Countryside Artisans Fall Studio Tour 2020

Mark your calendars!

October 9 – 11, from 10am – 5pm daily, we are taking part in the Fall Studio Tour with the Countryside Artisans of Maryland.

We are proud to be a member of this wonderful collective, and this year, we join 18 other member studios for a weekend of welcoming visitors into our studio space, offering demonstrations and tours. It’s a fantastic time of year to drive through the Maryland countryside from independent studio to independent studio, exploring the incredible talent and offerings of local artisans. It is also a fantastic time of year to get a head start on holiday shopping and find some gifts you won’t find anywhere else!

Head to countrysideartisans.com for full details and downloadable maps of all participating studios. We hope to see you dropping by!

Please note that we will require all visitors over 4 years old to wear facemasks, and we will do our best to enforce social distancing within our relatively small studio and shop space. We are not requiring appointments to visit the studio during this weekend, but will be working to keep ourselves and our guests safe. Please be mindful of, and patient with, the folks who are visiting at the same time you are!

A Lovely Baby Girl!

Tis the season for welcoming new cria into the herd, and we kicked it off with a super-cutie! Say hello to this sweet baby girl.

Oh hi! I’m new here.

Like all newborn alpacas from a distance, she does share a vague resemblance to a loose assortment of pipe cleaners . . .

Gettin’ cleaned up by Mama and aunties.

 

. . . but her little face is just the best!

Visit our SignUp Genius today if you’d like to schedule a visit to the farm for more baby cuteness!

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Now Booking Tours on SignUp

Our emails and voicemails are starting to get away from us, so we have decided to shift our tour scheduling to self-service on SignUp Genius, available to you 24/7.

The process is simple!

Simply visit our SignUp, select the date and time slot you prefer, and then sign up using your name and email (neither is made public), and be sure to select how many people you anticipate being in your group. Then you register, receive a confirmation email immediately, and your tour appointment syncs to our calendar!

It’s so much faster than waiting on email messages back and forth or waiting for us to go through the shocking number of voicemails we have. And we are less likely to accidentally over-book a time slot, which is also helpful. It’s definitely a win-win.

Check it out!

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Of course you may contact us with questions about the farm boutique, livestock sales, or special events!

Breezy Hill – Reopening for Tours by Appointment

Hello lovers of summer and family time outside and super cute farm animals! Based on the guidelines provided by Howard County, and keeping in mind the safety of our own family and yours, we have decided to begin allowing visits again starting on Friday, May 29. However, we are putting some requirements in place to help keep everyone involved healthy. If you plan to schedule a visit with us, please be sure you can accept the following precautions.

  • We will be open on Fridays through Sundays (11:00 am – 5:00 pm), BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. For the sake of following the physical distancing guidelines for Howard County, we must insist on appointments so that we can control the number of people on the farm at any given time.
  • All visitors over the age of four years must wear a mask. Yes, it is hot; yes, you must wear a mask. We are also sweating, we assure you!
  • We will have hand sanitizer available, and will require that everyone sanitize their hands before and after the tour. Of course you may bring your own sanitizer if you have a favorite smell.
  • Our boutique will be open, with hand sanitizer at the ready, but we will be keeping an eye on spacing within the shop. Depending on the number of visitors present, we may have to ask that folks take turns browsing our delightful wares.

We wish that we could just fling open the gates and invite everyone at once – we’ve missed sharing our farm with you! But our greatest wish is that we all stay healthy and able to enjoy alpacas and goats and yarn and trees and the great outdoors for many more years to come. So, stay safe out there, and make your appointment to come visit us!

CSA Studio Tour Cancelled

We are sad to announce that the Spring Countryside Artisans Studio Tour has been cancelled. It is the right thing to do, of course, but we were looking forward to sharing our studio with you! Be well, make good choices, and wash your hands. We will see you when we’re done helping to flatten the curve!

Countryside Artisans Holiday Studio Tour

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to open up the studios as we take part in the Countryside Artisans Holiday Studio Tour. This year the tour takes place over two weekends – Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15 – so folks will have plenty of time to visit every member studio in the tour and revel in the incredible talent of Maryland artists.

Some hand-dyed fleece on the way to being roving.

Here at Breezy Farm, Heather will be in the studio every day of the tour – offering spinning & felting demos, answering questions, and just generally having a good time. Talking shop with other fiber art enthusiasts is one of her favorite things!

“Ethereal” Scarf – created by Heather

Of course, the Little Boutique will also be open during the tour weekends, and there will be a fantastic selection of roving, cottage milled yarns, and hand-dyed, hand-spun art yarns created from our herd’s fleece. If a finished product is what you’re interested in, there’s a great variety of unique creations from Heather – beautiful fiber art you can wear! No matter how you celebrate the season, you’re sure to find some special gifts to give at Breezy Hill.

At Breezy Hill you can see alpaca fleece in many forms!

We hope to see you during these special Holiday Tour weekends. Our studio will be open 10:00am-5:00pm for each day of the tour, Dec. 6-8 & 13-15. No appointment is necessary, just come on by!

PLEASE NOTE: The Monocacy Bridge will be closed this weekend (Dec. 7-8), in both directions. Please be sure to plan your route around the studio tour accordingly. Frederick County website states closure lasts through Dec. 12, so we are hoping the bridge will be open next weekend, but we will definitely update the information if it is not.

Welcoming a Cria!

On June 28, our beautiful Greta Garbo gave birth to a healthy baby boy! They are enjoying getting to know each other, and the wee one is getting stronger and bigger every day. We still haven’t named the little guy – we’re getting a feel for his personality and that sort of thing first – but he sure is cute!

Smooch!

Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival

This year we will be a craft vendor at the Strawberry Festival in Sandy Spring, MD, which supports the Sandy Spring Museum. The festival is June 1 and 2, and boy oh boy, does it have everything! Live performances throughout each day, plenty of delicious food and drink, and more activities than you can shake a stick at (more than you can shake a strawberry at?). And, of course, a wonderful variety of local craftsfolk and artisans offering unique creations for purchase. It’s the perfect way to kick off your summer! We hope to see you there.

For more information, visit their website! https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/strawberryfestival/

CCYC 2019 Prize Winners

Look at this lovely, fluffy roving! Maybe our prize winners will pick some out for themselves!

We finally drew names for the prize packages offered during the Charm City Yarn Crawl!

Better late than never, right?

At any rate, we’d love to offer congratulations to our prize winners.

First prize of a $50 gift certificate to the Boutique and a goody basket filled up with $50-worth of craftiness goes to Stacy Dull!

Second prize of a $25 gift certificate to the Boutique goes to Manuelita White!

Congratulations, ladies – we’re delighted to offer you these prizes. May you have a wonderful time picking out what to get with your gift certificates and an even better time putting your selections to use! We look forward to seeing you at Breezy Hill!

Charm City Yarn Crawl Y’all!

It’s that time of year again – time for the Charm City Yarn Crawl! This is our second year participating, and we’re excited to be part of such a fun event. We have extended hours all week long, so be sure to stop by and pick up your official yarn crawl tote – this makes you eligible for special discounts and prizes from participating shops. With 13 shops in the mix, there is a whole lot of yarn to ogle and projects to plan.

Just think, you can stock up for the year with local yarn at great prices – it’s a win-win!

For more details, check out Charm City Yarn Crawl online.