Chatri Joseph's Jewelry

When I have a great experience with a business, I like to recommend them.  These are my true opinions, not sponsored in any way.

This past Christmas my husband bought me some beautiful earrings.  Because I am an artist, he understands I like to purchase from artisans. He knows I love folk art.  So he searched for folk art jewelry on Etsy.  Isn't he awesome?  He purchased earrings for me from Chatri Joseph, The earrings were  larger in scale than I typically wear.   With my husband's blessing, I contacted the shop owner to see if I could exchange the earrings for smaller ones.  Chatri Joseph was perfect to deal with in every way during this exchange.

I sent back the first earrings, picked out a new design pictured above.  Chatri Joseph custom made the ear loop, since I don't like overlong long ear wires.  They are such lovely earrings!  They have such a nice weight, not being too heavy or too light.  They never fall out, unlike some other earrings I buy,  Perfectly balanced. 

So if you want a special piece of handcrafted jewelry, I highly recommend Chatri Joseph.  

Summer Fun

Some years ago I used this image as a blog banner for the summer.  How these boys have grown in 5 years!

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn:
William Butman's Searsport House

Yesterday I had a "day away" from my typical work and responsibilities.  I rode down Route 1 to enjoy some coastal views with a friend.  We had lunch on the water in Camden.  

On the way back I stopped to take photos of my great great great grandfather's house in Searsport, Maine. It was built in 1830, owned by William Butman.  

Early New England houses commonly have a "big house, little house, back house, barn" design to them.  Sometimes the big house was built after the "little house" section.  Connected houses of New England were necessary and convenient, allowing the owner to get to the barn to feed the animals in cold winters without having to clear snow.  If you enjoy antique house stories, you will want to visit Prudence Fish's blog, Antique Houses of Gloucester and Beyond:

Also, I just purchased the book Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn to learn more:  

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England

My ancestor's house started off that way, but was remodeled greatly in the latter quarter of the 20th century to become a bed and breakfast.  Here is an early photo of the house, undated.  

It is said by another branch of the family this is the same house.  Perhaps this is the "little house" built before the larger 1830 structure on the end? 

It was converted to a bed and breakfast at some point, being most recently named The Inn Britannia. 

Here is an image from the 1990's after William Butman's Searsport house was renovated to be a bed and breakfast.  Other Butman family branches say previous owners rolled the barn further away from the house to make room for the dark blue 1990 addition.  

And here it is today.  

From the barn end:


Light A Candle

This past couple of weeks I watched Ken Burns "The Roosevelts".   What a great series!  My history lessons had a big whole in it, namely the 20th century.  Growing up in the south, history always seemed to end with the Reconstruction era following the Civil War.  The word carpetbagger came up a lot, I remember.  When I was in college, I took a lot of history classes. But again, 20th century history wasn't part of it.  "The Roosevelts" gave me an insight into the world that my grandparents came of age in, and the world that my parents were born into.  

Seeing the footage of World War I, the Depression and World War II gave me a greater appreciation for the challenges that my family members lived through.  It gave me a greater appreciation for the opportunities which came out of adversity, and the character that resulted.  And the work!  The hard, hard work that people did then to make ends meet.  The hard hard work that our people did to meet the evils of the time face on.  There are so many lessons there. 

In these past couple of months I have been making some changes in my house, and have also been thinking a lot while I wield a paint roller.  Deep thoughts about what the direction of our world is, and what it will hold for both my children, but particularly my autistic son.  The Roosevelts were an action oriented family!  Eleanor Roosevelt is an interesting character to read about, a woman who worked hard to make a difference in her world, which was very dark at times. She did this in a time when it was not natural for women to think and speak so boldly. 

I am still thinking, and still painting.  After I finish painting my cabinets I will return to art making.  But also I will be focusing on how to make a practical difference in this present world.  

On Starting Over

I bought this stand a while back to use as a TV stand.  

I don't know what it was finished with before.  I sanded it.  I decided to paint it a funky green with one if those no prime no sand chalk paints. 

It was peeling quite badly. I was not going for a chippy rustic look.  I did not like the finish.  So I scraped and sanded it off.  

Here's where it ended up, with a Martha Stewart color in Behr's Ultra paint and primer in one. 

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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