Newsletter: Living Gratefully


Baby Wave 12″ x 12″ $175.00


May we be grateful each day..

Coffee with Deanne 

Thank you for reading this newsletter. The fact that you bother and you mention to me that you did makes me want to keep writing and doing Coffee with Deanne. I am really pleased about turning fifty. I have to admit things have shifted in the last few years both physically and emotionally. We women are different in our fifties. I have been told that time and time again, now I know it to be true. I am grateful for time to play, like the time it takes to carry on the foolishness of making this bike. I am happy to be fifty, to see my daughter graduate from high school, and my son from university. The other day I rode 25 k on my bike, not the one shown below mind you. It is a pleasure to have time again to do things. Fifty looks pretty good to me. May it be a blessing to me, and may what ever age you are at, be a blessing to you.

Come visit the studio and see our yarn bombed bike!
Studio Products

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One and Only Sunflower rug hooking kit 9″ x 14″ $89.95  

One and Only Sunflower rug hooking kit 20″ x 30″ $229.95

One and Only Sunflower Starter kit 20″ x 30″ $259.00

Inspirata from the Blog

Lime Mary 

Mary works here on Tuesdays. This week she is gone off on a short vacation. A few weeks ago she was tearing up a pile of green wool with her brightly coloured shirt on and it struck me as beautiful.

Finding the beautiful in the everyday.

Knowing it when you see it.

I am thankful for people like Mary,

who though retired likes to keeps busy, and works with me. Read More

Staff Picks…Good Books

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke 

“A sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good heartedness that reads like an ode to the American dream.” Recommended by Deanne.   

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver 

“In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel’s inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence.” Recommended by Megan


Let’s Eat… 

This week’s recipe is a favourite of Laurie’s dad Reg. Her mother used to bake them for him all the time and now Laurie and her sister Maureen take turns doing so.

Annie’s Oatmeal Raisin Muffins 

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup raisins

1/4 cup butter

Pour 1 cup boiling water over these ingredients. Let stand for 20 minutes.

then add:

1 cup brown sugar

2 beaten eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

and stir well.

then add:

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

pour into 12 muffins cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Could substitute other ingredients for the raisins. During the summer months Laurie and Maureen make them with blueberries. If doing so add the berries at the same time as you do the flour, not at the beginning with the butter and oatmeal.  Would likely also be good with walnuts or pecans.     

The Mystery Pattern of the Month Club – You should Join Today.  

For just $34 a month you will receive a special package delivered to your door.  Inside the package is a rug hooking screen printed on linen backing, a letter from Deanne, and a little treat.  The Pattern of the Month Club is perfect for those who:

– want to make rug hooking part of their daily routine

-love surprises

-have a lot of wool but not sure what they want to hook

-love Deanne’s designs and want to collect them all!

Pattern of the Month Club just $34 (free shipping!) 


Online Learning

I have many online courses you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home….Get creative, have fun, and take your rug hooking to the next level…
Hooking Rugs – A great video primer for beginners, also a great refresher – I guarantee you will learn something.

Just $9.99 
Hooking People Online Video- Everything you need to know to bring people to life in your mats $24.95
Poppy Power – Includes the full content of my very popular “Poppies Pattern Book” along with video lessons 


The Swimmers – Video instruction on hooking people on a small scale $19.95
Seasonal Floral Pillows – Video instruction on how to hook beautiful floral pillows.

Beginning to Hook Abstract Rugs – Includes 9 videos and more $39.95
Landscape Rugs – A pdf lesson with 29 full colour pages in which I explain how I create my field rugs and natural landscapes.


Five Trees Online Course – Ten lessons include colour images, written instruction and 21 videos 


Wild With Wool Online Course – Over 10 Mini-Lessons that include video, audio clips, photos and more.


Hooking People –  An online lesson packed with videos, drawings, images of rugs, and much more. It covers everything you need to know about how I like to hook people. $99 


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