Clifton Arts and Music Fest 2008

Well, one of my favorite shows of the year is this weekend. I have to say I’m pretty much ready for it (though there’s still plenty of jewelry pieces I’d love to complete) . It’s a juried art event that also has music, food and special sales from local organizations. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. Every year it’s always so festive and fun—it’s a perfect way to take advantage of the summer as the entire street is closed off to enjoy.

Where? That’s the easy part—it’s on Clifton Blvd. (Between 112th and 117th Streets)

I’ll have these little gems available as well as a lot more:


Housewarming Time and Decor for the home

Well, the Art Addict and her husband have bought a house.  I cannot say enough how thrilled I am that we will now have some space, and I will no longer be doing jewelry design from or dining room table, a borrowed garage, or  all over our condo.  No longer will I have to be writing up Art Addict from a laptop on the couch (well maybe I’ll still do that).

What this means though, is that I now have several other projects to do in addition to the usually long list of projects I like to give myself.  (Why don’t I know how to relax?)  While the house is mostly move-in ready, it’s relatively a blank slate as well.  Decorating options abound!  We also have a small collection of furniture seeing as we’ve essentially more than tripled our living space.

I suppose you may now understand why I’ve been on hiatus a bit from writing.  That house hunt thing took quite a bit of time.  To get back into the swing of things though, I’d figure I’d make this posting a feature on entirely handmade furniture and decor.

It will be exciting to have a change of address.  As our new house is right near a major park reservation it may be nice to keep with the natural theme with a new address sign.  This Shelter Harbor sign from Pear Tree Mosaics ($60) is earthy and natural while at the same time rather sleek and modern.

Shelter Harbor, Custom Double Number, $60

I’m a dark wood fan myself, but I could see how someone would cherish this hand-crafted mahogany wood table by Chris Blake.  It’s beautifully clean and modern, with simple lines.  Those who truly love handmade items will delight to find that it comes accompanied with a hard bound book detailing the tables creation. Now there’s something to put on the coffee table!

Odell Coffee Table, $3,200

It’s rather amazing what some artisans can do.  Such I feel is the case with the detail in the Oceana Demi Lune by Paulus. It’s a gorgeous walnut with maple inlay, and truly has some amazing legs!

Oceana Demi Lune $1,790

I love sleek lines, and could really live with the DIversion Coffee Table.  The designer, Michale Yonke, shows off the lovely wood grain without adding fussy design elements. What I love even more about it was that is was made with “reclaimed and repurposed tropical forest true mahogany”.

Diversion Coffee Table, $3,400

I think the color of this loveseat attracted me the most as it’s a gray twill, but the styling is also very streamlined.  Considering work from Lunar Lounge Design is handmade and built to order, this was one of the most reasonably priced furniture items I found. It definitely has a retro feel, yet looks classy instead of kitschy.

Bokz Loveseat, $549