Mark Twain wrote this. It is a quote I wholeheartedly agree with. Perfect attendance is not necessary but an interest in many things and a zest for life certainly is.
Julia and I are continuing our tour of famous writer's and artist's homes. Last week we went to Hartford, CT to visit the home of Mark Twain. I hadn't been there in a very long time and since then, they have built a lovely visitor center with special displays, a short movie by Ken Burns and a lovely gift shop.
The house was built in the 1870's and Mark Twain wrote many of his most famous works here. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside so this is what we saw on the outside. The light orange and black brickwork were actually painted and spoke to me "knitting chart" all the way. Turrets and balconies and gingerbread abound. What a fanciful place.
All through the home there are stencilled and painted wall and ceiling treatments which gave me many more ideas for "knitting patterns". These were done by Associated Artists, a firm that was a partnership of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Candace Wheeler (she did the amazing textiles and wallpaper design), and Lockwood de Forest.
The place is so totally over the top - as you would assume giving Twain's larger than life personality. The restoration was done beautifully considering the home had been used as apartments and offices during the 20th century. The world is lucky to be able to visit this amazing place and see how Mark Twain and his family lived. Take the virtual tour if you can't get to see it. You will be delighted as Julia and I were to visit such an amazing and creative home.
Next to Twain's home is the lovely, more liveable home of Harriet Beecher Stowe which we also took toured. The home is full of her artwork, her over 30 books including Uncle Tom's Cabin which was translated into many languages and lots of family furniture.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.