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November 2015

"Christmas Isn't Christmas Till Ya'll Get Here"...



Ho! Ho! Ho! I'm back! Have you all been good? Did you stay "Seeew-cial" and support your favorite small businesses this weekend? If you did, you've been saved from my "Naughty" list. Oh yes, I keep a list and I check it twice. It pays to be nice. LOL. 

As promised, I've got the re-cap for our 7th Annual Homespun & Holly Workshop which we hosted earlier this month (November). For me, Christmas isn't Christmas all get here! I'm just a little bit obsessed with this new Christmas album from Kylie Minouge right now! Just a lil' bit.

By all means...get up and dance. I'm not watching or anything. No judgment.


I say this every year and I mean it every year...our workshops are my favorite part of the Shoppe. Since we have become a destination, it is heartwarming to hear from people who have traveled across the country to attend! Their enthusiasm is contagious and they are super excited to be here! At the same time, we have many others who have attended every year since 2009. They come with such joy in their hearts and eager to create another set of hand-made holiday projects. The "Mothership" and I greatly appreciate those who have been so dedicated to this event and our Shoppe. It has been a true pleasure in getting to know many of you! 

First, I want to share with you something special (pictured below)! All of our participants this year received a kit from the "Mothership" to make this adorable Fig Tree table mat called, "Blossoms & Jam." It is made with those delightful 2.5" Mini Charm Packs known as Moda Candy. What a nice gift! Um, where's mine? The "Mothership" used Basic Grey's Evergreen to make ours. Super cute!


If you've never attended a Homespun & Holly Workshop, you need to know that our invited designers design an exclusive "secret" project just for you! There is NO PEAKING before. If you attended this year, be sure to comment in the comments at the end of this post! Which was your favorite project? What did you like the most about the workshop? 

When I talk about bringing your Christmas cheer, well...just look at these lovely ladies! Smiles all around! We even had some jaw-dropping moments with Jayne, Freda & Sherri Falls (upper left). 


This year it was Table 4 that seemed to be where it was at. Each of the three days, three different sets of ladies were very "seeew-cial" with one another at this particular table. During our S.p.R.u.N.g Workshop, it was Table 1. I love to hear you all laughing and sharing your stories! All in all, old friends and new friends gathered to make some very festive memories. This is what I love about Quilt World...the ability to come in as strangers and leave as friends. 

Of course, throughout the three days we saw many new and familiar faces come and enjoy the workshop! Some even came from as far away as Nebraska, Utah, Missouri, California, Idaho and Arizona! Here are just some of the many lovely people who joined us for the 7th Annual Homespun & Holly....


Now there is one more element to our workshop that I obsess over. 

The catered luncheon, otherwise known as FOOD!

Instead of making you wait in a line for a buffet, we serve you family style at your table! Talk about service? I hope you enjoy it as much as we do setting it up. While Priscilla "Queen of the Dessert" was preparing the salads, I managed to take a quick pic of her table setting in progress....


On the menu this year, she literally named the Orzo Pasta just for me! LOL. I could eat that like...every day. Seeew good.

Last but not least we couldn't have a holiday workshop without giving you a festive, inspiring environment in which to create. We even had a different table cloth color for each day! Red on Friday, a deep Aqua on Saturday and Christmas Evergreen on Sunday!  Thank you to our five designers for creating such beautiful samples to share with all of you! 





Well, there you have it! The 7th Homespun & Holly has officially come and gone now the question is, "what are you going to do next?

I can honestly tell you that, "No, I'm not going to Disneyland." However, I am already planning for our 8th Annual Homespun & Holly in December of 2016! 

In fact, we've already launched registrations for all three of our popular workshops including S.p.R.u.N.g (April 9 & 10), Wool N' Harvest (October 1 & 2), and the 8th annual Homespun & Holly

I now invite you to register for the 2016 Homespun & Holly Workshop. I'm changing up the theme for next year and we will be reducing the number of seats available (I need space for what I want to do), seeew don't wait too long! For the first time since 2010, the workshop will be in the first week of December making this a true Christmas holiday workshop!

Seeew excited! Are you? 

Stay seeew-cial and if you attended this year's event don't forget to leave a comment in the comments below letting me know what your favorite part of the workshop was!  Happy Holly-Days! ~ Brian


'Tis the Season! Get ready!



We have officially entered my favorite time of the year....seeew you know what that means! Christmas music on the blog!!!! From old classics to new discoveries, I try to include as much as I can for your holiday pleasures.

The "Mothership" and I have been enjoying our three day holiday break. Today we started decorating her home and of course I had to break out this new single from Kylie Minouge called White December! It's more of a "romantic Christmas" little diddy...think Mariah Carey and her "All I Want For Christmas..." If it doesn't make you want to dance and shake your charm pack, I don't know what will. Reading the blog on a desktop as opposed to an iPhone will give you all the musical "feels." Just an FYI.

In the days and weeks ahead I will be sharing all of my holiday favorites (new and classics) with you while updating you on lots of things here at the Shoppe! Of course, I'll be starting with a re-cap of our most popular workshop, "Homespun & Holly!" From the feedback we received, everyone had a great time and loved their "secret" projects from our invited designers! Registration for next year, has already launched with people already booking in with their friends! We have moved the event to the first week of December in 2016, which is perfect for a holiday workshop! You can register for 2016 right here. Stay tuned for the re-cap!

Would you believe I am still creating Christmas displays in the Shoppe?! This year, while I didn't want to rush the holidays...I also developed a third blood clot in my calf. Again? I know...let's not dwell - I'm receiving treatment, but it has slowed me down. It's ok though as Christmas to me, begins after Thanksgiving. In our family, we add in decorative touches throughout the entire season which makes it all the more special. An ornament here, a decorative garland there - and all to a little candle glow! You really should try it sometime, you'll be amazed at how much of a festive, winter wonderland you can create! Seeew if you're making plans to visit the Shoppe this weekend, you'll want to keep checking back as we always find something to add.


Alright, I'm going to start working on our displays at the Shoppe. I delivered one of the trees to The "Mothership's" home seeew she's now happy as a Cardinal. Look at me ensuring everyone's happiness today. LOL. The picture above is of her treenware display. We sell these gorgeous wood trays in the Shoppe and people always ask, "What do you do with them?" you go! Add some fancy candles and greenery and you have an attractive display for your mantle, a dining room table, kitchen island, etc. She will throw in some snow and light the candles a little later on.

We hope you all had a moment to reflect on everything you are grateful for and spent lots of time with family and friends!

We will be open Saturday for Small Business Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (12pm-4pm). You never know what we have in-store for those of you who venture into the Shoppe!

Stay Seeew-cial and I'll be back with the Homespun & Holly re-cap! ~ Brian


The Road Less Traveled....



I'm having a little surgery today seeew pardon the "intermission" on the road less traveled. Nothing too major and I'm told I'll be on my feet and able to be back at it tomorrow (Tuesday).

We have some gorgeous country out here in Oregon, don't we? I mean...what else do you do when about to have surgery? Bring on the Madonna and um...take a bunch of pictures that create a sense of calm and peace? I get completely freaked out at just the sound of that tissue they have covering the exam table. It's the sound of seriousness.

If you follow the Shoppe on Instagram or Facebook, you probably have noticed I like to take the road less traveled...a lot.

It seems to be a recurring theme in my life when it comes to the Shoppe. Always changing, and always looking for something new. The "Mothership" taught me that. She never wants to do what the "others" are doing. I don't either. I guess you could say we both have a bit of a "rebel heart." LOL. XOXO.  

We do our own thing and we do what we love. It helps you through the dark times when life throws you a curve ball. I know a lot of people have been facing challenging times in recent months and maybe even in the last couple of years. There is however, a glowing light in the distance. 

It's always there. Even when you can't see's there. 

Remember....stay seeew-cial on the road less traveled and I'll see you here again. ~ Brian