Winter Craft Markets at the Wentworth Greenhouses

Embroidering while chatting with visitors to the Wentworth Greenhouses.

Embroidering while chatting with visitors at the Wentworth Greenhouses.

Tomorrow will mark my 3rd appearance at the Winter Craft Market section of the Wentworth Greenhouses Winter Farmer’s Market in Rollinsford, NH.

(Although, technically, there are only fine crafts and no farmers tomorrow, as we are launching the 1st Annual Artisan Celebration & Fair, with extra artisans.)

I love meeting the people who love my embroidered felt hats!

I love meeting the people who love my embroidered felt hats!

I’ve got well over 75 finished hats, plus another 20 or so, awaiting your custom embroidery suggestions…

Finding just the right color hat can be a bit of a quest...

Finding just the right color hat can often be a bit of a quest…

With temperatures dipping into the single digits this weekend, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to an exquisitely practical felt hat.

Such great lighting in the new greenhouse... really shows off the hats!

Such great lighting in the new greenhouse… really shows off the hats!

If you’re within striking distance of the New Hampshire seacoast on Saturday, December 14 or 21, I hope you’ll visit or tell your friends. A stylish warm hat can really change your outlook on winter!

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Inspiration For Embroidery via Snowflake Bentley

Yesterday, northern New England was awash in a snowfall of such fluffy, powdery flakes that I felt a certain kinship with Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, of Jericho, Vermont, who, in 1885, became the 1st person to photograph a single snow crystal:

Digital macro photo of a snowflake on knitting by Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

Digital macro photo of a snowflake on knitting, taken with my point & shoot camera.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others.”

Digital macro photo of a snowflake on knitting by Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

“Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.”

Digital macro photo of a snowflake on knitting by Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

“When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” ~Wilson A. Bentley

Leaving no record except as the inspiration for my own snowflake embroidery.

And so, for the beauty of little things, I give thanks.

Back to The Balsams: Winter 2011 Edition

The Balsams Grand Resort is beautiful in winter

The Balsams Grand Resort is beautiful in winter.

It’s my favorite time of year: I’m returning to The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel as Visiting Artisan for the week of February 21 – 28, 2011.

Felt hat embroidery workshop for guests at The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.

Beautiful any time of year, The Balsams (located in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire) is especially enchanting in winter.

The scenery is gorgeous:
A dusting of snow frosts Dixville Notch & The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.

The skiing (both downhill and cross-country) is fantastic:

Felt hat fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan enjoys the xc-skiing at The Balsams.

Guests at The Balsams enjoy access to fantastic wilderness skiing.

And the hotel architecture is always lovely:

Mismatched balusters of the grand staircase in the John Dix Social Room at The Balsams.

One of the many gilded cornices that grace The Balsams' grand dining room.

Winter is the perfect time to showcase my felt hats & demonstrate their construction to hotel guests. I especially enjoy teaching workshops to students of all ages:

Rachel's diary says: "On Tuesday I sewed my hat"!

But, of course, at The Balsams it always comes back to the food!

Mmmm... The Balsams has a fantastic breakfast buffet...


... with a dazzling array of tasty choices...


And an omelette chef, awaiting your special request!

The Balsams gets all the details just right:

Elegant silver service adds a special touch to an already special dining experience.

So if you’re up for a very special winter vacation, consider a trip to The Balsams. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!