Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Decorative Bowl and Plate

I'm leaving beautiful San Diego tomorrow for a cross country trip. Destination; Rhode Island. I have had such a wonderful experience the past 6 months here on the West Coast and hope to come back real soon!! I have met some really great people and I hope we will keep in touch.

Back on the East Coast I plan on spending the summer on the bay, working diligently on my woodburning. Be on the lookout for some great new stuff- coasters, jewelry boxes, bowls and of course some more beautiful pieces of furniture. Here is a taste of what is to come; this decorative wooden bowl with matching plate was made for my brother and his wife. Hope you enjoy it, and remember these can make great gifts! Birthdays, weddings, and if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift this year for someone special, be sure to get your order in early- it takes time to create each customized piece. I also hope to be at some New England festivals and art fairs this fall- I will keep you posted on the schedules. Thanks everyone for your support, and remember to contact me with any questions, or just to say hello, at


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Landscape on Side Table

It all started in my small apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I had been working as an animator for about four years. Every evening after a long day of work at my computer, I would come home to my apartment yearning to do something more creative with my free time; something to replace my evening television marathons. Just as we all do, I was searching for passion and fulfillment. So I racked my brain for new ideas and inspiration that would keep my creative juices flowing. I really wanted to think of something outside of the box; something different, something no one had seen before. Then one day it popped into my head; woodburning! The very next day I took myself to the local art store and purchased myself a woodburner. I just needed to find something to burn. A plain old piece of wood just seemed boring and obvious, but what else could I do? Furniture! Off to Craigslist. I went to search for the perfect piece. I bought my first side table for 6 dollars from a college student in Boston. A few experimental sketches of some simple floral designs, and I was ready to get started. Three tables later, I think my roommates were really starting to enjoy the small collection of furniture slowly building up in our living room, the stacks of sandpaper, and the cans of stain and paint brushes scattered about. A few weeks later, I had them posted for sale on Craigslist with my fingers crossed. Success! A young man came one night and picked up all three. Next came a bench, and another set of side tables all purchased by a wonderful woman in the business of homestaging in the Boston area.

It is now a year later and I've decided to take the plunge to see what can happen. My goal is not to just bring new furniture into people's homes, but to give them a beautiful piece of artwork and a great conversation piece that will accent their own individual space. Whether it be a beautiful landscape for a living room overlooking the mountains or an underwater scene for a bedroom in a beach house. Whatever your style, whatever your taste, my goal is to create something wonderful that you will love and admire everytime you walk into a room. Art doesn't have to be something you simply hang on a wall, it can be a much bigger part of your everyday life, and most importantly, customized just for YOU! Every piece is made very carefully with impeckable craftsmanship. Bring something new to an old piece of furniture that's been hanging around your house, or get a completely new piece to go with your latest decor. Whatever your need, it is my goal to make it happen! Take a look below at my latest transformation:

If you are interested in a beautiful piece of artwork for your home, please contact me at, and we can get started! Be sure to check back frequently for my latest work, or to see your own piece in progress.


Melissa Napier