Site Owner: Rachel
Site Name: Baldy Hill Homestead
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welcome, 2017 Posted on Jan 1, 2017, 9:01 pm
We made it! A brand new year, 365 days, waiting for us to make into something thatís uniquely ours. I love this day and its traditions. I look forward to the annual burning ceremony, the start of a new gratitude jar, and of course the food! Although not particularly superstitious, I do like to fill myself with as much good luck food as possible on New Years Day. Breakfast was a bagel (round food, shaped like coins = prosperity), and then lunch featured a melange of cultural traditions: long....

year-end thoughts Posted on Dec 31, 2016, 5:12 pm
Itís been a quiet week between, as I reckon it should be. I had a morning of thrifting followed by lunch with a good friend on Wednesday, but since then I and the pets have mostly been nesting and enjoying the lazy days (James sadly could not join in, as he returned to work on Tuesday). I love this week between, the time to reflect and begin to plan for the coming year. I am not so much a resolution maker, but I do find it meaningful to take stock and look ahead at the start....

christmas throwback Posted on Dec 27, 2016, 1:12 pm
This year for Christmas, my mother gifted my siblings and me each a photo from the albums she kept from our childhood. Here Iím peering into the same stocking shown on the far right of a picture I included in my last post....

merry christmas! Posted on Dec 25, 2016, 8:12 pm
May the light of the season shine on all our friends and family now and throughout the coming year. May your bellies be full and...

winter solstice Posted on Dec 21, 2016, 7:12 pm
Oh I do love this first day of winter! Itís been especially busy the past couple days (beyond the normal pre-holiday rush, I had some urgent admin business related to my school funding pop up on Monday), but we did make sure the Christmas/Winter tree made it up on time!🙂

marking days Posted on Dec 15, 2016, 5:12 pm
As life would have it, this year James and my anniversary came smack in the middle of my finals week and his busiest sales season, so we've yet to really celebrate it. However, it was super-nice to find this little note tucked in my breakfast napkin. He's a sweetie who makes me laugh -- I can't ask for more. <3 I did finish up the last of my final critiques with my instructors yesterday, so the fall semester is officially a wrap -- woohoo! Which mean my winter break began in full this morn...

around the homestead Posted on Dec 10, 2016, 8:12 pm
Iíve been parked in my office/studio for the past three days, working on my art and design projects for finals this week ó a poster series, chili sauce labels, PSA fliers, a bondo sculpture, and a 3-tiered mylar chandelier. Yeah, I know, a lot, right? But all are in various stages of completion, from 50 to 90%, and although I know I still have a few busy art-absorbed days ahead of me, the end of the semester is definitely in sight.&#128578; My drawing professor from last year often reminded us to....

deck the halls (phase 1) Posted on Dec 7, 2016, 5:12 pm
Although most people in our area canít wait for the food on the Thanksgiving table to get cold before putting up their Christmas decorations, we take much more time to deck the halls, often putting the final touches on the tree as the Solstice suns sets. And now that I am a full-time student as well, currently in the last week of classes with four studio art projects to complete before the final critiques with professors on the 14thÖletís say not much else holiday-wise is on the agenda....

christmas market Posted on Dec 4, 2016, 3:12 pm
Yesterday was a busy day at the Christmas Market in New Holland. Itís been two years since we first started selling at craft shows, and even though itís a lot of work to prepare and actually execute well, this introvert has come to enjoy the face-to-face interaction with others. Itís super-fulfilling and satisfying to be able to share our harvest bounty with folks, to receive their positive feedback, and establish relationships with our regular customers who keep coming back for more!

advent calendar Posted on Dec 2, 2016, 6:12 pm
he first advent calendars I remember were the ones we received along with our family's World Book "Christmas in [insert country name]..." series back in the seventies and early eighties. The annual subscription included a handcrafted tree ornament, the beautifully photographed book detailing that year's featured country's Christmas traditions, and a paper advent calendar, which my brother and sister and I took turns opening its windows (with our mother refereeing). For small-town kids...

december Posted on Dec 1, 2016, 3:12 pm
Happy December, everyone! There is no snow here on Baldy Hill today (this is a photo from last year), but the gray sky, low light, and chilled wind make it almost feel like it's possible.




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