Thursday, August 21, 2014

Home Again, Home Again...

I'm so confused as to what day it is! We drove home from St. Charles Needlework Market on Monday & it's already, where is this week going & could we skip Monday every week???

Before I get into Market "things" is my tribute to #TBT. I don't have many pics of myself as a kid (youngest of 3 here - they were tired), but I always love this one. I am about 3 here...I look terrified of that snowman!
Enough of the memories...on to market! I don't care how many times you have gone to market as either a vendor or a shopper (& I've done both!), it is always a good time. Now I don't get to do as much shopping as I did when I had my shop, but I managed to sneak out Sunday afternoon.
I am looking forward to having my winter cup-of-soup lunch in this mug. I have been wanting one of these & I finally snagged one! (I also have the t-shirts to match) 
I picked up some other goodies as well. Some will work their way into a future design & others are just for me!!

I had 6 New Releases for Market a large number of them went home with shopowners - yay!
 I want to introduce Indigo Star first. I had several influences during the design process. I had purchased a grouping of hand-dyed indigo quilting cottons and spent some time "playing" with them...that's how the 5-pointed star took shape. Next, I was shooting some pictures for a website...some new Polish Pottery pieces. I stopped taking the pictures to examine the beautiful see what happened here. (I have told you before, there is always a story behind every just happens that way!)
I was thrilled when a shopowner told me that she showed my design photo to a Polish Pottery dealer and they agreed that they could really see the influence!! Very cool.
Here is the cover shot & a few extra close-ups of the hand-painted/stenciled box.
There are step-by-step directions to make the cross-stitch 5-pointed star pincushion. The fun part is that it is really not that hard to construct! (I promise!) 

Close ups of the box - I started with a good old paper mache' box - several layers of paint, a stencil, then a lot of elbow grease with sandpaper! (better directions are in the chart!) 

There is a secret 3rd pattern included in the chart. You get the template for the 5-pointed star and directions to make these basic but adorable wool star pincushions. Stack them and adorn them with buttons, charms, all kinds of cool stuff. (I went for a simple twine look.)

Have a great weekend. I am getting to the end of my post market to-do list just in time to help move my baby back into his dorm room this weekend. It has been a different summer with just plain weird weather, lots of work & deadlines, but good having him home for a few months. He is excited to head back & how can I be anything else but happy for him!
Enjoy the stitch!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Ramblings in a Pre-Market Haze

Early tomorrow morning, the car gets packed up as if I was filling a dorm the gills! But...I'm not heading to college...I'm heading to market.

Last Sunday night, I was sitting in the deck with DH and I said "you know, a week from now, it will all be over!". 6 months of work and all done! At first I was kind of sad, then I got happy, because it means I get back to the part that is most fun...designing. 

This year's market comes at an appropriate time...I unleash 6 of my designs on the "world" at the same time as I let my 2 masterpieces go into the world: one heading back for his final year of his Life Skills/Year 13 program and the other to his Sophomore year in college.

It is 2 years since I started Hands On Design and it has been a very satisfying journey so far. I have met some fantastic people, had some wonderful opportunities in this industry, and have loved challenging myself to push boundaries. Ok, we are not talking brain surgery here, but it does make me happy!

If you follow me on Instagram or facebook, you might have thought "what was with the #30days?". For 30 days, I took a picture of something in my life, a picture I took that day. The pictures are a memory of a thought, experience, or a joy that was in my life and something to focus on...the blessings in my life. Some days were more of a struggle than others, but it did kind of force me to look for the positive! Try it for yourself!

Time to pour another cup of coffee and tick off the final items on the "to-do" list. Find a copy of the newest Just Cross Stitch issue. "Give thanks for this day" is featured on page 12. The colors grab you, the finish is easy and fun, and the sentiment is spot on!

Enjoy the stitch!