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Saturday, April 12, 2014

At long last...

I've FINALLY finished the design for the Shepherd's Bush "Fold" piece.  It's called "A Full Heart".  I poured MY heart into it.  I'm embarrassed to say that it took me weeks to design and get it right, but I'm delighted with the end result.  I will be retailing the mats at $75.00 and the full mat and frame set at $143.00.

Easter sneaked up on me again.  I've been trying hard to get all the spring pieces shipped so we can move on to the busy wedding season.   Here are a few of the delights we framed to celebrate spring.  I'm especially delighted with the drawing Amber did on the bunny pulling the cart.  Who can resist violets and pussy willows?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The phones are fixed!  I'm sorry if you've been having trouble getting through.

I've decided that voice mail is just not for me...every time I pick up the phone to check the messages, three more are being recorded!  Ugh! Technology.  So, if you've left me a message and I haven't answered you,
please accept my sincere apology and try me again.  I fully intend to get an old-fashioned answering machine
and just put my hours of operation on it.

Well, I was a little worried that I had worn Amber out.  Her eyes started to glaze over a couple of weeks ago, so she took a quick vacation to Disneyland.  What California vacation wouldn't be complete without an earthquake or two!  So much excitement!  She came home safely with renewed energy and overflowing with creativity!

I do want to mention that Amber and I are working in symphony.  What this means, essentially, is that we both are reading each and every e-mail and that we discuss every phone call, every frame design, and every piece with each other throughout the process.  This might seem like duplication of effort, but what it will mean to all of you is that when you're talking to Amber, you're talking to me - and vice versa.  It means that I have effectively added two arms, two legs, and another brain.  One of us can be designing in the gallery while the other is in the back framing.  When we need a break we wander back and forth and check in with each other.  So, when you're e-mailing you may want to keep this in mind.  It's probably better if you don't tell secrets. We won't keep them! :)

Here are some of the lovely pieces that we've shipped out recently.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Just a quick note to tell you that our phone lines are down today and we are not able to receive incoming calls.  I'm hoping to have the problem resolved tomorrow.

I just have to celebrate the day by showing you some magnificent finishes.  Many of you are already familiar with Sue's work.  We purposefully delayed shipping the last amazing piece she finished because we wanted to show it off during the last retreat.  Today we are getting ready to ship her latest...Medieval Cloister Herbularius by Chatelaine.  I think it's glorious.

And here is another spectacular finish.  I never cease to be amazed when a piece this large and detailed comes into our shop.  Kay, congratulations on an amazing piece of work. We worked hard to do it justice.

That's all for now.  I'm going to run off and fight with the phone company.
Happiest of St. Patrick's Days to you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The end of an era

Last week we finished up the final Celtic lady for one of our favorite stitchers. I wanted to show you the entire completed series because it is a monumental feat - not just for Jennifer, the stitcher, but for us as well.

In order to make the entire series work well with each individual piece, we used the same profile of moulding in a shade to suit each piece and tied them together with the design of the embellishment.

I don't know what Jennifer will do for fun now, but I'm sure it will spectacular and I can't wait to get my hands on her next creation!

 Until next time,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A very sweet 16

I've been dying to show you these two pieces.  They were stitched as birthday presents for Lori's (the stitcher's) twin daughters (you've already seen her red pirate, yum!) and presented to them on their 16th birthday.  Amber and I worked very hard to get the tastes and preferences of each girl worked into the design of their frames.  I didn't dare post them until I was sure the girls had opened them, but we received a sweet photo of the recipients this week so I get to unveil them now.  Ta Da!  Amber and I collaborated on the mat colors, but she's the one with the great eye when it comes to the mat shapes.  Amber painted the butterflies while I painted the pearls.  Are we a great team or what?

Friday, February 28, 2014

An early spring

My little garden at the studio is always a great source of hope and inspiration for me.  I have one little tropical spot that seems to bloom months earlier than the rest of our city.  The crocuses have begun to bloom!  Early spring bloomers always give me hope that beautiful colors and warm weather are just around the corner.  I know many of you are still trapped in the icy grip of winter.  I hope the cheery faces of these lovely blooms fill you with hope as well.

We took a long time to get these fairies finished up, but we're so excited to show them to you.  These four are just the beginning of a ginormous collection being worked on by an amazing stitcher, Thom.  We're designing the framing with all the future fairies in mind and have selected a frame that we're sure will compliment them all while giving each fairy her own color scheme. The mats are more of Amber's artistry.  I think they're delicious.

I have much more to show you... please check back in a few days to see some more delights.
Hugs to all of you,

Holly Fairy

Jasmine Fairy

Poppy Fairy

Tiger Lily Fairy

Friday, February 21, 2014

To Market To Market

My sweet Mother always tells me that I have to toot my own horn because nobody else is going to do it for me.  (She also taught me that humility is one of the greatest virtues.  Go figure.)  So, toot toot...

It occurred to me last week that many of my blog readers aren't aware of the work I do for the Shepherd's Bush because they've found my blog by the custom framing work we do.  Well, we've just finished up with the newest mats and frames that went to the Nashville Market with Tina and Teri and we are so pleased with the final products!  Check out the Shepherd's Bush website for the kits and charts and then you can order the mats or mat and frame kit from us. They are available in mats only, frame only, or the deluxe combination of the two.
A Tisket A Tasket - Mats only $58, Mats and Frame $116

Count your Blessings - Mats only $35, Mats and Frame $80

Friendsheep - Mats only $39.50, Mats and Frame $101.50

Spring Box - Mats only $22, Mats and Frame $52

Winter box - Mats only $22, Mats and Frame $52

Wisteria Snowman - Mats only $45, Mats and Frame $90