Thursday, September 28, 2017

Around and Around We Go




















I guess there's no shortage of fairs this time of year. After nearly nine year's of living in VT, we finally made it to the much talked about Tunbridge World's Fair. It was whirling, blistering hot fun to be sure. My favorite part of fair's is the crafts, of course. I didn't get a picture, but there was a fun lego competition for kids that my kids might have to join in next year. I also love seeing all the giant vegetables and sunflowers. One of these years, I will be successful at growing a giant pumpkin. I always seem to kill them before they bare fruit. I am hoping to get to go the sheep and wool festival coming up, but that might be a harder sell for the family. Why don't they love staring at rows and rows of yarn like I do?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Land of Milk and Catnip




Kitties keep appearing on my work table these days made of felt with embroidered faces and dressed  for market. Some are for snuggling, some are for hair clips, and I'm sure more will manifest themselves in other ways. I was raised in a "no cats allowed" family, but have slowly and methodically become a crazy cat lady over the years. Okay, I'm not super crazy... we only have two cats, after all, but we do have the cat mugs and kitty dolls to prove it.  Over the summer, a real fur kitty also appeared in our lives (kitty number two that I referenced.). He started out living in our shed. We heard him yowling on the Fourth of July, hungry and in need of some attention. We tried to find his home without success. We are trying to get him to move into the house, where life isn't quite as dangerous, but so far we have only been able to get him to move to the porch. I think winter will surely get him inside, at least for the nights. Luckily, we're enjoying (sweating through) a second summer here, so he is plenty warm out there. It's unusual for the north country, our garden hasn't been frosted yet, so I'll have to do a garden update soon (something that I've clearly neglected this year!).

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Harvest Fair


The mountains are putting on their Autumn dress, apple cider has magically appeared in the refrigerator, and a flannel feels oh so good in the chill of the morning. Fall is on her way. Every year, our tiny village welcomes the changing season with a bountiful Harvest Fair. Delicious food and home grown veggies, games and music, and crafts too, make this a day I look forward to all year. Unfortunately, I was set up, so didn't get a chance to move around and take pictures of all the fun, but I captured a few. I've had lots more making time now that the girl's are back in school, and will hopefully have some of these goods up online when our local farmer's market season is over. The house is quiet. Time to get sewing!




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wool Babies and Busy Days Ahead








The kids are back at school. I have no idea where the summer went. It was gone in a wink. I love everyday that my kids are home with me (for the most part!), but I do appreciate the rhythm and extra work time I have during the school year. My little one is still in preschool and so she's only gone for a couple hours during the day, but it is enough to get some sewing or other work in. I'm still getting in the swing of this new season, and how to make the most of my time, but I have made some new wool babies (made from recycled sweaters and stuffed with wool roving) and other odds and ends for the local farmer's market and upcoming Harvest Fair.

It's already looking to be a busy Fall with soccer for at least one girl, Girl Scouts and PTO. I never thought I'd be that kind of mom (the mom that does everything), but our small town seems to demand it. And very likely, I'm not good at saying "no". I'll be a Girl Scout leader (that's one of the not being able to say "no" roles I'll be playing this year), and hopefully my crafty background will help, but our troop combines all GS levels, so I'm not sure how much control I'll have over anything that our troop does. This is all on top of figuring out how to manage my business well enough this year so that when my little starts kindergarten, I'll be able to continue to do it full time. Anyways, I guess there's nothing to be done but leap right in. I am secretly thrilled at the chill in the air, and a few trees here and there popping with color.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .