coffee + cre8tive [apr 7 06]

TGIF everyone! Today is Friday which means time for the weekend, enjoying friends, running errands, and hopefully, a little rest and relaxation. Today the carpet will be installed in the new studio space, something I've been waiting for now for many months now. If you've been following my room renovation, I am happy to report that the walls are up, painted, the new stairs built and installed, all of the wood along the back wall was stained (I spent most of this evening finishing it - minwax smells terrible), electrical work finished, cable installed, I could go on and on... but the list is nearly complete - all we have to do is install the berber carpet and trim the windows and viola! finished! I will kiss the carpet crew when they're finished, I can't hardly wait to finally get our house back in order again. Everything is everywhere since the construction started, so the house has been a total war zone. I plan to spend the next few weeks locating budget furnishings and moving my office into the new space, as well as deep cleaning the house and preparing it for Spring. I'll fill you in on the details as I start shopping around - complete with photos of the progress.

I have to share this with you - it's a full page article that appeared in New Hampshire magazine this month, the photo is of my good friend, fine artist and handbag designer, Lisa Occhipinti. I was thrilled to see this after a few months of knowing it would run in the April issue - it's finally here! (She was also featured in Daily Candy in February.) Lisa deserves the praise, she is an amazingly talented artist that puts her entire soul into her work - she lives and breathes the life of a true artist - everything she does is creative and beautiful. Her art, her clothes, her home - Lisa has a very special vibe going on and it's so contagious. Everyone needs a friend like Lisa - when you leave her company your brain is buzzing with all the new ideas you have. I'm very proud of my friend. Congrats, Miss Lisa!

(image from NH Magazine)