christmas market

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Yesterday was a busy day at the Christmas Market in New Holland. It’s been two years since we first started selling at craft shows, and even though it’s a lot of work to prepare and actually execute well, this introvert has come to enjoy the face-to-face interaction with others. It’s super-fulfilling and satisfying to be able to share our harvest bounty with folks, to receive their positive feedback, and establish relationships with our regular customers who keep coming back for more!

The market hall was full of craft vendors, and we saw a  regular stream of visitors all day. One of the high points for children was the visitor of Mrs. Claus, who entertained them with “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and carol singing before presenting gifts to all from under the tree.

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Mrs. Claus’ obvious love of the children and the enthusiasm she shared reminded me much of my grandmother, who was a kindergarten teacher for many years. Like this woman, my grandmother went all out during the Christmas season (and all holidays, really), not in the over-consuming sense, but rather with the spirit and tradition and, of course, making sure the children had a wonderful holiday, creating sweet memories indeed!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

 

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yarn along

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I just finished another pair of reversible boot cuffs in light and raspberry pink cashmere/merino wool. I think boot cuffs are a fun new(ish) accessory that can help pull a look together — and to have essentially two pair in little more time than one is an added bonus. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by Kari Chapin‘s second book, “Grow Your Handmade Business,” a follow-up to her original “The Handmade Marketplace.” I found her first book helpful and inspiring when setting up my Etsy shop and navigating my first craft show. I’m hoping to find her later work just as useful as I too work to grown our handmade business. Anyone have any suggestions of similar titles to recommend? If so, please leave details in the comments!

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yarn along

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I have started a new project that is neither for the shop nor a gift for friends and family. Rather, I’m working on a prayer shawl that will be donated to a local hospice. It’s been awhile since I’ve knitted in a more charitable way, and I tell you it’s a great feeling, to be able to use a skill to make something meaningful for strangers. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by the seventh installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, called “Blue Shoes and Happiness.” I am probably six or more books behind (he is one prolific author!), but I like to read Precious stories in the throes of winter. There is such a warmth to McCall Smith’s writing that makes his stories just what I want to read on gray, cold January days. 🙂

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yarn along

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I have been finishing up some new year’s gifts for a couple of good friends in Wisconsin. I finished up Julie’s cabled cowl yesterday and hope to have Don’s “mantastic” ribbed one finished in a few episodes of Downton Abbey. 🙂 (I’ll be stocking both of these in the shop soon as well!)

My well-worn copy of Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” is on the top of my reading pile. I didn’t make resolutions this new year, but I did make a few renewed commitments, including one to my writing. Anne’s writer’s guide always helps motivate me and keep me focused on the doing (rather than the wishing/wanting/procrastinating), bird by bird/word by word. I love her. 🙂

 

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one day at a time

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The View From Our Window

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We are excited to announce that the first edition of the 2015 Baldy Hill wall calendar is now available to purchase here. This year’s calendar features both black&white and color photos highlighting Baldy Hill’s four seasons, making it a beautiful gift to enjoy throughout the coming year. And shoppers spending more than $100 in the Etsy shop receive a complementary calendar as our gift for supporting Baldy Hill this holiday season. 🙂

 

 

yarn along

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I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along again this week, sharing what we’re making and reading.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in for Yarn Along, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy knitting. Au contraire! There have been shop orders to keep up with (winter clearance sale on at the moment), plus new stock to work on, and that hot water bottle cover I was working on in January proved popular, so I’m finishing up a second for a friend. I like having several projects on the go at the same time. 🙂

It’s been ages since I read a biography. And I’m trying to figure out why because the first chapter books I embraced soon after I started reading were historical biographies. It was just after the Bicentennial so books detailing the lives of Betsy Ross, Abigail Adams, and Dolly Madison were commonly found in my library bag. I’ve had this biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine for many years before it finally made its way to the top of my reading pile. I’m just several chapters in so far, but I’ve already learned much about a period in history I know little about — fascinating! And just like that my interest in historical biographies has been renewed — anyone have suggestions for future reading? I’d love recommendations.

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gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • Filling the darker days with the soft glow of candles and twinkly fairy lights
  • Catching a (really) good sale!
  • Finishing and shipping the last of the Christmas orders for Baldy Hill Homemade well before the postal deadline
  • Driving through the countryside at night to admire our neighbor’s holiday decorations, each home a uniquely beautiful reflection of its people
  • A purring cat curled up on my lap
  • The anticipation of the upcoming holidays and spending time with loved ones
  • Our cookbook collection, which currently fills four shelves and provides constant inspiration in our kitchen
  • Satisfaction of cleaning out my work e-mail inbox so that I can start the new year fresh after my two-week break
  • Finally finishing decorating our own winter tree, which we both are certain is our most beautiful one yet!
  • Singing along to my favorite Christmas carols when alone in the car
  • Support and encouragement from one of my work colleagues on a day when I really needed it
  • Watching our older dogs still enjoying a good romp in the freshly fallen snow