Saturday, July 23, 2016

Our Farmhouse in Country Home 2016

Way back in 2004 when print magazines abounded, our home was featured in one of my favorite magazines called Country Home. It was so exciting to see our place in print - including being featured on the cover. 

Our house on the cover of Country Home in 2004
Now in 2016, magazines are folding left and right. I don't know about you but I really miss getting magazines in my mailbox. In the evening I would sit and savor the pages and learn about the homes featured. The internet is fine but there is something about having pages to turn. I find it so much easier to really inspect a home on paper vs the screen. 

Last September, a photo crew arrived from the NEW Country Home to shoot our home once again. This new version of Country Home is a yearly magazine with very little advertising. It features about 15 homes and each place is given a lot of pages. 

Here is a little 3 second video preview for you. 




You can find the magazine on the news stand and at Barnes and Noble like I saw it yesterday. 



Country Home has a nice Instagram feed which you can follow here

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lampshade Painting/Fabric Printing Retreat 2016 - Day Two

Wow - the past weekend was certainly a whirlwind. Day One of the first Creative Retreat here at our farm went great. Day Two was Lampshade Painting Day. I had never taught this class so I wasn't sure how it would go. The first time teaching any new subject is always a bit of an experiment - kind of like doing a craft for the first time. 

I must say, I think it was successful. Although there was a whole lot packed into the day, almost everyone finished their lampshade. If they didn't, I sent them off with paint and the where with all to finish. 

It is always so amazing to me how each project made differs so much in the end. That is how it is with individual art making - you see the personality of the artist coming out - even if they are not very experienced at painting or making. 

Here are photos from the first half of the day. Students had to plan their lampshades and then begin. Blank canvas fear for sure but I could slowly see their confidence increase and they began relaxing into the brush and the paint and the creativity. 



Some of the lampshades I have painted for inspiration amongst the jumble of the studio. 


Everyone is working away - deep in concentration. 








They barely wanted to stop for lunch. We decided to take a photo of the half way mark in front of my shed. 


And then they got loopy! 


Lunch was awesome - thanks to my friends Cathy and Cynthia who were helping for the weekend. 


All afternoon, everyone painted their heart out. It was a race to finish. Perhaps next time I will suggest smaller shades but truth be told, I think no matter how long they had or what size lampshade, I still think it would have been tough to finish. 










Here are the finished and almost finished lampshades. Aren't they fantastic? 



Here are a few more views. 






I'm hoping everyone will send a photo of their shade in their home. That would be fun. I am so proud of all the students. What a great day and such good work and art made. 

I will definitely be teaching this class again next year. To find out when, make sure you sign up for my newsletter at the top right of the sidebar. 

FYI: On July 30th I have the second Fabric Printing Day here at the farm. There are still 3 spaces available if you are interested. The price is $250 for the day and it includes morning food, full farm lunch, and all supplies. More info here to sign up. If you have any questions, please send them on to kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom. There is an Add-on Day too which is Crewel Embroidery for $160.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fabric Printing Retreat 2016 - Day One

We had a great weekend here at the farm. I had a full house with 6 students. Three students were "returnees" which is very cool - so nice to see them again! The photos today are from Day One of the Creative Retreat which was Fabric Printing Day.

On July 30th I have the second Fabric Printing Day here at the farm. There are still 3 spaces available if you are interested. The price is $250 for the day and it includes morning food, full farm lunch, and all supplies. More info here to sign up. If you have any questions, please send them on to kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom. There is an Add-on Day too which is Crewel Embroidery for $160.

I really do love these days sharing my skills here in my studio IN PERSON. On-line classes are great but it is a whole different dynamic teaching in person. I think students catch on quicker. And then there is all the personal interactions between me and everyone. It is so interesting to see how each student progresses through the day and to see what designs they come up with and how their project turns out. 

I'm off to sell our farm raised lamb at the Tuesday Farmers Market in Northampton today. I will leave you to peruse all the photos and see what beautiful projects everyone turned out. I'll be back with a recap from Day Two within the next couple days. 





















Thursday, July 14, 2016

Looking Forward to the Weekend

I'm getting ready for the arrival of the first set of students for the 2016 Creative Retreat Series here at our farm this weekend. I have a full house of 6 students. They will be learning Fabric Printing and Lampshade Painting. It promises to be a creative time and lots of fun for all of us. 

Besides cleaning the house, I've been working on a few creative pursuits. I've been doing some linoleum block printing which has been lots of fun. The projects will be featured in my book. 



I also have continued to work on the two "She Sheds" to get them ready for the upcoming photos. I have been trying to decide what kind of lighting I want in the pottery throwing studio. I only have one overhead outlet. I purchased the same lamp I have in my other studio. It is from Home Depot and to me it looks like an old factory style light that we used to have in the textile mill I worked in way back when. 




Today I worked a little magic on it and it looks like this now. 



Can't wait til I can get my fantastic electrician Dave to install it for me. 

I hope you all have a great weekend. I'll try to post some photos of my students working on Instagram if I remember.  

BTW - I still have some openings in both the July 30/31 Retreat (Fabric Printing + Embroidery) and the Sept 24/25 (Color, Embroidery for Knitters and Crocheters). Check out all the information HERE

How is your summer going? I hope you are finding time to do something creative. I'm intrigued by this new class that just came out on Creativebug with Flora Bowley. Nan, one of my students who came to the farm last year raved about Flora's on-line classes

Speaking of painting, these paintings are really gorgeous.