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, May 11, 2015

Spring Has Sprung at Leyden Glen Farm

Last week it was unseasonably warm and it is continuing this week too. You would think we would all be appreciating it after this past winter but it happened all too fast and furiously. Last Monday, the big old maple tree looked like this. 

By Friday, it looked like this. It is really amazing how fast the landscape can change, isn't it? And all that green just makes me happy. 

Enjoy the rest of the photos from around the farm. I set them up in chronological order from Monday to Friday. It's like you are here with me watching spring happen. Have a great week everyone! 


RubyC said...

When you plant sunflowers and they start growing, before they bloom, can you post pictures? I see sunflowers on I35E and I35W in my travels. I think they have already planted but from the freeway, I cannot tell until they bloom as I don't know what the young plants look like as they start growing. Love your sunflowers.

Ruby Cruse

Auntie Shan said...

ENJOY your "Summer-THIS-Week" moment, as you might be getting our cold front in a couple of days! It's around 50ish here right now. Was 40 this morning...

Anyhoo, at least your Blooms are looking GREAT! - I think some of our plants are still REthinking that whole "breaking-ground" idea considering the yo-yo temps! - Even the Dandelions were closing up yesterday! Never a good sign...

Spiffypaws said...

Thank you so much for these pictures! I'm a former new englander living in the south.

Sharon Lee Kubichek said...

Lurker here. I was driving this morning listening to public radio, and there was a story on the growing demand for lamb as America became more diverse for other ethinc and religious traditions, such as the hala and kosher traditions. They were interviewing in the Colorado-Wyoming area - where I am - and the local demand was booming. Has that impacted Leyden Glen any? I seldom actually see lamb in my grocery stores, even though we have several ranches. It all gets shipped elsewhere.
just curious.

Adaliza said...

Lovely photos - Spring has certainly sprung. You're a bit behind us here in the south of England so it's lovely to see some daffs & tulips - mine are all over now. The roses are all in bud and I can't wait for them to bloom this year. My Grandfather's Lily has just opened its first flower today. Isn't it a wonderful season.

LannieK said...

Beautiful photos of your farm! Love this time of year. I wish I lived close so that I could take advantage of your classes ~ must get your book! After I get the garden planted :-)

Miranda said...

I have been enjoying perusing your book "Crafting a Colorful Home," which I've borrowed from my library in Northampton MA.
While I have long admired your artistry and have enjoyed your blog, I am very disappointed to see that you chose to use a publisher who prints books in China.
Clearly it is economical for the publisher (though those savings are not passed on to the consumer), but at what price? China is a savage, repressive, regime with little or no regard for human rights.
I think that, as the author, you must have to sign a contract with the publishing company, and that that contract stipulates many things, including where the book is printed. I know that if I were to write and publish a book, I would certainly never agree to have it printed in China. I'm very sorry that you did not feel the same way.

Kristin Nicholas said...

Hi Miranda - I totally understand your comments regarding China. Unfortunately, authors do not have any control over where books are printed. In fact once you hand the book in, there is little control at all over a book. No control over the cover, the layout, the design, the sales staff, the publicity. That is just the way it is and although it is a lovely thought that an author would have such control, it doesn't happen. I have authored 10 books and only one was printed in the US back in 2006. The rest were all printed in China.

If you would like further information about why most books are printed in China, you can listen to a podcast interview on While She Naps, Abby Glassenberg's awesome podcast. She interviews Deborah Balmuth of Storey Publishing in North Adams. Deborah explains why most books are now printed in China. Here is the link to the informational interview.