Sea House Warming Hut: Interior This & That


Working on a wee Gotland sheep using, you guessed it: Gotland fleece and dyed black wool roving. The fleece is from Big Sky Fiber Arts in Montana; check out their wonderful selection of fibers, silk and prefelts. The wee (1.5 inches/38 mm) sheep will be an ambassador for Argo Wool Works :)


It’s overcast, foggy and damp here in Nancyland today and the light is low. I wanted to used vintage photography as wall art in the hut, and have found some good imagery that sets the historical background of the area (real and imagined).


This undated shot from before 1950 shows some of the headlands and other parts of the Sea House Pleasure Pier empire (now demolished).

I found this postcard of an old view south of the Warming Hut


and decided to tint it


but didn’t like how it looked on the wall. I’m showing it here anyway because I like the handwritten greeting from George to Tom.

And of course there will be this map from Cavallini & Company.


It’s the same one that is on the ceiling of the Sea House Pavilion (2013), and the source of the color palette. The green, anyway.


Merrily, merrily, merrily…
and with love to all.




10 thoughts on “Sea House Warming Hut: Interior This & That

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Bennie! I had to wait for a long time in a bar once, and there was a big beautiful map of Narragansett Bay painted on the ceiling. I think that’s where the idea came from.

  1. Keli says:

    I mistakenly thought the picture was a window in your first photo. It made my brain hurt, wondering how and where you were keeping sheep.

    I had forgotten about the map on the ceiling in the pavilion….I love the pavilion….

    Everything is coming along splendidly, this is another fantastic build.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Oh man, I wish I could have sheep *and* goats. Sorry to mess your brain.
      The pavilion ceiling is easy to forget. You just have to remember to put your drink on the table, stretch out on the sofa and look up. It’s chilly today, too. We could light a fire!
      Thank you for your encouragement and praise. I beam.

  2. brae says:

    I, too, thought that was a window at first glance. Then I was impressed with how well trained it was to stand there just so while you sculpted it in mini! haaaaaaaaa!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Oh how cropping a photo can twist reality! What would put it in perspective is all the mess behind and to the sides; that special kind of mess that comes with looming deadlines :)

  3. Barbara W. says:

    Fooled me too. We have bighorn sheep living nearby who like to stand in the road and stare down cars. Alas, they are not as woolly and cute as your new creation – love little Argo! Love the vintage artwork too.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Now I might have to print out a really big version of the Gotland and tape it the window, then photograph *that*
      You have confrontational wild bighorn sheep living near you? That would be a picture!
      Glad you like the new guy and the old photos. It’s fun to pull reference for some of my half-dreamed memories and inspirations… hence the Venn diagram :)

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