Monday, November 30, 2009

For Those of You Who Missed the Sale:

Hallockville Museum Farm, our host for the Country Parlor Holiday Home Show, will be holding their Victorian Christmas celebration next Sunday, December 6, 2009. To add to the festivities, the Country Parlor Show will hold an encore performance in the Naugles Barn from noon to 4 o'clock.

Here's the information as listed on the Hallockville website:

December 6: Victorian Christmas at Hallockville - Experience a special time of year in a special place. The Hallock Homestead will be decorated as it would have been during the Victorian Period. And celebrate a 1930s Polish-Immigrant Christmas in the Cichanowicz Farmhouse. Plus there is a lot more including a visitor from “up North”. Noon to 4 PM. Fee.

Here are more photos of the show from Maureen of Old Sound Stables.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Opening Day of the Country Parlor Holiday Home Sale!

Waiting for the doors to open . . .

Stained Glass

Honeysuckle Lane Doll

thimblefolk Bear:

Dried Flower Wreath


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Suzanne Davis -- Pear Tree Primitives

This year, we are lucky enough to welcome Suzanne Davis of Pear Tree Primitives to our show. Suzanne hails from Idaho, a long way from the shores of Peconic Bay and the Country Parlor Holiday Home Sale!

Suzanne is multi-talented: she not only paints beautiful portraits and silhouettes, but she also makes charming dolls -- all while home schooling her children!

When we unpacked Suzanne's boxes on Monday, everyone in the barn was oohing and ahhing over her careful craftsmanship . Every painting is perfectly framed. Her subject matter ranges from children to Santa to soldiers!

If you can't attend the show this year, you can visit Suzanne at her website: Pear Tree Primitives and on her blog: Pear Tree Primitives

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Almost Time for the Country Parlor Holiday Home Sale!

We spent yesterday unpacking boxes of goodies from as far away as Idaho and Tennessee in preparation for this weekend's sale.

We'll be decorating with fragrant greens and holiday lights!

Meet Dakota -- the official mascot of the Country Parlor Holday Home Show:

Please stop by to see us!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Barbara Blossey-Chuvalas: Basket Maker

A large slate-blue basket sits in front of an old farmhouse flanked by two porches. This is the entrance to Basket Garden Farm, the home of basket maker par excellence, Barbara Blossey Chuvalas. If you follow the drive around to the back, past the horse barn that is home to Mackinac, Cimmaron and Dewars, you'll find Barbara's cottage. It's filled to the beams with cane and reed and hand-made baskets in varying stages of completion, along with a big bag of carrots for the horses. If it's cold out, the wood stove will be going, and a cat and a springer spaniel (Barbara and her husband Ron rescue them) will be curled up there as close as they can get. In the summer, there are flowers galore around the drive, and the horses will whinny and snort until you stop to pet them. Barbara not only creates her baskets here, she teaches classes, too. It's a cozy and convivial place when classes are going on.

For information about classes contact Barbara at

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Welcome to the Country Parlor Holiday Home Show!

Welcome to the new online home of the famous Country Parlor Holiday Home Show!

The Country Parlor Holiday Home Show begin 18 years ago in the front parlor of Barbara Blossey-Chuvalas' turn of the century Italianate farmhouse on the North Fork of Long Island. A basket maker by trade, Barbara created a venue through which she could not only sell her handmade wares, but also highlight the work of the many talented artists who live along the shores of Peconic Bay and beyond.

The Country Parlor Show soon outgrew the confines of Barbara's home. She moved it to the historic Grange at the junction of Sound Avenue and Church Lane in Riverhead. The creaky old building was transformed into wonderland of holiday and year-round treasures -- from Barbara's baskets to quilts, embroidery, hooked rugs, penny rugs, hand-woven scarves, pincushions, birdhouses, cookies & candies, jams & jellies, sachets, -- the lists goes on and on!

The big news this year: the Country Parlor Holiday Home Show is moving! Barbara has found a bigger and better home for her beloved sale at the historic Naugles barn at Hallockville Museum Farm: 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 631-298-5292

Here is the information for this year's show. Mark your calendars! Only one week to go!

Country Parlor Holiday Home Show
Thanksgiving Weekend 2009
Friday, November 27 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday, November 28 9 am to 3 pm
Sunday, November 29 10 am to 2 pm

How to get there:
Route 58 Riverhead, New York to Northville Turnpike (3.5 miles east of Tanger Outlets)
Turn left onto Northville Turnpike to end at Sound Avenue
Turn right onto Sound Avenue and head east
Hallockville's Naugles Barn wil be approximately 2 miles east on the left

Simply the best Holiday Show on Long Island!

Check back daily for biographies of featured artists and sneak peeks of what they've made for you this year!