Monday, August 31, 2009

Wedding Works in Progress

Just wanted to share a sampling of some of the objects the mergefest is generating. This is the ceremonial bronze chalice we are currently working on at Campbell Plaster & Iron. It's very exciting, because it's the first truly collaborative object we have worked on at the shop.
The concept was this - to find the definitive chalice form, fabricate it (which Glenn did perfectly out of plaster) and adorn it with
something in keeping with the"meadow motif". The cup has leaves from the canopy of hardwoods we collected, and the stem has meadow flowers, grasses and fern. We haven't decided on a patina, if any. And the little bronze acorns have been fun (and taught me about wax work) and will be laying around on tables.
And this is the belt our friend Leah (what a talent) is making out of copper wire for my dress. It will go all the way down the front and be beaded with dyed freshwater pearls my future sis-in-law Julie got for me (thanks Jules). Also, be on the lookout, some of Leah's "pods" may make an appearance at the 'fest.

And be sure to check out the Etsy shop of twobeans.
Fabulous work.

Leah and Charles are something.

And Charles....Mr.Charles. Well, he is the mix master bread baker in da hood. Oh, yeah! Not only does he make the BEST bread, but also the oven to bake it in, Check out the photos of "The Littlest Oven" that he made with some North Carolina red clay we brought back from my home town (you'll hear that story later).

Charles wants to mix the red clay with clay from West Haven and make a bread oven in the meadow to bake in. How cool is that!!?

We are very blessed to have such talented friends in our lives, and we'll keep you posted as works unfold.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pardon Our Appearance......

My mother used to say that the horrible storms we had down south, whether they be wind or ice, was nature's way of pruning. Coming from the land of pine, to hear the snapping and thud of tall trees as they give way to the force of wind or the weight of ice still makes me cringe. I had half a pine fly through the air and end up in my den one time. It wasn't pretty.
The past month has been a flash back for me in dealing with the property in West Haven. There was storm with winds that took out quite a few trees. Two of them (of course, pines) directly affected the wedding and had to be removed. They weren't small either, and one of them was wedged 15 feet up in the crotch of a beech tree. Needless to say, the Scotsman I'm marrying insisted on pulling it down by himself and I want to give a big thanks to our neighbor John Thompson for helping with that. The whole operation had me so stressed out, I had to walk away until I heard the thud.
After clearing that one, we went back the following weekend, and the road was blocked by an old rotten tree this time. This summer's mantra is the continuous hum of a chainsaw.
And I may have to put up a sign at our wedding "venue" saying PARDON OUR APPEARANCE WHILE MOTHER NATURE REDECORATES.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Whatta I wear?

We've had some questions about attire. Wellllll.....
what fun, fun, fun for me to answer!
Glenn will be "rockin da plaid" so to speak,
but really, any old kilt will do (see examples right).

I especially like the full out disco one on the left!

Another option is brown suede which will
complement our colors wonderfully.

I know this
will make
the women
folk feel
mighty safe
and protected.

And let's not forget about the lasses,
for there are many options available.

I like this one in particular because
it comes complete with a basket
for hickory nut picking or in a
pinch a stick and a piece of string
turn it into a great critter trap.
That combined with the 3 yards
of fabric that make up the headdress,
I'm seeing great wood hauling
potential here.


I don't know, that may be too cold for October.
I'm just REALLY glad they left off the face on that one.

Now there's a Green Man welcome at any event!

And last, but not least, the Vermont state fabric - Fleece!

So, what we are really trying to say is, anything goes. No, really.