Parris House Blog

Welcome to the life of a modern artisan at the Parris House, a 200 year old homestead and fiber art studio in the National Historic District of Paris Hill, Maine.   Read about rug hooking, fiber art, travel, beekeeping, organic gardening, seasonal recipes, soap making, canning & preserving, chicken keeping, outdoorsmanship, and a wide range of other topics aimed at bringing useful tips, interesting stories, and valuable information to your own life and passions.  Join in the discussion on our comment threads and share your unique experiences with our readership.

Lessons from a Weaving Lesson: A Beekman 1802 Artisan Experience with Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers

By parrishouse | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last weekend I had the good fortune to take a beginner weaving class with Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers.  Some of you may know that Rabbit is an extremely well known and highly respected weaver, with an extensive knowledge of her art and so many related topics and disciplines.  For a more complete portrait … Read more…

How to Make Scented Pillow Inserts

By parrishouse | February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “how to” post even though they always end up being some of the most viewed on the site.  This week I needed to make quite a few scented pillow inserts for our scented hooked pillows and thought I would just document this very simple process and share … Read more…

Today I Received a Gratitude Journal

By parrishouse | February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the gym.  I’ve started working out at the gym again this year because, you know, your body adapts to whatever activity it’s used to and you need to shake it up some.  In my case, my body was adapting nicely to sitting down hooking rugs and working at my desk. … Read more…

We’re Gonna Let Love Rule…and Other News

By parrishouse | January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Since I’m going to be blogging at least once a week, you’re going to learn random facts about me.   Here’s one now:  I’m a major Lenny Kravitz fan.  I fell hard for Lenny Kravitz’s music in 1999 not long after “Fly Away” came out.  At that time in my life my husband and I … Read more…

Time to Get Out Your Calendars and Write Down These Dates

By parrishouse | January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am a planner junkie.   In fact, I have a planner, two workbooks, a wall poster calendar, and several calendars around the Parris House to keep me as organized as possible.  That’s not to say it’s always 100% effective, but I’m a writing-it-down kind of woman.   The particular organizing and planning system I’m … Read more…

Giving Back – Our Choice for 2017

By parrishouse | January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in the late fall, I announced that Parris House Wool Works was going to choose a worthy non-profit to support in 2017.  I knew that I could not give much – Parris House Wool Works is still finding its feet – but I wanted to give something, as much as I could.  I got … Read more…

Save the Date! New Hook In Event in Belfast, Maine – April 22nd, 2017!

By parrishouse | January 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Looking for a new event to ring in the arrival of spring this year?  Get your calendar or digital device out and save this info! When:  Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm Where: The First Church in Belfast, UCC, 8 Court Street, Belfast, Maine Featured Speaker: Rose Ann Hunter! Sponsored by:  207 Creatives … Read more…

Blank Linen

By parrishouse | January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

As I’ve been on Facebook and other social media the past week I’ve seen lots of jokes and memes about not knowing what day it is during holiday vacation.  While I can not abandon business entirely during the holiday season, there were times in the past week when I too noticed a surreal disconnection from … Read more…

Fourth Annual Paris Hill Hook In & Raffle Rug Draw – Want to Know Who Won? Read On!

By parrishouse | November 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

Yesterday was the day for our Fourth Annual Paris Hill Hook In, but this year we hosted an extra event that I’m sure made it memorable to all in attendance.  As many of you may know, we have been selling rug raffle tickets for over a year to benefit the Maine Medical Center’s Kidney Transplant … Read more…

Maine Craft Weekend & Registration for the 2016 Paris Hill Hook In Happening Now!

By parrishouse | September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

 The Fourth Annual Paris Hill Hook In is not yet filled!  Join us on November 5th for a hook in that past participants describe as one of the best (and sometimes they say “the best) hook ins they have ever attended.  I chalk this up to our warm, welcoming, and historic venue, our amazing locally … Read more…