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Friday, April 8, 2011

The BIG Secret.....

I AM SO EXCITED!

 SOME of you anyway are waiting to see what I have been busy with ..... working away in my new studio, nose to the grindstone...slogging away trying to accomplish what I have happily agreed to do....

TA DA!




AND.....


I hope the wait was worth it.  These things take some time.....and I am not a production potter.  There are ceramic artists out there who easily throw 50++ pots in a day....I am more of a plodder.

The Plodding Potter.

BUT I love having my fingers in clay, and am so HAPPY to be involved with Juniper Moon Farm!  This Farm is such a welcoming place.  The animals; angora goats, cormo and baby southdown sheep, LOTS of chickens, 2 potbelly pigs, three maramma guardian dogs and a mule, are treated like family.

When you visit the farm you are treated like family too.  It's just that kind of place.

So NOW you will find these pots available on the Juniper Moon website. 

While the mugs are all relatively alike (they ARE handmade....) each yarn bowl is a little different.  The Juniper Moon lamb is on the front of each one...and the back has a picture of something from the farm.  If you order one, you will be surprised.


Because I have given away one of my yarn bowls before...My Friday Giveaway this week will be......




A mug and one of  my little sheepys!

IF you want to enter to win this pair....just leave me a comment telling me who (living or dead) you would like to sit and share a hot beverage with and why....then leave a comment on the Friday Giveaway post on the Juniper Moon Blog to let them know you entered.  Jenny at JMF will draw the lucky winner on Monday!

Good Luck!



And don't worry, I'm always plodding along in my workshop making more.



152 comments:

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, Anna - you have totally blown me away! I don't usually enter Susie's Friday giveaways, because I feel so blessed by her and her friends already, and don't want to keep taking advantage, but your mugs and bowls are too hard to resist. Really. If I don't win one I shall have to buy one - they are so beautiful.

If I could sit down with a large mug of tea, I'd love to visit with C. S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors who said, "You can never have a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me." (Or words to that effect.)

Thanks for posting this to Facebook - that's where I saw it first. Blessings, Cindy

Tracey Broome said...

These are absolutely adorable! I would love to sit down and visit with my dad again and see what he has been up to since he passed away 18 years ago... so many things we never talked about!

Linda Starr said...

Hello, those mugs and the farm animals especially the sheep are wonderful. I'd sit down with my grandmother who passed away ten years ago. She lived to the ripe old age of 99 and was an inspiration to me. In her lifetime she built 5 homes and raised many a farm animal, rabbits, pigs, chickens and more. I still miss her. She always had a story to tell and I am sure I didn't hear them all.

Lorie McCown said...

Well done, friend! And besides Jesus, I would love to meet/talk with a great/great/grandmother just to see how her life was back then, and the things she thought about, worried about, loved.

rnredner said...

These are amazing and adorable!

I would like to have a hot drink (hot chocolate for me, tea with a spoonful of raspberry jam mixed in for her) with my great-grandmother. She died when I was five and she was 100, so I got to hug her and play with her. But because I was so young I never really got to know this funny, gentle, intelligent, pioneering, determined, fascinating lady the way I wish I could have. I think I would enjoy sharing a hot drink and an afternoon with her.

Banrion said...

These are fantastically gorgeous!! I don't how you ever kept such a secret.

To answer your question, I think that I would most like to sit down with Patrick Stewart. I'd totally let him choose the topic of discussion because he is far smarter than I, and frankly I would be mesmerized by him reading the telephone book.

Eva said...

These are beyond lovely!

My answer to your question is: my father, who passed away in 2007. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him, and of course I would do anything to see him again, one last time.

kbeauchamp said...

If I had the opportunity to have one of your awesome cups, I would sit with a yummy cup of Kona coffee and talk with my Dad all day long. He passed away when I was 17 years old and I would really like him to know his grandson.

Abigail said...

Gorgeous mugs and yarn bowls!

If I could sit down with a cup of hot cocoa with my grandfather (who is now passed) I would.

He was a pilot and flight instructor in WWII, and when I was smaller I remember him always having a great sense of humor. He met my grandmother on a train during the war and sat beside her without asking, and then asked her name. She thought he was very fresh, and told him her name was Sally Soapsuds. (It was actually Edna). In the 67 years they were married, I never once heard him call her anything other than Sally. Unfortunately, when I was in high school, his lucidity and health really started going downhill. I wish I had been older when he started losing his lucidity, so that I could truly have appreciated all the great things he might have had to say to me.

Sara said...

I feel like I should pick a historical person, like Hitler, or Socrates. But like others, I'd give anything to sit and talk to my Mom and Dad for a morning. I count them as one person, they were such a team. Dad died in 1998 and mom in 2001, and I miss them every day.

Jane said...

What adorable mugs and lambies! I would love to have coffee and visit with my grandfather. He was from France, was quite the entrepreneur, and died when my mom was only 5 years old. She knows very little about him, and he intrigues me.

Jen said...

I love your work! I would drink tea with my grandma, and hopefully discuss all the recipes that I was too young to appreciate when she passed!

Heather said...

Usually when I'm asked this question I say I'd pick Eleanor Roosevelt, but a friend passed away recently and after hearing the stories and memories others have of him, I realize that I knew him in a very limited capacity. I also haven't seen him much since I "grew up", so I'd love to sit down and have a grownup conversation with him. He'd have coffee, and I'd probably still have hot chocolate.

Grandmatutu said...

Anna, love, love, love both the cups and the yarn bowls. Just precious!!

If I could, I'd like to sit and have coffee with my mom, who passed away three years ago. I miss her every day!

quiltnmaryf said...

Love your new things-the sheep are so cute! I would love to have Hot Chocolate with Gramps! I miss him so. He has been gone since 2008...too soon.

Erin said...

Anna, I LOVE these! I will be saving my pennies for shearing because a mug and yarn bowl need to come home with me!

Let's see, I would sit down and have a cup of coffee with my husband's grandparents. I was blessed to know my own grandparents for a very long time. I'd like to get to know his family better.

Leslie said...

Hmmm, well it would have to be a steaming hot cup of french roast coffee in one of the most adorable mugs I have seen in a long time and I would love to be sitting across from Susan Gibbs and love to have her tell me about her journey to Juniper Moon Farms.... yeah, we know the results, but what was the original inception, the farm shares, the bees, the chickens..... all about Martha's Vineyard... just the whole story and sip hot coffee out of my new mug...

gileadgoats said...

Anna, your mugs and bowls and sheepies are fabulous! I'll be buying one for sure if I don't win one.

I have a long list of people that I would love to have a cup of joe and chat with. But today, I'm wishing I could have a chat with my dear friend Kevin, who drowned when we were both 16, many years ago. He was a special person, and the loss of him in my life at the tenuous time left a gaping and raw place in my heart that has never been filled.

coasterkim said...

Those could not be cuter!! I would love to sit down and talk with Stephen King. I just love his work and think he would be fascinating to spend some time with.

Jane said...

Crazy about these new mugs and yarn bowls! Wow - thrilling.
I would, this morning, most like to talk to one of my ancestors, one of the women who came to America early on to make a new life far from everything she knew. Not only did she leave things behind, she had to have babies and try to survive in this new land. I want to know her story, and of course what she was knitting! Wouldn't it be fun to knit with your ancestors? While drinking mint tea harvested from the garden, of course.

MissRancher said...

The little beehive on the back is adorable! It totally goes with my Winnie the Pooh nursery, I just may have to snag one....

I don't know how to pick just one person, but for sure my dad tops the list. There is so much I want to ask him about, and tell him, since he passed away in '97. But I would want to wait at least until August so he could meet his grand-daughter, is that in the rules?

Amber said...

You really outdid yourself with these! The colors are SO vivid and perfect on the JMF logo. And the little sheepies... Let's just say one will be coming home with me from shearing.

This is a little bit of a downer, and I'm more than a little choked up while I form my words, but I would have a talk with my brother -- but the me now, talking to the ten year old him. I'd have coffee, and he'd possibly have cocoa, although he didn't care much for hot drinks when he was a kid.

I wish I could tell him why I was going to be leaving home for good after that first semester of college, and why I couldn't call or write, and why he too, someday, would have the chance to get out, and that he shouldn't lose hope before then.

I would tell him that I have always loved him, in all the stages of my life, and I know now how much my temporary disappearing act affected him, and clouded his future.

I wish I could tell him all of that, back when it could have made a difference.

Julie said...

Aren't they gorgeous! My favorite person to have a cup of tea with is my husband because I couldn't have any better company.

tmanzer said...

I would love to have tea with poet Emily Dickinson so I could ask her, "And what did you mean when you wrote this? And how about that?" and "Did you ever have a boyfriend?"

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I would love to have a cup of coffee with my mother who passed away on June 12, 2009. She was my best friend.

Kelly said...

These are so great! I am a big fan of Juniper Moon Farm & these mugs and yarn bowls are great!

To answer your question: This is going to sound boring, but I would love to just sit and have a cup of tea with my best friend. She lives 8 hrs away from me, and it has been quite a while since we were able to get together. A little girl time would be nice!

Elizabeth said...

The bowls and the mugs are absolutely wonderful (and so is the little sheep)!

Given the chance, I would have a latte (large!) with my very best friend, Diana. We live on different coasts and seldom get to visit, so an opportunity to chat face to face rather than keyboard to keyboard would be a real treat!

Amy said...

I love these items! They are adorable.

The answer to your question is easy for me. I would sit down and have a cup with my Dad. He died when I was just 11 and I never really had a chance to know him. Of course just one cup would not be enough time.

Joelle said...

Pretty!

I'd want to sit down with Garrison Keillor. Weird, I know...but that voice! That charm! That humor! Ah, if only he were 30 years younger...my perfect man.

And while I prefer soy milk gourmet hot chocolate with a shot of Bailey's and homemade marshmallows, I'd serve plain black coffee, since I think that's what he likes.

Alicia said...

I love the Juniper Moon Farm pottery, but I must say that I am absolutely in love with the precious little sheep.

If I could sit down with someone for a hot drink, I think I would pick St. Gianna. I would love to chat with her over a cup of coffee because I've always found her to be an inspiration.

Virginia said...

Hi Anna--Lovely!!!
I would love to sit down to a cup of tea with my grandmother. I knew her when I was a child and teen,and I have warm memories of time with her. She is often inspirational to me as I make decisions and ask, "I wonder how Grandma would handle this situation?" Now as a 40-something woman and mother of teens, I would love to have a heart-to heart chat in her kitchen or mine.

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. The little sheep is dear, and the mugs are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent!
-Virginia

Terry said...

I would have coffee with E.B. White. Every word in Charlotte's Web is perfect, so I'd like to hear from the person who created that. And knows pigs.

Jenn said...

These are wonderful! I too would love to sit and have a cup of tea with my grandmother. I used to visit her every summer and she was an early riser. She and I would sit at her kitchen table, and she'd drink tea and smoke (it was LONG time ago) and we'd just chat. I love what you've created for Juniper Moon specifically, and your work in general.

Yvonne said...

I would want some lemonade with my Grandfather, who died when I was 9. Love the bowl!

Christelle said...

Ooh I love those yarn bowls! I want one!
I would sit down with my mom or dad. They both live in New York and I live in Oregon. If it was with my dad, we'd be drinking coffee. My mom, tea. :)

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Karen said...

I would choose to have a warm brandy with Ben Franklin!! i think the beautiful mugs could accommodate a nice brandy ;-) Ben would be a fascinting character to spend time with as I love his quotations, and I would learn about what really happened in 1776! I am from Charlottesville and I built Juniper Moon Farm ( I called it Skyview) - so I have several vested interests in this beautiful pottery!

Susan C. said...

That little sheepy is adorable! These are fantastic! I'm a coffee drinker, and I just bet the coffee would taste even better out of one of these sheep mugs. :)

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shosh15 said...

I love them! They are so gorgeous!

If I could have a hot beverage with anyone, I think right now I would pick my grandmother. She died a couple of years ago and right now I'm missing her lots, so she would be my top pick.

Stacey Smith said...

Love the mugs!
I would want to have a coffee with my Meme, who was a coffee junkie (before Starbucks was so cool) and a master fiber artist (before that was so cool, too). She passed away when I was a child - long before she could impart her wisdom, though she did manage to infect me with the fiber/coffee bug.

jen said...

Those are beautiful!

I would love to have a cup of coffee with my grandfather, who died when I was 20. I would have loved for us to have a grown-up conversation.

clemscritters said...

I will need to own one of everything I think. Bring lots to shearing! If I could sit with one person and share a cup, it would be tea with the Dali Lama. I love what he stands for, and have seen him in person, but sat way back in the audience, so I think in person I might actually understand more of what he had to say. This does not diminish my constant desire for one more day with my parents, who are both on the other side and who I miss terribly. Deb Clemens

Grace said...

Congrats! The pots look great.
My drink of choice is hot chocolate. I'd love to have a hot cup of cocoa and have a chat with either Elizabeth Zimmerman, Warren McKenzie or Toshiko Takezu.

TeaMyDear said...

Came in from the JMF blog, I looove the little sheep, so cute!!!
I'd like to have some tea with my sisters! I can't wait to see them in summer...

femmusic said...

The yarn bowls are just divine!!! I think I will be purchasing one toute de suite. As for the question, I would want to have a steaming mug o'tea with my dear grandma, who died before I could really get to know her and ask her all sorts of fabulous questions. Miss you Grandma P!

wondrousitem said...

What fabulous work! I just updated my wish list, so hopefully some of your lovely pottery will find its way into my home someday.

For the question:
I think I'd have hot cocoa with my youngest sister. She joined my personal family as I was a full adult, and I'd love to sit and chat and get closer to her as a person, though we'll always have family ties to bind us. (:

Melissa said...

Wow. Just WOW. I can't wait to get my hands on one of each of these...ever hopeful, I will wait until Monday to place my order.

That said, I would choose to have tea with my mom. I lost her to ovarian cancer almost 7 years ago, and would give anything to sit and talk with her again. I miss her wisdom.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to have coffee with my maternal grandfather. He died when I was very young, and I didn't know him very well. When he was thirteen he and his brothers walked from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, Russia, to an ocean they'd never seen before, to get on a boat they'd never seen before, to travel to a land they'd never seen before where they didn't know anyone or speak the language. It is unfathomable to me now, and I would love to hear about what he thought and how he felt.

And I'd make his coffee strong enough so that all of his memories would be as clear as day.

Jellenp

pladd said...

Your work is amazing!

If I could sit down with one person for a cup of coffee, it would be my son. I had planned to say that I would sit with one of my grandparents, as I miss them terribly. But----this is the point of life, we miss those who are gone and the opportunities missed. Therefore I will understand the loss of my grandparents and sit with my son so that we take every opportunity that we can to be together.

Sara said...

Love love love them!

To be honest, I'd like to have coffee with my son as an adult... just to know that despite all the stuff that's going on with him now, he made it. And is happy. And healthy. And able to live a normal and productive life.

adrienne said...

I would love to have coffee with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now. She's a fascinating woman.

Hadley said...

I would have a cup of coffee with my pop... He passed in '98 and I still miss him.

Bwright said...

How cute!
I would love to sit down and visit with my grandparents and introduce them to my husband and kids!

Rachael said...

These are gorgeous! If I could, I'd sit down for a cup of hot chocolate with my grandmother. She died before I was born, and apparently I'm her spitting image. She wasn't always the easiest woman to deal with, and I'd like to know more about her life from her own point of view.

Mujercita said...

I think I'd like to sit down with Eleanor of Aquitaine- she lived a fascinating life and was such a strong historical character!

Cat said...

I would sit down for a cup of tea with my grandfather. He died shortly before I was born. I have heard so many stories about him, I would really love to actually speak with him.

lilmahi said...

If I could sit down with a hot beverage of my choice it would be Abuelita. Abuelita is a Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cinnamon and it's absolutely wonderful. If I could have it with any one person living or dead, it would be my mom. She died about 12 years ago when I was 10 and I have some life questions that only a mom would know the answer to.

Lisa said...

LOVE them, love, love, love! I'd like to sit and have a cup of tea with my maternal grandmother. I only know her as a little kid and she was pretty intimidating 'cause she was nearly 6 feet tall and always wore those channel knock-off suits with big Barbara Bush beads - now, she GARDENED in those suits and beads too when she came to our house! Her garden was amazing at her house. Very small yard but the garden was a border all around the perimeiter in back and it was full of flowers....

p said...

It's already been said, but I would also love to sit and chat with my grandmother. She died when I was 8 and I loved her dearly as a grandma...after I grew up, I have long wished to know her as an adult (me). I think her cup would be filled with strong black coffee, mine would have some cream and sugar added. She raised 8 children (6 boys) on a farm in South Dakota where she raised (among many other things) sheep, spun their wool and knitted mittens, socks, hats and (get this!) long-johns for the men to get through those cold winters. Whatta woman!
purl
ps
I love your mugs and bowls, and, I love your collaboration with JMF!

Blendab1 said...

Oh Anna, I am blown away by your work!! I love everything, especially the little sheep :) I want one of everything, at least!

I would love to be able to sit with my Mom and Dad once again over a cup of coffee. I miss visiting them and sitting at the kitchen table telling stories over a hot cup of coffee...if we could only turn back time!

Rach said...

As with all of the other commenters, I have to say I love the mugs and yarn bowls. They're great.

My answer to the question is not going to be unique either - I would love to sit down and have a cup of tea with my grandmother (or, even better, both my grandparents). They died in a car accident shortly after their 50th anniversary and I was living abroad at the time so I wasn't that close to them anymore. As a child they lived just down the street. I think the more mature me would appreciate their words so much more. There's so much I wish I knew about them.

Trixie said...

I would have coffee with Louis Pasteur, grandfather of everything we know about antibiotics (and as a result, a big chunk of human health!).

Mary said...

Those are some pretty sweet designs you have! Thanks for holding the contest!

As for who I would have a hot beverage with, it would be a nice hot cup of oolong tea with my Dad's Mom. She passed away almost 10 years ago now and I was never really able to have a REAL conversation with her. She lived with my Uncle and there was a rift in the brotherly relationship, so we never visited. There's so much history that's gone with her that I'll never know about.

Paulette said...

Amazingly, I've never really thought about this before. I'd like to have coffee with my dad's mother. I was born after she passed away and never met her. I'd like to be able to tell her what an inspiration her son was to my life....and find out about hers.

Maureen M said...

I would have a green tea latte with this really smart boy I knew in grade school and middle school who died when some kid was playing with guns around him. He was the runt of every class, but he was funny and an outcast, like me. I was in a different school when it happened, but I read about it in the paper and have wondered about it all of these years. I sometimes dream about him, even though we didn't have a particular connection at the time.

Jennifer King said...

Love, love, love the mug! I'm going to order one now and hope I win...cause ya know I need 2. If I don't win I'll just have to get another so the first won't be lonely :-)

I'd have a cup of Earl Grey tea with lemon (please) with my grandmother who passed in 1982. I was lucky enough to have tea with her one thousand times but would cherish one more.

Lovely potting!! Jen

Sligo said...

I would sit down for a strong cup of coffee with Tomas Sedlacek. He is a Czech economist who used to work in Havel's government, and has recently published an English translation of his own book "The Economics of Good and Evil" which is a study of economic ideas as expressed in texts of many cultures long before Adam Smith articulated the ideas most commonly (and often incorrectly) associated with economics today. Brilliant book, I'd like to know the mind that produced it.

Christina Del Villar said...

These are just lovely. I'm off to buy some regardless if I win.

That said, I would love to have a sit down with Eleanor Roosevelt, and a cup of coffe by my side. Anyone who can fight for the rights of the less advantaged, while knitting a sweater at the UN, is someone I would have loved to have coffee with.

jlr said...

Lookin' good! What a wonderful partnership. I really appreciate hand thrown pottery, since I made so much of it myself when I was in high school and college. Don't have access to a wheel and kiln now, but still use what I've made, and appreciate others' work.

I'd want to have a coffee with FDR. I'd want to pick his brain about how to get politicians to do what we all know needs to be done to get this country out of recession. I'd want to know his thoughts on how to create that political will. If he's too busy, I'm sure my grandmother would find the time. She died before I was born, and from the way my mama talks about her, I know she and I would get on like a house on fire.

Donna said...

Adorable pottery! OMG I want one of everything thank you.

I would like to have a hot cup of chocolate with my grandmother who passed away 23 years ago. So much has happened in my life since her passing I would love to fill her in. And there are also alot of unanswered questions in regards to her life that I wish I had the wisdom to ask her about back then but just didn't know any better.

Shirra said...

I would love to sit down to a cup of strong British tea with Joanna Lumley, actress, author and inventor. I love every interview I've ever seen with her and would love to have a chance to talk with her in person.

3b56b97e-4cad-11e0-a5a3-000bcdcb471e said...

I would love to spend every morning sharing a cup of earl grey tea with my wonderful husband. I am sitting in the Mt. Sinai Hospital waiting room at the moment while he is having surgery. Morning coffee/tea with him for many more decades is all I am praying for!!!

AmIAKnitterYet said...

Another chance to have a cup of tea with my husband and his morning coffee and talk about all the things the adventures that the kids & I have since he passed away 7 years ago when they were 2 and 4. You can imagine there would be quite a lot to catch up on--good and bad. Including when I first heard Susie talk and then when I took the kids to her farm on Martha's Vineyard one summer I am sure we would refill our cups quite a few times!

burnt rain said...

All of these look adorable. I love the little beehive painted on one of your yarn bowls. If I could have a drink of something with anyone while using this mug, I think I'd pick a spot of tea with Nellie McClung. I'm just interested to know what it was like to have such conviction and belief in a cause that she was able to go against popular thinking of the time. I would love to have that confidence.

May said...

Love the pottery! So great!

I woud love to have a cup of hot tea with my dad who died 16 yrs ago. Whenever I would do something for him he would always say, "Thank you, baby!" What I wouldn't give to hear his voice say those words again.

Raphaële said...

I love your work Madame Anna!
So to answer the question: I love to share some coffee with my sister Agnes who's also my best friend. So many things were shared on those occasions!

Sarah said...

I think I'd have some hot black tea with sugar and milk, and believe it or not I'd just like to sit and chat with my husband. He's lovely :) And we both like tea, although his will be green!

Artista said...

I was touched to see how many "women" would choose their father, My father lives with me now and will be 90 next week. I don't know if i have ever sat down with him while he has his coffee in the morning. Sad, I think that is now on my list to do. Anna you are going to have to up your "plodding" These will sell out fast, i am hitting your stall first!

kewpiedoll99 said...

How beautiful these bowls and mugs are! I love them! If I could ... I would love to go back and talk to 12-year-old me. I had a hard time starting from age 12, and I often wish I could go back and give myself some advice, encouragement, and reassurance. There might be one or two mistakes I would love to tell myself not to make while I was at it. :) I think younger me would have tea with milk, and older me would be having decaf coffee with half and half.

rebecca said...

Beautiful stuff! Might have to purchase one of those yarn bowls and a mug if I don't win one :0)

hilary said...

I'd like to talk with Audrey Hepburn - she was so classy and led such an interesting and positive life. Congrats on the collaboration!

Lori said...

Oh Anna, these are so lovely. Your work is inspired!

I would have an Irish coffee with my dad. He died of pancreatic cancer almost 21 years ago, and I miss him so much. It turned out he was the glue that kept my family of origin together. Since his death, we have scattered and become estranged. I would love to just be with him again, if only for a cup's worth.

Laura said...

What a great addition to Juniper Moon's shop!

If I could sit down over a cup of tea with anyone it would be Anna Zilboorg, the writer and knitting designer. I've been fortunate enough to meet her but it was just enough to make me want to get to know her better. I feel like I could learn so much from her!

Lori said...

Oh, yay! These are lovely.

If I could sit and sip and chat with someone, it would be my Grandfather, Daddy Doc. I have the spinning wheel from his mom's family, but I don't have the family stories to go with it. I would love to know what it has seen.

shmarollynn said...

Oooh, these are absolutely lovely! K, if I could I would sit down and have a cup of tea and a knitting session with my Great Gram, who was famous in my family for her knitting. I would love to show her some of the things I've knit and let her know how much she has inspired me.

Marlitharn said...

These are completely cool! I'd like to have cappucino with Dorothy Parker - her quick wits and sharp tongue would make for a highly entertaining afternoon.

Emily said...

These mugs are beautiful! Today, I'd really just like to have a cup of tea with my mom, because I'm feeling sick and she lives far away.

Tammy said...

I would have a hot cup of tea with my husband since he is my best friend in the world!
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Kate/Massachusetts said...

Oh my, those are the prettiest mugs/yarn bowls that I have yet seen! Simply gorgeous! If I could sit down to a cup of tea with someone, it would be my Mom and Dad. They've been gone a long time and I would love to talk with them again.

digran23 said...

Oh! I LOVE your work! SO cute! I would love to sit and have a cup of coffee with my dad. He was the son of a Bulgarian immigrant, a WWII decorated hero, coal miner, steel worker and constantly sang. He passed away when I was just 14. How he would have loved my kids and grandkids. I think he and my husband would have been real friends. I still miss him every day.

sparkle said...

These are simply adorable! If I could sit down to have a cup of tea with someone, it would have to be my mom. And, that is just because I miss her and would love to talk to her again. Of course, she would be having black coffee as opposed to my tea but that's okay!

Bandknito said...

I'd like to chat over a cup of tea with Charles Darwin. It would be fascinating to hear about his voyage on The Beagle, as well as talk about evolution, genetics and the direction of modern science.

quinn said...

There are many, many "historical figures" I would love to sit down and share a cuppa with, but if I really had the chance? I would choose my brother Doug. He died more than 20 years ago, and I still think of him almost daily...one of the most favorite people in my life.

knitwonpurltoo said...

I love your work. I would love to sit down with Winston Churchill and have a cup of English Breakfast tea. I think he was a fascinating man and fabulous story teller. If he isn't available, I'll settle for William Faulkner. My favorite author of all time.

farmer said...

I would love to sit down with the first settlers of our farm, Thomas Rand and his wife Mary Marchant Rand,I would want them to know even though over 200 years have passed the house is still standing and the farm is still being farmed.
What a day that would be!!!!!

mamaross said...

The mugs and yarn bowls are fabulous! If I could sit down for coffee/tea with one person, it would be my Nonny, who's been gone about 15 years now. I remember her as a good story teller, and I would take the time to ask her all the questions I didn't think to ask when she was still here.

Kitsune said...

If I could sit down for tea with my Gramma one more time, I'd be happy with that. She taught me to knit when I was 9, and passed away when I was 15. I'm 20 now, and I think of her every time I knit. She'd be so proud to see how far I've come with it.

leanne said...

I LOVE these!

If I could sit down with anyone over a cup of tea, I'd choose my husband's late father. He passed away several years before I met my husband, but he sounds like he was a wonderful, kind-hearted, hilarious man.

K2TOG said...

These are great loooking mugs. I would sit down with my mother ( who passed away 25 years ago)for one last cup of tea. Jane

camelama said...

I would sit down with some hot cocoa and Louisa May Alcott, to talk writing and family and history and siblings and deep thoughts. :)

Amanda said...

I would have some hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps with all of my JMF friends all in the same place at the same time. Of course! :)

Beverly said...

These are just beautiful! I would love to sit down to a cup of coffee with Eleanor Roosevelt. Wouldn't she be a fascinating person to have a conversation with?

Lora said...

I would like to have a cup of hot chocolate with Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Mostly to get her two cents on today's exploration into the intersection of math and fiber arts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics_and_fiber_arts)

RJ's Mom said...

Those are perfect and I would sit down to a cup of Coffee with the man him self ... Jesus ... It would be great to hear out loud what I need to correct about myself instead of having to learn it the hard way ... Through lessons in life ...

Mason Jar Beading said...

They are so sweet! I would want to sit down with coffee with my Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Huddleston. To learn from her all that she knew and saw while alive. She was born in 1827 and died in 1919 oh the tales she could tell.

mljanda said...

Nothing original here. I would love to sit with two people, my mother, who died when I was 9, and my maiden Aunt Adah, her sister, who was brave (or foolish) enough to take in a lost 17 year-old after my father died, even though she knew she only had a short time left. I'd want to talk to them as an adult, to thank them, tell them that they aren't forgotten, that our time together was too short, but their love and influence was long and carried me through difficult times, and that my life is good, and I hope to see them again some day.

c said...

I would have a cup of hot tea with Shirley Mason aka Sybil. Her story fascinates and horrifies me at the same time.I would ask about her art, and healing. I have always been interested in how our mines work. Hers truly saved her.

wenhkc said...

Katharine Hepburn with lemonade and a plateful of brownies made from her family's recipe. I love her independence of spirit in her person and in her roles.

DebKnits2 said...

I would like to have a big mug of hot chocolate with my grandfather. He had all the info about that side of the family and it it's really tough to get answers now when there is no one left to ask.

Colleen said...

I'd like to sit down with EZ, of course. Bet you get a lot of *that* answer....but it's more because of what her daughter, Meg, says of her than from her books! I'd so love to meet her....

Ashton Studio Arts said...

I like to have a nice cup of chocolate with my mom. She died when I was 7 and I never got to know her.

Melissa said...

I'd sit down with C.S. Lewis, even though I heard he could be awkward in person. I still would love to hear anything he had to say. Or maybe Charles Dickens because he was hilarious. I guess they'd both drink Earl Gray. Cranberry apple tea for me!

JLGB said...

Hmm... I'd sit down for some chai with my great aunt in her early days - so much I would have liked to ask her!

lisa said...

These are so stinking cute! Ok, so if I could, I would sit down to tea with my grandmother. She passed on almost twenty years ago and I just wasn't old enough while she was still around to realize just how remarkable a woman she was. I would love to have the opportunity now to ask her all of those important questions to which I wish I had the answers.

Julie said...

These are adorable! I would love to sit down and talk to my great grandmother. I never knew her because she died when my grandmother was very young.

Beverly said...

Hi Anna,

Your blog makes for good reading. I would like to sit down for a cup of hot chocolate with Shepherd Susie because I have not had the chance to meet her and I am in awe of her persistence, charm, patience and so many qualities. I want to share how much I appreciate the JMF family.

Beverly

Linda said...

I would love to sit with my maternal grandmother over a cup of tea. She died not long after I ws born, so I never knew her. I want to hear about her life and my mom's childhood.

knitcrazybooknut said...

Most of all, I would love to sit down with Emma Goldman and talk about her life. She was an amazing feminist, anarchist, but overall a great agitator for social justice. Completely ahead of her times, and a fascinating compelling life.

Orli said...

These are such gorgeous mugs!
- I would want to drink hot chocolate with my great-grandmother Karolina. She was an amazing knitter and crocheter but never got to see me do either, as she passed away before I was even 6 years old. I remember her only as a sweet face and a warm hand, always with a rock candy waiting for me. I'd love to talk to her, about our family and about our crafts!

billicummings said...

Elizabeth Zimmermann would be a delight to have tea with. I have all her books and a dvd and I love her sense of humor.

bluecatbeads said...

I would love to drink some black coffee with my father's Dad, who died long before I was born, when my Dad was just 10 years old. He was a remarkable man, an inventor who worked for the Office for Naval Research up until he died. As a matter of fact, he invented the self-canceling turn signal on your cars - he saw it as a needed safety feature, so he gave away use of his patent for free to all auto manufacturers. I would love to hear his stories.

evie said...

I love those bowls and cups! If I could sit and drink tea with my grandmother who died in 1983, I would show her some of my knitting since she was the one who started me on this path. I'd also spend more time asking her about her life and what is was like to have lived through much of the 20th century and the dramatic changes she went through.

JZ said...

My mother was a knitter... She passed away when I was 31... Many many years ago, still, if I could sit down and share some coffee and her wisdom I'd be so happy, even for a minute. I still miss her. She would have loved your bowls and cups.

Rebekka said...

This is really lovely pottery :)
My grandfather passed away two years ago, some months before my wedding and a week before his 70th birthday which he wanted to celebrate with a big family party. He was so much looking forward to these. He was so warmhearted and loving and I miss him really a lot.

A.S. said...

These are adorable! I think I'd like to sit down to tea with my great-great grandmother. The more I'm learning about her by tracing back our ancestry, the more interesting she seems. Or here's a weird one: my childhood dog of 14 years... all those times he gazed at me so soulfully or comforted me in hard times: I wonder what he was thinking (or maybe I don't want to know!)

beckycraigw12 said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I want to have a cuppa tea with my sister - I'm in Ohio and she's in KY where she owns a Coffee Shop - and between her crazy hours at the shop and my stoopid life lately it seems that we never get to visit. I want a day to just knit and have tea together! (Even if it is at the coffee shop)

Karenwd said...

I wish I could sit and have a cup of coffee with my Grandma Wheaton who died with breast cancer before I was born. She was a woman in a million! She was a teacher in a one-room school, a female columnist for the local paper in the 30s, she raised 5 boys who each saw active military duty and made it back home again (I'm convinced it was because of her prayers for her boys), and all five of her boys have been married for more than 50 years now. Wouldn't you like to glean some of her wisdom too? Remarkable woman.

Anne said...

Love the little sheepies.

I would sit down with a cup of coffee with my old friend Mike and work on getting our friendship back in line. If wishes were fishes...

Lindsay-Jean said...

I would like to have a cup of tea with Jamie Oliver and talk about fixing the food system!

TerryMoran said...

I would be happy and content to share a cup of tea with Faye. She was in her 90's when she passed away in December. I would love to hear how much she's enjoying heaven and how much heaven is enjoying her.

Michelle said...

I am so excited about the mugs and this giveaway. And I didn't even have to think about the question. For me it has always been, Jackie Kennedy. I find her so brave and strong and empowering. I would just LOVE to talk to her! I am certain it would be tea. But, my drink of choice, coffee or chai :)

Julie said...

I absolutely love your work! It is amazingly beautiful and I would be honored to win one of your mugs, and of course, I can't forget the little sheep! If I could sit down over a cup of joe with anyone from history I would have to say Jane Austen. I would love to pick her brain to find out the inspiration of her wonderful characters!
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Mary said...

I would like to sit down with a cup of coffee and talk to my Daddy just one more time. He had such wisdom and I would love to hear it all again.

Kristin said...

Those are amazingly beautiful. I really want one of those mugs. I'm really bad at holding my own conversations, so I'd want to sit down with someone who would just let me listen. Someone peaceful and who stands beside their convictions. Ghandi, perhaps, Desmond Tutu, or Nelson Mandela, or Sister Theresa. There's so much to learn.

glongley said...

I would love to set down with a cup of tea with my grandmother. She took care of me when I was a baby & past away before I was 5 yrs. old. She was a hard working women with 8 kids.She always had some kind of business,at one time she did laundy for college kids. At that time she had a house full of kids. This was in the late 1930's to 1940's. When I was born (late1950's)she had lost her husband and lived in FL. in the winter and Maine in the summer. At that time her business was seling fried clam in the summer in Maine in her late 60's. That god for grandmother's what would we do with out them. Gale

knitmomma said...

There are several off the top of my head. I'd love to have a chat with my mother (who is living, but way too far away), my grandmother on my father's side (dead), and my great-grandmother on my mother's side (dead).

There are also fiber celebrities I think it would be fascinating to chat with, although I have no idea what I would say. Elizabeth Zimmermann, Stephanie Pearl-McFee, Judith MacKenzie, and Jacey Boggs, for example.

Elizabeth said...

You go girl!!!! I am so excited for you!!! I love these mugs and MUST have several! one for me and one for my Mom!!
I would want to have tea with Maya Angelou- she spoke at my college graduation and I would love to thank her for her words wisdom and writings!!! I AM coming to Charlottesville soon!!!!

Ashley said...

I LOVE the new mugs and MUST have one. I would share a hot beverage with my grandmother before she came down with Parkinson's, which makes it difficult for her to talk. We used to sit and have coffee together when she would visit when I was a little girl.

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woolies said...

I'm in love with this pottery! I want one of each! Who would I sit down to share a mug of something warm with? This is easy. My Mom. She died 28 years ago, so never met my husband, or my children. I would want to share all of that with her, and how I've used the knowledge she taught me (she taught me how to knit)..ok, I could ramble on and on apparently, thanks for the chance!!

Bgstoner said...

I would love to sit down and have a hot beverage with quite a few people.
Most recently it has been Elizabeth Zimmermann.

twoives said...

I just had a cup of red bush tea with Alexander McCall Smith, author of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, when he spoke at a mystery book luncheon. That was fun. But I would love to have a cup of tea with Georgia O'Keefe. I admire her art, her sense of adventure and her seemingly knowing who she was.

c0ef3724-3721-11e0-8510-000bcdcb5194 said...

I'd love to have a cup of tea with my grandma. Now that I am a grandmother I realize how much I am like her.

Jodi Renshaw said...

I wonder if there is a possibility that I could carry these in my brick & mortar shop??? (email me at jrenshaw@hotmail.com if interested).

As for the question, I would LOVE to sit down to some Turkish coffee with my deceased father-in-law whom I have never met ... but who helped deliver me the day I was born. I am told he was an incredible man ... and there are loads of amazing tales about him that I would love to hear for myself.

Thank you!

mornnen said...

I would love to sit down with a mug of hot chocolate and chat with gramps, my grandfather on my mother's side, talk with him about what's happened since he left us back in 2000, and new technology I'm sure he'd love (iPods, streaming video, etc), and the new Sherlock series on PBS.

Teresa said...

I would have to say that I would love to sit and have tea with Elizabeth Zimmermann because I am in awe of her mind just from reading what she wrote. I can only imagine what it would be like to actually listen to her. And my drink of choice is chai tea . . . and having it in one of those adorable cups would just be the tops!

KatyaR said...

I would want to sit own to a cup of Sanka (her choice) with my Grandma, my dad's mom. She died when I was 24, and she was my very best friend in the entire world. She taught me all the fiber arts--knitting, crochet, embroidery, tatting, and she taught me to sew, and showed me how to put a zipper in a dress. She played games with me and let me help in the kitchen. Our favorite thing in the summer was watching the baseball game on Sayurday afternoon. She loved me unconditionally, and I miss her every day. I'd love to show hear my spinning, knitting, and weaving.

maria said...

I would love the chance to sit next to my grandmother and crochet with her. I can't believe I never did as a young girl. Such a missed opportunity to get to know her better.

MJ said...

A hot toddy with Cleopatra, to get the real skinny on being a woman with political power in a male-dominated world.

smidget said...

I would love the chance to sit down with a cup of tea and my grandparents, Boompa (my grandfather) who passed away when I was 2, and Booma (my grandmother) she has only been gone three years but I think they have had time to get caught up and would enjoy an afternoon tea.

T xxx said...

I'd love to sit down and have one more cup of tea with my Nan (grandma) I miss her
Traci V

megan said...

What a hard question to answer...but at the moment it would be writer Anne Lamott. She is one of those people I read and think, we would get along so well! So funny and wise--something we all need more of!