Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy 175th Birthday Michigan

On January 26, 1837, President Jackson signed a bill, officially making Michigan the nation's 26th state. That makes January 26th, 2012, our 175th anniversary.

We are very happy to join the celebration organized by Buy Michigan Now   You can go to this website and find events happening around the state in support of the anniversary.  There is also a link to officially join the event on Facebook and then invite your friends.

One of the things I love living in Michigan is the beautiful winter season.  Yes, it is cold and that is part of why I love it.  I can then more fully enjoy the miracle fiber -Wool.  It is natural that at Marr Haven we are celebrating Michigan's birthday with free wool felt pieces you will make by wet felting our Michigan raised fine grade wool roving.

You can make and take home a cat toy from organic, chemical free wool roving or a coaster for your coffee cup.  Come on out Thursday, January 26th, 2012 to at 11 am to 2 pm to learn more about Michigan wool and wet felting and help us celebrate.

The Twitter updates are posted with #Mich175

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yield to Mother Nature - Good News/Bad News

The good news is...this is January 11 and we have only had one snowfall this year.  New Year's Day we received about 6 inches at the farm.  The rest of the days have been very mild temps, mostly daytime 40's, with sunshine.  This is Michigan, this weather has been most unusual and appreciated.

The bad news, a winter storm is forecast to begin at noon tomorrow.  Since our first nuno felt scarf class was scheduled for 1 pm, I am yielding to Mother Nature and canceling tomorrow's class.  Fortunately we did have a 2nd class scheduled for Wed. January 25th from 1:00 to 3:30 pm also at the Pickle St School Studio. 

Maybe another good news could be for those who weren't able to plan for the first class, will be able to attend the 2nd class.  Sorry for the change but just let me know if you would like to be included on the 25th. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dyeing Scarves for Nuno Felt Class

This weekend I will be dyeing the silk gauze for next week's Nuno Felt Scarf Class. I'm thinking mostly pastels for the coming spring wardrobe. If you have a particular color you might like for your scarf background color, let me know and I will try to come up with it.

This is also a reminder to me that I should have noted "Pre-registration needed" at least, helpful. I want to make sure I have enough materials for everyone so if you are thinking about attending, please let me know.

I did add some driving directions from Allegan to the web page. I think you can also take the US 131 exit at Wayland ( 135th St), go west and the road makes a jog south and becomes 134th St.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January Class Schedule

Winter has arrived in southwest Michigan, the wind is blowing with probably 4 inches of snow on the ground. This is the time I like to have something to anticipate.

With that in mind, two nuno felting scarf classes will be held at the PICKLE STREET SCHOOL STUDIO Thursday afternoon Jan.12 and Wed. Jan. 25.

This is an example of a Nuno Felt Scarf.

The Pickle Street School Studio is located at 2980 134th Ave, between Allegan and Hopkins, Michigan. It is a working art studio located in scenic Monterey township offering a variety of art and enrichment classes.

The Nuno Felt Scarf Class will be from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. You will create your own one of a kind Nuno Felt Scarf (aka Laminated Silk Scarf) somewhat like the one shown above. The materials provided include a 10 inch x 60 inch silk gauze material, either hand dyed by me or white. Your unique design will be made with merino wool fibers and silk fiber. Class fee is $50 which includes all materials.

You may contact me though this blog, on Facebook, phone 269-673-8800 or by e-mail at or contact Joy Richmond at 616-896-9090 to reserve your place. Class size is limited. This will be a fun and creative afternoon to brighten our winter. I am looking forward to it and hope you will as well. The Farmers Almanac forecast both dates with clear skies, are you ready to give yourself a gift?