Me, Myself, & I

I remember taking a 'selfie' in the mirror when I was a teenager.  It was 1983, and I was trying on a prom dress with humongous, poofy sleeves.  When the film came back from the developers about a week later, all you could see was the dress and a huge burst of light from the camera flash where my head should have been.  Obviously, this was waaaay before camera phones and a total 'selfie' fail.

Having my picture taken makes me uncomfortable and it shows.  My kids often say, "Smile Mom...and not your fake smile!"

Looking at pictures of my Grandma & Grandpa, I can't find one where they are looking straight at the camera.  Instead, they are looking off in the distance, as if they too, were uncomfortable with saying 'cheese'. Maybe its genetic.

The handful of blogs I visit regularly entertain, inspire, make me laugh, and they all post pictures of themselves while doing the things they write about.  It definitely makes a connection--kinda like you know them personally.

I hale from a generation that doesn't always understand this need to paste pictures of one's self all over the internet.  I love to see pictures of others, but me?  Not so much.

But then I have a blog.

A blog that's meant to connect with other like-minded souls and promote my small business.  It's part of the deal to post a picture and say 'Hi!'

So, here I am, saying "Hello, this is me, and, by the way, I make pillows and am so glad you are here!  It's very nice to meet you."



The Red Dresser Barn Market

One of my favorite shows last summer was the Barn Market at the Rainbow of Hope Farm.  This Saturday, June 11th, we will once again set up our tent and have lotsa fun Michigan-themed pillows for you to choose from!  

Stop by the booth and say 'Hello!' 

Save the Date{s}

If you check my Etsy shop these days, you will find only one listing for the Petoskey Stone pillow on oatmeal.  With my wholesale accounts, it's hard to find the time to photograph and add new listings there.  The problem is, I hate telling people "No" to their requests for more pillows.

So!  Mark your calendars for this coming Friday, February 12th, at 8 p.m.  I will be listing a great selection of both 10 x 20" lumbars and 18" pillows.  There will be variety of designs---HOME, LOVE, and MICH-IGAN.  Watch The Cort House Facebook and Instagram feeds this week for previews of the different pillows that will be available.

Once these are sold, that's it!  Check in right at 8 p.m. for the best selection.  Hope to see you there!

February is quickly passing, and gift shops, as well as craft shows, have been contacting me for pillows for the upcoming spring and summer.  I'm only doing a few shows, as I am selling mostly wholesale as I mentioned above.  I love talking with my customers, getting feedback, and also meeting the other vendors.  Here are two fantastic, unique shows that The Cort House will be at:

Save the dates:
Gypsy Culture Flea Market
Saturday, May 7th 2016, 10-4, Bay County Fairgrounds, 810 Livingston Street, Bay City, MI
'Like' them on Facebook.  More information coming soon.

11th Annual Petoskey Stone Festival
Saturday, May 28th 2016, 9:30-4 pm, Barnes Park, Eastport, MI

This and That

American Artist, William Utermohlen (1933-2007), painted a series of self-portraits after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  You can see the paintings here.  This hit close to home, as my stepmom is in the later stages of Alzheimer's.

Super cool bib pattern for all those upcoming baby showers.  The boy fabric choices are adorable!

This blog post poked holes in all my reasons I hate to have my photograph taken.

Winter Comes to Michigan is a 1930's era newsreel that was recently discovered by two sisters in Newberry, Michigan.  It's fun to watch just for the vintage clothing and cars, but the best part is the narrator's choice of dramatic words.  How do we Michiganders survive the winter?!!