Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Notice a Trend?

Tara sent me pictures of her finishes so far this year and asked if I could detect a trend. For the record, she does point out that she did not START all of these in 2011.


She finished Mother Maya:
And Croakworth:

A little Twisted Heart:

A micro-version of the Ink Circles ornament from the 2010 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue:

And a special mandala that was offered exclusively through her old hometown shop Thread & Eye. I gave a chart with color family information and the participants selected their own colors to use. The pattern is available through them via mail order, if you won't be passing through London, ON in the near future. 

So, hats off to Tara and her 5-part Happy Dance.  I'm officially awarding her the title of "Super Fan."  I'm fortunate to be able to stitch with Tara when I make it over to Portland, and I can say she is as pleasant as she is prolific.  Thanks for sharing your photos, Tara, and thanks for being a friend.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

We here in the designer world have our schedules completely turned around - for your benefit, of course.  If I started thinking about Christmas when the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are all packed up, then the season would be lost.

Today I'm doing the finishing work on a new Christmas ornament for Just Cross Stitch magazine. None too early - it's due next week.  After all, they need time to do all of the photography and layout for the mag. Then of course the printing and getting distributed to shops in time for you to get your copy and STILL have enough time to whip out one or two before the holiday.  If you're able to stitch on gifts year round, it helps ease some of that crunch for you too.

On a related note, Jenna shared a picture of the Celtic Ice Christmas ornament that I put out as a kit a few years back.  Didn't it come out cute?  I loved doing a project on that funky windowpane fabric (although I was a bit peeved that the squares were not perfect squares.)

The Celtic Ice kits did sell out, but I have a number of the 2009 ornament kits still available - "Reindeer Games:The Huddle."

Spring has sprung (at least here in the northern hemisphere), the fruit trees and daffodils have started blooming, and it's time for me to get cracking on an Ink Circles kit for Christmas 2011! 

Thanks for sharing your finish, Jenna! So, let's keep Christmas in our hearts all year 'round...unless, of course, we are Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, or any one of the tremendous number of people who don't go in for that Christmas thing.

As I wrote that last paragraph, I realize how lopsidedly the cross stitch industry celebrates holidays. On that note, I am canning thoughts of a "Christmas" ornament this year and will make an official Solstice ornament.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Cancer Awareness Finishes

Margo in the Netherlands shared this photo of a pillow she has made, using the pink ribbon color for breast cancer.  Jocelyn stitched her version with orange ribbons after her sister in law was diagnosed with leukemia last fall.  The poem that Jocelyn included is a very fitting tribute and a reminder for us all.  Beautiful jobs by both of them and I thank them both for sharing these emotional pieces.

What Cancer Cannot Do:

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the spirit.

Author Unknown

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nashville 2011 - pictures

Here are a few photos that my Mum took of the Ink Circles booth in Nashville. For those not familiar with the setup, it's held in a big hotel (Embassy Suites.)  Each suite opens up to this central atrium.  The shops are set up in the front room and you sleep and store things in the bedroom in back.  They let us hang banners over the balcony rails so you can see where everyone is.