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Last Sunday we decided to take a little trip over to Woodstock, Vermont. What a good decision it was. We had a really fine day! First we spent some time at VINS Nature Center, admiring a lot of beautiful birds, three baby ravens among them. The people there really do a wonderful job taking care of injured raptors. It was very educational. While this very knowledgable guy was showing us a barn owl, we could see a wild bald eagle circling high up in the air and a crow harassing him. Fascinating!

Afterwards we stopped at Quechee Gorge which is basically right next to VINS.

With the baby taking a nap and his daddy watching him, I was free to take a little walk through Woodstock, enjoying the sight of historic buildings and peeking into a few very nice shops.

I especially liked Noushka, a fabulous store offering all kinds of  Waldorf-style toys, books and art supplies. They also had very beautiful but crazy expensive organic baby clothes. I also could have spent a lot more time in a little store named Who is Sylvia. They offer very beautiful vintage clothes, linens, hats, gloves … I came home with a couple of very sweet hankies and some doilies that will probably decorate pillows or bags someday. The folksy linen towel came from the Antique Mall in Quechee.

A trip to Vermont is probably not complete without a little maple syrup and cheese … We did some sampling at Sugarbush Farm and added this to our pantry. There was more cheese – a very yummy sharp cheddar. Already gone!


Supply shopping in New York City

Purl Patchwork Storefront

We went to New York City for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I did not have time to check out a lot of yarn or fabric stores, but I was determined to pay purlsoho a visit. I have been an admirer of all the pretty projects on their blog for quite some time.  Both stores (purl and purl patchwork) are very tiny, but the way the products are displayed, is really inspiring. I could have spent hours looking at everything they have. I bought two skeins of Koigu for Muckla‘s birthday and four very pretty buttons for myself at purl. Then I went over to purl patchwork and chose a playful mushroom print for Ivalou and some florals and wool felt for my own stash. Afterwards we went to Once upon a tart, which is practically right next to the purl goodness, and I had a fabulous bell pepper tart. It was unbelievably good!

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Earlier that day I had bought some ribbons at M&J Trimming on 6th Avenue. The selection was overwhelming. The staff on the other hand was rude. I witnessed how a manager abused a customer: “If you don’t learn that at your design school, I can’t help you! I can’t do your work for you … Be creative!” The customer left and the manager complained to another staff member about those people from fancy design schools. I hardly dared to bother them. And that is what they seemed to be: bothered. It was also a tad on the pricey side so I would not recommend this place.



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