Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Right now, and for the next month and a half, my time will be monopolized by model stitching - preparing teaching pieces and February market designs. Most of the designing is done - now I am doing all the handwork. I was super excited last week because I finished what I thought was an amazing teaching piece....but alas, the group I designed it for was not impressed and I am forced to start over and use that particular project for something else. (Warning: venting in progress)... It has really been weighing on me HEAVY - it is very hard not to take it personally - I am so disappointed. One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn over the past few years is not everyone is going to like my style or what I do (and I am truly okay with that) - I guess I just don't understand why someone would hire me who doesn't appreciate my work/artistic style. The challenge: keeping my personal style and design integrity...and then incorporating it into their guidelines (which I am not sure if they really suit me). This project is definitely forcing me to analyze things...and to be honest is really stressing me out (if I wasn't already at maximum stress level)! I spent countless hours designing something I thought was exactly what they wanted (I was so proud and excited about it), only to have it criticized and broken down. So, for my own sanity, I have decided to place it on the back burner while I finish stitching the New England Stitcher's Retreat piece - which is coming along so perfectly - I honestly can't wait to share it with you.....hopefully I will have photos for you soon....then I have two other teaching pieces to get stitched up and several market designs. I don't really know how I am going to get it all done - but luckily, I work well under pressure....I am just breaking it down day by day and trying to enjoy each and every stitch! So, with that being said, it is back to my stitching nest - I have lots of fun designs to get stitched and ready....
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
So now, without further ado, here are the winning comments:
- North Country Stitcher said...
I am always amazed by your finished projects. How generous of you to share them with us. I have been reading your blog for awhile & recently became a follower. No twitter account- cell phones don't work here. I haven't started a blog yet.. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisa M
- Jennifer said...
It would be amazing to win something made by you!I'm currently a follower and I've posted your giveaway on the sidebar of my blog (www.serialstarter.blogspot.com).I guess this qualifies me for 3 out of 4! Good luck to everyone!
I emailed both of the recipients on Friday night, and at the time of this post I had already received a response from Jennifer.
Again, thank you all for taking an interest in my blog and in Blue Ribbon Designs - I hope you will continue to follow me on my creative journey!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I have missed all of you the the last several days, as I have been suffering from a terrible migraine - it has finally started to subside and I am actually able to do a little model stitching...in fact, I will be finishing a teaching model this evening - then I will be start stitching the model for the New England Stitcher's Retreat next October (I know many of you are waiting on the photo and it will be coming soon - and I am thrilled so many of you have signed up!). I have also been extended another teaching opportunity in the fall of 2011 and I can hardly wait to tell you about it....I am super excited!...all the details aren't ready yet, but as soon as they are, I will be sharing them here....
I know many of you are aware and have ordered your copies, but for those of you who just might have missed it, Attic Needlework & Collectibles has been shipping their very special cookbook "Recipes For A Cure". This cookbook includes charts and recipes from some of your favorite designers...and most importantly, all net proceeds from the sales of the recipe book are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I designed a special chart for the cookbook and even sent Jean some of my favorite recipes - the chart for my ornament titled "Cardinals for a Cure" (seen below right) is published in the cookbook...which will be the only place you can find this design for at least one year. This unique cookbook is available directly from Attic Needlework & Collectibles for a $14.95 donation (or more)...just click on the link to be taken to the Attic's website for contact information.
To the many of you that have (and will) generously contribute - thank you - you are appreciated!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This little quilted treasure is called a "Sewing Companion" - it is done completely in the hoop on my embroidery machine and was digitized by Birdhouse Cottage Crafts. Inside, there is a pocket for your scissors...a wool page for your pins and needles...under the wool is page of quilt batting to collect your orts...and under those pages is a little hidden pocket (seen in photo below) - perfect for a needle threader, package of needles, or a skein of floss. This fancy little "book" (3.25" W x 5" H) travels well and gets loads of attention....I almost always have one in my stitching bag! These two posed a bit of a challenge for me, as I wanted to use some discontinued sampler fabric from Rhubarb and Ginger by Blackbird Designs for Moda and I didn't want the quilting to take away from the fabric design - I ended up using clear nylon thread for the quilting...and of course I left off the embroidered words from the original design. I really liked how they turned out....
So you want to know about the giveaway??
There will be two winners:
- 1st Place: One Sewing Companion (one from the photo), complete with scissors...and some needles and pins. 1st Place winner will choose either the red or the brown companion (red companion will come with red scissors, brown companion will come with gold stork scissors).
- 2nd Place: One Sewing Companion (one from the photo), complete with scissors...and some needles and pins. 2nd Place winner will receive the companion not chosen by 1st Place.
You can receive multiple entries - one entry for each of the following:
How to enter and particulars - please read carefully:
- Leave a comment = 1 entry
- Be an official follower (current or new) = 1 entry
- Follow on Twitter = 1 entry
- Post about this giveaway on your blog = 1 entry
A sample entry may look like:
Words, words, words...your comment.
I follow your blog.
I follow you on Twitter (User ID).
I posted about your giveaway on my blog (blog address).
A comment like the one above would be worth four entries (entry information will be confirmed). I will be choosing the winners by random draw on Friday, November 19th - entry cutoff time will be Thursday, November 18th - 11:59 PM CST. Winners will be posted here on Saturday, November 20th. I will contact the winners via email - you will have 48 hours to respond, if I do not hear from you in that time, I will choose a replacement winner.
So those are all the "details" - good luck to each and every one of you!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Just a note: I am almost finished making the prizes for my upcoming giveaway - they have just taken a bit longer than planned - stay tuned for details later this week...
For tonight, I am back to model stitching for a class I am teaching in 2011 - I have multiple deadlines quickly approaching - so much stitching, not enough time!