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Holly Go Lightly

Trying to find the correct spelling of holly (the wood) this morning I had a fun expedition into google. I discoveried of course, Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and seems it is H-O-L-L-Y and it does go lightly but…I can’t leave nature alone. So, I tooks its lovely natural shade of alabaster and got out the milk paint. Gary took to  the bandsaw. After some serious sanding and polishing I am VERY happy. I kinda like them ALOT. I hope you do too.

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THREE RING CIRCUS

Beware of husband spending too much time in the shop. He just may come back with something magnificent. From a fallen Apple Tree he crafted these exquisite new rings. We are very excited by the possibilities. We are now drying Holly and Dogwood to see what becomes of these precious woods.

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GARTHA MAKES DEBUT AT FLAT ROCK

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You will now find Gartha  amongst the fine collections of  the Gallery at Flat Rock. Nestled in this beautiful historic town in Western North Carolina, the gallery is a showcase for some of the mountain’s most excited designer/makers. We were flattered by their interest and very appreciative of their embrace of Gartha. Come see us and our fellow artists. Also take advantage of the upcoming exhibitions and workshops offered by the Gallery. They move and shake with the best of them. xxoom

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

 A little One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, to keep you in the loop

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WOW! Gartha took off and little did we know that a crazy afternoon of twisting and turning wood would turn into Gartha. Thanks to those that came out, purchased and adored our new collection at the Southern Highland Craft Show.

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Our next appearance will be at the Marshall Handmade Market. Don’t miss the opportunity to come out and see what I am jabbering about.  AND we have some awesome show neighbors. This is going to be a really good show. Thanks to the Marshall Studio gang for letting us be a part.

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THREE

I just had to go in search of  some visual food. So, I hit the highway all by myself  and headed North to catch up with my creative cast of clever friends. A brief stay in Connecticut and a tip from the one helluva Fashionista, I discovered my favorite new store, TERRAIN. It is the best example of organic merchandising and merchandise. Let’s get back to basics… linen, wood, natural decor aka anything live. It was refreshing, inspirational and should I mention the cafe…BREAD baked in a flower pot. Forget the pot idea,  more bread please. One thing they need though…GARTHA!

 

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 FOUR

Next stop MAINE…now there is some serious visual stimuli. Color Color Everywhere and a lot of drops to drink. A quick trip to gather some hugs, an awesome day of treasure hunting in the best thrift stores ever. Oh dear, I was going to keep that a secret.

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FIVE

New York New York. You are still my kind of town. And don’t ever let people tell you that you are not full of love. With proof of positivity all around, you could not erase the smile on my face. Seems you can go home again.

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SIX

Well….HELLO BOYS. Can you spell D-I-V-I-N-E?  OMG so very dapper. I love the one on the left. I asked “may I take your picture? I am collecting divine men today”? He said, “daaaaahling,  only if I can start with you for my collection of divine women.”  Oh how  you make me blush. Thanks NYC for another tasty bite.

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SEVEN

Idea overload. You just can’t open your eyes without seeing something awe inspiring. As always,  “why didn’t I think of that?” blares in my head.  First prize goes to Lynn Wohlfeld for her amazing chest set, all from salt and pepper shakers. She is not happy with her king and queen . So, be on the look out for something worthy. And the best was the elephant perched high upon the Fed X truck. We asked won’t he fall off? The driver answered, “of course he would but he only stands on top when we are loading”…..I LOVE NEW YORK!

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EIGHT

WOW….my cup runneth over and I am ready to get back to work. Christmas is coming and we have some stockings to fill and some bracelets to make.

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GARTHA SPOTTED

jamie cycloneSeems a Gartha Bracelet was spotted at the fabulous Bedford Post Inn owned by none other that Richard Gere. Known for its posh rooms and to die for food it only caters to the aesthetic elite.  So who is that wrist adorning our Bracelet while dining (or is she steeling the table decor)?  Hmmmm…..OMG… I think it is New York’s fashion icon Jamie Delaney.

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Cowgirl Blues

I do not know what inspires me, especially looking at my Cowgirl Blues. I guess it is my love for denim and chambray and how everything should go with. Lordy Lordy, Gary should have never let me loose with some paint , sandpaper and a bucket of water. He rolled his eyes and I kept going.  Now don’t tell me I can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as my mama would say. YEE HAW!

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