Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Gifts I Sachets

This will be the first in an intermittent series of items we have found that make nice or fun inexpensive gifts.

First in this series are these scented botanical wax sachets. They can be hung in closets or placed in drawers, but they're so pretty you may not want to put them away In fact we are going to put them on our Christmas tree!

Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and sweetly packaged.

You'll love these heavenly scented botanical wax sachets. 
You'll find all the best fragrances, making this collection a must have for you and yours.

Beach House
This Beach House sachet set will have you imagining the perfect summer day spent shell collecting at the beach. The fragrance reminds of a soft ocean mist blowing across delicate seaside flowers as willowy sea grass dances in the warm salty breeze. The botanicals in the wax include shells and starfish. Each sachet is strung with a suede cord and enclosed in a charmingly packaged box. Set of two.

The Black Vetiver and Oak fragrance offers a warm and luxurious fragrance that will envelop you in a velvet cloak of exotic saffron, rich cognac, green woody vetiver and sensual patchouli. This pairs nicely with hints of geranium, cyclamen flowers and tree moss, highlighting the earthy richness. This is the perfect fragrance to warm your spirit on wintery nights. The botanicals in the wax include birch branches, coral bell stalks, cosmos flowers, and oak leaves.

A festive blend of sparkling mandarin oranges, deliciously tart cranberries and succulent red currants delightfully underscored by fresh ground ginger and frosted cedar. Made with: : birch twigs, cones, pepperberries, pine needles, essential and high quality fragrance oils, proprietary wax blend. 

The Spicy Apple fragrance is simply amazing, which is probably the reason it is always the best seller from Rosy Rings. It offers fresh, juicy and crisp Macintosh apple mingled with a spicy blend of cardamom seed, ground nutmeg, fresh cinnamon and clove bud. Sweet tonka bean, vanilla extract and forest balsam softly chime in, but the stars in this scent are apple and cinnamon. The botanicals in the wax include apple slices, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks.

The Petal and Vine sachet offers green stemmy notes giving way to a sweet, flowery body of hyacinth, trumpet flower and wild orchid. The botanicals in the wax include calendula, cosmos flowers, and gingko leaves. 

We have a lot of beautiful scented gift ideas on our website!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Barking Spider Bells and Ornaments

Our Christmas ornaments and decorated eggs are a departure from our traditional stoneware. They are available in a glossy snow white color featuring bright reds, blues, purples and greens, with silver and gold accents. Because they are handmade, no two are alike, and all are very lightweight for hanging on a tree. Our friends have told us that these ornaments have become cherished family heirlooms that will be passed on for generations. We hope you will feel the same.

Rebecca and Jon have been working together as Barking Spider Pottery for nearly forty years. Their passive solar studio and home is built above the Toe River in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 
They have twin twenty-seven-year-old sons Alexander and Christopher.
Rebecca was born in 1951 in West Chester, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and has taken classes at West Chester State, Alfred University, and Penland School of Crafts. Together with Jon she has exhibited in numerous local and national shows.
Bells are $24 and are 2" tall

Ornaments are 4" and are $30

Jon was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He was trained as an engineer at The Cooper Union and holds a PhD from Columbia University. After working on the anti-ballistic missile project at Bell Laboratories and teaching engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, he took a ceramics class at Penland School of Crafts, where he met Rebecca. He’s been a potter ever since.

They live just down the road from Penland.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Notecards at Carolina Creations by Printmaker Rigel Stuhmiller

I am a Bay-Area based printmaker and illustrator. In my work I try to capture the beauty, curiosity, and wonder I see in the world.

In addition to doing freelance illustration, I also have created a line of notecards.

A healthy community is important to me.  A portion of my time each year is donated to select non-profits that build a strong community.  Sales of my artwork have raised over $10,000 for charity. When designing my products I choose environmentally friendly options sourced as locally as possible.

The Printmaking Process 

To create a block print, I first start by drawing an image on a block of linoleum. Linoleum is a material made from linseed oil and wood or cork dust. The image must be drawn backwards, as it will leave a mirror image when printed.

Next I carve out all the negative space in the image. The linoleum that remains will catch the ink and form the final image.

When all the negative space is carved away, I ink the linoleum block with a roller, or "brayer".

To print the piece by hand, I place a piece of paper over the block and rub the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. This transfers the ink to the paper.

The final print is revealed.

 To print the piece on the press, I place the inked block on the bed of the press and place a piece of paper on it. 

Then I cover it with press felts and roll it through the press. 

The metal roller of the press applies a large amount of pressure to the paper and plate, transferring the ink to the paper.

To make a multi-color print, I use a few different techniques.
One involves carving multiple linoleum blocks, each of which will print one area of color. 

In this example, I have carved five different blocks. One block can be painted with multiple colors, which can result in a more complex and painterly print.

Here are some of the beautiful cards we have at Carolina Creations by Rigel.

Stop in and check them out!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thought for the day

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future... a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for."

Maya Angelou

This is a painting I did on one such day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Readers Choice Award Times Two

Once again we were chosen as

We are grateful to our loyal customers for contributing to our success. Soon we will be celebrating twenty five years in Downtown New Bern!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Its time for the pumpkin patch

This year we have added the work of Drew Hine, beautiful!

We also have pumpkins by Paul Lockwood....

and Lisa Oakley...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Bern Neighborhood Candles

We've just had some candles created for Carolina Creations!

And they smell heavenly...

 Inner Banks Essence - Mandrin orange and Vanilla
Carolina Christmas - Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Carolina Creations Glow - Bamboo, Teak and Black Currant
Union Point Breeze - Sea Mint and Jasmine
Light Up the Season - Cranberry, Mandrin and Clove
Pollock Street Spyce - Pumpkin, Ginger and Clove

Made by Julie Tassy, these soy candles, offer a clean burn of up to sixty hours from American-grown soy, and an impressive fragrance "throw," even when the candle isn't burning. "It's amazing how a fragrance can alter a mood, create an environment or just make you happy!" she says.

The REALLY neat thing is that we can private label any of the 28 scents available by ordering in groups of 4. So for Christmas we might do a special candle for your Family, Bunco group, Book Club or whatever!  The only caveat is that the 4 candles must have the same label. Please limit your number of letters and spaces to 20.  

Saturday, September 06, 2014

2014 Ornament Union Station New Bern NC

This years ornament is the Union Station in Downtown New Bern. The Historical Society is spearheading the restoration of it!

As you can see my 1st sketch is VERY rough, just getting the idea straight in my mind.

Next a line drawing

Then I indicate what I want cut out in red

Then I send it out to some folks in Rhode Island that make them for me.
I see they didn't put the smoke in, oh well!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Food Farm and Community

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery at 317 Pollock St, in Downtown New Bern announces their new show Food, Farm and Community. This show celebrates the work of the farmer and the artists love of the land and their community. The show features work by four North Carolina Artists, Sally Sutton, Janet Dixon, Brenda Behr, and Janet Francoeur. The show opens during ArtWalk, September 12, 2014 5-8 pm. 

Sally earned her master's degree in drawing and painting from ECU in 2013 and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State, Long Beach. Her works in this show were inspired by her visits to Raleigh Farmer’s Market. She also has many new works that involve the sunflower. The sunflower has a connection to spirituality and symbolizes many things. The way the flower turns to the light symbolizes a search for spirituality for her. The Chinese see sunflowers as symbolizing long life.

Janet Dixon has studied at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA, as well as with several nationally known artists. Like the other three artists in this show she works both in watercolors and oils. She concentrates on color relationships, patterns and light and shadow. Janet loves the rural nature of Eastern North Carolina and finds inspiration for her work from her surroundings.

Edge of Night Cotton Field     Brenda Behr
For Brenda Behr, painting is her second career. Brenda earned her BFA in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, for 33 years she worked in advertising. She studied both oil and watercolor painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has studied with many nationally known painters since. She paints every day, switching back and forth between oils and watercolors. She speaks for all of the artists the show when she says that she is more likely to paint in watercolors when her painting is about the subject matter, and more likely to paint in oils when light is the subject of the painting. Cotton fields are one of her favorite things to paint in oils and each year looks forward to fall for that reason.

Janet Francoeur has a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She too worked in commercial art for many years while showing her fine art through shows throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Prior to moving to New Bern in 1989 she worked in pen and ink. Being inspired by the beauty of Eastern North Carolina in the spring she has since added watercolor, oil, and ceramics to the mediums she uses.
Ready Set Go     Janet Dixon

Full of color, this show epitomizes the beauty of our state.

The show runs though October 31, 2014. For more information contact the gallery at 252-633-4369 or email

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Commission for local bank

Sound Bank Commissions Janet Francoeur Original Painting
for New Bern Branch

Sound Bank has commissioned renowned local artist Janet Francoeur to create an original painting that will hang in the recently opened New Bern location.  Janet is well known for her beautiful watercolor and oil paintings of New Bern and the surrounding area.  She and husband, Michael, both artists are owners of Carolina Creations on Pollock Street.

Francoeur has recently finished the piece, which she has titled Racing Toward the Sound.  The painting depicts a sailing fleet racing down the Neuse River toward the Pamlico Sound with the New Bern waterfront in the background.

Phil Collins, President and CEO of Sound Bank said “We are pleased and honored that Janet agreed to paint this piece for us.  She is such a distinguished and gifted artist and her work is synonymous with New Bern.  Janet loves this area and it shows in her work.  In Racing Toward the Sound,” she has captured the distinctive and special feel of this community.”

Sound Bank will unveil the painting during its ribbon cutting celebration on September 17th and the original will hang in the branch for all to enjoy.   To celebrate the opening of the New Bern location, the first 100 customers to open a new checking account with an opening balance of $1,000 or more will receive a matted, signed and numbered limited edition print of Racing Toward the Sound.  The accounts must be opened in the New Bern branch.

The new branch is located at 1801 South Glenburnie Road.  Sound Bank is a community bank based in Morehead City with current assets of over $150 million and full service branches in New Bern, Morehead City, Beaufort and Cedar Point and a loan office in Jacksonville.

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 I really enjoyed doing this painting!  It measures 30 x 40 and is one of the largest oils I've done!