Kellee called today to tell me about the exciting things happening at the studio . . . several of the things we’ve been working on for the last few months are starting to arrive and she wanted me to let you know!  Beginning with our Girlfriends Charm.  They’re here!  And they’re gorgeous! MUSICA, yes. xo

Pretty in pink and decked in flowers, engraved on the sterling silver core with “Girlfriends” on one side, and ♥SB on the other.  Yes, it has hearts!  Isn’t it wonderful?  I’m so happy!  You can read about it by going Here.

The Girlfriend Dream Charm comes in a clear bag with this quote-card to make a perfect gift for the mom, sister, and best-friend girlfriends we could not live without.

And that isn’t all . . . look at this! 

Oh yes, the Martha’s Vineyard ♥ SB Dream Charm is here too . . . so we know we’re not the only ones. ♥ 

I love the swirly ocean on the Martha’s Vineyard charm.

Our new ♥SB Dream Charms fit all the popular bracelets out there ~ they look so pretty together on a chain or ribbon around your neck too.  In one month, a third charm will be arriving to join the others. It will invoke the green vistas and winding hedgerows of the English countryside and will be engraved “A FINE ROMANCE.”

 I could just cry!

But there’s still another surprise:  Do you remember my bobeche (bow-besh)? It’s that little saucer in the photo above that sits on the top of any candlestick.  Once in a while you can find them with dangles, like mine with the stars.  I bought these somewhere years and years ago and use them for Christmas, New Years, winter breakfast parties, or summer nights outside under the moon.  I just love the way the stars twinkle in the candlelight.  Originally the saucers were designed to catch melting wax from the candle, but I still use them even though my favorite Swedish candles don’t drip . . . because they’re so pretty.

Because I love them so much, I have looked for years for these same bobeche for you, but to no avail.  I could not find them anywhere. I found other shapes, but no stars, and my heart was set on the stars.  So after last year, when they were the sparkling centerpiece on my sideboard for the YANKEE Magazine shoot (the holiday issue with my house at Christmas comes out at the end of next month ~ see?  We thought it would never get here, and now we’re almost there!), I thought, that’s it, these bobeche are too darling,  maybe I could have them made?  And so I did!  Proving once again, as my mother always says, “where there’s a will there’s a way.”  And they just came in!!!  We have them as a pair and they’re a bit expensive, but they last forever and ever.  You can pass them on.  You can give them as a wedding present.  They are worth it. And, the good news is, this is only September, plenty of time to find a good sale, save some money, and then come spend it on bobeche!

And speaking of sparkle, NOW LOOK!  Are you kidding me?  This too?

Yes, indeedy!  These brand new Emma cups honoring Beatrix Potter have just arrived.  Bunnies on the outside, birds on the inside.  We have them!  I have my name all over one of them (I know, you’re shocked!), being shipped to the island even as we speak! And we have the cutest new Emma linens too . . .

And that’s the big news for now.

Here we are, still in Kansas today, with the view from our window of the cutest van in the whole world.  Last night at Watermark Books in Wichita, we had our last book signing until our second printing comes in (at the end of Oct).  If any of you want a first edition copy of A FINE ROMANCE, you can still get them at the normal retail price. We saved some extra boxes of first editions, brought them with us, signed them, and left them with the bookstores as we went along, but they are going fast.  You’ll find phone numbers beneath each of the dates on the EVENT PAGE.  Lots of photos of the book signings and many of the wonderful people we met along the way are there too.

I can’t tell you what a complete joy this last month has been to me.  Meeting so many of you, wandering the country, a true joy.  Our book has been a blessing in more ways than one.  A little time off will be nice, a visit with my dad will be wonderful, and then more events when we get to California.  And in between, I’ll meet you right here!  Bye for now!  Happy weekend Girlfriends!  xoxo

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315 Responses to KELLEE CALLED!

  1. Donna W. in AL says:

    The new beads are lovely! And, the Peter Rabbit mug, so sweet! Sad I wasn’t on the tour, but thoroughly enjoy reading about it and seeing all of the pics (great job, Joe!). I do hope you enjoy this next leg of your trip…down time with family and friends. Safe travels!

    ~ Donna W.

  2. Donna Hardin says:

    Dear Susan…you are the sweetest…we were blessed to meet you at Rainy Day Books in Kansas City. Thank you for making yourself available to us…your crazy fans! (Smiles). Enjoy your ome with hour dad and friends in CA! – Donna (IA)

  3. Kathy George says:

    Yesterday was my Prince’s birthday & he opened his George mug bought from your on line shop. Had his coffee in it while he enjoyed his birthday cake. Now so many other great items to check out in your shop. It a blessing in disguise the books sold so fast, so you can get some needed R & R letting you spend extra time with your Dad. Enjoy.

  4. Donna Hardin says:

    Looks like my iPad has a mind of its own! Meant, enjoy your time with your dad and friends! Glad you understood! -D

  5. Trisha K, Missouri says:

    So glad you have some time to relax now!

  6. Joy Pence from Ohio says:

    The beads are more than beautiful! You amazed me, you really do! Just received my first issue of Yankee magazine! Looking forward to the Christmas issue. So many little treats….that’s what life should be full of, huh? Xoxo

  7. Bernice Patterson says:

    My wonderful book has just arrived and I am so in love with it. I have been trying to make it a slow read but I just cant but it down, it’s so like a woolly blanket on a cold Canadian night, it wraps around you.
    Thanks so much.

  8. Cindy Tuning says:

    Whew! What a trip! I was wondering today if you would be going through “Girlfriend withdrawal”. You were great in the TV interview that I saw. My pen pal Rose sent me the link yesterday as she lives in Kansas. In fact you met her at the Witchita book signing . We are both nurses and have a lot in common and have been pen friends since Peg started it way back when. Hope you are enjoying the break and going at your own pace and I can’t wait to see how your California garden is doing. The girlfriend bead is beautiful !! I don’t have a Pandora bracelet but ordered the bead today..I have a feeling they’re going to sell out in no time! Safe travels to Arizona please.

    • sbranch says:

      I can’t wait to see the California garden either. Lots of photos to come! I think the bracelets are pretty easy to come by, if you end up wanting to go that way. Glad you like it Cindy!

  9. Nellie says:

    Oh, my! Now I simply have to have those charms! I am going to have to be very specific with my Christmas list!

    I’ve loved following you along on this first part of your trip to all the book-signings.

    For what seems to be the first time for all the special full moons this year, we have NO cloudcover tonight! What a gorgeous sight that full moon is!

    I continue to send wishes for safe travels as you take a left and head toward visiting with your family!

    xo Nellie

    • sbranch says:

      We had it last night, so gorgeous on the way home from the book signing. But tonight we seem to have a cloud cover. Thank you Nellie, happy moon watching!

  10. Elaine says:

    Oh these little charms are soo pretty . I am so happy you guys are having a great time on your tour and am so happy for you . Thanks for sharing it all with us . Have a great weekend !

  11. Pat Stansel says:

    The little red haired girl at the end of the blog is so endearing! The way she’s
    caressing the book is very much how I feel about my book. You really captured
    the sweet innocence of a child—-love it!

    • sbranch says:

      I loved watercoloring her too, loved doing all her little strands of red hair!

      • Cindy Tuning says:

        She looks amazingly like our Grandaughter Piper. The same expression on her face,the red hair,and the way she looks up. The girl on the beach blanket in your Summer Book on page 80 looks a lot like your friend Rachel to me.

  12. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    At Last…lovely things have come along.
    The designs are more beautiful than I expected. The Peter Rabbit mug is sooo cute! How on earth did you get those bobeches made??? I like stars too. Speaking of stars…the harvest moon has been keeping me up. (I thought the neighbors kept their yard light on. LOL)
    Have fun and say “Hello” to Dad from me. I hope you don’t mind sharing. Mine is not around anymore and your’s gives useful advise, and he makes me laugh too.

    • sbranch says:

      You probably have what I have, thin eyelids. 🙂 Joe says no, but I can tell when the sun comes up and have to block the moon or I would never sleep.

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        My Arnie has very thin eyelids. LOL He didn’t notice the light though. I thought it was weird reflecting off the side of the house opposite the bedroom window.
        I am glad that things are going so well for you that you could cry, even though I don’t want you to cry, I know it is a good cry.
        You had a passion for (Heart of Home), you took a chance and with good business sense and unbelievable time management, not to mention a sharing, caring heart you have soared to the stars!!!
        Still trying to find my strength/niche, besides making a home. I am proud to have finally met you here.

        • sbranch says:

          I really just think that is funny. Has anyone ever measured eyelid thickness? I don’t know, and wouldn’t want the test performed on me, but somehow I do see that light!

          It did take me a while to find out what my dreams even were! But with a little quiet around you, it can be discovered and then the march begins. Yes, a good cry. xoxo

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            When I needed my own business, the quiet wasn’t around me. LOL
            I do believe a person needs a quiet place and peace of mind to be creative.

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        May be this is why we LIKE to rise early???

      • Debs OBrien says:

        Hardly slept a wink here either~that full, Harvest Moon, shone on and on and on~just like in the song!

        • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

          Hi Deb,
          How are you? I tried to leave a comment on your blog twice, but somehow it doesn’t work for me.
          I love the gardening and the recipies.

          • Carol Maurer, formally Eureka, Ca.... now Kennewick, WA says:

            I have also tried to leave a comment, but couldn’t. Did something to my computer as well so am afraid to go to it again 🙁

          • Debs OBrien says:

            I do not know what is going on with it. It makes me sad, because I don’t know what to do about it, but thank you for reading it! That makes me smile. My computer is on the blink, so afraid to tinker too much at the moment.

  13. Yes, I was just thinking the other day how I’m buying 2nd Edition books for my beloved daughter and daughter-in-law for the Holidays.

    No one is getting my 1st Edition!

    A good friend, who is a gardening author (she is also a friend of Sharon Lovejoy which makes it a small world) e-mailed me to tell me you were going to be in Northern Indiana and to see if I could bring my book and get it sighed. But it was when I had serious vertigo and could not make it! Someday I will. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Vertigo is not nice. Have you done that thing where you lay down and turn your head really quickly? I have to say it works kind of like magic. Google it, that’s how I found out how to do it. Some doctors do it, but not all. I had a tiny bit of vertigo once for a few days while exercising a few years back, did this, and gone! It helped my dad too. Sorry to miss you Brenda, but we will try again!

  14. carmel says:

    I have had such a difficult week and to top it off tonight was “Back to School Night”. Love meeting the parents but start up for the school year is exhausting and very stressful. So your most lovely blog sure cheered me. I can’t wait to get paid so I can buy those gorgeous beads! The pink to remind me of you, Joe and the girlfriends during this magical time. The blue waves to remind me how much I loved visiting Martha’s Vineyard and all the charm and healing it gave my soul. I’ve always loved your bobeche and now I’ll have one! Yipee! Must have Peter Rabbit too. Most of all I’m so glad about your visit with your beloved Dad. Please give him a hug for me and the girlfriends. Hope he doesn’t think I’m being fresh! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Sometimes people can only see what’s wrong, and forget to comment on the thousand things that are right. Hope today is better Carmel! I will hug him and I think he will love it xoxo.

    • Jack says:

      Oh, go ahead, be fresh, see if I care. As a kid, I used to say, “Flopsy, Mopsy
      and Cottontail”, under my breath — somehow comforting to say — Jack

  15. Carol C says:

    Christmas shopping DONE! Ordering beads for the girlfriends……and maybe one for me AND the PR mug! Are you going to offer the one with the Flopsy Bunnies on it? I saw that one on the Emma site and need it too. All so adorable! We are still on the RV trip and guess where we are headed on the way back to TN…to Appleton WI where Gladys Tabor grew up! I have read the description of that town in her book over and over and have wanted to go there just to see it. Seems like the perfect all-American town! Have fun and safe travels on the rest of your trip! I’m headed home to have Fall and will have finished quilting a new Fall leaves quilt by the time we get there!

    • sbranch says:

      Tell me how it looked in Appleton, it’s such a nice name! Happy quilting Carol xoxo

    • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

      I live very close to Appleton and one day packed the hubby in the car on a mission to find Gladys’ childhood home. Address set in gps and off we went. Turns out it was on what is now the campus of Lawrence University where both Gladys and her father taught. Found the address where it was located but could find no house. Turns out that the house had been donated to the university and had been build precariously on the banks overlooking the Fox River. It had to be torn down! 🙁 But, Appleton is a very nice little town and I can see why she loved it so! What did you think, Carol?

      • Carol C says:

        Haven’t gotten there yet, Karen. We are still in MN. I looked on the computer and couldn’t find much about Gladys being in Appleton. But her life there sounded wonderful. Thanks so much for the information, I’d still like to see the college and the river. Also, there is a neat shop that advertises in Early American Life that I’d also like to see! Have you read Gladys’s book Especially Father? He was quite a character and evidently was quite renowned in his field of Geology.

        • Karen P. - Wisconsin says:

          Oh Carol, I’m sorry. I must have misread and thot you had been there already. It will still be fun to see the exact spot where Gladys lived…her neighborhood…the university where they taught. I’ve not read that book but have read about her father in other books. You will love Appleton. I’m not familiar with that store, though. Have fun! Report back!!

        • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

          I spent a good number of years living in Appleton, and my sister went to Lawrence University. It IS an all American town. I am sad that the main street has faded and the big mall is now the place to shop. They held on longer than most. Carol do you know the name of the store that you are looking for from Early American Life?

  16. Linda T says:

    My friend Rosemary and I met you last night at Watermark. You are just as sweet as we knew you would be and it was a pleasure to meet you. It was definitely worth the 5 hour drive from North Texas. Got home this evening and checked your blog and love the bead charms and Peter Rabbit mug. Safe travels to you.

  17. Marion Rose says:

    Good evening Susan. I think of you every evening when I read your book. I feel like I know about the book and the trip. It was fun being with all the girlfriends on the exciting trip.
    Love your book signing visit to our town, Sandwich, Ma. in our beautiful Town Hall. I brought some of my friends with me so they could hear more about you. They bought your book, now we can talk about the trip and all the wonderful places we visited.
    You have been busy with extra things for us. Love the Girlfriend bead, and the Bunny cup is darling.
    It was a busy summer for the ROSES! My husband and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in July. A beautiful evening, a grand party at the Dan’l Webster with many friends and relatives. Lots of Memories added to our life story.
    You will need a good rest when you get to your Dads home. Enjoy the time with him. Then you will be off to California……
    Safe traveling, Marion

  18. Jean Shaffer says:

    Love, love, love all the new stuff! Can’t wait to be able to order one or two of each! Susan, you are the best! Thanks for all of your neat creations for us. Enjoy your travels-be safe.

  19. Mary in Phoenix says:

    Charms are absolutely charming! Bobeche are the bomb! Peter is perfect! Do you have a magic wand hidden somewhere??? You would probably tell us all it takes is faith and trust and a little pixie dust 🙂 … “She believed she could so she did” … Sweet dreams by the light of the moon. Enjoy the beautiful drive to Arizona. XO

    • sbranch says:

      Love your comment Mary! It’s just more proof of our kindred spiritness … I like what you like!

      • Mary in Phoenix says:

        Aww … so sweet of you to say! You have connected girlfriends around the globe in a way none of us could have dreamed of. Love that we are all kindred spirits. Used to think that I had only a treasured few until I learned from Anne (with an e) of Green Gables that ““Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” She also reminds us that ““It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it.” You bring so much to the world. I bring you a grateful heart … ♥ Enjoy the road to AZ and your daddy’s arms once you get here 🙂

        • Mary in Phoenix says:

          P.S. Trader Joe’s now has Honey Crisp apples … just in this week! Perfect size for munching on the road. Thought you’d want to know 🙂

          • sbranch says:

            I have had a few girlfriends show up at book signings with Honey Crisp!!! Oh yeah. But I am v. happy to know…we are so close to Trader Joe’s at my CA house!

          • Carol Maurer, formally Eureka, Ca.... now Kennewick, WA says:

            We have Honey Crisp apples as well in the grocery store that I shop at. Was tempted to buy one, but the produce manager said they weren’t the latest crop yet. I’m holding out.

            Carol M

          • sbranch says:

            I’ve been eating them, maybe a bit early.

  20. Wendy Conger says:

    Oh my stars, the girlfriend bead. Must find a way!

  21. Rosemary says:

    My friend Linda and I returned from Wichita today…kind of looking for the Fine Romance van along our way down I35…wishing you were heading for our homes. Cannot tell you what a joy and pleasure to meet you and see Joe last night at the loveliest of bookstores…Watermark Books in Wichita. That was a treat in itself. It was even better than expected if that can be possible. You have the warmth and charm to make us all feel so welcome and like we are “pals”…all of us. It was just great. I am so happy we made the trip and will be watching as you continue on your travels to see family and more friends. I like that you under the radar…and that you travel with Joe and not an entourage. Makes it very personal feeling. OKAY. Those charms and mug…they will not last in the store. And the bobeche…oh my! Love, love, love. Stay safe.

    • sbranch says:

      Was so much fun Rosemary! Meeting you and Linda and everyone. Just a treat. I got spoiled, I never wanted it to end!

  22. Sharon Penney-Morrison says:

    Wow…I finally got to meet you in Wichita!! I was over the moon to put a body with something I so enjoy!!! You are real. Thank you so much for coming and spending time signing my book and taking a picture with me. I will never forget it. Wish you could have had some wine with us. We made some new friends who think like we do!!
    Just bought both of your new charms. Love the ocean and my “ol friends.”
    Many hugs and safe journey my friend.
    Love, Sharon/Wichita, Ks.

    • sbranch says:

      I was still at the bookstore by the time you finished your wine, but I could tell I was missing a good time with you girls! Thank you so much for being there!

  23. Looks like I’ll only have to make one stop for my Christmas shopping this year! You have all the bases covered! To be honest, I wouldn’t mind getting those bobeches myself…

    Thanks for sharing your journey across America with is! As usual, it’s great fun!

    Take care and be safe,


  24. Susan P. says:


  25. A Girlfriend from Southwest Missouri says:

    Hi Susan!
    This is Debbie – the one whose Steve MUST take her to England via QM2. 🙂
    I am so sad that I did not get to travel from Springfield to Kansas to Rainy Day Books on Monday night in order to stand in line and meet you (and Joe!) personally. I am, however, thrilled that you met our very dear friend Brian (AKA Cutie Pie) who was at Rainy Day Books for me. 🙂 Yes, he is full of fun and mischief! Such a dear friend and his girl, Koko, is a doll and just as sweet as can be. They immediately sent me text messages with pictures of the signed page of the book, and Brian with you. Immediate happiness! Instantly cheered me up! Steve will be in Kansas next week on business and will see Brian and pick up my author signed 🙂 book. I do already have a copy of A Fine Romance which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. As I was reading it I felt like I was back “in and out” of the suitcase in England, just like I was when “we” were all there last year and you were blogging the trip. It is a beautiful, lovely, funny, joy-filled book.
    Thanks sooo much to Joe 🙂 for all of those wonderful pictures – so many ear-to-ear smiles on the girlfriends’ faces in those book signing pictures!!
    You and Joe have fun, fun, fun traveling to Arizona. Safe travels on the highway, enjoy your Dad and all of your family and friends on your west coast VACATION! You two deserve it! BTW, excellent job on the television interview! Well done, you!!
    Thanks again for all you do for us girlfriends.
    Love the new charms and all of the other goodies on the website store. Now I have to go make out my Christmas list and send it out to family before you sell out!
    A Girlfriend from Southwest Missouri

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Debbie, It was so much fun. And Brian was so good to wait in that line and then be such a doll when he got to me. Happy to hear from you. Maybe we’ll get to meet next time!

  26. Hello, I love the mug. I just love the idea of having my tea in a Peter Rabbit mug. And the charms, oh, they are so sweet.

    Praying for you to continue to have a wonderful trip.

  27. KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

    Lots of beautiful little treasures to keep us all happy!!! You are so good! The beads turned out stunning! I don’t have a bracelet but they really do look cute on the chain! Enjoy your rest and relaxation time! Your life is just all too exciting! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      These days especially. I look forward to January, the snow, a fire, a book, and those little black and white fur babies.

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        Sounds great!!! I miss that down here. The fire, some hot chocolate or tea and a good book or movie make up for the shoveling!

        • sbranch says:

          Because the island sits in the ocean, we stay a bit warmer ~ we usually get just enough snow to be pretty but not enough to be pesky!

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            Pesky snow is ok, because I just get out my x-country skis. I have done it twice down here. LOL

  28. Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

    The beads are beautiful, as are the candle stars and the mug. But I really love the picture you painted of the redhead holding your book at the end of this blog posting! You have gotten SO GOOD at doing “people”! She looks so real!!! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I painted her for my GIRLFRIENDS book, she was holding her dream book with a kitty on it! I asked Kellee if, through the magic of Photoshop, she could put A FINE ROMANCE into her arms, and she did! I love the computer! Thank you Pat!

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        Y’know, with all the hoopla about the book, your tour, the new products for sale, etc., it has been pretty serious on here so I can’t resist–yah mean she wasn’t holding a book with a schnauzer on the cover??? (just teasing…) 🙂

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I knew I recognized that girl. I love her, because the way she is dressed remind me of days gone by. Sweetness.

      • Belinda RIffenburg says:

        She is BEAUTIFUL…even down to the pink rosebud trim on her pants…LOVE everything you do Susan! Thank you for sharing with us !!

        • Janet in Rochester says:

          What I love are all the little details. I’ve had some of your books for upwards of 25 years and I’m STILL noticing new little details in your art. I think there’s a page in “The Summer Book” where you outline a beginner’s drawing lesson. You watercolored a really simple object on the page, a yellow #2 pencil, and it is Just Perfect. The proportions. The little metal band near the eraser. The color is a spot-on perfect match. It’s just great. It’s goofy… but it makes me smile when I turn the page and see it. :>) ✏

          • sbranch says:

            I’ve had that pencil art sitting on a table seeing it out of the corner of my eye and try to pick up “the pencil” forgetting that it isn’t actually there! Truly goofy!

  29. Lynn McMahon says:

    I left a comment on the last post~ but it must have disappeared? ~ I was in Boulder last week and spent 3 days trying to leave~ please drive safely and say some prayers for those poor people who lost so much~ If you are able to we took the Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour in Boulder~ very interesting and fun~ you get to taste as much tea as you want!~ They have a new pumpkin spice one~ Yummy!
    I too love bobeches~ I found some at an estate sale for 50 cents a piece! ~ They have swirly edges and are so pretty~
    ~Happy Trails~To~ You~

    • sbranch says:

      I was SO busy, my “system” of “approving” posts broke totally down… I’m sure it’s there, and I’m still trying to bet to it, reading them all along the way, so sorry Lynn! Boulder and the people of Colorado have been in my prayers. We love it there, toured all through it one year.

      • Lynn McMahon says:

        I’m sure you’ ve been busy! ~I appreciate your responding~ I too am writing chapters for my own little book~ journal~
        The trip home from Colorado will be more than one on its own~ it involves rain~ climbing fences~ railroad tracks~ shlepping old bags
        ( not me tee hee)~ you name it!~ What happened out there is not funny but me getting out was~ it beats any ” I Love Lucy” episode~Seriously~ a mix of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” ~ “Dumb and Dumber” ~ and the Bob Seger song ” Get out of Denver”~ if you imagine it~ it probably happened!
        ~Enjoy the rest of your trip~

  30. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    So good to hear from you Susan. Happy to hear you are enjoying your book tour, can’t wait to see you in California.
    That Peter Rabbit mug is adorable, but I just tried to order it and ran into some problems. I love those bobeches, I have some and didn’t even know that’s what they are called. Mine have green beads hanging down but I want those ones with the stars. I don’t see those on the website, are they available yet?
    Enjoy your time off and every moment especially with your Dad.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, where I talk about them on the blog post, you’ll see a little highlighted word “bobeche” — just click on that and you’ll go right there — but from the main shopping page, scroll to the bottom and look for CHRISTMAS — click on that, it will take you to lots of Christmas and holiday things, including the Bobeche. If you have trouble with ordering something, look on the shopping pages, there’s a phone number for the studio and they will help (when they get back to work on Monday). Hope this helps, thank you Lisa!

  31. julie Kentera says:

    Hi Susan,
    Will you be doing a book signing in Cottonwood? I’d love to take a day trip to one of my favorite little towns for lunch and to meet you!

  32. Debs OBrien says:

    Good Morning Susan, Good Morning Girlfriends~~

    Wow, so many goodies for everyone to spoil themselves with. What will YOU buy? {that is not directed at you, Susan, of course, I’m sure you already have yours}

    I’ve been hmming and haaaing over the EB mugs for a couple weeks. Could I possibly have room for just two more? Waiting to hear about the cost of international shipping on the charm too. Meanwhile, just yesterday I bought some lovely things at The National Trust shop in the village~some Beatrix Potter notecards, and a box of Edwardian Country Lady ones too, and some darling little stickers. These are all ready for writing several pen friend letters this weekend. Our National Trust shop is a ‘coast and countryside’ one, in that it is not annexed to a house or property but is the information point for large areas of the locality that they own and manage, like parts of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

    I love those little bobeche! How clever of you to get them made like that. Oh, I can just see them now, a focal point at any Girlfriend’s home, glistening and glinting in the candle light~~how romantic is that?

    Well, the day is just beginning to get going here in the Shire. Hope you are having some much earned rest before things take off again! Oh! think of all that you are seeing of that great, big, beautiful country of yours as you drive across the continent.

    Debs~Waving from Across The Pond in Wales xoxo

  33. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Good Morning Sweetest Sue….5:21 am Here… I was Just Tweeting In Twitterville 🙂 & Now Flew to Your Blog! I’ve Got Hot Tea & a Scone for You… 🙂 I was Also Twirling around Out In The Garden Under This Harvest Moon Huge Bright Yellow & It Feels Like Autumn! 🙂 Yay! So I Know You Must Be Over The Moon Sweet Sue 😉 The Book Tour has Been a HUGE HIT! 🙂 I Loved Your T.V. Interview! You Were So Adorable! 🙂 ok So I Just Read This Blog….& Sweet Sue…I Love These BEADS! & Now I want Them & The Bobeche! OMG! Ya Know My Grand~Ma Had a Few Sets of Bobeches….I Wonder what Ever Happened to Them????? So You Worked Your Elf~Magic & Had Them Create New Ones! Amazing! 😉 & The Beatrix Potter Emma Cup?!!!!! Sue! Goosebumps & Soon A Fine Romance Bead? What’s A Girl to Do? 🙂 I Know…SHOP! 🙂 OR….. Dear Santa I’ve Been a Very Good Fairy This Year & These are My Christmas Wishes…. SB’s Glass Beads All Three of Them Please…The New Emma Mug….The Bobeche…. I Will Leave You a Warm Mug of Hot Chocolate & Some Scrumptious Cookies Santa…Ho-Ho-Ho! 😉 That Ought to Do It! 😉 Yay! ok So Now You & Joe are Free~Birds for Awhile…Antiquing & A Visit To Your Dad (Hi Jack!) You Will Have a Wonderful Time & On to Beautiful California….Well I’ve Done All Me Laundry & I’ve Re~Packed My Bags…. Stretched Me Traveling Legs….Yawn…Another Cup Of Tea…& I’m Ready to See The Sights Sweet Sue! Sending More Traveling Pixie~Dust a Huge Hug & Always Lots of Love & Joy! Autumn is in The Air….The Leaves are Magically Turning…The Harvest Moon is Bright….Thank You Sweet Sue for Everything! xoxo Poof! Twirling into Autumn Joy! *¨✫.♥*.✫♥*¨✫*¨✫ *¨✫.♥*.✫♥*¨✫*¨✫P.S. Beep~Beep Everybody Back in Our Fine Romance Van! 🙂 Yay! Come On Joe We Are Ready! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Good morning dear Angie. Off we go today, Vanward Ho! We did our laundry and exercised and ate our way through Wichita! 🙂 Ready to go!

      • Angie(Tink!) says:

        Good Morning Sweet Sue! I’ve got The Picnic Basket All Packed with Lots of Yummy Things! I’m Ready! Yay! It’s A Beautiful Day! xoxo *¨✫.♥*.✫♥*¨✫*¨✫ *¨✫.♥*.✫♥*¨✫*¨✫ 🙂

  34. Vicki in Cincy says:

    Wow! How do you come up with all this wonderful stuff? You’re amazing! I love the charms and the mug is darling. After visiting the blog I always want to entertain, cook and of course SHOP! LOL thank you again <3

    • sbranch says:

      I just love what you love is what I think. Then I look for it! And cook, entertain, and shop for gifts is pretty much my middle name!

  35. Jeanette says:

    Helloooooo, Susan!!!
    Delighted you are making your away across this glorious country of ours! Thought of you as the gorgeous Harvest Moon peeked out from the clouds last night, it was spectacular!

    Ordered my Peter mug and Martha’s Vineyard charm yesterday! Can’t wait!! Think the bobeche’s are calling my name too! I adore the beach and ocean and for the land-locked girl in central IL (first time not being close to the water) this charm will become and encourage my dreams of being on/near the water again one day, soon! It is gorgeous!

    Enjoy your time with your precious Dad, what a gift it will be to be together!
    Soft Squishy Hugs & Oodles of Love!

  36. Shawnee says:

    Oh how lovely, I simply must have that Peter Rabbit Mug! I am already picturing sitting in my not yet designed Peter Rabbit Room, sipping hot tea and reading….(here in hot hot Florida). Like you say, dream it and make it so!……As always, thnx so much for sharing your trip with us. I am having a great time!

  37. Becky Maggio says:

    Began today with a heavy heart…lost our sweet Daddy 7 years ago today from lung cancer. Then, there YOU were!! Always a pleasant surprise when least expected 🙂 And, OMG!! Those amazing beads. I can’t stop looking at them and of course ready to place my order. I have many beautiful girlfriends I’d like to buy for, but first I am getting MY own to be a constant reminder of all the girlfriends out there, kindred spirits, that live with joy, hope and dreams in their hearts as I do. My Daddy would get such a kick out of all of Thank you again, Susan, for helping so many of us realize our dreams/hopes through your unselfish time/love!! Safe travels and give your Daddy a BIG hug from all the girlfriends. Wish I could do the same today.

    • sbranch says:

      I will do that Becky, and send a prayer for you too. Yes, we do have so much to be thankful for! Our kindred spirits are the frosting on the cake. xoxo

  38. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Hi Susan– Oh, the beads!!! Oh the mug!! Oh, the candle ornaments!! All of them are so beautiful and you just SPOIL US with these amazing surprises! I recently ordered a subscription to Yankee Magazine so I make sure to get the December issue too! Enjoy your break visiting with your Dad. Still having him to visit is the best gift of all!!

  39. Janet Conn says:

    Love the beads. I just ordered the new “girlfriends” bead and the square “girlfriends forever” charm. I can’t wait to receive them. What a wonderful memento they will be to remind me of my trip to meet you and Joe in person at the Learned Owl in Hudson, OH. It was so much fun. I am very appreciative that you have given so generously of your time on this book tour. Enjoy your time with your family and the Fall season, my favorite. Safe travels to you and Joe. Say hello to your dad. : )

  40. Toni from Sylvania OH says:

    Oh, the excitment just NEVER seems to end(what a GOOD thing!)

    Thought the book was the end all and the be all…then so many pretty feminine, lovely gifts to share or to keep. Susan…YOU’RE TOO MUCH:-)))

  41. Sharon of Morro Bay, CA says:

    love your update on the travels. So looking forward to seeing you in San Luis Obispo!!! I entered to win the dinner with you…..
    Weather is incredible here and your Califronia home is waiting for your arrival.
    In the middle of your book right now and am loving it. See you soon.

  42. Linda Petersen says:

    Hi Susan & Girlfriends! Gosh~~~so good to see a post today:0). I’m so excited about the new goodies for us~~~I can’t hardly stand it! My bracelet is full but oh darn I will have to start a new one~~LOL. Love reading about the book signings & seeing the pics. It’s wonderful being part of such a sisterhood as ours. Have a ball visiting your Dad. Everyone have a lovely weekend~~~the official start of Autumn is almost here~~~YIPEE!
    Linda, Chino Valley, AZ.

  43. Francine Werlinger says:

    Hi Susan! I am still waking up with a smile on my face thinking of the wonderful day I had meeting you in Wilmette! I never thought I’d meet you! Just goes to show…never say never! And I enjoyed seeing your charm bracelet in person. It’s lovely. Plus, I got to meet a new friend, Karen P. she’s the one that contacted me and invited me along. What a sweetheart she is. I love the Bobeches! They have a magical look to them. You and Joe are both so very gracious. (We had a nice little chat with him in the parking lot). He’s a keeper! Get some rest. I bet you’re exhausted from meeting all of your girlfriends! Nice to hear from you, and hear about the new products! I’m waiting for the tea!

  44. Barbara in NC says:

    Love all the new pretty things on the web page! I thought of you today as I bought my first
    Honey crisp apple and wondered if you planted a honey crisp apple tree…I kind of remember you talking about it. We were visiting Sedona and Grand Canyon in April…what a beautiful
    state…have fun with your Dad. Wish NC was on your route…maybe another time. I loaned
    my England book to a friend who is going through a severe health challenge and she says it is
    so calming to her to travel through the English countryside…takes her mind away to a happy place. Happy trails on your trip West!

  45. Judy Dow says:

    You have had a wonderful trip. I’m glad for you to have some R&R time with your dad, mom, and dear friends. Ethel n I are still talking about our afternoon with you. Thanks again for your time and chat with us. Love the charm. Will need to decide between that and the mug!!! It’s nearly tea season here so I might have to get Peter Rabbit and his birdie friends. Safe travels to you and Joe. Love, Lucy

  46. Jackie Bienemann says:

    Hi Susan,

    I can’t tell you how much my daughter and I enjoyed meeting you in Iowa. What a joy! Thank you so much. The peter rabbit mug is great, it will go so well with my heart mug that I love. Hope you enjoy your visit with your Dad and enjoy your well deserved rest. You and Joe have been very busy. Please continue to have safe travels and your book never gets old. I enjoy it every night before I go to bed. The gardens and sheep make for sweet dreams. Thank you again!


  47. Marion Powell says:

    The new Peter Rabbit Mug is darling. I love it! I tried to order two of them the minute I read about them in the email you sent. But alas, they were already sold out. Can they possibly be ordered again and sold as a pre-sale item. Hoping to have another chance to get this wonderful mug. (I taught first grade for 46 years and Peter Rabbit was always a big favorite with all the children and their teacher, too!)

    • sbranch says:

      We have more coming soon, and reordered again this morning. I’ll ask Kellee to put it up for resale when she gets back in on Tuesday, remind me if you can. Thank you Marion! First grade, how lucky for you, and for them!

  48. Kathy says:

    I love your new book, your website, your drawings and just everything. My husband and I are going with a Christian tour group to Martha’s Vineyard in a week. I know we won’t be able to see everything but is there something very special to you that we should visit? I would love to hear from you.

    • sbranch says:

      There are walks in the woods all over the island. That’s my favorite, near the sea. If you can steal away for some quiet moments, you will love this. Sunset in Menemsha too.

      • Jack says:

        And. The park where all those Statues are standing ……is what I recall . Plus seeing those big fishing boats unloading lobsters in Menemsha….

  49. MollyH says:

    Susan, I am on my own “Fine Romance” tour of Ireland with my friend. For the first time I had Sticky Toffee Pudding, something I would never had tried it but for your “Fine Romance.” It was sooooo delicious. The chef was kind enough to share the recipe and now I can enjoy it all my days. Here’s to Sticky Toffee Pudding, my new favorite.

  50. Laurie says:

    2:50 pm 9/20/13: Just ordered a signed copy of “A Fine Romance” from Anderson’s Bookshop in Downer’s Grove, IL. Very sweet to talk to and they said it will ship on Monday. Have my fingers crossed it will be here by next weekend for very special friend who traveled to England just before Susan and visited almost the same places.

  51. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    Hey Susan,
    Be sure to post a pick of you and Dad!

  52. Joann says:

    Dearest Susan,

    I am so thrilled that all of this is going so beautifully—your success comes from so much hard work and energy!!!

    I gave away my first edition book to someone in England, as I am here right now visiting some of the places you suggested in your book. I just saw the Beatrix Potter mugs and plates and such in the Emma Bridgewater stores; they are just lovely!!! So I can highly recommend them; they are just darling.

    So, yes, I’d love to get a first edition for my very own; I’ll try to find one somehow.

    Have fun and I hope I get to see you on your journey—any news on books coming in and how you will continue your journey?

    By the way, I’ve got a fresh box of Rachel’s brownies in my goodie travel food… along with raw cheese, beautiful bread (for Rod) and some perfect peaches. Apples are everywhere, but as you eat those honeycrisp, remember to ONLY eat organic ones as apples are on the ‘dirty dozen’ list of highest amounts of pesticides, etc. on them AND they are often sprayed with other things to keep them looking pretty. If we’re going to be girlfriends, we need to really look out for each other. Organic apples may be a little more expensive, but ‘food is one of the slowest poisons or best medicines’ so we need to choose wisely.

    Are you off to see your Dad now or back home to MV?

    The little charms are super cutie!!!!



    • sbranch says:

      You are in England? Did you tell me you were going? I can’t believe it, that’s so exciting Joann. You just had the wedding, I thought you’d be on the couch for about a month after that! 🙂 How’s the weather over there? We’re on our way to my Dad’s. We’re almost to Dodge City, Kansas. Enjoy your trip, are you going to Hill Top?

  53. Chrissy Thrower says:

    Sue Sue! Do you Ever do anything that is not perfectly adorable? Oh, my..the Girlfriends charm! How perfecto! Everything is sooo…wonderful! You sent me to the shopping page and there seems to be so much added since I last checked! A veritable wonderland!
    Since so many have mentioned the moon, I have to say..I waited kind of late to get my walk in. It was pretty much dark out with light still in the sky. I couldn’t see the source until I rounded the block and there sat that big ‘ol MOON. I thought immediately of our Girlfriend, Susan Branch, and wondered if you and Joe were on the road with it. (about 8:20pm in Indiana)
    I can’t imagine when you could’ve had time to design beautiful charms, order the Bobeche to be made, and added so much to ‘the store’!
    Thank you for being such a ‘Sweet Sue” (asAngie! calls you). You are always making your delight a part of ours! XXOOChrissy

    • sbranch says:

      It is a wonderland isn’t it? I started planning last Christmas. I looked at my winter wonderland of a house and said, I’m getting as much of this as possible for the Girlfriends! Love it when the moon hides behind a bush and then jumps out and surprises you! xo Chrissy!

  54. Carin from Central California says:

    Gosh! Where do I start. I love (and want) each new item. And, that’s not counting all of the other cool things I have on my list from the SB online store. First, though, I must have one (or two or three or more) of the Girlfriends bead and the MV bead. My trouble with buying gifts is that I always want one for me, too. One for the gift, one for me. Oh, well, what’s a girlfriend to do. Love the bobeches and I already have the candlesticks to put them on! Add them to my list of must haves. Check. Looking soooooo forward to seeing you in San Luis Obispo. My birthday is in November, so the book signing is a treat for me. Have a fab weekend you two for the road.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh how perfect, a big birthday party in SLO! Maybe your girlfriend gets you a charm and you get her one and then you exchange and all is perfect!

  55. Julie (Omaha) says:

    Hi Susan
    Sorry if this gets duplicated – left on other blog but not showing up
    Anyhow, just wanted to say I loved meeting you and Joe at the Watermark in Wichita!!
    I also met some new girlfriends – shout out to Suzanne, Sharon and Sandy).
    We are meeting again next time I’m in Wichita for wine!! I bought the 2 new charms so
    I can always remember that lovely night. But one problem, embarrassed to say this but
    I was so excited to meet you that I forgot to leave what I told you I wore that was for you,
    Good grief. I told my husband I don’t even remember what I said to you as your were
    signing my book. If I mail pkg to Susan Branch , Martha’s Vineyard would it get to you?
    Safe travels on your journey to family and friends. Julie (Omaha)

    • sbranch says:

      You mean your Union Jack pancho? I asked you if you knitted it? You didn’t want to give that to me…it looks much too cute on you! xoxo

  56. Marianne in Hidden Meadows, SoCal says:

    So much fun and inspiring to see that so many of the Girlfriends are enjoying your booksignings! Just got back from a drive up the coast to the Monterey Bay area for a family reunion and the weather in California has turned nice and much cooler, but still mostly sunny! Waved to Arroyo Grande again for you as I passed by — such a beautiful part of the state. Pismo was too fogged in to see at 9:00 AM, though. Looking forward to driving back up for Remnants of the Past. Meantime, enjoy your visit with Blog Daddy and safe driving!


    • sbranch says:

      You have just made me homesick for California. We’re really going. It’s been so long! See you at Remnants!

  57. Lynn Marie says:

    How wonderful–all the wonderful news and the fact that you and Joe now are in vacation and relaxation mode. I’m placing an order TODAY! I guess I will call the reason for my new treasures a Fall gift to me, myself, & I. That should cover it as I am ordering the two beads and the mug! :-)!

  58. Ozark Mountain Mama says:

    From one late bloomer to another, I don’t know how you haven’t burst from all the pure….I am not sure what word I want, all the glorious magical dream powder swirling all around you. I didn’t start to paint and make money from my handwriting until I was 54, 4 years ago…I didn’t even know about you then. From my point of view, you got an early start 🙂 You have been such an inspiration to me. Hopefully I will sell lots at Art In The Park tomorrow….gotta have a charm, or two and a mug or two….
    Thank you for sharing your gift!

    • sbranch says:

      I know, it’s all relative! It’s these folks who say they knew what they wanted to be “when I was five years old” I’m amazed by! But no matter when we find our passions, we’re just lucky to have them. Good luck in the park!

  59. Anne Hebden says:

    Susan, I am from England and my husband and I have just returned from a week on Cape Cod from where we visited Martha’s Vineyard. A wonderful place and I managed to buy a copy of your book A Fine Romance and your next year’s calender. I love love love them and your blog too. I am as fascinated by New England as you are with ‘Old England’!!!! I am going to do a post on my blog in the next few days and give a mention to you, your book and your blog. Hoping the book tour goes well for you.I love your unique way of writing and illustrating and feel as if you are talking to me!

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Anne, So glad you enjoyed New England! I’m happy to see you here and glad you found a book! If you talk about it, be sure to tell your English friends they’re going to be able to find A FINE ROMANCE at the Jane Austin Museum Shop in Chawton, or at Much Ado Books in Alfriston in Sussex. That way they won’t have to pay high, sent-from-America costs of postage. Say hello to your beautiful country for me!

  60. so much wonderfulness; it’s “almost” overwhelming! off to the shop, if I get lost in there, send tea and shortbread. -grin-

  61. Cindy Maulin says:

    hi susan… I have left two comments for you but somehow they are not getting through…can’t figure this name now shows up in blue lettering..that’s different, so I went back to the comment area and noticed that in the “website” blank, there was some odd website address I deleted that and am trying again…. hopefully you or another Girlfriend will see this and be able to shed some light…. in the meantime…I just wanted you to know that I didn’t even finish the sentence before I ordered the Girlfriend charm!!! It is just the very BEST!!! It will be perfect on my Pandora bracelet and will look so pretty with the bead that I got at Stark’s in VH when we were on the Island in July…PERFECT!!! wondering…are you thinking about any stops along the way as you make your way back home? …or will it be a “horse back to the barn” trip???? 🙂 love tagging along with you and Joe and feeling your sense of happiness and gratitude… heart-warming <3 love, cindy

    • sbranch says:

      Cindy, I just think it’s me. I still haven’t gotten through all the comments waiting for “moderation.” Right now we’re traveling along in the car, close to Dodge City, Kansas, and I have good connection so I’m trying to moderate comments right now. Yes, we know we’re stopping in Oklahoma City and in Albuquerque, so far. We’re thinking we’d love to try to go to Book People in Austin too, but then, because of the possibility of winter weather, we will likely do the horse back to the barn thing.

      • Cindy Maulin says:

        hi susan..thanks for the update…I really thought it was me and my old computer acting up again…got some kind of virus a few weeks ago and we thought we had it cleaned up…and now I feel as if we do have it back on track….. so happy to hear from you and you’re on the road again… happy trails to you….!!! xoxo love, cindy

  62. Asha says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Susan Branch for the Girlfriend and Martha’s Vineyard beads. Just ordered them! They are gorgeous and so special because you designed them. I have been ordering like crazy from your web store. Just got the Autumn banner (so adorable) and the Octopus’ Garden rug! Looks beautiful in an upstairs bathroom we just remolded. The PR mug was sold out 🙁 so I will have to watch for it to come back in! So many pretty new things in your web store. Thank you so much for sharing your book signing trip with us! I am so enjoying the girlfriends saying how thrilled they are to meet you – just as I was in NH! Safe travels, Susan & Joe & Petey! Happy Birthday, Jack!

    • sbranch says:

      We ordered more Peter Rabbit mugs today … shouldn’t be long! I love that Autumn Banner … also the new Christmas one … we’re also getting a large one with snowflakes pretty soon. So fun, all these little bits and pieces! Love that rug too!

  63. Susan (Grayslake, IL) says:

    Enjoy your “rest” and visit with you folks. Thank you for the bead/charms … I am hoping to add these to my bracelet soon. Oh, and we are going to Door County, WI in a couple of weeks where I hope to pick up a bushel of Honey Crisp apples. I will definitely think of you. Happy Trails 🙂

  64. Rebecca Walsh says:

    Goood Evening, so great to finally to be able to put a voice with the face and hope that you have as much fun as we did on our car trip from Denver to Wichita and back. As you have predicted, we made friends while waiting in line and those nice Kansas ladies invited us tp dinner just across the street. I have already received an email from them and will be exchanging pictures and probably become Pen Pals. I did take a wonderful picture of Joe and if I ever find a way, I would love to forward it to you. Looking at the charms and may just have to have. Enjoy the visti with your Dad and enjoy the break.

  65. Carol Maurer, formally Eureka, Ca.... now Kennewick, WA says:

    Good almost evening to you , Susan and to all the girlfriends out there ~~~
    Those charms are so cute!! I liked the necklace as well. I have a set of those bobeches. That’s the name of them? Mine aren’t stars though. I got them at an antique store long ago and do you know I haven’t used them yet. I really should though. They are cute with all the danglies. I want to look and see if you have any of those tins in your store. You were going to get more in stock, but that’s been awhile.

    We got our first pictures of the twins with full faced smilesyesterday! I was so excited. They are 4 months old now. I’m going to enlarge the pictures and frame them. Boy, am I glad I never had twins… lol. It’s a challenge to keep them both occupied at the same time. They are both getting frustrated, I believe it’s what they can’t do and really want to do. Next time we see them, they will be at least another month old. Sitting up and beginning to play with their toys.

    I’m so happy that you are so happy! It’s very contagious! So many things going on at your store and the book signings. I’ve been following along looking at all the events and all the pictures that are being taken. You and the girlfriends look as though it’s party time at each place 🙂

    Thanks for the new blog and get plenty of rest while visiting with your folks.

    Carol M

  66. Pamela C Betz says:

    Dear Susan, I am interested in the tea tin you designed. I keep checking to see if it is available, do you know when? I have found so many Christmas gifts in your shop. Thanks, Pam

  67. Elaine in Toronto says:

    Hi Susan and Joe and little Petey. Safe trip to your dad’s. Loved the beads but really loved the little cards you made to go with them, especially the girlfriends one. They are a gift on their own. Thanks for being you.

  68. Heidi says:

    I just ordered the pretty pink girlfriend bead for my dearest friend who is going through a tough time now. We’ve been best friends since we were 13! She has the happy gene (like you!) and so it’s really hard to see her sad. 🙁 I know this bead will bring her joy since it’s so beautiful and special, and the little card is just perfect! ♥ I’m so eager to see the Fine Romance bead…I might just have to buy that one for myself!

  69. Mona in Riverbank CA says:

    I’m so excited!!! I just found out that you will be in Bakersfield for a book signing at Strawberry Patches Quilt Shop. That’s just a mere 3 hours away from Riverbank and totally do-able. And my wonderful husband is going to take a day off work to come with me – how sweet is that?!!! I”m looking forward to meeting you and making new friends. Your pictures look like so much fun!

    Susan, I have loved your books ever since I found the Autumn one back in 2007. It’s my favorite and currently part of my fall decorations. I also have your calendar waiting impatiently to be put on the wall by my desk next year (right now it is in the desk where I can peek at it frequently). 🙂

    Take care and have fun with your family! =^..^=

  70. Pat Johnson says:

    So good to see all of the new items you have brought our way. Know that you and Joe are having a grand time going from place to place – sort of like your voyage on QM2/England! I have to share enduring news with you – last night I happened across a VCR tape (yep) that my husband, Fred, took in 1992. I put it in the machine & there he was – but better than that he was laughing, talking to our grandson (then 2) and having a grand time! As you may remember, my Fred passed away last December – it wasn’t until now that I finally came across the tape that allowed me to hear his voice and laughter for the first time in 4 1/2 years!! When he was ill, he stopped speaking and I really missed that (naturally). It took me a few minutes to grasp what was before me. How sweet it was!! It is the little things that bring joy to our hearts and tears to the eyes. Thanks for listening and I know you understand. Have a grand time on your trip – I think of you often. Hugs to you both…….Pat from Paso Robles

    • sbranch says:

      What a wonderful thing to find. And how lucky we are to live in times where such things exist. A little visit from the past. xoxo

    • Pat, your experience brought to mind my own….my father died in 1978 under tragic circumstances and I did not have a chance to say goodbye. I had home movies of him, but not with sound. Then about 5 years ago as I was writing his biography and came across some reel-to-reel tapes, and as it happened, my son had amongst his filmmaking equipment a reel-to-reel player. On the tapes from 1961 was my Dad talking and singing with my little brother. A true treasure for me. I encourage anyone with elderly parents in particular to record them talking about their past. You’ll forever be grateful. And your story emphasizes that we should do that also with our spouses and other loved ones, too!

    • Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

      Hi Pat,
      You discovered such a lovely treasure! I’m so happy that you will be able to listen to your sweet husband’s voice and laughter. A true gift! ♡ It would be good to have the tape copied onto a DVD or other format, so you will always be able to listen to such cherished memories! Wishing you a lovely start to Autumn!

  71. Janet in Rochester says:

    Hello Sue [and Joe and Petey] and Girlfriends! So much darling stuff in the store! I wish I was about 30 years younger, because I’d have a much-emptier house. Lots of room for Stuff. Now that I have some taste, that is. I’m a little horrified when I think back on all the things I THOUGHT were great when I was, say, 19. Yuck. LOL. I want at least half a dozen Emma mugs, including the new Peter Rabbit one. Is it possible this is Emma’s FIRST Peter Rabbit item? Doesn’t seem possible. Wish-wish-wish Emma would do a gingham mug [or gingham anything]. I am a certified, card-carrying Gingham-Aholic. And “Take An Old Bag Shopping” is an absolute scream! Gifting for all the ladies in the family is done – I don’t need to look anywhere else. Enjoy the rest of your trip & stay safe! xo.

  72. Janet in Rochester says:

    PS – Sue, did you know that you have a fan in the US Senate? Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] is listed among those “following” you!! How about that? Very impressive is what I think. Spotted her name last week while scrolling along [looking for my own]. Another wonderful thing about beautiful Minnesota!

    • sbranch says:

      Wow, no, I didn’t know, that’s kind of wild! Did she leave a comment?

      • Janet in Rochester says:

        Gee, dunno [duh]. I don’t much about maneuvering around Twitter yet. Still learning. I got so excited about seeing a name I recognized but I think there were about 12,000 names – does that sound right to you? Will check again… ❤

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        Yeh for Senator Klobuchar–another reason we really like her!!! 🙂

  73. Sharrieboberry says:

    So how many of the new bobeches will go to live in your house? They are lovely!

    I love your antique ones. And I think one of the new ones will have to come live with me….

  74. Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

    Dear Susan, wow what wonderful things in the web store. Still laughing at Sandra, asking for tea and shortbread, if she gets lost in there! When you first talked about the beads, I was not that interested in them…..I have been immune to the Pandora thing, but then I SAW THE BEADS! Oh my….I do believe I am going to have to have them! Wish I could figure out a way to put them on my old silver charm bracelet that I have been adding to since I was 13. Like you say, “where there’s a will…..there’s a way” and I think I will figure out a way. They are just lovely. And the Peter Rabbit mug….be still my heart.
    Best thing this week, is an email from my BFF. I gave her a signed 1st edition of A Fine Romance. She knows I have been talking about you for years….here is what she wrote:
    “I can’t tell you how much I love that book! Went to bed reading it and fell asleep with it in my hands….it puts me in that sweet spot. What a wonderful gift Susan Branch has given us by sharing her life….and you are such a thoughtful sister to remember me with a signed book!” ( we are sisters by choice, instead of an accident of birth! LOL.)
    Anyway safe continued travels, you must be so anxious to see your dad!
    Oh yes…and we have had over 4 inches of rain! So so grateful. I missed the Harvest Moon, but we got much needed rain and cooler temps….think I will decorate the porch for FALL!

    • sbranch says:

      I bet a jeweler would have an idea of how to do it. They are such artists! I’m putting the beads on a necklace, I think they’ll be cute that way. Love the sweet words from your BFF Sister. Thank you!

      • Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

        I’m thinking of putting mine on a necklace, too. I’m pretty much of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry…I wear a Cape Cod bracelet on my right wrist 24-7, and occasionally a wristwatch on the other, and except for my rings and little stud earrings thats pretty much it! Are you thinking of using a plain link chain for your beads? I do like the looks of the ball chain that the MV bead is threaded on.

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        Tell the girlfriends that the glass beads look good on silk cord too. They can get them at Micheal’s or AC Moore. Sometimes I color coordinate mine or some times I use black.

  75. Joan Lesmeister says:

    GFs I just watched our darling girl on Kansas City Live video! Easy peasy to find (even for me) & you did a great interview dear Sue! Very proud my dear! You looked lovely & your outfit was perfect! Fun start to my day! Happy day GFs! xoxo (This got lost the other day, I’m good at that, but wanted you & GFs to know the video is available!). This blog is just one more read of happiness (from your gene), I can picture you in the “Romance” van, with your glasses perched on your nose, finger tapping, & Joe driving! And, I love the new SB treasures, keep on smilin’! The ole Harvest Moon is gorgeous, especially from the freeway! I wanted to climb up on our roof for good viewing, when we got home! Hope you got to see it last night! Happy Trails! xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      We sure did, shining over the Casino in Dodge City! 🙂 I was just thinking, like with photos I used to dislike (ie, hate), all I have to do is wait about ten years and I will probably love looking at myself on TV! Glasses perched on nose even as we speak. Thank you Joan!

  76. Jack says:

    I would like to see a . Flopsy , Mopsy and Cottontail cup in your store —many one for us little kids to have our glass of milk in …..

  77. Carol LeBlanc says:

    I ordered my beads yesterday. I have a special charm bracelet with the booties of my twin granddaughters and a birthday cake for my 70th birthday. I will add “GIRLFRIENDS” and “MARTHA’S VINEYARD”. Susan the charms are happy charms and I can’t wait to add them to my “Happy Bracelet”.
    You were on my bucket list to meet someday and I was so happy to meet you in Milford New Hampshire…it was the highlight of my summer. Thank you for waking up some of my happy genes.

  78. sondra fox says:

    Sad day for me “again” girlfriends. Had to put my Black & White Tuxedo cat, Bootsie, down yesterday. Loved that cat from the moon & back at least a thousand times. He followed me everywhere, to put the trash cans out, through the gate before it closed, watching me fix dinner, sitting still while moving only his head so that our dog, Jack, (Wire Haired Terrior) could wash his ears, rubbing his head under Jack’s head, loving every moment of being around Jack. So adorable to watch the two of them. Anyway, Bootsie had contracted that feline HIV. I held him in the vet’s office, talking with him, having our quiet moments before the vet put him down. He cuddled in my arms, just like an infant would, until he passed. I always held him like that, upside down, in my arms, & rocked him in our rocking chair. Yesterday, he was purring when he was in my arms. A month ago I found Bootsie’s mate in the garage, dead. I’m suspecting that both cats had that HIV, Has anyone heard of a vaccine? Our vet says “no,” although I read of a vaccine online. Death seems to becoming familiar around here. I’m glad there was lots of happy life “before” all this death.
    I got a call from our oldest Grand Son requesting one of my cherry pies. That will make me happy making that. He really knows how to cheer his Meemaw up!
    I “MUST” have those gorgeous charms & the darling mug! Save some for me?
    Love the painting of the child with your book. You must not see any scenery on your journey. Seems like you’re either typing or painting as you drive along. And, once again, I ask, “how DO you DO it?” Happy Trails, (Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

    • Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

      Hi Sandy,
      I am so sorry that you have lost another dear pet. Like us, our pets are all aging….except for our crazy barn cats. I really hesitated in taking them on….doing the math, who would care for them when I am gone….but I went forward in faith. I believe some one in the family circle of friends will take them in…should they outlive me. I guess, what I am saying is……step out in faith Sandy…there is a sweet kitty waiting to love you…and needing to be loved. You are such a dear…you need to share that love! Always keeping you in prayer….Your West Texas friend.

    • carmel says:

      I am very sorry to hear of your loss, Sondra. Our pets are our family, our babies (even when we have children). May you find some comfort knowing that you gave Bootsie a loving, wonderful life and passing.

  79. Susan P. says:

    Good Morning Susan,
    Had a great night’s rest …… dreamed of Peter Rabbit and bobeches and trails I never been on…I must of been in England!!!!! Okay I am about to stand on my “soap box” I love your work…and your talents and especially the time you put in everything you do…and you give back to us your “girlfriends” (I love that “girlfriends” not your fans) Because when we create we want to share it with our “girlfriends”. “WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY” Okay saying that, and you finding away to get those awesome “bobeches” made……Are you going to surprise us all and “find” away to get your glass candle sticks, tea dishes and tea pots and pitchers etc etc. and those lovely wine glasses made? You can’t discard “Sabrina” “Katherine” “Audrey” (also My New Granddaughter’s Name…yes, named after The Original Audrey,, we start them young here and her new cousins Emma) I do not have the way…I don’t have a glass factory…But I have the “WILL” to help push you ever so gently into your “DREAM” and your of LOVE of glass and all of your “GIRLFRIENDS” that have empty cupboards just waiting for the right glassware to come along and just jump into their cupboards!!!! I believe there is “A WAY” I’m off the “soap box” As you travel our wonderful country….may you and Joe have “Happy Trails” and abundance of memories…..Thank you, Susan P.

    • sbranch says:

      So far that’s only a dream because of the expense. You can’t just have 400 pieces of glassware done and have it be affordable. They wouldn’t let you anyway. Producers of such things have minimum orders and would insist that you get 10 or even 20,000. And even then, they could be really expensive. If you got maybe 100,000, it might get down to a normal price. If everyone promised to buy 6 or 7 of each thing, maybe we could do it! 🙂 OR, we just wait for more Girlfriends to join us, and THEN do it! Yes, where there’s a will there’s a way! 🙂

      • Susan P. says:

        Thanks for all the information on how it works…In my “little world” (as my husband calls it) I “wish” and my dreams come true…. sometimes….with allot of work and fun and yes luck! Well my order is in for 8 of everything….and that is a start…also this is on the blog and as the other girlfriends read this just maybe….just maybe…..I believe in “dreams” coming true. Have wonderful first day of Fall….. Enjoy the moments. Thanks again for your kindness and thoughtfulness and your time!!!! Susan P.

  80. Susan Roubal says:

    Susan- You are such a rare bird! To do so many signings is so wonderful for all of us girlfriends. Wish I had been closer to a signing, but second best- I reserved a signed copy from Schuler Books in Okemos, Michigan. I get to pick it up when we are there for a visit next Wednesday. Yay! I’m wonderfully happy about it! I get to visit my son and get my copy of your book in one trip- 500 miles of anticipation!

    Susan in the U.P. of MI

  81. Francine Werlinger says:

    Your drawing of the red headed girl reminds me of my baby girl! She’s 34 now, but her head of red hair is beautiful!

  82. Lee Ann G. says:

    Oh my how I LOVE those necklace charms!!! They are beautiful and I love how you’ve named them to represent something wonderful in your life Susan. Those charms would also be so pretty on a bracelet chain. So so pretty. I must go check them out further.

    ♥Lee Ann

  83. Becky Maggio says:

    Joan mentioned that she watched a video of your Kansas City Live interview. I searched online to see if I could find it but no luck. Joan…or any of the girlfriends…can you tell us how to find it? Susan, it’s a laid back, rainy weekend here in S.Louisiana so I am taking the time to read Whistling Past the Graveyard. Starla has just escaped with Baby James. I am loving it so far!! As a HUGE fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, and anything “old south”, I can’t help but picture Starla as another Scout, with red hair. Thanks for suggesting the book. Hope you and Joe are with your Dad, or almost there. Makes me want to cry just thinking of you getting to visit the greatest Dad in “your” world 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      This morning we are popping in to see my brother, formally known in our family as “butter ball” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in only a couple of more days, it will be my Dad’s house. Glad you’re enjoying the book, it was really well written I thought. I’m reading a very different type of book now called TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott. I ride an exercise bike in hotel fitness rooms almost everyday and read while doing it! That’s how I squeeze in these books while on this trip!

      • Carrie says:

        Lamott’s “Help Thanks Wow” is wonderful. It is beyond me how she is able to take her unique, rigorously honest, inspired, simple yet often profound perspectives and put them into words on paper. I found her spiritual/philosophical approach to some of life’s more difficult and even exquisitely painful experiences wonderfully refreshing; not the least bit self-righteous or pious and so very accessible to readers of all persuasions. She has an ability to break things down into digestible pieces where some of us mere mortals get a bit stuck. Lamott is a treasure to be sure.

        You have been travelling my old stomping grounds, having gone to college just outside of Wichita, KS, in a small town, North Newton, KS. Drove one night with my bestie on a whim to Oklahoma City so we could have bragging rights that we had visited Oklahoma. Stopped in Oklahoma City (in the middle of the night) wrote a postcard and the only shopkeeper open at that hour assured us he’d send it back to our friends at Bethel College but alas, there was no proof in the pudding (no postcard).

        I drove my sister’s ’73 yellow Dodge charger, the banana, from Ripon, CA to North Newton, KS my senior year of college and then back home after graduation (’85). A lot of travelling f/N. Newton to Colorado where a friend’s family lived near La Junta, CO. I have a picture in front of a Dodge City, KS sign. Wichita had something called the “River Run Festival” back in the mid-80s and they had a classic ad on TV that still goes thru my head when someone mentions Wichita, it went (lower pitch) Awwww (higher pitch now) awwww – and now bring it home with a bit of a reverent punch, Wichita!

        I saw you wearing cameo rings in your KC interview. I love cameos and have a few. A friend gave me a cameo pendant; the cameo itself appears light pink towards the peach coloring but then seed amesthyst-like beads are woven in the curlicue mounting surrounding the perimeter of the cameo; there is a tear drop stone dangling from the bottom of the cameo, not sure what it is. Still looking for the right chain to place it on.

        Nearly half of the 60 books I bought have been given away and it’s been an absolute ball. I always carry an extra one in my car just in case sheer providence strikes I want to be prepared. I was in my sweet hometown of Ripon, CA., visiting what used to be the old dime-store and now is a charming home décor/antique/miscellany store. The gal at the counter was speaking about her upcoming visit to MV and I began to mention an author who lives on the island when she said, “Susan Branch?”. And the party, well, it got to rockin’. It was kindred spirits on acid I tell you (not really on acid, just taking a bit of artistic license). Asked if she had followed you for a while and oh yes, she was a long-time girlfriend. She talked about following you through England and while you wrote the book. I asked if she had the book and she said no. I told her to wait right there, bolted for my car and snatched that baby right up and gave her one of your signed first editions. It was the best moment! I am reaching back to my cherished evangelical roots and taking the same approach in distributing the good news of Susan Branch and I could not be having more fun.

        *Johnson Bros dishes from Gristmill Antiques are due to arrive tomorrow :)*

        And here endeth my epistle.

        • sbranch says:

          You got the dishes! They’re really pretty, you are going to like them! So perfect for the season. LOL on “artistic license.” Thank you for your random act of kindness…you made someone’s day and it was fun hearing about it!

  84. Becky Maggio says:

    OH…I found it!! The interview video. Not quite as good as getting to meet Susan in person…for those of us who didn’t see you on the tour 🙁 But still heartwarming to see/hear your interview! For other girlfriends who may not have seen it (or am I the only )here is the link. I hope it works!

  85. Susan ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    Oh my, those new charms! Going on my Christmas list, just like other girlfriends have said. I was enjoying shopping just yesterday; I wanted to be sure to get a holiday copy of Yankee, since I never see it around here and want to be sure I get one. I also ordered some sea glass, because right now, I am enamored with all things ocean. I was looking at sea glass while we were in Cambria , but decided to order mine from your site. I was wondering, though, if it’s genuine sea glass or man made? ( I’ve been looking around on google too, to find some. I didn’t know before that it could be man made. And it doesn’t matter to me if it is ) Anyway, hope you’ll enjoy your time with you dad and have some wonderful down time.

    • sbranch says:

      It’s definitely the same sort of glass as sea glass, the same colors and all, but I believe this has been put through a machine that smoothes out the edges and gives it that sea glass look. You couldn’t tell the difference, which is why if you ever wanted to be sure, picking it up on the beach is probably the only way! Thank you for the good wishes Susan! xo

  86. Patti Reed says:

    I never thought about subscribing to Yankee magazine until I saw the post from Winnie. it looked like a magazine I would love so I signed up to get it for a year! I can’t wait until the issue with your house at Christmas time. Love all of the new things in your store. Have fun on the rest of your trip, we’re anxious to hear about it! Patti Reed

    • sbranch says:

      If you love history and old things, I think you’ll like YANKEE. It’s one of the last family owned magazines left, which is another reason to support it. I can’t wait to see the holiday issue!

  87. Rae Ann R...back in Michigan...forever... says:

    Happy Saturday Susan & Joe~LoveLoveLove all the new things…good ideas for Christmas gifts…so glad things are going well on your book tour…sorry there was only one place in Michigan and we were in the process of moving so I couldn’t attend…it has been such continuing fun to read about all your adventures…while unpacking…enjoy every single moment with your Dad…xoxo…

    • sbranch says:

      Sorry to have missed you Rae Ann … hope you’re almost all settled in!

      • Rae Ann R...back in Michigan...forever... says:

        Box by box…we are slowly settling in…do you and Joe want to come visit on your way back east???…we’d love to have you and maybe your visit would light a fire under us to get these boxes unpacked!!!…xoxo…

        • sbranch says:

          That’s the trick, just invite people to dinner and watch how magically those boxes get empty! I think we are dipping south on the way home to try and avoid snow . . . just in case, but it will work no matter who is coming! 🙂

  88. Carol Maurer, formally Eureka, Ca.... now Kennewick, WA says:

    Went to Barnes & Noble today to see about you having a book signing. The events gal was very excited. Said it was her favorite thing to do. This is how it works for the national chain… need to contact her to set up the time and all details. She told me that she can do what she wants to do so long as you contact her. I guess it then becomes an independent bookstore. Does that make sense with you? I have her information to give to you. How do you want to do it? I can give you it on this blog or perhaps you can give me your e-mail address to make the info. a bit more private. Let me know and we’ll go from there.

    Looking forward to perhaps getting you here to Kennewick, Wa for a book signing. I’m sure there will be lots of girls who would love to come here.

    Carol M

    • sbranch says:

      Oh dear Carol. Our plan had been to get to CA and then head up to Oregon and Washington, but with the books being gone, and not coming back in until the end of October, that kind of puts a crimp in those first weeks in October. We have signings in CA in November, and then have to get back to the island before it starts snowing! So, as you can see, unless there is a way to stretch out October, I just don’t see how we can make it up there. So sorry! I think will be having one near San Franciso which is about as close as I think we’re going to get which isn’t saying much. Sorry. xoxo

      • Carol Maurer, formally Eureka, Ca.... now Kennewick, WA says:

        Susan, sorry to hear that you won’t be able to make it up to Oregon and Washington. Winter does make a dent in the plans doesn’t it? They say “best made plans between mice and men.” San Francisco is a good meeting point for alot of people though. If we were still in Eureka, I would have come the 5 hour drive 🙂 We gave it a shot. Have a great rest and visit with family and friends. Take lots of pictures.

        Carol M

  89. Mo'a says:

    Where to start…I know with a confession: I am the one that has spent time each day on your blog since September 10…reading every word, clicking on links and memorizing every photo.
    Honestly I think I could cook in your kitchen without asking where things are 🙂
    I found out about you through She has your book and showed a it open to the Beatrix Potter section…well I had to have this book and ordered it right away. Today I sent your nice friend in California…what can I say…not such a nice note asking where my book is…please tell her that I am sorry, I did not understand the situation…sold out of books…not surprised. However, I am still impatient…and that can bring out a nastiness in a person…let me tell you I am not proud of this especially since I wanted to make a good impression on you and join the girlfriend group.
    I had two tea parties this week and made the “Polenta Cake”…spell check just changed Polenta to Tadpole 🙂 Spell check can make life ever so amusing. Where was I…Oh,yes! The Tadpole/Polenta cake was a great hit…my very good Icelandic girlfriend (I am also Icelandic) took one bite and demanded (in a very nice way) the recipe. Her mother and sister with mouth fulls of cake both said “Me too” My mother purred…no she is not a kitten…she has this lovely sound she makes when she is happy. They were all charmed by the way you wrote and decorated the recipe. My friend is leaving, from here (NJ USA) back to live in Iceland after Christmas. I think I need to send her to her new life with one of your cook books.
    Did I just write a blog post? Just one more thing…I have a Tadpole aka Polenta cake in the oven right now…it will be our desert tomorrow when my Sister and Brother-in-law come for a visit from NH.
    And one other thing…I am in love with Jack and Girl kitty. I lost my little cat Brie, who had been with us for 17 years, back in March 🙁
    Thank you for all the wonderful hours of pleasurable reading. Mo’a

    • sbranch says:

      Happy to see you here Mo’a — it looks like your family and friends will have a new name for your Polenta/Tadpole cake! Too funny. If you go to the EVENTS page (in the side bar of the blog) and scroll down to the most recent book signings I’ve done, you’ll see we’ve left a few signed books at the bookstores we’ve been visiting. I also put contact numbers for those stores. If you really need one, hurry, because I believe they still might have them. They are the last of the first printings, but we’ll be getting our second printings in at the end of Oct. Books ordered here will be first fulfilled, before the distributors or anyone else. One way or another, you’ll get one soon.

      Love your purring mother, be sure to say hello to her for me. So sorry about Brie. Terrible to lose a treasured pet. Any thought of getting a new baby? They are beyond fun.

      • Mo'a says:

        Thank you for your reply…I will wait and get the 2nd edition from your store…anticipation can be sweet. My secret hope and desire is that it will come signed by you 🙂
        I have read 77 pages of your blog…it is my latest addiction…I am learning a lot about good blog writing…about time since this October will be my 8th year of writing my blog.
        The Tadpole cake was a great success…your recipe is on it’s way to NH as we speak. Need to buy several of your cookbooks as hostess, going away and Christmas gifts.
        I am so excited to have found your blog. 🙂 🙂 xoxo to the furry paws. Mo’a

  90. Jennifer Behen says:

    Have to tell you how much my daughter and I enjoyed meeting you at Rainy Day! What a FUN evening…you were just as I expected, sweet, uber friendly, unassuming and a girlfriend. 🙂 We were lucky to be included in your stops…so neat you were on tv here, too! I hope the Honeycrisps I brought you were as good as mine….was happy when they were as wonderful as I anticipated! We were lucky to spend some time with Joe outside, too! Bonus! He’s just like I imagined. What a lovely couple. I was so excited to see the beads in your blog…ordered the Girlfriend bead immediately…love that book and the whole network of girlfriends we share, so had to have that one first. Inhope to get the MV and England beads, as well

    • sbranch says:

      They were delicious of course and so much appreciated ~ so thoughtful of you! Thank you Jennifer — yes it was a lovely night!

  91. Joan Lesmeister says:

    If you haven’t tried it GFs, do, Sue’s “Summer White Bean Salad”, even though it’s Fall! It’s always quite delicious! And, I confess, first time I used dried herbs because I was starving & didn’t make a run to the store! I know, better with fresh herbs, which I tried to pick from my neighbor’s herb garden (I was going to give her a bowl full in return :), none there! Such a good salad, we practically licked the bowl clean! And, to you non-cauliflower lovers, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good it is!!! ***** recipe! xoxoxo

    • sbranch says:

      So glad you like it Joanie, we love it too, and isn’t this the perfect time of year for it! Here’s the recipe….

      • Judy Dow says:

        We had company in for the NDgame this weekend and I made Susan’s cranberry apple crisp (the recipe on the September calendar page). It was delicious !!! Be sure to try it girlfriends. It will be a fall go to recipe for my house for sure.

      • Joan Lesmeister says:

        ♥ it and added bonus – it’s healthy!!! xoxo

  92. Christine says:

    Love that. Peter rabbit mug! I have a ton of mugs! But who can resist. Peter hope we can order them again soon!

  93. Faith rose says:

    What gorgeous beads! It is such a wonderful Idea! Now I want one!

  94. Ann Beirne says:

    Hi Susan,

    My friend Debbie sent me a book mark signed by you in Wichita. I was the one who told her that you were doing a book signing there! My daughter lives in Wichita, not far from the book store. If I was visiting her, I would definitely go to the book signing and see you in person, since I do not know if you will ever make it to Maryland. I want to thank you for signing the book mark and Debbie for sending it to me!

    I do have a question. When will you be carrying the tea tin and tea? I keep looking for it on your shopping site.


  95. Pam Fortune says:

    Hi Susan
    What a lovely Blog, I love your red headed little girl, it reminds me of myself as a little red headed girl and my daughter Fleur who is a redhead. I am now going white. I have two EM mugs and they seemed to stain very quickly with tea and coffee so I now give them a monthly soak with false teeth cleaner and that keeps them looking as new. Maybe all the girlfriends know this or maybe it will be a handy hint for some of you. I have enjoyed your travels immensely and I wish you and Joe well on the next part of your journey to be with your family. Enjoy a good rest!

  96. pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

    good morning everyone. Happy First day of Fall. been busy around here so I had to wait a bit to get in here. its been raining here, ever since last Thursday its been raining here off and on. it is so wonderful and so needed here. hopefully they will lift the fire restrictions and we use our burn barrels again. the hens are happy for the cooler days, and G.W. and Jack ( our youngest rooster) have their feathers full getting the hens out of their warm nests and outside. I hope your Jack doesn’t mind we named our youngest rooster after him, he is black and white a Plymouth barred rock rooster. the turkeys are getting ready for the Fall mating season, and so are ducks and they have their fall colors on them to hide them from the hunters. our squirrels have their darker winter coats on, and those a re thick this year, looks like a long cold winter for here. I just love this time of year, the squirrels are going after the acorns, and have bombed MIL and the mail lady already.. LOL!!! I have my fall cleaning done, and fall decorations up. Halloween is just around the corner now, time to be thinking of decorating for that which is easy here.. a graveyard and a bag full of bones to put around and a steamy cauldron for the front porch and pumpkins everywhere. I love those cute beads and the mug is adorable. now if they would only put out a Fall bead for the season. well off to go feed the barnyard crew and keep them fat and happy. you all have a great day today and Happy Fall everyone. Autumn blessings. hugs…. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I’m sure if Jack understood what you have done, he would be HONORED to be named after your new rooster! 🙂 Everyone is battening down the hatches for a cold winter this year. I hope it starts AFTER we get back home from our trip!

  97. Jan says:

    Just back from celebrating our one year old granddaughter’s birthday. What a fun time! Have been following your travels and pics along the way since you left Michigan. How enjoyable! ( Posted a comment a while ago but realized I had posted on one of the older posts.)
    Was having my cup of tea this morning and reading the newest Tea Time magazine when I came across an ad for AFR. What a pleasant surprise! Such a wonderful book! Had started reading it before the book signing and am taking my time, recalling some of the things you had posted on the blog during the trip. May have to come up with a second income when I see all of the new things in your store – the beads, the Peter Rabbit mug, etc. Wonderful! Would love to have one for myself and for gifts. Enjoy your continued travels to your California home and time with family. Safe travels to you and Joe!! Thanks for all you do!

  98. Jan says:

    Just a thought – would love to have Joe’s recipe for his garlic bread. Looks great! ( In your spare time, right!? Ha!) Thanks!

    • sbranch says:

      Joe makes a blend of softened butter and garlic and parsley and spreads it on French bread which he’s cut into slices, but not all the way through. He wraps the loaf in aluminum foil and bakes it until it all becomes very soft and buttery. I am of the other ilk for Garlic bread, and make it my Dad’s favorite way, toasted under the broiler — family tradition wins the day.

      • Jan says:

        Thanks – sounds easy and will have to try! Our family usually makes the toasted, under the broiler version too.

  99. Claudia says:

    I love everything, Susan! The beads are so lovely. I don’t often wear bracelets but so pretty on a chain around the neck, yes? And Emma Bridgewater, how I love her. I a few of her mugs but this new Beatrix Potter mug…be still my heart. I still don’t have a copy of your book. I’m on a strict budget. But I will, I will!


    • sbranch says:

      Just go slow. Anticipation is sweet …. sweeeeeet! I don’t have the beads yet, must wait until we get to the Studio, and I’m sweetly anticipating.

  100. CarolK says:

    We’re in Maine this week and you wouldn’t believe my good luck! I found a blue suncatcher with Peter Rabbit in the center and his name around the edge in Kennebunk. It’s made by a glass company in Mashpee! I also found a book in an old book shop here in Wells entitle “The Journal of Beatrix Potter from 1881 – 1897”. It’s transcribed from her code writings by Leslie Linder 1966. What a find! I can’t wait to see what else I come across next. Hubby and I are hitting the antique shops tomorrow. Hope you’re having a great visit with your dad. I get such a kick out of his thoughts on your blog. What a guy!

    • sbranch says:

      We sat outside last night until almost 10 pm while he recounted his memories of WWII and his part in it . . . for the first time, I might add. Fascinating to me.

      • CarolK says:

        Hope you had a tape recorder going to capture all his memories or was taking it down in shorthand. Precious memories to pass on to the younger generation in your family tree.

        • sbranch says:

          I wrote it in my diary! Yes, it was fascinating and interesting. Brought it all alive again. We looked at his plane in Google images.

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            My father passed away this time of year in 1999, just after I moved to NH. Last year, while sitting on a friend’s boat reading an old Navy training manual copyrighted 1946, I saw a picture of a sailor demonstrating how to lay down a line. It was my father! This man had bought it at an estate sale in NM thinking that a Bosun’s training manual would be good for sailing. My dad was a bosun’s mate for 22 years.

          • sbranch says:

            Wow, now that is an amaaaaazing coincidence!!

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