Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Christmas!

If I were actually IN Virginia I could post lovely shots of our foot plus and stillcoming snow fall. But instead I am in Connecticut hanging out waiting for the festivities to begin. 50 year anniversary of the Stifel family reunion. My only concern is getting home now.

I haven't been posting for various reasons. The store has been busy,yes. Getting ready for the holidays myself,yes. But more important things have been happening. Birth of a beautiful(early) baby across the way. Mom& son are doing fine. Illness and sicknesses. Unexpected loss of a dear friend's brother. Kind of puts things in perspective, yes?
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Friday, December 4, 2009

5 minutes to say come to FIRSTfriday!

FirstFriday IS tonight and we have lots cooking (see details at right). I have been busy executing comissions like this handsome hound and I actually even tried something new. I turned this pile o' supplies into sparkly snowmen. I feel so crafty! Come see them in person tonight from 5 to 8pm, raise a snowy toast and work on your list!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Slacker Blogger returns to report on Falls Church Arts at the Market!

"Disclipline" is from the slacker: to dis, as in "not quite get around to", even though "you know it is important "and your friends and family tell you to "get on it". Well, I am back reporting with lots of info because I have missed so much in the past couple of weeks...

Barb Cram, wonder woman of Falls Church City, got the blessing for Falls Church arts to take space in the highly regarded Falls Church Farmer's Market. The Market features artisan dairy and meat products along with produce so I think our one of a kind artisans fit right in! Out inaugral Saturday was this last weekend and it was not the prettiest day to begin the season. But the mist and drizzle did not deter out stawalt crew of Cathy Summers (and her lovely daughter), Beth Loftis and Angela Williams from presenting and educating the market crowd of just a small sampling of what Falls Church Arts has to offer.

The crowd was very receptive, everyone made their booth fee and we are looking forward to seeing you next Saturday if you are at the Market. The Falls Church Farmer's Market is just 2 blocks from Stifel & Capra up Little Falls Street on the City Hall Grounds and runs from 8am to noon.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

There's another one next Thursday!

Deborah Conn's Watercolor Monotype class is in full swing this fall! The ladies had a GREAT time last evening experimenting with the different pencils, crayons, paints and collage materials that produce different effects every time that the plates get cranked through Debby's printing press.

We have set up the class as a self contained workshop as with today's busy schedule's we find it hard for most people to commit to a series of classes. Yes, believe it or not after 21/2 hours you actually leave with multiple pieces of art. Pretty exciting! Want to join the fun? Debby is hosting another class this coming Thursday, November 5th at 7pm. The workshop is $60. Email me at to register.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy 90th birthday Uncle Gene!

You know you love someone when you are willing to take ten hours to drive 360 miles. I have just mentally recovered from the ordeal of northbound 95 to get to Uncle Gene's 90th birthday party in suburban Connecticut! In hindsight it was worth it because the storm we drove up in passed through faster than predicted so it didn't rain on our back yard picnic and proverbial parade. My friend Ted wasn't so lucky this past weekend. His birthday oyster roast started at three and I think that was when the rain was the heaviest. Bleh. But you know rain is not going to deter birthday revelers so it didn't hurt anyone's spirits. (at least not the folks that wore good sturdy shoes!

I am feeling good about how the shop looks right now. Went through and did a BIG "put things on sale, rearrange the furniture, and put out tons of new merchandise" all the while trying to clear the decks a bit so we can start thinking about holiday merchandise. Frighteningly enough it IS that time of year. My first year in business I didn't put Christmas items out until after Thanksgiving and if one more person said to me " Oh I wished I had seen that a month ago I would have bought it..." So this year I am feeling frisky and we will have extended shopping hours starting November 1st. So if you are around town, pop in. You can amuse yourself watching me wrestle little white lights....
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Mary Ann Graham - Santas and more!

I am so excited! One of my favorite crafters from the guild I belong to MaryAnn Graham is doing a one day craft show at the shop TOMORROW Saturday the 16th. Of course that said, she is almost finished setting up right now! So sneak on over on your lunch hour and this all of the beautiful things Mary Ann makes. She does original papermache and painting ornaments as well as lovely glass ornaments. The glass ones (no pic yet) are quite unique. Mary ann hand marbleizes paper and then cuts it into tiny mosaic pieces which she then hand applies to the glass orbs, hard to describe but beautiful to see! So please do!

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

the case of the two Nancys

Ever searched for your name on the Internet and realized that you are not he only person on the planet with your name? Such was the case when Nancy Carter first approached me about representing her at Stifel & Capra. We had a nice chat, then I went to what I thought was her web site and was confused because she lived in a far away state and I only have local folks in the shop. Why was I thinking this was an option? Well, to make a long story short, turns out that there are at least TWO artistic Nancy Carters in the country. They are both talented but "my" Nancy paints scened of where-I-will-be-if-I-hit-the-lottery. You guessed it, the beach! Nancy works in pastel and this pic does NOT do her works justice, take a close look next time you are in.
We are on a roll in the kitschy mid century ceramic department these days! All kinds of fun things. I mean after all, who doesn't need lop-eared bunny salt & pepper shakers?
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Quite the Event!

October's FIRSTfriday was perennial favorite Ann Carney's initiation into the chaos that is FIRSTfriday of Falls Church. Of course it was spiced up by the second annual it's "almost Halloween so we have to do something" wearing of the hats. We let Ann get away with an elegant felt & satin number while Betsy (my favorite treasure hunter) and I went a little more untraditional route... Thank you to everybody who came out to meet Ann. I think she felt a bit like a rock star with her Falls Church fans coming in just to see her!

Speaking both of jewelry AND Halloween, Joan Fedora brought in absolutely hysterical seasonal jewelry. She even made me a pair of blue faced witch earrings!

Thank you also for those that have been wondering where the heck I have been because of the lack of blog entries over the last two weeks. I have been suffering from complications from a long ago neck injury. The short version of the story is if I hold my arms a certain way they go numb. What way is that? The position where one would be driving, sewing, writing, typing...

I tried to cut back where I could but it seemed like everything just suffered and a whole lot just didn't get done. Sounds like a clue that I am supposed to be taking better care of myself. Can you relate?

So step one, slow down and watch the ergonomics, two, I guess it is back to therapy and three it's time to return to yoga. The tragedy is all of my repetitive motion issues are completely related to my creative process. Why couldn't cleaning house cause me pain? I'd be happy to outsource that one!
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Monday, September 14, 2009

What's wrong with these pictures?

All these things shouldn't work, but somehow they do! Our neighhbor Julie brought us the most awesome arrangement of homegrown dahlias and (YUM!) Swiss Chard after I told her how much my hubby Bob loved chard.

Smoking 126 pounds of pork and 10 pounds of chicken in the pouring down rain shouldn't work either but somehow monsoons make for tender pork BBQ!

A one legged guy lighting fireworks? That shouldn't be either but I have given up trying to stop Bob. His doctor did tell hime to resume his "usual activities" but I think he meant exercising though....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"it's the MOST wonderful time of the year..."

I am SURE I am not the only parent that found the adaptation of Andy Williams' old Christmas Carol turned school supply ad hysterical when it first came out. I am also sure that I am not the only parent that was thrilled that school started for the bulk of the kids on Tuesday. I will also note that there are distinct advantages to having a three mile commute. NOT getting stuck behind school buses is only one of the positives I can think of...
In our family we always take a couple of goofy pictures to warm up our faces in addition to our "serious" photos. Have to admit this year I like the goofy shots better... That last shot is me experiencing the fleeting freedom of someone else molding my children. (Thank you all of teachers!) Didn't last long before the list of things to do (5000 forms from said schools) intruded on my mood.

Today was a day of treasure at Stifel & Capra, I received tons of new to us vintage yummies. Racks of coats and dresses, funky mid century kitchen ware, a huge stack of hand made quilts, cozy chenille and lots of sparkly jewels. JenNi Santiago tightened up her jewelry line and Suzanne dropped off new paper art from Dave Jenkins. All of the paper work I brought to do at the shop didn't even get unpacked, let alone worked on.

I always view back to school time kind of like New Year's. A time to contemplate, establish new routines, etc. Can't wait to see what I cook up for fall!
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Ni Santiago - Featured artist at FIRSTFriday

Tonight's the night! Ni set up this morning and we sold 5 pieces before noon! We are here until eight, stop on in.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

AHO Wrap-Up - FIRSTfriday tomorrow...

I assume it is a sign of the times or that half of DC is on vacation in August because although the show looked great, Phil played a mean piano on Friday and we were inundated on Sunday we didn't raise half as money for CHO & Homestretch as last year. *Sigh* I am more than a little bummed because these charities support those folks who are right on the edge. A twenty dollar bill away from losing their homes or families that are boot strapping their way back into an apartment from a shelter. If you can help even a little please go to or for more information. Thank you to everyone who did support Artists Helping Others 2009. I appreciate your time and talent.
For all those that are back in town, I hope you can join us on tomorrow. FIRSTfriday festivities run from 5 until 8! See details at right with photos and more info at
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Artists Helping Others - Opening TONIGHT!

The show is hung, the tasty snacks are in the kitchen, Phil Napala will be playing the piano, the art looks lovely and it has even stopped raining so hope to see you tonight at 6!
"Redoubtable Daffodils" Watercolor by Deborah Conn

Friday, August 21, 2009

No place like home!

It's tricky trying to be in two places at the same time, mentally if not physically.... We are having a lovely, albeit hotter-than-Hades time at the shore but honestly I can't wait to get home. I missed the ArtSpace fund raiser at the DogFishHead Tavern (Hmmm, wonder if I won a Prize? And frankly I am not technically savvy enough to work the art show from here with my sporadic wireless coverage.
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