Monthly Archives: December 2011

two more days

Two more days til the shop is closed for Christmas. I think I can make it! The shop closes at 2p on Christmas Eve, and I’m pretty sure I will collapse from exhaustion at 2:01. Ah, the life of a shopkeeper.

Kate and I hosted our final Skill Exchange of the year last week with Jonathan of Pastoral Plate. It wasn’t so much of a workshop as it was a discussion of his CSA program, of how and why it came to be his passion project. Lots of questions, lots of answers. He’s great fun to listen to. There was a tasting of lamb stew as well, made by Jonathan’s wife, Deb.

All photos below swiped from Mi Piace Kate Design’s blog

Kate and I are excited for our second round of Skill Exchanges starting late January. We’ve both learned a lot from our first round of workshops – ideal class size, popular topics, how to run them more smoothly, that kind of thing – that will hopefully mean better things for workshops to come. I’m grateful to everyone who participated in our skill exchanges so far, for being our guinea pigs. :)

And…I’m really looking forward to closing the shop from December 25-29. I love Christmas! The plan is to reopen on December 30 feeling refreshed and energized. And then to tackle big plans for the shop in 2012!

holiday store hours

I’ll have extended store hours for the holidays. Check it!

**Holiday Store Hours**:

Sunday, Dec 18  11-6

Mon-Fri, Dec 19-23  11-8

Saturday, Dec 24  11-2


Friday, Dec 30  12-7

Saturday, Dec 31 11-2


Normal store hours resume January 2


Special appearances by:

  • Paul from The Royal Cuckoo – he’ll kick off the party around 6:30p to show us some creative holiday cocktails.
  • Laura of Sidesaddle Kitchen – she’ll sample easy-to-make “thin mint” truffles with recipes, and boxes for purchase.
  • The Fabulous Miss Kate Herself (she made me call her that – no, she didn’t) of Mi Piace Kate Design – she’ll lead an ongoing demo of making preserved lemons, the perfect hostess gift! We’ll have materials on hand for those who want to make it themselves for $5 per jar.

Who’s coming??