open doors of ipswich
Paintings, Products, Classes and News from Johanne Cassia
August/September/October 2012
In this Dab of Paint...
Exceptional Gifts
custom cupboards
Custom Cupboards

table quilts
Table Quilts

mommy & me
Mommy & Me

"Open Doors of Ipswich House Tour"


Step inside Ipswich and visit twelve wonderful homes on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am - 5 pm. Tickets will be on sale in the Hall Haskell House Visitor Center on Saturday morning from 9 am - noon. Tickets are $25. per person. Proceeds support the Visitor Center and the special programs and services offered each year.

The tour has been revived after a 3 year hiatus. The current committee has honored the success of past tours and added a new opportunity for visitors this year.This is the first time you can preview the homes on and purchase tickets in advance online.

Come see the decorating, the lifestyle, the history, the views and the many wonderful gardens surrounding these exceptional homes.The selected homes represent the many different aspects of this seacoast town. Enjoy pastoral views, ocean vistas, new homes and historic homes on your tour through the open doors of Ipswich.You will receive a map at the visitor center when you purchase your ticket.

The house tour welcomes volunteers who would help for half a day next Saturday. You will receive a free ticket to the tour and a tee shirt. If you can help, please contact me at 978-356-8838, and attend brief "volunteers meeting" at Town Hall, Room C on Thursday evening at 7 pm.


"Exceptional Gifts"


This year we made the biggest push ever to find artisans around the USA who are designing and creating exceptional home goods, seasonal decorations, and gifts. If you think you would like to give a "one of a kind" gift this holiday season, check out our new collection of goods made by artisans with exceptional gifts. We have just received a new collection of hand painted floor cloths, table runners and place mats. They are painted on heavy canvas and need only a wipe to clean. Floor cloths originated in the colonial period but are now making a come back. They can be used in front of sink, doorway, under dining table, under desk chair or anywhere you would like a colorful easy to maintain floor covering.


canvas rugs  

For a soft, warm and glorious addition to your home decor, come to see our new selection of hand braided rugs by award winning textile artist, Sally Arrigo. Sally's braided rugs have been selected by "Early American Magazine" as one of the best examples of hand braided, wool rugs in America. Sally has just brought in a fresh assortment of rounds, ovals and rectangular braids in a variety of wonderful colors. These rugs are strong and durable. They can easily be cleaned by putting a light dusting of snow on top and then sweep clean. In addition to the great selection shown below, Sally has also brought in a variety of rugs in various colors without the hooked centers shown below. Many of these additional pieces coordinate with the selection below.


sunflower rug


horse rider rug  

owl rug 

joy rug  

We carry a new collection of "Ipswich Bay Soaps" and a large collection of greeting cards made from my original artwork. We have lots of handcrafted seasonal goods, and a new line of hand poured soy candles.


soap and cards

jar candles


Stop in to see the large birdhouses made by Rick LaChance in MO. Rick and his wife travel the countryside salvaging historic barns, homes, taverns and country stores that get knocked down to make way for new construction. Rick collects remnants of these early buildings and reconstructs them as "historic bird houses." These large, hardy little buildings will last for many years to come. These make an unusual gift for a bird lover.


bird house  

We look forward to having you drop by to see our selection of seasonal goods, my folk art paintings, framed canvas prints and now my framed photography.


three snowman

  red barn


Our shop is located between the South Green and Ipswich Y, Route 1A/133, 83 County Road. Open weekends year round. Open weekdays by chance or appointment. 978-356-8838


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