Google calendar assures me that it's spring, although given the snow flurries yesterday I'm not entirely convinced. The one good thing about lousy weather is that it encourages me to sit down at my desk to catch up on piles of neglected work.
That begins with craft fair applications. Several shows now appear on my 2017 fair calendar. That list will grow as acceptances come in. Check in periodically to see where I'll be in the coming months. Next up is the Music and Arts South Hadley Craft Fest at the Plains School April 22 from 9:30 to 3.
New puzzles continue to come out of the workshop. An equine theme emerged in my latest designs. This horse and centaur are made of walnut. I also plan to try them in other woods like maple and shedua. I've had commissions for a few custom puzzles of favorite pet dogs and a lovable squirrel with chunky pieces.
One last thing. With Easter right around the corner, consider topping off your child's basket with a special treat that will last much longer than the chocolate bunnies. My spring collection of kids puzzles are reasonably priced and will become heirlooms they will want to pass on to their own children one day. Available now are the bunny, duck and sheep, with the squirrel soon to be added. Order now to get them in time for Easter!
Time to get back to the wood shop! Happy Spring to you and thanks for reading!
Your happy puzzle maker,
Barbara Bitgood, Artisan owner of Holyoke Puzzles in Holyoke, Massachusetts.