Thursday, October 24, 2013
Howdy, friends! Life, life, life's been happening around here...and I love it! We're partly moved into our NEW HOME, and we'll be fully moved out of our studio apartment by this weekend. Moving has been bittersweet; we're absolutely thrilled to own a home but I'm going to miss our apartment...it was charming in so many ways! But now we have a whole house, built in 1920 and completely updated (!). It's got the original hardwood floors and doors, a big backyard, a 2-car garage we plan on making into a studio space, and did I mention it's a house? Can't wait to share before (and after) pictures!! You may have seen a few sneak peeks on my instagram!
These lovely images are from last month's Kinfolk Workshop, held at Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm in Leesburg, VA. This location was simply perfect...we were surrounded by the gorgeous VA countryside, owners Patricia and Karl gave everyone a farm tour and served their pasture raised pork sausage, the screen door slammed shut every time it was opened (which was simply perfect), dogs lounged on the front porch, and the kitchen was large enough for everyone to pile in!
There are so many fantastic photos from this workshop (all taken by Lauren at Sweet Root Village), I'm dividing the pictures into a few blog posts...these are all from set up and before attendees arrived!
Working as a local host for Kinfolk over the last several months has been nothing but rewarding. I simply adore planning small gatherings, finding partners, building relationships with local creatives, and meeting all the workshop attendees! It sounds cliche, but at each workshop I've hosted, we all arrive as strangers and leave feeling like old friends. Sitting around a shared dinner table and together learning a hands-on skill brings about conversation and helps to break away barriers and insecurities. Everyone is free to be themselves and it's simply wonderful!
Last month, we were able to enjoy a tasty dinner al fresco on Patricia and Karl's farm, and then we trekked into their kitchen to tackle hours of canning. We made dilly beans, apple maple butter and pickled onions. Each guest was so eager to pitch in and peel, core and cut apples, chop piles of onions (despite the tears), stand over a simmering pot of apple maple butter and stir (and stir, and stir...thanks, Akira!), wash dishes, and carefully mix he brines.
These events are made possible through the generous involvement of our partners... I am just so surprised and grateful for everyone's willing participation. For September, we were blessed to work with these generous businesses:
- West Elm (they provided Weck jars for each attendee)
- Lehman's (they provided a variety of canning supplies, including jars, water bath canners, canning racks, and jar lifts)
- Jennifer Olmstead of Tonic Site Shop (she designed our recipe booklet)
- Sweet Root Village (Lauren was our photographer for the day)
- Holly Chapple Flowers (Holly designed the florals)
- Olmay Home (Christina sent over wooden spoons for each attendee and the most perfect linen napkins)
- Fog Linen (they sent over aprons for everyone)
- Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm (Patricia and Karl opened their home to us, and were the most generous of hosts)
Next month, we'll be gathering at the beautiful new Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville to learn about infusing simple syrups, spirits, and oil with herbs. If you are interested in partnering with us, please send me an email!
Happy Thursday, friends :)