to celebrate the publication of my new book


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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I can feel the November coming. Sunday morning breakfast becomes more of an occassion. Spending time sitting around the table, a cup of coffee being savored instead of being gulped. Putting on the kettle for a second pot. Not running out the door to pick sunflowers or harvest something. Planning what's going to cook for a long time on the stove making the house smell so good and homey and safe. Soups and stews are my favorites and I welcome the free time I have as they simmer away.

It's a bittersweet time of year. My last floral bouquets are on the windowsill above my sink. Now when I look out, I see a field full of frost and leaves that might or might not get raked. I've been stretching out the bouquets, removing dead flowers daily, until only one lone little bloom will remain. I'm not much for purchased flowers so these memories will have to suffice until next spring.

The sunflowers are finished now - except for the bits left in vases. They'll be gone too soon, until next year. Time for a rest and time to find work inside that needs to be done. Goodness knows, there's gobs of it.


Deborah Newton said...

It is sad to pick the last flowers of the season... We have one huge knob of a dahlia bud on the kitchen table, but it probably won't open. There is some coleus still hanging on... I just cleaned my workspace for the first time since spring-- you must be right about the indoor chores starting up!

Lisa W said...

This post really resonated with me today. I love autumn, but bittersweet it is, as the last leaves fall.

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Last night was our first frost. I harvested my herbs and picked the green tomatoes. I am so grateful for the colors around me, because the end of summer is really a loss to me.

Harvest is a lovely word, though.

turtlewoman said...

Your beautiful window/windowsill and those gorgeous and folksy vases - I love it all. This is a picture that could be blown up, framed and hung in a special spot on a wall.

Lindy in AZ where our seasons are way too subtle for my taste.