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

Final Holiday Craft Show of 2016

My husband and I had the Grands over for a "date" last week.  We played games, ate pizza, and made cupcakes.  Their faces were serious with concentration as they frosted their cupcakes.  

T, who is 4 years old, would dip his plastic knife deep in the frosting.  A little for the cupcake, then a  lick, then a bit more for the cupcake.  His frosting was more of a glaze before he was finished. :)  We laughed and had such a great time!

More family time is to come, but I have several pillow orders that need to be finished and delivered first.  Also, this coming Saturday is my final craft show of the season! 

Saturday, December 17th
Petoskey, Michigan
{courtesy of Petoskey News-Review}

Downtown Petoskey is always beautiful, but especially at Christmastime!  I hope you can drop in for a cup of coffee, listen to the festive music and do a little Christmas shopping.  Show up in an ugly Christmas sweater and receive 10% off your favorite drink!  

The following artists will be there:

•Kathryn Marie Designs
•Larissa Flynn
•Katie Marchbanks

See ya then!