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Monday, April 19, 2010

Saturday's Lampshade Workshop and Beyond

                 Here's a great group of my students from this past Saturday's workshop. Sorry Donna, you were at the ironing board and missed out in the photo. It was a little tight in my shop with 7, but I think everyone had a fun time.

A highlight for many, was wandering down to Machs, our General Store, for  lunch.  If you don't live in a rural area this general store is quite unusual. The local farmers usually hangout around the coffee pot and lunch bench. One of the store's claim to fame is it's  big hole in the floor that looks down to the river passing swiftly under the building; I gotta admit it is pretty cool, especially when the river is running so fast. It's a classic old general store and probably most of us that live here take it for granted. A little town is so, so lucky to have a meeting place where most of the town's business is taken care of! No joke.
        This was my last workshop in my shop until Oct 1 and 2. A 2 day intensive in peak foliage, Cost $275. We will get a chance to do more complex hard-back shade frames. And have a Vermont Goat Cheese w/ wine for celebrate our first day's hard work. Call or email for more info.
         I will also be on Nantucket Island for a one day workshop with The Nantucket Historical Association's 1800 House Craft Workshops on Tuesday July 20th. Contact them for more info. Take a vacation and learn a new skill. I hope to get a bike ride out to the beach!
         Also coming up Memorial Day weekend is The Vermont Open Studio Tours. This is a self guided craft tour throughout the state. I have done it on and off over the years and decided to get involved again. Our area has organized a local group called Artisans of Southern Vermont to help market our area. We have a very talented group, although I must say Vermont is lucky to have so many incredibly talented artisans. I also just started a twitter page for us, check it out. Our twitter name is, ArtisansOfSoVt  Hope you will follow us and see our virtual tour! And even better, put in on our calendar for a trip to Vermont. My shop is always open but many of these artisans only open their studios once a year.
         Lastly, My friend, Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm has just released a new book called Hay Fever, How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life .You may have seen Angela's farm was featured in the November Martha Stewart Magazine and on Martha Radio last Thursday. She will be at The Northshire Bookstore on April 30th in Manchester, Vermont. I will put more up next post. Gotta get back to work. Good luck Angela and Russell.



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