Artist's Date: Winter Farmer's Market : )

 Today was a wonderful day for a ride down RT 20 to Russell's Garden Center and their Farmer's Market.
I forgot how large Russell's is and how many wonderful gift ideas they offer in addition to the wonderful Farmer's Market!

I was very excited to see on the sign as I drove in that there was a baby sheep.  
These 2 were quite the hit!  : )

A great way to warm things up with an outdoor pizza oven!

It was such a great atmosphere for the market.  It was nice and warm inside with so many beautiful plants to look at in between booths!

Winterberry Farm is located in Leverett MA.
I found out today that there are many towns in Massachusetts that I have never heard of!

I absolutely loved the colors of all the yarn at Winterberry Farms booth...(I love that name too!)
It looks like a crayon box : )

She had adorable angora bunnies whose fur she used for spinning as well.

Moonshine design has the most beautiful colors as well. 

They are from Colrain MA
another town I have never heard of!   

There were baskets of beautiful mohair socks!

Another great booth was
Good Karma Farm

They sell wonderful felt covered soaps that you can find here:

This is what I purchase from the booth of E and T Farms. 
The man who sold this to me explained how it is processed to make it creamed (like peanut butter) but I could not repeat the process to you if my life depended on it.
I love honey, so I thought this might be 
a fun way to eat it! : )

This is a great way to spend a Saturday during the winter months...
Here is the link and you can sign up for their newsletter here as well!

and here is their facebook page....

and a video they posted of the market!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Valentine's Day

Along my travels, I bought a little collection of old Valentines.  
Printed ever so small on the back of this one....where I needed my glasses and magnifying glass to see it, are the printed words: Whitney Made Worcester Mass.  Made in USA
I googled it and found this:

I love this illustration with the cozy hats, mittens, scarfs, and the smoke coming out of the chimney in the background.  
I can just imagine them going home for hot chocolate after a day of skating! : )

I hope you too, 
are having a cozy 
Valentine's Day
 too! : )

Excavation of Self : )

Photo from Photobucket:  mattgdin

So far, 2013 has been an inspired year of exploration. 
A type of archeological dig of my brain, heart and spirit of sorts.

Inspiration has serendipitously brought about resources to put in my tool bag as I dig.

The process of digging brings about so many emotions...
joy, enlightenment, discovery, creativity, 
but also discomfort 
as I recognize things about myself 
that are hard to look at, 
but must be looked at, sifted, brushed off 
brought into the light.

For the most part, I feel joy for what I am finding along the way...
what interests me, what am I good at, what motivates me
But with all of this information the 
 one question that has risen to the surface over and over is, 
"How can I be of service?"

A wonderful website that has crossed my path is:
and here you can find places to volunteer even if you only have a few hours.

Also, there is a link to 52 ways to make 2013 a year to volunteer.
Here, they give ideas every week in case you may feel stuck on how you can make a difference.
From: CMDS

In the times that I have felt the most unmotivated during this life transition, I have found that volunteering has given me such a good feeling.

A feeling of purpose.

I highly recommend it.