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I must say that yesterday - Wednesday - was quite the eventful day. I did a demonstration at the Besser Museum in Alpena, Michigan of making pine needle baskets using 1/4 of a walnut shell! It was quite entertaining and a wonderful experience. Of course the way it started off was NOT so nice as a woman almost ruined my whole "good" experience by crushing a basket BEFORE the foundation layer was secured. But live and learn and no harm, no foul, just a lot of reworking and redoing, but all came out well and good.

I met a lot of very nice people and must congratulate, as well as recognize, Amanda who works at the Besser Museum for her wonderful way of dealing with people. The more people that stopped and wanted to chat, the more chair she produced! The number of people who stopped and stated that they had read about "me" in the newspaper, on the Chamber of Commerce Website or had heard "my name" on the radio regarding the pine needle basket demonstration was amazing! I was floored to say the least and when a reporter appeared from our local paper, I was "almost" speechless. It was a flattering and humbling experience to see my picture in Thursday mornings paper to say the least.

I would say the grand opening of the Drake's Nest Studios will be in approximately 2 weeks and NOT the 2-3 weeks originally forcast. Keep your eyes open for an exact date to be named and be one of the first to leave your comment on my website or blog, along with your email so I can contact you, and you will win a nice prize as a thank you from me.

Have a great day!!

Terri at the Drake's Nest in beautiful fallish Ossineke, Michigan!!

Site: http://www.drakesneststudios.com

Blog: http://www.drakesneststudios.wordpress.com

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Comment by Janet/MO on August 27, 2010 at 2:10pm
Terri, I wish you much success.
Comment by Terri D. on August 27, 2010 at 12:35pm
Thank you all for your very nice comments regarding the blog post, the upcoming opening of the store and, well, just things in general! The store is an honest to gosh studio! :) My DH of 3 years gutted our 16 ft x 26 ft one car garage and turned it into a fiber art/quilt/basket making/photography studio just for me. I will be taking photos and posting them so all can see the finished product. This will be both here, on my blog AND on my website.

Don't forget, the first person to leave a comment on my blog and/or website as to the exact DATE I will open, will win a nice little prize from me.

Have a great day and a brighter tomorrow.

Terri at the Drake's Nest in Ossineke, MI where I need to go finish cutting the 3 1/2 acres!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 27, 2010 at 10:02am
Glad you had a day to lift your spirits and get you geared up for the grand opening!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 27, 2010 at 7:20am
Those were tiny baskets if you used 1/4 of a walnut shell! WOW! I would have loved to have been there. I love baskets and admire those who make them. How fun!
I'm glad your studio is about to open - I know you will do GREAT!
PS - can you post the newspaper article?
Comment by Pam/NY on August 27, 2010 at 5:55am
You must be getting so excited to see all your hard work finally paying off!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on August 27, 2010 at 4:53am
All the best Terri. Are you just online or do you have a real studio/store?
Comment by Gayle/La. on August 26, 2010 at 11:44pm
It is getting close and I know you are getting more and more excited. Heck, I am excited for you. Good Luck!!!!

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