New Year's Day is one of my favorite holidays. After the whirlwind of a busy holiday season-- a home filled with friends and family bringing laughter, joy, and gifts, the smell of fresh baked goods and holiday dinners, the sounds of cheery Christmas carols echoing through the house--we settle into the soft comforts of a quiet, sleepy New England winter. As I prepare for the long, cold months ahead, I am both enjoying the peaceful reflection of the year past and looking forward to the future. The holiday decorations are packed away neatly to slumber in the attic until next Christmas. I've brought out soft fleece blankets and embroidered pillows to drape across the living room furniture, making every corner enticing to sink into and curl up in with a book and a cup of tea (and Bessie feels right at home, too).
My project for the weekend is to add some small shelves to the living room wall with flameless candles, to chase out the dark chill of January with pools of gentle glowing light. I've been reading The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking, and learning how to incorporate more light into my spaces. I highly recommend it if you'd like some great inspiration to motivate you through the winter...that, and maybe a baked good or two.
Reflecting on the past year, I am both astounded and humbled by the experiences I have had and the tremendous wealth of knowledge I've gathered from them. This time last year I was researching business jargon, sketching out product line ideas, and working into the early hours of the morning to lay the foundation of this seedling idea. As quickly as it all began, the Craftery alighted on a breeze that carried it through a spring of craft shows, into a summer at the Concord Arts Market, through the beautiful autumn and to the merry anticipation of the holiday season. Along the way, I met fellow business owners and crafters and was inspired by the outpouring of support, skills trade, and camaraderie within the small business community. In this submersion of creative spirit, the Craftery bloomed.
Looking into the new year ahead, I am nearly overwhelmed with excitement about all the upcoming releases 2019 will be bringing! We rang in the new year with the expansion of our Whipped Lotion line in our reusable glass jars, and will be offering a different seasonally inspired fragrance in a limited release small batch every two months. We also have a new and improved wood burned spoon in our signature floral vine pattern, and will be adding other wood burned gifts sporadically throughout the year. In keeping with our efforts to support an environmentally conscious lifestyle, we will offer four core canvas reusable bags, as well as one quarterly seasonal design, beginning with our Nor'Easter bag for the winter season. In the spirit of artistic collaboration, we are working on projects with local designers Laurelann Easton of Wrapped Up In Jewelry (www.wrappedupinjewelry.com) and New England photographer Dennis Weeks (www.flickr.com/photos/dennisjweeks/). We are extremely excited to debut our photo-inspired jewelry collections monthly based on Dennis' beautiful photography that captures the timeless essence of New England's charm. Arriving in the spring in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll be introducing a brand new New England Poets series, a line of stamped cuff bracelets featuring iconic stanzas of renowned poems (including many of my childhood favorites)! For all our fellow hikers and lovers of the mountains, we'll have a 4K Footer charm bracelet releasing on National Take a Hike Day in November, and we'll bring it all together with a Home for the Holidays series just in time for next Christmas. Phew, and it's only January 1! (We may have a few other secrets up our sleeve too, but that should be enough to keep you--and us--busy for a bit!) We hope you will continue to follow along with this incredible journey through our blog posts, Instagram (@thecapecodcraftery) and Facebook (@capecodcraftery) and celebrate with us all through the year. Thank you for your support in 2018, and cheers to a happy and healthy 2019!