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, June 22, 2012

Just Not Ready......

...... for the heat..... It has been hot, hot, hot here as it is in many parts of the country. We are up early to do what needs to be done outside. Then it is all we can do to make it through the day - all of us including the animals who are smarter than humans. They just lie in one place motionless. The sheep graze all night long and sleep all day.

Although I am all about color, at this time of the year around me in my garden there are plenty of things blooming that are white. When I look at the photos, they make me feel cooler than I really am with a fan blowing on me as I type on my heated up lap-top.

So for all of you trying to escape the heat, here are some cool feeling farm and garden scenes that will hopefully make you feel a bit cooler than the temperature really is.

I have a rooster bell outside my mudroom door. The idea for it was since there was no doorbell, someone might ring the rooster. I think in 13 years, one person has figured it out. 


The other day, a beautiful white moth was sleeping on the bell for hours. Good thing I noticed. I love the transparency and the delicate folds of the wings. Such a gorgeous fragile creature.

Our house came with a Korean dogwood. This year it is covered in an unbelievable number of blossoms. The bugs have already gotten to them but they are gorgeous all the same. 

Lambs ears and ladys mantle - two of my favorite carefree garden flowers at this time of year.

What would June be in New England without white daisies blooming along the roadside. 


When The Farmer and I got married, we had coffee cans wrapped in tin foil full of daisies along my Mom and Dad's driveway leading people up to the garden festivities. Twenty eight years ago this weekend - wow! Good thing I didn't go to TNNA (the big needlework trade show). Instead, the three of us will all do the Amherst Common Farmers Market together. Twenty eight years ago we had a Greek Lamb Roast for our wedding celebration. Twenty eight years later we are giving our community the opportunity to cook our lamb and help to keep the New England family farm tradition alive.


Susan B. Anderson said...

Happy anniversary, Kristin. Lovely post and photos today.

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Happy anniversary! 28 years is quite an accomplishment and you're both to be congratulated. (We could use some cooling images around here also. It's been miserable this week.)

Auntie Shan said...


So. "28" - is that the Portable-FAN one..? ;-D

It's been in the high 90s to a 100 plus the "humidex" for the last few days up here in Ottawa. In the 80s today though. Looks like the "Storms" missed us last night, so the promised COLD FRONT is just quietly slipping in... Hope You Guys *don't* get nasty weather over your "Weekend"!

kathy b said...

flower cans wrapped in foi l with daisies sounds darling and perfect..is there a picture from that day showing them???

NancyP said...

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. And another round of congratulations on your new line of yarn!
Nancy P

Elaine said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Such lovely pictures too. The wings on the moth look like one of those "gossamer" summer dresses.

Sally said...

Another chapter in the Kristin and Sally are cosmicly linked story: Joe and I just celebrated 28 years too! Happy happy day! Stay cool at the market. xoxo

Denise said...

Happy Anniversary!

sally said...

Happy Anniversary to you and The Farmer. We had that hot weather last week here in the Midwest. Fortunately, we live a couple miles from Lake Michigan where the weather forecast usually includes "cooler by the lake."
Thanks for the cool photos, and for keeping the tradition alive.

MicheleinMaine said...

Bon anniversaire Kristin!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog, but have loved your work for a long time. My husband and I, too, celebrated an anniversary this weekend - our 45th was on Sunday. Hope you had as great a day as we did!

IntrepidOtter said...

Such gorgeous photos! This is why I love the blog