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Welcome to the new home of thepaintedsheep dot com and The Painted Sheep’s blog!  It was time for an update.  For those (very few) of you who had been to thepaintedsheep.com recently, you know it was very out of date and not so useful.  The idea of getting rid of that site and only having one website that included my blog has been brewing for a bit.  Just about the time that I found myself unable to update thepaintedsheep.com due to a software glitch, I realized that my hosting provider (GoDaddy) had made it super-easy to have a self-hosted WordPress blog.  So here I am, blogging at thepaintedsheep.com, with all of my archives moved over from the old site.  One website to keep to date and maintain is a very good thing!

Bear with me for a bit as I move things around, add some of the old features back, play with the set up and add some of the content from the old site.  I’ll be back to normal soon, albeit a new improved version of it!

Make sure you update your feed reader with this new site!

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To celebrate the holiday weekend and the start of the Christmas season, I’m having a sale through this weekend – everything in my shop is 20% off.

One thing is a little different from previous sales – you’ll see that everything in the shop is marked down already.  Just add it to your cart and purchase like you normally would.  Thanks to a new Etsy tool, its making things faster and easier for buyer and seller alike :-)

Click here to go to my Etsy shop for the sale. Sale runs through midnight on Monday, November 29.

Happy Shopping!

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The blog has undergone a little bit of a revamp.  Nothing drastic mind you, just a fresh new background and a little bit of a clean up.  It was time – the old layout was nice but getting a little stale.  Time  for something new.  WordPress rolled out a fun new theme just when I needed it.

For those reading in a feed reader, come on over.  Check it out and tell me what you think.  Hope you like the new look as much as I do!

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Its finally here!  Many, many people have been asking to buy Painted Sheep logo t-shirts, bags and other products.   The day has finally come – today I launch The Painted Sheep Swag Shop.  Its my Cafe Press store filled to the brim with all things Painted Sheep.  There’s t-shirts in sizes ranging from baby to adult and a wide variety of styles.  You’ll also find tote bags, in my favorite style of canvas carry all — perfect for your knitting and spinning project (with your Painted Sheep yarn or fiber, of course).  There’s also lots of other assorted “stuff” – euro style stickers, buttons, magnets, mouse pads, even wall clocks, if you’re so inclined.  Personally, I intend to outfit my office in Painted Sheep gear!

Its all here – go, check it out and have fun!  I certainly did!

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I got home last night, happy and exhausted from a great experience giving the workshop in Rhode Island.  I promise to fill you in on all the details later and post pictures but right now, its off to work I go.

The Etsy shop – what’s left of it, that is (those spinners don’t mess around) – will go back up in a day or two.

Happy Monday!  Can someone start an IV drip of caffiene for me?

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Two years and 386 posts ago I started this blog.  It started as a way to support The Painted Sheep – my initial thought was as a marketing tool.  I wanted to blog but didn’t know how comfortable I’d be with it.   It quickly turned into something else.  That something is a place where I chronicle so much of my life – my knitting, crocheting and spinning, my work, the good, the bad and the ugly of my personal life and of course, all that is The Painted Sheep (good, bad and ugly I suppose too!).

As a result, I’ve found what I think of as an extended family.  My fiber people – the ones who comment, the ones that email, the ones that introduce themselves at various events, those I’ve never met “in person” and the ones I see all the time – enrich my life in wonderful ways.  This has never been so apparent as it was when I shared both good and bad news recently.  When I shared the news of my trademark, I felt like you all celebrated with me.  And when I shared the news of my divorce, I felt like I was being enveloped in a huge virtual hug.  Your support, when I celebrate and when I mourn, means everything.

What an unexpected and beautiful gift I have received!

And so on a lighter note, its time for a contest.  Leave a comment by 11 pm EST on Friday, April 10.  I’ll pick a winner at random to receive a skein of Painted Sheep yarn and a Knitspot pattern to go with it.

Just a note – the Etsy shop is not back up yet.  I’m hoping to get back up tomorrow and then do the big update at the end of the week.  Chaos ensues, both work and personal.  Definitely by the weekend, the shop will be back…

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New Labels

labels Left – old band style label; Right – new tag style label

My new labels will make their debut at Guild.  This has been a goal of mine for ages.  I hate, hate, hate the band style labels that I was using.  They were big, bulky and fell off constantly – particularly on the yarn, as I could never find the perfect adhesive.  Since the trademark application was pending for almost a year, I wanted to wait until it was in place to make changes.  And now, ta da!  New, smaller labels that I can print myself on business card stock and tie on with some embroidery floss.  Still some refining to do (next time, going with better quality cards) but what a difference!  Much better!

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Time to distract you with the pretty again.  No pictures this time, however, rest assured that the pretty is on its way.  I just placed an order from Knitspot – there’s 14 different patterns coming, about half of which are new.  Some of my favorite new ones?  Carcia, Maple Wing and the Spiralucious Mitts.  Mmmm, pretty!

And thank you to everyone who has offered words of encouragement and support.  Though I may not be able to respond to each of you personally, know that I deeply appreciate it.

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I don’t know where to begin this post.  Its the blog post that I have been waiting to write and at times, writing in my head, for close to 21 months.  Today is a big day here at The Painted Sheep.  I suppose I should start by sharing the news:

“The Painted Sheep” and the sheep logo are now the registered trademarks of The Painted Sheep, LLC.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Perhaps I should backtrack a bit.  Some time ago, there were some behind the scenes goings on here that were extremely stressful.  So stressful in fact, that I considered just shutting down and giving up my little dream of having a fiber business.  I’m not going to go into great detail or name names.  All I will say about what happened is that the name of my business was threatened by someone.  I fought her and won when she changed her name.  What kept me going all along was the knowledge that I had first use of the name The Painted Sheep and that it is my intellectual property.  I was lucky enough to have an amazing group of people providing me with legal assistance and for them I am incredibly thankful.  After I successfully won that battle, I applied for trademarks for the name The Painted Sheep and for my sheep logo.

Today, l learned that my trademarks (holy shit, I love to say that!) were registered by the USPTO on Tuesday.  It has been a long road to today, sometimes horribly stressful.  I applied for my trademarks last April, though all of this started in June 2007, shortly after I started.  Its the little thing I’ve been hinting at periodically, the big news that might be coming about The Painted Sheep.  In reality, I know that all you’ll ever notice is that now, instead of a TM next to my sheep and the words The Painted Sheep, there’s an R symbol (but please, notice it!  seriously, changing them all over was just so amazing).  It means that I have protection against another so and so, should anyone be so foolish.  And for me, this is a huge victory.  I stood up for myself in a way that I haven’t before and I won.

The fact that I got this news today, of all days, was huge.  My personal life has been extremely stressful lately and this morning, I went through one of the worst experiences of my life.  And then this news came and gave me a little glimmer of hope, a sign that things are going to get better, that I can fight and win.

There’s one more thing – I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m planning a new tattoo, to celebrate something momentus.  Its going to be this:

sheep-logo-small My little victory dance, permanently engraved on my shoulder.

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Mr. Greenjeans

Mr. Greenjeans again

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Mr. Greenjeans blocking

Finished this afternoon!  Of all the things I’ve knitted, this is definitely my favorite.  Its the first sweater ever created with yarn from The Painted Sheep – that alone is significant.  Its been an amazing creative process for me, from choosing the button to the yarn selection to creating the colorway to dyeing the yarn to knitting and finishing.  I’m thrilled with how it came out!  Can’t tell you how GREAT it feels to be wearing a sweater made from my yarns!

So the particulars:

More details on my Ravelry project page.

Mr. Greenjeans and I are off – time for a latte!

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