Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bling in the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm a bling kind of girl so what better day to post about my favorite bling than on New Year's Eve the blingiest of holidays.

Okay, I'm seriously doing my part to add a little extra bling to Christmas. Halloween will be next, but New Years, what is it without bling!

I'm totally addicted to the new Swarovski 2mm round crystals. They have a sparkle that is unmatched by anything else. Since they are tiny and round they easily fit needlepoint canvas. The 2mm round crystals are about the same size as a size 11 seed bead, but oh the sparkle. It makes my heart beat fast. All those places I typically use seed beads, now I use crystals.



This is the color card complete with real 4 mm crystals sewn on in 80+ colors. Oh my! The 2mm round are not yet available in all these colors but the larger sizes are and there's plenty of places we can use them in needlepoint too.

So, you can see why I had to add the crystals to our store. We have the full line of 2mm in stock now!

More bling to follow.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays with family and friends. Today was quiet and I was able to finish Merry Christmas!

I couldn't wait to share. It seemed appropriate to post this early and not wait until Sunday night after class.




Some of the squares repeat techniques from previous squares for balance. Others use new threads and of course more crystals. I've always loved crystals but now more than ever they seem to really be the answer.

Beads are great, but you run the risk that a finish could come off over time or that the lining could change color. Crystals are what they are. They don't change and the sparkle is simply amazing! It's swarovski!!



I had really been looking forward to working these two squares. I knew I wanted to use iron-on crystal trim for the lime stripes. The ornament, well the ornament is just fun. It works up quickly and is just the balance the design needs.

All that's left is the center square.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ready for Santa

Thanks to Mother Nature dropping 20 inches of snow on us yesterday I am semi-snowbound. Now, maybe if I had a 4 wheel drive car (santa are you listening?)or if I didn't live at the bottom of a hill that is also a dead end I might have gotten out today. Maybe tomorrow.

Good news is that I did get to play santa's elf and get a little more prepared for the fat man's visit.

I also got to revamp the blog so that I can add bigger pictures. Lets see what you think.

I used to be so over the top that I would move all the stuff that sits out all year long to the basement for the holidays and put out nothing but Christmas. That's a good plan, but time is getting the best of me so now, Christmas gets scattered in with the art pieces.


The peppermint santa fits in nicely with faux orchids.


Here's my village tree with a few gift boxes beneath it.


And a few more pretty gift boxes that mom stitched.



This is my favorite combination of ornaments on the tree this year. Hearts covered in swarovski crystals, my original santa ornament collection, crystal covered jingle bells and pink and green beaded garland. You knew it would be pink and green didn't you?



Isn't santa fun?



Last but not least is my stitching santa reminding me to get back to stitching. I have many stitches to finish before Christmas.

Happy Holidays to everyone.

love
ruth

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In the Limelight

A fellow blogger, Susan Elliott was in the shop on Saturday. She is Plays-with-needles listed in the right sidebar of the blog.

I love her blog. It's always so fresh and happy and filled with beautiful pictures.

Speaking of beautiful pictures, check out the post she did on the shop.

Susan, I am honored and impressed seeing the shop through your eyes. I think I want to live there. OOPS! I already do. How cool is that?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's Beginning to Feel a lot Like Christmas

It's less than 2 weeks until Christmas and our Merry Christmas Mystery Class is really taking shape! Today was lesson 5. We accomplished more squares than usual, but some were repeats and others were super easy.




The holly was our feature this afternoon. Well, really the holly berries where the feature. You know I love my crystals. I've been working beads and crystals into my needlepoint since the beginning but lately I've been turning up the volume. More crystals and better crystals. I love Swarovski.

The berries are covered in 2mm Swarovski crystals. These crystals are roughly the size of an 11o seed bead, but they are round and have tons of tiny facets on them. So the sparkle is amazing! If I only need a bead here or there or if I plan on alternating beads with stitches, crystals are the way to go.



Since I'm day by day becoming more of a crystal junkie I'll be putting them in the shop very soon for all to enjoy.

Gee what mischief do you think I will get into for the ornament?

I have to confer with Santa on that detail. Meet me back here the Sunday after Christmas and I'll let you know what we decide.

Until then, Merry Christmas.
Ruth

Monday, December 07, 2009

Now where are those Spring Flowers???

Woo Hoo! Mellow Yellow is back from the finisher and they did a great job. It's gorgeous! Don't you just love the handles? Hot pink leather, an orange lining and beautious beaded handles.



Now where are my Spring Flowers so that I can carry it?

Guess I'm going to have to wait a few months, but until then it certainly is pretty.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Another signature for our wall

This is such a fun addition to the classroom. We have a large framed print of the bee from our logo and each time a teacher comes to inspire us or a designer comes to visit I ask them to autograph the board. As we look back we will remember all the fun we have had.



Brenda Hart has been here many times since we opened and her signature means the world to me. She is a very talented designer and teacher not to mention a dear friend. We have a blast every minute we are together whether it is brainstorming stitches, sniping about what crazy idea she wants me to try with one ply of silk or shopping.

Kudos to you Brenda. You are the best.
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