Monday, December 21, 2009

Felted Wool

We are excited to have a new talent, Agnes, to the shop. She is a young artist working in felted merino wool, silk and leather. Come in an see her inspiring designs. Pictured are some examples of her fingerless gloves. Great for the season. Her images are playful and her shawls are painterly.


Keep those ears toasty and look chic this winter!
Fun and fashionable hand made in Canada.

Bronze candle holder

We have this new line of bronze candle holders.
They are beautifully sculpted by hand in California.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Congratulations Paul Yuhasz! You are the winner of a
$50 Gift Certificate for our store!
Happy Shopping!
For everyone else we will have one more drawing this Friday.
Each time you make a purchase at Dina Varano,
your name will go into the hat to win! Come on in and good luck!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A great way to say thank you

with a pewter heart keepsake

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A bowl full of wishes

Send many good wishes to your loved ones this season.
Peweter wishbones $6 ea.

The cutest baby shoes

Cozy cotton for little toes!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Every year finding great ornaments is so much fun!
We have some really good ones this year!
Feathers, porcelain, metal, fabric, glass, woven, wood, straw,
painted, felted, wrapped, cut, sewn,
so many inspiring, colorful, and whimsical ornaments.
A simple and great way to spread the holiday cheer!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Love is all you need

Yes, it is true
and is an important thing to remember
during this hectic time of year!
Enjoy your Holiday!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tonight's Winner

Congratulations Lynne Bradstreet!!
Dan, the recent winner of Deal or No Deal
(the Halloween episode) picked the winner tonight!
Enjoy your $50 gift certificate to our store!
The next 2 Fridays we will draw a new name.

Chester Night Tonight Dec 4 from 5-9

Come to Chester tonight to see the town sparkling!
There will be caroling, a tree lighting, lots of treats in the shops,
festive displays and toasts made to begin the holiday season!
In our shop we are having a drawing for a $50 gift certificate
every Friday until Christmas.
With each purchase your name is added
and the winner will be announced on my blog at 8pm!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Jewelry and Champagne

Stop by tonight for a glass of champagne
at the Guilford Art Center from 5-8pm.
My jewelry is one of the featured artists.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Scope Art Show Dec 2-6

Dina's jewelry is at the Scope Art Show
in the Covet Garden Market this week in Miami during Art Basel! Check it out
and say hi to Liz and MoMo!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Recycle Re-use Re-think

This year, be creative with your wrapping. Buy one of our recycled bags and use that as the wrapping! We have all sorts of colorful patterns for $8.95 each. Then they can re-use the bags at the grocery store, for lugging kids' stuff, or for traveling - they fold up and fit in your wallet.

What to wear...

You'll look fabulous in one of our head bands for all of those holiday parties!

Cool Wire Wreath

You can hang it, or put it on the table...
Come check out all of the fun decorations we have for the holiday!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day, whether it is with family or friends, new or old,
take the time to appreciate the moment with the ones you love.
And have lots of pie!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Boutique Today in Essex!

Friday, Nov 20th come shopping and benefit the school!
The famous Kate Sandmann has hand picked all of her favorite
vendors to show their goods from 3-4:30 at the Essex Elementary School.
Come see the fun jewelry I made!
Get in to the spirit today!

Monday, November 16, 2009

"It is the witch's birthday and she got a broom."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wild Black Yonder

You must see this play by Lary Bloom,
directed by Jeanie Rapp of
produced by Leni,
and set designed by David Hayes
Tonight and Tomorrow only!
I went opening night and what a great performance!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Holiday card trunk show Thursday, Nov 12th, from 4-8 pm
in the beautiful new gallery in Chester.
Lori has exquisite style, and you can see that with
her chosen collection of her favorite artists she has on display.
A great event is planned visit
for more details
will be there with free trials of the e-card,
and stop by and visit us too, we will be open until 9 p.m.

Valentino The Last Emperor

If you get the chance, you must see this documentary
What an amazing an elegant body of work.
Someday, I'd love to see one of his couture pieces.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

You are my sunshine...

We just got another one of these signs in, everyone loves them, they go fast! I think we've all sang this to someone we love, at some point in our lives.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Four Seasons

I love the FOUR SEASONS,
they each have their own beauty and unique strength!

Monday, October 12, 2009

How do I love LA, let me count the ways...

Oh LA, there are so many things that have bound us over the years...inspirations, love, light, trees, photos, projects, shows, studios, drawing, painting, dreaming, planning, wrapping, walking, coffee, chats, letters, music, trips, rocks, the beach, and the most important - friendship and today I want to send you warm wishes on your special day!

Friday, October 9, 2009

RISD Alumni Sale Sat Oct 10

Come to Providence RI on Saturday for the annual Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Sale Rain or shine on Benefit Street from 10-4. Lots of great talent to see!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009


Hi there! I am working on building an online store and would love your ideas and suggestions! What are your favorite online stores? What would you like to see the Dina Varano store look/be like? Thank you for your thoughts!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Need a laugh?

"Some days you're the dog,
some days you're the hydrant."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chester Night Stroll Friday Evening, September 18th 5-9pm

Come to Chester tonight and have a glass of wine, peruse the shops, see friends, nibble on a cracker, see some art, meet new people, try on a pair of earrings, have another glass of wine, stroll around town, and have fun with us! Hope to see you! Click here to read about all of the happenings


We just got these beautiful nature inspired table top pieces in.
Makes you want to have a dinner party!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Long earrings

Long earrings will never go out of style!

The coolest belts!

These belts are made in Peru, embroidered in wool and
the colors are fabulous! They look great on everyone!
Come in and try one on!

Monday, September 14, 2009

a lovely night

just give me a body of water to dream upon

Saturday, September 12, 2009

And the Emmy goes to...

Jason Baker is nominated for an Emmy tonight for his editing
on the Colbert Report!
Wish him lots of luck!!!
Beautiful Leni is wearing my spine necklace
down her gorgeous backless dress!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Article on Chester and the area

"We made a wrong turn... and fell in love with Chester!"
Writes Juliet Pennington from the Boston Globe. See the whole article at photo by Michele Mcdonald

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Silk Flower Hair Clips

Who won't look great in these?! Silk, colorful,
wear in your hair or as a pin. $11 and $16 each.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Today, Sat Labor Day

End of summer S A L E today in my shop 10-6
Come in and see all the fun things on sale!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pat Smith at the Cooley Gallery

You have to see this show. My dear friend Pat has an amazing body of work. Her subtle paintings, pierced porcelain, sculptural wall hangings, the repetition of marks from her deliberate hand and the beauty of her craft, will leave you inspired! Visit the gallery and see the play of light dancing through all of her mediums!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Where did the time go?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A fun burger joint!

OK, this is such a fun place in West Hartford's Blue Back Square. Here is your pencil(mini golf size) and you pick your burger; beef, turkey, veggie... pick your bun, (I opted for the bowl, on a bed of baby greens), your toppings 4 out of 20 to choose, your sides...and build your own yummy lunch! Cute place with industrial decor with garage doors wide open, aluminium chairs, and freedom to choose!