abstractions : local art show

Posted on May 31, 2013 by

Looking for something to do tomorrow? Check out Abstractions Art Show at Scarlett Thicket Farm (284 West Street Road) in Kennett Square from 2-7 pm, featuring several talented local artists. Details below.

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DIY : chalkboard herb pots

Posted on May 29, 2013 by

Take a basic terra cotta pot and transform it into an adorable and useful gift — with chalkboard paint! Make them for your own home or give as a gift; we made these for my daughter’s end of year teacher gifts.

Simply adding a few coats of chalkboard paint (we got ours from Shinn’s Paint) to any terra cotta pot and easily identify homegrown kitchen herbs or write a special note to the receiver. Regardless of the destination, in just a few steps you can easily create a useful gift that can be repurposed for years to come.

 We applied two coats. Make sure to allow an hour or two of drying time before adding the second coat.
Let dry overnight before writing on with chalk.

Get creative and personalize it with a message or keep it simple and label it. The possibilities are endless!

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on the patio : glass mosaic tiled tabletop

Posted on May 14, 2013 by

The use of mosaic tiles can transform furnishings into a unique work of art that adds textural interest to any space. With the assistance of Ritter Tile, LLC, we took what was originally an indoor table with decorative ceramic tile inlays and modified it into an outdoor dining table with a custom glass mosaic tile tabletop.

Before starting the tile installation, the table was painted by Cassidy Painting in the same glossy brown as the other patio furniture.

From the Tile Market of Delaware, we chose a beautiful hand-crafted glass mosaic ‘Estrella‘ pattern by Artistic Tile for the new tabletop.

Local tile installer, Gary Ritter of Ritter Tile, LLC meticulously cut each 12″ x 12″ interlocking mesh-backed sheet of glass mosaic tile using a wet saw with a diamond blade.

Making the necessary cuts, Gary created sections of tile to accurately fit within the tabletop dimensions. He then pieced together each section, like pieces of a (complicated) puzzle and adhered them to the tabletop with mortar. After filling the entire surface space, he applied a silicone-based grout that would protect the table from the elements.

Here is the finished product! Evidently, Gary did a wonderful job creating the mosaic tile tabletops.

Paired with dining chairs from the Janus et Cie Sonnet collection and the other recently redone patio chairs, it creates a great outdoor dining & entertaining area.

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show her you care : mother’s day gift ideas

Posted on May 2, 2013 by

From a vintage birdhouse and a delicate vase trio to fragrant candles, we’ve gathered some great Mother’s Day gifts, perfect for any special mother in your life – all available locally. Make her smile; show your appreciation for all she’s done over the years.

mothers day gifts

(1)  anthropologie : Spice Market Infinity Scarf

(2)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Lagos Chain – Oval Link Bracelet

(3)  terrain : Linneas Lights Sea Salt Candle

(4)  anthropologie : Kitchen Garden Cookbook

(5)  anthropologie : Horizontal Chemist Vase

(6)  Peter Kate : Gretchen Scott Matisse Blue Beach Bag

(7)  anthropologie : Cadiz Serving Bowl

(8)  terrain : Hexagon Birdhouse

(9)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings

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We’ve also listed some of our favorite local shops and restaurants to treat the mother in your life this Mother’s Day.

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS & GARDEN ITEMS
Terrain   •   glen mills, pa
Petals : Flowers & Fine Gifts   •   montchanin, de
Flowers by Yukie   •   wilmington, de
Longwood Gardens   •   kennett square, pa

PAMPER HER
Houpette   •   greenville, de
The Spa at Montchanin Village   •   montchanin, de
Polished Salon   •   locations in DE & PA
SpaFinder.com

GIFTS & SUCH
Peter Kate   •   greenville, de
Ellie Boutique   •   locations in DE, PA & MD
Everything But the Kitchen Sink   •   hockessin, de
Pro Kitchen Gear   •   greenville, de
The Pink Turtle   •   greenville, de
Anthropologie   •   locations in DE & PA

DAZZLE HER with JEWELS
A.R. Morris Jewelers   •   wilmington & greenville, de
Indulgence Jewelers   •   greenville, de

A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
Eclipse Bistro   •   wilmington, de
Culinaria   •   wilmington, de
Moro Restaurant   •   wilmington, de
Takumi   •   wilmington, de
Sovana Bistro   •   kennett square, pa
Krazy Kats   •   montchanin, de
Orillas Tapas   •   wilmington, de
Chelsea Tavern   •   wilmington, de

HEALTH & FITNESS
Plexus Fitness   •   wilmington, de
Empowered Yoga
    •   wilmington, de
Delaware Running Company   •   greenville & newark, de
Pure Yoga Pilates Studio   •   wilmington, de

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restoration : the art of antique garden decor

Posted on April 25, 2013 by

Gardens and outdoor spaces have developed into an extension of the home, creating an intimate area for people to relax and entertain. Sitting areas adorned with vintage and antique outdoor furnishings add charm and personality with timeless appeal.

A distinct fixture of the traditional English garden, an armillary sundial is a unique piece that is functional as well as a decorative focal point for the garden. Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted it in a glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust damage. Restoring authentic garden antiques with a fresh look is a wonderful way to preserve its character while giving it a style of your own.

What is an armillary sphere?

The original armillary sphere was designed almost 2,000 years ago to illustrate the idea of a universe that revolved around the earth. As the sun travels across the sky, the gnomon (or arrow) of the armillary sundial casts a shadow onto a surface that indicates the hour. Learn more about their history here.

The now growing trend of metal patio furniture was originally inspired by formal living room sets. Designed with inspiration from formal living room chairs in the 1950s, the first metal patio furniture was curvy and very decorative.

This distinguished cast iron grape vine style garden furniture transcends the graceful, ornate Victorian style of the late 1800′s.

To complete the look, Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted this furniture set in the same glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust.

The complete look!

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