Happy (Belated) birthday to Peggy! Yesterday we celebrated her special day with homemade baked mac n cheese, a wonderful salad, two different types of pie, and locally made apple cider! While every day at Vermont Woods Studios is pretty great, Peggy’s birthday cheer was contagious throughout the office and everyone’s day included lots of laughter and fun! It’s nice to work at a company where everyone is more than just co-workers and employees, we’re friends! And none of this could have happened without the hard work and continuous support and passion of Peggy!! We wish her many more years of wining, dining, and pure happiness!
The Green Team went all out this year with Halloween Costume preparation! From pirates, to goths, witches, bikers, 80s chicks, cowboys and dopplegangers–we all had a great time dressing up and enjoying a festive Halloween potluck! We even had a costume contest & a runway show, with winners in most original (Dennis), scariest (Douglas), funniest (Sean as Peggy), cutest (Liz) and overall best costume (Neville)! Days like today make all of the hard work we do at the office a lot more fun. Enjoy this mini-slideshow of our Halloween extravaganza! Happy Halloween!!
Well, nevertheless I’m off to parts unknown. The team has convinced me to stop thinking about work for a week and put everything into their very capable hands. I’m not to even bring a computer with me. I will have my iphone, but mainly just to take pictures. Everyone thinks I’m going to suffer from withdrawal. I’m not so sure about that.
While I’m gone the final phases of Stonehurst construction will be winding down. When I get back we’ll have a new roof (courtesy of Rohr Cook and associates of Chester VT), authentic Goshen stone walkways (inlaid by Torben Larsen and friends of Windham Growers), a new back deck (crafted by Ron DeLong of Organic Carpentry in Cambridgeport, VT) from our black locust trees and a beautiful entry garden designed by Gordon Hayward and planted by Torben Larsen. Sad that I’m going to be missing out on all that hard work, isn’t it?
During my absence this journal will be lovingly tended by the extraordinary band of writers we dubbed, Kelsey and The Bloggettes (Loryn and Michelle). Give them a shout out on Facebook and let them know what you want to hear about this week.
We are delighted to introduce you to Shannon Albritton, our newest Green Team member here at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture. Shannon's official title is: Sales Ace and Customer Champion. She'll be here along with Rebecca to answer your phone calls, place/track orders and arrange shipping.
Shannon's from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her background includes extensive experience in sales and marketing positions and she loves helping customers figure out how to get exactly what they're looking for. Shannon's husband is a talented woodworker so she brings a detailed knowledge of woodworking, furniture styles, joinery and finish options with her.
She's also a passionate environmentalist who walks the talk in every aspect of her life. She's been inspiring us to keep improving our sustainable practices at work and at home too. Today she got Manjula and me up from our computers in the middle of the afternoon to go outside for a "7th inning stretch". It felt so good that now we're trying to get her to lead an after hours yoga class
We are very lucky to have Shannon on board! When you're talking to her about your furniture order, maybe ask her about her hiking career (she hiked a portion of the Na Pali Coast in Kauai barefoot). I think that's probably only one of many good stories she has to tell.
We finally managed to get everybody on our staff together for a photo in our office-showroom at Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture. Well, most of us anyway. The student interns (aka our children) were all attending high school and college at the time. But tthey are an important part of our success so hopefully we'll be able to take another snapshot during Christmas vacation and update you then. For now, your Sustainable Furniture Team consists of:
First row from left: Rebecca, Peggy, Manjula, Shannon
Second row from left: Douglas, Ken, Dennis
We'd like to thank Carey Earle, Chief Idea Farmer at Green Apple Marketing for her help and creativity in penning our new About Us page. For the most part, everything she wrote is really true