Sunday, October 26, 2014

News from the PA Wilds- Who is on the Trail NOW, PCA Best of the Best and SDAJ New Designs

Artisan Trail additions 

 A few weeks back the 'Wilds' committee met to jury new artisans on the trail and then a separate committee met to decide on new Trail Sites.  As you can see we had a great session and a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!  

PA Wilds Artisan Trail
 These artisans and trail sites will see all the hard work the committee has done over the last 8 years put in action with new features and benefits. 

Tionesta Village new trail site
Types of Trail Sites

“Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds” Retailers:
Lodges, B&Bs, gift shops, coffee houses, galleries, visitor centers, outfitters and other retailers in the Pennsylvania Wilds that want to sell unique local products. To qualify, the retailer must agree to carry and sell products by at least three(3) PA Wilds juried artisans and is encouraged to display interpretive 
signage about the Artisan Trail as made available. Participants have one year to identify juried artisans to partner with and secure products that fit their inventory.

 Cost: $105/year. Chain stores not eligible.

Craft Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and Hard Cider Mills
To qualify, establishments must be located in the Pennsylvania Wilds and produce their beverages in a craft manner that aligns with the Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds brand. Elements of our brand include: tradition, authenticity, natural, environmentally sensitive, attention to detail, values, quality, craftsmanship, and Made in the PA Wilds, Pennsylvania or America. For breweries, the national standard of “6 million barrels or less” will be used to designate between craft and industrial breweries. 
All establishments must have a space open to the public (of legal age) with regular hours to be included on the trail. Sites are encouraged to sell at least three(3) Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds authentic artisan products that fit their locations and display interpretive signage about the Artisan Trail as available. 

Cost: $105/year if you carry Proudly Made in the PA Wilds products; $150/year if you don’t. State-run wine and spirits stores and industrial producers are not eligible.

Experience the Arts Partners:
Local theaters (playhouses and modern film theaters situated inside historic movie houses), museums, dance, pottery, carving studios and other establishments providing opportunities for the traveling 
public to experience art in the region are encouraged to join the PA Wilds Artisan Trail under this 
category. Experience the Arts Partners are encouraged to sell at least three(3) Proudly Made in the 
Pennsylvania Wilds authentic artisan products that fit their locations (if space allows), and display 
interpretive signage about the Artisan Trail as available. 

Cost: $105/year if you carry Proudly Made in the PA Wilds products; $150/year if you don’t.

Public Art:
The PA Wilds Artisan Trail welcomes nominations for public art to be included on the story map. We define public art as any media planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. To be considered for inclusion on the Artisan Trail story map, the artwork must be permanent (a rotating artwork in a permanent location is acceptable). It must also be publicly accessible and created by an artist; or original artwork selected using a process that includes the public; or publicly accessible artwork that considers the social and physical context of the site. Examples include murals, monuments, memorials, statues and architectural landmarks. To submit a public art nomination, go to 

Cost: None.

* above information taken from the new PA Wilds Guidelines

a 'capture' of the new PA Wilds Trail story map to be released end of next week
 One such step is the Story Map application being launched end of next week.  This app is a fabulous addition to all that being on the Artisan Trail offers. 

A good friend and fellow PA Wild's artisan, Robin Davenport, now is also a Trail Site with here family business Wild Wings Art Studio and Homestead.  

~Read more about becoming a PA Wilds Artisan and also the new guidelines HERE


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and ECCOTA

     After a two year hiatus from being on the Elk County Council on the Arts board I came in with a bang at last Tuesday's meeting for at this month's meeting 3 special guests attended Phillip Horn executive director of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Jim West PCA council member and accomplished artist and also Matt Serio program director for PPA for the PCA.  After some introductions 2 wonderful presentations on the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts or PPA were given from our side with Abbi Peters executive director of ECCOTA and then Matt Serio from the PCA side of things.

Staff of PCA HERE
Council         HERE

     "Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between local organizations and the PCA.  Now operating in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, PPA re-grants funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities.  Since its creation in 1996, PPA has demonstrated enormous success in achieving the PCA's mission and goals. "

PPA project stream defined HERE

Julie Mader, also a PA Wilds Artisan, was the recipient of The 2013 Best of the Best PPA projects award which was part of the presentation for the evening as well as further explanation of the PPA projects stream.


New Designs available @ ECCOTA

PA Wilds pendants, stamped geekery, mixed media bracelets, stone, clay and glass wrapped oxidized necklaces and hoop earrings just to list some of the SDAJ pieces being carried at this wonderful gallery.    

Warm and cool tones were used along with great texture from artisan beads, recycled glass, wire wrapping and gorgeous Picasso finished Czech beads.   A Picasso finish is added to beads after they are fire polished creating almost a raku finish.   Love them!

SDAJ also available @ Laughing Owl Press in Kane, Pa.  HERE

Saturday, October 18, 2014


or what we do when there's NO time to camp.....

June's 2014 set-up including a new porta potty tent, perfect with a 4 yr. old in tow
We did get out one time when the grand daughter stayed this passed June to Kiasutha with the Winnebago.

Work has been all consuming for dh's business which is truly super but, not so good when it comes to taking a weekend here and there for a getaway.

He is a busy man pounding those nails day in and day out, building all that awesomeness :) ;)

Elly fishing on a rainy Friday

Visiting local or not so local craft breweries or distilleries for the day is what we have been occupying ourselves with.  Pretty cool, right :)  We think so.  Those day trips take place on Sundays for the most part with a rare Saturday here and there.

CJ Spirits in Kane, Pa.  August 10th

tasting and lounge area next to the distilling area

One gorgeous Sunday morning, since we missed their opening during Art in the Wilds end of June, we came 30 minutes before they opened but, still talked our way in ;)  The owner was very informative and super nice while giving us the tour of the distilling area.  The vodka still is so beautiful with all that copper and stainless!  I can't even imagine the investment involved just on machinery and equipment alone.  

purchased a bottle of Rock Sov vodka, sooo very smooth and wonderful

Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY September 7th

Our favorite Beverage shoppe of choice is in Kane, Pa., Kinzua Beverage.  Kinzua Beverage has the best craft beer choices available locally.  After chatting with one of their awesome and knowledgeable  employees about the closest craft breweries he mentioned STBC in Lakewood.  We were like Lakewood.... dh and I trek that direction at least once a month and never spied it.   On the next Wegman's run, through Sugar Grove, before landing in Lakewood, there it was on the left right off the main road.  We were totally shocked, driving up the road toward the entrance, to see such a fabulous brewery just a stone's throw away.

inside the main entrance

my first flight experience-- hard cider, Pumking, Unearthly and Gemini was the set-up
I really loved the Unearthly and Herb here trying his first ever nitro tapped style beer 

live music mostly on Saturdays in their wonderful seating and eating area

above my sandwich choice The Kincaid-    the perfect sandwich

Voodoo Brewery Meadville, Pa., September 28th

Great bar!  Love the doors on the ceiling and also music streaming choices that day.  
I have been in a Pearl Jam state of mind the last few months with Pandora streaming PJ and Eddie Vedder most of the day so this was just a great time continued, lol.


Winona's Big Brown Ale, White Magick of the Sun, Goodvibes, Voodoo Love Child, Pil-zilla, Big Black Voodoo Daddy and the Gran Met here on the flight

great organic menu choices

breakfast stout that I HAD to try,  great stuff-  pancakes, syrup, and sausage all in one sweet brew
so bummed that I did not check the battery..had to use the cell

Cool restaurants to find tasty craft brews :-)

Olga's Cafe and Bistro/Gallery  in Coudersport 

DH-  Flying Dog Brewery Dogtoberfest  and I always love Dog Fish Head 60 minute IPA

DH- Yard's Brewing Company's Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce and then I indulged in Elysian Brewing Company's Night Owl
another gallery upstairs filled with yarn and paintings
DH- Founder's Dirty Bastard Ale and then I enjoyed Ommegang Three Philosophers quadruple ale

All of our choices at Olga's were extraordinary.  By clicking on them you will be swept away to the land of all things beer and the Beer Advocate to soak in some interesting critiques.  

Beer is Proof that God Loves Us and Wants Us to be Happy.   ~Benjamin Franklin

Laughing Owl Press GRAND OPENING this Sunday! Facebook EVENT page

 New trail stop on the list for available SDAJ originals, The Laughing Owl Press located in Kane, Pa.  

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

News from the Bench- Bracelets for Local Songwriters Titchner-Scott

Bekki and Mark Titchner, of Titchner-Scott, commissioned two cuffs from SDAJ stamped with not a mantra, verse or quote but, a song line and title track,  In dreaming I need nothing, from their upcoming album, I Dream.
1.   The couple in SDAJ studio wearing the pieces 2. promo shot for one of their albums 3. shot taken with my Sony RX100M3 4. taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on Campbell Close Street.  Scotland is one of their favorite sojourns
a recent post taken from the Facebook Fan page:

Bekki, "Mark T. usually lets me take care of posting. But this song is different. This song is inherently more personal...."
His words :
I suppose every song will mean something (or nothing) to anyone who will take the time to listen.
Art audio? Audio art? Music!!! Uh huh....
But to make a song accessible to others it needs the players - composers, writers...yes!
For us, from the start of a project to its finish, all of our creative pistons are going balls to the wall. The highs and lows on the emotional scale are light years apart from each other, as with all art processes (universal artistic bi-polarity). One day you’re up, next day you’re down. Does it go right? Does it go wrong? Does it go somewhere? Does it go nowhere? Did we nail it? Who knows! We do our best.
So here we have our latest little tune, which managed to break all laws of our creative process. From an unbelievable high to the darkest, saddest, lowest of lows we have ever known.
And now it’s finally (well, 99%) complete. And we are stuck somewhere in the emotional spectrum, we’ll say “in the middle.

Here it is:

THE MOST HIGH: My son loved this song. He would listen and sing it constantly. Sometimes he’d bitch about needing a new song to get into.

THE MOST LOW: Suddenly he’s gone. I can’t say if he’s still listening or not.

THE MIDDLE: Maybe he is.


In Dreaming 

I’m waiting at the wall
Waiting for the end
Waiting ‘til tomorrow
It will all be better then

I’m waiting for the words
They just never come
There’s nothing left to say
Nowhere left to run

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Falling from the sky, like a gull on the wind
Crashing waves
Jagged shore
I disappear again

I listen to the stones
Sometimes I can see
The way moving forward
The past in front of me

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Clouds race against the blue
Shadows come and stay
Ribbons of time unfurl
And softly float away

I’m here and then I’m gone
Chained and then I’m free
Waiting at the wall
At the edge of the sea

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

When Bekki emailed last week, to let me know the song was ready, the entire evening was then filled with her voice,  for many more songs were added to the site.  They use Reverbnation. as a tool with 50% of sales going to the organization  Love Hope Strength.

The talented songwriting/performing team play at countless venues.  Their next show will be in Lock Haven, Oct. 18th, 7-9 p.m. Avenue 209,

taken from bio on Reverbnation-
For most of the past nine years, Mark and Bekki Titchner performed mostly traditional Celtic and Appalachian music with fiddler Tara Sansom in the trio Fieldstone. Two years ago, with Tara out of grad school and living in Kentucky, the two turned their focus exclusively to songwriting. Longtime friend and drummer Don Strandberg said he would love to be a part of a recording project, and suggested bassist Mark Santaniello to round out the rhythm section. Recording began in earnest in the fall of 2011. Along the way another old friend Dave Piccirillo added guitar work to some of the tracks and Tara played fiddle on a song as well. The project was completed the spring of 2013 and should be available for sale in the summer of 2013. The Titchner-Scott Band began exclusively as a recording endeavor, but keeping all that fun confined to the basement seemed wrong.

this gifted songstress/writer above at an open mic event @ECCOTA wearing an original SDAJ copper & Serpentine rosary wrapped crescent moon piece purchased November 2011.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Small things- that make me happy

Have you been noticing, as you get older, the small day to day details through out the years are what sticks? Quiet time on the porch with your daughter reading, the way the sun comes through that window, when he makes Sunday breakfast,  hearing your child explain to their friend something you taught them or walking out the front door breathing in the season are just a handful of mine :) :)

Everyday with my husband and daughters brings more of that 'stuff' I try to hold tight, by staying present.  We all have our tools, one of mine is grasping whatever pendant I am wearing that day or a strand of very tactile beads.  Bede means prayer.  Ever since my brother died, 2 years back, prayer pieces are with me on a daily basis.   Death changes the ones left behind.
simple hand held prayer piece, a chaplet

     Above a simple knotted chaplet with nine main beads, spacers, personal large focal bead and peened copper ring, made recently on the bench to fit around a finger, is unseen in my palm when worn.  The texture of the hand made etched Indonesian beads & etched ivory glass beads are that of sea glass with the clarity of the aqua focal a super calming 'water' almost attraction.

     Prayer beads are compelling.  I have made different styles of rosaries and smaller versions or chaplets, since coming across Eleanor Wiley's book ' A String and a Prayer'  back in 2004.
     My spirit was tugging at me to create a very simple style.  The first attempt yesterday was more involved with lots of different beads, colors, textures and lines.  Yes...I cut this first attempt totally a part and continued using the beads that called to me while putting together the first chaplet.

< I like the combo of amber, clay, olive wood, lamp-work and old beads but, not what I needed.

: ) --- our cat, porch plants, diner adventuring, shots that come together, awesome customers and of course anything art related
Jewelry making brings me back to center time and time again from first starting Fall of 1996 creating with my daughters, to improvisational bead embroidery on fiber sculptures, to beginning a love of metalwork 4 years later.

Where is your happy place?

Age seems to give lyrics, where when younger there was only rhythm.  ~sld


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