Friday, November 25, 2016

Powdered sugar days

Remember when you were in grade school and the lunches were actually delicious? Today reminds me of those lunchroom brownies with a light dusting of powdered sugar.  YUM!






So, our Thanksgiving feast was a disaster.  I burned the turkey, made the lumpiest gravy on the planet and forgot the ham entirely.  The table was lovely (thanks to my helpful niece) and the company was delightful, so I've gotta conclude that this Thanksgiving was THE BEST EVER!

 And here's the aftermath.  UGH!


I spent the morning wading through those awful Black Friday e-mails. Now I'm taking a quick break to print my "What's on order" list and go see what framing I can actually get finished up.
Here's an amazing finish from last week.
Santa has never looked better! 

I probably won't be blogging as frequently in the next few weeks.  I'm having terrible guilt when I sit at the computer instead of finishing framing projects.  I'll be back once I wade through the pile.
Happy Holidays!
Jill

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jolly Old Elves, Fairy Godmothers, and dear friends.

I'm burning the midnight oil tonight.  It's my own fault.  I decided to try to clean my back room and came across a box of stuff from my college days.  I did my best to purge, but the back room is still a mess and I didn't get a heck of a lot of framing done.


I saw Santa twice before I started work this morning.  Who knew he drives a Ford?   It's a little early, yet.  Maybe he's just checking up on me?


While I was purging the back room, I found an employee evaluation from one of my first bosses and let's just say it was neither nice nor was it constructive.  It probably played a major role in why I own my own business and I try to treat my employees with kindness and compassion.  I am surrounded by love and laughter every day and that one poor evaluation is partly to blame.  Thank you Ms. Petke, wherever you are.  I hope the world has been kind to you.

Here are some more delicious pieces from the recently completed file.
I'm off to paint some slate snowmen before I go home.  I don't want today to be totally unproductive.
J.








Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Yes, Miss Janet, FOUR dogs

Today is the last day of unseasonably warm weather.  The weatherman has been telling me all week that our first snowstorm is coming tomorrow.  He and I are no longer on speaking terms.  I won't forgive him until he shows up at my doorstep late in March with flowers -  preferably crocuses and hyacinths with a promise of tulips to come.





















I made a to-do list today.   Once I carved the Herb and Wool Gatherer mats that I had promised for today,  I had to actually make a map of all the errands I had to run so I could use my time efficiently.(I can hardly stand to take time away from the shop)  While I was doing errands, my talented crew finished up some lovelies.









My day ended with a field trip to see "America's Christmas Tree".   Apparently, it visited Ogden today.  I say apparently, because THIS is the view I got.  I'm sure it will be much prettier once they add the tinsel!






Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday fun day.

I'm having a Monday.  It's probably a good thing since it actually is Monday!  I've already had several deliveries and a few phone calls.  I just got back from my daily game of doggie twister.  (some people would call it a walk, but with four dogs and four leashes, I'm lucky I'm still upright.

Miss Amber has just finished up a frosty treat.


It's just mid-day and she's already given herself an artist's manicure!


Here's one of my favorite sampler mouldings.  It's rich, elegant, and feels like autumn. 

I'm off to chop up today's mouldings.
J





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Drums, sirens and traffic jams

It took us about a half an hour to travel the route from home to the studio today.  Most days it's a 7 minute journey.  My irritation melted the moment I saw a small child dressed as Ariel wagging her little mermaid tail in a hurried effort to get to the parade.

The fur babies are keeping an eye on the passers-by. Drum corps are thrum thrum thrumming.  Little yorkies are harumph harumph harumphing.  Sometimes in time with the drums, sometimes in time with the drummers in their heads.  (I'm pretty sure those drummers are actually squirrels.)

Miss Lois is patiently tucking and pinning this week's stitching in order to ready them for next week's fitting.





Nicole is poking at her phone having a conversation without uttering a word (as all youngsters do these days)

I'm working out some mat colors for a pincushion that want's to be a framed piece.


I'm off to get a little work done before I start my weekend chores.


Friday, November 11, 2016

A Gingerbread Day

It was a gingerbread cookie and autumn spice coffee kind of morning.  Rosie, Briden and I just got back from a "field trip" to the Shepherd's Bush.  There's nothing like a little sugar and good friends to lift your spirits.


 Miss Amber is putting together the most amazing mat combinations on an even more amazing goldwork piece.


The harvest mood is infused in everything we've done this week.  The hedgehogs are saying goodbye to summer.



Thomas is getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with his loved ones.


And here's one from the file that I couldn't help but add because it just feels like fall.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Random thoughts

I've decided to change things up.  Instead of collecting photos of our work to be posted at some later date (only to remain lost in the deep recesses of my computer) I'm going to post random bits and pieces of our lives.  

Today, my thoughts are on a cross stitch design that speaks to me on so many levels.  I adore this little guy and his amazing designer.  I can't wait to get my hands on him!
Jill


http://www.shipsmanor.com/patterns/winter/