Overcome – Lets all send our support

Guest Blog By: Greyson Havens-Morris

Greyson wearing his three "O" pendent designs for gulf relief.

O is for our Oceans
It’s day 70 of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. It’s hard to believe it’s happening at this very second, to people and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico; a sticky, toxic, black sludge consuming everything in an ever growing puddle hundreds of miles in diameter. We’ve been following this disaster since we heard about it in late April. My father, Gregory, was born and raised near Pensacola, Florida, a city directly affected by the oil spill. We have family and friends who live in the area, and have vacationed on the beaches there for decades.
Why is it so heartbreaking? “It’s like if you had a jar of sugar and you poured it all along the beach; that’s the natural color of the sand there. And the gulf water? It’s emerald green and it just sparkles,” My dad recites with fondness, while sanding off the wooden base of a cake topper here at Middleburg, “Or, it used too be.”
Unfortunately its gorgeous beaches are constantly becoming dirtier and dirtier each day. After hearing about authorities running more yellow tape along another quarter-mile of another Pensacola beach, 75 feet back from the water, we’ve decided to take our first step in helping overcome this bleak happening.
O is against the Oil
On June 15th the U.S. Government raised it’s estimate of the oil flow rate yet again, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels of oil could be flowing into the Gulf every day. After 70 days of the mess, that’s the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill almost twice over.
It’s alarming to hear how much money is being lost by local businesses in the midst of what’s being called the nation’s worst natural disaster to date. Although my family understands why people are suggesting to boycott the oil giant and casting stones at who they believe is responsible– this ultimately won’t improve the situation. We all, as much as we wouldn’t like to admit it, depend on oil presently. Some of us have hybrid vehicles, but still depend on others who don’t own them yet. It seems to us here we’re all responsible, and need to do what we can to “overcome”, not just this spill, but oil in general.
O stands for OVERCOME
Here are our first three steps in a direction to an oil free gulf with these OVERCOME pendants. Each features a different form of Gulf sea life; the brown pelican, a school of fish, and great sea turtles all who are being affected. Each pendant is in the shape of an “O” to represent the ocean, oil and overcoming this disaster. “Overcome” comes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s poignant phrase “We shall Overcome!” and we as a country can overcome anything by uniting together.
In addition, 20% of each sale will go to one of the 6 organizations of your choice listed below:
Craft Hope – http://crafthope.com
Water Keeper Alliance – http://www.waterkeeper.org
Nwf.org – http://www.nwf.org
American Bird Conservancy – http://www.abcbirds.org
Matter of Trust.org – http://www.matteroftrust.org
The Nature Conservancy – http://www.nature.org

Also, I’d like to suggest three other artists who are doing what they can to help. Please check out their great work, and help support the beginning of an oil free tomorrow!

SAVE THE GULF alligator watercolor MATTED

http://www.imagiro.etsy.com

Save Our Seas – 1/2 of the proceeds go to NWF’s Oil Spill Cleanup

http://www.TheWheatField.etsy.com

Save the Gulf - Dolphin at Sunset on Womens Alternative Apparel tshirt

http://www.Rctees.etsy.com

————————-

(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico_2010/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36850248/ns/us_news-environment/

Comments (1) »

Tate says… “Be good to the earth.”

Being Eco friendly is sooooooo CUTE!
One day in particular, I overheard Tate saying to her pug dog Gigi, who was chasing her chickens “Chickens are friends, not food.” Not that Gigi would ever hurt them, but it was more like our little black pug was dying for someone to play with. But it went right along with who Tate is becoming, moving away from meat, one kind at a time. First it was beef, then pork, and now turkey is “iffy.” I know one day she will probably go vegetarian, which is totally fine with us.
I have always accommodated for my vegetarian friends at dinner parties and bar-b-ques. Often I find myself skipping meat in many meals these days. But I also have the worst digestion system and stomach from years in advertising you know, LOL. She also is the one who inspired us to hang cloths outside to dry and recycle all our water bottles.
Tatham, better known as Tate, is a fun-loving teenager who loves to wear pendants and jewelry, fun t-shirts and wild colored flip flops all with a green element when she can. We are very proud of her!
That's our Girl!
When I started Middleburg Folk Art Studio I wanted it to be green to use recycled elements and paper, never wanting to hurt the environment, or me the person who was making it. Papier Mache is the the ultimate recycled material. The little apple (Tate) did not really fall far from the tree.
Our new series is all about being good to the earth, the environment and nature. Inspired by  Tatham and her love for animals, nature and being green. We created this new line of pendents, using her words in a lot of them.
Our new series featuring Animals.
My daughter Tate will also be helping to create them this summer while she is on break. She is a talented artist in her own right and a helpful joy to have around the Studio. Hope you enjoy our new jewelry pieces!

The whole staff needed to get in on the shoot last week on one HOT NC day!

Leave a comment »

Celebrating the Sport of Kings

And they're off

Guest blog by Gregory Morris (The Hubs)

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we have been thinking about something great to give dad. He’s tough to buy for. It seems like everybody’s purchasing all the nifty gadgets and tools from the “big box hardware stores.” But, what else is there? Here at MFAS, we know there’s a few items that will surely suit his “man-cave!” For instance, our new line of horse and jockey game room pieces. Speaking of which, did you know the Belmont stakes are this Saturday? And, Disney is making a movie about Secretariat whose from Middleburg, VA?

When we opened our studio a few years ago, Susan and I wanted to name ourselves after something that signified true beauty and magic to us. Since we had lived in Middleburg, Virginia (hometown of Secretariat) in the late ’90s, it has always brought a smile to our face. And it’s also very horsey. There are so many races and events there year round that celebrate one of God’s most noble creatures. A little farther up the East coast though, the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes in Belmont, New York is this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Greyson's Derby Collection. He has been collecting Derby glasses for 6 yrs!

We here at Middleburg Folk Art Studio take all of the Triple Crown events seriously and stop everything on those days to watch.  A couple of weeks ago. We sat with bated breath to see if Calvin Borel would win the Preakness to earn his second leg of the Triple Crown, but sadly, he did meet with success.

Another notable horse event is coming up in your home town, in your local theatre, actually, and its’ called Secretariat, staring Diane Lane and John Malkovich. It’s the story about a horse that beat the odds and won the Triple Crown in 1973.

If you’re looking for something to collect and you’re into horses (like we are), a great thing to shop for at flea markets this summer are Kentucky Derby glasses. They’re great to collect because they are inexpensive, historic, and make great decorations for any living space.

So to celebrate Father’s Day and the upcoming “horsey weekend” our studio is offering five new pieces.

And they’re off!

Racing Horses-A set of three horses perfect for your game room, mantle or dining table on race day. (We will sell them individually as well as customize them for you!.)

Oh Foxy-A sweet little red fox to sit on your night stand or office desk.

The Jockey-An excellent Fathers day gift for the sporting man in your life.

We have one of each of these in stock as of this blog posting but we’d be glad to make another for any of our readers.

Happy Fathers Day!

–The Hubs

Mint Julep anyone?

Comments (1) »

Nothing Like a Good Barn Sale

Welcome everybody to a new addition of Middleburg Folk Art Studio called The Barn of Middleburg “Barn of Middleburg!”

This new Etsy shop will feature vintage and antique items for your office, garden, and home! One of the most interesting pieces we have gathered is a Tammis Keefe ladies’ handkerchief from the 1950s!

Designed by Tammis Keefe, this handkerchief is adorned with sunshine yellow birds in their aviary, faded gray feathers, all in front of an ice skating rink against a royal blue background at New York City Central Park Zoo with a gray outline.

The handkerchief is 100% linen.

When we first purchased the handkerchief, we thought it’s hip retro colors and its’ “artsy” illustration were enough for us to love it, but we have been doing some research…

Apparently, it is a piece in a collection that’s over 200 pieces by a talented New York City 50’s textile designer Miss Tammis Keefe.

Originally born in Los Angeles, CA back in 1913, Tammis Keefe travelled to New York City to help run a new textile studio her employer was opening in the mid 1940s. Well, we all know that even today making it in the “Big Apple” isn’t easy, and while Keefe was there, she began to pick up freelance work from big department store names like Lord and Taylor and Kimball. At first she was commissioned to design just ladies scarves. Pretty soon though, Keefe found herself designing linen kitchen towels, tablecloths, cocktail napkins, and handkerchiefs. Keefe passed away in 1960 after an long term illness, but is considered one of the most prolific textile designing women of the 40s-60s.

Many of her designs contain animals and nature, but it’s the obvious attention to color that truly makes each one individual and stand out. Looking around on some Tammis Keefe blogs/bloggers, and a flicker page, we have found several designs of: owls, butterflies, horses, flowers, plants, holidays, and cities.

“Whenever possible I like to introduce the three dimensional in prints. I like “depth” in a fabric. I also like the introduction of current objects treated artistically. Warm colors are my favorites – beige, tan, brown with the addition of some cool color for relief.”

Tammis Keefe, 1948, quoted in American Fabrics

Although, Keefe did extensive traveling throughout Europe, there are a lot of wonderful handkerchiefs representative of American cities like our “New York City Central Park Zoo”. Among its cousins are “Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution (as it titled back in the 1950s), “New York’s Greenwich Village,” “New York’s Washington Square,” “New York’s Rockefeller Center,” “San Francisco’s Grant Ave/Chinatown,” “San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf,” “California’s San Gabriel Mission,” etc. Another thing that speaks about the palettes of Miss Keefe are that there are several color ways of the same image.

What’s unique about ours, is that we have not been able to locate a “Central Park” handkerchief in the same color way, which we believe, makes it pretty rare.

We think it would make a splendid pillow top cover or a decorative framed wall hanging somewhere in your home!

Be sure to check out our new items daily, as we will be posting more and more!

Some great resources to learn more about this wonderful designer.

http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/whimsical-tammis-keefe-handkerchiefs

http://www.nwfestival.com/T_Keefe10.htm

http://www.nwfestival.com/tammis_index.html

http://fashionsfinest.fuzzylizzie.com/tammiskeefe.html

http://www.flickr.com/groups/365882@N22/

Comments (2) »

Chickens Have Returned to Nehucky Farm

Our baby chicks

Lots of bustling going on here at the farm, new baby chicks were brought home on Sunday. The breed is Golden Laced Polish Top Hats, they will look like they are all wearing hats when they grown up. They were born on Wednesday, and this is their first on the grass outing. Otherwise the are living in a converted dog kennel half, with their warming light on 24/7. They have been really good so far, funny they know where the food and water bowls are right away. Below is picture of what they grow u to look like! How fun is that.

Darling where is my coop?

The lettuce and spinach garden also has been started. Tried to start the seed indoors and then transplanted but it did not work out so well. So just planted a second round in the bare spots, that’s what all the peat is. The center ring is spinach, Brussels sprouts around them, arugula in the next ring and finally muslin greens all around. We have already had our first salads from the baby greens, and let me tell you it is shocking how much better it tastes. My goal was to stop buying those organic bags of lettuce mix at the grocery. I’m off to a good start.

It really is just a patch, but give it a week or so...

Pansy’s are in all the urns now and filling out, watering here in North Carolina is challenging, the warmer weather and the wind plus soil that is very sandy, makes everything dry out faster.

Hi do you guys want to play?

Little GiGi is hanging in after the passing of VeeVee she still is acting like she lost her best friend. So were are doing extra cuddling with her! We would just like to thank everyone who left messages and sent private e-mails, about our loss of our dear VeeVee, it was so kind of everyone!

Thank you Everyone!


Comments (1) »

Beloved VeeVee…

It has taken three days for me to come to terms with the sudden loss of our dear sweet VeeVee pug on Easter Sunday. I cried for the first 48 hours, followed by a lost feeling and the weight of an iron blanket over me. I felt I should share this with you as I have talked about her here and referred to her as a member of the Middleburg Folk Art Studio family as well as the Havens-Morris’. She was so much more, our dear companion, the love of our life, she was such a good girl. For anyone who has known a pug she was special, she listened, she would stay with you whether outside or in, never ran away, compassionate, tender, loving. She was beautiful and a photogenic pug. Small in size, she loved popcorn and knew the difference, if it was homemade or microwave, the later which she did not partake in.

She was the best always by our side

While she was a gift from Santa over 7 years ago to both children, she really was my sons love. He would often say to her when greeting her “Hey Baby”, in a long low tone, it was kinda their thing. I can hear those words in my ears now as I type this. She would sleep with him every night, under his covers with him. She would stay in bed as long as he did. It was fitting that we were up at his college this weekend for Easter with him when she past so suddenly. He was there with her and could say goodbye. Unknowing to me at the time, he keep her collar she was wearing as a memento, it’s only right that he has it.

Love you darling...we as a family would talk for VeeVee in a Russian accent and the line \

we as a family would talk for VeeVee in a Russian accent and the line ” Darling you go ABC store” refers to VeeVee being a mature Russian lady who would drink Vodka, but a pug who could not go to the liquor store herself. Trust me she never had any vodka.

When we got our second pug a year ago and day to Vee Vee’s passing. Gigi was welcomed cooly by Veevee, not as her baby as we hoped, she would be nothing more than tolerated. But Gigi was for my daughter, she is my daughters baby, she absolutely loves her and she her. It filled the void that VeeVee was my sons and Gigi was my daughters. VeeVee was the most dignified girl, would not be drawn into childish pug games with new puppy, but preferred to sit with one of us while watching the little one play. They would sleep together in the studio even though there were two pink beds for each to sleep in. If you know a pug, warmth is what they are all about.

the many faces of our love!

VeeVee was laid to rest here at Nehucky Farm on Monday in one of her favorite toile collars and engraved tag, in a grove of very old boxwoods, under a giant pecan tree.

Oh dear VeeVee you will be missed my darling!

You will be so missed!

Comments (4) »

OMG I’m a Sculptor

Well if you know my work you would say duh! But it really has been an awakening in the past year that I have realized I am so comfortable in a 3-D medium. For years, over 25+ I have thought of myself as a graphic designer, then an art director and then a creative director, they seem to come to me, maybe because of tending to be a lead. But I’ll tell you becoming a graphic designer was like running into a brick wall or jumping them for that matter.

One spark that came 2 years ago now was, my little company could go anywhere and succeed as long as it had me, a great hardware store and the internet. So as I have said before, I followed another dream and bought my historic farm and house here in NC. Becoming a sculpture has been an evolution, as the years are going along you can see my style changing, becoming more aware. Etsy has played a major role as well and still does to this day. I love the community and the other great artist that I find there. I challenge myself to do better each day, to try harder to keep my work fresh.

Just wanted to share with you to date one of the largest family portraits I have created, 9 pets and 7 people, 16 in total, how fun is that! This was for the most wonderful person I have never meet but through her photos I feel like I know the whole family.

Making things for others…I like making things for people, I find great joy in creating and thinking about where these things will wind up in someone’s home or as a gift to a friend. It really does give me the warm and fuzzys.

So sitting here on my 4th year anniversary on Etsy, I am truly grateful I found my path as a sculptor and am on this journey. I thank you all for your consistent support and lovely kind words you share with me in notes and convo’s.

Comments (3) »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.