July 27th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Dennis and Kelsey announced our mid-summer bedroom furniture sale yesterday. Now is your chance to save up to 20% on high end, handmade wooden beds, dressers, chests, night stands, armoires and mirrors. Each piece of our Vermont handcrafted furniture is made to order just for you. Typically you won’t find this kind of authentic, high quality, handmade furniture on sale because there really isn’t much room to discount when pieces are made by skilled American craftsmen being paid a livable wage. Dennis and Kelsey work very hard with Douglas and our shippers to offer these sales. When you buy more than one piece of furniture, we save on shipping and pass that savings along to you.
So for the next 5 days you can save big with a 10% discount on one piece of bedroom furniture, 15% discount on two pieces, and 20% discount on three or more pieces. Shipping is free– or rather it’s all included in the base price. And best of all, you can sleep tight knowing that your bedroom furniture is backed by a lifetime guarantee. Shop online, visit us at our new Stonehurst fine furniture and art gallery or give Liz and Sean a call (888-390-5571) to discuss your questions and/or purchase by phone.
July 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Office politics around Vermont Woods Studios can get pretty brutal. I’m not sure what Sean did yesterday but it must have been pretty horrendous to deserve this kind of treatment– on his birthday, no less. A Pick on Sean jar? There was quite a bit of money in it too. In spite of their denials, I have to believe those innocent looking women on the right (Michelle and Loryn, believe it or not) are involved in perpetrating this offense. Liz would have nothing to do with it– I feel certain of that.
Word has it that the crew didn’t get the response they had hoped for yesterday when they tried to raise money with a Swear Jar so they took their frustrations out on poor Sean. What do you think? Any ideas to bail Sean out of this trouble? It’s his birthday… he needs some support. Send him a few words of encouragement on our Facebook!
July 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
For the second year in a row, Vermont Woods Studios will be supporting Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon team with a donation. This year, the donation is a new cherry table. The solar decathlon is run by the US Department of Energy, and it challenges 20 different teams of college students to create solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
The Middlebury College team, from Middlebury Vermont, is passionate about many of the same things that we are– Sustainability being one of them. The Middlebury team believes that “sustainability must first be addressed by the individual and at home. Our houses – the places we inhabit – are our most influential environments. We grow up in them, retreat to them, and spend more time in them than in any other place.” For us, this really rings true. We too believe that change begins in the home, and that it is important to be mindful about where the resources that we furnish and build our homes come from.
July 10th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Usually I write about fine furniture or Vermont artisans or our environmental mission at Vermont Woods Studios. But I just read an article about capuchin monkeys in USA Today and had to pass it on. These clever little guys are being raised by the non-profit, Helping Hands, to be companions and assist people with special needs. The primates go to Monkey College and learn such tasks as putting on glasses, operating TVs and DVD players, turning lights on and off and getting a glass of water.
I remember meeting a tribe of capuchins on a trip to Costa Rica when the boys were little. We were hiking in Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. It was a lucky day– we saw howler monkeys and spider monkeys hanging out in the rainforest canopy. But no chapuchins until we finished our hike and stopped at a seaside hacienda to meet with a local naturalist. The capuchins had invaded the guide’s open air kitchen and were stealing nuts and bananas. It was obvious– this was not the first offense. After watching them at work in a kitchen (opening cabinets and drawers and using pics to crack nuts) I can see where capuchins would be skilled at tending to small motor skills for people who don’t have that ability.
I’m sure having a monkey in your house isn’t for every family with special needs but if you’re interested and want to learn more, visit Helping Hands. On their website you can find out who they serve (emphasis is on veterans and people with spinal cord injuries), apply for a monkey and donate to a great cause.
These capuchin monkeys at Helping Hands are raised in captivity but if you’re interested in conservation of the species, check out the work our friend Kevin Peterson is doing at the Eco Preservation Society in Costa Rica and Central America. He is always looking for donors and student volunteers to help conserve the rainforest and it’s inhabitants.
June 16th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Sending our best wishes to all fathers today and hoping you have great fun spending time with your children.
Here’s a last minute gift idea for any “kid” who may have forgotten or even been on the fence about today. It’s not too late to lighten up your dad’s day and make him laugh. Surf on over to JibJab and make Dad a personalized Father’s Day card. It’s easy and fun. A 1 year subscription to JibJab is $12 but you can use it to create and send an unlimited number of cards to an unlimited number of people for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, hangovers, pug day– you name it. They have hundreds of cards you can insert Dad’s (Mom’s, friend’s… whoever’s) photo into. You can upload pictures of your dad’s face from your facebook or from any jpeg photo and insert it into a funny video.
I’m not getting paid to promote them… I just think JibJab is clever software. And who wouldn’t crack up seeing themselves in a funny video? Does you Dad need a laugh today?
June 6th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Summertime in Vermont is unlike anything else. I went to college here for 4 years before getting to enjoy a Vermont summer, and it certainly changed my perspective of this state. I’ve always known that Vermont was great for a variety of reasons: the sense of community, the foliage, the beer… but what I didn’t recognize before was the beautiful shift that happens when the weather transitions from the springtime rain (or snow) to the summertime sun. Anyone whose spent time here in the summer months knows what I’m talking about.
Vermont really comes alive in the summer. Besides the fact that you get to see your friends and neighbors that you might not have seen in a while (Vermonters are a lot like bears in that they love to hibernate through the colder months), you also get to do so many fun things that you can’t do here in the winter. You can even go outside without having to layer on your hat, boots, fuzzy mittens, parka, and snowsuit! ; )
‘Vermont Days’ is a reminder of just that. During ‘Vermont Days,’ which runs from June 8th to June 9th, Vermonters get to enjoy 2 days of free access to all of the things that make summers here so awesome: fishing, swimming, state parks, historical sites, and the VT history museum! You can’t really beat that.
For more information on Vermont Days 2013 (such as help finding a local fishing hot-spot, state park, or historical site near you) visit: www.vermontdays.com
Now gather your family or your friends, get moving, and get outside! : )
May 26th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
This weekend we pause to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy an American lifestyle of freedom and joy. Thought you might like to visit this Memorial Day Tribute. Kelly Strong’s poem, “Freedom Is Not Free” is provided along with lots of other poetry and information about our nations hero’s.
We hope everyone has good weather and a chance to get outside and enjoy family and friends this weekend. And we extend our sincere gratitude to all the men and women who are serving or have served in the military. You are our country’s true heros. For those serving far away from home, we pray for your safe and speedy return.
May 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Guest blogger: Sean Henry
Editors note: Sean Henry and Liz Francese are our front line, crackerjack, Vermont-made furniture sales people. If you’ve purchased from us before you’ve probably talked to them on the phone (and you’ve definitely received emails from them) so you’ll totally “get” Sean’s tongue-in-cheek essay on how people and cherry wood change over time. If not, I guess you’ll just have to visit us at Stonehurst and see for yourself.
Let me explain something. When Liz and I were youngsters, we were adorable. No seriously, we were absolutely adorable. We were cute, blond, loveable, patriotic (me) and verbally expressive (Liz). As I am sure you can see from the pictures we were the kind of kids that parents would love to pull pictures out of their wallets to show off to all their friends. But as you can also see, things change. Well, maybe not all things change (this is where I tell you to look at both of the pictures of my favorite co-worker and see if you can find the similarities between the two pics).
Okay, so now that I have that part out of the way… The one thing I wanted to point out — and yes I am finally getting to the point — is that we both used to be blond or perhaps I should say dirty blond. We both had a nice, light head of hair and over time it has become a darker shade of brown. You may say to yourself, “what does any of this have to do with Cherry wood furniture?” Well let me tell you.
Natural Cherry wood is a lot like Liz and I. When it first arrives, it will be a light, almost dirty blond color. The light color of new Natural Cherry wood may not be what you expect to see after looking at all the beautiful images of cherry wood furniture on our website. Don’t worry, this will change. Over time, Cherry wood darkens or “ripens” as it ages and as it is exposed to light. As the Natural Cherry ripens, you will see the beauty of the wood and all its amazing characteristics come through. You will start to see a noticeable change after just a few months. After six months to a year it will have that rich, ripe auburn color. After that the color of the Cherry wood will change more gradually. You can see the difference in the pictures above.
One last thing I want to point out before I stop writing this long-winded blog (I am new at this). You have probably noticed my baby picture with the American flag and my very American red white and blue sailor suit. I thought it would be a good reminder to everyone that our Memorial Day Sale is coming up soon. So it might be the perfect time for some change and the perfect time to think about how our Vermont-Made, Handcrafted, ever-changing, beautiful, Natural Cherry wood furniture will look in your home!