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.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Crafty Ideas for Thanksgiving Weekend

Our farmhouse is the site for the annual Nicholas Thanksgiving Feast. As many Nicholas-related family members as can get here come and we celebrate my favorite holiday by eating, walking, and taking an old-fashioned hayride. I cook the turkeys and everyone else contributes one of their specialties. The worst part for me is cleaning the house before they all arrive!

The day after Thanksgiving, my sisters, Mom, the brother-in-laws and all the cousins descend upon my sister Nancy's house in New Hampshire. We spend the day eating left-over turkey, taking walks, talking, laughing, and doing a craft project together. Last year, we all sat around making little birch houses.

I loved seeing the spin all the kids put on it. It truly was a day to remember, as every holiday is. This year, my sister Laurie has something up her sleeve for us to make. Can't wait to see it! Last year I did a Tutorial on My Birch Houses which you can find here. Maybe your family will make a Birch Cottage on the day after Thanksgiving. You'd better get collecting natural materials soon!

FYI - the glittery animals are just made by applying glue and glitter to little plastic animals you can find at kids toy stores.


Sarah said...

I am so glad for the reminder about these. I'm going to try to do them this year.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

I just love these. Thank you for sharing this idea. Now I am off to find some birch paper. A good day to you!

P.S your new book is wonderful... and your other book, and your yarn... :) all of it. Wonderful.

Turtle said...

i still love these, i remember when you first made them! hmmm, maybe if it ever stops raining i can venture out and maybe find some bark!

Kathleen C. said...

I remember these last year! And I remember mention of finding glitter for months afterward... I can't wait to see what you guys cook up this time...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna at Two Red Threads said...

Can't wait to see what Laurie had you make!