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A Harvest Supper

After months of discussion and a little bit of planning, Dave and his wife, Andrea, hosted a relaxed dinner party for a handful of like minded local friends.  We celebrated a highly anticipated wine release and talked about the challenges of running small businesses in our small, rural town (spotty and inconsistent internet coverage being the main complaint!).

While Dave and Andrea provided a...

Outstanding in our Field

Literally.

I stopped at the shop and talked Dave into a quick photo session in the south field.  The sun is shining, the wildflowers are blooming, and it's really starting to look like summer around here.   




When I think about home, and the summers that Dave and I (and our two sisters) spent together growing up, I think of wildflowers, hay barns and lots of time spent lazing around in the sunshine....

Reinvention by Maya Donenfeld

We're getting caught up in the local excitement and buzz surrounding Maya Donenfeld's first published book, and wanted to share (in case you hadn't heard) that she's got a couple of local launch parties coming up.  

Ithacamade (on State Street, in the old Bishop's building, between Mama Goose and Mimi's Attic) will be hosting a Gallery Night from 6-8 PM on Friday, May 4th. Maya will be there to...

Out and About in Aurora

 

Taproot Magazine


Have you heard about this new magazine?  In their own words:

Taproot is...
a collection of curated stories written by and for people living fully and digging deeper; people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground.

Taproot is...
inclusive of all families striving to dig deeper, in the...

The New Guy



I'm pleased to introduce you to our (first ever) intern, Dave.  Not to be confused with Dave, Dave is a Wells College senior Business and Entrepreneurship major, minoring in Fine Arts from Erie, PA. As good as that sounds on paper (or online as the case may be) this background is an even better mix when combined with his enthusiastic persona and makes Dave specially qualified to take on all of the...

Scenes from a Binns Family Christmas


Two of the five Binns family grandchildren celebrated their very first Christmas.  At 10 months, we're pretty sure that Amelia got more out of the day than Liam did.  Either way, adding two more kids to the mix has really added a huge amount of fun and love to our annual gathering.  

We work each year to simplify the family Christmas, and I think we finally hit a beautiful balance. There were...

The Office

While Dave and the rest of our staff are at the workshop cutting, stitching, and creating, my work (which hardly feels like work in comparison) usually takes place off site, wherever I can find a good comfy seat and an internet connection. 

 
 
The routine since September has been to drop my kids off (preschool and babysitter) at 9am and then choose a place to set up camp for the next few hours....

Our New York

It's funny how when you're travelling and you tell someone that you're from New York they automatically assume that you mean New York City. Sure, there are A LOT of people in NYC, but there is also a lot of real estate north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. We're a full 5 hours north of the City and it would take another 5 hours to reach the Canadian border, so we're truly smack dab in the middle of New...

Twinkletoes

We're several weeks beyond what I would consider to have been the peak of fall color here in the Finger Lakes region.  A trip to the woods this weekend made it clear that there is still plenty of color to be found.  As always, the photos hardly capture the reality, but they're the only way I know how to share this natural beauty.






There were no apple trees in sight, but this sweet little poem came...

A Walk in the Woods

Welcome to my favorite fall hiking spot.  We come here every year to pick up pretty leaves for wax pressing.  This year we left the leaves, but came for acorns instead (did you know that you can eat them?)  These acorns aren't for eating, but for planting. It seems like a simple enough process, so we're going to give it a shot. Maybe in about 75 years there will be some big and shady oaks to show...

Oktoberfest 2011

For as many years as I can remember, we've been invited to celebrate the German heritage of our family friend at his annual Oktoberfest.  I think that in the 30 or so years that he's been hosting this party, I've probably only missed it twice (and one of those times we were at the mother of all Oktoberfests in Munich). 

At Hans' party, much like in Germany, it's all about the traditional food, the...

Upstate New York Flood Relief

While our friends along the East Coast were relieved to see that Hurricane Irene's force had softened, our friends in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York were hit with flooding that has devastated their region. High flood waters are reaching historic levels and leaving many families homeless and desperate for assistance and actual physical help with the difficult work of salvaging and...

The Pitter Patter of Little Feet

No, we still don't produce shoes for kids (believe me, I'm pushing for them too).  But my little guy is managing to get around just fine without Aurora Shoes and I am loving watching his progress.  Here are a few from our "learning to walk" series for you baby lovers out there. 





All of that walking left us both needing a rest, so he played happily with sunglasses and I took a picture of my feet...

Weekending

Thanks to Labor Day, this week felt like it was over before it even started.  While Dave and his family travel to a shoe show in New Hampshire, we're looking forward to spending the weekend visiting our local farmers' marketand celebrating Baby's first birthday. It feels like he's been here forever, but at the same time I can't believe that a year has come and gone since he was born. Ah, babies......

Hello!



It just occured to me that I have been bringing you blog entries for about two years now and I haven't taken the time to properly introduce myself.   I may have been intentionally vague in the past, but it feels like a good time to come out of virtual hiding and tell you a little about myself.  And since family connections brought me here, that seems like a good place to start.


I grew up in the...

Good Signs

As I was out and about today I noticed that it suddenly feels like spring has arrived.  The signs are everywhere; plants are sprouting, flowers are blooming, animals are birthing and the grass is turning green.  
 
 
 
As if those signs were not enough, we have another great sign that arrived today. After all of the time spent researching and deciding, it's finally here (our neighbors were starting...

It's a Girl!

We are so happy to announce the birth of our newest addition, Amelia Scout.  She's healthy and beautiful.  We feel incredibly blessed.


To celebrate (and adjust to) Amelia's birth, we're closing the shop for a couple of weeks. We'll resume normal hours starting Monday, March 7th. Online orders will still be processed within this time and we'll even add free shipping to orders placed before March...

The Value of Handmade

What is the value of handmade?  It's a question that many of us ask ourselves as we price our handmade goods or search for the perfect handmade gift.  Monetary value can be broken down easily enough.  Add the cost of materials, a decent hourly rate and you've got a number.  Prices allow us to buy and sell, but do they really reflect the value of our goods?  

When we buy handmade we're demonstrating...
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