Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gratitude is the Attitude

Here it is, the start of a new year, and on a personal and professional level we are profoundly grateful to so many for so much.

Here then are some, but not all, of the things that happened in 2009 for which we are grateful:
  1. Our Customers: Thank you for the best year ever! From Halloween on, almost everything we have done has been something you customed-ordered. Teaming up with you to create something new is our favorite type of weaving. Whether it was a set of coasters or a rug, we have been thrilled with your inventiveness and the challenges you have set for us.
  2. Our Suppliers: You stuck with us through the early days and now, because of the superiority of your products, we are able to order more of your wonderful goods than ever. Whether it is your gorgeous yarns, your excellent equipment, or your patient support when we have called up in a panic, you are simply the best of the best. We are honored to have a showroom where your wares can be displayed. Special thanks to Beka Looms, Blubaugh Looms, Brown Sheep Co., J. & H. Clasgens, Earth Arts, Glimakra Looms, Gowdey Reed Company, Great Adirondack Yarns, Harrisville Designs, La Lana Wools of Taos, LeClerc Looms and Weaving Southwest.
  3. The Media: The coverage we have received - from both our local paper, the Ponca City News, and Channel 4 KFOR in Oklahoma City (an article in Galen Culver's excellent series "Is this a Great State, or What?") - has been a special blessing. Not only did it make us look really good - it has brought so many new people through our door from all over the state!
  4. Our "Silent Partner" and the "Tres" in Tres Hermanas, my sister Nora Sekine, who makes the most beautiful beaded jewelry and wonderful crochet items we've ever seen.
  5. My Students: Tori Bradley, Melanie Rowlett, and Donna Siebert, whose hard work contributed so much to our success this past year.
  6. And last, but certainly not least, to our many, many Incredible Friends whose work behind the scenes has helped so much. We count you among our greatest blessings.

That last category includes all of you who have read and supported this blog and its writer throughout the past year. I hope your New Year's blessings are as bright and exciting as ours, and that you have a grand year ahead of you!

Prospero Ano Nuevo y Felicidad!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Is This a Great State or What?

Last Monday, we got a call from Galen Culver with KFOR TV in Oklahoma City. He had seen us in an article written about 5 years ago by Beverly Bryant (then a freelance reporter for the Daily Oklahoman, now a reporter with the Ponca City News and a dear friend). Galen produces a mini program for Channel 4 called "Is This A Great State or What?", and he asked if he could come up and shoot a story on us.

He arrived Tuesday afternoon. He was by himself, serving as his own lighting engineer, cameraman and interviewer. He proved to be a very nice guy and drew the very best out of us. The finished program (below) turned out to be 1:56 long. It was broadcast for the first time on Wednesday evening, then was repeated on every Channel 4 newscast until the end of day Friday. It was also broadcast on OETA, Channel 13, over the weekend. After that, it became available for syndication to other NBC stations.

Not only did we think it was a fabulous representation of how we feel about the shop, we have been inundated all week with visitors from all across the state. We've gotten a 5'x7' rug commission out of this already, with other commissions pending. Needless to say, we're extremely excited about this unusual, unexpected publicity. Thank you Galen and KFOR!