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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


It is May 25th today, and it actually feels like the middle of July! My goodness the weather here has been wonderful - although we need rain. Although we are not at the desperate stage yet, I hate to see brown grass in the summer. If it would rain every night while we slumber it would indeed be a perfect world.

The shop hop went wonderfully! So much fun. Our "Charming Bed Scarf" was a hit and we sold all of our kits! Thank you to everyone who bought them.

Our Prize winners were:

Grand Prize Winner - Diane Bonamy of Grand Haven
1st Place Winner - Linda Thomma of Gwinn
2nd Place Winner - Pat Johnson of Gwinn

Congratulations to you all!

We have high hopes for the summer months and at this time we are staying put. We had been set to move the store into Gladstone, but for now we are putting those plans on hold.

Our hours will be the same as we have had since January and we will NOT be opening this year on Sundays for the the summer. It was a decision that was not taken lightly, but I feel that we have to have time with our families. Trisha will be leaving us at the end of July to pursue her college career in Utah, so please stop in and wish her well. We will certainly miss her.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hello to all . . . .

My Aunt Linda sent this little clip to me just today. I thought I would share this with you all, as my store is all about offering and cheering for "made in the USA" products. We would much rather offer made in the USA products to buy, than the stuff that is not! Support your local artists and companies . . . rah rah rah!

"A physics teacher in high school, told students that while one grasshoper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following.

Good idea...one light bulb at a time...

In Lowes the hose attachments were all made in China. At Ace Hardware they were made in USA. Start looking.In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job . Hershey's candy is marked made in Mexico now. Colgate toothpaste is made in Mexico. Switch to Crest. Read the labels on everything.At Kroger 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. Next to the GE brand was an off brand labeled, "Everyday Value. " Compared the stats - they were the same except for the price . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in the USA in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.Throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.
Bounce Dryer Sheets... Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! The dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free and at almost half the price!Start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!Let's get with the program...help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U.S.A."

With that in mind, my challenge to you is to look - REALLY LOOK - at labels when you pick up products to put in your cart! It is ironic that we all complain and bellyache about prices going up on everything, but we all still buy name brand items! What is it about that? Do we think they do a better job than the off name or no name brands? After I read this little blip, I am re thinking that theory quite a lot. I am going to start reading label like crazy! I stongly urge you all to do the same!

Have a great last couple of weeks of August! Almost time to go back to school!!!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 2009

It has been quite a while since the last post here at Lodge News. May flew by in a blur, I have no idea what happened to June and July is almost toast. Time really does go by faster and faster it seems.

The store has been struggling this last year ( as many small shops are) and sad to say, we still are just barely hanging on. We are having to look long and hard at what will be the fate of the store in this economy. Right now we are plugging away trying to make it work - a wing and a prayer as I like to say. Thanks to everyone for your continued support by making purchases and telling your friends about us.

The "Shop The Top Hop" went well with a slight increase of both shoppers and sales over last year. Thanks to everyone who participated! I thought the gift baskets this year were wonderful! The big winners this year were:

$50 GC - Geri Reimer from Trenary
$25 GC - Cheryl Kemmer from Escanaba
$25 GC - Helen Peterson from Wetmore

Here's the list of winners from the individual shops:

Fabric Patch - Jean Trudgeon, Ewen
Glenna's - Cyndi Couchene, Iron River
Donna Laine, Marquette
Brambleberry - Ruth Robinson, Bergland
Portage - Sally Koskinen, Baraga
Northern Lodge - Yvonne Bowe, Chilton, WI
Country Garden - Pat Gruber, Marquette
Quilter's Haven - Pam Clark, Marquette
Evonne Boudreau, Escanaba
Pine Street - julie Morehouse, Baraga
Ben's - Teresa Ross, Escanaba.
Alley Kats - ?

Congratulations to all the winners and I apologize for not getting this out sooner.

I have had many, MANY requests for jewelry classes, but it seems that I never have enough time to put together something that would be fun to do! I am working on finding a fun project, so please don't give up! I have done a couple of birthday parties this last month and it is always so fun working with the kids! They make some crazy cool stuff.

Have a great summer!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April in the UP . . . . .

Well April is here and no sign of the April showers . . . . yet. Personally, I can't wait until the rains come and clean up all the dirt and grime that the winter snows left behind. I think early spring is always really depressing for me because all the snowbanks, streets and roads are completely covered in dirt and mud. I always get disgusted when everything is grimy and dirty. Let the rains come I say! :)

Much is happening in the month of April at the Northern Lodge. We will be adding a new design area in the store, where you can peruse through catalogs of furniture, lighting and wall coverings! We are also getting ready for the big SHOP THE TOP shop hop with the other quilt shops in the UP and Marinette, Wisconsin. The SHOP THE TOP hop will be held May 1st - May 9th and will include the following quilt shops:

Quilts 'n Stuff - Escanaba

Northern Lodge - Gladstone

Ben Franklin Crafts - Marquette

Alley Kat's Quilt Shop - Marquette

Country Garden Quilts & More - Ishpeming

Portage Quilt House - Houghton

Brambleberry Inc. - Ewen

Fabric Patch - Ironwood

Wardo's - Iron River

Quilter's Haven - Menominee

Pine Street Quilts - Marinette

The Shop the Top Hop is a $5 cost for your passport, and each store will be giving discounts and goodie bags! This years theme is BAGS - so if you like bag patterns, this is the shop hop for you. Each store will have a free pattern for its bag! Each store will also have a raffle prize and the Grand Prize for everyone who completes the entire shop hop is a $50 Gift Certificate to each and every shop! Awesome!!!

There has been some chatter about possibly including another store, but at this time it is not confirmed. I will know more in the next couple of weeks when we finalize everything at our meeting in Marquette.

This time around, all the stores will have separate hours of operation, so please please PLEASE be sure to check you times before setting out. If you are going to be close to our closing hours, please call ahead to give us a heads up! We will most likely stay open for you as long as we know you are enroute.

We will once again be offering a 10% discount at the Terrace Bay Inn for anyone who would like to make a night of it! The Terrace is located just 1/4 mile from our store and is on the bay. They have a great resturant and bar as well as a pool. Just tell them you are with the shop hop and stay anytime between May 1st and May 9th!

If anyone has any questions regarding the shop hop or need directions, please feel free to call us! 1-888-737-3696 or 906-789-9300.

We will be adding a few new items to the store in the next coming weeks and some fun and exciting changes are on the way as well. Be sure to stop in and say hello and see what's new!

Have a wonderful Easter! Pam

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Hello to all!

Well, we had a wonderful time with everyone for our ABC Cabin Fever Shop Hop in February! It was just what the doctor ordered - although the weather wasn't all that cooporative! All the brave quilters weathered the storm - so to speak. We had a nice turnout for the hop, so thank you to everyone who came out and North for the hop. It is always great to see girls having fun!

The big winners for the ABC Shop Hop are:

1st Place - Diane Murphy, Peshtigo, Wisconsin ($50 Gift Certificates from each shop + $50 Gas)

2nd Place - Betty Pick, Coleman, Wisconsin ($25 Gift Certificates from each shop +$25 Gas)

Our "IN HOUSE" basket of goodies goes to Lois Thibault of Garden, Michigan.

Our "BEST OF SHOW" winner is Betty Calouette from Gladstone, Michigan!

Congratulations to all the winners!

We have our March Quilting Class Schedule up! We have lots of fun and cute projects coming up, including the "Irish Eyes" and "Spring Hare Line" wall hangings.

We would like to welcome our new instructor - Joan Lee! Welcome Joan! Joan will be teaching classes on Thursday, Friday and/or Saturdays - so if you have been missing out because of work, now you will be able to join in the fun on the weekends. Please sign up for the class in advance so we can reserve a seat for you! Some classes fill up fast fast FAST! We will also be offering the pillowcase class again. For anyone who has not taken this class - it is SO MUCH FUN! This is a great pillowcase to make. Call us at 906-789-9300 to sign up for a class today!

The Upper Peninsula Quilters "SHOP THE TOP HOP" will be held at the beginning of May. Look for more information coming soon!

The Jewelry classes will be starting up again at the begining of April! Please look for the new jewelry schedule on the website coming soon! Any requests for projects - please let us know!

Have a great and glorious SPRING!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Hello to all our readers!

Well - October came and then flew on through like the proverbial "Witch on her broom"! Can't believe that Halloween has come and gone already. We had a ton of fun at the store this Halloween, as Debbie LOVES Halloween and went all out booby trapping the store with all kinds of creatures. Some were more creepy than others - like the 6 ft butler with the eyes that seemed to follow you everywhere. I think I might have screamed the first time I saw him when I came barreling around the corner. He is VERY creepy. The people who made him should be very proud of their achievements. For anyone who didn't like our spooky Halloween store, be rested assured that Santa and his reindeer have driven out all goblins, spiders, skeletons, and all the other creepy and kooky Halloween creatures from the store.

The October ABC Shop Hop was a HUGE success. We had 112 people visit the store in 4 days and sold a TON of fabric! I think I cut fabric for 4 hours straight on Saturday! PHEW!!!!!!!!! Thank you to each and every one of you who joined in the fun. We had a very good time with you and some of the stories we heard . . . . mmmm mm m mmmm. Very fun. Our IN STORE raffle prize winner was Sue Service from Adrian, Michigan! Congratulations Sue!!! She won the tote bag full of wonderful items such as a cutting board, rotary cutter, patterns, fat quarters, and much more. Thank you again to each and every one of you for participating. We will know our Grand Prize winners shortly.

CHRISTMAS is upon us!!!!! What a great time of year! The trees are up and trimmed, cider is on and the festive music is playing. Every year I am grumpy when we start decorating for Christmas - I think because I love the autumn so much. I always think it is just not right setting up for Christmas already - until I see all the really cool items we ordered for our customers and hear the music playing overhead. Then I start getting into it and in no time flat we start to sing and dance around while decorating. You definitely feel a lightening of the spirit, so to speak.

We are getting ready for the Spirit of Christmas Gift Shop Hop which is November 7th through November 15th. We are extending it to cover over 2 weekends and 9 days! What fun we will have. Lots of sales - lots food - lost of laughter and good cheer awaits us all . . . . . . This time around, we are asking for a non-perishable food item as a donation in exchange for your passports. The passports are still free to anyone who would like to participate in the hop, but any and all donations of food are GREATLY appreciated. All the food donations will be going to the Salvation Army and the food pantry in Escanaba. They are in such need to fill the food pantries, as last year was extremely hard on the residents of Delta County and they ran out of food! So please - give what you can. It feels wonderful to give and it lifts the spirits like nothing else can. It will get you in the Christmas spirit and put a smile on your face to start your shop hop off with the perfect holiday mood!

Here's how it works . . . .
The Spirit of Christmas Gift Shop Hop will include 14 stores and has a Grand Prize valued at over $400! You can start and finish at any of the participating stores. You receive your passport at the first store you stop at. At each store, you will have your passport "stamped" by that store, verifying that you traveled to and were at that store. When you reach your last store and receive your last stamp completing your passport, you turn in your completed entry form on the back of your passport for the Grand Prize drawing! Each store will have specials and sales, refreshments and some will even have a free goodie bag for everyone with a passport! This is a fun promotion for all the gift stores involved and we encourage people to get out and visit our little hidden gem gift shops in the area! So fill your car with friends for a day of shopping and fun!

We need our community support to be able to keep our doors open in this economy. So please SHOP LOCAL!

We have a full November Schedule of quilting classes and are working on the December schedule right now. The November Jewelry Schedule is on hold right now, as I am sooooo busy, I can't find an open time to actually schedule anything. The Tuesday night open Jewelry Bar is still offered, so any given Tuesday night between 6 & 8, anyone can come in and sit down at the bar to create some really great Christmas Gifts! I do plan on offering a full day of BOOKMARK making. It will take you approximately 15 minutes to make a wonderful bookmark for someone on your Christmas list who loves to read! Watch for more details on the Jewelry Schedule.

We will be getting our Fresh Wreaths and Greens in the next week! If you would like to order roping, please let me know. This year we also have MAILBOX WREATHS which go over the mailboxes! They are awesome!

Well . . . . . that's all for now! Hope to see you for the Shop Hop!

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's PUMPKIN time!!

The PUMPKINS are HERE! The PUMPKINS are HERE! The outside of the store is decorated full of pumpkins, hay bales and corn stalks. The leaves are erupting in a riot of color and there is a wonderful cool snap to the air! This is definitely my favorite time of the year and everyone at the store is excited to see the autumn come into full view.

We have our ABC Shop Hop coming up October 16th - 19th! This will be our second experience participating in a quilters shop hop and we are gearing up! The ABC Shop Hop includes 6 shops - all within 107 miles of each other. This shop hop is definitely doable in 1 day! A very LONG day - but it could be done in 1 day. We will have extended hours during the Shop Hop, as will the rest of the quilt shops.

ABC Shop Hop
OCTOBER 16 - 19, 2008

Northern Lodge (EST)
Gladstone, MI

Quilts 'n Stuff (EST)
Escanaba, MI

Quilter's Haven (CST)
Menominee, MI

Pine Street Quilts (CST)
Marinette, WI

Sew Much More (CST)
Crivitz, WI

The Quilter's Escape (CST)
Oconto Falls, WI

All Shop Hours will be:
Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 NOON to 4:00 PM
**Please remember Time Zone Changes

All completed passports are eligible for the Big Drawings. 1st Prize is 6 - $50 Gift Certificates & $50.oo Gas Card. 2nd Prize is 6 - $25.00 Gift Certificates & $25.00 Gas Card! All stores will also have in house drawings for all the Shop Hop visitors!

For this hop we have all made your free pattern using 9 log cabin blocks and 9 stripe blocks and put them together in different patterns. This will be your free pattern from every store you visit on the Shop Hop! You will also receive other freebies in your "goodie bag", as well as yummy treats!

We also also getting close to our 2nd Delta County Gift Shop Hop! We will be having our Gift Shop Hop during the month of November and it will kick off the Shopping Season! We have extended the days to accommodate more shoppers this time, which will cover 9 days and 2 entire weekends! Stay tuned for more information and the list of shops along the trail.

I have FINALLY gotten the Jewelry Schedule made up! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get this off the ground again - and I am excited about the new projects! October is Cancer Awareness month, and I have come up with several new projects to help promote awareness. Please download the new schedule from the website and check out the new classes. Remember that if the scheduled class time does not work for you, we have OPEN JEWELRY BAR every Tuesday Night from 6pm - 8pm! You can come in and make ANY of the classes projects on our Open night.
Well, that is all for now!