A poster design promoting Anjali Rose's combination yoga and reiki class.
A poster design promoting Anjali Rose's full moon restorative yoga class.
A poster design promoting Anjali Rose's online reiki event.
A postcard design promoting Anjali Rose's hemp oil products: front of postcard.
A postcard design promoting Anjali Rose's hemp oil products: back of postcard.
A business card design for Anjali Rose's services: front of card.
A business card design for Anjali Rose's services: back of card.
A logo designed for Anjali Rose.
LITTLETON—The Littleton League of NH Craftsmen’s Gallery is hosting its 12th annual Mother’s Day Tea Party on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A selection of fine teas will be offered, served in vintage teacups, along with a yummy assortment of homemade tea sandwiches and baked goods.
“The Mother’s Day Tea Party is one of our favorite events,” said gallery owner Beth Simon. “We love to welcome mothers and everyone to enjoy this celebration of women and motherhood and this year, spring flowers. Everyone is welcome, and white gloves are not required!”
In addition to the regular curated display of fine New Hampshire-made crafts, League artists been invited to create special tea-inspired objects for the event. They include tapestry weaver Suzanne Pretty, fabric painter Betty Lathrop, paper-quilling artist Marianne Fassett, floral jewelry from Michelle Kolb and sterling silver teaspoons from Jack Dokus. Potter Melynn Allen is making birch tree themed teapots and teacups, and fiber artist Diana Lind has created some very special bears for Mother’s Day. Everyone needs a special hat for a tea party, and we will have a new selection from Carla and Marcia Press of Meshugenah Hats.
This year five local florists have been invited to visit the gallery to design a floral bouquet, using a handmade vase, and be inspired by the creative energy of the gallery. “Collaborating with local floral artists draws synergy to the Tea Party,” noted Ms. Simon. “Flowers are always a favorite gift, and these inspired bouquets will compliment our special artwork beautifully.” Participating florists include Emily Herzig of Emily Herzig Floral Studio, Dawn Berg of Cherry Blossoms Floral Design, Jessie Toney of All About Flowers, Vanessa Tarr of Tarrnation Farm, and Mikaela Anneser of Mik’s Picks. Come early for the best choice of a bouquet.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery is located at 81 Main Street in Littleton. For questions, call 444-1099, or visit http://littleton.nhcrafts.org/.
NEW YORK CITY—Emshika Alberini, owner and chef of Littleton’s Chang Thai Café, was invited to speak at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a daylong conference dedicated to women in the food industry.
Jubilee was started by Cherry Bombe Magazine co-founders Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu as an outlet for women in the food industry to come together, network, make friends, and build community. The event was sponsored by Whole Foods Market New York City and included Food Network TV personality, Nigella Lawson as the keynote speaker. Alberini has been a supporter of Cherry Bombe over the past few years and was featured on Radio Cherry Bombe in 2016.
According to Diamond on her Instagram account, “No one exemplifies the Bombe Squad better than this awesome individual. Joyous, positive, grateful, hardworking, smart. She came here from Thailand with very little and has built a small empire for herself in New Hampshire. Emshika, you’re an inspiration!”
In her speech, “Cooking With Love,” Emshika spoke on her journey from corporate employee to restaurateur.
“I never expected to be a chef when I grew up,” Alberini revealed. “I didn’t know how to cook, so how could I start a restaurant on my own? But then I remembered- I love to eat!”
The inspiration for her now popular Chang Thai Café came from Alberini’s sister, Ann. “I entered the food industry as a result of her spirit,” Alberini explained.
The sisters had planned on opening a restaurant as a way to be together. Ann tragically passed away in an accident back in 2006, heightening Alberini’s desire to start their restaurant.
“[Chang Thai Café] is dedicated to my sister and I have felt her guiding me ever since.”
This year marks Chang Thai Café’s tenth year in business. Alberini is currently working on a food and beverage line, By Emshika, and recently opened the multi- brand coffee and gift shop, POP-M a few doors down from Chang Thai Café.
“Food is more than a meal; it’s how you nourish your body and soul,” noted Alberini. “To me, food doesn’t have to be fancy. If it takes you back to a time in your memory or brings you closer to your loved ones, your food has fulfilled its mission.”
To learn more about Emshika Alberini, visit www.emshika.com. To visit Chang Thai Café, stop by their 77 Main Street location or place your take-out order on www.changthaicafe.com. To learn about Cherry Bombe Magazine, visit www.cherrybombe.com.
LITTLETON—The popular multi-brand gift and coffee shop, POP-M opened its doors a few weeks ago, welcoming visitors with a curated menu and variety of gifts made both local and afar.
Crystal Lynn Design is one local artist featured on POP-M’s shelves. Designer Crystal Knapp began making jewelry as a way to showcase her crystal collection instead of jamming them in her pockets. According to Knapp, a friend suggested wire wrapping them. “I didn’t think I would love it so much,” she explained, “but as soon as I started doing it I loved it. It’s meditative. I have to look at the shape of the piece to come up with new ideas.”
Four years later, Knapp has begun experimenting with color and learning new techniques that include soldering, working with resin, and chain mail using jump rings.
Her display at POP-M features her resin jewelry along with her own style of bracelets that she hasn’t seen in the area. Knapp is expanding her line to include custom stamped bracelets personalized with dates or messages, resin pieces based on paintings and images, and jewelry infused with fresh and pressed flowers.
“I really like the concept and energy of POP-M,” noted Knapp. “I like how Emshika [Alberini, owner of POP-M] is about empowering other artists and businesses. I really respect and admire that and I want to be a part of that picture.”
POP-M is debuting Knapp’s new alcohol inks, which create bright, vibrant colors reflective of the multi-brand shop.
“I have a couple of crystal pendants I plan on adding [to POP-M] as they are my favorite to work with. I’m also doing more with custom wrap pieces and matching sets of jewelry.”
Knapp designs and creates her pieces out of her studio in 42 Maple in Bethlehem. She is enjoying having her work featured at POP-M as “There’s a lot of unique items in here such as Dusty’s Palace with one-of-a-kind clothes; things that you’re not going to find anywhere else on Main Street,” she revealed. “I just try to have fun and come up with unique designs that I think will look one-of-a-kind.”
For more information on Crystal Lynn Design, visit https://crystallynndesign.com/, or check out her display at POP-M, 97 Main Street in Littleton.