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craft room happenings.

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Spending a rainy day inthe craft room / studio / office / catch-all room and it feels super good. Matter of fact, I’m still in my jammies and loving every minute of it. These kind of days are the ones that keep this introvert going…the perfect balance for this busy season. And it wasn’t even supposed to happen! The Crafted Market got rescheduled due to the hurricane, so I have an impromptu weekend at home. I can’t think of a recent weekend where I didn’t have something I had to do, so I’m definitely taking advantage of the ‘free time.’

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It’s my busiest market season because of the upcoming holidays so I’m using this time to catch up on some branding details, sewing gusseted corners, updating Etsy, emailing, and always cleaning out as I go. I still don’t feel like I’m making a dent in my to-do list, but I must be doing something because my highlighter has been busy marking off things in my planner. I’m working on building up inventory so I’m not caught up in my procrastination ways (even though that will happen anyway…) as unexpected things pop up or I just get too busy in the day-to-day happenings. Some new embellished notebooks are coming to the shop very soon, so I’m about to start getting those taken care of so I can list them and get some out to brick-and-mortars that carry my goodies. They probably cross a few lines but whatevs…I felt a need to shake things up a little.

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Speaking of new additions…there will be a couple of new stamps coming out for the season that will work great with the stationery packs that will be available at markets. I’ve got a fun ‘Thank you’ stamp and a new & improved ‘Kindly Deliver To’ stamp that I’m really diggin.’ And then I went ahead and got a few, small ‘Fuck It’ stamps just for fun. I might add a couple more but that’s what I have coming down the pipe as of now. I don’t think I’m going to do any new 2016 Holiday stamps, but a holiday surprise having to do with my beloved paper-crafting that will be available in-person at markets and local stores if inventory will allow. It’s something I’ve been wanting to have available for some time now and I’m actually organized enough to finally make it happen! I’m sure I’ll be posting some sneaks in the next couple of weeks.

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Have a great weekend!

around my town: wipledale farm greenhouse

One of my first summer jobs was working at Wipledale Farm Greenhouse just up the road. Back then, it was about half the size that it has grown to be, and I had no idea what I was doing in regards to the plants. It was a summer job that I got through word of mouth and being in such a small town, that doesn’t take much. It is one of those jobs that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was so long ago that I often forget that I worked there.

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I remember being excited to go to work on the days that I was scheduled – I used to play store ALL the time when I was a kid, so this part was like a dream come true. The cash register alone was reason to get up in the morning. 🙂 I would go in, tidy up the check-out area (which used to e right inside the first and main greenhouse), get cardboard trays stocked, water all of the plants which was so fun with those commercial sprayers, and check in with the owner by phone to see what else needed to be done. Some days we would do some planting and replanting in the upper greenhouse and other days it was just me in the main greenhouse waiting for customers.

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I read a lot that summer because, like any job, there were some days when there might have been one or two customers and all of the todos were checked off. I wish I could remember what all I read – I recall some sort of series I couldn’t seem to put down. What I should have done was go around and read labels so I could’ve learned something…. But then, of course, there were those days that were so slammed and I ended up totally frazzled and almost in tears with the owner on one end the phone, the customer waiting patiently in front of me and then me in the middle not knowing what the heck was going on. It seems that frazzles and tears are a personality trait of mine I just haven’t been able to shake….

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I look forward to going up there every spring to get some plants, and then a few times during the summer for flowers or veggies or herbs that I killed off with accidental dehydration (whoops). I enjoy walking around and seeing how the place changed since last season, much less looking at all of the insanely beautiful flowers that are everywhere. My favorites are the Fuschias and these little tiny peach flowers that are so dainty and sweet that I seek out every year. I enjoy chatting with the owner and her silly father if he’s around and catch up with what all of the families are up to. and most importantly, I enjoy supporting such a well-established, family-owned business in our community.

Do you have a go-to spot that you look forward to visiting every Spring for flowers or plants?

spring has arrived.

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I was hanging around outside the other day and noticed that Spring is popping up all around my yard and thought I would try out my new camera lens that my photographer niece Millie made me buy ;). While I am no photographer, I did enjoy focusing in on certain aspects and seeing how they came out. Some of them make me a little dizzy, but the new growth is what we’re all supposed to be looking at, right? I have seen beautiful signs of spring on my jaunts into town, but I just hadn’t taken a close look to what was going on right around me. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case?

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I vowed to myself that I was not going to be picky about what camera I use to take the pictures I post – that seemed to be a roadblock for me when thinking about posting in my old space – but I am not going to let that be a hinderance here. If I take a good picture with my iPhone (that, omg, got dropped in the toilet the other night but THANK GOODNESS it is back to normal…thanks to a bowl of basmati rice), there is no reason why I shouldn’t use it and feel like that isn’t good enough to blog with. Oh the hang-ups of blogging…probably just excuses anyway….

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Ok, so back to my yard…this patch of Irises came from maybe 5 bulbs that my mom had pulled up and over the couple of years since I planted them, they have multiplied and really taking over an area where they have complete permission to do so. I always look forward to seeing how much they have spread out each year. Nothing like flower hand-me-downs!

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I’m sure you’ll be seeing the blooms from this flowering vine blowing up my Instagram pretty soon….

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And oh man, the lilac tree. I could even stop there…I feel like you already know what I’m talking about. You can seriously smell them coming up the road. Everybody always wants to cut them for their kitchen tables – and I let them. They are so amazing, and some years are better than others. Let’s keep out fingers crossed that this year will be a good one. Does anyone know much about guaranteeing good growth every year? I don’t know if it has to do with maintaining the tree or cutting it back every year or maybe it’s just up to good ol’ Mother Nature. I’d love some insight if you have it.

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And the tulips. Be still my heart. I planted these around my sweet, first pup Roxy Sue’s gravesite right beside my house and this is the first year they are blooming. I saw them and lost my breath I was so happy that they grew in her space.

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And I just had to throw in one of my brother’s dog June Carter who I am keeping while they are out of town. It sure looks like she is enjoying the warm weather. I might get down and join her next time.

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lately…

Lately I’ve been enjoying the major snowfall we’ve gotten in the past week (with more tonight possibly), and loving how it causes a general “slow down” to local society. Snow always takes me back to being a kid too…waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to peek out of my window and immediately running to the tv to see if my school ran across the screen. Then I’d stay in my pjs all day…even throwing snow pants over them…and get the most out of my free day as I could. To this day, I find myself still checking out the window first thing in the morning, and love that sense of excitement I still feel when I see all of the white. So magical.

Lately I’m working on being more intentional with my purchases. We all know that I’ve mentioned a household overhaul, so I really shouldn’t be bringing anything into my home, but if I do it’s because it’s utilitarian or something I know I will cherish as the years pass. Like this sweet-as-heck honey jar. I went down to Pastiche at Main (where I sell some of my goods) to drop some stuff off, and it was like all of the stars had aligned the 10 minutes I was in there. I work out of a half gallon jar of honey, where there is about 2 inches of honey left at the very bottom…nightmare when I just need a little spoonful for my tea. Could this vintage trinket be anymore perfect?!

Lately I’ve been working on lots and lots of foldover clutches and random-sized pouches to use up my first round of fabric from the Fall. I’m heading to the fabric store next week to choose and stock up on material for the second collection of foldovers for Spring. This stack will be heading down to Pastiche at the end of this week, and a few will be available at the farm store. I want to keep one, but I can’t decide which one! It’s definitely between the black/white or blue with crosses. Although, I am thinking about continuing on the black/white pattern for Spring…I don’t think I did many in that print for the first collection and it’s such a nice pattern & weight. So maybe I’ll grab that last blue one…arghh…I just can’t decide!

Lately I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my new couch! It took me a trip to Charlottesville and a couple of trips to Roanoke to find the one, but I knew it the second I sat on it…my hardheaded self just didn’t want to believe it at first. I sat on this couch at the store in Roanoke while I was looking at fabric options for another couch I thought I wanted, but couldn’t stop petting this one saying how much I loved it. I thought it was too big for my space, so I didn’t even think it was an option. Then we went back to the store a second time to look at fabric again and I was drawn to this one, again, like a magnet. So, I listened to my gut and had her delivered a couple days later! She’s perfect in my living room, so comfortable, and just feels right. Love it when that happens.

Lately I’ve been totally obsessed with Julia Rothman’s new book Nature Anatomy. I look through it over and over, the cover is great, the size of the book is great, and it’s full of so much important and useful information carried out in such a perfectly illustrated way. We use it in homeschool as a reference book – we just did a Weather block and used one of the clouds/environment illustrations to copy. I went ahead and ordered Farm Anatomy (that had been sitting in my Wish List cart for ages), and look forward to using that one during our Farming & Gardening block this Spring. My little student loves them too, which makes our lessons all the more exciting! Thumbs up!!<

So that’s the first installment of what’s being going on lately at mi casa…I’d say 2015 is off to a good start….