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20170207_061741.jpgYesterday I worked on a project for a new class for The Studio. We always see really cute shirts and sweaters at this time of the year with Heart or Shamrock motifs….and even Bunnies as we get closer to Easter.  But many of these sweaters are super expensive so we figured we would just Do-It-Ourselves!  This class will be coming soon to The Studio.  Watch for it!  (Oh, and my Shamrock turned in to a Dog Paw.  Imagine that!  LOL)

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Kids Paint Their Choice

kids-make-up-dayEvery once in a while we allow the kids to choose what they want to paint.  It’s called Make-up Day.  Yesterday that is just what we did.  They selected from some paintings that we have done over the last year that they may have missed. They did a great job!

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Preparing for a new class at The Studio.  Who is up for learning something fun and new.  Easy to do and loads of options.  Watch for a date for the class soon.

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Tablecloth 2 CrochetMy friend and fellow artist, Sandra Charles, shared this article with me yesterday.  (You’ll remember Sandra as the one who made the “Cussing Jacket” and the Garden Princess with me.)

The article points out the hot new trend is not going out partying at bars with your friends but rather going out with friends to places like The Studio to learn something new inspired by our Grandparents – Granspiration!  I LOVE IT!  You have known me to talk about how my grandmothers taught me to crochet, to cook, to embroidery and more.  Did I mention that I Love This???!!!!

Crochet Hat Off White with Burg rose Crochet green slippers with rosesHere is how the short article opens.  Take a look. :  The New Trend You And Your Granny Will Love  –  We’re not saying drinking in your local cocktail bar is ‘out’, but now the cool kids are scheduling it around Wednesday night’s jam-making class.  Pottery, jam-making, baking and stitching. No, we’re not talking about Sunday afternoon at your nan’s house, but an evening out with the girls. That’s right, folks, granny hobbies are in – in a big way.”   Click the source link to read the entire article.

Source: The Knitting Trend That You And Your Granny Will Love | Trending | Grazia Daily

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50 State Embroidery squares

50 State Embroidery squares

While making my quick monthly stop at a local thrift shop I ran across quite a treasure.  A large plastic zip lock bag was on a shelf where they display their sewing and crafting supplies.  The label said 50 states + state map…$15 and I could tell it was filled with fabric that was cut into squares.  I was in a rush and didn’t open it but curiosity got the best of me and I went back the next day and when I opened the bag I found these wonderful embroidered squares of each state.  And they are all completed!  The instruction sheet was even in the package where whoever did this wonderful work checked off each state as they completed it.   It is going to make a handsome quilt.

It got me to thinking about who may have done this.  Wonder what happened to them?  I made up a little story in my mind that it was some little old lady who passed away and her relatives cleaned out her house and sold all her crafts.  It makes me sad to think that all this hard work was discarded and not appreciated by her people.  There is easily several hundred hours in this project.

I have found other treasures like this over the last year or two – in particular a wonderful needlepoint framed piece of art and a Crewel framed piece. (I will try to photography them for tomorrow’s post.)  They are hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I will treasure them….and appreciate the creative people who made them.  And I plan to complete the “50 States” quilt to honor that someone who got such a great start on it.

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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.

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Embroidery Machine Embroidery Machine patternsBecause I was a good girl this year, Santa brought me an embroidery machine!  I played with it a little but haven’t had time to discover everything it does yet but it is pretty amazing.  It has 70 designs programmed in to it but it also has the capability to connect to the computer to add many other designs and monograms.

Can’t wait to get back from vacation and work with it some more.

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