There are basically three nice Fall days in September and October in northern MN. I wish I could say I take advantage of them and spend every waking minute outside but that would be a bold~face lie. I never go outside. I am not an outdoor kinda gal. Never have been….never will be.

With that said, let me tell you what has been going on inside the walls of THE LUMBERJACK AND THE GYPSY.

I rearranged the shop again. My back room is now the WOODSY~WESTERN~CABIN spot. I like having a dedicated spot for all that kind of stuff….tho, I must admit there are still traces of it around the whole shop…..I really do need a bigger spot.

This summer was really slow as far as customers coming in. My signage continues to be a problem for me. I just have no good spot for a sign that you can see BEFORE you pass me by if you are heading south on Carlton Hwy 61. I have made a sandwich board sign for the corner of Hwy 210 and Hwy 61 but it either gets blown over or driven over!!!!

I was given two tall metal frames that poke into the ground and my husband will be making them into something I can use until the ground freezes (unless there is some ordinance that says you can’t have tall signs up on that corner….which will be just my luck!). But come winter and snowplows and snow piles, I will be SOOL as I will not be able to put any signage on the corner.

In front of the turn to come into the shop, I have a taller sandwich board with metallic plastic flags around it but people still pass me by…..I need to get my mom out there with a sign like those other companies who have employees on street corners bouncing the signs up and down to garner attention!!! For those of you who know my mom, could you not see her doing that? I wonder how much I would have to pay her as it might just work for me!!!! Go Ruby….Go Ruby…..

I am teaching classes again this Fall in conjunction with Carlton Community Ed. I have five classes slated for Sept. 19-Nov. 20. Here is that line up:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19

6-9PM

$35

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

6-9PM

YOUR CHOICE OF BEER OR WINE PAINTING (YOUR CHOICE OF COLORS)

$20 EACH

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

6-9PM

“LOVE HURTS”. THREE HEARTS PAINTED ON LIVE~EDGE BASSWOOD BOARDS (YOUR CHOICE OF COLORS) AND THEN WAXED.

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 7X12

$25

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

10:30AM

8X10 CANVAS PANEL….MULTI LAYERS USING CHALK PAINTS AND ACRYLICS AND BRUSHES AND PAINTING KNIVES

THIS PAINTING IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS…..SO MUCH TEXTURE AND SO MANY LAYERS….IF YOU HAVE EVER WANTED TO TRY PAINTING WITH PALETTE KNIVES THIS IS THE PROJECT YOU WANT TO DO!!!

$29

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

6-9PM

DECORATIVE WALL POCKET

WE WILL TAKE AN UNFINISHED WOODEN WALLPOCKET AND DECOUPAGE THE WOOL OF YOUR CHOICE ON TO IT FOR AN UNUSUAL COUNTRY/WOODSY/CABINY/PRIMITIVE PIECE TO FILL WITH WHATEVER YOU DECIDE! THE GREENERY SHOWN IN NOT INCLUDED IN THE CLASS BUT FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN AND I WILL HELP YOU ARRANGE IT IN YOUR POCKET!

$14

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE LUMBERJACK & THE GYPSY AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CARLTON RESIDENT TO ATTEND.

SIGN UP BY TEXTING ME AT: 218-736-9278 OR GO TO; carlton.k12.mn.us

I will be posting the September classes at my shop not in affiliation with Community Ed. in a separate post!

Hope you can come and join me for a night/day of creative fun!

The Gypsy