Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thanksgiving could be my favorite holiday. Each year, my husband and our two boys travel from the Ocean State to the Garden State to celebrate with my two sisters and their families. On Thanksgiving Day my brother-in-law Bobby and sister Dede cook the most delicious turkey dinner--my favorite meal of the whole year. On Friday, our new tradition is to all spend the day together in nearby, historic Collingswood, home to one of my favorite places: The Painted Cottage Studio. Thankfully there is a candy store in town to lure the boys along!
The Painted Cottage has three presences in Collingswood: a store (located in an old Woolworth’s building), a café (yum), and the studio (gasp!). The studio is located in a 9,000 square foot, late 1800s exposed brick factory, which is used as a work space and retail store. When I wander over to the work space, I get so inspired and excited! It is bursting with creativity. There are bottles of paint, pieces of furniture, stacks of vintage plates … It’s just awesome and it makes me want to make things, try to sell things, and of course, buy things (which I always do).
Whenever I approach artist and co-owner Valerie, I gush like a fan to a rock star. Check out their websites and you just might gush, too!