PILLOW STYLING!

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Every space needs a few toss pillows for comfort but also to give a finishing touch and a pinch of charm in any setting.

Upon Pillows comes a new look with lovely patterns and fabric, when a simple change is needed with little effort involved.

Our go-to-inexpensive Pillow collection are full of fresh new fabrics and fresh new colors being indoors or out, just in time for Spring.

So go ahead…open your windows…let the fresh air in, and we’ve hoped we’ve given you some inspiration!

WHATS NEW!

We’ve received some marvelous new products in the Shop this week, come in and let your imagination run wild and explore our unique new treasures.

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TIPS FOR HANGING ART;

1) In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won’t be possible in every situation, it’s a good guideline to keep in mind.

Once you’ve chosen your arrangement, it’s time to decide what height is right to start hanging your frames. In a gallery , most work is hung at around 57″ from the ground (with 57″ hitting the center of the picture), but in your home the height might vary if you’re hanging art over a couch, mantle, or bed or are especially tall or short. Generally, its advisable to keep art 6 to 12 inches from the surface of whatever you’re hanging it over, but it’s perfectly fine to put generalities aside if something else looks better

2) Another technique to remember is that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor), playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works. Laying them out on paper is even better since you’ll be able to trace around each object and determine where picture hangers should be installed. Tape the paper up on the wall as a template for picture hangers and you’ll be done in no time.

3) You can also lay out pieces of scrap molding (or tape) onto the floor to form the “outside” secondaries of a picture grouping — the measurements within which the smaller pieces of art will be set. This is useful when a particular wall has certain boundaries that must be observed (such as a chair rail, windows, heating vents, and the like) and helps keep your arrangement the proper size.

4) Relate Art to wall size. Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall

5) Relate Art to furniture size. In general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.

6) Light Art well. Illuminating artwork gives it importance. Picture or art lighting is a must when you want your pieces to take center stage. Great Artwork is enhanced with great presentation.

7) Hang an Art shelf. Popular art shelves are a great way to add interest and take up very little space. Artwork can be hung on the wall over the shelf as well as set onto the shelf with other decorative objects.

8) Bigger is often better. One large painting makes a statement and keeps things simple. It can also call attention to the focal point of the room.

9) Add the look of a “window” to a small or windowless area by hanging landscape art.

10) Horizontal lines tend to elongate, widen, and emphasize a casual decorating scheme. Vertical lines  however, tend to be more formal, add to the illusion of height, and can seem more elegant and refined.

Hang and enjoy. You’ve done all that hard work and it’s time to bask in the awesomeness of a beautifully decorated space! Enjoy your new art arrangement, show it off to friends, and don’t be afraid to tweak it if you feel like something isn’t working.


RECIPE OF THE WEEK!

The robust flavors of the Mediterranean cuisine are superb for summer cooking or entertaining, and you do’t have to fly anywhere to experience it.

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS WITH ROASTED GARLIC:

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  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 head garlic
  • 2 tsp. chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 8 lamb loin chops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Directions:
  2. In a large, shallow dish, combine the 1/4 cup of olive oil with the thyme, minced garlic, rosemary, and cumin. Add the lamb chops and turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the halved heads of garlic cut side up on a large sheet of foil and drizzle with oil. Wrap the garlic in the foil and roast for 1 hour, until tender.
  4. Light a grill. Remove the chops from the marinade; discard the thyme and scrape off the garlic. Season the chops with salt and pepper and grill over moderate heat until lightly charred and medium-rare, 5 minutes per side.

 

GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH GREEN OLIVE DIP:

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Ingredients:
6 artichokes 
1 ⅛ Tbsp 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon
salt juice of 1 lemon, plus 2 tablespoon more juice
3 clove garlic, minced
 3 Tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 
Green Olive Dip (recipe follows)

Directions:

Slice tops off artichokes, pull off small outer leaves, trim stems, and snip off thorny tips. In a large pot, bring 1 to 2 inches water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt, juice of 1 lemon, and artichokes; cover and steam until artichoke bottoms pierce easily, 20 to 40 minutes, depending on their size. Drain artichokes. When cool enough to handle, cut each in half lengthwise and scrape out fuzzy center.

In a small bowl, combine garlic, oil, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Brush artichokes with garlic mixture.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct medium heat (about 350 F). Grill artichokes, turning once, until lightly browned, 8 to 11 minutes. Serve with olive dip.

Make Ahead: Artichokes through step 1, up to 2 days, chilled. Green olive dip, up to 2 days, chilled.

For Green Olive Dip: In a blender, puree 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped green olives, 1 tablespoons drained capers, 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until coarsely pureed.

Bon Appetite!

Until Next Time

 

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ART IN THE MAKING

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EXPAND YOUR CLAY REPERTOIRE!

We want to welcome and are now offering ceramic classes and studio time at our Roslyn location. You can learn to use the potter’s wheel  or to sculpt and hand build your own masterpiece. Learn to glaze your pieces as well.

Classes are open to the public for all skill levels, with flexible studio times and pricing. We offer a full range of classes for adults and children, including, introductory and private lessons.

Jeri Lynn is an accomplished Artist and ceramicist . She teaches both kids and adults of all skill levels. Class will introduce you to basic artistry of working clay on the potters wheel and will provide you with the understanding of what it takes to use the wheel.

We have over 200 ceramic molds or choose from our existing bisque ceramics that are hand poured, cleaned, fired and ready for your painting and glazing needs.

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BLOG FINAL APPROVED (4)ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jeri Lynn Lockwood grew up with a passion for crafts. At the tender age of 12 she took classes at a local community center that offered painting and in high school she delved in art classes and her devotion for the arts intensified twice fold.She explored in everything from painting to leather tooling and sewing alike, eager to master everything her hands touched.

Jeri Lynn went on to college and majored in designer craftsmen with an emphasis in ceramics and 3D design.

With a keen mind and good business sense, after college Jeri Lynn and a girlfriend started a handbag company called “Side Pocket”which went on to be featured in hit shows such as , Love Boat and Charlies Angels .

These unique Handbags bared applique embellishments and trapunto embroidery which carried on the 3D design she studied in college.

Unfortunately “Side Pocket” did not make it through the 80’s recession and Jeri Lynn for many years worked in the real estate industry  along with launching a career in designing and building homes.

During this time, Jeri Lynn inherited a group of molds from her husbands grandmother Toby Paulson who lived in British Columbia. She carried the treasured molds around with her for 14 years and then 8 years ago she set up a ceramic studio and pursued her passion for clay.

Jeri Lynn’s inspiration flourished with her first art mentors but her true inspiration and admiration was Toby.

Identical in many  qualities as Jeri Lynn, Toby was an intelligent and very talented artist in her own right who created beautiful pieces  well into her 80’s.

Tobys zest and passion for all things creative was the greatest inspiration for jeri lynn.

“I find a sense of pride being a ceramicist because i can carry on the tradition of working with clay while expressing my love for handmade ceramics and hope to inspire the students coming in for classes with the same passion, specifically that Art is being taken out of the curriculum in schools. Everyone should enjoy art whether their talented or not, everyone has their own niche and we must encourage that”.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until Next Time