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charlotte
lower hudson valley, NY
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It's a gorgeous spring day here. My art classes today were clay-based. We made pinch pots, trays with embedded figures, owls, boxes with lids, wild critters with donut eyes, and slab tiles with texture. It was so much fun to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at house wren studio
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I had a chat with a new friend yesterday about social media and its place in our lives. There are so many platforms available now and it's increasingly easier to just point, click, post and move on. This blog was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at house wren studio
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We're opening requests for the spots today for our next Vermont event this spring! June 1-4, 2017. Jenn McGlon from Noodle and Lou is our guest artist. If you are hoping to attend, just send us an email at fallvermontgetaway(at)gmail.com... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at house wren studio
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Even though it's snowing like crazy, the time has come to tell you about our next spring event in southern Vermont! Our 12th event! We are excited to have Jenn McGlon come back with her big bag of fun art... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at house wren studio
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Fall swept through here like a fast-moving train. So many days, so quickly come and gone. Meleen and I hosted another art-making event in Vermont with the loveliest group of women. Rebecca Sower came up from Tennessee to lead an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at house wren studio
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It's been a busy summer for me. And a lazy one at the same time. Lots of changes. A longer story to tell another day. Today I want to share a few things, one long overdue. Awhile ago I helped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at house wren studio
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Our spring retreat was sponsored by a number of generous companies and suppliers. We enjoyed the gifts of materials to use in our projects, share at the table and take home for future inspirations. Thank you so much to each... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at house wren studio
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Thank you all for the sweet emails and cards about my mom. ♥ Life catches you up and moves you along. It was a welcome delight to head back to Vermont for another retreat with friends and artists. We had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at house wren studio
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My gorgeous, glamorous, sassy, smart, funny and fun mom, Charlotte O'Keefe Matthews Manassa passed away May 4. The world is a different place without her. We miss her terribly, but she so deserves to be having a much better time... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at house wren studio
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For quite awhile it seems like everything here is blue now. But it's such a good time to be in love with that color. Go shopping for spring clothes, it's all blue. Open the dish cupboard for painting inspiration, it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at house wren studio
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Just a week or so ago, I went up to Vermont for a few days. While there, my friend Tammy at Wing and a Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury commissioned me to letter her barn board. (When Meleen and I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at house wren studio
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That sweet lil guy had his first birthday! We all had fun getting together on a very cold February day to celebrate Mr. Vince. Dang, he is one super cute and smart kid. Maggie created a lumberjack themed party and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at house wren studio
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Announcing our 11th getaway retreat in Vermont! In September we will gather for three days and nights of delightful art-making, friendship and adventure in southern Vermont. Our guest artist this session is Rebecca Sower, returning to us from her Nashville... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at house wren studio
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Two new classes for a "girlfriends getaway" weekend February 27-28 at Mohonk Mountain House. We will be making the scrap journal on Saturday morning and the charm necklaces on Sunday morning. Classes are open to guests at this Victorian castle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at house wren studio
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Really want to share Vince's first snowfall with you. Click and watch this - so so cute! Listen to him laughing as his dad pulls him along in the .... laundry basket! Happy snowdays! Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at house wren studio
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Watching this little guy grow up so fast is an inspiration to make more of the time I have for making. So far this year, I have finished stitching the West End sampler I designed awhile ago. Once I dug... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at house wren studio
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December days rush past quicker than we can keep up. I've lost all track of a timeline to share with you here, but little Vince keeps it real for us. All the changes in his first year! Maggie and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at house wren studio
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Meleen and I are so grateful to each of the sponsors for our fall getaway. Generous, creative friends who support us with sweet gifts to inspire the guests. Here's a little intro to each artist and maker. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at house wren studio
so brilliant and beautiful! - do I say that every time? love this project!! xoxo
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2015 on painting with shoes in mind at pamgarrison
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In September, Meleen and I hosted another pair of super-fun crafty getaways in Vermont. Both weekends were spectacular! The weather was perfection, the guests were lovely, the guest teachers and projects were amazing. The goodie bags and home-cooked meals. Tammy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at house wren studio
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I'm still getting the hang of this new place. Every once in awhile I uncover the top layer of a basket full of things I squirreled away in here and find that there is actually something wonderful inside. (BTW- I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at house wren studio
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One of my favorite artists is Jenn McGlon of Noodle and Lou. Her work with paint and wood and polymer clay is so darn cute! She has an adorable line of home decor and gift items with Midwest CBK. And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at house wren studio
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Maggie and I have been taking little Vince to the town pool now and then. It reminds me so much of the days when I did that with the girls in Chicago. The sounds of splashing, children calling, moms visiting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at house wren studio
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Our spring events in Vermont were sponsored by several friends and featured artists. Each gift was a lovely gesture of support and generosity! Local potter, Jessica Putnam-Phillips from Battenkill Pottery created a beautiful tea leaf piece for each guest. Perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at house wren studio
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Thank you so much, Jana! Your beautiful photography is just gorgeous. As always, we loved seeing you and spending time together!!