Friday, March 27, 2015

Silence is a Good Thing



I've been waiting on the urge to write for months now. Waiting and waiting, but the urge just doesn't come. Life is full and happy, and tearing myself away to sit down and write a post hasn't appealed.

And that is good.

The blog was for me more than anyone during my time in Vermont.  I needed it then. Vermont became lonely (the understatement of the year), and blogging turned out to be one of the best ways to connect. But I don't need it anymore. I'm surrounded by friends, coworkers, a wonderful boyfriend, and seas of people in Boston. A line from a book I'm currently reading sums it up better than I ever could:

"I've emerged from a dark tunnel and found myself in the middle of a carnival."

That doesn't mean I won't keep this space going in some way, I just haven't figured out exactly what that will look like yet. I love sharing pictures and thoughts and projects, and I intend to continue with that, but I wanted to shed light on why the posting has been so slim recently. I just don't need it like I did before. And that's a very very good thing.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale!




WHAT: 20% off everything in the shop
WHEN: November 27-30
HOW: Use coupon code BLACK20 at checkout

Folks, I promise this blog isn't going to turn into a sale announcement forum, even though that's what it may seem like recently. I have a few posts lined up that have nothing to do with hocking my wares, so stay tuned for those.  In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! I am having a potluck Friendsgiving this year followed by a ping pong tournament and a screening of Elf on a giant projector.  Feeling good about this whole thing.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Shop Sale!

Lots of goodies added to the Sale section in the shop this week, plus I am offering an additional 15% off for all items in the shop. Use coupon code 15PERCENT at checkout!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stilliben

I discovered the beautiful Danish shop Stilliben via Ilemarini's Instagram feed this week. Located in Copenhagen, the shop is run by two ceramicists and features hand curated items from Danish and international artists. The aesthetic is right up my alley and I feel in love with so many items in the shop. Below are a selection of my favorites, but there's much more to see in their online shop. Enjoy!













Sunday, October 5, 2014

So Many Fairs

I've been going to festivals and fairs this year like it's going out of style. Between 3 Brimfields, the Topsfield Fair, Colonial Fair, Boston Calling, the Salem Spice Festival, American Field, Octoberfest, Hemp Fest, and probably a few others I'm forgetting, I've been totally on top of the fair circuit. And why not? It's fun!

Below are some shots from the Topsfield Fair, which I attended yesterday, and the Colonial Fair of last weekend.

Topsfield
Every fall the Topsfield Fair takes over an open meadow about 45 minutes north of Boston. Today was my first time attending, and it was the typical country fair routine: farm animals, carnival games and rides, kettle corn, prize produce and flowers, fried dough, crafts. You know the drill. The highlights for me were holding a baby chick, eating my first pumpkin pie slice of the season, and watching the dock dog competition (Where dogs jump off a dock into a large tank and swim feverishly to catch a toy at the far end of the water. Endlessly adorable/entertaining). Per usual I was too busy gawking at everything to get many shots, but what I did get I'm sharing here!




Colonial Faire
My good friend Annie plays the fife and is a regular on the fife and drum muster circuit. Last weekend her corps performed at the historic Wayside Inn during the annual Colonial Faire, so I made the drive to see it because 1) first and foremost, I needed to meet Annie's new baby, June 2) I appreciate a good period costume event, and 3) There was good antiquing on the way to and from the fair. Baby June was the highlight and totally won me over, as all of our friends have told me she would. Who could resist this sweet, smiling face?



The setting was very fitting for a colonial fair, with historic buildings and performers in period garb marching to and fro.

I stuffed my face with kettle corn, perused the vendors, and snuggled baby June as much as possible. It was a great way to spend a Saturday! Next weekend I'm off to the Weston Craft Show to peruse the goods and say hello to my old weaving teacher who will have a booth there. Very much looking forward to that!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

American Field

Last Saturday we took a little trip out the American Field pop-up market on the Boston waterfront. American Field is a once a year show featuring all American made clothing, accessories, goods, and furniture. The show was chock full of hipsters, so thank goodness I happened to be wearing my plaid flannel shirt that day. I would have felt unbearably uncool otherwise.

The selection of goods was fantastic for a small sized show, with a concentration on great items for men. Trends included beautiful leather goods, handmade shoes, waxed canvas bags of all types, candles and tonics in manly scents, and camp-inspired clothing. Crafty cutesy markets don't do it for me, so I was psyched to see a more modern selection of goods. Below are a few shots from the show, enjoy!

Below, said stylish folk
Colorful moccasins from Itasca Leathergoods. I may still snatch up a pair of these, They were beautiful and the leather was so soft.
Handmade shoe demo booth from The Brothers Crisp
Artisan painted canoe paddles from Sandborn Canoe Co.
The market was held outside an industrial building on the waterfront. Someone was giving men's haircuts and shaves in the back of Ball and Buck's old F250 truck.

Hand tooled leather bracelet workshop