…namely, the woods in and around the Green Mountains of Northern Vermont. I’ve worked hard for a year taking minimal time for myself and now relaxation at Grammie’s house in the woods for SIX DAYS is my reward! And, all of them paid for. Score.
Before I load up the school bus (my dad drives a big, yellow Pontiac Aztek) and jump in with father, brother and niece, I thought I’d poke around on Etsy to check out what the folks in the farm-friendly, rustic and rural state of Vermont are up to.
The first of my finds comes from a woman named Meredith out of Burlington. Her Etsy store, monkeyjunction, features creations that are self-proclaimed ‘super-wonky’ which I automatically like. Preschool-friendly finger puppets, mini dolls and bean bags are on the menu and Aunt Audrey likes. Likes a lot. They’re very reasonably priced and with puppet duos like bird and worm or trios of three blind mice, they are great educational tools for wee ones! Marked as favorite for when K. gets a little older… Check out a nice site from Meredith at The Sharing Preschool Blog.
Just down the road, Martha in Colchester from SweetAvenueJewelry creates colorful, vintage inspired jewelry and hair pieces. I like the selection above because it reminds me of July 4th…which is about as far away on the thermostat as you can get from what we’ve got right now (not that I don’t love that, too). Martha is a Renaissance woman, in that she creates jewelry and crafts while simultaneously holding down a 9-5 and playing in a band. Although my pastimes are a bit different, I can totally relate. Clear vision and sweet execution – I hope I end up in a local shop that carries her work! And if none do, yet, then they better start lining up. 🙂
Vermont wouldn’t be Vermont if it weren’t for all the farms we pass on the way to Underhill. From slanted and decaying photo ops to bustling and vibrant active farms the countryside is carved based on an agrarian way of life. This is slowly changing, which breaks my heart, but for the time being let’s enjoy.
Old Gates Farm sells on Etsy a wide selection of soaps, knitted work, dyed bags, note cards, fabric-covered buttons and more. Of all the items in her shop, though, these rustic soaps caught my eye. I might be a sucker for a beautiful photograph, or maybe it’s because I’ve been itching to learn to make soaps. OR it could be just that I need to shower more! Whatever the reason, these beautiful soaps are made with homegrown herbs and that’s a-okay with me.
Finally, all things can’t be cute or squeaky clean: these silver, industrial-style earrings from courtneyreckord are huge and amazing. The rough-hewn shapes are just screaming to be worn by someone with amazing, long, curly hair. My VT cousin has amazing curly hair – maybe I should get them for her!
In addition to some much needed rest and relaxation I plan on scooting around Chittenden county to find some shops and artists from the Great North. Blog entries may be sporadic over the next few days, but I’ll be sure to fill you all in when I get back!