Fall is almost here!!!

This is my favorite time of year, happy Fall everyone.  I only wish I could still smell the burning leaves as we did when I was young.  Now you’d need a permit and it’s rarely done, but back in the old days, that was a sure sign of Autumn!

News 

My big news is that I’m offering sculpting classes in Paperclay.   This is a medium I feel very comfortable teaching as I’ve made many a Christmas ornament for my 9 years of “theme” trees at Concord Museum’s Family Trees Exhibit.  I thought I would start with a Hummingbird Christmas ornament, and I am running 2 workshops in November at my home studio.  November 4th and the 11th, both Saturdays.  It is for beginners.  Students will leave with a completed ornament, the workshop is 4 hours with a break for tea/coffee and scones.  Each workshop will run from 1pm to 5pm and the cost is $65.00.  The workshops are for students 18 or older as it’s too long day for a younger person.  I am open to teaching anyone privately, please contact me at mandrioli@aol.com for details.

           The hummer Ornament

New Cards

On the racks there is a new Anniversary, Thank You, Birthday, Halloween and Thoreau Card.  On the drawing board is a Birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Wedding, New Baby, and Catattitude.  Full speed ahead!!

Cat Toys

My Redro cat toys have been selling very well at Verrill Farm in West Concord.  They are now also available at Chip-in-Farm in Bedford, MA.  A new design is also coming.

Fairs

I have two fall fairs that I am attending, the Harvest Craft Fair in Sudbury at the First Parish Church, on October 14th, 10a-4p and the Conant 36th Annual Artist and Craft Fair, October 22nd, Conant School , Acton, MA 10am-4pm..get ready cause here comes Christmas!!!

Music

As usual I will be joining my buddies, John, Bob, Kathleen, Pat and Cooper at theBarrett/Byam Farm Fair in Chelmsford, September 16th 11a-4p.  It free and a very fun old-time New England Fair.  Several of us will be at the Java Room in Chelmsford, including Jon Swenson, on Dec 9th, 8p-10p another free and fun venue to get in the Christmas spirit.

Thank you   

Well I guess that is it, but I can’t sign off without mentioning how grateful I am for all your support.  This year my card sales are up 50%, and I owe it all to you, thank you very much!!

 

Happy Summer!!!!

The summer solstice, June 21st, also my niece’s birthday, 🙂 is the beginning of a fun season of vacation, lazy days, gardening, camping, swimming and FARMERS MARKETS!!  This year I will have a tent at 3 different markets, Lexington, and Maynard.  Here is my schedule:

(Acton Market is canceled tomorrow and I have no more markets in the summer)  I will be at the Harvest Craft fair in Sudbury Oct 14th and the Conant Fair in Acton on the 22nd of Oct.

Lexington Tuesdays 2:00-6:30pm   7/11, 8/15,

Maynard Saturdays 9:00-1:00pm  7/22

I will be selling cards naturally, but also some “Owl Towels”, “Owl Bags”,  Matted prints,  Journals, Cat toys and Hummingbird sculptures.  I’d love to see you if you are in the area, stop by just to say hi…all the markets are great shopping experiences, they feature local artisans and farmers and usually have local music..I’m playing at the Acton one with my buddies John and Bob on the 27th of August too, it’s always a fun time!

New Cards

The Thoreau line has been selling well, there are now 4 options.  There is a new Sympathy, a new Catattiude, a new blank cat, new birthday option and a new blank bug.  On the drawing board is an anniversary, wedding, flower, more birthday and birds.  Lots of fun projects ahead

Music

A few fun gigs in the summer July 23rd I’ll be playing with the gang, (John, Bob, Kathleen, Pat, Rick and Marc) at the Westford Concert Series 4:00-8:00pm, the farmers market I mentioned above and that same day we (Kathleen, Bob, John and I) will be playing at the Old Manse in Concord, that August 27th.  I’ll be at the Java Room in Chelmsford on August 5th, with Jon Swenson, John Ferullo and special guest Kathleen Larkin.

New Accounts

My cards are now sold at 4 Ace Hardware shops, Acton,  Westford, Cambridge and Newton Ma as well as the Walden Pond Gift Shop in Concord, Ma

Thanks

Guess that’s all for now, I hope you have a wonderful summer and so fun relaxing time with family and friends!!  Many thanks for all who support my business by purchasing cards, I am very grateful !

Spring I think?

Greetings, I’m sitting at my desk looking out my window to a yard full of snow???  But it is spring, and you can feel it in the air, hear the birds singing to each other and there are buds on the trees.   Well lets hope it warms up fast and we get to enjoy the beautiful greening soon!

New Cards

I’ve been working hard to add new selections to my rack.  There are two new categories, Thoreau, three choices of his quotes with nature drawings and Recipe, two choices of drink recipes.  There is a new Catattitude , Woof Wisdom, several new birthday, Easter, blank Cattitude, a new Owl, and a Cat Thank You.

On the drawing board 

There will be a new Mother’s Day soon and Father’s Day, Sympathy, Wedding, Anniversary,  Flower, Graduation, Inspriation and Pet Sympathy hopefully before summer.

Farmers Markets

Speaking of summer I will be selling at the local Farmer’s Markets, Lexington, Acton and Maynard.  When the dates are confirmed I will post them.

New Products

The Owl Towel, a flour sack towel, is available at Debora’se Natural Gourmet and Firefly in West Concord.  My new cat toys, Redro and Patty-o-Chippy are available at Verrill Farm in West Concord.

Music

I have my usual Spring gig at the Java Room in Chelmsford.  I will be joined by Kathleen Larkin, John Ferullo and John Swenson. It’s May 2nd at  8pm.

Sales

This past year was another banner year for me, I’ve now tripled my sales thanks to you!  Your support is very much appreciated, I know how lucky I am to have folks who will buy my cards, thank you, thank you, thank you!!

All the best for a great Spring, Betsi

Winter 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  

I’m early for a winter post, but we saw our first snow flakes today, so I was inspired.  I also just put up my Christmas tree for the Concord museum,  inspired by Jerry Pinkney’s book the Grasshopper & the Ants..that puts me in the holiday way early..here is a photo

The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney

The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney

Redro

I have a few new items to report.  First, I’m selling cat toys at Verrill Farm and Firefly in West Concord.  My original plan was to stimulate more card sales by drawing a cat (my buddy Karen’s cat, Louie) with the toy, I thought it would be a nice pairing.  Well didn’t sell many cards, the cat toys are a hit!! HA!  I designed “Redro” with input from my cat Juju.  It’s big, red, has a long tail and is stuffed with organic catnip.  Cats love it!!

 New Cards

There are new Thanksgiving, Sympathy, Flower and soon a new Christmas card on the racks.  I also have many things on the drawing board with little time to finish but I will get to it!

Music

This year my annual Christmas show is the same day as my folk music show, Dec 17th at the Java Room in Chelmsford.  Come anytime between 5-10, there will be lost of music seasonal and home grown!!  Tag, Trude,Kathleen, John and Jon will all be performing.  It’s always a fun night.

Thank You!

My very best wishes to you and your familes for this holiday season and into the new year.   And my sincere gratitude for all the support I receive throughout the year, I couldn’t do what I do without you!

All the best, Betsi

“It’s fall, it’s fall, the colors tell us all!” quote from Kathleen Larkin’s song

Happy Fall!!  

My favorite season is here and I’m ready for chilly nights, cider, pumpkin beer, candy corn and Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone had a pleasant summer, despite the drought here in New England.  I’ve been very busy selling cards and gifts at farmer’s markets and drawing up a storm!!

Cards

 There are new Wedding, Anniversary, Welcome Baby, Birthday, Catattitude, Bugs, Flowers and Halloween cards on my racks.  And on the drawing board I’ll be working on a butterfly, more birthday, Christmas of course and Thanksgiving.

Fairs and Markets

I have 3 fairs in October.  The first is at Curcurbit Farm in Acton, October 9th.  It’s very fun little farm with great produce and there will be lots local vendors and a scarecrow contest, so come prepared  !  Then October 15th  I’ll be at the Harvest Craft Fair at the First Parish Church in Sudbury on route 117.  The fair runs from 10-4, I never been to this show, but it’s been around for over 20 yrs.  Lastly I should be at the Conant School in Acton on October 23rd 10-4.  If you are interested in buying cards in bulk, you can get them at the fairs.  I’m also selling Owl bags, matted prints of the birds of prey and cat toys with a matching card as a unique gift for cat lovers.

Music

I will be playing with my usual buddies Jon Swenson, John Ferullo at the Java Room in Chelmsford on Dec 17th.  With some special guests for sure!!

Christmas tree

I almost forgot, I’m making another tree for the Concord Museum’s Family Trees Exhibit, it’s inspired by the book the Grasshopper and the Ants, by Jerry Pinksey.  We had a lot of decorators this time, so I am expecting an extra wonderful show!!   The exhibit runs from Nov 22nd to New Years Day, Concord Massachusetts, Cambridge Turnpike.  Stop in, I guarantee you will leave with a nice dose of Christmas spirit!

And that’s it for now,  happy fall and as always I’m humbled by how you have all supported my business over the years, thank you very much, Betsi

Summer News

Hello Friends,

the summer is almost in full swing and I have lots of news to report to anyone who is interested 🙂

Card News

Currently, there are new Father’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, Flower and Catattidude Cards on my racks.  With more Birthday, Catattitude, Flower, Anniversary and Birds coming in the next few weeks .

Farmer’s Markets

My first Farmer’s market was in Lexington and was very fun. It’s a nice market with great bakery and produce vendors, as well as music and other crafters.  If you’re in the area it’s a worthy visit.  I’d love to meet you at any market, please stop by just to say hi.  Here is my summer market schedule

Lexington     (on Mass ave just beyond the center past the police station)     Jun 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 20th  Tuesdays 2-6:30pm

Acton            (on Arlington st)     July 10th     Sundays 9a-1p

Shirley        (in the historic center)     July 21st     Thursdays 4p-7p

Maynard     (in the mill parking lot)     August 13th     Saturday 9a-1p

Music

I have a few gigs this summer, August 6th at the Java room in Chelmsford, 8p-10p

August 7th at the Acton Farmers market and then later at the old Manse in Concord

August 25th at the Shirley Farmer’s market

Should be fun!

Thanks

as always, I’m so grateful for all the support and kindness I have received by folks purchasing my cards.  I couldn’t have my business without you,

all the best to everyone and enjoy your summer!

 

 

 

 

Spring Things

I’m early I know,  but it’s starting to feel like spring and I’ve given up on winter, my crocuses are coming up!

New cards 

There are quite a few new additions since I last wrote, a new Catattitude, 3 new Birthdays, a new Sympathy, 2 new Easter cards, a new St Patty’s Day card and I’ve made a card for Ostara if you celebrate, that card is not on the racks, but available from me directly, free shipping.

St Patty’s Day card

This year my St Patrick’s Day card prompted this response from my brother 

FoundmyIrish..inIreland

Good one Dude!

On the Drawing Board

Let’s see, I’m bring back a new version of  an old card, more Mother’s day and Father’s day of course, new Anniversary and Wedding, more Birthday, a new Baby card and  maybe a new Inspiration..oh boy I’ve got work to do!!

Craft Fairs

This year, to increase my sales, I’ll be selling at a few craft fairs and farmer’s markets.  If anyone has any suggestions for good fairs, I’d love to hear from you, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  I plan on selling cards, matted prints, mugs, bags and some small bird sculpture.

Music

I have just one gig in the Spring at the Java Room in Chelmsford,  May 7th, with the usual suspects, John Ferullo, Jon Swenson, and special guests, I would love to see you there, it’s free and the food and drinks are really good.

Happy  Spring

I turned 60 this year and I’m so grateful to actually be a senior citizen, crone and eligible for so many discounts!!  But it just made me more thankful for the support I have from all my loyal customers, I’d be working at some uninspiring job if not for you!  Thank you so much!  Enjoy the Greening! Betsi

 

Winter

Where does the time go?  Every year December seems to get shorter and shorter..So at long last my Christmas tree for the Concord museum is done.  I chose the book, The Cat and the Fiddle, by Jackie Morris because of her beautiful illustrations and her unique perspective.  The show is fantastic this year, I highly recommend it, fun for any age.  If you are interested in going it’s up until the 3rd of January, the museum is located on Cambridge Turnpike in Concord MA..enjoy..

here is a photo of my tree

From the book The Cat and The Fiddle by Jackie Morris

From the book The Cat and The Fiddle by Jackie Morris

Card News

So far just one new Christmas card, I may get another birthday card out, but I’m so busy this month, that’s not a promise.

Invitations

I’m selling packages of party invitations now, they are only available at Crosby’s, in Concord and Donelans in Acton.

Music

December 19th I will be singing lots of Christmas carols at the Java Room in Chelmsford, with Tag Vennard on piano and Trude Witham on sax, 5p-7p

Then from 8p-10p I’ll be swaping songs in the round with Jon Swenson and John Ferullo.  My buddy Kathleen Larkin will be a guest performer at both sets.  The Java Rom, located in Chelmsford, MA, is an excellent place to enjoy home-grown music, they serve sweet treats, coffee and  have a full bar.  I’d love to see you there!

Thank you

A quick calculation tells me that I will have another banner year of card sales, I’m always humbled and grateful to have so many folks supporting me.  So thank you , thank you, thank you, I’m lucky to be able to work creatively and generate some income.  All the best to everyone in 2016!

Enjoy your holidays!

Betsi   

 

Fall

Fall is in full swing here in New England, I remind myself daily to keep my eyes open and watch our famous leaves turning..there is nothing like it!!

Card News

new on the racks, two Halloween options, a new Thank You card, a new Sympathy and finally the new Woof Wisdom Birthday card.  Expect to see a Thanksgiving card (or two) in the future as well as some more Birthday, then it will be all about Christmas..OMG..it’s just around the corner now!

Thank you, for your patronage and support, without you, there would be no Freehand Cards.

Enjoy this colorful season….

 

August, goodbye summer!

Labor Day is just a few weeks away and we have turned the corner towards the end of summer.  I hope you all have some time off to enjoy this season.

Card News

New on the racks this month you will find a Woof Wisdom card and a summer Thank You is on the drawing board, as well as a new sympathy card and a Catattitude Birthday card.

Music

I’m playing quite a bit this month, the Java Room, the Old Manse, Farmer’s Markets in Acton and Shirley, (details on my schedule page)should be fun if you are in the area, and free!

Thank you

My wee little card company held it’s own this summer and I have you to thank for that!  I know that I am blessed to have so many folks supporting me, thank you!!  And enjoy these last days of fun in the summer sun!!  Betsi