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.

Fifteen Things Life’s Too Short to Compromise On

By parrishouse | November 19, 2019 | 2 Comments

As many who follow our social media or who are subscribed to our newsletter know, I hurt my back in a pretty agonizing way packing out the Paris Hill Hook-In on November 2nd. I picked up a heavy tote filled with wool in just the wrong way, having already aggravated my back working on one … Read more

Don’t Play Small

By parrishouse | October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Seriously, don’t play small. This has been on my mind as a blog post topic for a while and it’s something I think we need to talk about as makers, artists, artisans, as humans. I used to be expert at playing small, so I get it. I get the inclination to not put yourself out … Read more

June 2019 Trip to Nova Scotia, Canada’s Rug Hooking Playground

By parrishouse | June 20, 2019 | 3 Comments

My husband, Bill, and I took another trip to Nova Scotia in early June, just for a few days to help our son James move up there. His fiancee is Nova Scotian and they are starting their lives together. I’m a wee bit envious that he’ll be a permanent resident of Nova Scotia in the … Read more

Poetry as Prayer in West Paris, Maine: A Local Visit from Stuart Kestenbaum

By parrishouse | April 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

As some of you know, we have a rental property for sale in nearby West Paris, Maine. We were up there working on the house on Saturday afternoon and on our way there noticed the sign you see here, outside of the First Universalist Church of West Paris. I knew immediately we’d have to go. … Read more

Contemplating Sustainability, in Its Many Contexts

By parrishouse | February 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the many meanings of “sustainability.” After doing a little binge watching of Marie Kondo’s tidying up show on Netflix, I was forced to re-confront the sustainability of owning and maintaining everything I have. In January, I became aware of an online Zero Waste course sponsored by Eco Collective … Read more

2018 at the Parris House – A Visual Year in Review and a Pondering of Gratitude

By parrishouse | December 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

We are in the last hours of 2018 and I find myself thinking about the psychological concept of negativity bias, explained on Wikipedia this way: “The negativity bias, also known as the negativity effect, is the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature (e.g. unpleasant thoughts, emotions, or social interactions; harmful/traumatic events) … Read more

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

By parrishouse | October 24, 2018 | 4 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