Studio Update


new year


a new work space!

At last


is complete!!

1 year ago,

we were

insulated, waiting for drywall and

Still Seeking Light.


Time capsule.



Well, we found it.

Windows on every wall, eight skylights and two sets of French doors with connecting elliptical above each one.

At most times of the day, the room is flooded with a generous amount of natural light.

And I love it!!!

Builders on the project couldn’t understand the need for so many windows and I was questioned from every tradesman.

I stuck to my (never enough light) priority and it turned out to be the right decision, no question.

So, beginning 2018

Joy Studio

is completely finished, furnished and finally, ready for (hiding out) creative action.


Mini photo tour


As you enter:

The large Staircase Reclaim workbench:



Drawing/painting station one:


Drawing/painting station two:


Sewing station and supplies:

Large desk:

Everything maker, supply cabinet:

Coffee station:


Sitting, thinking, dreaming area:

It was a long, extremely tough journey but worth the effort.

Every time I enter the new studio space, I feel like a kid.


and still hard to believe.

Thanks for visiting.









Still Seeking

Happy New Year!

Still seeking light. And still hopeful,

in more ways than just a bright, well lit work space of course.


I decided to share the Joy Studio portion and progress on our big project, to start out the blog year.

If you’ve been following us in the past two years you may remember that as we outgrew our work space it was necessary to rent additional office and Etsy shop storage areas. This was working out nicely until our shop managers MOVED! So, everything came back to the home studio causing quite the challenge in 2016.

Here’s the timeline in a photo nutshell.

Moved From The Rental
Moved From The Rental
Dinning Room Designated for Drawing
Dinning Room Designated for Drawing
Made A Plan for On Site Studio
Made A Plan for On Site Studio

With the former home studio now full of fabric, office and Etsy shop we (I) decided to build on our home site. A scary project but a long time dream that I never thought would be realized. Still waiting but it’s looking like in 2017, it may really happen!


Broke Ground Early July
Broke Ground Early July
Poured Foundation
Poured Foundation
Floor Went On
Floor Went On
Walls Went Up
Walls Went Up
Roof Went On
Roof Went On
Wrapped While Waiting for Windows
Wrapped While Waiting for Windows

We were told the wait for windows would be five weeks! Then they came, in a big storm. Windows were wrong. It was then we discovered that two of the four walls were also, wrong. So, they came down and we waited for windows. And waited. And waited. It would be another five weeks. Second try, they were wrong again. Windows held up the studio project until December.

Windows Deliver During A Storm
Windows Deliver During A Storm
Walls Torn Down
Walls Torn Down
Wait for Walls & Windows
Wait for Walls & Windows

We kept going luckily, wrapping walls, running wires and having HVAC installed.

Electric And Furnace Installed
Electric And Furnace Installed
Shake Siding
Shake Siding

We couldn’t leave out a fireplace of course. Built by family and friends. Nice!

Stone Fireplace
Stone Fireplace

As the new Joy Studio sits now, we are fully insulated and with the correct windows.

I am starting the new year working in the designated drawing station in the dinning room at my dad’s drawing table. I’m feeling snug and . . . GRATEFUL.

Dad’s Table & Palette Tin

Looking forward to 2017 and I hope you feel the same.


I almost forgot! We are having a FABRIC special!!

Use Code: january2017 for 25% off at,

Great Joy Studio Etsy Shop

Through January.







To Err

‘To err is human; to forgive, divine.’

An Essay on Criticism, Part II , 1711 – Alexander Pope


Please F O R G I V E me participants!

Intense focus on a new collection caused me to


the Where Women Create Studio Giveaway drawing!

Deadlines are not my strength however, this is the F I R S T one I ever missed on the blog. 😦

So sorry.

Seventy one of you wrote to us about your work spaces and it has been a delightful read. It seams we makers have such strong personal attachments to our work spaces, wherever they may be, that we are naturally interested in each others. And I am no different. I loved reading each one of your comments on one of my, favorite subjects, the studio!


to the 3 winners! Picked at random:

  1. Pamela Huntington
  2. Barbara Struve
  3. Carol Kussart

Please email us with your ship to info at to receive your prize!

I sincerely appreciate all of you for sharing your creative retreats with us.


Stay tuned, for the Handmaids® Challenge Giveaway 2016 announcement next month.


Sometimes, especially during this freezing, snowy week in February, I actually like to work from my bed under a vintage quilt, as in this sneak peek on the lap top below!


JoyStudioQuiltingBs copy



Trying to reset!


Holidays, hospital & high water presented some creative challenges at our, year’s end.

Hopeful however,

for reaching new heights in 2016.


Time to stand firm . . .


get ready for taxes!


By the way,

don’t forget to leave a comment & tell us about your creative space on our

Where Women Create Blog Giveaway

on the post link below:

Joy Studio



we are still on news stands until the end of this month,

in the

Where Women Create, Winter Issue.


New Year Approaching


On the cusp of another new year.


What’s ahead, what’s next, what’s this ole world coming to?

Anticipation, reflection and a time for start overs.

I’ve been receiving many FB ‘memories’ notices in my news feed over the past month. A few I’ve shared and some. . . I just take a peek at in amazement. Mine went back at least five years. Interesting, remarkable, some sad, etc. A whole variety of emotions are stirred up.

Likewise, here on the Joy Studio blog I can look into the archives to see what was happening a year ago, five years ago on any given month. Often either goals were being set, challenges met and times of grief, to overcome.

I didn’t realize when I started this blog, that it would serve as sort of a journal exercise for me, with an easy accessible record of the fun, the successes and the disappointments of this artful and life journey.

Where Women Create - Winter Issue 2015/16
Where Women Create – Winter Issue 2015/16

Although I have not always held up so great, I’ve been very lucky (so to speak)/blessed and watched over. I know, that God has brought me through it all. I haven’t always seen or felt it and still have my struggles. However, looking back over the last four (tough) years, through my family, my friends (close that I’ve known for dozens of years & many of you I’ve never met) and my creative work, the love (His) and watch care is clear.

And I’m grateful.

So, whatever God has planned for this new year, I’m going to keep trying,

to be ready,

be seeking,

be better.

Thank you once again, for supporting my efforts with your heartfelt comments and interaction both here on this blog and on our Facebook pages and Instagram. It has been very encouraging.

I sincerely appreciate you! And I look forward to more creative fun and work ahead as we share our gifts.



Joy Studio on FB

Handmaids® on FB

Tidings of Great Joy on FB


Joy Studio

On news stands,

T O D A Y !

Winter Issue of

Where Women Create


where our


is honored, to be among the featured artists.

Page 38!




We have three copies to S H A R E!

Leave a comment here on the blog

telling us about your favorite work space or place

where you create,

to enter this flash blog

G I V E A W A Y !

By random drawing – Winners announced January 31, 2016



Along with the Winter Issue,

we are including one of the hand made produce pincushions

that was featured in out recent

Sewing Seeds II

Quilting Treasures booth at Quilt Market.


A Letter Stitch fat quarter!


We hope you will enjoy reading our family story in

Where Women Create.


For you Dad


Studio Cabinet Update


In our May, what we’ve been up to share,

we included a chalk paint treatment to some studio storage.

I recommend for any large painting projects.

No stripping or sanding, just start painting.

For our application, we used Annie Sloan purchased at Nettie Suze.

Here is the pretty cabinet reveal.


One set houses pastels, glues & framing equipment.

On top,

some acquired vintage (my dad’s)

tools of the trade.

Sculpting, palette knives and photo developing pan

& anything for small constructive projects.



Some familiar faces.

The watercolor is from the Hairraising Halloween collection.


The old windows were salvaged from my hub’s childhood home,

on 240 Main St.,

now underneath a mini mall.


Vintage clothespins secure the

Scripture index cards, hand written (other side) by our Syd,

especially for me, to encourage during a dark time.



The other cabinets have all printed and promotional matter.

All of the doors still need their knobs

and a clear wax coat.



On the counter tops…

My mom’s French female book end and one of my dad’s sketches.

Several porcelain pin cushion tops, saved for a future Handmaids® challenge.

All gathered around my aunt’s miniature cafe furniture.

An antique re-print

available soon on our

Joy Studio Vintage shop.

 JoyStudioCabinetGA vintage paper cutter conveniently holds our product labels and twine.


This was the fun part of the home studio project.

Finding a place for everything,

cleaned up, freshly painted and everything in it’s a place.

Then surrounding myself with treasured sentimental items

creating an inspirational work space

offering both comfort and joy.


It was high time!



At last, organization is at hand!

Please stay tuned for

a full Joy Studio(s) reveal and news!