Monday, December 12, 2011

goods & curiousities

Around here, darkness is landing with a cold thud mid-afternoon. Even if you don't celebrate the major holiday happenings in all their green and red and santa clausness, it's pretty easy to be charmed by twinkly Essex CT. (Did I mention pubs?)
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along Main Street Essex
 Even for someone like me, a reluctant shopper. So, this week's photo heavy Monday: a visit to the Goods & Curiousities Store at The Griswold Inn.
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It's full of cool stuff. These things for example? They look like little sculpted/carved paperweights (what do we need to weigh down, anyway?) but they're made of graphite. You draw with them.
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That's sister Lulu on the right, by day she's the Director of Retail operations at The Gris.*  And on the left, Ann Weaver of Weaverknits, indie designer and knitter, on day 3 of an intense east coast book tour. Which might be why she looks slightly crazed. She's really not. You can see my Craft Activism presence to the left.
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Ann & I had a showroom upstairs from the shop for the day.She brought knit kits,and handknits, I brought photos and cards. We both had books, samples ,and a lot to say.
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I know you want a closer look at these pieces from the shop.0047_GZucker1211famvar 
Made from vintage newspapers.
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Nice way to pass a December Sunday. Plus, I got some knitting on a gift done. If you wish you hadn't missed us, Ann's knit kits (with indie yarns and patterns) and both our books remain at the shop, in a corner with some other woolly items, like fleece lined slipper boots from recycled wool clothes, and hats.
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* Consider that full disclosure, nepotism and all. But I wouldn't bother to blog about the joint if I truly didn't think it was special, and worth a look. I'm not that kind of blog.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous twinsetellen said...

Just back from China where you can't believe all the Christmas glitz for a non-Christian culture. Santa Claus is very popular, not so much the religious figures. But holiday lights by the (literal) ton.

The shop looks lovely!

10:24 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

I think we need the kights at this time - yesterday driving home in the drizzly dark I wanted to stop at every little cafe/restaurant because the light looked so inviting.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous maryse said...

i should have taken a trip and visited when you two were there. looks lovely.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Looks like a great gift shop. So many fiber related goodies in those pictures. Love the newsprint yarn ball and please, please .... some info on the black sheep/chicken print.

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