Brimfield Bound

May 12th, 2015

Well, this is a first for us.  We never thought we’d be at Brimfield, but The Vintage Bazaar invited us, and how could we say no?  Yesterday, dogs walked and trailer loaded, we hit the road.  Traffic is never anyone’s friend on Rte 128, so it was a two hour drive.  I can’t complain, though.  Dave was driving (I don’t do trailers), and I was knitting, so I couldn’t have been more content.  The day was hot and humid, Dave was under the weather, and we were short on time, but the people are wonderful, our little corner of Brimfield is beautiful, and back on the road again we go.  Dave driving.  Me knitting.  Life is good.

Find us at Central Park in The Vintage Bazaar Tent, booths 112-114.  Tues through Sat, May 12th-16th.

"Before"

"After"

Primitive Rustic Benches made by Dave. Dried lavender bundles tied with antique lace and linens.

Find us in Central Park, booths 112-114

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Vintage Store Display Counter Remake

May 4th, 2015

Dave just finished remaking this great vintage store display counter by the F.O. Bailey Company of Portland, Me.  We were lucky enough to find it pulled from a little store in Woolwich, Me.  Repainted the color of vanilla bean ice-cream and paired with a rustic wide pine top and floor, this piece is more than ready to serve as your kitchen island, display case, or crafting center.

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Vintage Style Schoolhouse

April 27th, 2015

We seem to have a trend going on in our finds lately.  Hmmm.  All are available at The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main St,  Rowley, MA.

Little Red Desk and Chair $125

Child's School Chair $55

Child's Soap Box Desk $55

The best part is underneath!

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Lion and Cat: A Hand Sewing Pattern

March 24th, 2015

I’ve been making Cashmere Critters in some form or another for a few years now.  One design for a bunny evolved into a design for a kitty, and that kitty grew into a lion.  That’s how things roll in my head.  Now, I confess, I’ve become enamored with this little lion and his friend and will soon have a whole pride of the creatures in a multitude of colors.  So I figured it was time to share the love and make the pattern available so you can give these sweet and simple creatures a try to.

The pattern for feline friends is available as an instant download in my Easy shop.

With small pockets, these soft toys can serve double duty as tooth pillows, too.

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Knit Yourself a Cowl

March 10th, 2015

With weather like we’ve been having in the Northeast, chunky knits are the way to go.  Both these patterns are relatively quick knits, and you’ll be toasty by the end of the weekend.

First to Last:  Chunky Wool Cowl Chunky Braided Cowl

Psst:  If you don’t knit, you can special order one completed just for you.

Chunky Braided Cowl

Chunky Wool Cowl

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Rug Hooking Patterns

February 23rd, 2015

It is a small but growing collection of rug hooking patterns available as instant downloads. I’m excited with the newest addition, The Jacobean Hooked Rug. Like all my patterns, it includes multiple color pictures and this time, I’ve offered the pattern in two sizes. Lots of room to play and use your imagination.

The Amsterdam Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download
9.00
Pattern for the Sunflower Hooked Pillow
6.00
Woman Feeding Chickens Rug Hooking Pattern, Instant Download
6.00
Tree of Life Rug Hooking Pattern Instant Download
9.00
Jacobean Rug Hooking Pattern
6.00



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Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

January 8th, 2015

I’m excited to be hosting a good old fashioned bee at The Barn at Todd Farm this coming January 18, 2015.  If you’re local, grab a project and swing on by!

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Holiday Slow Down

December 24th, 2014

My kitchen table is named Earnestine. I bought her when I was a teenager, this beautiful Victorian claw foot, ornately carved piece covered in no fewer than a dozen layers of paint. I spent hours in the garage scraping away at her with dental picks, listening to the Oldies station. We had plenty of time to get to know one another. And she’s stayed with me through thick and thin. From my first apartment to my first house to the home Dave and I now share together. I really can’t remember what the context of the conversation was back in our early couplehood, but somehow the question came up about what we would do if we had a fire. Dave replied, “I grab Earnestine and we get the hell out.” I think that may have been when I decided to marry him.


A few years ago we redid our kitchen and Earnestine became the focal point. She has served every purpose for me in our many years together from desk to end table and now breakfast table. Tucked against a south facing window overlooking a small pond, Dave and I spend a tremendous amount of time snuggled into the pair of upholstered chairs that flank her. Seated with my long-time friend, innumerable designs have been sketched out on napkins over lunch, knitting paterns get teased out of unruly skeins of yarn while dinner simmers nearby, or like now, the Christmas cake bakes in the oven as I write a post for our blog.

We’ve had a tremendously busy holiday season. Fantastic shows and a myriad of new venues have proferred new opportunities and spurred creative visions. The last packages have shipped and the studios have been sorted and restored to some semblance of order. All’s been done for our holiday customers that can be done. So I sit back at Earnestine again, leggings and thick socks, hot cocoa and glowing fire. I doodle over the Christmas menu, remember to check the cake, and settle in for winter’s peaceful slumber all the time dreaming and sheming for the new year to come.

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The Little Things

December 1st, 2014

On the surface, Thanksgiving seemed a bust. The success of our much anticipated, long awaited holiday getaway was swooning on shaky legs. We were overworked, exhausted, grouchy from the toll of caring for our declining senior pup.  There was much to celebrate, though– the impetus of this whole outing– the business is growing, we are growing, and we are having FUN. But even fun can use a respite from time to time. Overworked hands and wrists need time to ward off tendinitis. Overactive design imaginations benefit from the sustenance the novel that someone else’s active imagination provides. We needed some down time; some time to be together as a family rather than as coworkers and business partners.

Over the hill and through the woods we retreated, intent on a holiday of our making. Then we were introduced to Mother Nature and a wee bit of modern day miscommunication. An unexpected storm left us without power or water for two days over and including Thanksgiving. A misunderstood propane order for the gas heating stove left us with rationed warmth until after the holiday. Technology saved us some: in the dark I read my book on my iPad— White Oleander — and I still had a charge. I was swaddled in three coats and an antique quilt I should have deemed too fragile for use, but decided instead that it and its maker would be better honored by allowing it to provide comfort and warmth to the end. Our dogs pressed in around me. My husband sat near the meager fire, resolute in his puzzle progress by the light of four candles. Our Thanksgiving dinner was the simple warming of leftovers I could manage over a gas fireplace not designed for the purpose. And we were together, a magical winter wonderland softly whispering us into a cozy restorative slumber.


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It’s a Jubilee!

November 12th, 2014

It’s impossible to say how much fun we had if only because we are so tired it is difficult to see straight. But these are exciting times, and we are barreling towards our next adventure! To stay on point, though, this past weekend at The Vintage Bazaar’s Holiday Jubilee was like none other. We were thrilled with the results of our labors in our booth layout, the crowds were fantastic, and the VB crew and our fellow vendors are SUCH a delight to work with. Creativity, generosity, and kindness converge for one heck of a feel good atmosphere.

Dave hit the ball out of the park with this salvaged Conduit Tree! It was a show stopper.

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