When my dear wife Karen informed me that our friends Cathy and Bruce Thomas were staging a seasonal sale at their cottage store, I was all in. And Saturday turned out to be a superb day for the little-more-than-an-hour drive northeast from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
I’d been up to their beautiful cottage several times, but for social visits. Cathy is one of the gang for Karen’s annual Girls Getaway. Bruce and I can talk about sports and movies and the world endlessly. Schmoozing with them is a treat.
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Forest Hollow will warm you, outside and in.
This day, Cathy and Bruce had their work spread out for special viewing, in the store and their house kitchen.
She makes jewelry. He makes pottery. Yes, their work is art in my eyes. And a third Thomas joined in for the day. Daughter Katie brought work from her home, and also baked the goodies they put out. The pumpkin-oatmeal cookies were incredible. Yes I had to try one with a cup of coffee.
Karen picked out a pair of gorgeous earrings, with opal, her birthstone. I was happy to buy them as a birthday present.
Inside the store, we found the perfect funky plate made by Bruce. We want it as a spoon rest on the counter next to our stove.
Hanging out in the house, we met other friends who were shopping, too. Bruce couldn’t believe it when I reminded him I was a Jets fan, not a Giants fan. We left richer for the experience.
Click here to view the Forest Hollow site, where the work of Cathy and Bruce is available for all.
Tomorrow: I find my autumn color around the reservoir behind the Thomas house.
Sunday: A reveal of my gifts to celebrate Karen’s birthday week.
Do you have friends who are artsy, and if so, what is their specialty? What catches your eye in the work of the Thomas family, and why? Which is your favorite photo, and why?