The Old Tattered Flag

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Open House ~ December 3, 2016

My I write this I am bone weary tired....again.  But, what a feeling of utter satisfaction I have when I look at all the wonderful pictures.  I have to pinch myself because I am so very lucky to be able to do what I love.  
We hosted our 5th annual Christmas Open House at our shop and home yesterday.  It's always a lot of hard work but I can't help buy smile when I look at all the pictures.
I think you'll agree!  With that I'm not going to say much more.  I wish each and everyone of you could have come yesterday but I am happy to share the pictures with you so you might be able to enjoy it through your computer screen (even though I know it's not the same)

The Shop

A huge thank you to my oldest son, Josh who worked the register for me and my youngest Son Jeremy who was behind the camera.

Our guests

Our Artisans
Lisa Evans from Folk For All Seasons

Denise Schofield

Ann from Dragonfly Pottery

Ashton Swaringen from Spool and Paper

Denise Smith from Silver Jewery by Denise

More candids of the fun day!

The Goodies

Our Home

Psst.....the star of the day was my sink renovation!

Sis, Mom and I

I'm just now realizing that I did not get a picture of my husband and brother in law Billy.  A huge thanks to them for creating ambiance when our guests arrived by having a big fire in the fire pit outside.  There is nothing like the smell of a wood fire!  They also helped the guests park and greeted them.  Thanks guys!  Especially a big thank you to my husband.  He is always there for me, doing the "grunt" work as we call it....stringing lights outside in the cold, hanging garlands....helping put the finishing touches on the bathroom remodel when he thought I was crazy.  He's always there for me and I appreciate it.
And then there is Mom.  Mom if you are reading this, what a beautiful testament the pictures on this blog are to this crazy little business we have created together.  When you look at the pictures of the beautiful items we offer, the shelves stacked with wool, the kits made up, then you look at the pictures of all the smiling faces, you have to realize that we are blessed to have so many friends and that we are lucky to be able to do what we love and have it so well received.   Thank you Mom for everything! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures.  It's the next best thing to being here right?  Maybe next year....
Until next time.....


Jacqueline said...

Your shop and home are beautiful. Loved seeing all the pictures and wish I lived closer so I could visit in person.

marie said...

Wish I could of been there. Wonderful pictures. Your boys (that includes hubby) are angels to help you and your Mom when needed to run your business. God bless them all.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Everything looks perfect! Great family pictures.
LOVE your stairs and upstairs landing.
I am going to try for a road trip next year!!!
Hugs :)

Anonymous said...

Can you share your punch recipe?

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Julie,
Everything is just FABULOUS, and I wish so much that you were not so far away!
So happy for you and your mom that you had a great evening!! Thanks so much for all the wonderful photos!!
Heart Hugs to you~

gmp said...

Everything looks so beautiful & festive!
I wish that I lived near your shop!!
Thanks for sharing your pictures
P.S. - I love the sink too!!

Patti Hamilton said...

I was fortunate enough to see this wonderful house and shop in person! I brought along my sister, daughter and grandaughter. We drove in from Buffalo NY. My grandaughter lives in Syracuse so we really had a very precious time together. We all LOVED the house! Words cannot describe all the work this family put into the decorating and the lovely sewing shop! IT IS SO WORTH THE TRIP! must plan to attend the next open house! Julie and her mom, Carol are two of the most amazing women I have ever met. As busy as they were, they took time to personally talk to everyone, even answering any questions about everything.
Julie, Im sending mom some pictures of my RUGHOOKING to her PM after she so encouraged me not to give up and keep at it! We had a good laugh about her posts on facebook of which most are hysterically funny and I share them! She told me her famous words of wisdom......take off my bra and get a nice glass of wine! Lol
I bought some wine there, just for that purpose and a few other goodies!
Hopefully, I will attend again next year.....maybe for the summer big hook in!
Thank you so much for you and your wonderful family opening up your home to all of us during this joyful holiday season. My Christmas will be extra special this year!

Blessing, Patti from Buffalo, ny

Kim Van De Riet said...

Someday... I will visit
It all looks amazing!

Julie Thomas said...

HI Patti,
How nice, you actually brought tears to my eyes. We thought how nice it was for you as a family to spend the day together. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you this summer!


Kim Van De Riet said...

Someday... I will visit
It all looks amazing!

Julie Thomas said...

Sure, it is 1/2 bottle each of cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice and a bottle of Ginger ale. I make an ice ring of oranges and cranberries in a bundt pan filled with water and frozen to float in the punch. Merry Christmas!

Julie Thomas said...

Thank you Jacqueline!

Julie Thomas said...

I agree, thank you Marie!

Julie Thomas said...

Thanks Lauren, it would be great to see you over here in our neck of the woods. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Julie Thomas said...

Thanks so much Julie, Merry Christmas!

Julie Thomas said...

Thanks so much Grace, have a wonderful holiday season!

Julie Thomas said...

Thanks so much Kim...Happy Holidays!!

Claire said...

Wonderful photos. It's on the bucket list!

Doreen Frost said...

Everything looks so festive and wonderful. I must get there some day! Your home is just gorgeous.

:) Doreen

Mugwump Woolies said...

What great photos! What a wonderful shop! How fun...thanks for sharing this special day!

About Me

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog. I am married and just entering the second phase of my life as a Army retiree's wife. My husband and I did 25+ years in the Army. He is now officially a retired Colonel and has just entered the civilian workforce and I am happily settled in our 1830 Stone house. I (along with my Mom) operate www.theoldtatteredflag and currently we are building a small shop in the back part of the house. We live in Northern NY, right near the Canadian border. I have two handsome sons and 2 puggles. Life is busy for us, but I wouldn't have it any other way.