Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zombie Eyes!!!

My oh my, such eyes you have.  The original eyes on our skeleton were just black holes.  Quite effective but lets dial it up and make him scarier just in time for halloween!  How could I resist the temptation?  These are glass zombie eyes.  If I could have made them twirl I would have, hee hee.


Today was lesson 4 of Boo by David Galchutt.  This is our current mystery class and it is full of surprises. One of the surprises was the amount of Basketweave :-) JK.  For me it was a lot of basketweave but it was the best choice for his bony hands.


His teeth are super quick, glistening long stitches of Accentuate was just the thing to capture the icky yellow teeth.


Last but not least was the pumpkin head on a stick.  Pumpkins are a challenge to stitch.  I always want the ridges and shading to show so not every stitch works.  This one did! 


Again, I love his eyes.  Rings made the perfect frame for them so they look extra special. 

The next lesson is not for a month! We have two big classes in between.  Watch for the next lesson of Santa Fe Felines to be releases too.  Always something fun going on.

See you soon.

xo
ruth 

Friday, October 13, 2017

All about design

I promised another post about Kinga Nichols and her classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  They really were super great fun!  She will be back in early 2019 so stay tuned.  You aren't going to want to miss these.

Our third day was all about design.  Everyone started with the same inspiration box.  It was filled with an assortment of different beads and cabochons.  From there we added and augmented and made it our own.


You could design anything you wanted, a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, a box top. Yes, mine was too big to be a necklace for me, so a box top grew out of it.  Go big or go home!  There are no limits.


Kinga worked with each student guiding them with placement and bead choices.  How cool is that? Everyone is doing something different.







Just look at all this creativity.  Awesome!  It's fun to do something totally random and off grid.  Let yourself go and see what happens.

The next lesson of Boo is this weekend.  OMG he has eyes!  Yes, spoiler alert. 

xo
ruth




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bead Embroidery Fun

OOOH!  What fun!  Kinga Nichols was here for 3 magical-fun-filled days of classes.  We love it when she visits. 


If you have the chance to take a class from Kinga, do it.  Don't doubt yourself.  Just dive in and have fun.  Her classes are relaxed and fun and she will guide you through all the steps you need to know to successfully finish the project. 


Her teaching assistant Johnny is always there to lend a helping paw.




Day one was Dark Side of the Moon - Fabulous silver rectangles embellished with pretty pearls and beads.  Bet you can't guess that I changed mine to fuchsia :-)



Day two was the Sail Bracelet. Start with a large beautiful focal stone and a bracelet emerges.


Love the mushroom beads on the sides.










I'll share day three with you tomorrow.  We had a design class!!!  So much creativity. 

Kinga always brings a trunkshow.  More opportunities to shop. 


So many beautiful pieces for inspiration.  Can't wait until next time.

xo
ruth

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Newest Couple on the Block

Here they are!  The newest cool couple on the block just in time for Halloween!


Jack and Jackie Zilla styled as only Amy Breucken could.  Handpainted on 18ct yellow canvas.  



We couldn't resist pulling threads for them.  No stitchguides, just threads.

Here's Jack-Zilla and here's Jackie-Zilla.  They are in-stock and ready to brighten your Halloween.

xo
ruth



Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Hare and the Crow


Each year we host a Thanksgiving class.  It has become a tradition. It’s a way for us to come together before the bustle of the holiday season and spend time with good friends.  We always have a great time.

When I saw this canvas from Amanda Clark through Brenda Stofft, I knew it was the perfect canvas for the weekend.

Join us for the Hare and the Crow class
11-5 Saturday and Sunday, November 25 & 26th.




Canvas is 10″ x 14″ handpainted on 18ct.  Class fee is $265 plus canvas ($264), stretcher bars, threads and embellishments.

Can't join s in person?  Not a problem, we're happy to ship you a kit.  We'll even include all the fun goodies.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to register.

xo
ruth

Monday, October 02, 2017

2018 Honeybees

It's time to launch the 2018 Honey Bees!  If you were a Honey Bee this year or wish you were, you know what this is all about and it's time to sign up for 2018.
If you are wondering who or what honey bees are, read on.....
We love our customers!
There, it's that simple.
You are our friends and family.  
We designed a rewards club that is all about you — 
Priority signups and discounts for you our loyal customers and friends.  
The Honey Bees!
 


Being a Honey Bee is all about rewards for you!  Sign up to be a Honey Bee and we will send you a wonderful gift box in December guaranteed to make you smile.  I have new surprises every year!  Beyond the gifts and goodies in the box,  there are great opportunities for you, our loyal friends.

As a Honey Bee you will know the entire class schedule for B&B at the beginning of the year.  You can pick and choose your classes signing up for as many or as few as you like before they are announced to the entire community. You can always add more classes later but this allows you priority seating with your favorite teachers.  We often sell out.  Plan your year early!

We all love a discount and we love the newest and prettiest canvases, so why not combine the two. See a canvas you love but wish it were in a trunkshow so you could get it NOW and on sale?  No worries, as a Honey Bee twice a year you can say “I want my Honey Bee discount” and the canvas will be 20% OFF!*  It’s magic.

You will be the first to know about sales and special happenings at B&B.

The yearly fee for being a Honey Bee is $200.  Sign up anytime you like.  Class lists for 2018 will be mailed in December in your gift box with Honey Bee early registration opening January 1.

The fine print:  Class deposits for Honey Bees will be $50/day of class at the time of signup with the balance of the deposit due when we announce the class on the website. Final balance due one month before the class.  All deposits and honey bee fees are non refundable.

We realize that you will want your friends to take class with you, but remember they have to be a Honey Bee too to qualify for early registration.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405  or sign up online to join the fun and register to be a honey bee.

* 20% Honey Bee discount can not be combined with any other specials and does not apply to project class canvases or mystery class canvases.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Holiday Owls!

My, oh my.  This is going to be a crazy silly happy holiday mystery class.


This is brand new from Brooke Connor and it's going to be so much fun.  First of all they are owls, second of all they are wearing clothes and then they are under the mistletoe.  Could this not be any sillier?

We will stitch this canvas together in four lessons! Classes will be December 3rd and 17th and January 14th and 28th Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.

Canvas design area is 10 x 13 handpainted on 18ct canvas. Class cost is the price of the canvas plus $20 per lesson and the threads, beads etc. necessary for that lesson. The canvas cost for this design is $172.00. If you’re attending in person, there is an additional $15 per lesson fee.

You will need 14 x 17 stretcher bars.

*Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space and ensure you receive your canvas in time to start with the rest of the class. A $100 non refundable deposit will be required. Balance due at the first class.

You may also sign up for this mystery long distance and have us send it to you.  I'm changing things up a bit with this mystery.  You have two options for receiving your long distance mystery.  You may receive it in installments as we typically do it or you may receive it as a complete kit at the end of the mystery. Note:  We will charge you for each lesson as we go along but hold your kits and ship at the end of the class to help you offset shipping charges.  The choice is yours.  Just let us know when you sign up.

You may register for the class online here or by calling us at 410.296.0405

Happy Owl-i-days!

xo
ruth

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild and Wonderful Salmon

This was such a fun canvas to stitch.  Designed by Teresa Layman, this was a mystery class last summer.  It's full of bright happy colors and great threads.  Now it is framed and hanging in the beehive.


Mine has a nifty lucite frame and purple suede mat.


Wendy's has a darker purple mat and a solid black frame.


 This is a great option if you really want a standout piece, a pinwheel mat!


Check out this change of the stitchguide.  Linda wasn't in love with my appliqued felt for the borders so she did a mini bargello following the curves as painted and stitched the rest in Tent Stitch.  Lovely!  Thanks for sharing Linda.

If you are looking for something happy and colorful to stitch this may just be your piece.  Order online here or give us a call at 410.296.0405

xo
ruth


Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Fashionable Fellow

Today was all about dressing our skeleton friend.  It's fall so time to think Halloween, right?  Of course it was well into the 80's and didn't feel at all like fall but what's a girl to do?

Our skeleton now has a fancy hat worked with fun stitches and threads, his collar is also coming together nicely.  Today was lesson 3 of the Boo! Mystery Class.  David Galchutt designed this fanciful skeleton and he's great fun to stitch.



The magical sky behind the spider web is a quick and easy stitch thanks to Accentuate in three yummy shades of purple.



This has been quite a fun canvas to stitch and the fun's not over yet.  We have two more lessons.  The next one is in 3 weeks!  We have canvases in stock so if you would like your very own skeleton boo, give us a call or order online, here and we'll make it happen.

See you soon.

xo

ruth

Monday, September 18, 2017

We found our Marbles!

The one and only Kimberly was here this weekend teaching the first of her marble designs.  Like all things Kimberly it is colorful and fun.  There's a lot packed into a not so big design.  It's only 8" square so totally manageable.



 Just look at all this yumminess.  The colors are divine.  We used lots of beads and fun threads.


She demonstrated how to make nice fluffy Twisted Lady Daisy Stitches.  They are super cool.


As a special treat she brought a mini gallery show for us to see.  These are on their way to the Swalebrook Studio and Gallery in Tunkhannock, PA for a special exhibit and class next month.  It was so fun to have a little preview.    

If you missed class but would like a kit, we have canvases and supplies in stock.  You can order here or give us a call at 410.296.0405

Thanks for visiting.

xo
ruth

P.S. Johnny says hi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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