Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas at the Mill…

"Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart,
you won't find it under a tree."

I apologize to all my readers for being absent from this blog for a few weeks.
I have been up to my neck in work, but since I am free-lancing, I have to grab every bit of work that I am offered.

One of the events that I photographed took place at Old Graue Mill in Oak Brook, Illinois called “Christmas at the Mill".
They had their annual Artisan Boutique with handmade items from select local Artisans.
Beautiful hand-pieced quilts, scrumptious warm hand-knitted items, stunning pottery, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind ornaments, cards, Christmas figures and other gift items were on offer.

Carolers sang Holiday melodies and Santa was there hear your list of Christmas dreams. A team of beautiful Haflinger Draft Ponies gave sleigh rides around Salt Creek to children of all ages. (I went was a blast...!)
I wanted to share some images with you of this wonderful event. It was a perfect day and a great way to start the Christmas Season, sipping some cider, meeting Santa and sharing the day with lovely people.

The handmade items were displayed on all three floors of the Old Graue Mill and in the the historic Frederick Graue House up the hill from the Mill. It was a good time to get to know the local artisans as well as explore all the corners of the beautifully restored Graue Mill.
The Mill is closed for the season, but you can still pick up some of their ground cornmeal for yummy winter recipes if you call ahead to Graue Mill at (630) 920-9720.

Belle and Bess, Haflinger Draft Ponies are all decked out in sleigh-bells pulling the candy cane sleigh from A Zoo to You


icedteaforme said...

gorgeous photos!!!

I have to pass this along to a friend of mine in Oak Park......maybe she went!

love your style!

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Merci beaucoup, icetea for your kind comments...
I will be posting about this event again BEFORE it occurs next year to remind you to tell your friend.
It is a worthy cause to keep a Historic Landmark in place and
I volunteer my time for the event photos here.

Anonymous said...

Christmas markets are always special and this one looks very special!
Glad to hear that your absence was for work and not anything bad.

Joyeux Noël et Meilleurs Voeux!

Camera Crazy said...

Terri--lovely images as always and what a nice thing for you to do. I chuckled when I saw how skinny and young the Santa was! I'm delighted that you are getting lots of work and hope we get to hear more about it!

Mise En Place said...

Beautiful photos! I hope you are doing well and having a wonderful Christmas season :)

Peter said...

To start with; so nice to see you back blogging!

It all looks really nice, although the snow was missing and the Santa seems to have had a bad year, unless following doctor's advice on calories!

Phil Lowe said...

Joyeux Noël et Meilleurs Voeux T M!

Santa sure has lost a bit of weight since I last knew him. :)


PS: Nice blog post. Happinees of the season to you.

Culinary Cory said...

The mill has great looking architecture. And the horses are beautiful.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

Happy to hear your services are in demand! Have a wonderful holiday season!