroom was full of enthusiastic students who came to learn the chain stitch for bookbinding.
Aimme, thank you for a great class. Aimee's next class is Saturday the 26th. She will be teaching "Fashion Figure Drawing" here at Small Studio.
Saturday, the delightful Betsy Begue taught her French Cartonagge, The Art of Box Making, here at Small Studio in Westlake OH. Betsy learned this craft while living in France several years ago. The class loved Betsy and the boxes they made from scratch.
Thank you so much, Betsy and thank you students for supporting the store.
I am the one holding the gavel in the above photo. If you read my Facebook page you know that my high school reunion was last week. I graduated from high school years ago, 50 to be exact. I had a great time in high school. I was involved in many things and had a really close group of friends. Therefore, I have wonderful memories of that time of my life.
Much has happened to me since then. I got married young, had three children, moved many times including to Europe and back. My first marriage was filled with adventure, risks and experiences that I never thought would be part of my life. Sadly that marriage ended after 28 years.
Single, more moves and more adventures came my way. I opened a business with my son that generated a few related side businesses, lots of travel, closeness to family and many new friends. I enjoyed it all.
Then along came John. We had grown up together, dated off and on in school and then did not see each other for decades. Eight years ago we married. John is a great husband, super friend and excellent partner in all things. It was easy to get together with John. We had our childhood and teenage years in common. We remember the same events, teachers, friends, dances, hangouts. We share the mountains, the beaches and the parks of our young years. We were brought up with the same education and values. It is a special relationship and I thought it unique.
With Facebook, the time leading up to the reunion was filled with messages, photos and conversations between people I had not been in contact with other than a chance get together and the annual Christmas cards.There have been long phone calls. It is interesting that we feel so comfortable with each other and it feels as if no time has gone by. It must be that connections made during those angst filled formative years are firmly entrenched. It is a great feeling and really fills the heart.
How did John and I enjoy our reunion, you ask. We enjoyed it vicariously. My high school friend, Judy, enlarged our photos from the yearbook and took us along.
Here I am with my posse: Carol, Judy, Kathy and Laurel, all of whom I considered my best friends when I was growing up.
Allyson is visiting with both John and me.
John and I think maybe our photos had more fun than we might have after hearing the stories from the reunion. I hear that the consensus was that we were the only ones at the table who had not changed.
On this day of more shootings, this time in DC, we went to the movies to escape the real world. We were not familiar with any of the currently playing flicks and so picked "The Family" for the cast. First we had to sit through 20 minutes of previews with pounding music and gunfire, fist fights, buildings exploding and deafening noise. Then the movie came on. Great cast, great acting, but over the top violence. Why is anyone surprised that young people are shooting and killing? Violence is part of their everyday life on TV, the movies and their games all accessible on their smart phones 24/7. I am so done with it all. Shame on the producers. Shame on us for paying to see this garbage.
Well, we rented out the classroom today to a group of ladies who love a little doll called "Strawberina". They are really collectible dolls about 8" tall with sweet faces. Today the ladies were making an outfit for their dolls. The ladies arrived with sewing machines in tow. Here is the result.
Next up at Small Studio is Ingrid Dijkers. She will be teaching her "Ambrosia Journals" Next Saturday and "Into the Crypt" on Sunday. We have a few spaces left. Call the store (440-808-8599). We are open Tues thru Sat 10-5 and Sundays when we have a class scheduled.
There are so many new things arriving at Small Studio. Stop in and have a look.
Here are the photos from our Show & Tell day:
Mannequins There were also books, a small quilt and ATCs. The best part was the fun. This was a good idea and we will do it again. Thank you for participating! Next up is Ingrid Dijkers on Sept 21/22. Hurry and sign up. Her classes are always wonderful, creative and fun.
It was a beautiful day here in Northern Ohio.
Our friend Keir gifted us with 10 tickets to the Indians game. Surprisingly I had not been to a Cleveland ball game. I have spent a good part of my life watching my son Tim play ball throughout his school years. He had a full baseball scholarship to Miami University of Ohio and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and played a few years in their minor leagues. I have been to Dodger games, Yankee games and numerous others being the mom of two boys (and one girly girl). Tonight was a perfect night for a ball game. Just ask grand boys Joey and Tony.
If you haven't heard, this Saturday we are having a fun Show & Tell at the store. Bring your artwork of any kind to display in the Classroom from 10-11 and then we will have a Free PlayDay from 11-4. Just call and let me know you are coming. 440-808-8599.
Sept 21 & 22 Ingrid Dijkers will be here. We love Ingrid and her fab classes. We would love for you to join us. Full details on Small Studio website . Just click on "workshops".
My friend Zellda stopped in to share lunch this week. She is definitely a mixed media artist in every sense of the description. Her interests are varied and her art reflects that. She works in clay, photography, paper and paint. She makes collages, cards, jewelry and assemblages.
For show and tell she brought in the piece below. It all started with a piece of decorative paper she bought from my Small Studio plus a vintage cigar box.
Alas, I forgot to take my camera with me yesterday. We spent the morning at the Rocky River Reservation. For non-Clevelanders, the parks surrounding Greater Cleveland are called "Reservations". They completely surround the area and are huge and beautiful. If I had remembered my camera I would be sharing photos of the rocky falls where we were joined by two aging hippies who pointed out "the rock where they sat 30 years ago and smoked pot for hours". If I had remembered my camera I would be sharing photos of the tunnels of trees with dappled sunlight that we drove through.
After John barbequed dinner at home, we drove to the lake and if I had remembered my camera, there might have been a photo here of the deer that ambled across the road right in front of us. We just missed hitting her.
If I had not forgotten my camera there would definitely be a photo of the beautiful sunset over the Lake that we enjoyed at Huntington Beach as we ate our almost last of the summer ice cream cones..
But alas, I forgot my camera.
Don't forget to sign up for Ingrid Dijkers' workshop at Small Studio.