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Bee for a Cause

bee for a cause

In cooperation with The Syria Refugee Mission of the North Shore the next Bee in the Barn at Todd Farm will be be a collection site for donated handcraft supplies to be contributed to NuDay Syria’s frequent shipments of humanitarian aid to two refugee camps in Syria.  These are communities of primarily women and children who have very little opportunity to build a better life.  Textile and handcraft tools and materials will provide these women the ability to develop a vocation and a means of support for themselves and their families, as well as the much needed supplies to enrich the lives of a community teetering on the edge of sustainability.  Sewing Bees have a long tradition as community gatherings for a common goal.  In that spirit, at the next bee we will be accepting donations of any handcrafting material or supply you would like to contribute.

When:  March 19th, 1-4 pm.

Where:  The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

What to Bring:  A handwork project of your choice and a friend!  This is a free community gathering open to all with a love of handcraft and community.

What to Donate:  Any handcrafting material or tool, including fabrics, sewing supplies and notions, yarn, knitting needles, sewing machines; to name a few!

NuDay Syria is a 501c-3 non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians. They are particularly focused on creating safe environments and opportunities for single and widowed women and mothers. For more information, visit NuDaySyria.net .

For more information, please contact Jess@jwrobel.com.

 

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Primitive Sheep

I love when Dave and I are able to collaborate on a piece.
Folk Art Sheep
Dave hit the ball out of the park when he designed the stand for my primitive sheep. He took an old barrel plank and combined it with four bobbins. Perfect.

 

Primitive Sheep Art
I made the sheep itself from some vintage wool in my rug hooking stash and some fantastic yarn I’ve had for so long I can’t remember where I got it. It finally found its perfect purpose.
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Prim Excursions

I am fascinated by the primitive.  The old and weathered.  The patina of life’s wear and tear.  The functional side of folk art.  Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking.  Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece.  I am just thrilled with the results.  While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy.  It is for decorative purposes only.  Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.

More designs to come…

Our giraffe is hooked with an assortment of wools and organic cottons. Stuffed with organic cotton, too.
The back is coffee stained linen to give it an old world appeal.
Dave fashioned the base of our pull toy from an old roller skate he found in a house clean out. It could not be more perfect.
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The Story of A Bench

We had an adventurous winter and early spring searching out intriguing things to make other things out of.  At one stop, we came across a cache of antique bed frames that we couldn’t resist.  The multitude of ideas we have for these will keep us busy for months.  This Four Poster Bench is first out of the blocks, and we’re just getting started…

The Four Poster Bench and Stars and Stripes Pillow Set are both available at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, MA.
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Brimfield Bound

Well, this is a first for us.  We never thought we’d be at Brimfield, but The Vintage Bazaar invited us, and how could we say no?  Yesterday, dogs walked and trailer loaded, we hit the road.  Traffic is never anyone’s friend on Rte 128, so it was a two hour drive.  I can’t complain, though.  Dave was driving (I don’t do trailers), and I was knitting, so I couldn’t have been more content.  The day was hot and humid, Dave was under the weather, and we were short on time, but the people are wonderful, our little corner of Brimfield is beautiful, and back on the road again we go.  Dave driving.  Me knitting.  Life is good.

Find us at Central Park in The Vintage Bazaar Tent, booths 112-114.  Tues through Sat, May 12th-16th.

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"After"
Primitive Rustic Benches made by Dave. Dried lavender bundles tied with antique lace and linens.
Find us in Central Park, booths 112-114
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Vintage Store Display Counter Remake

Dave just finished remaking this great vintage store display counter by the F.O. Bailey Company of Portland, Me.  We were lucky enough to find it pulled from a little store in Woolwich, Me.  Repainted the color of vanilla bean ice-cream and paired with a rustic wide pine top and floor, this piece is more than ready to serve as your kitchen island, display case, or crafting center.

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It’s a Jubilee!

It’s impossible to say how much fun we had if only because we are so tired it is difficult to see straight. But these are exciting times, and we are barreling towards our next adventure! To stay on point, though, this past weekend at The Vintage Bazaar’s Holiday Jubilee was like none other. We were thrilled with the results of our labors in our booth layout, the crowds were fantastic, and the VB crew and our fellow vendors are SUCH a delight to work with. Creativity, generosity, and kindness converge for one heck of a feel good atmosphere.

Dave hit the ball out of the park with this salvaged Conduit Tree! It was a show stopper.

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For the Record…

As I was saying—-For the record, my husband is crazy. But it is the best kind of crazy you could ever hope for. At the moment, he is intent on saving us from being washed away in some very heavy rains. Noah doesn’t need to be called in for a consult by any means, but it is charming to see his sweet intensity to divert rain and gutter run-off as if Satan himself had come calling. It is late, dark and (obviously) raining. I will prep warm clothing, get dinner to the brink of serving, and ready a hardy hug. Tomorrow will hopefully be drier and his attentions will once again be directed to the true craft at which he excels:  turning old salvaged discards into useful and beautiful treasures.

A vintage cooling rack pulled from an old candy shop has been refurbished as the perfect industrial storage unit.