Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring Gardening in the City

In our city garden plots, we are waiting patiently for our seeds and seedlings to get strong and grow. Seems like this spring was a long cold and rainy one. Now it is suddenly blazing hot. We are crossing our fingers, hoping these little guys can take it. I think we had more in the ground by this time last year that was already growing well.

This year we are looking forward to potatoes, onions, peppers, spinach, chard, tomatoes, beets, peas, lettuce, watermelon, cucumbers, radishes, and Chinese cabbage... so far. We are already strategically plotting how to fight our pests the cucumber beetle, squash borer, and harlequin bugs. I'll have to do a pest post this year. We are ready!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Before and After Upholstery

Sometimes my upholstery backlog keeps me offline for a while. These 2 matching fan back channel chairs were for a customer in D.C. I got them out this week, along with another arm chair (pics soon to follow).

Happy to see them move through the shop. It is hard but gratifying work!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Purple Spring Flowers

It's amazing to me that in our tiny concrete backyard, it is possible to grow a lush variety of flowers. This is what is blooming this week, so lovely!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Highlandtown Wine Festival April 26, 2009

Di Pasquale's Italian Market sponsor the sixth annual Highlandtown Wine Festival celebrating the tradition of home winemaking. The event, held at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden, features a Homemade Wine Competition, Wine Tastings, Bocce Tournament, food and music by Cold-Cold Heartbreakers.

This year the Highlandtown Wine Festival has invited over 25 vendors, merchants, and organizations to round out an already great afternoon! Browse local artisan crafts such as Mark Supik's wood turning, JersyGirlDesigns's bright springtime accessories, Monica Broere's ceramics, or chat with author Gary Helton about his books highlighting local Baltimore color in Highlandtown and beyond. This venue will not disappoint!

Sunday April 26th, 1-6pm.

Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden on Father Petti Lane
(around the corner from Claremont & Conkling Streets)
Admission $25 ($20 in advance) includes a souvenir wine glass and five wine tastings.

For more information and tickets go to the official web site at

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chairs of the Week, Before and After Uphosltery

Before: A tired set of channel back chairs, solid pieces that showed promise . They were upholstered in a dusty old peach velvet that was saggy and worn, begging for a face lift.

After: The pair is hip with a contemporary edge. Nice blue/brown chenille swirl is a striking and bold print that will make a statement in the living room. Comfortable, livable, and totally custom!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I am offering my biggest online sale ever Friday April 3-5!

Buy 2 plastic rings, get one free! (please request design of choice for free ring)
Buy 2 button rings, get one free! (please request color of choice for free ring)
Buy 2 stud earrings, get a surprise pair free!
AND 20% off all metal jewelry!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Come shop the BEST's Jewelry Trunk show!

Magnolia Designs, April 4, 2009 11:00-3:00

246 S. Conkling Street Baltimore, MD 21224

Lite Fare & Refreshments will be served.

This year Magnolia Designs welcomes members from the Baltimore Etsy Street Team to showcase their talents in their gallery. From contemporary metalwork, to beaded semiprecious stones, enameling, to cool vintage component accessories, you will find diverse talent at this trunk show.

Tucked away in an unassuming part of Baltimore, Magnolia Designs is a vibrant gallery located in the heart of the Highlandtown Arts District. Designer Felicia Zannino-Baker operates a home furnishing and art gallery where she features paintings, sculpture, and photography by local and regional artists. She also specializes in interior design and d├ęcor projects for the home.

Participating Jewelry Artists:

Elisa Shere

Allison Fomich
Maria Vashakidze + Minna Nilanont

Anne Madison