Lisa Gantick – Floral Wreath Artist

Lisa Gantick – Floral Wreath Artist

My name is Lisa Gantick and I am the owner and designer for QuietCornerDecorCT.  I am fortunate that I am able to run my business from my home.  I am a wife to a wonderful man, a mother to three precious grown children, and Gramma to a very special grandson.

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Lisa’s Etsy store

I have enjoyed crafting for most of my adult life.  I began by sewing clothing for my growing family and by creating matching outfits for the family for Christmas and Easter.  I then branched out and started quilting.  For many years, I enjoyed paper crafting through the creation of greeting cards and scrapbook albums.  My venture into wreath making and floral décor began in October 2017, after watching a hometalk episode for creating a burlap wreath.  The episode featured a young man by the name of Nick Kreticos of Nick’s Seasonal Décor.  I enjoyed making the wreath so much, that I looked Nick up on facebook.  I was soon hooked and realized that for all of the wreaths I was making, I couldn’t just continue to give them away, so I decided to start my small business.

In December of 2010, I suffered a compression fracture of my thoracic spine.  My world turned upside down.  I was diagnosed in February of 2011 with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer similar to Leukemia and Lymphoma. I am fortunate that I am a seven year cancer survivor. I have endured many cancer treatments over the years, including a stem cell transplant. I was an Executive Administrative Secretary for 24 years before I retired in 2016 due to complications from my cancer treatment.  My cancer has slowed me down, but I just develop new ways to get things done.  Creating wreaths and floral décor has given me much joy and a new focus.

Please join me in my journey and I hope to inspire you. 

Spring 2022 Zoom Poetry Workshop With Tony Paticchio

Spring (starting in April 25th, 2022) Zoom Poetry Workshop With Tony Paticchio

Dates: Workshops will be held the 2ND & 4TH Monday each month from 6:30-8:00 PM, starting April 25th.  I’d like to keep this workshop open for as long as there is interest in continuing with it.  If and as writing slots open, I’ll look for new writing participants.

Participants:  Up to 6 writing participants who are willing to share and workshop their own poems.  I will also hold up to 4 additional reading only slots for those who are interested in reading and discussing poetry, but don’t now have work of their own to share.  Please indicate your preference when you contact me.    

We’ll read and discuss our own work, as well as poems by some of our finest contemporary and near contemporary poets, including favorite poets of the participants.   Our goal is to become more accomplished readers and writers of poetry.

PLEASE CONTACT TONY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, SPECIFYING WHETHER YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE AS A WRITER OR SOLELY AS A READER.    

Becoming

I wrote this poem about the arrival of Spring at my home in Westford upon being named Ashford’s Poet Laureate in March 2021 – Anthony Paticchio

Becoming

Sometime in March or April,
The Mount Hope, near its headwaters
down below the house, turns river again;


grows loud each day; spills its winter stream
in a full-on cold clear silver river rush;


threads a new watercourse run
across a thick-grown marsh that once was a beaver pond;


pours out through a rock channel carved
in the ruin of an old button mill dam;
and finds its way.

©2021 Anthony Paticchio

Chair Caning Footstool Workshop

Chair Caning Footstool Workshop 4/27 & 5/4

Have you ever wanted to learn to cane chairs? This workshop offers you the entire 7-Step chair caning process by completing a 10” x 14” solid oak footstool during the workshop.
No caning or limited caning experience needed, just the desire to learn. After completing this class, participants will be able to cane chairs on their own and be the envy of friends and relatives.

  1. Register with Bob Johnson, an experienced and passionate chair caner and seat weaver at or 860-455-6503.
  2. Materials: Participants will purchase online a “Chair Caning Footstool Kit” .
    Kit cost $44.95 and contains all of the materials you will need for the class. Order as soon as possible.
  3. Class fee: free for AAC members; $5 for non-Members. (exact cash or check made out to Windham Arts Organization, In Memo line: AAC Workshop

Two-Session Workshop
Wed., April 27 and May 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Ashford Senior Center