NH Open Doors 2013

After weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, the weather over the past weekend finally turned towards autumn just in time for the statewide 2013 NH Open Doors event.

Felt hat maker, Carrie Cahill Mulligan's house in Canaan, New Hampshire, ready for the 2013 NH Open Doors event.

Custom felt hats available at 693 Canaan Street, Canaan, NH 03741.

This year, I had a real mix of visitors: friends, neighbors (a few whom I’d never met!), some in-state folks finally cashing in a holiday gift certificate, and several intrepid travelers from out-of-state, too.

I love having people over to my hat studio. There’s something wonderful about sharing where my hats are made. And folks love seeing all the different types & colors of yarn in their natural setting.

Thanks so much to everyone who managed a visit. If you couldn’t make it this past weekend, you can always contact me to arrange your own personal road trip to Canaan.

Of Road Trips and Gift Certificates

Recently, my hat studio had the good fortune of being the final destination for a birthday party road trip taken by 4 friends from Milford, NH. This is their story, in their words:

Mary Albina, Shelly Ciccone, Liz Michaud & Janet Smithe try on hats in my Canaan studio... let the frenzy begin!

Mary, Shelley, Liz & Janet trying on hats in my Canaan studio… let the frenzy begin!

“Carrie’s hats are warm, beautiful and unique. We first fell in love with them for ourselves at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee and then found they make wonderful gifts, especially when coupled with a journey to CCM’s warm and cozy hat studio in Canaan.”

Liz Michaud & I work on designing her custom embroidered hat in my studio in Canaan, New Hampshire

Liz Michaud & I work on designing her custom embroidered hat in my studio.

Viola! Liz Michaud's custom Leaf & Vine embroidered felt hat is finished.

Viola! Liz’s custom Leaf & Vine embroidered felt hat is completed.

“It’s well worth the visit to enjoy Carrie’s hospitality, while trying on a variety of beautiful hats and sifting through bins of colorful yarn and ribbon to customize your CCM original.”

After much searching, 4 hats found their perfect homes!

After much searching, 4 hats found their perfect homes!

Warning….Carrie’s hats can become an addiction and a hat intervention may be required :). All our best, the Rocking Hot Hat Mamas from Milford”

Milford friends on a road trip to hat heaven ends successfully with new hats for everyone.

Contact me if you’d like a gift certificate or to arrange a trip to my hat studio!

Banjo – It’s Good for What Ails Ya

Back before I ever learned to knit, I spent my first winter in Alaska in a small, Park Service cabin in Denali Park.

Quinn-dog loved to sing along every time I played banjo... at least, I think he loved it.

If you’re living alone in the middle of the frozen tundra, a banjo is a great thing to have.

"As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo." ~ Charlie Brown

It’s cheerful, helps pass the time, and being alone, you don’t have to feel bad practicing your frailing technique over & over on the same three chords.

My nephew, Chad's first old time banjo lesson, 1996.

Once I learned to knit, I spent less time with my banjo. After all, there’s only so much fidgeting with your fingers a girl can fit into a day…

But last June, I went to Miles of Music Camp on Lake Winnepesaukee, and fell in love with my banjo all over again.

After 16 years, I’m still just a beginner, but I love me some old time banjo!

What about you? Do you play the banjo? (Or would you rather not admit that in public? :D )