Branding and Why Do You Love Michigan?

If I had to chose two words to describe January, it would be gray and branding.

We saw few sunny days this past month. Lots of rain, snow, and.....gray. The days are slowly getting longer and the sun will return. I can't wait.


Leah Holston Photography took pictures of the sewing workroom and the special gals that help make The Cort House a reality. Watch for them on the blog soon.

Dakotah Black, of Dakotah Black Art, freshened up my logo. I love it! All my branding logos, colors, and fonts are now neatly organized in one desktop folder. No more pulling my hair out trying to figure out where I tucked things! Dakotah will be opening an Etsy shop up very soon and I will post a link next time.

For quite some time I've wanted to add fabric tags to my pillows. Fifty yards arrived this week from and I couldn't be happier. A plug for this USA company: competitive pricing, fast shipping, and great customer service.

A new project

Instagram is my favorite social media, hands down. Humans of New York, inspired me for February's Instagram and Facebook project.

I asked different Michiganders the question "Why do you love Michigan?"

Their answers will be posted on my Instagram and Facebook accounts for the first 14 days of February. (Follow The Cort House so you don't miss out!) I'm not great at waiting and want to post all the pictures today.    

Join in!  Use the hashtag #whyIloveMI and tell us why YOU love Michigan!

This and That

I purchased a box of Kleenex Cool Touch enriched with coconut oil & aloe, and although I feel a bit silly, I'm going to rant and rave about a box of tissues! I have no idea what kind of magic they put in them, but they actually feel cool and are incredibly soft on my red, stuffy nose. Buy them if you catch a nasty cold like mine.

This January we've been eating Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup and grilled cheese almost once a week. The soup is delicious and quick to make. We take the humble grilled cheese sandwich up a notch by adding at least two types of cheese, fresh sliced avocado, and pepper bacon. Yum.

Silver Beach, St. Joseph, Michigan in January. No bikinis this time of year. 

Chapter Nine of The Drying Effects of Wind now available from Kalico with a K on Wordpress. For those of you that don't know, this is my oldest daughter. She received her first check for writing this past week. I couldn't be prouder.      

New Year Giveaway

The Cort House has teamed up with the amazing Leah Holston Photography to celebrate her 4th Anniversary!  This is an Instagram only giveaway.  Find all the details here for your chance to win this HOME pillow along with a photography session with Leah!  Yay!!!  Leah is an amazing Michigan photographer and is responsible for my beautiful pillow pictures on my Etsy shop header.  Please, please, check out her gorgeous work and enter.  The winner will be picked tomorrow, January 1st!

I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming new year.  I have several business goals!  A few of them are:

**Re-organize the sewing work room to be more efficient.

**Improve The Cort House branding.

**Blog consistently.

**Start a newsletter.

**Improve my presence on Pinterest.

I'm trying not to get overwhelmed before the new year even begins!  (But I am...just a tad.)

I'm so thankful for a fantastic year.  It would have been impossible without the support and help from all the folks that purchased The Cort House pillows!  I don't know how to convey the depth of my thanks, other than to just say it.

Thank-you.  From the bottom of my heart.

Have a very, very Happy New Year!


This and That

I signed up for the Hike 100 Challenge for 2017.  What a great way to see a bit of Michigan!  I can't wait to get started in the spring!

A new blog showcasing free motion embroidery: Not the Norm Textiles

We lived in Anchorage, Alaska for almost 10 years and watched the start of many Iditarod sled dog races.   There are several opportunities to learn about this great race and take a sled dog ride at Treetops Resort here in Gaylord this winter.  More info here.

Merry Christmas 2016

It is Christmas eve morning, and the house is quiet, but not for long.  Today the Grands are coming over!  Those two can fill a whole house with noise and laughter.

As the sun is coming up, I see we have gotten several inches of fresh snow.  The tree branches are all covered, and it really is a beautiful, winter wonderland.  

The sewing machines have stopped for a short break.  The pillows are all delivered.  I feel honored that so many of you have chosen The Cort House pillows to be a part of your Christmas!  There were many times these past few months that words like "she is gonna love this" were said, while picking out a pillow.  It simply makes me smile.  

Have a very, very Merry Christmas from MI house to yours!
Artwork by Dakotah Black Art