Category: north carolina

happy weekend!

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Days seem to be flying by lately. Now that I’m down to the last couple months in my pregnancy, there seems to always be some kind of doctors appointment or baby-related to-do list item that needs checking off, and of course work and keeping up with the house is keeping my husband and me busy as well. Today I’m cleaning up my Golden Belt studio for tonight’s 3rd Friday open house (stop by, if you’re local! I’ll be around from 6:30-8:30).

The above is one of the many beautiful photos of Aurélie Lecuyer’s home in France, found courtesy of Bloesem.

Weekend Event Picks for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: Durham’s free summer music series has moved to DPAC’s front lawn, and kicks off tonight with Solas and Kenny Roby // Third Friday in Durham, including live music at Goldenbelt // Grand Opening of Spectre Arts in Durham, also tonight // Roman Holiday screening on the lawn of NCMA, 8pm // 44th annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon // Parents looking to engage their children in art, check out blogger and author Jean Van’t Hul at The Regulator Bookshop Saturday night // The Rite of Spring Centennial from the NC Symphony // Head to City Plaza in Raleigh for Artsplosure, all weekend

Have a good weekend!

—Ellie

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Some favorites:

1. Ben Barretto weavings via Pinterest
2. a pretty rose wedding cake (paired with my wedding invitation!) via Bella Figura (photo by Caroline Joy Photography)
3. love this wallpaper via Pinterest
4. a nice post on the pressures of social media on SF Girl By Bay
5. an over budget rug I want for our nursery

Weekend Event Picks for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: It’s Third Friday in Durham // Enjoy music, art, food, camping & crafts at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival all weekend long in Chatham County // Closing weekend of Activated Art at the Ackland, performances Friday and Saturday night // Last chance to take your kids to the NC Science Festival at Marbles Museum // Bet you didn’t know storytelling was a competitive sport…hear 8 previous winners compete at the Monti GrandSLAM Friday night // Live & Local Earth Day music festival Saturday in Raleigh // 10th annual Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival on Saturday // Go green at the free Durham Earth Day festival Sunday afternoon

Have a great weekend!

—Ellie

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Some favorites:

1. Making a wall mural on Little Green Notebook (photo by Seth Smoot, styling by Kendra Smoot, for Cup of Jo)
2. sea glass mobile (would be a fun DIY!)
3. a delicious salad recipe on Recipe Girl
4. painted dresser by Knack
5. vintage Kodak logo

Have a great weekend!

—Ellie

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Some favorites:
1. new collection from Whitney Deal
2. wallpaper, found via seamless creative
3. frozen mint chocolate minitarts by a couple cooks
4. a pretty bedroom via poppytalk from the Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Real Living Magazine
5. business cards on BP&O by Studio Brave and Elise Lampe via seamless creative

Weekend Event Picks for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: Want to make your weekend count? Join HK on J in Raleigh Saturday morning, and march to end poverty // It’s sketch week at the NC Comedy Arts Festival, the largest comedy festival in the South // double feature horror films at the Carolina Theater on Friday // Last weekend to see Iris Gottlieb’s pen and ink drawings of bugs, bones, and birds at The Carrack // last weekend to see Modern Masters at the Nasher // The Ackland opened More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing Since the 1990s last weekend, “one of the biggest and most challenging shows of the year” according to the Indy

Have a great weekend!

—Ellie

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Mark Warren and Chris Pence met and became friends in high school. After high school Mark went to college for sculpture and religious studies, but unable to see a practical application for his newly acquired knowledge of art theory and criticism he attended the Penland School of Crafts as a Core Fellow. During his time at Penland, he was able to learn from and work for the grandfather of American studio slip-casting Tom Spleth.

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Chris’s path began in clay but he struggled to find a way to make a living. Chris went to business school and then pursued a master’s degree in accounting. He cut his teeth in the business world as a CPA at a large accounting firm, but after three long years in the fast paced, high stress world of public accounting he decided to return to his original love of clay.

In 2011 Mark and Chris decided to use their skills to start a company. Their mission is to create well-designed, high quality home-wares, with a focus on minimal, comfortable, elegant objects for everday use. Haand is located in the rural piedmont of North Carolina, in a farmhouse on 40 acres of land. They see the entire process through from conception to completed product, working to make objects that create a meaningful and lasting interaction between user and object.

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One of Haand’s up-and-coming projects is a collaboration with artist Leigh Suggs to produce a series of wall tiles, which will be displayed in Chapel Hill, NC. The final piece will be around 200 pieces and cover about 18 square feet — a modern geometric statement piece.

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Thanks Mark & Chris!

—Ellie