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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2013

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Baby Lobster, do, do, do, do

December 17th, 2013

I made a tiny crocheted wool lobster last week, it’s a gift. Someone asked me to make it for them so they could gift it to a family member. It turned out rather nicely for my first amigurumi project.
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It’s only about 3 inches long, and is so, so cute. I posted it on my facebook page and now I have orders for four more. They’d make cute Christmas ornaments for sure. I rather enjoyed making this little guy, I hope to get more into amigurimi crochet in the future. Another cottage industry might be born.

Do you ever sell any of your handicrafts?

(in case anyone is interested in the pattern you can find it here)

Oh Christmas Tree

December 15th, 2013

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches!
Not only green when summer’s here
But in the coldest time of year.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches!

There’s a big storm forecasted for today, so Mr Chiots and I headed out yesterday afternoon to get our Christmas tree. Here in Maine we are lucky to have lots of balsam firs on our property. We found this perfectly imperfect beauty over the front hillside.
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It’s decorated with one strand of 25 big white bulbs and a few etched glass balls. It smells heavenly and we love the warm glow it casts in the living room. There’s nothing better than enjoying hot chocolate with the tree on.

Do you put up a Christmas tree? Is it a real tree or a fake tree?

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

December 10th, 2013

Back in Ohio, Mr Chiots and I always attending Christmas in Zoar to kick off our holiday season. We just missed the celebration, it was this past weekend. Instead, we attended the holiday open house at Montpelier the Henry Knox Museum. Our neighbor was playing bells during the open house, so we enjoyed listening to her bell choir as well.
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We’ll be looking for a few more holiday activities to attend up here in Maine (so if you live up and have any recommendations let us know).

Do you attend any local holiday celebrations to get into the spirit of the season?

Happy Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

All of our guests enjoyed the running commentary on each dish – the history of the garden and seeds, how everything was harvested, the process of canning and preserving it all. It was different from most Thanksgivings I’d been a part of. It was less about stuffing ourselves to excess, and more about how miraculous it was that there was a full table of food in the first place. I couldn’t help but think that was supposed to be the point of the holiday all along. I also couldn’t help but think that my role as an advertiser contributed to the misperception of food as a commodity whose value was distinguished mainly by calorie count and serving size. Boasting about the size of one’s holiday turkey is really only genuine when one had something to do with feeding it.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell (The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir)

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Chiot’s Run.  We hope you have a day filled with good food, lots of family fun and relaxation. I’m pretty excited about pumpkin pie, cranberry relish and stuffing. I can take or leave pretty much anything else on the table at Thanksgiving.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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