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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

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(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/

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An Overachievers Diary…

It all started with a grand plan that got grander, pick up the son from college, do a show, build Mt. Vernon, have a historic jacket custom made, make a petticoat, a bum roll and 40 new pieces. Sounds like a weekend to me. Did I happen to say son is in Virginia, 700+ miles away, show is in Newport News another 200+miles, Mt. Vernon is being built from foam and sticks, and I have all the parts of the 40 pieces in the studio waiting for me to assemble. All in all I’m a optimist and feel everything you want can be done if you just try hard enough. Well we tried, through the down pours of rain here in Illinois we worked every weekend all weekend long, and still we failed. But failure should never detour one, you can learn so much, and just the effort of trying produces some great things!

Hubby is working like a madman these days at the real job, so the new historic line we are calling “Coach House Heritage” will launch slower than expected, some pieces are up on Etsy now and others we will be adding over the next week to our site and Etsy. It will feature pieces inspired from the mid 1700’s through the Civil War. Lots of new hard-stuffed, fabric pieces in very limited editions of 25, which are all hand-painted. Very classic papier mache pieces, soldiers with wired on arms, and pieces which combine papier mache with fabric in one piece.

We will be re-erecting Mount Vernon here some time in mid June and having a show right here on our studio grounds. I’ll post some dates and details soon so you all can come out.

But my trip to Virginia was great and wanted to share some wonderful parts with you all.

American in Paris–excellent antique shop, in Paris Virginia. Call first and the darling owner Carol will open it up to you. Paris, VA is a very small, quaint town nestled in the Blueridge Mountains. Here is their link so you can pre-shop, www.american-in-paris-antiques.com

The Red Fox Inn-a quick lunch and one of my most favorite places, located in Middleburg Virginia, which had to include peanut soup.

Oh yes and the boy child is now home and my family is all here again. And really, what more could one ask for?

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An ode to a bluebird

 

This is our sweet Bluebird Wedding cake topper!

This is our sweet Bluebird Wedding cake topper!

Sometimes the simplest little things in life are the best. I’ve collected some fun facts about bluebirds here to make you happy:

In symbolism – the bluebird is the universally acknowledged sign of happiness, prosperity, good health, and arrival of Spring. The beautiful blue of its plumage is associated with the sky and eternal happiness.

Myth 1 – the Bluebird is a “man of laughter” and symbolizes happy love. I always knew they were good luck, but didn’t really know why. 

Myth 2: the Bluebird flutters around humans and reports back to the gods. It very well could be that the phrase “a little bird told me,” spawned from it.

So with all these lovely facts I hope my bluebirds keep bringing luck and happiness, where they are topping your wedding cake or just sitting quietly by on a shelf.
You can find a wide range of bluebirds in my etsy shop: http://www.middleburg.etsy.com

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Some Sweets for Spring

 

a sweet place to keep your treats

a sweet place to keep your treats

While my little Cup Cake Box seems to still be stealing the show, some fun NEW papier mache additions to this sweet line up include. A heavenly Cream Cake, a yummy Lemon Tart and a Strawberry Pillow with a very cute sugar top.
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All are little boxes so you can keep your personal delights inside. These would also make a lovely way to take a gift to a friend this spring. Can you imagines showing up at a wedding or baby shower with one of these instead of the usual gift bag. 
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For the Love of Tea!
I was going to simply tell you all about a wonderful tea shop that is carrying my work. But then I was skipping through the grocery store yesterday and low and behold on the cover of one of my favorite magazines is Crown & Crumpet! The yummy mix of sweets and treats caught my eye right there on Romantic Homes magazines March issue!
So we at Middleburg are so pleased to announce that Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon has a lovely selection of some of are newest pieces. This is a absolutely the most charming spot to slip tea and eat little treats. So if you find yourself in the San Francisco area soon please go stop by. Here is there website for more info: www.CrownAndCrumpet.com
I only wish they were closer so, because I would be a regular!
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It’s Good to be Green…even at your wedding

Sorta didn’t do a special posting on Earth Day because it’s like going to church because it’s Easter. But I did press paper (recycled) and even dumped my mop bucket water outside over a new little Ginkgo tree we just planted (using a biodegradable soap).

But today I got a total surprise and was featured on Vintage Indie’s Wedding Blog, Indie Wedding Guide. Just for being green. As I’ve noted before I started my company green even before it was all the ‘buzz,’ and I try all the time to improve or lessen our ‘foot print.’
http://vintageindie.typepad.com/indie_wedding_guide/2008/04/outdoor-weddi-2.html

Here is a little bit about our papier mache.
Middleburg is Green…it’s not just a saying, it’s truly the way we started. All of our papier mache pieces are made from 100% recycled ground newspaper. We just add water and a biodegradable binder. Our paints and glues are all made in the USA (we have checked)–not just beautiful, but smart too.

Also let me share one of my most recent projects, I am the lead on the Etsy Wedding Team. I’m such a sucker for a good wedding. And this is a group of very talented, quality shops on Etsy that create things for a beautiful hand-made wedding. So many do customizable items for the bride and the whole wedding I encourage you to check them out. Here is the ‘our blog’ link or just search on Etsy by inserting “Etsy Wedding Team” in the search window and all my team mates will pop up!

Find more great Etsy Wedding Team Shops on our blog:
http://www.etsyweddingteam.blogspot.com

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The Santa Spirit

I could make Santa all year round, but especially now. Because for the next couple of weeks I feel like making Christmas and nothing else, I can’t get into the spirit in July when everyone smart is making back stock for the big season. So here are some Santas for the season.

Prim Santa $40
He’s a papier-mâché cutie, who hangs two!
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Believe Santa $97
He simply is my favorite still!
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Santa and His Reindeers $230
See a picture of this piece on the home page http://www.MiddleburgFolkArtStudio.com
Here’s to the big Guy, all papier-mâché sleigh, reindeers and Santa. Extra reindeers can be ordered at $30 each, because I’ve been told by someone close to me I don’t have the right number of reindeers

And because I’m in the Santa spirit of giving…Free Shipping.
E-mail me and say you saw your Santa here.

team@MiddleburgFolkArtStudio.com

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