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About Kristin Nicholas with Photos from Our Farm

I have been making things since I was a small child. My sisters and I learned to sew, embroider, and make all kinds of things. Making became my passion and over the years I have added other skills to my wheelhouse - ceramics, oil painting, book illustration, knitting, crochet, decorative painting and gardening. Professionally I worked as a Creative Director for a large yarn company - Classic Elite Yarns - for 16 years. I have authored 12 books on knitting, embroidery, crafting and interior decoration including my latest Crafting A Patterned Home. You can purchase signed copies of many of them in my shop.  

My design, art our our family's has been featured in Country Home, Vogue Knitting, The Boston Globe, Mary Jane's Farm, Bohemian Home, Cottages and Bungalows, Flea Market Decor and many more nationally published magazine. Our 1751 farmhouse is featured on the Apartment Therapy website here.  It is featured on the Houzz.com website here where it has continually been one of the most popular Home Tours in the Colorful Home category since 2012. 

My husband Mark Duprey, our daughter Julia, and I live on a working sheep farm in western Massachusetts - Leyden Glen Farm - along with several hundred sheep, a Border Collie named Kate, two Great Pyrenees Guard Dogs - Beau and Sadie, lots of cats, and chickens. You can read more about our farm on our Leyden Glen Lamb website here. 

In the summer, I grow a large veggie/flower garden from which I get much food, pleasure and beautiful bouquets. For ten years, I hosted classes at our farm on knitting, embroidery, creativity, fabric printing and stamping, furniture painting and more. I am taking 2019 from teaching classes here at our farm. 

Scroll down to see more photos of our farm, farmhouse and life in western Massachusetts. 

You can read my blog Getting Stitched on the Farm here

Sweet little lamb

Daffodils in the spring

Our veggie/cut flower garden at sunrise

Can't get enough sunflowers.....

View from garden to farmhouse

We love kittens

Great Pyrenees Livestock Guard Dogs Beau and Sadie as puppies

Beau and Sadie all grown up - 220 pounds of Great Pyrenees to love!

Celosia in an Italian Rooster Jug

End of Summer Sunflowers

Lambs ears with a bumble bee

You can never tell where inspiration can be found. These are Japanese beetle larvae with a beautiful beetle who will eat my plants. 

Sheep in the pasture, sun peeking through, looking at the chicken palace

A beautiful rooster to wake us up in the morning

Clouds coming in

Sheep on shearing day

Peonies, feverfew and lady's mantle in an antique pewter jug. An arrangement I have made for the past 30 years every spring

More peonies in a turquoise glass vase

My ceramics just out of the kiln

Petunia resting in the window near a crewel work pillow I made

Charlie - Head Senior Cat amongst my handmade afghan and pillows

Once in a while, I make homemade bread

Me and My Farmer Mark Duprey with Winston - our first Great Pyrenees Livestock Guard Dog and some of the sheep. We have raised sheep since 1980 when we purchased our first 4 Romney sheep.

Our daughter Julia prefers cats to sheep

Apples in our orchard in fall

Brand new twins

Lambs love to sleep on their mama's fleecy backs

Part of my sheep collection

An Italian antique vase with some kale in late autumn

Let's end with some more sheep photos - because are there ever enough?