Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Family Pets

Here is Willie our 6 year old Sheltie.
His full name is Sir William of York and he is a purebred
Shetland Sheepdog.
Allie (Alice) and Andy
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Willie walking the beach during winter in Yorktown, Virginia.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Williamsburg Farmer's Market

Here we are at the Farmer's Market in Merchant's Square. Held Saturday mornings throughout the summer, it's more than just vegetables...come take a look with me! (click on images to enlarge)
First up. I bought two Hollyhocks, and a Foxglove plant. The Cottage Guy
carried them all the way back to the car for me.
I have tried to grow these from seed unsuccessfully.
What is a Cottage Garden without Foxglove and Hollyhocks?

This is the place to walk your pure bred dog, and see all the other breeds too. We didn't bring our own dog Willie, a sheltie, because he has a limp lately, however we did see some other Shelties. Above is the back side of a Cairn Terrier (like Toto from the Wizard of Oz). He turned away. Darn, so cute too!
This place is a regular dog show!

These two Westies remind me of my sisters two dogs. Adorable!

This happy Pomeranian loved the attention and was all smiles and bright eyed.

The Spaniel is sweet and well mannered.

The impressive Russian Wolfhound!
His owner was visiting all the way from Baltimore.
The dog's name is Blue or Lou for short.

These two were busy moving around making it difficult to photograph, but I did!
There were so many more breeds walking around without any fighting at all.

There are several artists taking in the street scene translating it onto canvas.

Look at the color variety of these Americana eggs.
I am told each hen
lays her own particular color.

Of course there are vegetables!!!
Lots of different farmers from
around Williamsburg and all over Virginia.

There's music too!

Here is what we are after-STRAWBERRIES- to make freezer jam.
We only bought four containers this time.

Fragrant herbs...I bought Rosemary, Tarragon and dear hubby snuck in a
Habanero Pepper plant at the pay table.
For fun we stopped to look at a booth with Everlastings! The dried florals were so colorful and arranged in a huge variety of little containers like sugar bowls, soap dishes, tiny tiny children's tea set pieces and large wreaths and fan plaques. Then my eye caught the soap display...

Wonderful fragrant and colorful soaps! I had to have some but I couldn't make up my mind.
Finally I chose 1-Almond Oatmeal, 1-Apple Spice and 1-Rosemary Mint, a gardener's soap.
The Cottage Daughter and I both favored the Apple Spice because it gives the best fragrance to the room! I also like the soft red which is my favorite color.
Thanks for coming along to the Farmer's Market.
Please support your local Farmers!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gone To Market

Saturday morning to the Farmer's Market in Merchants Square here we come. Since our vegetable garden is just getting started we will be looking for fresh picked vegies for our Memorial Day weekend meals. Please support your local farmers in your area too! I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Five Finger Vases

What do you think of these? I gave a vase to each of my sisters when I visited them this winter. They are funny looking,(the vases not my sisters) but interesting to have out without any flowers in them at all. They are for displaying flower buds separately.

These are available at

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Sorry about my absence from posting. Now where was I?

Okay I left off with getting ready for the CW Employees Craft Show...

I was excited and ready except for petty cash which I got at the bank after work, then went to Walmart to pick up some little candies to put on my display table for customers. I was pulling the hatch down on my van and felt my back pull! It wasn't too bad, but my back has been going in and out the last few weeks. Never mind, I went home and by the end of the evening when I got up from my sewing table...I couldn't! I had doubts I would make it to the show the next morning and I didn't. How could I possibly lift the bins with product and carry them back and forth? My husband had to work and I was alone so I didn't go.

Well, I was able to do the show on Sunday with the help of my husband, The Cottage Guy. He did it all! The lifting, the carrying, the set up and took it all down again at the end of the show. He even got us lunch, coffee and dessert. I am so blessed!

We barely made our table back. The show was a bust despite the signage which was numerous, well written and wonderful in directing drivers to our craft show. The weather was terribly humid and rainy; maybe too rainy with thunder and lightening. Customers were few, and were not buying. They loved what I had, but didn't buy much from me or any of the crafters. Hey! I kept prices low too! Surprisingly they were buying my vintage style items left over from Christmas like my Bakers Dozen Prim Tags, Vintage Candy Canes and such. To think I almost didn't bring the Christmas items. Lesson learned, bring holiday best sellers all year round.

Still I am glad I made the show just to see some of the other vendors who are such nice people! Crafty people seem to be so congenial and have a great sense of humor too. Many of us buy from each other. I will be posting what I bought next time.

The Cottage Girl