We are off to Tiverton RI on Saturday. Come experience art!

Find out more on the Art and Artisan Facebook page. See images of new and returning artisans. 70+ artist will be there FUN FUN FUN – and naturally food too.

The festival made to “Go Local Providence”
 Saturday  Set in the beautiful Mill Pond Area of the Historic Tiverton Four Corners Village, the 25th Annual Tiverton Four Corners Arts & Artisan Festival features works of the best local and regional artists. The year’s festival will host a unique collection of homemade body care products, photography, pottery, jewelry, home accessories and even handmade dog accessories. 3948 Main Road, Tiverton. 10am-4pm.

off we go!



Hard to beat Natural Beauty!

All organics are inspiration for The Botanical Beauties and Beasties. What’s your inspiration? Email or comment and let me know.

Ntures Beauty

Simple Beauty and Limoncino

Have you ever had Limoncino? OMG – it can’t be beat on a hot summer night!

Those Italians know a thing or two when it comes to culinary! Molto delizioso!

Needless to say Birdelini was “in the moment” and had happy memories of back on an Italian porch  overlooking the hills of Florence with her lemon tree!
For Izzy it was all new and pure yummy! Thanks to our friend Deb for providing it!


How Cool is this! My OWN Chop!!!!

Thanks to my dear friend and pseudo “wee” brother for this wonderful gift!

He, Ian, told me the second part means strong/strength.
He was in China about a year ago when he got this for me.
I love it!

Look for this on up and coming artwork as part of my signature.
Liz StrongChock











The Chinese Chop Art (or seal carving) is one of the traditional four arts, i.e., Chinese painting, calligraphy, poetry and seal carving.

A personal chop in red color is an integrated part of a Chinese artwork of painting or calligraphy, which is not only the signature of the artist on the artwork, but also an essential touch to liven it up.


History of Chinese Seal Carvings by Char4U.com
Chinese seal carvings are an ancient art that combines calligraphy and engraving. Chinese seal carvings, or Chinese name stamps, evolved from a practical need to be able to affix a signature to documents and carvings. But these custom stamps became an art form as well as a practical devise, with its intricate Chinese calligraphy and beautiful carvings.

Chinese seal carving started in ancient Chinese times, during the Qin dynasty (221-210 B.C). The Chinese seal carving was originally used as an imperial seal – a seal used by the emperor to, in effect, put his stamp of approval on documents. The royal seal was called the Xi (which can literally be translated into “the imperial seal”). These Chinese seal carvings were used only by royalty.

After this dynasty, another type of seal developed. This Chinese seal carvings were used for non-official use by private individuals as a personalized stamp. These non-official custom stamps were called Yin. During the Tang Dynasty, (618 – 907 A.D.) the name for the seals changed, in part due to a superstition about the similarity in pronunciation to another Chinese word which meant death, during this period Chinese signature stamps became referred to as Bao.

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Today Chinese carved seals are still used. Many business people use specially designed seals as their Chinese name stamp, to indicate their reliability as business people and to confirm their identity.