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Location: Gladstone, Michigan, United States

Friday, September 19, 2008

Autumn is here . . . .

Summer is winding down and autumn is slowing showing it's glorious face. Aren't we lucky to live in such a spectacular place as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!? Perfect weather today, with more days just like it ahead. Almost time for PUMPKINS!

September has been busy with lots of foot traffic through the store, as well as on the website. Tara is now enjoying her first year down at Grand Rapids Community college and we miss her tons! Debbie has been a god send to this little store! Such a talent at putting things together and always cheerful! I don't think the smile ever leaves her face! Our newest addition to the staff is Trish Alexander - she is attending Gladstone High School. She is also very warm and friendly with a little laugh never far. Please be sure to stop in and say hello to the new girls!

The quilting classes are back in full swing from our summer break! We are offering many classes in September and October will be BUSY! We are one of 6 stores included in the ABC Shop Hop, which will be over 4 days in October. October 16, 17, 18 & 19 - 6 stores / 4 days. This shop hop is doable in 1 day if you pushed it. You wouldn't have an extraordinary amount of time in each shop - but you would certainly be able to hit them all! I am excited to be a part of this one! Each shop is putting together a free pattern for all the shop hoppers, which will include 18 blocks - 9 log cabin blocks and 9 5 stripe blocks. This is the VERY FIRST project I have personally sewn - and I must say that I am quite proud of myself for getting it done! I hope you like it. I am interested in seeing all the patterns that the shops come up with - and YES! I did have fun putting it together. I hope you all come out for the ABC (Annual Border Crossing) Shop Hop! Why ABC? Because there are 3 shops in Michigan and 3 shops in Wisconsin. There is 117 miles between the two farthest points - Gladstone and Oconto Falls. Grab a car load of girls and get ready for Fun Fun FUN!

CONGRATULATIONS to our top three winners from our Gift Shop Hop!
Grand Prize = Jean Spodeck ($325.00 in gift certificates and gas)
1st Prize = Ann Christianson ($215.00 in gift certificates and gas)
2nd Prize = Tom Brown ($120.00 in gift certificates and gas)

We will also be involved in the 2nd Delta County Gift Shop Hop in November! We had a very successful first Shop Hop with the area Gift Shops! We had tons of fun and lots of traffic through the store! Boy did we go through the cookies! We are adding a couple more stores this time around and extending it from just one weekend to a full 9 DAYS! We want to make sure that all the hoppers have ample time to get to all the shops and to allow time to shop once you get there. We will of course be having LOTS of fun!

Be sure to pick up a sheet of coupons for the month of October! We will not be giving them out after October 1st - so make sure you get yours before the month starts!

I am trying to get together a schedule for the jewelry classes, but there just doesn't seem like there is enough time. I am still doing the Open Jewelry Bar night every Tuesday between 6pm - 8pm. Pretty much anything goes at open Jewelry night. Feel free to bring in drinks and eats if you would like. Keep checking the jewelry schedule to see if I can actually get something together! I have a whole bunch of ideas brewing.

That's all for now!


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