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Weaverville Art Safari (+ Local Giveaway!!!)

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From May 2000 to February 2003, I lived in the town of Weaverville, NC. Located about 10 minutes north of Asheville, the small hamlet was just beginning to experience a revival of sorts at that time. In the ensuing 11 years, its main street has been completely revitalized, and I now consider Weaverville to be one of the most charming small towns in the area.

Along with a vibrant dining scene (the Well Bred Bakery is a perennial favorite, with eclairs the size of baby’s heads), gorgeous parks, small organic farms, and an environmentally friendly dry cleaner, Weaverville is also home to a number of artisans. Ceramicists, painters, glass blowers, woodworkers, metal smiths, jewelers-a wide community of makers live and work in Weaverville.

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Sherida Buchanan and Steve Forbes on behalf of the Weaverville Art Safari. A free, two-day, family friendly event happening April 26-27th, the Art Safari is a self-guided tour of artists’ home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. Occurring every spring and fall since April 2001, it’s a wonderful opportunity to peruse the wares of and purchase directly from these artists.

Participants use the Art Safari map to plan their route through Weaverville and the surrounding communities. Area artists open their studios to guests for the day, mingle, and talk about the creative process. Some also offer demonstrations and door prizes. It’s a wonderful chance to experience world-class art on an extremely personal level and meet some extraordinary folks.

In addition to sponsoring small measure for the month of April, Sherida and Steve offered to give away two tickets to the Weaverville Art Safari Preview Party to a small measure reader. Held at the Weaverville Town Hall at 7 p.m. on April 25th (the night before the Safari), the preview party includes a silent auction, music, light bites, and door prizes. It’s a great evening and a nice excuse to explore downtown Weaverville. Glenn, Huxley, and I will be going, and would love to see some of you there!

Clearly, this event is open only to Western NC locals. To enter, simply leave a comment saying what type of handmade, artisan item you’re looking for. Glenn and I love pottery and are always on the lookout for ceramics (Melissa Weiss is one of our favorites). I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, April 17th, midnight EST. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email (so be sure to leave a means of contacting you in your reply!). I’ll forward your information on to the preview party organizers and they’ll hold your two tickets for you at the door or mail them to you, your choice.

Even if you don’t win the tickets to the preview party, consider hitting up the Safari itself. It’s entirely free, takes place in a gorgeous setting, and supports a worthwhile cause. Plus, you could always conclude the day with an eclair.

Linen & Leaves (+ Giveaway!!!)

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I love a good cup of tea. If you read my recent post about the English tea I experienced at the Biltmore Estate several weeks ago, then you’ll recall I’ve been enjoying tea since I was a child (although, admittedly, a good bit of the “tea” served at the tea parties of my childhood was composed of either water or my imagination). While I begin each morning with a cup of Joe (ever since Huxley’s arrival, I need a stronger jolt to get me going in the morning), I often enjoy an afternoon pot or cup of tea. I’ve been battling a bit of a head cold since Tuesday evening and have been sipping on a variety of herbal respiratory tisanes as part of my get-better-quickly arsenal. Tea-good for the body, the soul, and the fantastical inclinations of childhood.

Owing to my abiding love of tea, I’m really thrilled to share today’s giveaway with you. Stacy started Linen + Leaves, her line of handcrafted tea blends, after a medical diagnosis last year. In her words:

Last year I was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease or more easily explained as Lupus. This was a big wake up for me to start living my life in a way that is more meaningful, more restful, and with loads more gratitude. I’ve wanted to have my own little tea shop for as long as I can remember and Linen + Leaves is the start of that journey. On top of my little online tea shop, I also now work as a wellness coach and fitness instructor. I’m enjoying a new start in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario. Here, surrounded by lakes and woodsy adventures, helping others find a way to a more physically active and healthy life, and sipping away on good quality loose leaf tea…I’m finally starting to feel like I’m finding the balance I have been looking for.

Stacy loves tea, and it clearly shows in her exquisite blends. Lucky for you, she’d like to share her beautifully and thoughtfully crafted teas with one small measure winner, in the form of a three-pack sampler. The winner of the giveaway can choose from any three of the teas in the sample pack offerings listed at Linen +Leaves.

All of Stacy’s blends sound amazing. I’m especially intrigued by her Campfire blend. I do so very much love anything smokey, and this tea sounds like the ideal beverage to sip while tucked into a wool cardigan, cozied up beside my wood stove.

To enter the giveaway, simply share in your comment your favorite type of tea. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding February 13th, midnight EST. Do be sure to means a way of contacting you in your comment, should you be the winner.

Thank you, Stacy, for this wonderful opportunity to get to know Linen + Leaves. Happy sipping, everyone!


Zoë Tilley Poster (+ Giveaway!!!)

I have been fascinated and intrigued by the habits of woodland creatures for as long as I can remember. I remember watching a documentary about beavers several years ago and how their work and efforts in building a home benefits not just themselves, but the entire ecosystem around them. Many woodland creatures do that-help themselves while helping others in the process, a mindset we humans would do well to abide by.

Which is why I’m over the moon about today’s giveaway. The illustrator behind the beautiful prints above contacted me last month, inquiring about the possibility of a giveaway. In her own words, “Zoë Tilley Poster is an illustrator with a deep interest in the dark and delightful natural world. She enjoys making art for children and other imaginative creatures. Her spare time (or maybe it’s research?) is spent pursuing small, furry, unkempt creatures through the thickety woods around her home.” Definitely my kind of lady!

Her drawings are made with graphite pencil on vellum-surface Bristol paper. From these, fine art prints are created using acid-free, 100% cotton rag paper, and archival pigment ink. When I saw Zoë’s drawings, how could I have refused to do a small measure giveaway? I know that bears and woodchucks and raccoons and skunks are decidedly not cuddly, in the human sense of the word. I live in a pretty rural area, rife with wildlife, and I very, very much respect the space and power of the multitudinous creatures that also call our forested cove home. They’re wonderful to observe (from a distance!), quietly and thoughtfully learning how their behaviors aid the forest. That said, if I could cuddle them, I totally would, and Zoe’s illustrations are about the most adorable, cuddly renderings of woodland creatures I know of!

So, on to the giveaway details. The giveaway includes a set of these four little woodland animal art prints:

*Plump Raccoon
*A Tail and its Skunk
*Woodchuck with Chamomile
*Bear with Rosehips

Additionally, any small measure reader who purchases an item from Zoë’s Etsy shop will receive a free notecard with their order (just type “Small Measure” in the “note to seller” at purchase). How great is that?! So great. Trust me. Zoë very generously sent me a care package of the prints above, as well as a gorgeous Luna Moth card. They’ll work perfectly in Huxley’s bedroom!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me about the woodland creature you’re the most enthralled with. For me, it’s beavers. And Pileated Woodpeckers (they’re all over our woods!). And toads. And, well, all of them. Not easy to choose just one, eh, English? I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding February 5th, midnight EST. Do be sure to leave a means of contacting you in your comment, should you be the winner!

Even if you don’t win, do stop by Zoë’s shop and take a look around. In addition to her animal prints, she also does custom orders, such as wedding invitations, pet portraits, and more. Thanks so much, Zoë!



Grounded Magazine (+ Giveaway!!!)

I don’t know what things are like in your house, but once Huxley came along, my presence totally took a back burner to his where the grandparents are concerned. When my mother and grandmother would telephone me in the past, the conversation was primarily about what I was up to, and what events were unfolding in their lives. In-person visits were handled similarly. Now, though, phone calls involve a bit of polite conversation that serves as a prelude to the inevitable “Can I talk to my boy now?”. And visits to the house? Well, I might as well be invisible. Don’t think this is a complaint, though. To the contrary. I’m a bit of a private person, and like to keep to myself, so having the spotlight redirected onto Huxley and his every action is just fine by me!

Once children are on the scene, most of the conversations, activities, and concerns are about them. Which is great, for the most part. They’re little. They’re cute. They’re kind of helpless. We should be focusing on them! Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have the emphasis be on parenting and parents. Enter Grounded. The creative collaboration of parents Mollie & Kendall Guillemette, Grounded is an online quarterly magazine for parents. In their own words:

Grounded is a creative collaboration between Kendall and Mollie. It is an online quarterly magazine for parents and each issue of Grounded will be a collection of pieces that inspire and encourage us, pieces that are interesting, helpful, and thoughtfully crafted. Our vision for Grounded is that a diverse community of people will come together to surround and give to parents so that they in turn can give well to their children. We want this to be a place where we can look at beautiful things, hear and share stories, and gather ideas. We hope you find encouragement as passionate, creative, loving people gather.

Finally! A place for us parents, to find encouragement, inspiration, and, perhaps occasionally, commiseration (parenting is HARD!). Mollie and Kendall have very generously offered to share Grounded with small measure readers, four times over! Woohoo! Here’s the sweet deal: the giveaway includes 1 full annual subscription and 3 winter 2013 issues. That means one winner will receive a year’s subscription, and three other winners (all randomly selected) will receive winter issues, the issue currently available.

Entering the giveaway couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is click on this link and enter your email address. Doing so signs you up for Grounded‘s newsletter (which is wonderful and something you totally want in your life), as well as enters you for the giveaway. The giveaway will conclude on Sunday, January 26th, and the winners will be announced on Monday, the 27th.

Whether you end up winning or not, do check out Grounded. Mollie & Kendall have created a lovingly curated resource for parents, and it shows in every article. Thanks so much for sharing all you do with small measure, guys!

Imagine Childhood (+ Giveaway!!!)

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When I was pregnant, and began imagining and accumulating the toys and play things I wanted to give to Huxley, I might as well have been conjuring up Imagine Childhood in my mind. There has literally never been one item on offer there that I haven’t oohed and ahh-ed over. Everything is as lovely to behold as it appears fun to play with. Win-win!

Not familiar with these fine folks? Here’s a description, in their own words: Imagine Childhood specializes in earth-friendly goods, craft & activity tutorials, and educational supplies. Our winter collection is filled with thoughtful gift solutions for the holiday season, with hundreds of unique heirloom quality toys, tools, games, and craft projects. Many are $25 or less with free shipping on orders over $100. In addition to our shop we also blog daily here and our recent book, IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play- 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventurecan be found here.

Fortunately, for one lucky small measure reader, the fantastic treasures Imagine Childhood carries could soon be festooning your child’s room, or that of a little person in your life as they are ever so generously offering to give away a $100 gift certificate! It really IS the most wonderful time of the year!

To be entered in the giveaway, simply pop over to their store, take a look around, and then leave a comment here on something that caught your eye. Me? The tiny Elsa Beskow books and portable botanical press have me completely enchanted. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding midnight EST December 18th. Great things abound over there, so do be sure to enter, and tell your kid-loving friends to do the same!