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Artist Profile: Tjasa Owen

We are so excited to welcome the works of artist and friend Tjasa Owen. Her seascapes evoke memories of summers past.  A favorite day on the water, an unforgettable vacation, a walk on the beach spent contemplating life’s many mysteries.

A selection of Tjasa’s work is now available at Design Works. We welcome you to stop in and experience her transformative powers for yourself.  Read on to learn more about Tjasa and to view some of her work.

Tjasa (pronounced Tee-asha) Owen’s work is inspired by her international travels, her love for coastal and inland landscapes and by her colourful sketchbooks and written correspondence. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the ever changing skies and coastal scenes.  Rather than representing a specific place, Tjasa is interested in creating views that feel shared and remembered, as though torn from the pages of a scrapbook. She sometimes writes postscripts and incomplete phrases from her journals or sketchbooks on the canvas, to imbue these new places with a sense of time and history. She likens her process to conjuring a landscape postcard in her head and  reproducing it on canvas. By adding a thought in words on the bottom of the canvas and sometimes an ink stamp, she is sending it back into the world. By making paintings that feel like correspondence, Tjasa invites viewers to invent their own stories about the places she creates in her work.





The Beach Plum is a species of plum that is native to the East Coast.  A deciduous shrub with a natural sand dune habitat, this plant is salt tolerant and cold hardy, making it perfect for Cape Cod landscapes.  Beach Plums can be eaten out of hand and are usually a sweet snack!  In addition to their edible characteristics, the beach plum is also used in the stabilization and restoration of coastal sand dunes.  So if you can eat it and use it to save our precious landscape then this shrub should not only be celebrated, it should be worshiped!

Inspired by a Christmas gift I received, a flask of Beach Plum Liquor, I decided that I really needed to do a little more research about these gems, and figure out how I could put them to better use!  Below you will see some of the recipes, information, and photos I found during this adventure.  If you have a great recipe please share it with us!

Beach Plum Jelly Recipe via

Beach Plum Cocktail Recipes via

Beach Plum Cordial via

Beach Plum Cookies via

Beach Plum Sorbet via

Beach Plum Chutney via

Beach Plum and Ricotta Salad via

Boozy Fruit via

Joe’s Beach Plum Meatballs & Sausage via the






This morning while on the treadmill trying to work off my winter weight, I found myself dreaming about Cape Cod Creamery.  Go figure, excercise and ice cream!  As my mind wandered, I began thinking about Cape Cod’s local food movement, and all of the great local businesses that have sprung up on Cape Cod over the past few years.  In general the local/regional food movement is associated with sustainable agriculture best described as, the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.  This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same.

While we believe that sustainability is extremely important, and should be practiced whenever possible, we also believe that supporting our local economy is paramount.  For that reason we think it is crucial to highlight both sustainable and local products. From farms to ice cream, cheese to chocolate, here are some new and noteworthy local food businesses that deserve your attention!

local food ice cream

Cape Cod Creamery is gourmet ice cream at its finest!

local food farms

Be sure to try the Heritage Breed Pork at Cape Cod Organic Farm!

local cheese

Fromage a Troise
Handcrafted Mozzarella, Burrata, and Pasta

local beer

Cape Cod Beer
When the weather allows, be sure to visit the Beer Garden!
Don’t miss the jalapeno dogs from Cape Cod Dawgs!

local food chocolate

Chequessett Chocolates
Handcrafted chocolate in small batches from fine-flavor, sustainably grown cacao beans, YUMMMM!

cape cod sea salt

Cape Cod Saltworks Sea Salt TM proudly produces a pure sea salt, harvested from the waters of Cape Cod in a way that recaptures tradition and delights the tastebuds.

pizza barbone

Pizza Barbone built and planted their very own rooftop garden in the spring of 2013 kicking off the urban rooftop farming movement on Cape Cod. With 8 raised beds and 30 self-watering containers all made by the chef’s own hands, Pizza Barbone began their journey towards growing produce with a view of the city streets below.

moonshoal oysters

Moon Shoal Oysters started on an ice cold February morning in 2007. Cape Cod Bay, and in particular, Barnstable Harbor, just happens to be the ideal place for growing oysters.

pain d

With a passion for bread, Pain D’Avignon has an amazing selection of baked goods!

buy local

Their mission is simple: to connect people on the Cape with locally grown farm and sea products




Cape Cod: Surviving the winter blues

We can all identify with the winter blues.  The long days and weeks when the sun doesn’t shine and we are desperately seeking a little vitamin C.  Cape Cod can be a tough place to live come January, February, and March.  The memories from the previous summer have faded, the excitement of the holidays has come and gone, and the first day of Spring seems like it will never arrive.

You start to wonder if your neighbors really still live next door, you haven’t seen them in weeks.  An occasional trip over the bridge begins to look like a vacation.  You think to yourself where has everyone gone and why didn’t they take me with them?  And for a brief moment you ponder the decision you made to live on Cape Cod year round.

Those days are over! During the past couple years there has been a great local movement happening on Cape Cod.  From community-supported agriculture to festivals promoting local artisans, musicians, and shops, the Cape has become a “happening” place to be no matter what time of love live local cape codyear.  Even better than that is the creation of a phenomenal new resource called “Love, Live, Local” which offers a comprehensive marketplace of ideas, events, businesses, restaurants, and inspiration from all over the Cape.  Founded by 3 local girls, Jen, Kate and Amanda, Love.Live.Local highlights all of the wonderful things that are happening on Cape Cod, and inspires people of all ages to explore what it is that makes the Cape such an ideal place to live, work, and play.  Through newsletters, social media, and events, the girls are providing cape residents and tourists alike with a unique look at what it’s really like to live and love locally!

This month they have some great ideas for field trips and events, all sure to pull you out of your winter slump.  Some of our favorites include; a trip to Chequessett Chocolates, a performance by the girls of Brazen Belles Burlesque, or one of the many great exhibits at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.  So if you haven’t been to their website, attended one of their events, explored one of the many local businesses featured in their newsletter, get going! The time to enjoy, contribute, and take advantage of this great place is now!

Oysters: The story of how one mollusk shucked it’s way to the top

Oyster – The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs that live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified.  Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.

While oysters have always been a delicacy…. their increase in popularity over the past 5 years on both a local and national level has solidified their status as one of the best bivalves around.  This new found celebrity status can be attributed to many factors, not the least of which include the recent release of the wonderful book “Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm” and a renewed interest in eating sustainable & local cuisine.  That said, it should come as no surprise that these beautiful bivalves are now adorning everything from dish towels to plates, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more!

Stop by the shop this spring/summer for a closer look, or to purchase some of these wonderful goodies.  Where are your favorite oysters from? Duxbury, Cape Cod, The West Coast, Japan…. Comment on our post and let us know where you get your oysters and what differentiates your mollusks…are they salty, briny…do you like them raw, smoked, boiled, baked????? We love to hear from you!!!

Happy Oystering!

Coming Soon…Oyster dish towels, napkins, and placemats!

Oyster painting by Amy Fogg Art on Etsy

French Market Designs Tote

Shuck Kit available on Etsy

Moon Shoal Oysters from Cape Cod

Shuck Me Tee by Island Creek Oysters

Dress by Alexander McQueen – reminiscent of a lovely mollusk