Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's Here!

As if there isn't enough excitement around here, look what showed up on my door step on Thursday afternoon!
It's my new book!
Last year at this time, I was feverishly hooking and writing to make my deadline.  I have waited for this moment for so long and now it's finally here!
My book, Introduction To Rug Hooking, is packed full of information for beginners.  Everything that I would teach in a beginner class is here...information on tools (hooks, frames, scissors), how to choose and prepare wool,alternate rug hooking materials, how to draw a pattern, how to finish your edges, how to care for your rug, and of course, how to hook! At the back of the book is a glossary of terms and a list of resources.
There are 8 projects included in the book.  Every one of them includes the pattern, designed by me, a list of materials, and the complete instructions with step-by-step photos.  There are a LOT of photos (over 400)!
The projects start with the very basic and go from there.  Every project teaches a different technique or stitch, or gives a hint to make your rug hooking journey a little easier and more satisfying.
I am hoping that beginners will love it and refer to it often.  But it is not just a book for beginners!  Experienced rug hookers will love the patterns and I hope they will also find the techniques useful and inspiring.
I am waiting for a large box of books to arrive but I can take orders now and ship them ASAP.  The book costs $25.95 and shipping within the US is $5.05 via Flat Rate Priority Mail. (If you live outside the US, please contact me for a shipping quote).
I would be happy to autograph your copy...just let me know!
PS:  I will be doing a book signing next Saturday (January 31) during our grand opening at Holly Hills Primitives.  Get there early to get your copy!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Transformation

For the past week or so, my husband and I have been working on setting up my retail space at Holly Hills Primitives.  Every time we spend a few hours there, we see such a wonderful transformation and it makes us really excited.  It just keeps getting better and better! Here are a few photos so you can follow along:
I knew I couldn't take on this new adventure without my husband's help! This is the first time that we saw the room and he did some measuring. Then we needed to go home and decide which of our display pieces and props would work the best.
 The next two pictures show "day one" of moving in with our props, tables, etc.  Notice this is the same view as above, only we have cleaned and moved things around.

What a difference just one day makes!  We still have to figure out if we have the correct display pieces for the merchandise we want to bring in.
Books!  Patterns!  Wool!  Kits! Hooks! We have to make sure we can fit it all in.

Today we added lots of lights and painted the inside of the wool shelves.  What a difference the lighting makes! 
 I love this skirted table with the door behind it. The table cloth is a peach plaid and the door is  gray green chippy paint with some peach paint showing through...a match made in heaven! (want to know a little secret?  The table cloth was the one we used on our cake table when we got married.  No kidding.  That's what kind of pack rats we are!)
Lots of room for patterns and kits...and lots of light too!

We have a little more work to do yet before we start bringing in the merchandise.  I can't wait to start loading the shelves with wool and filling the baskets with patterns.   It's going to be a fun and cozy place to shop!

In case you hadn't heard, Teresa Kogut is also sharing this lovely room with me.  She has begun to set up a lovely space too and I can't wait to see what she has to offer!

I am so thrilled about this new adventure so I hope you will stop by for a visit.  The grand opening will be Saturday January 31st from 10 am to 5 pm at Holly Hills Primitives, 105 Civic Dr., Holly, MI  48442.  I'll be there to greet you!
(PS: don't come any earlier than January 31st...I won't be ready yet).

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An Exciting Start To The New Year

Happy New Year to you!  
I am personally happy to leave 2014 behind and start the new chapter in my life called 2015. While there were happy moments and lovely opportunities in 2014, (teaching on a cruise to Alaska was the highlight!), we also had to say our sad and bittersweet goodbyes to family members and pets.  It certainly does take the wind out of your sails.  Now there is a fresh start and happier times to look forward to in the new year of 2015.

Just recently I have taken on an exciting new opportunity!  Starting January 31st, I will be opening a space dedicated to rug hooking and wool arts in a sweet little shop in Holly, Michigan.  My wool, select patterns and rug hooking supplies will be located at Holly Hills Primitives, 105 Civic Dr., Holly, MI  48442.  If you love primitives, you will love this shop!  Dawn has a keen eye for the loveliest primitive things.  We are hoping for a grand opening celebration on January 31st, so please do mark your calendar and stop by! 

Even though I will still have wool, patterns, and supplies here in my studio, this will give shoppers easy access to purchase all their rug hooking and wool needs from me, without having to come tramping through my house.  It's a wonderful opportunity for the new year!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Sale This Week!

I'm enjoying some extended family time after the Thanksgiving Holiday...so save room on your Holiday shopping list for Spruce Ridge Studios' Holiday Sale later this week. 
Thursday December 4th
From 11 am to 6 pm EST
For purchases up to and including $55.00, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase. You'll get 25% off your entire purchase of $55.01 or more!  Buy more and save more!
Discounts will apply to everything on the Spruce Ridge Studios website EXCEPT Eurosteam Irons. Shipping and MI sales tax is extra. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Woolly Little Flash Sale

Today only!  A warm and woolly flash sale on a cold, gray November day!
Here is Wool Ewe Be Mine, a design adapted from Notforgotten Farms and offered by Spruce Ridge Studios.  I hooked this little sweet mat a few years ago, using neutral textures with a lovely red heart. You don't need a lot of different colors to make this look great! I used quillie circles in the sheep's body but you could also just hook little curlicues for the fleece.  I hooked the background in straight rows to simulate boards.  It's a nice contrast to the curves of the heart. The size is 16" x 14" so it hooks up quickly and I think it would make a great Christmas gift for someone special!
Again, I drew up too many of this pattern because I thought it was so adorable, so you get to profit from my exuberance!
This woolly little Flash Sale lasts ONLY today, Thursday November 13th (lucky number 13!) and runs all day (9 pm EST) or until I run out of patterns.  It is only for the Wool Ewe Be Mine pattern.  
This flash sale will offer 4 monks cloth patterns at 30% off (deeper discount for all you monks cloth fans) and 6 linen patterns at 25% off.  First come, first served, in the order that your order is received.  Shipping and sales tax (if you live in Michigan) is extra.
Here is a link to my website in case you need any more information:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

That Time of Year!

Yes, it's that time of year!  Time for Holiday shopping and Christmas shows...and here is my favorite!
All The Trimmings Holiday Show in Chelsea, Michigan
It takes place Saturday December 6th
 from 10 am to 4 pm.  
(I'm giving you lots of time to mark your calendar)
 It's really a lovely, cozy little show with handmade items from Michigan artists, including wood carvings, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, felting, honey, folk paintings, pastels, counted cross stitch, textiles, rug hooking, and fresh greens. I personally do some of my own shopping at this show.  We purchase our Christmas wreaths and greens (they're always SO fresh!) and I've gotten some wonderful gifts too (earrings, fresh roasted coffee, wood carvings, and antiques).  I've heard some first time attendees say "Wow!  This is a GREAT show!"
The town of Chelsea is also having their Hometown Holidays celebration, so you can shop all day in the quaint town of Chelsea...and if you didn't know, the actor Jeff Daniels lives in Chelsea and founded the Purple Rose Theatre there!  The Common Grill is a special and favorite place for those who are looking for a tasty bite to eat!
Did I  mention free parking, free admission, and free refreshments?
If you are planning on attending, send me an email with your address and I will mail you a postcard with a discount when you shop in my booth.
I hope to see you there!

Monday, November 10, 2014

A New Old Friend

I vended at Harvest At The Mill in Holly, Michigan in the beginning of September.  It was the first time for me and as my husband and I walked through the gym on "set-up" day, I knew I was in big trouble.  There were so many wonderful primitive antiques, all of them in the rustic farmhouse kind of style that I love!  It was really hard to contain myself and at the end of the day, I had supported my fellow vendors very well.  I came home with a honey colored old cubby shelf and a wonderful old painted cupboard.  For those of you who know me, I have a uncontrolled love affair with old cupboards.  I always say that I have no more room for them, but somehow they come home with me, just like a good old familiar friend and we manage to find a place to make it work.  I just can't say no!
We finally put the new cupboard in its spot, cleaned it up, and checked it out like a newborn baby.  
I had been originally looking at an old bucket bench but then this caught my eye.  Double doors and double drawers.  The hardware worked great and the doors were straight and strong. The side boards on the top are original (all one piece of wood on the sides) but someone has shaped and modified it.  It sort of looks like a bucket bench but it's not.  And the streaky gray blue paint, all chippy and half worn off.  It made my heart skip a beat!


 When my husband opened the left hand drawer, he said "looks like the mice were chewing in there." Sigh.  I love that.  It gives it more character.  It has a story.  Just as long as they're not in there now, I'm good with it.

The nice thing is that it looks like no one used it as a tool bin or stored greasy stuff in it.  All it needed was a nice brushing out and a little vacuuming.  I said to my husband "Smell this thing...doesn't it smell good?" and he said "just smells like old wood to me."  It's not musty, just a lovely old smell, like sweet warm wood.
Now, can you imagine us bringing this home along with all our other merchandise from our booth?  My van was filled literally to the roof (with some stuff stuck inside the cabinet to make room)!  But where there's a will, there's a way, especially for a fanatical cabinet collector!