Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I was just in Baltimore at the American Craft Council Show. This is a show I've gone to for almost 35 years - first as a junior buyer, then as an exhibitor, (or more accurately, woodworker's girlfriend) and for the last twenty six as a buyer again. The quality of the work at this show is very high - so high that I only place a half dozen orders or so - most of the work is way too expensive for Joie de Vivre. Some of the work is perfect for Joie in spirit - like the work of Chris Roberts -Antieau. If I won the lottery - and I would of course, have to start buying tickets for this to be even a remote possibility - I would not close my store - but I would buy some of that wonderful in spirit but expensive work, just so people could come and see it. (don't worry, of course we would keep the wind-up toys and postcards and singing pickles too!) And maybe even buy it once in awhile. Take a look at her pieces - they are very special and amazing. And the show is full of equally wonderful work in all media . . . . a very tiny portion of which you will see on our shelves later this year!

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