Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Website Has Arrived!

The new Spruce Ridge Studios website went live yesterday afternoon and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have this beautiful new look!

Here's some of the great features I like about the new website:
  • Organized and easy to navigate.
  • Pictures and pages load quickly.
  • Convenient search option at the top of the page....type in the name of a pattern or product and find it fast.
  • Create your own "wish list" for future reference.
  • Shop day or night (in your PJ's) at your convenience with the new easy-to-use shopping cart.
I will be adding textured wool to the "Wool Fabric" page in the near future.  This is another new feature that I am really excited about offering.  Please also note that if you don't want to use the shopping cart, you are still able to download an order form and mail in your orders.

If you have trouble getting the new website to come up, please clear your cache, cookies, browser, or history.  I had to go through several of these steps before it came up for me.

I really can't say it enough....thank you so much for your patience and understanding during the time my website was under construction.  I know how inconvenient it was and I appreciate that you have hung in there. My webmaster, Nate, had a monumental job of rebuilding from the ground up and his hard work is very much appreciated!

Your comments are always appreciated too!  Enjoy the new Spruce Ridge Studios!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rug Of The Day - My House Sampler

My House Sampler - Hooked by Carolyn Snyder, Branson West, MO
Design by Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm - Adaption by 
Spruce Ridge Studios (c) 2006
monks  = $69.00
linen = $85.00
dimensions :  41" x 32"

In early April, I had the pleasure to teach at the Eureka Springs Rug Camp. Vickie Hardcastle is the hostess for this camp and she works hard to make sure that everyone is happy...she served up some really yummy food and no one went away hungry!  There were quite a few spectacular wide cut/primitive rugs being hooked during the workshop.  Here is one by Carolyn Snyder.  She changed the wording from "My House" to "Stone County" to personalize her rug.  I love the white house and red bird and tulips up against her dark background.  The contrast is stunning.  Notice how the letters are hooked in just a little bit different wools to give variety and make them not so predictable.  This is an excellent example of a great primitive rug!

Here are just a few photos of Eureka Springs and the rugs being worked on at camp:
I love this unusual building in town.

My demonstration of how to hook a realistic primitive eye.....
Bunnie McGee was hooking October 31st, a Notforgotten Farm design

Ella Davison was hooking Bird of Paradise, a Spruce Ridge Original design,

Barb Schuessler was hooking my design, Have Ye Any Wool

Vicki Hardcastle was working on Trout, a Keith Kemmer design.

Nola was working on a Cactus Needle design called Peacock Plantation.  She really got a lot accomplished!

I will post more pictures of camp tomorrow.

There might be a major announcement this week-end!   *wink, wink*

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rug Of The Day - Love Grows In My Garden

Love Grows In My Garden-Hooked by Sandy Denarski
Design by Lori Brechlin/adapted by Spruce Ridge Studios (c)2009
monks:  $52.00
linen:  $66.00
Dimensions:  33" x 26"
Note:  the original pattern has the phrase "Love Grows In My Garden"
"Grandma's Garden" was customized for Sandy but can be added to your pattern if you ask for it.

Here is a wonderful spring/summer pattern for everyone who likes to garden or has memories of a favorite garden.  Sandy worked on this pattern last August in my class at the Hunterton County Rug Artists Guild Rug Camp.  We customized her pattern to say Grandma's Garden, in memory of her own grandmother.  Sandy added a couple of rows of the beading stitch at the bottom of the apron.  It gives a little added interest and breaks up that vast area of white.  It reminds me of an embroidered trim and it really added to the look of the whole design.  I love the colors that Sandy chose; mostly neutrals with just the right pop of color.  Also, there's wonderful movement in the background at the top.  Great job, Sandy!

Just an update on my website:  
It's almost here!  I have seen the test pages and I am so excited about the new look and feel of my website.  The shopping cart is easy to use and very convenient.  There is a search option so if you are not sure where to find a pattern or product, you can type in the name in the box and search for it.  
There were a few little tweaks needed and a few price corrections, but once those are completed, it should be good to launch!
I appreciate your patience and understanding.  It has been a long wait (just a little longer than I thought) but I am hoping that you will think it is worth the wait!  Stay tuned!