Roaming Around the North Georgia Mountains

Lake Burton Gallery and Emporium

Lake Burton Gallery and Emporium

Linda and I just got back from a couple of days roaming around the North Georgia mountains – or what passes for mountains in this part of the country. We visited the Foxfire art show at the Unicoi Lodge near Helen, GA. It was our first time to attend and it is small, but a very nice show. Nice mix of art and craft.

We also visited Lake Burton Gallery and Emporium which is just a few miles to the north and dropped off a few items – fancy pepper mills , magic wands, etc. The gallery owner, Marlene Eck, is a great lady and, like most galleries, could use the business. So, if you are in the Clayton/Helen, Clarksville area and have a few minutes, please stop by. To quote Southern Living, “”One of the best galleries in the state.”

She has an eclectic mix of unique art and high craft and it is all by local and regional artists. There is nothing imported or mass-produced in her gallery!

More information and directions can be found at:

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Maple Burl Bangle Bracelets

Bangle bracelet from big leaf maple burl

Maple Burl Bangle

Just added a few big leaf maple burl bangle bracelets to my Artfire site. The wood for these comes out of Oregon, since it doesn’t grow in the Southeast US. They are all in the 7 1/2″ to 8″ size and 1 1/8″ to 1 3/8″ wide. Very pretty I think.

You can find them here in the bangle/braceletcategory.

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Featured in Artfire Collections

artfire collection in natural hues

In Natural Hues

In the last three days my work has been included in three Artfire collections. Here are links to those collections:

In Natural Hues

Beauty in Shades of Green

So Blue… Waiting for You

Thanks to LUV’N CRAFTS for including me in their collections!

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Artfire Collections: Thinking of Spring

Thinking about spring Artfire collection

Thinking About Spring

I added two collections to Artfire this morning. I started out with one consisting of items that make me think of spring and found so many that they took up two collections. Maybe it is because temperatures are predicted to get down to about 19 degrees F tonight that is making me think about spring!

Here are links to the two collections. Enjoy!

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My work now at Bell’s Handcrafts in Newnan, GA

Bell’s Handcrafts in Newnan, GA has recently started carrying my work. They are on the square next to the book store so they are easy to find. They are great people and have a wide variety of hand made items. Please stop by if you are in the area.

For more information, please visit their web site at:

Their Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and official Grand Opening will be held on March 1st at 5:30 pm.

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Magic Wands

I just added two magic wands to my Artfire shop. One is bright green and yellow. Looks a lot like John Deere colors. Maybe it is a wand for getting the grass mowed without the work! 😉 The other is four different colors: red, green, yellow and natural.  Both have coves and beads that create interesting shapes along the shaft. Arrow shapes appear and maybe they funnel the magic down the shaft to the business end of the wand.

Do they work? I just supply the wand. You have to supply the magic! 😉

They can be found at:

and at:

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Big leaf maple burl bangles

Just got a dozen big leaf maple bangles packed to send out. They’re all about 2 7/8″ inside diameter and 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 inches in width. All were made from big leaf maple and finished with several coats of polyurethane . Here are a couple of images:

big leaf maple burl bangles - two

Two Bangles

big leaf maple burl bangles

Bunch of Bangles

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Handmade wooden bowls painted with milk paint

Handmade wooden bowls painted with milk paint:

I posted four new bowls on my Artfire site. They’re about 5 1/2″ diameter and 2″ high. I painted the outside with milk paint and then sanded them to make them look distressed.

I use Old Fashioned Milk Paint and I love it. Nothing else has the feel and texture it gives  IMHO. I have used it for years and go through a lot of it. A nice thing about it is that it comes in powder form and has a nearly unlimited shelf life as long as you keep it dry. If you’re interested, you can find it here.

Here’s a picture of the bottom of one and links to them on Artfire.

Handmade wooden bowl with red and blue milk paint

Handmade wooden bowl with red and blue milk paint

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Artfire Collection of Shiny Things

I just added a new Artfire collection of items from the “I Checked In Today” guild member shops. Take a look!: 

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Initial Post

Hi everyone! This is the first post of a new blog.  More will follow soon!

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