Rain.

We have rain today – after a beautiful week full of sunshine.  Our new solar panels are taking a breather.  They have been scooping up sunshine for us non-stop!

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Solar Panels in front of house

Come on back, sunshine!

 

Getting Ready!

 

Dying yarn in a water bath on stove.

 

It is that time of year!  The hay has been cut once and is stored in the hay loft of our little barn.  Our goats are grazing and growing lots of beautiful fiber.  I am dying yarn like crazy!  Today’s color is honey mustard for some of our lace weight blended mohair!

Spring in November!

It’s true.  This week the weather has been glorious with temperatures reaching into the 70’s. No one is complaining – not Jim or I or our animals!

Oh – we have more animals – 8 alpacas have been added to our flock.

Bacca, Casper, Richard, Sapphron, Daisy, Tansy, Oreo, and Reese – we need to get name tags!  They join Dorito, M&M and Telemark.  Sadly we lost Dazzle a bit ago.  We have LOTS of fiber!

IMG_1578Sadly, our dear, Zeke – the original yellow dog is slowing down greatly.  He still manages to get down to the barn, but often gets confused on the way back.  He is one great dog!

ZekeandAlphHope your fall is as beautiful as ours!

Ellen

Last Show of 2014!

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Jim and I had a grand time at the Craft Vermont, 2014 show sponsored by Vermont Hand Crafters. It was held the weekend before thanksgiving at the Sheraton in Burlington. Amazing artists all around – and stupendous customers! Can’t wait ’til next year!

End of Summer…

…and we know what that means!  Getting ready for Sheep and Wool Festivals and Craft Shows! Jim has been making mountains of wood shavings.  I can see 4 brand new completed yarn bowls from where I am sitting.  Gorgeous!  And I have been dying lots of yarn in new colors!  I am loving the Intense Iris! – not sure there will be any left to sell.  Sorry![portfolio_slideshow id=211]

Finger Lakes…Here We Come!

The truck is packed with every possible bit of fiber and wood.  Snacks for the ride and cell phones charged.  I think we are ready to head to Hemlock, NY for the Finger Lakes Fiber festival.  This is a great show nestled in the countryside of New York state!  Love being there.  I am actually looking forward to sitting and spinning all day on Saturday and Sunday!

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Jim has been turning wood non-stop for the last two weeks.  There are several beautiful yarn bowls packed and ready to share!

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Next weekend…Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT – another great show!  http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/

A New Sign for Grand Isle Art Works…we need your help!

Grand Isle Art Works is an undiscovered destination! A new artsy sign by gallery artist, Amey Radcliffe will help put us on the map!

Listen to our story…

Three years ago, Jim and Ellen were determined to have a place to locate their artwork in their island community in Vermont.  They set about to purchase a farmhouse that had seen much better times!  In fact, it had been left open, literally,  to the weather for over two years.  For Jim and Ellen, it was love at first sight.  They hardly noticed the tumble down cow and wagon barns built in the 1790s or the driveway the ended right AT the porch.

All they saw were the bones of the building with brightly painted walls and a huge restaurant quality stove in the middle!    The farmhouse was deemed perfect and they set off to purchase it.  The concept – build a gallery and cafe space that would give Vermont artists a unique place to show their art work.  Create a commission schedule that favored the artist first – while still hopefully paying the bills.  Make the art space a destination that would entice folks from “off-island” on to the island, increasing the economic vibrancy of not only the gallery itself, but also the islands as well.

The dream is almost complete.  Grand Isle Art Works now supports over 65 Vermont artisans featuring art work from many different medias.  Jim and Ellen are working around the clock to create “the” destination feel for this art space.

And it’s working…except…the gallery sits on a hill on a piece of State highway with a speed limit of 50 mph.  Our current sign is old and drab and blends into the background.  We have been told over and over again, “We would have stopped but we didn’t know you were there.”

Enter gallery artist, Amey Radcliffe and her new invigorated interpretation of our gallery logo – bright, sunny – impossible to miss if it were to be on a sign.  Add Amey’s logo for our Cafe at the Gallery…and now we’ve got something special.

The wooden sign posts are there. But we need Amey’s graphic designs turned into new signs!  That’s where you come in…Help us make this gallery a true destination — we need to brand this labor of love!

Want to help? Click on this link to donate today!