New Year Greetings!
This day, Time winds th’ exhausted chain,
To run the twelvemonth’s length again…
~~Robert Burns, Sketch New Year’s Day, 1790 ~~
The old year bids us adieu, but not in quiet, genteel fashion. Instead, the winds are howling and it is bitterly cold. Mrs Otis stands in the garden, warm in her wool jacket, scarf streaming out behind her. She usually winters inside, but this year, liking to see her out my window, I chose to leave her in the garden. She is about the only thing standing still and erect while the winds toss and bend the tall grasses ‘round about her and the trees sway frantically as through dancing a wild New Year’s Eve jig. The good Mrs. Otis, not the least bit unnerved by the commotion, smiles broadly in her winter garden and beams, “Fare Thee Well, Old Year! Welcome the New!!”
"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
~ Minna Thomas Antrim ~
Early Work Mercantile Offerings
This month on Early Work Mercantile my offerings include some of my favorite things ~ ironstone, tintypes, and a charming woolwork sampler stitched by Sarah Sutcliffe in 1846! I’ll return with handmade goods in February.
Winter Time Pursuits
As the old year rolls out and the new one comes in, don’t forget to stock up on supplies for your winter time pursuits ~ rusty bells, safety pins, and wire, raw flax, sewing scissors, needle minders, and thread packs to mention just a few. You can find all of these items and more under Needfuls.
My Wish for You In the Coming Year...
is for good health, peace, prosperity, and a deep and happy heart!
Happy New Year!
"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells across the snow:
The year is going, let him go…"
~~ Lord Tennyson, Ring Out Wild Bells ~~
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