Yesterday 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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Naturally I was quite delighted to make the acquaintance of the doll family that lives in Sandy’s home.
What an unexpected delight and a welcome interlude in the midst of a busy holiday season!!!
Today I had the fun of reliving yesterdays adventure, when I unpacked the treasures that I purchased at the Open House.
My name is Paula Walton. I’m a working craftsperson. I’ve been self-employed since 1986, when I started selling the items that I make under the name A Sweet Remembrance. Among other things, I am a doll maker, a dressmaker that specializes in reproduction women’s and children’s clothing, maker of spun cotton ornaments and holiday figures, and a freelance designer. Upon occasion I write magazine articles and am a Craftsperson in Residence. I teach and do demonstrations quite frequently, plus I was previously the director and curator of a small museum in Connecticut.
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2 thoughts on “A Perfect Day or The Delight of an Unexpected Visit!”
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
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!