Wednesday, July 28, 2010

kneadful things

Only 3 more days and I'll be on my way to Skowtown (Skowhegan, Maine for those of you from 'away')! What's in Skowhegan you might ask (and rightly so...)? Well, the 2nd annual Artisan Bread Fair of course!
While the Kneading Conference wraps up on Friday, July 30, folks will be able to gather to enjoy the fruits of their (and others') labor on Saturday, July 31 at a fair devoted to all things 'bread'.

I'll be there peddling my tote bags made from recycled flour and grain bags, hoping to catch the eye of the fairs' sponsor, King Arthur Flour. I mean, I do use *a lot* of their bags in my work!

And appropriately enough... "The Artisan Bread Fair will occur this year on the Eve of Lammas Day, or as it was called in even deeper antiquity, Lughnasadh. This is the ancient, mystical feast day halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox when we celebrate the season's first grain harvest and revel in the Miracle of Real Bread from Earth to Hearth. There will be bakers at work with wood-fired hearth ovens, oven builders, grain millers, artists, booksellers, live music, storytellers, seed vendors, baking and agricultural equipment vendors and much more. And to go with all the excellent artisan breads being sold, there will be local foods from area farmers and restaurants including hearth-baked pizza! Come join us for the Rites of Lammas Day!"

The fair takes place at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, from 9am-3pm on Saturday, July 31st. See you there!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

foxy gloves

I just finished cutting down my gone-way-to-seed foxgloves and I am feeling a bit sentimental. 
These photos were taken at the height of their beautifulness. Are they not the most spectacular flowering plant? Oh, I know... you bet I say that to all the plants...
Just look at this close-up and try to tell me your heart doesn't go pitter-patter. Kinda sexy aren't they?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

to market, to market...

A great big *thank you* to all my peeps - and brand new peeps - for coming out in the fog and drizzle yesterday to stop by my Guest Artist booth at the Blue Hill Farmers' Market and say "Howdy"! You just made my day with all of your positive feedback and down-right contagious excitement about my work! Not to mention buying up almost every bag I had for sale...

And a BIG *thank you* to  Market Manager Donna of Horse Power Farm in Penobscot, ME  for inviting me and running one of the best - and biggest - farmers' markets in Maine!