My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.—Martin Luther

With the Christmas season fast approaching (wait, it’s August, right? Right??), we know many of you crafters are like busy little elves, sewing, stitching, painting, and gluing up a storm for the coming holidays.  Here at Create & Decorate, our summer has been filled with evergreens and popcorn strands and ornaments, and our photo shoots are red and green and merry and bright. Sometimes it messes with your head. Just a little. Beverly has even started humming Christmas carols. Which is kinda what led to this post…

Anyway, we don’t know about you, but when there’s work to be done, nothing makes the task more bearable than music. Beverly and I both have our iTunes going at our desks, and the radio is always on when we have photo shoots. Whether you blast Beethoven or Billy Idol, Charlie Parker or Carrie Underwood, music gets your heart beating and keeps your fingers (and brain) moving.

On our trip to Brimfield, MA, we went into a little prim shop that we spotted in one of the neighboring towns called The Handmaiden (538 Main St
Fiskdale, MA 01518, 508-347-7757).

While we were meandering around, beautiful music was playing softly through the speakers. You know the kind of  music that puts you at ease without you really even knowing it? Well, it was that kind of music. After finding out from the shop owners what we were listening to, Beverly promptly bought two discs: Victorian Hymns (Village Square Music) is filled with the hammered dulcimer, guitar, violin, bass, flute, and harp, and The Steeple on the Common (North Star Records) is quite a melange of sounds, from the tin whistle to the mandolin, to the hurdy-gurdy and the concertina.

These are all hymns, but even if you’re not religious in the least, some will sound familiar, and will still soothe and intrigue you. (I have them playing right now, and it’s so relaxing and is actually helping me concentrate more.)

Click here to sample some music from Victorian Hymns, and here to sample from The Steeple on the Common. Enjoy the music as you sew muslin Christmas trees, paint holly leaves, and decorate gingerbread men.

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5 thoughts on “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.—Martin Luther

  1. Thank you for your quick response, I will call them in the morning to place my order. I am looking forward to your next issue. Does paper get thread bare?…if so, my current copy is almost there. Maybe dog earred is a better phrase. Anyway, I enjoy each and every article. Thank you again for your fine publication and customer care.

    • You are very welcome, and thank you for your kind words. (And if your current issue does in fact become thread bare, let us know and we will send you a replacement!) If you do call the shop, please let them know that we sent you. Noelle and I left a copy of our August magazine with them.

  2. Was the CD available from the shop? If so, I would like to buy the music CD directly from the prim little shop you first listened to it in. Would you send me the info to contact them? I am a retired shop owner and would have appreciated the business had someone purchased from me and then recommended the product to friends without going directly to mfg. Maybe it will help keep this little shop in business so someone else can stop by on their trip to somewhere else.

    • Hi Nancy,
      Yes, the CD was available in the shop:
      The Handmaiden
      538 Main St
      Fiskdale, MA 01518
      508-347-7757

      Thank you for asking, and I will be sure to add that info to my original post.

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