Welcome to the creative home of artist and maker Charlotte Lyons.


stitch, paint, laugh

stitch, paint, laugh

Coffeemug

Coffeemug

In September, Meleen and I hosted another pair of super-fun crafty getaways in Vermont. Both weekends were spectacular! The weather was perfection, the guests were lovely, the guest teachers and projects were amazing. The goodie bags and home-cooked meals. Tammy and the farm.  

Kaari3

Kaari3

Kaari Meng from French General joined us the first weekend. Kaari brought beautiful kits, her fabrics to share and her stitch techniques. We learned about Japanese boro and sashiko stitching and then we made our own tote bags. That was such a great project! Everyone loved having a finished tote and it made us so happy to see everyone enjoying their stitching on the porches, in the great room and at the farm. 

Stitch

Stitch

Like many other stitchers, I've always enjoyed the way that stitching promotes getting to know each other. It's easy to chat and stitch at the same time. Lots of deep friendships grow out of a few hours side by side with needle and thread.

Kaari2

Kaari2

Stitchers

Stitchers

Sashiki

Sashiki

Porch

Porch

The second weekend, we hosted Jenn McGlon from Noodle and Lou. What a blast we had making her little painted house boxes!

Jenn1

Jenn1

Lucypaints

Lucypaints

Jenn4

Jenn4

Just darling, right? Jenn is a fabulous creative and teacher. We learned lots of little tricks about paint and brushwork, collage and color. So much fun. 

Both weekends, I led a shadowbox project using cigar boxes, papers, paint and trinkets. Wonderful to see the way that each guest collaged and shared personal memories with objects. A single button often has the most powerful story to tell.

Boxes2

Boxes2

Susan

Susan

Circus

Circus

Leslie

Leslie

We hit the tag sales and stumbled upon some good ones including a big charity sale! Adventures out and around for local color and sights. The covered bridge, the colors and sunlight weaving through the back roads.

Tagsale

Tagsale

Coveredbridge

Coveredbridge

Drive

Drive

We went to see the farm.

Tammy

Tammy

Wreath

Wreath

Tammy collected herbs from the garden and led a workshop making these sweet herbal wreaths.

Muppets

Muppets

We visited with her fiber flock and critter friends and peeked into the dye pots to see what yarn was soaking up the natural colors of fall.

Herbs

Herbs

Dye1

Dye1

Dyepot

Dyepot

Yarn

Yarn

Oh, the dinner bell! Always behind the scenes, there was amazing Meleen, cooking, cooking, cooking, baking, cooking. With Kana's help, every meal is delicious and memorable. We stay at the table late into the evening.

And we have lazy mornings laughing and visiting for coffee. The kitchen screen door squeaks sweetly with the comings and goings.

Meleen

Meleen

Jenncake

Jenncake

Coffee

Coffee

Cinnamonrolls

Cinnamonrolls

Window

Window

Slippers

Slippers

We made so many new friends and delighted in reconnecting with those who return often to share these special days once again. Thank you, everyone. You travel from so far and take this brave leap of faith that it will be what you wished for.

Firesidesocks

Firesidesocks

I think I can say that it is.

It is for us, too. Thank you so much. 

Week1

Week1

Week21

Week21

Kana

Kana

More to come about our sponsors and our next gathering in the spring. 

Apples

Apples

Week2

Week2

xoxoC 

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painting and stitching summer

painting and stitching summer

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