PRESS RELEASE: Pat Todd at Art House in Middlebury

WHAT: Art in My Lifetime, A retrospective of the work of Pat Todd in Pastels

WHERE: THE ART HOUSE in Middlebury's Marble Works

EXHIBIT DATES: September 10 - October 16, 2010 The Art House hours: Tues. - Fri. 2-6 p.m. and Sat. 9:30-3:00

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday September 10, 5-7:30 p.m. Live Music & Complimentary Refreshments. Coincides with Middllebury's Arts Walk. Free & Open to the Public.

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mary Swanson: (802) Visit for additional info & directions.

Pat Todd grew up watching her father paint advertising and magazine illustrations. In her own pastels, one can see his influence, as inventive compositions eagerly draw you in. Luscious shades of azure, deep plum and cobalt inhabit velvet shadows while adjacent highlights - ablaze with brilliance - splash across fields, barn walls and blossoms. These stunning proclamations illustrate, loud and clear, Pat's love of the natural world.

Image: Pat Todd, Rising Sun, pastel

Countryside Art Tour

I just returned from a quick little trip down to Pennslyvania to visit a couple art galleries. The Sea Hag Soaps art barn was great.

PRESS RELEASE: See the new Brunelle art show this Friday!

August Afternoon is a series of ten paintings about urban streets as seen thru the eyes of a bored child on summer vacation in the city. The sun is hot, the light is bright, and the shadows are deep and dark. Nothing is moving, for there is no breeze. The child is lonely and has nothing to do.
The show will be at the North End Studio Gallery, at 294 North Winooski Ave thru the month of Sept, with a closing reception to be held on Sept. 24th. The gallery is open Mon-Friday, Noon to 5pm. To see more artwork by Robert Waldo Brunelle JR, visit For more info about gallery hours, etc., call 863-6713 or email

Gearing up for ArtPrize

I've entered ArtPrize, one of the world's largest open art competitions located in Grand Rapids Michigan. The venue where my art installation will show is at the "Grand Central Market & Deli" located on Monroe only a couple blocks from the Monroe Square. The installation will be four panels, each panel is 50 inches high by roughly 24 inches wide. The entirety is a scene of lilies on a water surface in autumn. If you are interested in seeing past pieces that are similar, visit my older blog post Lilly Collection. I may finish it by the end of next week, and hope to load some previews on this site soon. Meanwhile, I am in Binghamton New York till Wednesday, hanging a show at River Read Books, of my printmaking.

What's Popular at Fabricut?

See what's happening at Fabricut!

This beautiful chair is covered in one of the most popular fabrics from Fabricut, Tea Ceremony. The colorway shown here is Brown Patina but it is also available in 3 other colorways. Other colors: Garden - A beige background with multicolored design. Heather Rose - A dark taupe background with deep rose and green. Meadowbrook - A teal background with multicolored design. This beautiful Asian inspired print is on a woven rayon/poly/cotton blend that retails for $136.00 per yard.

The pillow is covered in Liv Stripe, color Acorn. This fabric is also available in 3 other colorways and retails for $58.00 per yard.

These beautiful neutral patterns would add texture and style to any setting. See below.
Top to bottom:
Sinton Trail in Sand. Only colorway on 100% cotton.
Cloudlet in Ivory. This is an embroidered pattern on 100% cotton, available in 4 other colorways.
Kesugi Ridge in Basil. This is a print on a linen/rayon blend. Available in 4 other colorways.
Cliff Dwellings in Wheat. This is a small woven pattern on 100% cotton. Available in 4 other colorways.
Busse Leopard in Bark. This is an embroidered pattern on linen. Available in 3 other colorways.
Mozart in Brown. This is a great silk/cotton blend available in 31 other colorways!
Soy Floral in Flax. This is an embroidered pattern on a linen/cotton blend. Only available in 1 other colorway.
Chako in Butterscotch. This is a damask on linen in only this one colorway.

These beautiful fabrics are perfect for draperies featuring black and cream.
The first fabric is Crystal City in Black Pearl, a damask print on 100% polyester fabric. Available in 4 other colorways.
The middle fabric is Valli in Ivory in a beautiful small strie on 100% polyester. Available in 10 other colorways.
The last fabric is Random Scribble in Tuxedo. This is an embroidery pattern on a rayon/poly blend.  Available in 3 other colorways.

All Fabricut fabrics and trim to the trade. Contact The Designer Insider or your own designer.

Hand Carved Wood Furniture from Dessin Fournir!

Dessin Fournir is presenting all of the below items in their new hand carved collection. Each item is given the detail and attention needed to make it a beautiful addition to any home. Many of these items are available in a large range of finishes and custom sizes too. See some of our favorites below!

This beautiful mahogany bookcase is the Belle Isle Bibliotheque shown in the M-3 Woburn finish with antiqued 22k gold leaf details. All adjustable shelving.  Size: 109" wide x 98" high x 29" deep.

This round Coleridge Table has beautiful curved legs to give extra style to this piece. It is made of mahogany with crotch mahogany veneered top in M-4 Brooke finish. Size: 50" diameter and 30" high.

This all mahogany piece is the Patterson Chest with ribbed front drawers and finished in M-4 Brooke. It has three drawers and one pullout shelf at the top. Size: 43" wide x 22" deep x 34" high.

 This Gothic Armchair is finished in an antiqued paint with black pen work and gold metal leaf decoration. The upholstery is from Rose Cumming: Silk Stripe in Black/Ecru.  Size: 40" high x 22" wide x 22" deep.

 This gorgeous Biagio Armoire is made of walnut and then finished in W-5 Biagio with antique gold metal leaf rubbed over the detailed accents. Beautiful! Size: 55" wide x 96" high x 24" deep.

This unique wall sconce is the Lafite and is hand carved wood shown in 22k gold leaf.  Beautiful swirls with five candles. Size: 20" wide x 47" high x 8" deep.

This unique chair is the Burgess in all walnut and finished in W-11 Cathay with a rush seat. This chair would make a statement in any room! Size: 40" high x 25" deep x 23" wide.

All photos and information courtesy of Dessin Fournir. Contact your designer or us for more information. Custom finishes and sizes available on each piece.

Eames Shell Chair

Introducing the Eames Shell Chair

Mountain Contemporary Dream Cabin

My husband and I often fantasize about our cabin we hope to build. Perfectly placed near a lake and surrounded by aspen trees. He will spend the day fishing and I will spend the day "being one with nature" in this...

One can always dream!

Closeout Lighting and Overstocks!

These items pictured below are manufacturer cloesouts and overstocks for a limited period of time. Our Bargain Bin has over 100 items put on sale by the manufacturer and when they are gone, they are gone! Feel free to call us and check stock as some items have very limited quantities.

See all of these products and more at The Designer Insider!

PRESS RELEASE: Jude Bond at 215 College Gallery in Burlington

A Gathering of Skirts by Jude Bond will be at 215 College Gallery, 215 College Street in Burlington from Sept. 10-Oct. 3. The opening reception will be on Friday, Sept. 17th from 5-8 PM, with an informal gallery talk at 5:30.

Jude Bond has gathered new two and three-dimensional works and several 2008 sculptures to present a quirky, slightly irreverent, slightly erotic look at women and gatherings – gatherings of fabric, gatherings of women, gatherings of food stuffs and more.

In the piece entitled Skirts three-dimensional fiber and glass dolls invite the viewer to explore what lies beneath – beneath their billowing hand stitched skirts that is. Think putting up, putting out, and putting by, à la ball jars in the root cellar.

In Stitch vintage photographic works are obfuscated by organza overlays and machine stitching to twin and double-expose the private lives of women and girls.

And look for the digitally altered photo series entitled Time Travel in which Jude has dressed in authentic period clothing (summer whites) for photographic portraits, and insinuated herself into scenes from the early 1900’s.

This mixed media show includes drawing, photography, sculpture, and art textiles stitched both by hand and machine. The materials are rich and varied and they work together to create a cohesive theme, A Gathering of Skirts.

Gallery Hours are Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-6, and Sunday 12-4.

Image: Lily and Lila

Amish Furniture is sure to become a treasured keepsake!

Dutchcrafters Amish furniture is sure to be passed onto to the next generation as a treasured keepsake! Call to order your Amish dining room furniture, Amish bedroom furniture, Amish living room furniture in time for the holidays. Amish furniture makes a great holiday gift idea!

We also offer Amish handcrafted rocking chairs, rockers, child's rockers, child's chairs, child's tables, jewelry boxes and jewelry armoires!

Call our helpful sales associates with questions or to place an order at 1-866-272-6773 or visit us online at

Dutchcrafters Solid Wood Heirlooms Handcrafted by the Amish!

Ikat Fabrics and Products

Bermingham and Co. offers over 100 Ikat designs in glorious colors that are used on pillows, lampshades, headboards and upholstery. A burst of color makes your interiors more lively and glamorous. This great company is now represented by Brunschwig and Fils. See examples of their great products below!

Contact your designer or The Designer Insider for more information. Sold through Brunschwig and Fils, to the trade.

Amish Furniture for Every Room of Your Home!

At, you'll find the largest collection of premium handcrafted Amish furniture anywhere on the Internet. DutchCrafters is committed to providing heirloom quality, solid wood, custom made furniture handcrafted by highly skilled Amish woodworkers. All of our Amish furniture comes straight from the Amish wood shop, made with a careful attention to detail, a commitment to skilled workmanship, and a unique touch that reflects time-honored traditions of integrity, simplicity and hard work.

Amish Furniture for Every Room of Your Home:
We offer Amish dining room furniture, Amish bedroom furniture, Amish living room furniture, Amish office furniture, Amish kid’s furniture, Amish entryway furniture and Amish outdoor furniture! We offer a wide variety of Amish dining room tables such as pedestal tables, leg tables, stowleaf draw tables, plank tables and trestle tables. Amish dining room chairs are available is every style imaginable. Our beautiful Amish beds will be the perfect centerpiece for your bedroom. Check out our armoires, chest of drawers, night stands, sideboards, hutches, buffets, bar stools, entertainment centers, plasma TV stands, coffee tables, and more!

Call today to order your holiday gifts! Call 1-866-272-6773 or visit online at
for more information on American made Amish furniture!

Amish Furniture in Shaker, Mission, Colonial and Modern Furniture Styles

At Dutchcrafters we are proud to offer a wide variety of high quality Amish furniture that is handcrafted and custom made for each customer. Some designs that we offer are Shaker furniture, Mission Furniture (Royal Mission, Arts & Crafts Mission, Prairie Mission, Craftsman Mission, Frank Lloyd Wright Mission, Stickley mission style) Colonial Furniture, Windsor Furniture, Modern Furniture, French Country, Rustic, Queen Anne and much more! All of the Dutchcrafters Amish furniture styles are quality built using Old World craftsmanship techniques the old fashion way.

Please visit us online at or call us at 1-866-272-6773 for more information!

Amish Furniture, Green Furniture, Sustainable Furniture, Bamboo Furniture!

Amish furniture that is actually Green Furniture, Sustainable Furniture and Earth Friendly!

Dutchcrafters offers a variety of Amish furniture that is ecological and environmentally friendly such as bamboo furniture, reclaimed wood furniture, handcrafted furniture from wood that is harvested from certified managed forests as well as outdoor polywood furniture made from recycled milk jugs! All of our indoor Amish furniture is also available in non-toxic finish options. Dutchcrafters sets the highest environmental standard for our Amish furniture from furniture construction to furniture finish. Some of our Amish furniture may be LEED credit eligible.

Visit us online at or call to speak to one of our helpful sales associates at 1-866-272-6773.

Amish Furniture Handcrafted from Solid Hardwoods

At we only carry Amish furniture that we would be happy to have in our own homes. We offer heirloom Amish furniture in a variety of hardwoods such as oak wood, quarter sawn oak wood, cherry wood, hard maple wood, brown maple wood, hickory wood, walnut wood as well as softwoods such as pine wood and cedar wood. Custom wood choices are available upon request. We also offer bamboo furniture which is made from a grass instead of hardwood. This green building material is actually harder than maple wood! We offer a wide variety of stains, paints and finishes for our Amish furniture. Finish samples are available upon request. All of our Amish furniture is handcrafted to last generations.

Amish furniture makes a great gift idea! The holidays are right around the corner. Call one of our helpful sales associates for assistance in finding the right Amish furniture for that someone special in your life! Reach us tollfree at 1-866-272-6773!

Designer Fabrics: Featuring Camilla David Textiles!

Camilla David Textiles is a wonderful fabric line that depicts fabrics made in 100% cotton and linen that are produced in India. What makes these fabrics so special? The specialized embroidery and printing techniques that produces a product that is not only beautiful but resilient and durable. This unique company has now added coordinates to go with their beautiful embroidered fabrics to make the decorating of your space or project easier and even more appealing. How easy is that!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Camilla this Spring and wanted to showcase these beautiful fabrics and this wonderful family owned company. Your first look at this collection is a feature on four different groups but stay tuned for more coming soon!

Main embroidered fabric:  Nandini in Powder Blue

Coordinates from top to bottom:
Velly in A/Aqua
Twilly in A/Turquoise

Main embroidered fabrics from right to left:
Stepping Stones in Smoke
Gardenia in Smoke

Coordinates from top to bottom:
Satiny in A/Raven
Twilly in Smoke
Cobby in A/Tan
Satiny in B/Rust

Main embroidered fabric: Ballerinas in Turquoise

Coordinates from top to bottom:
Skuddy in B/Mist-Green
Skuddy in A/Turquoise
Linny in A/Indigo

Main embroidered fabric: Rose De Nimes in Dusty Blue

Coordinates from top to bottom:
Belly in A/Papyrus
Coplaid in A/Coffee
Velly in A/Mink

All of these photos were taken at the Camilla David showroom in Atlanta. The top photo is courtesy of Camilla David Textiles. The main fabrics are embroidered with the beautiful patterns you see here. Contact us or your designer for more information.

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