Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Small Business Saturday

  It's time to count my blessings and give thanks for all the good things and happy memories that I've gathered over this past year. Did you know that this Saturday is Small Business Saturday?  To thank you for your friendship and continued support of Spruce Ridge Studios over the past year, I'd like to offer you a gift ~ a 20% discount on any rug hooking pattern listed on my website.
Saturday November 30, 2013
12 noon to 5 pm ONLY! (Eastern Standard Time)
20% off rug hooking patterns (no limit) listed on the Spruce Ridge Studios website.
Visa, Master Card, and Discover are gladly accepted

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mark Your Calendar For A Lovely Holiday Show!

I shocked my husband the other day by telling him that the older I get, the less I look forward to Christmas shopping.  I've realized that I'm just not a fan of the crowds and long lines in the big-box department stores when it comes to finding gifts for everyone on my list. I am most happy when I can make something or buy something unique from another artisan or small business.  That is why I look forward to the All The Trimmings Holiday Show!  Yes, I do vend there...but I also SHOP there!  It's a great little show.  I'm inviting you to come out and see what I'm talking about.     
Seventh Annual All the Trimmings Holiday Show
featuring creative and unique local talent
Saturday December 7, 2013
10 am to 4 pm
Chelsea Fairgrounds 
20501 Old US 12
Chelsea, MI
Free parking, free admission, free refreshments
Woodcarvings, bears, pastels, jewelry, textiles, folk paintings, antiques, collectibles, rug hooking, honey, locally roasted coffee, fresh Holiday greens, and much more!
This is held in conjunction with Chelsea's Hometown Holidays celebration so you can literally "small-town" shop all day!
call Marlene at 734-475-2159 for more information

  Just an FYI: If you have recently attended the Ghoultide Gatherings show, the All The Trimmings show is at the same location, but in the heated Service building.  Shop in a cozy and warm atmosphere!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Have You Seen Tomte?

Have you seen Tomte?  Well, I'll tell you where he is...he has appeared in the current issue (November/December 2013) issue of Rug Hooking Magazine!

Tomte the Elf (c) 2012 Kris Miller/Spruce Ridge Studios

A tomte (Swedish) or a tonttu (Finnish) is a mythical small elf-like man.  He was in charge of protecting a farmer's house and barn and often did his work at night when everyone was asleep.  A tomte traditionally wears a red cap and has a white beard.
I loved hooking my little Tomte!  He's a great little design to keep out all winter long (not just at Christmas). And best of all, you can hook him too...he's a free pattern in Rug Hooking Magazine!  If you don't want to draw out the pattern yourself or if you want to order a wool kit using the same wool like I did,  you can order either one of them through Rug Hooking Magazine for a limited time: