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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP HOP

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!

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