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Blending fine art & functional products since 2015

01 Mar '18

Ed Higgins - A shout out

Posted by Patti Clancy

You should always be nice to your high school classmates because they might turn out to be some of your best customers 40 years later!

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This shout out goes to ED HIGGINS. Even though I only saw Ed a few times since graduation, he was my very first online customer when my website went live two years ago. Since then, Ed has been a big supporter of my business page on Facebook and as a customer. He was thoughtful enough to send me a nice email after the holidays.

Here’s an excerpt: Your items were a real ‘hit’ as presents for some family members and friends, and I appreciate you accommodating my on-site Christmas shopping.

Your growing business is impressive-and it was also fun seeing your backyard outbuilding - which I now understand is the source of some artistic inspiration (which is equally impressive!)

Ed’s career path led to him become a lawyer, but anyone that follows him on Facebook knows what an “Artiste” he has become in his own right! He built his own wood-fire-oven from scratch, and keeps his followers fascinated with the mouth-watering pizza’s he cooks in there (also made from scratch, and homegrown ingredients)

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ps You should always be nice to your classmates. Sure, we all know that

what goes around comes around, but you just never know who might invite you over for handcrafted pizza someday!

Cheers to you, Ed - for your kind words, and your own amazing creativity!

 

19 Dec '17

BIRTHING AN ART BUSINESS

Posted by Patti Clancy

BIRTHING AN ART BUSINESS

I thought, “If I have to paint one more of those (fill in the blank) cardinals, I’m gonna scream!”
12 Sep '17

How A Thermal Underwear Shirt Helped Launch My Business

Posted by Patti Clancy

How A Thermal Underwear Shirt Helped Launch My Business

THE CATALYST

My Dad died three years ago. He had dementia, and for the last two years of his life, he was in a wonderful memory care facility called Chestnut Cottage. Once I learned how to go into his world and roll with it, my visits with him became less heart-wrenching and more endearing.

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 THE BRUSHES 

One of the most calming activities I did with him was paint-by-number art. The motifs were very simple (for 3-4 year olds), and came with these little blue brushes. The toy store only had 4 designs for that age group and I thought he’d get sick of them quickly. Not so with dementia, each time I’d pull one out for him, it was a new experience!

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THE SHIRT

In the last year of his life, my dad became very frail and tiny, and he was always cold. No matter what the season, he wore a long-sleeved, white thermal underwear shirt. I kept it after he passed. Even after I washed it a few times, it still smelled like him, and that was comforting.

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THE BUSINESS  

Several months later, I figured out the kind of art business I wanted to develop. My ‘ABOUT’ page can fill you in on that, but you probably figured out by now that it had to do with birds.

After nine months of working on my signature collection of state bird art, I realized I had been using those silly 'paint-by-number brushes' to create fine art! I had also been using the same ‘rag’ to wipe those brushes on all those months . . . my dad’s long underwear shirt. It was cathartic. 

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03 Jul '17

I got a guy II

Posted by Patti Clancy

When I was looking for a better way to hang my key racks securely, my guy Tom said he didn't have the right tools or the know-how.  "But, I got a guy who can do it, yeah, yeah, my friend, Mikey!" Within 1/2 an hour, a big orange truck showed up in my driveway, I met this friendly 70-something guy, who said, "sure, I can do that", then delivered the prototype within the next 1/2 hour - Talk about customer service . . . I LOVE THESE RETIRED GUYS!

Meet Mikey

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MY FIRST ATTEMPT. It worked (okay), but  . . .

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Mikey's solution -  NOW WE'RE TALKIN' !

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