Yes Virgina, there is a Santa Buzz!

I just got this email:

“Hello Mark,

Congratulations! You are the winner of the Foodbuzz Tell a Friend Weekly Raffle for the week of December 15-21, 2008. Your prize? Cuisinart Cordless Immersion Blender! We hope you enjoy your new kitchen gadget.

Please provide for me your mailing information so we can send you your new Cuisinart Cordless Immersion Blender.

Thanks for playing and keep on buzzing!

Dorian Asch
Assistant Editor”

And the odd bit is this is the FIRST week I started telling my friends. I sent one out to Daniel at Denman Island Chocolate and also to Sassy at Wow. I am so happy. I didn’t even know I was playing. I really needed one of these puppies. Thank you Dorian and thank you Foodbuzz.

A Winter Fairy Land

We finally had a nice picturesque snow! We got about 8 inches on Friday and another 8 inches on Sunday. It was wonderfully fluffy and light – which is great when you are clearing walkways with a shovel!

I took these pictures on Sunday. It was so quiet as I walked across the street to take the pictures of the front of the inn. Every noise was hushed by the snow.

The shot below is looking towards the carriage house from driveway by the main inn.

The lighting is still gray and overcast in these photos, but as I was out clearing the walkways around the carriage house (yet again) on Sunday, the clouds suddenly parted to reveal a brilliant blue sky. It was absolutely stunning. I had to pause and just drink in the sight. I quickly finished the clearing and ran in to get my camera to try to capture this awesome sight, but just at that moment some inn guests arrived and by the time that they were checked in and everything squared away, the blue sky was dimming. Sigh. I’ll have to try to catch it again some other time.

Larkin Van Horn Delights Us with Embellishments

Obviously I’m way behind on blog posts because Larkin Van Horn was here in November! It was great to finally have Larkin here to teach her Fiber Embellishment workshop for us. Mark had first met Larkin at the International Quilt Festival in Houston back in 2006 and after meeting her, Mark told me “you have to get her to teach a workshop for us!” So I did.

Here is the happy crew at the first night dinner. Already they are laughing together and having a ball.

Isn’t it fabulous the way Larkin’s hair matches her shirt!

Here is Larkin showing the class samples of all of the different beading techniques that she will be teaching to them. Larkin was so organized! Great sample book!

Larkin wore a different beaded necklace each day. Each one was incredible. I love bead work and this was my favorite necklace. Green is a great color. This photo doesn’t do it justice, of course. You really need to get close to see all the wonderful detail.

If you weren’t here you missed a great workshop, but you can make up for it by getting Larkin’s book, Beading on Fabric. It is a must-have reference book for anyone interested in adding beaded embellishments to fabric, where you are creating an art quilt or wearable art or jewelry. I’m sure it will just make you want to learn more, which is a good thing because Larkin will be back here teaching in summer of 2010.

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