Taking Some Time To Recharge With This....

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 I'm actually in the middle of decorating but I just had to share this....

 

 I hear from my Disney friends....it is SPECTACULAR.

Those lyrics and sounds are beautiful! It literally gives me all the "feels" and I haven't even seen it yet! Wait for the moment...it crescendos and is just the absolute definition of pixie dust!

I of course purchased the deluxe edition. LOL. Always purchase your music people. I'm always amazed when I go on YouTube and find people bragging about how they copied the song. I feel the same way about quilt patterns. I don't understand why people have to have a pattern discounted or worse...when they copy it? That's someone's time and livelihood. Would you want your employer to ask you, "Can I discount your paycheck?" Uh...probably not. LOL.

I'll be back in a day or two with more from the Shoppe. I take time to re-fuel when we have event after event. Today is #shopsmall Saturday seeew get out and support your local businesses which include brick and mortar quilts shops! Even if your LQS doesn't carry the fabrics you want, there is always a way to support whether it is picking up a pattern, a notion, a gift item or by taking a class!

I will add that I've loaded lots of our quilt models in our Holiday Quilt Mania Sale for 50% off our regular price. Our finished quilt price includes the cost of fabrics for the top and back, piecing costs and the cost of quality custom quilting.   I just happened to load my favorite quilt of the year...the Hang Ten Finished Quilt. I love Melissa's quilting it fits the theme of the quilt perfectly!  This quilt is on sale for $300 while it lasts.

We are open for Small Business Saturday 10am-5pm!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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1st Annual Holly Days Craft Fair Tomorrow, Saturday November 19 10am-4pm

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Our first annual Handmade Holly Days Craft Fair is tomorrow, Saturday November 19 2016 from 10am-4pm. I have put a detailed description here on our website! Come out and #shoplocal while supporting local crafters just like you! We'd love to do it again next year so show them how supportive quilters are!

See you there and stay seeew-cial! ~ B

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Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

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Are you thinking about Thanksgiving yet? I am! In fact, I was playing around with this new large glitter turkey centerpiece. Can't you just imagine the shimmer from the soft glow of your holiday candles? Anyway, I'm super busy loading all of our home decor and gifts (including ornaments Mary Jane!) on our website. It is taking me FOREVER! Does anyone know how much work this is? LOL. Seeew bare with me! Everything that can be ordered has a picture. I've got Christmas decor here and I'm currently working on ornaments here! And get this...as I hang them, I'm loading them into our on-line store taking even more time! I must be cray. Those darn camera silhouette's are items that have yet to be verified and they are everywhere on the site. Just skip over them. I'll eventually get them all filled in. Meanwhile the "Mothership" and Christine are cutting Farm Girl borders for the final mail-out. We have lots going on so we thank you for your patience!

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As a reminder we are always closed the day before Thanksgiving to give our staff and ourselves time with family and friends. In fact, on the actual T-Day, I soak it all in and do absolutely nothing. Our regular hours will resume on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 10am-5pm. Then, on Saturday, December 3 it's time for our annual Once Upon A Homespun Christmas Open House! One day only! If you can't make that, we will be open Sunday, December 4 from 10am-4pm.

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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'Tis The Season For Busy!

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You know when I go silent at this time of the year it's for one reason and one reason only! The holiday season and our plethora of events is upon us! Where do I even begin?? Oh...I know, before I get carried away our wool is selling out! If you want some cream or black, I advise coming soon! Also the color packs are depleting but never fear we are ordering more! Tis the season! I've also so been busy hanging ornaments galore! Lots of cute new fun ornies to make spirits bright like the new Diner below. In fact, we have a ton of new "retro" inspired ornaments. Are you following us on Instagram? Are you taking a peak and shopping our new website? If you're not and you're not visiting ...then you are missing out on lots of stuff that I sneak in!

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Anyhoo...are you ready for a detailed post? You are????? Shut. The. Door, Esther Marie! This very well could be the only post you get from me for awhile seeew grab those charm packs and take a seat. Am I bossy?

Seeew directly at the top of this blog is our Handmade Holly Days Craft Fair which will be held Saturday, November 19 from 10am-4pm. Local crafters just like yourselves will be here selling their unique handmade items. The event is open to the public and vendors will be cash only. Meaning you do not ring out with us, you will pay these great people individually. The fair will host crafters with talents in wood turned ornaments accessories and quilting tools, Christmas vignettes, jewelry, hand woven towels, mats and towels, dolls and some of our own small projects and quilts.

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For Thanksgiving week we will be closed Wednesday, November 23 & November 24. This is an annual tradition for us and is our way to express gratitude for our staff while giving them quality time with family and friends. Regular hours will return Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26. Our annual Once Upon A Homespun Christmas Open House is Saturday, December 3 10am-5pm.  We are only open on selected Sundays...our next Sunday open is Sunday, December 4 from 10am-4pm.

 

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Seeew...what's new in the Shoppe??? LOTS! Unfortunately I cannot show EVERYTHING (that's where you come into play and visit the Shoppe), but I can show you my favorite new fabric collection! It's called Hop, Skip & A Jump and it's by the adorable Sandy Klop of American Jane. When Sandy was here last year I said, "Hey Sandy...I thought of a name for your next collection! Have you ever thought of naming a collection,  Hop, Skip & A Jump?" She was elated and said she'd get to work on it as soon as she flew back home! A little over a year later and here it is! Super cute and it's starting to be noticed! We have kits for the Muffets Tuffet Quilt available here and they are excellently priced!

Here are just four of the sixteen blocks....click here to view the entire quilt which is what the quilt kit will make. I have a feeling we don't even need to make a sample for this one as it is selling fast!

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In between the 100 million other things we have going on, Jan was able to finish up our Mini Pumpkins Wall Hanging (below). One thing the "Mothership" has is an eye for color and placement. I love ALL of it! Why anyone would want to darken this project up is beyond me. That gorgeous background makes this project what it is! Phenomenal.

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And as always, her kits are packaged with attention to detail as only you would expect from our Shoppe! They are literally like Christmas presents! Maybe you'll want this one under your tree???

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Oh....I almost forgot, did I tell you our barn doors for our new workshop space arrived? I decided to hang the pumpkins on one of them to see how it will work out! I think it's going to work well...don't you?

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I'll show you the entire set of doors when he's finished with the hardware details. These doors have literally been months in the making and they are everything we hoped they would be! GORGEOUS. Next up...we will be tackling the register area! I highly doubt time is on our side before Homespun & Holly (in just a few weeks) seeew maybe we will wait until January? All I know is it has been a year long remodel! BTW... I never said it was finished. Thank you to those of you who support the Shoppe regularly...it is because of you that it was always possible!

Coming up in my next blog post I'll recap our recent Autumn Breakfast Club Brunch which was held this past Sunday! Pictured below the "Mothership" and Christine are holding up a brand new quilt which we will have kits of soon! Don't ask me when...I'm only the messenger. Just keep your eye on our email, website, and all social media. I'm always amazed how many people don't look at it and then are disappointed when they miss out. I don't know what else I can say??? LOL. I only speak truth here on the blog.:-)

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Let's Take A Bag Class...

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Today the "Mothership" and Christine taught a group of ladies this adorable bag! The joy of this bag is that it provides easy access to all of your supplies...and you can see them with the mesh lined pockets! Our sample was made with the very adorable Sew & Sew collection! Maybe you want to use your bag for traveling? Maybe you want to use it for your quilting supplies? Or maybe you just want to throw in a hairbrush, used tissue, a $5 bill with some crusty pennies in the corner -  and call it a day.

Ya know I had to keep it real by painting up the visuals. 

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Since it is therefore a bag, the one thing I know for sure is everybody gotta' see the inside of the bag!

"Good heavens Mary Jane...show us the inside of your super cute bag!"

Um...ok.

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Joan is of course super excited for the lightweight mesh inside. It's absolutely perfect for see-through pockets and expandibility! The mesh and zippers come in a variety of colors and are available in our Shoppe and in our on-line store here. I can always count on Joan for the "action" shot. Thanks Joan!

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Good ole Grace and Carol are using the buddy system which fosters encouragement and light-hearted banter. You got this Grace! And look...she's using the beautiful Summerfest fabric from Moda! 

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As for me, I'm buried in work. We've got the Handmade Holly Days Craft Fair on Saturday November 19 and then our Once Upon A Homespun Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2. We are also open on Sunday, November 13 seeew this Sunday is one of my few Sundays I get to get as much done as humanly possible.

Before I forget...we did get a variety of very cute sewing-themed accessories from Lori Holt over the last week! All of these items would make adorable stocking stuffers! We like to cute everything we do up so I strongly recommend getting the Scrappy Project Planner and then cute it up with the "Bee Creative" sticker book. When we did the Mini Pumpkins Quick Curve class last week, Jan and Christine had their fabrics organized in those little tins. You can see everything we currently have in our on-line store here.

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Since November and December have holidays, I have posted our hours changes for the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas in our daily email. Our Once Upon A Homespun Christmas Open House is Saturday December 2. That's all for today.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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The New Tropicana Collection & New Music From Moana = Paradise

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With winter approaching it may be too early to be thinking about paradise, but there are those who take to the beach when the weather gets frigid. New this week is the Tropicana collection by Lewis & Irene. Love those flamingos, palms and pineapple!  BTW, if you haven't checked out our Lewis & Irene collections, their hand on the fabric is phenomenal! Every. Single.Time.

I thought it would be the perfect collection to dream up something fabulous along with the new theme song, "How Far I'll Go"  (radio version) from Disney's new "Moana" in theaters this Thanksgiving (see below)! You know those Disney heroines...they always have a power anthem! This one (see below) just happens to be about rethinking those goals and dreams. Gotta have goals and dreams folks! Since this song is the radio version, I can't wait to hear the version she sings in the film!

Remember when I was outta-control about Frozen in 2013?

Hee hee.

We have Fat Quarter Bundles available of the Tropicana collection in our on-line store here. Each bundle contains just 15 Fat Quarters. Individual Fat Quarters are $3.25 ea.  To view the entire Tropicana collection, click here.

Now...I enjoy sharing music, but make sure you go out and buy the song or purchase the soundtrack! I already did:-) I bought the deluxe edition:-)

Never underestimate how far your creativity can go when you stay seeew-cial!  ~ Brian

 

 

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Learn English Paper Piecing Saturday, October 29

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If you've ever wanted to learn English Paper Piecing we have a great class coming up on Saturday, October 29 from 10:30am-1pm using a 2" Apple Core template. The "Mothership" herself will be teaching this class and I guarantee you will learn much from her. In particular you will be learning how to apply fabric to the Apple Core template but you will also learn how to piece ends and how to finish edges. It is a different technique than what you do with Hexies. This is a hand-sewing class seeew no sewing machines need to be brought. I know...dry your eyes. It will be ok. To register click here or call us at 503-607-0600.

I do have to say we really appreciate everyone who has joined us during a class or designer workshop. It's seeew nice having our classroom here in the Shoppe after the remodel this past April. Every great quilt shop needs a classroom not only because it teaches future generations the art and passion of quilting...but it also ensures that the dream of owning a brick-and-mortar quilt shop (in an increasing internet heavy world) is still possible for them as well.

Seeew...thank you to one and all!

Stay Seeew-cial and see you on October 27! ~ Brian

 

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Calling All Crafters & Artisans!

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Calling all crafters and artisans! We are looking for vendors for our upcoming Handmade Holly Days Craft Fair on November 19 (10am-4pm). The event will be held here in our brand new workshop! Do you have a hidden creative talent? Do you make cute stuff? Maybe you design vintage jewelry? Maybe you create pottery? Or maybe...just maybe you make really cute vintage Christmas vignettes, or create retro holiday ornaments? Just getting that brainstorming going for ya! I will add that we are good with bag projects. We've got that one covered seeew now we're looking for a bit more! Give Jan a call at 503-607-0600 or email us at hollyhillorders@comcast.net ATTN: Jan for more information.

If this sounds fun to you and you have a hidden creative talent come be seeew-cial with us! We'd like to have vendors finalized by the end of this month! Seeew either give us a call or email for more info!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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"I Felt Spoiled" - A Look At This Year's Wool N' Harvest Workshop

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It's FALL!!! Aren't you excited out there???? I love, love, love FALL! The colors, the weather, the smells...and my "day of arrival" (a.k.a. Birthday) is in November. Anyhoo...October has already proven to be a very busy month! Seeew many things happening in addition to everything we had going on before! I don't think there is ever a day that the "Mothership", Christine and I leave before 11pm. Regardless, there is much to be "thankful" for...we woke up today, still have our health, our family....and all of you!

When I think of Autumn, I think of the gorgeous Oregon countryside which then leads me to the genre of Country music and well....here we go! Who has seen the "Forever Country" video? When Dolly appears....chills. Love this...seriously. It's amazing. Not only do country roads take you home...but they also take you to your favorite quilt shop!

 


 

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At the beginning of the month we hosted our 2nd Annual Wool N' Harvest Retreat Workshop with designer, Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms! Where does one even begin? Can I repeat myself? We love Autumn! My biggest reason for moving out of Florida was I missed the seasons and geography of Oregon. At Disney, the first time that temperatures dropped below 75, every VIP Guide was dawning the VIP Blazer. I know...Oooooooooh. Awwwwwww. Seeew it's seeew refreshing to be able to live in the PNW and experience the glory and majesty of fall!

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Kathy is truly amazing. For our workshop she designed an exclusive three-block Harvest themed project that could be made into a wall hanging that celebrates the beauty of the season. The best part is, she designed it exclusively for our workshop! Have you tried creating wool projects on textured backgrounds from Diamond Textiles? The end result is stunning and sophisticated! I will add that wool projects made with quality hand-dyed wools are not cheap. I'm always surprised when someone thinks wool is the cost of fabric or felt. Uh...no.

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Seeew, now we get to the good part! I could sit here and type how amazing everything is, but  see all of these lovely people in the photos? Well, I wanted to get their take on the workshop! I send a big thank you to those who shared their experience!

Lisa Moore a local Oregonian wrote: "Hi there! I had a wonderful time @ the Wool n Harvest workshop! I took the class because I've always wanted to make something with wool & Autumn is my very favorite time of year. It was fun to meet new people, work alongside other ladies, & try something new! I loved the projects, & the designer too-she was very friendly. The meal/table setting was lovely! All of it was great-glad I went & look forward to next years event! And your BEAUTIFULLY decorated shoppe always inspires me! You are all awesome-great job on all of it-Thank you seeeewwww much😉👏👏👏 sincerely, Lisa Moore"

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Pat Godkin came up from California to attend. I remember Pat from last year's Homespun & Holly so it was nice to see her come for a different event! She wrote a lot but here are some of the things she had to say! BTW, Pat recommends her local shop In Between Stitches if you're ever in Livermore, California!

"I traveled from Livermore, CA for Wool and Harvest workshop this year because I like wool appliqué, I like Kathy Cardiff's designs, the catering is outstanding and my husband gets to hike on the fabulous trails nearby. I loved these three blocks, each one had very different autumn elements and complimented each other. You could add buttons or charms, borders for pillows or design a quilt. Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful and the customer service excellent."

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Setting the table for lunch is our favorite thing to do! Priscilla made a Pumpkin Truffle that was obscene on my tastebuds.

Longtime customer Jayne Cohen had a lot to say too! During the workshop the "Mothership", Christine and I had to do some intricate cutting of the third block kit (the pumpkin) seeew Jayne missed us being on the floor. Awww...super sweet. We love seeew-cializing but sometimes we end up being the "Father of The Bride" if ya know what I mean. Running around freaking out about hot dog buns and swans. Think about the movie...and then you'll understand what I'm saying.

Anyway, here's what Jayne had to say!

"I love coming to your workshops because it's FUN! The projects are creative and useful for the specific season plus I learn something new each time I step into your shop. You make everyone feel special each and every time we walk into your shop. The samples, the kits, the people and the beautiful environment welcomes me home each time I walk thru the door. Additionally, you offer us discounts that are irresistible! I wasn't going to buy anything...but how could I not? Thank you so much for everything you do to keep my creative juices flowing 💜"

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 I always love it when we see new faces mingling with the familiar. This truly is the best part. The fact that five strangers can sit together, create, share stories and more....is exciting to me. I don't know why. Doesn't it feel good to look up from the phone and engage????

Another Oregonian, Natalie Weninger wanted to attend Wool N' Harvest to expand her embroidery skills and learn new tools. This was her first time attending one of our workshops and she "felt spoiled." She loved the warm colors of the projects but since she loves Sunflowers...that block was her favorite! Here's what else she had to say!

" It was so much fun! I learned new things, met really great people, shared ideas and exchanged social media sites so we can stay in touch.  I have to add that lunch was over the top! Both food and presentation were fantabulous! I love being spoiled. Thank you ~ I will come again!"

For Karen Kraus of Portland, this was her second time attending Wool N' Harvest. Karen attends our seasonal workshops to "learn new ideas and tips to improve my own work. I also come to meet and collaborate with others that are as interested as I am in creating something beautiful." In regard to this year's project, Karen wrote: "I will say I really loved the project this year, the food was exceptional, and I enjoyed the day overall."

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A favorite part of any designer workshop is when they bring their samples to share! Why do samples always look better in person? We carry all of Kathy's patterns in-store and in our on-line store.

Click here to view them all!

Remember that when ordering patterns, our website has a basic shipping rate of $5.95 for a USPS envelope with tracking. We suggest ordering more than one or adding in wool or fabric to justify shipping. If you want to order just a single pattern, call us at 503-607-0600 and we can mail the individual pattern to you for $1.90 without tracking.

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I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into our Wool N' Harvest Workshop! Hopefully you'll be able to join us for one of our workshops or classes in the future! As for those of you who attend, thank you seeew much for spending the day with us. Your support is completely appreciated!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

 

 

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