Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mark Your Calendar!


What are you doing this week-end?  There is a wonderful primitive show being held this Saturday (September 6th) in Holly, Michigan from 10 am to 3 pm and I am so excited to be one of the vendors!  It is Harvest At The Mill, sponsored by Dawn and Dick Rossell.  I will be bringing a bounty of wool and rug hooking patterns, along with books, hooks, kits, and lots of other fun rug hooking accessories. A brand new Fraser 500 cutter with a #8 blade will also be available for purchase at the show.  I'm working on stitching up some sweet little lavender sachets and a bushel basket full of mini wool pumpkins (good for pin cushions or little fall decorating accents). It's going to look like fall has arrived in our booth!
I can't wait to see what the other vendors are bringing...there's wall to wall antique and early primitive goods!  I think this is going to be the show that a lot of people will be talking about for weeks!  Don't miss it!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I belong to the Welcome Mat, an on-line rug hooking group.  It is moderated by Wanda Kerr.  There is a discussion nearly everyday and a wealth of information that is accessible at your finger tips.  Most of the time, I just lurk around there and sometimes I skim over the reading because I am pressed for time.  
Today, Wanda posted a very wise discussion.  Even though I am pressed for time today (setting up at the Michigan Fiber Festival in a few short hours!), the words really spoke to me.  I want to share this discussion with you (she gave permission!) because I think it is important in this day and age of social media and internet sharing.

Alot of rug hooking connectivity takes place online theses days. I thrilled about this because I love my ability to meet and enjoy the heck out of so many like minded people! Thank you so much!
We on the Mat are in a very cozy little enclave. No one who isn't committed like we are is here.
From 15 years of working online with rug hooking I also know who possesses incendiary personalities and frankly I deny them access so that The Welcome Mat is as positive, calm and as loving as you and I can make it.
I grew up in a very negative atmosphere and I revile it, I'm sensitive to negativity and its influence on creating, our hearts and our souls. I think most people have a little well of non edifying waters they take a dip in every once and awhile. But most of shake off the waters, dry ourselves in the sunshine and carry on.
I don't like to be negative and I do like to act professionally at all times online. I have a pretty sturdy moral compass.
Every once in awhile my professional life is blurred by my private one but rarely.
What I'm saying is there are inside voices and outside ones.
I want to caution you about the permanence of your responses online.
Even if removed when read they create a lasting impression of you.
If you are a rug hooking professional, teacher, business person or even a blogger with nothing to sell, you need to conduct yourself with positivity and ethics.
A lot of what happens is simply reactionary. So and so writes a blog post with emotion ( not positive) and that in turn sparks a hussah of comments that both embroider and stumpwork ( build up ) the original words and emotions.
Be careful.
Try not to partake. Write a note but don't post it if you must.
Rarely do you ever see a dissenting opinion to these missives. And frankly they aren't that welcome.
Try to be the voice of reason if you are brave enough.
I have a list of good netiquette which I find even the top bloggers in rug hooking don't ahere to at all.
Please copy and spread this list around liberally. Everyone needs to see it and turn away from those who are not using good online manners.
1. Never denigrate a business or service no matter what happens if you have one yourself. NEVER.
2. Don't troll other services or blogs for good blog fodder without giving credit to the source ALWAYS with links. You would be shocked at the levels at which this is happening. We are having some very popular bloggers setting a very poor examples. In the greater blogosphere rug hooking bloggers are the only people who do not do this. It is very bad manners, akin to eating your snot at the dinner table with Her Majesty. Act more honorably, if the info they found, wrote or researched is good enough to add to your blog then don't they deserve a reference?
3. Always check with yourself before posting by asking would I want this said of me? Could I apply more understanding? Is this the seed I want to plant? What fruit will it bear? Would I want credit for my work?
4. If you have a quick emotional response to something you read ..... don't react by typing. React by thinking or creating. If a day later you still think you have something important to add then have at it. but I think you'll find in 10 hours much of the emotion will have dissipated. Don't feed that negativity.
5. Do not  ever and I mean NEVER take up the case of defense for someone else. Every horrible firestorm I've ever observed or weathered online came about because someone got indignant on another's behalf.
I'll tell you as an added bonus, this is something to look out for.... some people get that stuff going through behind the scenes manipulation and then sit back and actually enjoy the chaos, their hands nicely clean while everybody else is browned up to their ears in crap. Ohhh that stinks!
6. Don't act like spoiled babies when things aren't going the way you think they should. Change is inevitable and it is good. 
I'm going to use this as a blog post today too.
Spread the word on yours please with credit of course. 
Wanda is full of wisdom and I love the way she writes!  
If you want to join the Welcome Mat, click here.  There is a subscription fee to join.
See you this week-end at the Michigan Fiber Festival at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan, Michigan!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Thank you!

Thanks for participating in yesterday's Flash Sale.  I will be doing more Flash Sales in the future (darn, I wish I wouldn't have drawn up so many of such-and-such pattern!....) so keep checking back because you never know when it might happen!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Flash Sale!

It's a Flash Sale!

Sometimes I get a little crazy when I am drawing patterns and I draw too many of one certain design.  Maybe it's because I have extra backing left over and that pattern fits the scrap.  Maybe I am so smitten with a design that I think it's going to sell a lot.  Maybe it's just the full moon.  Whatever it is, I end up with more patterns than I know what to do with.  My overeagerness is your lucky day!  Today I'm having a flash sale because I have too many Do Goode, Be Nice patterns.  Here's how it works:
The Flash Sale lasts one day.  That's today, Thursday, August 7th, 2014.  It runs all day but please don't call me after 9 pm tonight, OK?  The Flash Sale is good for the Do Goode, Be Nice pattern only.  These patterns will be 25% off the normal retail price.

I am offering 5 Do Goode patterns on monks cloth and 4 on linen. (Linen is sold out - Thanks you!!!)Shipping (and sales tax if you live in Michigan) is extra.  The sale will end at the end of August 7th or whenever I run out of the patterns.
This is just in time for your Autumn and Halloween hooking!
Here's the link to the pattern on my website, just in case you want to take a peek:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Psssst!

Check back tomorrow after 10:30 am for a little surprise event!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Save the date!

Put a big smile on your face and come on over!

Spruce Ridge Studios
Annual Open House and Tent Sale
Saturday June 28, 2014
10 am to 2 pm
(sale starts at 10 am sharp - no early sales please!)

There will be clearance-priced wool and rug hooking patterns, along with craft-related products at reduced prices.  Also vintage, one of a kind, and collectible treasures!

All Sales Items will be under the tent.

For your regular shopping needs, my studio will be open during the sale

Visa, Master Card & Discover accepted

please contact me for directions

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Ups and Downs of Life ~ ~ ~

This post comes from deep down in my heart and it's a personal one. I know I've been away from my blog for far too long.  Thank you for sticking with me and not giving up.  2014 has been a rocky year and I have not wanted to talk about it up until now.  I'm not looking for sympathy or a pity party, but I do feel like you should know what is going on.

I have to say that many times I felt guilty for not keeping up with my blog and seriously considered just shutting it down because I didn't know if I could keep up with it. It took me a while to decide what to do.  I realized that I will get back to my postings again "some day" so for now, I will write and post pictures when I can.

The good news is that I wrote a book.  That was my BIG project I was talking about!  It is a beginner book for rug hookers with 8 projects to hook.  It starts out with a very basic project and continues with various projects that teach a different technique or method.  It goes from the very simple to a bit more challenging (fine cut!).  I think everyone will learn something from the hooked projects.  I am very excited!  The manuscript is at the publisher now and is still in the very early stages of being edited.  It might be a year before it is published but I'll keep you updated!  Being the procrastinator that I am, I had a lot to do in a very short period of time and I worked from morning until late at night to complete the hooking, drawings, text, and photos.  It consumed a large chunk of my life for a while.

Just about the time I could see the light at the end of the "writing a book" tunnel, my father-in-law passed away.  And one of my goats died unexpectedly the very next day.  I knew that God didn't give you more than you could handle but I felt like I was pretty much on the brink of a big black abyss.    It helped to work on the book to keep my mind off of the grief.  My father-in-law was 90 years old and lived his life in a beautiful way.  His funeral was more of a celebration of life rather than a gathering for his death.  It seemed like we were slowly getting through the dark times.
The book got out the door soon after (yay!), but then 2 weeks after the funeral, my dad became gravely ill. I rushed down to Nashville because things looked grim.  Again, I thought, how much can one person take?  I was away from home for 2 weeks.  Through all the prayers, my dad seemed to slowly get better.  He went to rehab but got sick again and now he is still in the hospital.  Many folks have prayed for him and I know the prayers are what keeps him with us.  There are good days and bad days.  Hopefully the good days will increase and the bad days will slowly disappear.

Throughout all of this, my husband has been my support and a solid rock.  He traveled by himself to vend in Kansas City at the Lenexa Hook-In because I had to leave town so suddenly (thanks to Jan Adams for helping too!!).  He said the Kansas City barbecue was worth every mile of the trip!

Slowly things are getting back to normal.  I am almost caught up with filling orders and I look forward to teaching soon and vending at some great upcoming shows! It is so wonderful to get back to a familiar routine.

So that's what is going on, dear friends.  I appreciate your loyalty to my blog. Thanks again for hanging in there and reading this l-o-n-g story! 

I hate to write and not post some type of picture, so here is a photo of my dad's 87th birthday party that we had on March 22nd.  He really doesn't look like he's 87.  We had a fun day!