Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pop Up Updates!

I miss caring for the animals. I miss just visiting with the animals. I miss alien eyes full of speculation as to what treat I may have with me. I miss muddy hooves that magnetically land on newly laundered coats. I miss the smell of the barn and of goats, horse, and pig living snug in close quarters. I miss the rat-tat-tat of the male guinea birds. With setting up shop and caring for the day-to-day, I don't have the time or energy to even pop in to say "Hi.". Sean is caring for it all. And, while I appreciate all that that entails, I miss being a part of it.

And, consequently, you miss images to go along with updates from the homestead. Sean is not big on the picture taking. I can't blame him a bit. When you are single-handedly moving a disgruntled pig into the barn, you need all your attention focused on the the task in front of you. The same holds true for trimming hooves, worming animals, and cleaning out stalls- all of which has happened in the last month, multiple times. And, then, there were the ice storms that knocked out power three times in November-December.

In another three weeks, the shop will close its doors and life will begin it's regular rhythm once more. I will miss that, too. We are considering the possibility of beginning a long-term cooperative shop. But, that is a decision for another day.

For today, we have changed around our shop, added several new artisans, and I wanted to share some pictures of it with you.
Rose Whitehead Fiber Fabrications
Verona Wine & Design,
Amy Thompson, Artist
Depaola Succulents
Terekins Landing Tile Mosaics

Foxfire Design Studio
 This scene is an assortment of felted wall hangings from Rose Whitehead, matted watercolor by Amy Thompson, beaded wall decor by Teresa Vandy of Terekins Landing, and Cameron Depaola succulents.

The Woodshaper Shop of Maine. Jim and Teresa England combine their talents to create goods from wood; shaped, bent, or cut, their products are built to last. 

Fingerless Gloves and Mittens from: One Woman Studio River Wind Woolies Creations by Rose, Snow Wimzees on a shelf, an assortment of tactile, imagination toys from Storyteller Moon and The Woodshaper Shop of Maine.  

 Fleece lined, suede mittens or fingerless designs are sure to please. Adorable and practical! :)
On Tuesday, Gene Bowden popped into the shop carrying an assortment of original acrylic paintings. Many of them were sea-themed, all of them were stunning and we were thrilled to provide temporary homes for seven of his pieces. Mr. Bowden is 87 years old and lives just down the street from the shop. He worked at the mill for 30 years and built four residential homes in Bucksport, Maine. Now, retired, he paints.

Each week, we welcome new artisans to our cooperative. This week, we have added watercolor paintings by Amy Thompson, pen and ink cards by Casey Thompson, felted imaginative toys by Storyteller Moon, and paper-smithed cards by Bethany Smith. We anticipate adding balsam sachets, hand-made dolls, and glass-work stylus and pencils. Each week something new gets added to our shelves and new friends are met.

This Saturday, December 13th, you are invited to our "Meet the Artisan" event from 2-4 pm. Julie Maddock of Maddock Stitches, Chris Gray of Riff Wood Picks, Teresa England of the Woodshaper Shop of Maine, and I will be painting eggshell jewelry. Enjoy live music, by local Bagpiper, David Weeda. We hope to see you soon.

Sonja ♥

1 comment:

  1. Your shop looks fantastic! I am so proud of my fellow Maine crafters and you all should be very proud of yourself. I wish that I could be part of your team! Congratulations from Laughing Llama Beads, Spot, and Nancy.