A Perfect Day or The Delight of an Unexpected Visit!

www.izannahwalker.comYesterday my friend Joy and I decided that we could squeeze in an impromptu trip to Pamela Dalton’s Christmas Open House.  So we piled into the car and ventured north to the village of Harlemville.  The drive flew by as we talked and admired all of the small towns we passed through!

Our destination, Pamela Dalton's house!

Our destination, Pamela Dalton’s house!

 

I love this tin version of her logo!

I love this tin version of her logo!

We had a wonderful time looking at all of the amazing fine crafts that Pamela and her group of friends created. Then surprise!!! Who was there?  My friend Peggy!!!

I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing :)

I had no idea Peggy would be at the Open House! It was such a treat to see her again and have a chance to catch up on everything she has been doing 🙂

Peggy is a talented, creative doll maker, who lives in a charming old house by the sea.  She has an enchanting blog that I love to read.

The afternoon came to a close with strolling carolers.  It was a story book ending to a lovely Open House!  Afterwards, Peggy and her dear friend Sandy invited us back to Sandy’s house for supper.  It was so nice to finally meet Sandy in person!  Peggy has told me so much about her and Pam had told me last month that she had a friend (Sandy) who loved dolls and that she was sure would like to meet me.  Sandy is every bit as nice, creative, and charming as they both told me she is.  🙂  She is also another old house owner and the creative force behind Sandy Connors’ Honey Bee Press – old fashioned wood engraving and printing.

We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new...

We gathered around a cozy fire to chat, eat and sip wine, and reveled in the company of friends both old and new…

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Sandy was the perfect hostess, welcoming us into her home, introducing us to her sweet pets, feeding us and showing us through her lovely c. 1830’s home.

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Naturally I was quite delighted to make the acquaintance of the doll family that lives in Sandy’s home.

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What an unexpected delight and a welcome interlude in the midst of a busy holiday season!!!

My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy's dolls too. I have promised them a future play date... and prehaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!

My little wooden girls were beside themselves when they found out they had missed a chance to meet Sandy’s dolls too. I have promised them a future play date… and perhaps they will be properly dressed to entertain visitors by then!

 

Today I had the fun of reliving yesterdays adventure, when I unpacked the treasures that I purchased at the Open House.

Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net

Tin sconces, icicles and heart & hand by Walter Fleming The 19th Century Tinsmith tinprinter@verizon.net

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hmmmm.... "How does it look here?"

hmmmm…. “How does it look here?”

 

"or maybe here instead?"

“or maybe here instead?”

This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf :)

This is the paper cutting that we choose for a friend who authorized us to shop on her behalf 🙂

 

and this is the one I bought for myself...

and this is the one I bought for myself…

 

to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.

to add to the others I purchased from Pamela Dalton when we saw her in Ridgefield last month.

 

Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Here are all of the lovely things I bought from Peggy! You can find her note cards here http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

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This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!

This tiny Father Christmas in his salmon coat is the perfect decoration for my dining room!

 

Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show... If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

Look at the intricate detail that Peggy embroidered on his coat. I believe that there may have been a handful of these charming fellows left at the end of the show… If he makes your heart go pitter-pat you could contact Peggy and ask http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

http://peggyflavin.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

 

 

~ by paulawalton on December 14, 2015.

2 Responses to “A Perfect Day or The Delight of an Unexpected Visit!”

  1. Hi Paula,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! Indeed I can see that it was a perfect day in every way! Thank you for sharing – the pictures are wonderful and so inspiring! How much do I wish that I had been at that open house? I may very well drive there next year all the way from Michigan! I love the things that you bought – they will be so perfect for your house! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful day – and again, thanks for sharing it! I can’t wait to see your sweet little wooden dolls all dressed up for their day out. Merry Christmas! Love, Susie

    • Susie,

      You are welcome! Peggy and I were both wishing that you had been there too 🙂 If you do decide to go wild and drive out for the open house next year we can go together! You would love it.
      Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!
      Love,
      Paula

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