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.

A New Book Coming…and I’m Writing It! What It’s About and How to Pre-Order

By parrishouse | October 24, 2018 | 2 Comments

So, I’m writing a book.  For over a year I have been shopping a proposal to publishers.  I knew that I could self publish at any point, but I have wanted to collaborate with a publisher for many reasons, not the least of which is to tap in to a professional editor’s expertise in helping … Read more

Hooking & Heritage Skills Lessons, On Your Terms

By parrishouse | October 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Want to learn to hook?  Already hook and want to learn more?  Or maybe you’d like to learn some other heritage skill? I recently had a student call the studio and say, “I want to learn to hook, but I want to make my own pattern.  Can you teach me to do that all in one lesson?”  … Read more

Learning to Trust the Journey – Four Days on the Schooner J&E Riggin

By parrishouse | September 22, 2018 | 4 Comments

As many of you know, I was aboard the Schooner J&E Riggin for four days last week as an organizer and facilitator of 207 Creative‘s Get Hooked at Sea event.  I am sure we’ll do a blog post for the 207 Creatives website or Facebook page on the trip as a hooking retreat and workshop, … Read more

Blondie, MassMoCA, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, Shaker Museums, Dogs, and the Impossibility of Failure – Part 2

By parrishouse | August 11, 2018 | 1 Comment

(If you have not read “Part 1,” and want to, please just scroll back to the post immediately prior to this one.) We left off on the last post with my husband, Bill, and I out in Western Massachusetts having been to a Blondie concert, MassMoCA and the Museum of Dog.  I’ve saved the historical … Read more

Blondie, MassMoCA, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, Shaker Museums, Dogs, and the Impossibility of Failure – Part 1

By parrishouse | August 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

Last weekend my husband, Bill, and I took a mini vacation trip out to Western Massachusetts.  The primary reason was that we had tickets to see Blondie at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA), but also, we just really needed to get away.  We secured a cute, super retro (authentically; this was not a … Read more

Honoring Thoreau on His 201st Birthday

By parrishouse | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many readers know that I refer to Henry David Thoreau as my “dead soulmate.”   He came in to the world two hundred and one years ago today, making it forever a better place.  I have been a disciple of Thoreau for a long time now.  Shortly after I moved to Maine in 2000, I picked … Read more

An Informal Video Tour of the Work Studio at the Parris House

By parrishouse | May 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Something a little different for this post… I haven’t gotten a lot done this week because I’ve been recovering from a very nasty ankle injury, but I had a friend suggest that a video tour of the work studio might be interesting to some people, especially the makers out there. I shot this with my … Read more

What Size is Your Flower Pot?

By parrishouse | May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about pots lately.  I recently started my seedlings for this summer’s garden (yes, I know it’s terribly late, even for zone 5 in Maine) and after just a couple of days, the mixed salad greens have sprouted.  I love this particular mix, by Pinetree Garden Seeds right here in Maine, … Read more

Join Us This Weekend, May 5th & 6th, for the Maine Pottery Tour!

By parrishouse | May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many of you know that my husband, William Miller, of Sunset Haven Pottery, enjoys making ceramics.  After several years of attending the Maine Pottery Tour, this year he decided to open his own pottery studio to the public and be on the tour instead.  There are at least forty studios on the tour statewide this year.  Make … Read more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…For Example, Subfreezing Temps, Freezing Rain/Ice/Snow on Honey Bee Hiving Day

By parrishouse | April 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

I have recently been trying to make a more conscious practice of gratitude.  Anyone who follows this page knows that I have a lot to be grateful for in my life, so practicing gratitude is something I should certainly have no trouble with.  However, I have to confess that as today dawned, which was the … Read more