Here is our last Novem-Beard Interview,
Thank you to those who came out of the woodwork
to let us get to know them...
I live in Lansdale, PA in a one bedroom two studio row home. My wife and business partner, Margaret Almon, came up with our name, Nutmeg Designs. Nutmeg has nothing to do with our craft, but all to do with an old nickname. Design is what we love to do. I primarily sell stained glass sun catchers and small panels. I collaborate with Margaret on mosaic signs. I design the lettering and numbers and cut out the pieces. Then I hand them to Margaret, who glues them down and does the background creating the mosaic.
How did you learn about Etsy Project Embrace?
Margaret told me about it and I loved the idea.
Of all your creations, what is your favorite? And why?
Lets get back to designs. My favorite design is now called the Dr. Ed Mandala. It is named in memory of a good friend who died of pancreatic cancer. The last time I saw him in public was at a craft show and he bought a mandala. Soon after he died I named it after him and have donated 30% of all sales to pancreatic cancer research. The one he bought.
What is your favorite possession, and why do you cherish it?
Got to go with two and they both came from my grandmothers. Mamie was a quilter and I own a few of them. She was the first crafter I knew and the Log Cabin quilt in blues, which she made for Margaret and I, is the one we use. From Mom Mom I got years of strudel and the lesson on how to make it. She taught me shortly before she had a stroke and that day spent in her kitchen is seen as a blessing for sure. I am the one who now makes it for our family. Under the quilt, making strudel
Is there something special you collect?
Do you have a blog? URL?
My blog is named Stratoz and is about all that I do and love: stained glass, Pennsylvania, jazz, friends, Margaret, food, teaching, science, and spirituality, gardening, and birds. http://stratoz.blogspot.com/
Where do you hope to be, personally and in your artistic endeavors, in say 10 years time?
Seeing my teaching career coming to an end and seeing my crafting career soaring. I want to do special projects where someone tells me of a concern for a loved one and I take that into my studio and create a moment of hope out of glass.
A most special commissions: Hope for a Friend