Truth.... isn't it strange?

" Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities . Truth isn't "

Mark Twain

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Taking these last days of 2011 off and getting ready for a surprising 2012! I couldn't have dreamed of all that went on this last year....and i can only imagine what may come next

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Harvey

Thursday, December 15, 2011

cutting boards and chopping blocks

We have locally made cutting boards as of Dec 1st. Allen has been producing them right here in Cottage Grove all along....but selling mostly on the internet. He came in with his work, which also includes yo-yo's and puzzles. Now you can handle them and make a choice that works for you . He uses scrap woods so the kinds of wood and patterns of color varies greatly. Very affordable . $15-$38. 

I think after the holidays, I'll have him make a new slide out cutting board to replace my old cracked one that came with the house. I believe he does special orders

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tromp l' oeil ( definition : to fool the eye )  one way of keeping your towels clean indefinitely. Just give your guests the illusion of soft terry cloth while supplying them with paper towel.

I painted these hand towels along with the towel bar, in an office bathroom where paper towels were used. The colors of the business are red and yellow. Red toilet and yellow sink!  The commission was to bring the yellow and red together in this very bland gray bathroom. Hence the painted stripe design on the lower half of the walls. The towels were just a fun final touch. I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

hand woven for christmas

Hand woven Christmas tea towels by Pat Ollivier: I only have these four left. Don't know if she will be bringing in more this year . Of course we have several of her every day towels, of which I finally purchased 2 for myself. The runner is an old ( possibly 150 yr ) pattern called " star and diamond" . this takes a very experienced weaver like Pat to accomplish well . It reminds me of the old scandinavian runners my grandma brought over from Norway. This one is a swedish fabric which is both cotton and linen .... this is what Pat has told me. I have lots of other runners in the shop but this is my favorite. She doesn't do this pattern as often because of the time involved. Pat has been weaving for 40 plus yrs. Impressive work!

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Idea for gift giving. This starter loom is made locally and is just 135.00 unassembled or 150 fully assembled. Working loom that makes more than potholders. holds up to 11 inch wide project. It comes with a beginning weaving instructional to get you started . This is perfect for the dreamer weaver who isn't sure if they want to invest 400 plus just yet.  Made by Allen right here in Cottage Grove.