Our first winter at the Winery started off with decorating for the holidays in mid November. We used a lot of greenery outside, including swags along our fence posts and a garland around the entrance way. Left over pine branches were arranged in various containers, ranging from flower pots to milk crates. New light stands were wrapped around the grapevine garland along our fence rail so all the lights were brightly shining.
Inside the tasting room we kept decorations simple, since we don’t have very much space. We hung red Christmas balls on gold ribbons in all our windows, and places battery operated candles (which are covered in actual wax) below. Some candles were placed in wreaths, others on candleholders or in lanterns.
You may have noticed our arrow above the wine rack, which holds seasonal ornaments. For the winter we chose a Red Cardinal and we strung a green garland through the top of the wine rack. The music changed to holiday classics to help spread even more cheer.
Anja made festive bottle ornaments, complete with tags, transforming any of our wines into a perfect holiday gift.
Throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, Rachel and Samantha were busy organizing various craft and painting activities at the winery. Some were scheduled classes, others were “drop in” events to make bottle and cork crafts.
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Although the rest of the barn is not ready for the Winery to use yet, it has come along way in the last month. It was just enough space for a 45 person wedding. It’s amazing what you can do with fabric and twinkle lights! Eventually it will be a perfect size for private events at the Winery like bridal showers or painting events.
But for the Winery to use it we would need the proper inspections first.
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Zach and his friends have been working hard on the center section of the barn. They are preparing for a small wedding this weekend. Zach leveled and secured the floor with insulation and plywood. They also drywalled and primed several sections of wall.
For the wedding twinkle lights and fabric will be hung to cover the unfinished areas. This will be a great practice run for when the Winery holds events in the future. It will also serve as extra space when the weather is too poor to use the deck.
There is still a lot of work to be done before it is ready to use by the Winery but the progress is exciting.
Posted by Anja Weyant and Samantha Weyant Shaffer
Freyja is obsessed with her baby doll. She loves to clothe her, change her, and take her to the bus stop in the stroller to pick up Leif. In fact, we just wore out our second doll stroller. Freyja is also into using scissors. Unfortunately there are not too many projects for a 4 year old to go hog wild on with a pair of scissors.
So we decided to make baby doll diapers. I traced a diaper we had onto fabric (which she picked out). I altered the pattern so it would curve nicely on the back of the baby doll and not be so gathered in the front. Freyja cut out 4. She also cut out 4 fleece linings for the diapers so they would be white and fluffy inside. I sewed them together, with a little top stitching and velcro and voila!
She was “sew” into this project we then made 4 matching spit rags for the baby doll. These were simple rectangles I traced from an envelope and lined with fleece. I also topstitched and sewed 2 lines down the spit rags to prevent them from shifting. It was a fun way to expand Freyja’s baby doll accessories that she could also be part of.
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We had purchased a large, live edge, unfinished slab of wood to use for the bar top. After rough sanding it with a belt sander, we finished it by hand-sanding, using finer and finer sandpaper between applying coats of high gloss polyurethane. We started off with 80 grit sandpaper and at the end we were using 800 grit sandpaper! It took about 30 coats of polyurethane and sanding (we lost track of the exact number) over a period of two months. But it was so worth it: