11/27/2013 12:58:00 PM Crafting leads to Farmstead shop
"I love the small-town close-knit community Chino Valley is. I feel privileged to have grown up with all the old pioneer families, like the Gilpins and the Ginns," said Natalie Latham of Old Farmstead shop.
Natalie Latham displays some of the numerous items in her Old Farmstead shop.
"Kindness is like a boomerang, it always returns." -- Author Unknown
Natalie Latham was born and raised in Chino Valley. Her family (Dunbar) has been here for three generations. She her husband, A.J., and twin sons Rhett and Dallin proudly still make Chino Valley their home.
"I love the small-town close-knit community Chino Valley is. I feel privileged to have grown up with all the old pioneer families, like the Gilpins and the Ginns," said Natalie.
Natalie always has enjoyed doing numerous crafts, so about six years ago she decided to open her own shop, "The Old Farmstead."
"I decided why not open a store to sell not only my homemade crafts but others as well. It is a way for stay-at-home moms to make a little extra money and get their crafts out there," Natalie said.
Every nook and cranny of the Old Farmstead is filled with jewelry, hair bows, handmade photo frames, quilted and sewn items, metal art, dishes, and more.
"This year on Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I'm excited to bring the first Farmstead Christmas. The event will be held outside my shop with various artisans from the community selling their arts and crafts. To make it even more festive, carolers will be singing Christmas carols and we will be giving out hot cocoa and candy canes," Natalie said.
"Also during that day we are having 'Operation Kindness' in which the craft vendors or anyone in the community can make up a plate of a dozen cookies, and bring them by the Old Farmstead and tell us who they would like it delivered to as a thank you or to just brighten someone's day who is in need of smiles," she added.
It thrills Natalie that her little shop has such a variety of items that almost anyone can find what they are looking for at very reasonable prices.
"When people come into my shop and find that perfect gift for someone to celebrate a birthday, baby shower or wedding, it makes me feel good to know I had a little sliver of the pie," she smiled.
"I feel that if there is anything you can do in life to make someone's day brighter, we should do it."