Winter in the Mountains

Snowed in on Sweetwater Farm!

Snowed in on Sweetwater Farm!

Yes, it gets mighty cold here high in the mountains of western North Carolina, but I do LOVE snow! It was on a day like this that I decided to open an Etsy shop. Snowed in last year, all warm and cozy in my house (you can just barely see the smoke from the wood stove spiraling out of the chimney), I was happily engaged in creative play with fabric, mixing and matching colors and patterns, when it occurred to me that other people would take delight in cheerful, well made, easy to care for linens. My plan was to hawk my wares at farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and perhaps persuade a few local shops to sell them, but then I found out about Etsy and my imagination took flight.

Of course, I had NO idea what I was getting into, literally a whole new world opened up for me. I’ve learned so much about how to make an online shop successful, and yet there’s so much more I need to learn. I have a perpetual list five miles long of things I need to do. Though I’m a novice at this whole business of blogging, I look forward to sharing my budding business, and how it expresses my love of nature, with the world.

Here is one of my favorite creations, a pillow sham with deer in a birch forest on one side and golden fox faces on the back with an envelope closure. I gave a queen size version of this to my daughter, Emma, for Christmas. She is an animal caretaker at Grandfather Mountain where she tends to bears, mountain lions, otters, eagles, and other animals, so of course she loves all my nature themed linens.

Deer Sham with Golden Foxes

Deer Sham with Golden Foxes

And now Chance and I are going for a scamper in the snow! He’s a Tibetan Terrier~~pictures will follow soon!

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About Joy

Owner of Joyful Linens and Sweetwater Farm in the mountains of North Carolina
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5 Responses to Winter in the Mountains

  1. roma1912 says:

    Wow look at all that snow, all we have had is rain, rain, oh then the sun came out for an afternoon. This morning when I got up guess what.. yep it’s raining… I absolutely adore your gorgeous, beautiful, stunning linens šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ your Etsy shop is awash with colour, it’s a delight. I’m looking forward to following your adventures in your amazing corner of the world.

    • Joy says:

      Thank you so much, Roma! I’m SO happy you think my shop is full of color because that’s what I was aiming for. I’m still trying to take pictures of the shams and pillowcases ON pillows (bought pristine new pillows to do that), but I’m not having a whole lot of success taking any that look decent, well, let’s face it, no success. Who would have had any idea that an Etsy shop requires so many skills in so many different areas??? It’s going to be really fun getting to know you and seeing all the lovely the things you make!

      • roma1912 says:

        Bless your cotton socks, your photo’s are stunning you should be be soooo proud of yourself šŸ™‚ when I see other folks crating prowess I feel a tad inadequate but hey ho I’m having fun. I suppose in a few months the two of us will look back and laugh at our humble beginnings on the building of our respective Empires

  2. Emma says:

    Awesome pic! It will look just like that in a couple of days! But warm and cozy with my wonderful pillowcases!

    • Joy says:

      Actually, it looks like that now, because we always get more snow on this side of the county. It was 10 degrees when I got up this morning! Stay warm, my lovey!

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