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.

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

Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic, Part 1

By parrishouse | March 11, 2018 | 4 Comments

I have recently had to face the hard truth that I am a workaholic, and if you are too, you might want to read up here, because that life is not sustainable.  You might think it is, but it’s not.  Really.  It’s not. As those who have been following my social media know, I have … Read more

Have You Signed up for the 2018 Belfast Hook In in Belfast, Maine? Read On for Details…

By parrishouse | March 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is a reblog from  If you don’t follow the blog over there, please do! ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— We’ve been fielding a lot of questions about when this year’s Belfast Hook In would be and about how to sign up.  Here are the answers! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from … Read more

What’s In Your Blueprint?

By parrishouse | February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

This blog post has been taking shape in my mind for weeks.  There have been so many catalysts but I have not been able to quite put it all together until now. As those who follow my social media may know, I’ve been working my way through the book, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron … Read more

An Idea for Coming Years

By parrishouse | February 4, 2018 | 8 Comments

Here at the Parris House we are almost-empty-nesters.  All of our sons are grown, but our second son, James, is temporarily home teaching biology and environmental science at a nearby private school before he makes a big and permanent move to Canada.  Our oldest son, Robert, is getting married in September and has been living … Read more

Wool Dyeing with Acorns – A Serendipitous Experiment

By parrishouse | January 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

My second son, James, is a biologist/ecologist, a recent grad of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is at home right now, teaching biology and environmental science at Hebron Academy.  He also serves on the board of the Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Norway, Maine.   He is here until his Canadian girlfriend, … Read more

There’s Still a Short Time to Shop for the Holidays, Etsy Coupon Code!

By parrishouse | December 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happy Holidays!  How is your gift shopping going?  Have you remembered to treat yourself to something nice too?  Here at Parris House Wool Works, we want to help.  First, be aware that between now and December 15th, we are running a coupon code in the Etsy shop.  You can save 15% off any order of … Read more

2017 Paris Hill Hook In – Thanks to All Who Made It a Great Day!

By parrishouse | November 5, 2017 | 4 Comments

  On Saturday, November 4th, we had our Fifth Annual Paris Hill Hook In and I would say it was a great success.  We changed things up quite a bit this year.  Responding to feedback from hook ins that I’ve been an organizer and/or a vendor for, we reduced the number of guests from 62 … Read more