Hastings on Hudson

A whirlwind trip was taken to Hastings on Hudson, New York, for a crocheting class. Do you know about by Pollevie? Ellen is the woman with the magical crochet hook. She is known for her cheerful *Pollevie Wraps* which you can see are colorful and smile inducing:

Great Aunt Doll was thrilled to attend her class. She honed her crocheting skills and started her shawl. She also filled her market basket with the most beautiful yarns from the Observatory Shop, which hosted the class. Here she is, surrounded by one of her favorite things – yarn!

The five hour class went by so quickly! Aunt Doll left with some new skills and some new friends. A successful day! (How amazing is it that there was a miniature replica of the store, just her size?!)

It was fun to explore the area a tiny bit. Found Herbal Apothecary was another Hastings on Hudson favorite. Great Aunt Doll purchased some rose water – it smells lovely and will remind her of her adventure. (Bagels came home with her as well!)

Before the drive home, a stop for a last look at the Palisades. Hastings on Hudson has a bridge with a nice view of these cliffs along the Hudson River. Aunt Doll read about some nice hikes there, but that will have to be another trip.

And now home again, and her crochet hook is busy! Stay tuned!

‘Til Next Time

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In Maine for IGMA Guild School!

Hitty Jean can’t believe that 2019’s Guild School is already a memory. She was fortunate to be able to take Tine Krijnen’s bookbinding class again and loved every minute! Guild School takes place each June in Maine and the Maxwell Hittys stay in the same cottage every year. Pulling up to the cottage, the view was as spectacular as ever:

And the sunset the first night did not disappoint:

Hitty Jean had been wearing her Guild School apron for days. She was so excited when finally class began! Bookbinding is hard work and she had so much she wanted to learn. It was a productive first day:

One evening, Hitty Jean and Great Aunt Doll attended a seminar by Althea Crome. It was about micro knitting. Althea’s samples were amazing! And tiny! (Aunt Doll was too intensely focused to stop for a photo…)

Hitty Jean’s friends came along to Maine for moral support (and to have fun!) Ima made it her job to keep fresh daisies in the jug in the cottage. Everyone enjoyed them…(when they weren’t looking out at the view!)

Back in class, Hitty Jean was learning more about gilding. Gilding books is tricky business. Here, Hitty Jean is making a mess of this poor book’s spine:

Nevertheless, she persisted. It was an intense week. Hitty Sparrow and Ima stopped by one day during break to see her progress:

Despite her ruining a couple of covers, Tine asked Hitty Jean to sit next to her book display on graduation night. Here she is…can you tell how nervous she was? Lots of friendly people stopped by to look at her projects.

Classes had ended, but there was still a day left for some fun with friends. There was a visit to Rockland, Maine, where Hitty Jean met some lobsters:

And a dinner with good friends:

The next day, the cottage was packed up and the car loaded. Goodbyes were said and Hitty Jean had a last picture taken by Castine Harbor:

Another year of Guild School has come and gone. Now Hitty Jean is home again, practicing her bookbinding skills while Great Aunt Doll’s knitting needles click away in the parlor. What fun to learn new things!

We hope you enjoyed our memories of this year’s IGMA Guild School. If you are interested, click HERE for information.

‘Til Next Time…

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The Sturbridge Miniatures Festival 2019

It’s hard to believe another Sturbridge gathering has come and gone. We had such a wonderful time with our Hitty friends who arrived from all over the USA and Canada. The Robertson Hittys gifted us with our annual “Tablecloth Pinnys” which are made from tablecloths gifted to us from the restaurant where we go to lunch every year. We take a group photo every year after lunch:

Great Aunt Doll was *supposed* to be directing the photo-taking, but she got a bit distracted:

Dinner was at the Publick House – wonderful as always. Hitty Jean likes to imagine a time when meals were cooked in the fireplace:

Great Aunt Doll and Mamie had lots of catching up to do:

Then came the highlight of the weekend…the Sturbridge Miniatures Festival! Hitty Jean And Ima were captivated by the house on display at Art to Play With’s table. Ima felt so fancy up on the balcony in her new pinny, beautifully hand sewn by the talented Quimper Hittys.

There is always so much to see at this wonderful Miniatures show. A particular favorite was Marie W Evans’ table. Her creations are so meticulously and lovingly made. (Marie is very sweet, too!)

Ima was only persuaded to leave when she found out that Marie has an Etsy Shop she can browse at her leisure.

And now, we are back on the road again. This time in Maine, at the IGMA Guild School in Castine, where Hitty Jean is learning more about miniature bookbinding. The first Castine sunset did not disappoint!

‘Til Next Time…

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A Little Trouble, A Lot of Fun

It has been almost two weeks since the Maxwell Hittys traveled to visit the Robertsons. Time does fly!

This time, Hitty Sparrow and Ima Robertson we’re making models. (Hitty Kate wanted to help, too!) A puppet theatre for Sparrow and a news stand for Ima. Painting was a messy affair:

Grandma Alice was not impressed! Hitty Kate wasn’t wearing a smock (oops! Off to find one!) and Hitty Sparrow certainly needed to be a bit more careful with the paint. Grandma Alice mostly wanted to be sure they cleaned up when they had finished. (They cleaned up thoroughly so that they would not get into more trouble! Grandma Alice is no fun when she is cross!)

After finishing, it was such fun to take turns with the puppet theatre! Ima Maxwell put on a lively production:

Hitty Judy and Hitty Colleen admired all the detail in Ima Robertson’s News Stand:

Hitty Colleen had a surprise for Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Judy. It was a gingerbread stand! The gingerbread smelled wonderful and tasted delicious! What a fun treat! (I spy a hedgehog who wants some too!)

The Maxwell Hittys brought a set of Raggedy Ann stories for the Robertson Hittys to enjoy. Ima Robertson had never read them before and was particularly taken with adventurous Raggedy Ann. “Wait until you read about the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees!”

Ima found a special place for the books on the book shelf. She will be sure to read them over and over again:

And so…another visit to the Robertson Hittys was over in a flash. It was hard to say goodbye, but we will see each other again soon…at the Sturbridge Miniatures Show! Yippee!

‘Til Next Time…

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PS – For information on the 2019 Sturbridge show, please click HERE.

Judy Brown and Art to Play With Hitty will again be selling wonderful Miniatures for Hitty!

A selection of my miniature books will be available as well! Hooray!

Hope to see you there!

When Mamie was Unwell

Mamie wasn’t feeling well, so Great Aunt Doll went to help. Having a friend who cares can be the best medicine! They shared news of friends from afar:

Aunt Doll warmed up the bed so Mamie could rest a while:

Then Aunt Doll made herself busy making some nourishing soup. Surely that would help Mamie to feel better!

True, the soup was delicious…..but the favorite cure-all at Mamie’s house is a glass of Baileys! Aunt Doll agreed it was worth a try:

(Chocolate helps too!)

Happily, Mamie was not gravely ill and soon felt much better.

Was it the soup? Or the Baileys? Or perhaps the tlc from a close friend?

‘Til next time…

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PS- Spider!

Doldrums

Do you ever have days when things feel out of sorts? You just can’t seem to settle in and things just feel out of focus and unsettled? Hitty Sparrow is having one of those days.

Here comes Hitty Judy! She is planning to read to Penny and the Teddy Bears.

“Would you like to join us?”

It is Hitty Sparrow’s favorite book!

Quickly she runs to the kitchen to ask Great Aunt Doll for a snack to share while Hitty Judy reads. She says a quick “Hello!” to Aunt Doll’s bird:

Then off to listen while Hitty Judy reads aloud. Hitty Sparrow invites Penny to sit on her lap:

And now…Hitty Sparrow can’t even remember feeling out of sorts. What a nice friend Hitty Judy is! We hope everyone is lucky enough to have a thoughtful friend like her ♥️

‘Til Next Time…

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PS – Great Aunt Doll is baking something for the Hittys! Yum!

PPS – Many of the books in the post are available in our Etsy Store. You can find the link at the top of this page ♥️ or click HERE.  Yippee!

Winter Wonderland

Great Aunt Doll, Ima and Hitty Sparrow enjoyed the most festive visit – way up north in Canada, where life is lived in a snow globe this time of year and all is truly “Merry and Bright.” It was a snowy drive:

The mountains became increasingly beautiful. Hitty Sparrow insisted on a photo during a rest stop and no wonder! It all looked so festive – a magical, snow-filled landscape:

Finally, they arrived at their destination! Ima and Hitty Sparrow were told to watch out the window, for each afternoon *something* happens. They watched and watched, all the while trying to guess what on Earth this *something”*could be!?! Santa’s sleigh? An elf? More Hittys visiting?

Then –  more magic!  Slowly, from the woods, a deer family walked up the hill and had a snack right outside the window!!!

Indoors, the Globensky Hittys had started decorating for Christmas. Ima admired the dolls and toys under the tabletop tree while Hitty Maude pointed out her favorite – the Christmas village on the mantle:

Hitty Sparrow enjoyed adding some special decorations to the display:

True to character, she lost interest in helping when she found a tin of Mamie’s holiday biscuits! Tea break!

In the kitchen, Mamie and Aunt Doll toasted a successful holiday baking session with some port:

Later, they took their libations outdoors while they watched Ima and Hitty Sparrow skating. The young ones were very entertaining as they scooted around, unsure on their wobbly pegs. Skating is harder than it looks!

All visits with Hitty Friends are too short (no matter how long) and the Hittys soon had to say their Goodbyes. Ima and Hitty Sparrow sang Christmas carols the entire drive home, as the landscape changed and the snow disappeared behind them.

Now that she is home again, Great Aunt Doll is feeling inspired to begin her holiday decorating:

The tree is a good start….perhaps a quick holiday tea break and she will finish…

We hope our Hitty Friends everywhere are finding joy in this festive season!

‘Til Next Time…
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