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Monday, September 10, 2012

New Sponsor: Granma's Treasures

I'm so happy to introduce you all to Patty today. Patty owns Granma's Treasures in Wray, Colorado, as well as Granma's Treasures on the internet. It is a beautiful and fun shop that I always enjoy visiting!

You can hear all about it from Patty herself. (She wrote this as a letter to me, but I'm sure you don't mind. Her words are perfect.):
Granma's Treasures has been in business for 18 years, although I spent 2 years before that following the craft fair circuit with a friend. We made a lot of little gifty items as well as table linens and Quillow quilts, a
variety of dolls and little trinkets.

Finally tired of the packing and traveling, I opened a shop in the big room at the back of the house, and with our first open house we were sold out! And with 3 weeks to Christmas. I called everyone I knew from the
craft fairs, pulled less loved antiques from my house, and bought a candle and metal work line to keep going.

One year later I was diagnosed with Fibromylgia, and told I would probably be in a wheelchair in a few years. So we sold our big house in the country and moved, house, shop and hubby's business all to town.
Remodeled a garage for location number two, which we out grew in just a matter of months. Rented a space downtown in the spring, and within six months outgrew that so bought a building on Main St. As you know we were there for about 9 years, when we bought this old bank building on the corner by the stoplight.

After three months of extensive remodeling, we opened here in April of 2008, exactly 13 years from the beginning. And we've added a website, a blogspot, found our way to facebook, and are looking for the next
adventure.

Just before the last move we began downsizing the giftwares, and started putting in quilting fabrics, patterns and tools. This year we have added needle arts to our showroom. As you can see in the pictures I am attaching, we have created a Needlework Nook with embroidery, cross stitch, knit and crochet threads, yarns, and tools.

We have reworked the back half of the building recently, since you were here last, actually, and now we have a much better classroom, which seats 6-8 students comfortably.


Our best events are Demo Day, Designer's Lunch, and Author book signings, all three of which you have participated in at some time. Quilts of the Plains is a community wide celebration on the art of quilting, and we love that.

Current classes coming up include; Mini Monthly Mysteries, which is a series of 'unknown' but quick and easy projects for the beginner, Eleanor Burns 'Braid in a Day', Wool Applique Club, and several on the back burner just simmering.

Our next big event will be another Demo Day, sometime in late October, and then Holiday Open House the week before Thanksgiving.

We try to do a lot for charity, especially children's charities. In the last year we have supported Firehouse Toy Drive with filled Christmas stockings, made 40+ quilts and comforts for Comforts for Kids, sent 30
pillowcase dresses to Dress a Girl, and made a dozen pretty pillowcases for Kid's with Cancer. As soon as I brush up on my knitting we will start making hats and scarves for Christmas gifts! We also do a quilt each year for Breast Cancer Awareness, which we then give away.

Thank you so much Patty! Make sure to visit Granma's Treasures website and store if you're ever in Wray. And tomorrow, tune in to the Quilting Gallery where Granma's Treasures is sponsoring the Super Deal of the Day.
 
Love,
xoxo

1 comment :

StitchinByTheLake said...

Melissa where is Wray? I'm headed to Colorado next week but I don't know if I'll be close to this town. blessings, marlene

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