I returned Sunday evening from one of the most amazing trips I have ever taken. Juniper Moon Farm
was hosting its annual Fall Shearing celebration, and I was fortunate enough to not only go down for the shearing festivities, but my friend Susan (who owns this beautiful farm) opened her home to me so that I could spend the entire weekend there.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the weekend, and there are many, many more in the Flickr set here
Not only did I come home with a million pictures and the memories that go with them, I also got some goodies. :)
Some I bought, like this wonderful mug by Anna Branner
Bees on the back!!!
And PERFECTLY holds one french press worth of coffee -- and even leaves room for milk!
I also finally bought this yarn, which I have been coveting for Deco
for quite some time now.
And as a bonus for buying things, you could grab some scrap yarn to put out for your bird friends' nesting efforts. I just loved the shades of green in this ball.
And would you believe that I won THREE raffle prizes???
This pattern book and these skeins of yarn,
MORE yarn, in a project bag,
which also came with this lavender heart sachet:
and a full set of the three Juniper Moon Farm pattern books which were written for their first yarn line
I also brought home some fresh goat's milk for some special soap I've been thinking of making for a while now.
More on that when I actually get around to making it...
Perhaps the best thing though is the gift Susan found for me. My Ravelry name, "HowdyPandowdy," is based on some lyrics from a song I used to enjoy on satellite radio when we still had it at our old house. Well, some awesome print shop on Etsy just happened to use those same lines on this gorgeous letterpress print:
As soon as I find the perfect frame for it, it will be hanging on my kitchen wall. For now, I propped it up on top of the white hutch in there so I can enjoy it in the meantime.
I don't know what else I can say to do this weekend justice. It was just what I needed in so many ways, and to meet these friends in "real life" was an absolute joy. So, so wonderful, and I only hope it can happen again some day.