This weekend, December 6th, 7th, and 8th, will mark the beginning of the Christmas season in New Harmony, Indiana. We look forward to being a part of the festivities and celebrating in the shop with our doors wide open (not literally – it’s too cold! ) We would love for you to celebrate the season with us!
Some highlights in town include the annual tree lighting Friday evening,, a Christmas parade, Santa coming to town, a live nativity, and shopping gala complete with artisans on hand all day Saturday. And we can’t forget the carriage rides, abounding music throughout town and live performances of The Nutcracker Ballet. Serious Christmas celebrating will be going on – don’t miss out!
As for us, we have beautiful handmade items on hand, perfect for gifting or decorating. As well as our vintage, repurposed pieces there will be…
these beautiful ornaments made by one of our new partnering artists, Kristen Voorhees. These pictures just don’t do her work justice. Hand stamped ornaments and tags created from reclaimed vintage pieces. You can go here and here to get a better look at her items. We love her work and her story.
Tags by Kristen
We also have lovely hand painted ornaments available by Kaitlyn Keen, who we recently showcased.
Greenery and wreaths are on hand, made by Lynn and also by Ashley Elpers.
Arrangement and wreath created by Ashley
You can find more of Ashley’s gorgeous creations here.
Finally, and definitely not to be missed!, are items by Emily Wargel. Emily creates pillows, stockings, paintings – the list goes on and on! We love her touch!
Paintings by Emily, tags by Kristen
We look forward to a festive weekend and hope to see you there!
I (Sara) have hijacked the blog this week. Lynn has no idea what I am posting.
I have a different view on Thanksgiving this year. It has been a really hard year. REALLY. HARD. Death, illness, major changes in life. We have a long list in the category of hard stuff. You know what? We all do – we all have our stuff.
But no doubt, I am (we are) thankful. I have an ongoing conversation with God all day long. I pray, but it doesn’t end with “Amen.” I talk to Him constantly throughout my day. And listen. I love hearing Him – especially when I haven’t even started the conversation. So here is a recent conversation, a very real one – that took place while looking through the black friday “leaked” ads. Thank you for allowing me to share:
“The Black Friday ads are here – yay! What is available this time around? We can all use a good deal. Never mind that the turkey isn’t even bought! So, now to look at the ads….
- I am so completely tired of wrestling that ridiculous, cheap vacuum around our house. It makes my back hurt. I can’t believe I have to put up w ith that thing. Any deals on vacuums?
Answer: Sara, you have floors. In a house. That is bigger than you need. Even you tell Me that.
Lord, thank you that we have floors to vacuum. Not just floors, but a house that surrounds those floors. May we use it to glorify You.
- Any deals on ovens? OMG – the less than builder’s grade oven (not even self-cleaning!) that sets off the smoke alarms each time there is one small drip is going to make me nuts.
Answer: My child, you have electricity, not an open fire, to cook over. You have more than enough food in your pantry. You rarely feel hunger pangs in your stomach.
Lord, thank you for an oven, not an open fire, to cook meals for my family in. And for the family to cook for. And even for the dirty dishes that those meals will produce. Thank you for not being in want.
- Uh, hello. Maybe a closet organizer for my husband’s shoes will be on sale? If I trip over those things one more time at 6:00 a.m., I think I will scream at the top of my lungs!
Answer: Sara, you are blessed beyond measure. He loves you. I love you through Him. I have blessed you through Him. He is My creation. And by the way, do you realize what all he is patient in with you?
Lord, thank You for that incredible man of mine. I am blessed. You gave him to ME. No one else. My worst day with my husband is a million times better than my best day of being single. He is amazing. I will never be able to thank You enough for him.
- Maybe some workout machines will be on sale? My body has “gone to pot” this year. With all that has been going on, it has been hard Lord. I have been too busy, too sad or too sick to exercise.
Answer: Exercise is one of the healthiest ways to deal with emotions. It’s okay though. Just take care of that clay mold I built to house that sweet soul.
I have given birth to children, kept up with them day after day, and have ran around all over. Thank you for giving me the energy to keep up with them. And thank you, Lord, for health. I greatly appreciate it more than ever.
- Okay, I know You’re here with me, so… while I’m onto things that can’t always be fixed by items in stores, Lord, I was left out. Again. I wasn’t invited by the people I thought were my friends. Or, they hurt me. Or disappointed me. Again.
Answer: I have sent you My daughters, straight from My hand, to minister to you in ways that you never knew were needed. Allow them to. And by the way, each of you will be hurt, or disappoint – because you are human. Remember that, then react in love.
Lord, thank you for my best girlfriend who I speak with almost every day. She is a gift that not only listens, but helps me work so much out. And thank you that she is also my sister.
Thank you for the girlfriend who showed up at my doorstep the day after my Grandma died with a huge hug and book on grieving.
Thank you for my sweet friend who serves You with joy and speaks Your truth to me, even when it’s not easy and hard to hear.
For my friend who loves my girls, home schools them when I can’t be present, and always has a a smile and hug ready for me.
For my sweet friend who allowed me to sit in her living room (covered in paint, no less)and walk her through each step of watching my Mama leave here and be with You. She listened. She just listened. In doing so, she loved.
For the friend who is so in tune with You that she knows when to grab me and pray over me when I most need it.
For the friends who were there with meals, planting my garden, and notes of love and encouragement when Mom died. My neighbors, who I am so privileged to count as friends, who have opened their hearts and doors to my girls (and dog!)while I have grieved.
Thank you for the many blessings of girlfriends. And for using them to teach me how to be a better friend to them.
- It has been an incredibly hard year, Lord. There is NOTHING in the sale ads for that. What is a woman to do?
Answer: I am with you. ALWAYS.
Lord, thank you. You have proven over and over again how You are here with me. It has been hard, but You have shown how You are here every step of the way. You never left me. You knew this was all going to happen, and have held me up through it all
This year has been the best lesson in empathy and sympathy for me. I pray I will never judge others again – allow me to see with Your eyes and hear with Your ears what is happening in their lives. We never fully know what is happening inside with a person – only You do.
Thank you for teaching me to ask others for help. And then teaching me to accept it.
Thank you for the gift of knowing my Dad even better – the funny, loving man that is proud of his girls.
Your hope and joy are the only things that have gotten me through. Thank You for never letting me go. Thank you for making it so there is always hope.
Thank you for helping me to fully understand what I have long believed – we may not always be happy, but with You, we will always have joy!
Our readers, supporters and sweet friends – thank you for being with me through this post. I share this with you with a bare and raw heart, in a spirit of authenticity. And that is my hope in sharing with you this coming year – to be real. So we’ll show you our staged photos, but you’re also going to get “behind the scenes” shots. You know, reality – where everything in the house is thrown into a corner all so the one photo op looks good. Because that’s life. Lovely, and messy, all at the same time – if only you allow others in to share.
While, by no means, do we want to rush the season or skip over Thanksgiving – we are truly excited for our first Christmas in New Harmony!
Lynn has been hard at work with the greenery – adding it to vintage sleighs and basket tops.
These lovely hand-painted ornaments are just in.
Red and green are just popping up everywhere. And I LOVE it!
We have adorable handmade stockings to hang by the fireplace with care. And don’t you love the vintage toboggan with hooks? Ready to hang anywhere in your home – for stockings, or jackets and backpacks.
Nothing looks more inviting than this sweet green bench with greenery in a burlap bag next to it – and don’t forget the picket fence!
We hope your home begins to look as festive and inviting very soon! The smells, the warmth, the colors and lights – what an incredible time of year.
As we prepare for our Christmas Open House, not only are we bringing in Christmas items and décor, we are also making new vintage items available. One such item is this sweet little table, which started out like this:
Although lovely, it just needed an update. We love the shape and legs. And who doesn’t need an extra spot for décor or storage at the bottom?
We decided to brighten and cheer this piece up by first painting it this pretty robin’s egg blue.
But then came the time to add the pop! to it. Instead of just a regular end table, why not a conversation piece?
We added a map on top to make it an eye-catching piece. And not to worry – the map won’t be going anywhere! It is well sealed into the finish.
Who wouldn’t want to cozy up next to this sweet table?
Since I finished this, my girls enjoy going to it and finding the places we have lived or countries they are studying in school. Bonus!
Enjoy a good book, a cup of coffee and snuggle up to this table on cold winter night. Then take a good look at it, and dream of warmer places.
Has your family passed down an antique dresser through the generations? We love those – solid, sturdy wood, dovetailed drawers with ample space, and usually – a mirror on top.
Wow, they are gorgeous! But what do you do when they are beyond repair? Or when you just have pieces of them? We recently came across a piece that previously held the mirror on top. Not the mirror frame, but the (fortunate for us) decorative pieces that attach the mirror to the dresser. (And not from either of these lovely dressers!)
Since it is an antique, it is solid wood and the detail on it is beautiful. But what to do? Ah - a solution!
We have transformed it into a chalkboard – keep everyone on the same page in your household, or let them know what’s for dinner. Or simply write a favorite quote.
We love the detail of the wood. It is painted one of our favorite colors with a wash added to accent the details in the wood.
All the great details from vintage pieces can be repurposed – think outside the box!