About Michelle Rooks

Michelle Rooks
Michelle is originally from the Great Plains state of South Dakota, making her a true “Flatlander” by Vermont standards despite having lived in Vermont for many years. After a long career in the publishing industry she feels she has found her true calling in working for a company that promotes sustainability and customer satisfaction. She enjoys performing in theatrical productions with her family and hopes to initiate a “Bring Your Dog to Work” policy as she lives within easy walking distance of Vermont Woods Studios.

 

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The Vermont Woods Studios sales team shares what they are most looking forward to now that Spring has arrived.

Though my daffodils were covered in 3″ of snow last week, according to the calendar Spring has arrived. I took an informal survey of my coworkers here in the Sales Department at Vermont Woods Studios to see what they were most looking forward to now that warmer days lie ahead. To make it a bit more interesting, I thought I’d leave out the names. Instead visit our Green Team page and see if you can find the clues you need to figure out the answers to “Who Said It? Sales Edition.”

  • This person puts a lot of miles on their little car traveling to various agricultural events. Their favorite part of Spring? Two words…Red Sox!
  • One of the original Green Team members, this person is a native Vermonter. What did Spring have in store for them? Finding a new home in time to plant recently purchased flower bulbs.
  • When asked about what they were most excited about with the warmer weather, our next candidate said, “I am looking forward to walking to work again!”
  • Though a world-traveler, swimming in lakes and going to yard sales was this salesperson’s idea of a fun-filled Spring/Summer.
  • Not surprising to those of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, this next individual said that barbecuing is what they will be doing now that warmer weather is here to stay.

We all agreed one of the best parts of Spring at Stonehurst is getting to have our meetings outside while relaxing on our POLYWOOD® furniture.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the sales team a little bit better. If you still can’t figure out “Who Said It?,” give us a call. We’d be happy to give you some more clues. And stay tuned for “Who Said It? Marketing/Web/Founder Edition.”

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Some things to help you think Spring: New England Grows, Boston Flower & Garden, Polywood Furniture and Peggy’s decorative touch!

One of the things I enjoy most about working at Stonehurst are the flowers Peggy places all over the showroom. You can almost fool yourself into thinking winter is a distant memory – as long as you don’t peek out the windows or make a run to the mailbox.

This time of year is when gardeners start planning for nicer weather. There are two big events that take place in nearby Boston (two hours counts as nearby, doesn’t it?). They are the New England Grows Show and the Boston Flower & Garden Show.

The New England Grows Show is aimed at green industry professionals. If you want to get the latest news in tree care, landscape architecture and design, lawn care, etc. you’ll find the information you need at this trade show. Each year the show draws over 13,000 people. This year’s show is at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center this week, February 5-7. Today is your last chance to catch this great event until next year!

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is held each year at the Seaport World Trade Center. This year the show is March 12-16 and the theme is Romance in the Garden. This show draws more than 65,000 visitors and vendors include suppliers of seeds, bulbs, plants and flowers and the tools to care for them all. There is also décor, artwork and accessories. More than 20 display gardens are set up for inspiring ideas of your own backyard oasis.

So turn your back on the cold and start planning for long days of sunshine. While perusing images of years past I couldn’t help but notice what was missing were some of our durable, recycled plastic Polywood pieces!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios.  Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Embrace the ice! Bring the outdoors in with black and white photos (thank you to my very talented friend Kathleen Johnson), a clever string
of lights with mirrored garland, bare branches in jars of sand, silver and white throw pillows or ornaments in the same hues in glass jars.

If you’re like me there’s a little feeling of sadness as the holidays wind down. You’ve put away the decorations and it’s too cold to really enjoy the outdoors. What to do…

Rather than cursing the winter frost, why not embrace it? While the old saying is “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” the same doesn’t need to hold true for your home décor. Try these simple and inexpensive ideas to bring a touch of frost to your home.

  • Treat yourself to beautiful white flowers in containers throughout the house. Intersperse them with sprigs of pine or twigs painted white and silver. If you really want that frosty feel, add some glitter to the arrangement.
  • Get yourself some white sand, pour it into a tall glass container and place some small bare branches in it. Or, replace the branches with white candles…Wintry and romantic.
  • Keep one or two strings of white lights out when packing away the holiday decorations. Place them in large jars or old lanterns on mantles or shelves. You could add white and silver ornaments to the jar as well.
  • Take crystals or inexpensive dangly rhinestone earrings and hang them from your sconces or the chandelier in your dining room. You can also add them to the twigs or arrangements.
  • Buy or make yourself throw pillows in shades of light gray, winter white and silver and place them on chairs, couches and beds.
  • Get outside and channel your inner Ansel Adams. It’s amazing what a different look you can get with photos simply by converting them from color to grayscale. If you don’t think you have what it takes, every community has a photographer or two in their midst that would love to help you. A black and white photo with a nice white mat and black frame can feel wintry even if the image isn’t snow-covered.

Many of these ideas are a great way to reuse and recycle. You can be a trend-setter… and green! Here’s another thought. If you were to order Vermont-made hardwood furniture now, about the time you’ve had just about enough of the snow and ice, you could be enjoying your new table or bed.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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This coffee table with reclaimed wood top and steel legs is protected from any overheating of the glass candle jar with a slate coaster. Both the table and the coasters are available for purchase in our showroom!

We in southern Vermont are very lucky in that we live very close to several popular candle makers. Half an hour away is the Yankee Candle flagship store in S. Deerfield, MA and in less than fifteen minutes you can get to Kringle Candle in Bernardston, MA. Vermont is full of smaller artisan candle makers. Wilmington Candle Company makes soy based candles and Vermont Honey Lights specializes in beeswax candles.

You can find candles in bright colors or bright white, tiny tea lights to massive multi-wicks. They are used for aromatherapy or setting a mood, come with subtle scents of botanicals, bold tones of aftershave, your favorite foods or no scent at all. The best part of all is that they’re made right here in New England. And you can’t beat candles for an affordable, Made In America holiday gift perfect for teachers or as hostess gifts.

While candles are very popular, they can also be very dangerous. No matter what sort of candle you like, there are certain rules you should always follow when burning:

  • Always trim the wick to a height of approximately ¼” – make sure to remove any of the wick debris from the wax pool. Trimming helps keep it from flickering and smoking, which can cause soot buildup on the container
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Make sure the candle is sitting on an even surface that won’t be damaged if the container should get too hot – we’d hate to see your beautiful Vermont made hardwood furniture marred!
  • Keep away from any flammable objects
  • Keep out of reach of pets and children

For a full list of tips, visit the National Candle Association web site.

Here’s one more tip: If your candle is nearing the bottom of its container and you don’t want to throw the container away, simply place it in your freezer for about 20 minutes, take it out and shake out the leftover wax. This only works if the sides of the container are straight, not contoured. Now you can reuse it!

A candle reflects serenely in this beautiful stained glass window — one of the many features that make Vermont Woods Studios such a unique shopping experience.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Sometimes we get lost in all of the Christmas shopping hoopla. Let us take a moment to reflect just what it is we are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Sometimes Thanksgiving gets lost in all of the Christmas shopping hoopla. Let us take a moment to reflect just what it is we are thankful for.

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it’s important to remember that this holiday was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales. More and more we see “Black Friday” move into Thanksgiving Day. I thought it would be nice to reach out to some of our customers, craftsmen, and Vermont Woods Studios staff to see what they are thankful for this year.

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I’m thankful for my home and awesome new dog!      -Kelsey, VWS Marketing Assistant

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I am thankful for my incredibly supportive husband and my crazy little 2 year old. I love that I have the opportunity to stay home and care for our son – I am one lucky mom (on most days anyway!).      -Lisa, Customer, Maplewood, NJ

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I am thankful to live in a country where violence and terror are not the norms for resolving political differences. I am thankful for the men and women of the Armed Forces, emergency service workers and other public service members who are separated from friends and family during Thanksgiving because they are providing for the defense and safety of our communities, whether they be in war zones or here on American soil. I am thankful for those who put themselves in harm’s way to give me the freedom that I often take for granted. It is because of them that I have the ability to spend time at home with friends and family.      -Loryn, VWS Sales

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Health, Family & Friends!      -Cheryl, Craftsman

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I am thankful for my family and getting to spend Thanksgiving with them and not having to cook!      -Sean, VWS Sales

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I don’t want to sound too schmaltzy, but I am thankful for my family: that my wife and I are still committed to each other; that my kids are happy, successfully launched and making their way in the world; that I have an extended family whom I love and who love me. Beyond my blood family, I am grateful for the friends and community that make me feel like I’m a part of something larger than myself.

Except for a few people, in the end the great bulk of us are remembered only for how well we loved others and how well they loved us. I am thankful to have so many people to love.

Happy Thanksgiving.      -Steve, Craftsman

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This being my first year at Vermont Woods Studios, I am thankful to be working with such a great team doing work I enjoy, while helping the environment and supporting our local craftspeople!      -Martin, VWS Webmaster

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In a nutshell—I am thankful for my wonderful family, for health and for peace!      -Cheryl, Customer, McLean, VA

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I am thankful for our friendly, witty, quirky, dedicated staff members at Vermont Woods Studios that make our customers feel like family!      -Peggy, Founder and VWS Visionary

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This is my first Thanksgiving at Vermont Woods Studios. Having been part of a company downsizing a little over a year ago, I can’t believe how lucky I am to now be working with a group of like-minded people and so close to my own home. And, so my family doesn’t think I don’t appreciate them, I will give a shout out to my amazing daughters and my very patient husband. I would also be remiss if I omitted my theater and church family members!      -Michelle, VWS Sales

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Vermont Woods Studios!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.