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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Scenes from our Thanksgiving Holiday + Felted Flower Napkin Ring/Pin Favors

Thanksgiving has come and gone. What a wonderful day we had here at our farmhouse. It was full of family, good food and drink, and laughter. It sure is a lot of work getting this house in shape. Mom came on Tuesday and helped out (Thank you Mom!). Here is our dining room the morning of the day. Normally this room is my shipping room and the spot we keep all our farmers market supplies. The table is never clear. But that morning it was.

After the turkeys went into the ovens, we started working on the table. I know - all of this is supposed to be done the day before. But not in my lifetime. I piled on my Indian block printed tablecloths/bedspreads (like these) and then collected some ethnic fabrics from my stash. Since Thanksgiving is "my" holiday, I put few little turkeys ......

amongst some moss and added an obligatory farmer and his sheep statue.  After all, this is a sheep farm....

We collected some bittersweet from the orchard - love the color this time of year even if it is invasive as all get-out! and plopped it into some old green glass bottles with some faded sunflower heads....

Candles lit.....

Ready to go!

I'm not much for lots of planning of parties. In fact, this is almost the only party I throw all year with the exception of Julia's b-day and my Getting Stitched on the Farm Retreat Dinners. My sisters are great at planning and throwing parties but since I am the most disorganized person on the planet, it's not in my DNA. But this year, I did do a bit in advance. Since I have been in the Knitted Flower Mood, I decided to knit all the sisters, moms, and cousins a flower. It took me three nights and I made extras but it was a fun project. Here they are before felting....


I sewed pin backs from the craft store onto the back of each flower after felting. Then I made napkin rings out of green wool fabric that I had hanging around. 

Thanksgiving morning I set them all up with their napkins on the table for their beauty shot.

There was a flurry of excitement as everyone chose their favorite flower color. 

And now they all have a pretty little pin to wear on their winter coats to remember the day by! I sent the extra napkin rings and flowers off to family members who couldn't make the trip and a good friend/knitter who is in rehab after a stroke (get well soon Peggy!). 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Now onto the next! 

If you want to do the same kind of project for your Christmas festivities, you can order the Sunflower and Zinnia to Knit and Felt new pattern available on the Shop Page of my website here or on Ravelry.


Auntie Shan said...

Oooo, YUM!! -- Don't mind me, just eying your veggies!

Lovin' the Napkin Rings! ..Was just thinking, They would probably make great Scarf-Rings too..?

Elaine said...

Wow! What a visual feast!! I would love a tour of your stash. Did you paint the flower designs on the wall in your dining room?
I'm sure the old house is happy to have so much going on in it. What stories it could tell----. The new flower patterrns are lovely.

Goldie Stetten said...

How fabulous! Having been in your dinning room, I couldn't think of a more appropriate napkin ring. They are so perfect with your hand painted walls. The look is all you, I love it! Your style is so authentically you. Thanks for blogging and sharing. I look forward to your posts.

Lindsay Obermeyer said...

What a delightful post! You also gave me a great idea for my sister-in-law's holiday gift.