Friday, April 8, 2011

Feature Friday - Lampada on Etsy

Happy Friday; time to feature another shop found using the undiscovered feature of the Pounce tool!

Today's featured shop is Lampada. The pictured item, Latin Handmade Coffee Filter Lampshade, contains the following information in its description:

"All my lampshades are individually handmade using recycled coffee filters in their natural colors or dyed with vegetables and spices in a very natural way. Each lampshade is special because the process from beginning to end comes from scratch. I cut the wire cloth and tie it together by hand to make the shade of the lampshade. I dry, clean, dye (or not) and cut the coffee filters also by hand. Finally, I weave each coffee filter into the frame. A coat of varnish protects and gives durability to the lampshade. "

A truly unusual and beautiful product; maybe one will find its way into your home in the near future?

Peace, Judi

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Three Recommendations - Local Restaurant, Live Theater, and Documentary Film

It's been an annual tradition for many years - my friend, Eileen, and I celebrate our birthdays by doing something special between the dates of 3/3 and 4/4. This year we chose dinner at a vegan restaurant followed by a performance by our hometown's community theater.

The restaurant: True Bistro in Teele Square, Somerville, MA.  I first heard of the restaurant's existence through my daughter, Jenn; she hadn't eaten there but had heard of it. I found some online reviews and was sold on trying it.

Not to bore you, but to tempt you, Eileen had the Portabella Pave and I had the Ravioli stuffed with butternut squash. We started with a shared order of House made French fries and ended Death by Chocolate - the creamiest, richest vegan chocolate dessert I've ever tasted!

The live theater: We then proceeded to Arlington, MA, where we saw the local production of "Curtains, A Musical Comedy Whodunit" at the Arlington Friends of the Drama.

The AFD show is over, but if you ever get a chance to see a production of this show, I'd suggest you don't miss it. Some of the comedy was so subtle and smart, the music is uplifting and fun.

The documentary film: I took myself on an "Artist's Date" yesterday and went to see this at my local Landmark Theater.  Rather than try to describe what it is about, I hope you'll visit the film's website, I AM, and find out for yourself. It is from the director of Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Nutty Professor, among other big, funny films - don't expect it to be anything like those!

Peace to all,

Monday, April 4, 2011

Feature Friday on Monday - PumpkinRidgePottery

Well, last Friday came and went without a blog feature. I found this pottery shop and figured I might as well feature it today!

The shop, Pumpkin Ridge Pottery, has several cute and original items. This Cut Out Leaf Candle Holder caught my eye.

From the shop announcement:
"I enjoy creating artistic pieces by hand as well as wheel thrown projects. My inspiration comes from living in the mountains and constantly being outside taking walks in the woods or gardening. Most of my creations have to do with nature.

All clays and glazes are mid-range and food and microwave safe. Some pieces may have handles or other attachments which may not be suitable for the dishwasher or microwave."

I hope you're all enjoying viewing these features as much as I'm enjoying creating them.

Peace, Judi


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