Paintings, Products, Classes and News from Johanne Cassia
February 2012
"For Your Valentine"

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee:
If ever wife was happy in a man,
compare with me, ye woman, If you can.
Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradsteet was the first person published in the colonies and she lived in Ipswich. Read more about Anne, in Faith Cook's recent book, Anne Bradstreet, Pilgrim and Poet.

Shades of Purple

We have a new and wonderful collection of wool handbraided rugs by award winning textile artist Sally Arrigo. Sally has brought us a choice collection of her rugs to sell. To maintain the brilliance of your rug, spray with Scotchguard on both sides before using. Sally suggests cleaning by using a light dusting of dry snow. This age old method works to remove any soil from the rug. Sally won the blue ribbon at the Topsfield Fair for the rug below: Song Bird.  It is a glorious creation in shades of blue.

Our New Sign

When you pass our 19th century barn, which houses our shop and studio, take a look at our new sign. We love it's simplicity. Our focus is to offer American made traditional home goods and small country primitives. We are offering new and exciting goods from artisans around the US who take pride in creating goods of lasting value. We have already added a new collection of textiles and rugs and we are unpacking new decorative and useful products every week.

We will continue our shop sale on most goods until the end of February. We are open every weekend and we open often during the week in the winter. If you see a vehicle in the driveway, drop in and we will open for you. Hours: 10 am - 4 pm.

Folk Magazine goes National 

Our copies of Issue III  of "Folk Magazine", Sharing the American Story" have just arrived. We only have 4 left. If you want us to save you a copy, please email me.

This fabulous new publication created by a small group of talented, artistic and business minded college friends is going national. The magazine is new and exciting. It's focus is on America, the land, the people and the history we cherish. The articles are new and refreshing and the photography is amazing. These initial issues are already being sought after by collectors.

Give the Gift of Art

We have beautiful gift certificates. If you have someone you think would enjoy taking a few classes with us, give them the gift of art. This is really an amazing surprise gift.

Our next painting session of 3 classes will be: February 18, 25 and March 3.
Class start time is 10:30. Refreshments include baked goodies and hot coffee.

Free Painting class will be scheduled toward the end of March. If you have not painted with us before, you may enjoy one free painting class. This free class will be lots of fun and you will be given supplies to use for the day. My classes are for "beginner" and "adventurous" artists who would enjoy painting in a studio with a fun, cheerful group of people. If you receive a gift certificate, you can add on one free class.

There will be no class on Saturday, February 11.

FB I Love Ipswich 
Dave Wallace had started a new Facebook page that is already taking off. If you love Ipswich and would like to talk about it, check out this new Facebook page. In the short time it has been available, the readership has tripled. Many stories of "great happenings" in Ipswich in the past are being shared by David and many other folks. Many new ideas for the future too.

I also recommend you checkout Ipswich Community Closet. This FB page has created a wonderful spirit of community in our town. You can ask for items you need and offer items to those who want them. It all moves around to the right place. Thank you Shirley Berry for starting this one and all those who have contributed to it's success.

In a very short period of time this FB page has almost 900 friends.

Hot Scones, Jam and Tea

What could be better on a cool winter evening than freshly baked scones with jam and hot cup of tea? We carry Victorian House Scone mix. They are the best scones I have ever tasted. This wonderful scone mix goes into your mixer with diced butter and milk for less than 2 minutes. Then, you shape, cut and toss  into your freezer. You now have couple of dozen scones ready to be baked at any moment. The fabulous thing about these scones is that you put them into your hot oven frozen. Ok, in 10 minutes baking time or less you have delicious scones ready to serve.

We also have delicious, shortbread cookie mixes from Victorian House Scones. These mixes make wonderful hostess gifts. Then you know where to drop by at tea time.

Thank You

Thank you to all of our readers, customers and friends. We appreciate your readership and thank you for forwarding our newsletter to interested friends.

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My new Blog will be coming in the spring. It will be updated often and will include pictures and stories of our various adventures here at home and out in the world.