This was a tough one. There are a lot of options for a crush on the very last day of a year, while visiting your childhood stomping grounds in New England. For a while there, I was even considering having a crush on the conversation with my siblings wherein we discussed what I should do for a crush. But then Bethany reminded me of something we saw early this morning while we were driving to Woodstock to go shopping (Gillinghams!), and it was clearly the crush month winner. The Maple Grove Bakery hearse. Yes, indeed, you read that right. As we were turning off of I89 to drive through Quechee, we were behind a hearse with a giant cardboard sign in the back window that read “Maple Grove Bakery.” It’s a pastry delivery hearse. We weren’t swift enough with the cameras to get a picture, but I googled it when we got home and found the picture above. This is the actual vehicle, but the picture was taken by the previous owner and was on her website with the information that it’s now the delivery vehicle for Maple Grove. Only awesome.
Dan & Whit’s! The store with everything – and I really mean everything. Swing by for a gallon of milk, and walk out with your milk, flyfishing equipment, an excellent Chianti, a buffalo plaid wool hunting jacket, a sink, some yarn, Yankee Magazine, the New York Times and one of those rubber ball-paddle thingies. And maple candy. Also get a tank of gas, the local gossip, and drop off your FedEx overnights. And a Dan & Whit’s tshirt – don’t forget that. Wear that shirt and anywhere you go in the world, someone will stop you and say, “I LOVE Dan & Whit’s!” Me too. Hey, Mom, do we need any milk?
My very first Etsy love: Artsy. When I first discovered Etsy, way back in November of 2006, Cat Bishop’s shop was the first thing I loved, and it’s still one of my favorite stops. Cat is a gifted artist who works in vintage and found objects to create sculpture with a tremendous sense of personality, color and movement. She’s also a fellow vintage bead lover, and she’s generous and fun. Here are a few of my favorites.
(Lady Marmalade is my one who got away – I still wish I’d bought her when I had the chance.)
Today (and all the days hereafter) I have a crush on one of my Christmas presents. Shana shares my love of selvedge, but she has the foresight to actually keep it. In a true labor of love, she made me this amazing cowl by painstakingly sewing strips of selvedge together and lining it with a fluffy blue fleece. It’s delectable, and I’m in love with it. As you can see from the last picture, I don’t even brush out my bedhead before putting it on in the morning. You can’t tell, but I’m smiling in there. Sexy. Thank you, Shana!
Today’s crush is very confusing. I can’t choose among four women. I’m enjoying my first designing blitz in the whole of my two week vacation, and I’m watching Julie & Julia. This movie is so pleasing and satisfying, and I don’t know who is making me happiest: Julie Powell, the author of the original blog and book Julie & Julia; Amy Adams, who plays Julie; Julia Child, who was and remains an all-around enchantress; or Meryl Streep, on whom I have a lifelong girlcrush. I don’t suppose it matters much. I’m very happy right now, and took a few minutes out (while Julie’s stew is burning) to tell you about it. Now back to watching people cook, while I happily make jewelry and think about cooking. No time for hyperlinks; if it’s possible that anyone doesn’t know about this movie, may I recommend Google: your friend and mine.