Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a safe and happy holiday!  Happy New Year!  We have lots of exciting things planned for 2014.  Come visit our shop  www.ricerafferty.etsy.com

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Art in Craft Media

A few weekends back I went to visit my parents in Buffalo, NY.  My mom's artwork was in the new art exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Museum - Art in Craft Media.  My mom's art deals with her recent experience with breast cancer.  Breast cancer used to be a death sentence, but thanks to modern medicine breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers now, but going through the process of treating cancer is no easy task.  I really admire her strength.  Creativity, art making, and the support of friends helped her to cope.  Her artwork in the show was a sculptural dress made from upcycled coffee filters and cancer cell images.  I'm so proud of her!  

Her prints are now for sale at the Burchfield Penney Art Museum gift shop and online

to view more of her artwork

Friday, October 4, 2013

Art in Craft Media

 Next weekend is the opening!  To see more of Carol's art CLICK HERE!

Burchfield Penney: Exhibition Opening


Saturday, October 12, 2013, 6–8 pm
Join Mrs. Sylvia L. Rosen and the Burchfield Penney Art Center for the opening of Art in Craft Media 2013.
Art in Craft Media 2013 features 75 works by 55 artists in wood, clay, fiber, glass and metal, all current or past residents of Western New York. The exhibition jurors for the 25th anniversary Art in Craft Media exhibition were Nancy Belfer, Sunhwa Kim, Stephen Saracino and Robert Wood.
Artists include:
Jozef Bajus
Diane Bond
Leeann Catanzaro
Linda Collignon
Norman Cramer
Missy Crowell
Josh Dewall
Laurie Dill-Kocher
Lynn Duggan
Hillary Fayle
Tom Ferrero
Marcelo Florencio
Nathaniel Hall
Allison Hoag
Kevin Kegler
Jeff Kell
Veronica Keymel
William Keyser
Christine Knoblauch
Bethany Krull
Temi Kucinski
Anthony Locane
Scott Losi
Ashley Lyon
Elizabeth Lyons
Gail McCarthy
Stephen Merritt
Mitchell Messina
Dan Mirer
Anne Mormile
Barbara Murak
Tara Nahabetian
Dennis Nahabetian
Lynn Northrop
Ginny O'Brien
Carol Ann Rice Rafferty
Shirley Rosenthal
Taeyoul Ryu
Fabiano Sarra
David Schnuckel
Leslie Schug
Betty Stephan
Colleen Toledano
Victor Trabucco
Lawrence T. Schopp
Myung Urso
Leonard Urso
Nancy Valle
Aric Verrastro
Tina Vu
Jesse Walp
Liaung Chung Yen
Gina Zetts
Chu Zhenwei
Craig Ziper

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bring Back Bunheads

We're in the golden age for television.  Television shows have become almost more popular than movies.  TV shows allow the writers to work on character development and the viewer get to enjoy the series like a book - watch it all at once or keep going back to it at different times.  We get to continue on the writer's journey of the world they create. 

One of my favorite things about TV today is the viewer's have the ability to express their love for a series.  As you know Arrested Development was canceled too soon and Netflix has released a new season of the show.  Veronica Mars was sadly canceled about 10 years ago and now they're making a movie!  

Last week I heard Bunheads, one of my favorite shows on television, was canceled.  Amy Sherman-Palladino's writing is very unique.  I love her smart and politically savvy writing with its quick humorous banter.  If you're a fan I suggest you vote for the series, writer to ABC, and maybe even ask Netflix to bring the series back.  Don't give up hope!  Your opinion counts!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Statement Pins

For Fall 2013, it's all about rich colors, ornate artistic arrangements, and mixed textures. A statement pin is a great way to stay on-trend without breaking the bank.  Add the pin on a blazer, sweater, or on a purse to create a different look.

Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ricerafferty?section_id=6579570

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Davey O

My husband and I went to see Davey O live at Chunky Monkey in Cheshire, CT last night.  He did such an amazing job!  He's from Buffalo, NY and specializes in folk music.  He is AMAZING!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Time for Velvet!

Velvet is one of the most luxurious fabrics.  It's my go to fabric for autumn and winter.  People often associate velvet with evening parties, but velvet can be a fun contrast to casual wear as well.  I LOVE the look of denim jeans, t-shirt and a velvet scarf - so boho!   

Pictured above:  One of a Kind Wearable Art - hand dyed and handmade burnout velvet devore scarves


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fabric Flower Boutineers

We designed these boutineers for an autumn bride who wanted a rustic wedding with a glamorous look.  CLICK HERE to see more designs.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bridesmaid Gift Idea

We recently designed mini fabric blossoms for a late summer / autumn wedding.  We made a large three flower hair clip for the bride and the bride wanted a coordinating design for the bridesmaids.   These simple little hair clips are such a nice touch as an accessory and a bridesmaid gift.  You can play around with a variety of hairstyles - updos, long, side style, etc.   Click here to learn more about them.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Rustic Wedding Beauty

Last weekend we went to a friend's wedding at Hurd Orchards.  It was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever seen in my life. 

The bride and groom work in the advertising industry so their attention to detail was impeccable.  Their wedding made the guests feel relaxed and cared for.  They provided shuttles for the hour ride from Buffalo, NY to the orchard and they were greeted with glasses of iced tea with fresh peach slices, a dash of cinnamon, and paper straws.  They had signs greeting the guests, signs directing the guests around the property, lawn games, and the entire wedding decor was filled beautiful late summer/ early autumn colors.  I'm so in awe!  The food was farm to table and the owners barter with local farms to provide items on the menu that they couldn't provide.  I had the honor of designing the bride and bridesmaid headpieces.  The bride had the perfect balance of glamor and rustic style for an orchard wedding.  Many of the guests said the wedding felt like a movie star's wedding and I couldn't agree more! 

I worked on a custom design for her consisting of three fabric flowers made from tulle and silk, layers of yellow and white fabric, with white pearls stitched in the center.  For her bridesmaid I made three white flowers that coordinated with the bride's headpiece, but they were smaller in size and place throughout the bridesmaid hair.  They both looked fabulous. 

It brings me such joy to see two wonderful people coming together with loving friends and family.  It was a day filled with happy tears.  Congratulations!!!!

They made their own beer and bottled it for all of their guests!

The decor reminded me of the Terrain or Anthropologie

Such an adorable couple!  You can feel the love in this picture!


Friday, August 30, 2013

50 Shades of Blue

Good morning!  The summer weddings are wrapping up.  We're working with our autumn brides now.  For one of our very high fashion brides we're designing custom 1930's inspired hats for her bridesmaids - 50 Shades of Blue and a custom veil for the bride.  Her bridesmaids are wearing all custom dresses (by Anatomy) made from different fabrics she hand picked in the NYC fashion fabric district.  She wanted us to design mixed match hat's like a runway collection to coordinate with the bridesmaids dresses.  We designed each one emphasizing different sized flowers and fabrics with sequins, russian netting, tulle, and beautiful blue silk fabric.  Here's a sneak peek of the work in progress!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Fun

 Liz came to visit this weekend!  We went on a tour around New Haven and walked the Yale campus.

We woke up early and headed to the beach.  Ahh I LOVE the ocean!

Rustic wooden flower pots holding dozens of sunflowers

Liz's first visit to Terrain!

Interesting compositions all over the store.  You could literally spend days there.

 Anthropologie interior design decor inspiration.  A wall of mirrors

Terrain also carries cosmetics.  Good point, Dr. Alkaitis!

 A book headboard and gorgeous blue walls!

Check out our etsy shop to see our latest designs!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Trend Alert : Braids!

We love how braids can make an elegant hairstyle seem so effortless and natural. Braids are not only fashion forward...they will also lock flower adornments in your hair all day long!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Downtown Sophistication

Beautiful photos from one of our brides!  Our bride wanted a simple and high fashion headpiece.  We designed a birdcage veil with white feathers, peacock feathers, and vintage rhinestones.  She looks absolutely gorgeous and they make such an adorable couple!  The photographer was SJ Bridgeman Photography and they were all shot in downtown Buffalo, NY at the historic Hotel at the Lafayette.

Have a lovely friday!