And the CCM Felt Hats Notecard Giveaway Winner is…

First off, thank you very much to everyone who entered this CCM Felt Hats notecard giveaway… All your kind comments mean so much to me!

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CCM Heirloom Handknit Hats Super Fans

After writing out the names of all the contestants, I tossed them into a hat… But not just any hat! This old brown hat boasts one of the first freehand embroidery designs I ever attempted. (Perhaps you recognize it?)

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In the end, I couldn’t pick just one winner, so…

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Congratulations to both Mary AND Cj…  I’ll send you each a set of notecards pronto!

 

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CCM Felt Hats Notecard Giveaway

While cleaning my studio this Spring, I found a stash of notecards featuring some of my freehand embroidery on felt:

Set of 4 glossy notecards featuring macro images of the free hand crewel embroidery of New Hampshire fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan.

Notecards measure 4″ x 5.5″ and come with matching envelopes 🙂

They’re nice cards, on heavy, glossy paper. I was surprised to realize they’re a decade old, and that I’d been saving them… For what?  What good are they to anyone buried in my desk.

(“Spend out!” I could hear Gretchen Rubin whispering in my ear…)

“I should give these away to CCM Felt Hat fans and supporters!” I immediately thought. So here we are…!

5 Ways To Enter this CCM Hats Notecard Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below or on any post here on ccmhats.com

2. Visit the CCMHats Facebook Page and leave a comment

3. Share/mention any post from the CCMHats Facebook Page

4. Mention/retweet any @CCMFeltHats post on Twitter

5. Leave a comment on any @CCMHats photo on Instagram

Enter as many times as you like in the next week, until 11:59pm Thursday, July 28th (contest ends at midnight).

All entries will be tossed into a hat (<—see what I did there?) with the winner chosen at random. I’ll post the results by 8pm next Friday, July 29th.

My business lives and grows by the generous word-of-mouth referrals from enthusiastic customers and friends. Thank so much for your support!

My Fiber Studio: Spring Cleaning Before & After

Photography is fascinating, isn’t it?  Because while it’s true that the camera doesn’t lie, it’s also true that, depending where I point my lens, I can include (or exclude) key elements of my visual field to tell a certain story. Careful composition is fundamental to good photography.

So, too, by choosing certain photographs (and not others) to share, a person can present themselves in such a way as to tell a carefully curated story of who they are. Not necessarily to be deceptive, but in the human way that each of us wants to put our best foot forward.

Recently, I found myself doing just that. I’d been very productive shrinking and shaping a greater number of hats than usual and wanted to share the most recent crop with friends, fans & followers.

Here’s the image I shot and shared:

Recently felted & hand-shaped, felt hats in every color dry in the home studio of NH fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan.

A VERY carefully framed photo of my studio showcases my hats… And nothing else!

Cheerful, fun & tidy, right? I agree. I love this view. I feel energized and inspired to start embroidering just gazing at the neat, colorful rows of woolly goodness!

Inevitably though, I would turn around and feel some of that joy dulled by the sight of my poor, neglected desk:

My office desk BEFORE the cleaning bug bit me.

Uhh, yeah. That’s for real, people. Oof. I’m not proud.

Behold the stacks of years’ worth of random files, receipts, inventory lists, and who knows what else! I certainly didn’t, despite hauling the piles to & from my closet multiple times to hide the mess when visitors came. Live with clutter like this long enough and eventually your brain tunes it out.

But, ignoring clutter comes at a cost. It drains energy and zaps creativity. It alters my studio from the fiber playground I love into a place I start to avoid…. And that’s no good!

And so, struck by a powerful bout of Spring Fever and inspired by the ideas of Gretchen Rubin, Alyson B. Stanfield, & Marie Kondo, I scheduled a single 30 minute block a few weekends ago to just begin. Just get started.

I set a timer and set my mind to do as much decluttering as possible in a half hour. Make it a game. Keep expectations low. Without internal pressure to complete the whole task perfectly, I set to work. When the chimes sounded, I was just getting going, so I worked another 30 minutes, feeling energized.

The next day, I was surprised to find I could hardly wait to get back in my studio and finish the process! And, though there’s more yet to do, I’m so pleased with the end result:

After a flurry of Spring Fever cleaning, the beautiful slate top of my office desk returns to view!

Ahhh…. After!

Isn’t it gorgeous? Not only do I love to see the textured slate surface of my desktop, but now I’ve got that physical space back to actually work on projects.

Most importantly, though, I’ve freed up precious mental space to dream up new designs, and have increased energy to execute them! So much winning!

Roughly 80 felt hats line the walls and all flat surfaces in the home fiber studio of Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

Behold! My (currently) clutter-free fiber studio in Canaan, NH.

 

Do you struggle with reducing clutter? Or maybe you have tips on how you keep your clutter at bay? Either way, I’d love to hear all about it, so please leave a comment below or connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.