Martini (Small)I had fun looking at some older paintings.  Here’s one for a Throwback Thursday.   This weather is going to drive us to drinking these!  This painting originally posted in 2010.


Ruffled Scarf in Crochet

Ruffled Scarf in Crochet

Because of all the crochet classes we have been offering lately at The Studio I have been doing more crochet and trying to find or write some fun patterns that students can use while practicing their new stitches.  Here’s one that I have been giving students to practice single and (especially) double crochet.  (There are a few more patterns here that you can check out also.)

Homespun Ruffle Scarf

I used Lion Brand Homespun Yarn –   2  (6 ounce skeins)

Ch 135.  (You can adjust the length here.  If you use a yarn that is smaller you may need to start with more stitches.  Homespun is a bulky yarn.)

Row 1 – Turn and sc in each stitch across.

Row 2 – Ch 2. (Counts as 1st dc)  Turn and dc in first stitch. 2 dc in each stitch across.

(If you want a full scarf, repeat Row 2. – The sample above was made using two of row 2.)

Row 3 – Ch 2 (Count as 1st dc) Turn and 2 dc in first stitch.  3 dc in each stitch across.

Ever dream about getting away with friends to enjoy a couple of relaxing days of fellowship and creativity?  Well here is your chance.   There are three exciting retreats scheduled that offer you a wide variety of creative and learning  opportunities – 1 in Virginia and 2 in West Virginia.  Check them out and invite your friends to join you.

April 10-12, 2015 – “Find Your Creative Self Weekend Retreat” at The Studio in Front Royal, Virginia

Cigar-Purse-samplesSpend a weekend creating!  We are offering a schedule packed with terrific projects that you will be thrilled to learn to make and at the end of the weekend you have loads of new creations to take home as well as new knowledge you can apply to future projects.  Make a felted pin, a cigar box purse, glass yard totems, crochet a mug mat, learn to paint, make an embellished sweatshirt jacket and learn more about Pinterest.

Click here for more information and to register.



 April 25-26, 2015 – SOAP-CRAFTING & CROCHET at Sassafras Farm, Clio, West Virginia 

Crochet BathThis retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around treating yourself with some old-fashioned DIY style and indulgence. Soap-crafting workshops will focus on the art of melt-and-pour soap with a variety of styles and designs as well as crochet crafts related to the bath and learning to paint as well.  For more detailed information on this retreat click here.




June 13-14, 2015 – WILDFLOWER POWER   

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Get your wildflower power on! This retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around flower power! We will pick flowers then make some wildflower jelly, create wildflower syrups and infusions, bake with wildflowers, make candles with flowers, embroidery wildflowers as well as paint them.  For more information click here.

Feb Pet Portrait Party Hospital Paint PartyWe had two great groups for Paint Parties this weekend.

We had a private paint party on Friday with a group of ladies who work at the hospital and then Saturday we had a Paint Your Pet Portrait party.

Great job by all!!!!

national-crochet-month-600x264March is finally here!  It’s National Crochet Month.  WooHoo!  So many things to make.  We have had several classes for crochet at The Studio over the past few months and many people have picked up this terrific hobby.  I hope you will all get busy during crochet month and make something wonderful.  Check out a few of the patterns that I have put together here.

We have a Beginning Crochet Class today at The Studio from 1-3 pm.  Come join us and learn the basic stitches you will need to make everything!

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

For the past few weeks I have been working on demonstration samples for several upcoming retreats where I will teach.  We will be doing all kinds of creative things from painting to crochet to embroidery to sewing.  Trying to get all this done while also keeping up with my regular classes has been hectic.

Here is a little “Wildflower Sampler” in embroidery that we will be doing at a Retreat this summer at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia.  It’s very sweet!

More details on the Retreats in West Virginia coming soon.  Here is a link to the Retreat coming up at The Studio.

2015-02-25 19 43 56_resized At Kids Class we painted a swimming baby duck this week.  Look  at the great job these painters did on this one!

Kids Art Class is every Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 pm at The Studio.