Last Saturday, Kim brought a sweet potato pie to the shop, and I neglected to tell her how special it was … (vaguely remember my Aunt Clemie baking them). Took home the remainder, have had pie all week. This morning I opened the frig for my breakfast pie, and realized it was all gone … I’d eaten up all that special treat. So I had my bowl of Raisin Bran and headed for the shop. About noon, Nelda showed up with a pecan pie … guess what I’ll have for breakfast tomorrow?
We are excited to announce that we are expanding our space & including select lines of gift items for retail sale! We would like to involve established & emerging local artisans in this space on a limited consignment basis (it’s a small space, the felted owl birdhouse featured is an example of the quality we’re looking for!) … if you are a fine artist/craftsperson and would like to be included, please give us a call to schedule an interview (& be prepared to bring samples of your work, photos aren’t acceptable) … 615.952.0110
Nope. Jane brought me this lovely skein of sock yarn from A GOOD YARN SARASOTA … this is one of their exclusive shop colorways (‘Gulf of Mexico). It is a gorgeous yarn and as I’m told, Three Irish Girls dyes for their shop. Awesome. And Jane had no way of knowing that when my daughter Sarah was living in Sarasota and finally decided she wanted to learn to knit, this is the shop I guided her to. It is a small world, isn’t it!
Jim & I dug through some of Nelle’s sewing room today … and the sweet treasures were endless. Lots of quilted squares, bits and pieces, notes & patterns … could spend days in that one small room. Hardanger napkins, pulled thread table clothes and napkins … lots of things waiting to be done, with the expectation that one day you will get back to it.
Some things were over in the corner in bags, that’s where I found my surprises. A vintage granny square afghan (note: this was seamed with heavy, maybe quilting thread, not yarn);
a vintage crazy quilt (Papa Sam must have squawked about her buying this one … great job, Nelle!)
Then we got into a chest of basically ‘shove it in here’ … old photos, stacks of Christmas cards, gifts still in boxes, lots of vintage linens, some still with tags on …. and in the midst of this, wrapped up in a random scrap of what must be quilting leftover was this precious Christening Dress and Under-dress … I’m gonna take a good look at the old photos, but I think this may have been Papa Sam’s. It’s gossamer thin handkerchief linen with French seams, hand embroidered …
I just love the little bits of history of the fiber of our lives, hope you cherish them too. All these treasure are headed to the dry cleaners tomorrow.
We e-subscribe to a free small business newsletter from ‘Small Business Survival’. Sometimes I read it, sometimes I don’t. This one really hit home …
‘From outside, you may think I’m all success. But if you got up close you’d realize that I fail, too.
Development is a bit like that, too.
Whenever I hear someone talk about how amazing my hometown’s Value Added Products plant that is taking local wheat flour and producing pizza dough is, I think, “It’s really not all that.” Because I’m close to it.
But when I hear about the lavender farm in Ontario that is expanding into a winery, I think it’s terrific. Because I’m not too close to it.
When you know too much about the situation, you discount it. You focus on the other parts, the not-so-successful parts.
That’s why you think what you do doesn’t really matter that much. Because you’re too close and see all the false starts, the failures and the things you wish you could do but haven’t.
Those are exactly the things that add up to something significant. It’s because you try that you make a difference. Even when you don’t see it.
So before you dismiss what you’re doing for your town as “not that much,” remember what I said. You’re doing it. You’re making a difference.’
I certainly hope so, because my heart and soul is in this shop. And we thank you each and every day. It’s all that.
As we say in the South, ‘Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?’ This has been a mixed bag kind of a year. We’ve seen new babies, marriages, steamy romances, folks struggling financially, horrific medical diagnoses, deaths of loved ones ….
And such is the fabric of this shop. It is such a privilege to smile, laugh and cry with each of you. Thank you for being the heart and soul of this shop and including us in your life, we love you each and every one. And thanks to you for holding us up when we need it, also.
We’re having a Cast-On Party tomorrow, January 1, 2014 (YAY!) from noon until 4 … bring your new project or shop for one, just come. We’ll make coffee, we may bake something(or not), but we’d just love to see you!
We’re ending this post with the last thing off the needles totally completed in 2013 … it’s Stephen West’s Metalouse (free pattern from http://www.knitty.com), added a picot bind off to make it a bit more girlie.
Happy New Year to all, and thank you!