As I'm busy making new signs for tomorrow's craft fair, I figured I post some photos along with my original DIY sign post.
These bright spots really make my table feel complete. I use double stick tape to swap out the actual sign part each year. For instance, this year instead of bottle boards I have tote bags, and so tonight I made a new tote bag sign and taped it over the bottle board sign. The fabric frames it so nicely and makes it feel finished, and you'd never know that other sign is underneath. Tricky.
There will be hand printed houses
and black inked birds
and acorns sewn onto shirts and black organic bags.
There will also be popcorn and the pocket lady and hay rides and candle dipping. The best part about the winter fair is saying hello to the super people in my community. If you are local and you plan to be there, please stop by and chat. I'd really like that.
10 am - 3pm
The Hartsbrook School
193 Bay Rd. Hadley
Since I last wrote:
Another new/old chair found its way into my home. (Total thrifting score!)
I finished all of my finished projects for the photoshoot for my book.
Over a foot of snow fell. We lost an apple tree and maybe my beloved magnolia.
The snow melted.
Our electricity returned after 3 days (some were out for over a week)
3/4 of my book edits are now complete. (The end is so, so, so close.)
We've been planning an alphabet birthday party for Mouse. (details to come)
I kicked a 2 week long coughy thing.
Chick discovered the Carolyn Hayward "Besty" books, which I loved, loved, loved when I was 6.
(She is now finishing "Betsy's Winterhouse")
We ate a lot of Chinese dumplings and burritos
Tom parent's gave us an early Christmas gift :: a 5 year old, red, wood stove. (it still sits in our little barn)
I've been readying for this Saturday's Holiday Fair at the Hartsbrook School where I'll be selling lots of handmade goodies.
I drank lots and lots and lots of PG Tips Black Tea
The truth? This past month and a half stretched me. I've never had my work-life balance so askew, and it made things feel a bit unfamiliar. This is the hardest I've ever worked on a project, and I am left feeling so proud and really excited about my book. I can't wait to share more with you in the coming months. I'm sitting here grinning just thinking about it. Seriously.
But, I'm also so ready to snuggle on the couch with my people. There are books to read, popcorn to eat, movies to watch, oatmeal muffins to bake, and walks to take. Oh, and tea drinking/wine sipping with my lovely friends whom I miss, miss, miss. I'm ready!
Most of the poor, leafy, encumbered trees sprang back to life. And, now things are back to a newish normal. Leaves are falling and rakes are propped, ready for use. It all feels like a fuzzy dream.
Thank you to everyone who sent little notes asking where I was. Totally sweet! And, thanks for being here today.