I’ve been thinking all day about where to start…it was a whirlwind trip and we did so many great things.
So I headed out on Wednesday to Julie’s and the fun began right away. We headed to Concord, MA where we went to the Orchard House. This was the house where Little Women was written by Louisa Mae Alcott. It was a great. I stood right next to Louisa’s desk, pen and inkwell. We learned a lot about all the Alcott family members. We had a great guide.
Thursday we went to the MFA with a quick stop to an antique book shop and Bromfield’s pen shop. This was my first experience at a real pen shop. I ended up picking up this gorgeous Waterman Perspective. I inked it today with Diamine Prussian Blue.
At the corner of the street is Granary Burying Ground. We looked at the site of the Boston Massacre and all the graves. We found lots of famous in folks from New England, but Mother Goose was a complete surprise.
We then lunched and walked around the MFA. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any good shots without the flash at the MFA. However, I did get this one… which was scary cool.
Friday we headed to Hyde Park, NY where our hotel was right across the street from FDR’s home and library. We toured the house and the grounds. This great bronze piece was on the grounds. After that we had dinner at the CSA’s Escoffier Restaurant.
Saturday we went to the NY Sheep and Wool. It was the coldest festival I’ve ever attended. I also think it was busier than ever. Some of the booths were so busy, we couldn’t get in them. I did manage to get some good finds on lace. The top brown is silk and yak and the colors are silk and cashmere. The bottom is merino and silk.
After we got too cold, we decided to bail on the festival and head to the Vanderbilt house, which was much different than FDR’s house. I was able to get a better shot of the house today.
Sunday we headed back to the festival real quick for a few more purchases. We got there at 9am and it was nearly empty. Not all the booths were opened up yet, but we had a great time and made it back to the booths we wanted to see. So I also bought a few patterns and some other things on this trip that I had to ship back. Once I get the box, I’ll be able to share those.
Monday we went back to Concord, MA and to the Burlington Mall. We stopped at a few paper stores and another pen shop, but I managed to behave myself this time…well for now. Well, I made my way home and rested up today. Back to the grind tomorrow.
Closing with a great Gabby photo – which is one of Julie’s kitties. She made sure that I wasn’t lonely for kitties while I was there. However, she much preferred the bags the goodies came in than the actual goodies. To see more pictures, please check here.