This weekend I spent a few snow-free days in Western Massachusetts for work. Pioneer Valley is full of colleges and cultural opportunities. You can experience world class dance at Jacob’s Pillow, or see where Emily Dickinson lived–all within a half an hour drive. But the closest I got to sampling the local flavor was a quick pit stop at Friendly’s–that’s what happens when you have a 1 year old and a three year sitting in the back seat! My trip inspired me to find some local Western Mass artisans online.
I have always loved polaroid transfers, and this by Briana Taylor is one of the nicest I’ve seen. It reminds me of an old postcard from the early days of photography. I also love the story behind the artist. Like many creative souls, she took a winding path to her present day life as a working artist. She has become a part of the vibrant arts community of Western Mass. and you can feel her creative joy in all of her art.
Living in a creative community certainly makes it easier to find real studio space for making your art. The creator of these milk bottle inspired vases, Cara Taylor, used an electric kiln to fire them. She also has handthrown pieces for sale. Hey, wouldn’t these be perfect for those long stem roses coming your way for Valentine’s Day? Or maybe not. Either way, these ceramic vases have a distinct New England sensibility that makes them lovely and useful items to have in your home–or maybe in my home!
What is more indicative of New England life than a quilt? Seriously, quilts never go out of style–and they are one thing you can never have too many of. A quilt has so many applications in the home–at the foot of your bed, over the back of a sofa, or folded carefully in the corner waiting patiently to be put to use. This charming quilt by Pioneer Valley Girl has a red and white patchwork pattern that’s complimented by a classic ticking stripe facing with a thick lining. What a perfect way to stay warm and cozy inside as the last days of winter come barreling through.