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Sweetlife Christmas Shopping Nov 30-Dec 2

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        November 30-December 2, 2018
        10AM-5PM Friday and Saturday
        11AM-5PM Sunday


We create Sweetlife provisions to supply your pantry and personal care needs - or to give to the lucky folks on your list. They incorporate many ingredients from our gardens; we also enjoy embellishing packages for gift giving with flowers, herbs, and even rocks from our gardens. 

For your convenience, our studio will also be open subsequent Saturdays in December until Christmas, from 10-2, or by appointment other times. 


The Sweetlife studio will be open Nov 30-Dec 2, the same weekend other island studios and venues will be open for shoppers for the Studio Tour, Christmas in the Country and Working Studios.

Cocoa Local will be featured, along with lots of old favorites and some new treats (stay tuned-future posts will feature new additions to the product lines). As always, friends will be working in the commercial kitchen downstairs from our studio, sharing samples of our products with you on your way to our little upstairs shop. 

After more than 15 years, we stepped back last year from participation in the Christmas in the Country tour, to scale back the commitment of emptying our house to make room for guest artists. It was really nice to go home to an intact house at the end of the work days, but our artist friends who add diversity and good cheer to the shopping experience at Sweetlife Farm were missed both by us and our customers. Recently one of our long time artist friends called to discuss the possibility of converting garage space into vendor display space. After doing some thinking and reaching out to the other artists who sold their crafts at Sweetlife Farm two years ago, we decided to go for it. Please help us spread the word! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

  Nancy and Bob Fortner

Scroll down the page for a small sampling of unique goods you will find at Sweetlife Farm the first weekend in December. Joining us again this year will longtime friends, who happen to be fabulous artisans:

Arlene Egan 

felted hats and purses, nuno felted shawls and scarves, wire and semi-precious stone jewelry



Lerna Eng 

cloth origami gift boxes and cards





Carol Rolph 

fresh and dried wreaths and other fun Paulson Farm products



Jeanne and Mark Priest tecweld@hotmail.com

Techweld laser cut metal garden art



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