Yep..every winter I get the blahs. I should be crafting and planning this year’s work but I sit and read. I love to read, so it’s not a total loss.
I’ve been a little down over the fact I can’t tape new shows until my camera guy/friend/editor is up to traveling again. I’ve found all kind of cool crafters to feature but I have to wait for a while longer.
I’ve found a new sewing passion. I LOVE to make pillow cases for travel size pillows.
I borrowed a cute cradle to display them in.
The shop has been closed most of the winter but starting March 1, I will be open every Thrusday, Friday and Saturday, 11am till 4 pm. New items have been arriving so come on by and check them out.
If you ever wondered how we get our possum for the Possum Drop, you need to read the new children’s book about Pete, the possum and his quest to be the New Year’s Eve possum. It’s a really cute little story written by a local crafter, Pat Litchfield.
The book is sold only at my shop, Carolina Crafting and it’s only $5.99. This is a super good reason to come to Brasstown and check out the shops.
Pat presented the first copy to Clay Logan right before the Possum Drop. He approves !!!
Come check it out. Not all the shops in Brasstown are open right now because of the weather but Morning Song Galley and I are toughing it out. (as long as the snow and ice stay away) We are open Thrusday, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.
First craft show of the season is fast approching. It’s the Sweetheart Show at the Brasstown Valley Resort, (Young Harris, Ga.) Feburary 11 and 12. 10 am to 5 pm. Come say “Hello”
We were all set for a taping of a new season when Ron, my cameraman/editor/best friend got really sick. I mean, hospital sick and right before Christmas. Ron never gets sick !! Well, he will not be able to travel to North Carolina for at least 4 months so there will be no new shows for a while. I will try to keep you all informed with shows, applications and what ever little tidbit of craft gossip I can come across. Not as much fun as the shows, I know. We are really sorry but sometimes life just gets in the way.
Speaking of that, my husbands health has been holding steady. As long as he doesn’t try to do too much, he’s fine.
Thanks for being such loyal fans. We will have shows back up as soon as we can.
Another year is coming to an end. Hard to believe how fast time goes. This year has been a year of mixed blessings. I won’t mention the worrisome parts. BUT…I must talk about the good.
I met some wonderful artists that allowed me to come into their studios and tape them. I wish I had pictures of all of them to post. (watch their shows, you can see what wonderful spirits they are)
Craft shows were wonderful. Sales were good. Met some new folks and had some yummy BBQ
The shop did well, too. I love the folks I meet that walk thru my door. I’m looking forward to another fun year. I’m going to re-do the layout of the shop, just to “mix it up”.
The most fun I had this year was putting on a fund raising craft show for the Brasstown Community Center. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Fun, food and a community spirit. I’m looking forward to the second annual Gingerbread Christmas.
But for now I’m going to kick my feet up and relax until “next year”
It really does take a village to take on a big project. Brasstown NC is a very small community with tons of talent. There is an artist or crafts person at every turn of the road. When I decided that I wanted to put on my own craft show, I did not have to venture outside my own community. Gingerbread Christmas, Dec. 10 and 11 from 10 am to 5 pm both days. ALL of the participants (24 of us) either live in Brasstown or have their work in one of the shops in Brasstown. Could we be any more “local” ??? To keep with the theme of the season, we are all small businesses and everything is Made in America.
Hope to see you at the show. Come by my booth (to the left of the stage) and tell me you found out about the show from my blog or from facebook and you can register for a drawing of cool gingerbread items.
After the show stop by the Shops of Brasstown Village and visit Silva Gallery. Pam has a new tapestry. Morning Song Studio is having their Christmas Open House and Frog and the Dragon will be open, too. Lots of great local art in a small community.
‘Tis the season to start your Christmas shopping. This year, more than ever, it is important to shop local. I try my best. Actually, most of my shopping is done right in Brasstown. Between Silva Gallery, Morning Song Studios, Frog and the Dragon and my shop (Carolina Crafting) you can find something for everyone. All of our gifts are “Made in America”.
There are shops like this in almost every town in America. Look for them this year and keep your money close to home. Another great source of gifts are craft shows. Right now there has to be a craft show somewhere within driving distance every weekend from now until Christmas. I will be posting a list of shows soon for this area so you can mark your calender.
Carolina Crafting is getting some Christmas items in already.
These gourds are so cute.
Dip bowls for Holiday entertaining
Hand made ornaments.
These are just a few items. I’ll post more as they come in.
As anyone who has ever talked to me, you know my husband is from Denmark. He’s tried really hard to adapt to all the American foods I’ve served him. Once in awhile I want some of his food culture, too. He has been promising to make aebleskivers for me the last 10 years and today he finally did it !!!!
When looking at the the photos remember my kitchen was clean when he started. (Just saying)
The recipe is easy and they are fun to make. But it did take some time to cook all of them
Learning to flip each one was a little frustrating. some came out lop sided.
I thought we should include the gnomes in our “feast” I had 3 differnt kinds of jams to dip them in. They tasted a little like a teeny, fluffy pancakes to me. We ate way too many of them.
To make, first you need an aebleskiver pan.
Mix 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar. After these are mixed add 2 eggs and 2 cups of buttermilk. Wisk together . Heat pan until butter will bubble up, fill indentions 2/3 full. Cook 3 minites per side. This I found hard to know when to flip the aebleskiver. But trial and error worked ! Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Dinner will be a little late tonight….I’m full !!!
I am sure by now everyone knows about the Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School this weekend. If not check out http://www.folkschool.org/ It is the place to be !!! I love this show. The setting is wonderful, fall in the mountains. Don’t be discouraged if you get tied up in traffic. It happens. Once you are there it will be worth it.
I have been busy (as I’m sure everyone involved with this show is) finishing projects. What is not done by tomorrow will be put away for another show.
I had a little help this afternoon. Oreo has been my helper for 12 years.
I even got Casper to lend a hand.
Pumpkins are done !!!!!!
Drop by my booth, mention you watch my podcasts. I love to meet the folks that watch the shows.