Posts Tagged ‘asheville’

gingerbread-grandprize-2013If your children don’t live near you…they should live in interesting places. Luckily, our daughter and her family live in Asheville, NC. After watching the Craft in America Holiday episode, I knew where we would spend December 26th…The Grove Park Inn!!! The Gingerbread House Competition  is spread throughout the majority of the Inn…interspersed with beautiful Christmas decorations. Each house is comprised of 100% edible elements and must be 75% gingerbread. The Pandas were the grand prize winner…but our favorite was the toy factory.


We are back in not so interesting Ohio now…with visions of  ‘sugarplums’ still dancing in our heads.

May you have a happy, healthy & creative 2014!!!

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Today’s post hopes to take our minds off the stress that accompanies the season and focus on the joys of the season. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there is something beautiful and magical about the holiday decorations at night. The photo above highlights Asheville’s Biltmore Estate at dusk. The deep indigo of the mountains frames both the evening sunset and the softly lit castle.
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

The next photo is from the Country Club Plaza in my home town, Kansas City, MO. Inspired by the architecture of Seville, Spain, the Plaza was built in 1922 and is one of the earliest suburban shopping areas in the United States. Over 80 miles of lights decorate each tower, rooftop & window from Thanksgiving evening to mid-January. It is hard to describe the warmth of the lights and the festive nature of the shoppers as you walk down the streets during the Christmas Season.

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patricia-phillipsPatricia Phillips defines her jewelry as small cultural art forms. “Each piece is generally hand wrought in gold and silver, starting from sheet and wire, with gemstones added for balance. The techniques incorporated are pulled from modern to ancient methods designed to please the eye through balance. They are small sculptural art forms which speak of a blend between delicate grace and strength as part of self-expression. No discourse or social commentary is intended, and realistic imagery is limited to not interfere with the relationship between the work and the audience.”

I was drawn to her work by the simplicity of shape and the limited number of bold focal elements.

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AquaCannon_webPattiy Torno is a multifaceted artist. ‘I began sewing in 1965. In my family, learning to sew was no surprise. In 1974, my last year in high school, I decided to become a fashion designer, as it was the only career I could think of, that would allow me to earn a living having something to do with what I love the most… sewing. I started quilting in 1983 right after I closed my first design company in NYC. I moved to Asheville in 1984 and opened Tornado Clothing Company. In 1989, I bought what is now Curve Studios. By 1995 I had closed Tornado and started quilting full time. After 10 years away, in 2002 i returned to Asheville to help found the River Arts District and realize my vision for CURVE studios & garden.’

Pattiy is now working on a body of work she calls ‘photopiercings‘. ‘In the spirit of her quilts but turned towards her photography, the new piecings are digital archival photographs, cut up and re-assembled, pva glued to a plywood box substrate that has been colored with inks and then the whole shebang gets a lacquer finish.’ AquaCannon_web

I am a lucky mother who’s daughter chose to live in Asheville 15 years ago. It is a wonderful place to visit and with some luck…we may live there on a part-time basis in the future. (I doubt that my son-in-law bargained for that)

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thumb_momentsBill & I are on our way to South Carolina for a few days. Then, off to North Carolina to visit our grandchildren in Asheville. I’m going to take a few days off from blogging while I’m away. I’ll be back on June 29th. OOOPS!!! This post was meant for the Chelsea House blog…I’ll be here everyday. I’m taking a week off from posting twice each day.

BTW: I have served on the turtle patrol for several years. It is amazing to hold one of these little guys in your hand knowing that if he makes it he will weigh over 250 pounds. Unfortunately, the odds are against him.

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