I'm back from Oregon and back to normal (whatever that is!) and have so many posts to catch up on. First is the lovely day I spent with Sheila and Michael Ernst two extraordinary glassworkers in Drain Oregon. I was lucky enough to visit them in their home which was a feast for the eyes. They took an ordinary, low ceilinged nothing special house and turned it into a work of art. The ceilings were removed, and the rafters soared into spacious points. The kitchen was open with a wonderful quirky arrow shaped island in the center which housed the sink and looked out of large picture windows into the countryside view. Every room had beautiful colors and highlighted arts and crafts. It's just the type of house I could imagine living in. Here they are next to their wood stove, note that Michael is wearing beautiful hand-knit socks, and a Black Sheep Newsletter sweatshirt! And look at the delicious canned preserves next to Sheila. I wish I lived closer to these folks!
I was interviewing them for the next issue of Spindlicity (wait 'til you see their glass spindles!) but we spent as much time just chatting and becoming friends. The topper to the day was a delicious apple crisp that Sheila made from their own apples. And I was even gifted with the mug that my tea was served in. It's a rare treat to meet people you instantaneously have a rapport with.
That was the best day ever!