It's always a good idea to plan ahead. Especially when the planned event will be a celebration of a rural coastal community's dedication to homemade, handmade, and lovely vintage treasures; the sale of which will help keep our small world a whole lot greener than the big box stores version of Christmas shopping.
And in addition, all proceeds will stay in the local community to help keep it strong. Another bonus! a percentage of the proceeds will go to local community organizations, such as the community hall; a scholarship fund in memory of a local woman who was very active in community affairs; and the community 's church.
The event will be a special kind of shopping event, new this year, to the small Nova Scotian coastal community of Hall's Harbour overlooking the lovely Bay of Fundy.
Therefore we are starting early to publicise the event and create a buzz about it.
The view on the Christmas card above - a painting by transplanted Nova Scotian artist Paul Landry, who became a Nw England resident shows a community on the South Shore near Lunenburg. Paul grew up on Saint Margaret's Bay and his paintings are evocative of a slower, friendlier and gentler pace in a province where traditional values are still treasured.
Christmas is always a special time for the kiddies, shown here enjoying a visit from Saint Nick as depicted on a period Christmas card.
"A Coastal Christmas" will be geared to children too - with a pretty feather tree, plates of cookies and candy canes, and gifts especially for children - from handknit and handmade items of clothing to small dressed dolls and teddy bears with handmade sweaters and toques. Keep watching this site to see what will be on offer.
You will also have an opportunity to buy some treasures online if you are too far away to come by in person. You'll miss the cookies though - smile...... Check back ften and see what we have found or made!
In addition I have a wonderful selection of both hand embellished vintage sheets and pillowcases, or you might choose to purchase clean, unused plain sheets and pillowcaes in 100% cotton in some cases still in their original wrappers to embellish with your finest embroidery or lacey crochet. I always have on hand lovely large pieces of handmade lace that will grace these beautiful pure cotton bedlinens.
These bedlinens will enhance your finest quilts, both modern and vintage.
Between now and the beginning of "A COASTAL CHRISTMAS" we will be revealing a little more each week about what, where, and when - I look forward to filling you in on all the happenings and to welcoming you at the event or, if you are too far away - to welcoming your visits online and helping you to choose something lovely.
Check in next week to http://www.acoastalchristmas.blogspot.com/