Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy National Cat Day!

Wishing all my furry cat friends and cat parents a Happy National Cat Day.

Kitty Purrs and hugs from the boys,


Hunter and Max


Richie again because he is so dang cute!

And my littlest one, Dexter.  For those of you who know, he is once again getting furry.  
Not all fur yet, but so much better than bald!


Monday, October 26, 2015

So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Meredith Willet was here this weekend teaching canvas embellishment and it was a stellar class.  Great ladies, great canvases, great techniques.  Thank you all!

I come away from every experience with Meredith full of new ideas. 

Meredith will demo any technique and is always willing to help you get it just right.

This red thread canvas has a wonderful background that will move quickly and you know I love the beaded irises.

This Melissa Shirley Birdhouse Topiary is coming together so quickly.  
It's going to be awesome when finished!

Fun fish that will sparkle and shine.

The sheer number of cool techniques going into this stocking cuff is amazing.  I love his hat and did you notice the dimensional Christmas ball?  So cool.

The soft colors in this Lani kimono are going to be brought to life with Meredith's choices of beautiful stitches and threads.  

Road Trip uses one of my favorite techniques - repoussé for the cow's tail.

This graphic Sandra Gilmore canvas is going to be great when finished.  Love the picot eyelashes.

And of course this vase called for Meredith's favorite technique, or nué.

But would you have guessed it would make an equally great turtle shell?  
Who knew? Meredith, that's who.

By day two we are all buzzing with new ideas and Meredith is getting a little sassy.  
A great time was had by all.

Meredith, thank you for coming and sharing your talent with us.  We will see you in the new year!  Can't wait.  


Friday, October 23, 2015

New at !!

Woo Hoo!  You asked, we delivered, slowly......

We have been working diligently to get the threads and beads online with pictures!!!  You can even enlarge the pictures.  Gotta love that.  Of course every monitor is different, but we are all used to that.

You can now order all of your threads and beads on-line from the convenience of your own home.  We are adding more threads every day so the site will continue to grow!

As a little added incentive, order your threads on-line and we'll give you 15% off (threads only) through December 31, 2015. Discount does not apply to thread kits etc, only individual threads ordered.  Discount will be applied when we charge your order.

Good news is that we have a significant group of threads online and all of the beads.  (To my shopowner friends, the programmers still don't have your side working, but it's not too far from the contract date of September 1, right? Hah!  Hopefully soon.)

Don't get me started on what its like for one motivated web programmer to work with a bunch of other web programmers.  That is an issue for another day and a very large glass of wine.

There's always something going on in the store with the lime green walls, today it is a blossoming website.  Tomorrow it will be the arrival of the one and only Meredith Willet.  I love my job.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spooky Scary Nights

Look what I have!  It's the haunted house framed and ready for display.  You know I love my sparkle frames.  This one is black with a second tiny frame sitting inside of it that looks all spooky.

This was last year's Halloween Mystery Class.

My wonderful finished this one!  It's an entire scene. Don't you just love it?

She loved it enough that after finishing it she asked for a kit so she could stitch her own.  
How cool is that?

If you would like to stitch your own Haunted House scene, you know who to call.  Ghostbusters!  
Just Kidding.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405, or order online here.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ghosts & Ghouls, Spiders and Bats

Today was the last lesson of the Halloween Hooter Mystery Class.  It was a quiet class with easy stitches.  Sometimes I do that.  I think we needed it today as the chill in the air had us all thinking winter.  It's too soon!

The focus was on the baubles and bits along the edge of the wings.  The stitches were selected to allow them to move around the wings.  Diagonal Brick is used for the lowest ghosts while horizontal brick is used for the top two ghosts.

The pumpkins change perspective as they move up the wing thanks to combinations of stitches that get smaller as they reach the top of the wing.

I love the tiny corkscrew stems on the pumpkins.  Small pieces of memory wire are twisted around a needle to make the stems.

The spiders really are truly magically simple.  Long Stitches of Arctic Rays and Fuzzy Stuff make their bodies big and puffy.  Instant Gratification.

I still have stitching to do on my hooter.  For now, he's a little lopsided with only the right side complete.  One day.....

Next weekend is Meredtih Willet's embellishment class and then we meet back here November 8th for the first lesson of the Christmas Reindeer Collage.  Hmmmmm, what fun will I concoct for this canvas?

Sign up now if you would like to join the fun.


Monday, October 12, 2015

My Eyeball Just Popped Out!

No, that's not as gross as it sounds.  This weekend was our second Zecca Retreat and it was a blast!  We love having Karen Hennessey here to stitch with us.  She is just as charming as her canvases.

Karen and I put our heads together and pick a canvas.  I then create the stitch guide and the rest as they say is history.

Karen and I and a group of fun, wonderful ladies spent two days stitching.

Our project was this wonderful canvas, Citizen's of the Jungle.  Oh so much fun!!!!  

Each of of these creatures is cuter than the next.

The big chameleon is by far everyone's favorite.  Lot's and lots of beads!!!!

And beads used in different ways.  They were sewn on individually, in clusters, brick beaded in several sizes to add depth and even a beaded bezel!  

Yesterday everyone created their beaded bezels to hold the glass cabochons in place for the eye.  New skills where learned!!!  We can now attach super cool shaped items to our canvases even if they don't have holes in them.  Granted, that glass eyeball was a slippery bugger and it did pop out more than once but we got there.  It's not that hard and it opens up so many possibilities of things we can do on other canvases.  

Timing was perfect for this class. The brand new Swarovski scarabaeus green crystals were just launched and they rock!!!  They are the perfect color for the dots on his tail.  

The chameleon is snacking on a dragonfly that uses my favorite repousse technique.

 This little guy is a sweetie.  I love his giant eyeball.  Yes, it has holes.

 Our froggy has glass doll eyes, easy to attach for big impact.

This is the yummy thread kit for the project.

Of course you know there had to be a fun scissor fob and a magnet to commemorate the event.

 This little guy came to visit and keep Carol company during class.  Talk about an amazing magnet!

Lunch as always was yummy.  I love my caterers!  This lemon drop cake will be in our future again.

Thank you Karen for sharing your talent and your warmth with us.  We wish you could be here all the time.

Thank you ladies for coming to class. We love you lots!

See you soon.


P.S.  If you would like a kit for the Citizens of the Jungle class, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online here.

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