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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Busy Summer.....

Things are extremely busy here and my poor little blog is suffering. I’m sorry all. Just know I am thinking about you and trying to fit a post in here and there. Preparations are continuing for the upcoming classes at the farm. There is still room in both the Aug 1/2 and Aug 15/16 classes so if you are up for an adventure in the country, check out the website here.

Julia is now officially on the insulin pump. We spent all day at the hospital on Tuesday, testing out her pump and seeing how she would react to the continuous insulin. For the first few weeks, there is a massive amount of record keeping including getting up every two hours all night long. I am hopeful that in the long run, the insulin pump will keep her healthy and more regulated. But right now, the pump is running our lives. You’ll probably notice that Julia’s pump is PINK. She wanted to wait until she could get a pink one instead of black. Once they were available, she signed right up.

The Farmer and I are taking turns at the four Farmer’s Markets we committed to this summer. We’re trying to be at Bernardston (Tuesday 4 to 7), Turner’s Falls (Wednesday 3 to 6), Northfield (Thursday 4 to 7), and South Hadley (Thursday 1 to 6). The photo below shows our little set-up at Turner's Falls. All these markets are running us ragged but we are getting lots of nice comments, repeat customers, and some people are even driving up to our self-serve farmstore to purchase meat. It is encouraging.

Yesterday was a long and really hot day of sheep shearing. I’ll be back to you next week with photos of that. We are relieved it didn’t rain and that it is all over. What an exhausting day. We had to miss two Farmer's Markets but it had to be done.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Deborah said...

Wow, you are one busy family! I hope the pump is working out well for Julia. She looks much taller, was there a growth spurt this year?

Joyce said...

I wish you every success with your adventures in farming. You are deserving! I hope the insulin pump works well.

On another note . . . I can't wait for your new book this fall. I love your designs.

Turtle said...

julia looks well knowledgeable at the farmers market. Hope the pump eases concerns once you all get the hang of it!

floatingink said...

Hurrah for Julia and her pink pump! My niece recently got hers (a spiffy purple one) and it has changed her life--very much for the better.

knittingbrow said...

I really love my insulin pump. I've used on for 13 years and it's made a huge difference to my life (all for the good)