Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Patriotic Drumroll Please!

Well I have finally done it!  
 I have split my etsy listings into two shops as originally intended.  The original shop offers downloadable epatterns only, and the newest  will include my handmade offerings, upcycled vintage goods, and antiques. 
What a tangled web that was to unweave.   I had opened multiple shops several years ago and had to figure out which was which and what password and email went with which.... yikes.  I had to switch email addresses and close a shop, but it's done. 
And seriously, although they have made shipping calculation quite easy, I can't believe how costly it has become.  I do enjoy composing the listings, but have forgotten how time consuming this process is.  I'd rather be creating!
I hope to continue adding more listings over the weekend
Anyway, among my first listings are the patriotic goods for our Hafair promotion.
a sweet patriotic ellie
a liberty dolly
a weathered patriotic banner
a crow doll makedo
and a sunflower hanger for your wall
We are heading out to the farmer's market today to visit an old friend, and to buy some quiche for our breakfast this week.   I have not checked craigslist for tag sale listings, but think I will stay home and work all day.  I've really gotten the work bug back.  Then again, I might check.  Don't want to miss out on anything good! 
Matthew has been working to his heart's content in the gardens and they are coming back beautifully this year.  It is so nice to see him happy again.  He may have Lyme disease again.... he was tested yesterday and put on antibiotics.  Damn those ticks... the poor guy has enough health problems already. 
We have had a very dry spring, but rain is forecast for Sunday and Monday.  That will be a good thing for sure.
Hope you will have a great weekend!   Try to do at least one fun thing! 
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Watermelon Weekend And Work in The Gardens

A quick lil pop up treasury to celebrate the weekend with my Hafair team artisans.
Yeah for the weekend.  It was a very short week for us this week, and I am playing pedal to the metal with my sewing machine to catch up.  Hoping to make a trip to Hidden Treasures for the weekend, and working on goods for Walker Homestead show which is coming up quickly now....
oh, and I do not think I have blogged for weeks, but we have a really nice selection of handmades at Cozy Cat Primitives in Southampton Ma.  Norm has been a collector of my work for years, and I am so honored to have my work in his shop!   If you are in the area on a weekend, this beautiful shop is a must see.  We were blown away from the moment we drove up.  The inside is like a fine gallery of prim.... just amazing.  Check it out on Facebook and be sure to like his page so you can see what Norm and kitty Ben are up to!  and please let him know how you found him...
We are working in the gardens, after a few years of neglecting them.  It's nice to see Matt motivated again, especially with his brother so ill.  I think it's been good for him to see how much better they look and I will snap some photos when I can.  I am praying for some rain though, because we have transplanted a bunch of things. 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Weekend in Spring!

It's a beautiful weekend here in Connecticut!   We had a great day yesterday, with a huge score at our first and favorite church rummage sale of the year.... two floors of goods! We waited almost an hour to get in, which was totally worth it!    And while there it was awesome to run across some of my favorite people, and let them know where our creations can be found.
So many tag sales and events happening around town yesterday.   The Scantic Spring Splash reminded me of Matthew's whirligigs created for the event.
I had a special order to finish up for Hidden Treasure, and was able to make the trip to Agawam in the afternoon.  Nothing is more fun than a lively chat with Laura.   I got some nice handmades for my momma for Mother's Day next weekend and some local honey for me.   Hidden Treasures is jammed packed with such a beautiful assortment of things... things just jump out at you. 
We are so behind in yard work, because last year we dropped everything to take care of Tom.  We will not suffer from boredom this year...
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day

I have always loved the month of May.   As a child my grandmother would help us create little woven paper baskets, and tell tales of May Days past.   Such a wonderful memory.   Every year it comes rushing back.
We are both worn out from our trip and all that awaited us while gone.... Allergies are in full bloom this year, ugh... I felt great in Florida!  However yard work and gardens are needing attention, so I am back to the neti pot and local honey! 
We have had an excellent first month at Hidden Treasures in Agawam! So thankful to see some of my faithfuls have made the trip.    In the works are some all new designs for the shop.   I will update when we make the trip... Remember, we are no longer at the shop in Hazardville.... the goods you see there are most definitely not ours.  I am sure you can all tell anyway :-)
Remember to take time to smell the flowers, every day!  Have a beautiful month!
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