Sew Scary

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Last Fall we presented our Sew Scary Collection to the trade at the

International Quilt Market in Houston

Where, sooooo much excitement with this group began.

Now, we are delighted to share, with you!

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Here are some of the process shots, projects and fun stuff from the studio.

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Our first look (in print) on paper.

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The festive and fast, FREE project download at Quilting Treasures.

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And some fun framed & stuffed ideas.

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Sew Scary delivered to quilt shops in the Spring and is widely available.

So, try your local quilt shop.

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AND . . .

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Quilted!

By Brenda Miller of Among Brenda’s Quilts.

Above, is a peek at our

Scaredy Patch

quilt in

AMERICAN QUILTER MAGAZINE!

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Another easy patch project in the AQ September Issue 2015

For a little extra excitement,

our Joy Studio (North) is celebrating our

ONE Year Anniversary in the new work space.

So, how better than with a giveaway!

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Yeah! Applause, applause, applause 😉

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WIN

This Sew Scary Tote & a Sew Scary short stack of fat quarters!!!

‘Like’ our Joy Studio Page on Facebook

to be entered. We will be including our current fans as well.

And please, let us know.

Random drawing, choosing five winners again, for a LIKE of our FB Page

In honor of the 1 Yr. anniversary, Joy Studio work space.

Drawing results announced August 31

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Cleanup Casualty

Where did July go?

Summer family visits and work on a new fabric line.

Poof, it was gone!

First of the month, with my BIG 2015 deadlines met, feels great! Ahhhhh

Time for a breather . . . and a little creating, just for fun is my August plan.

And

I’ll be doing it on a clean slate well, drawing table top actually.

Trying to look on the bright side . . of our studio clean up casualty.

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As some of you may remember, most of my creating is performed on my dad’s, now vintage, drawing table. Not only does it hold numerous, fond memories for me, but it is an esteemed and sentimental studio piece. I’ve spent many a melancholy moment, years in fact, between sketches reflecting on the stains, splashes and scratches made by him on this favorite time worn treasure. So, I was devastated when of all items, it was nearly destroyed.

Earlier this year, during the studio cleanup, everything had to be moved for the carpet shampoo. After running out of room, I was forced to drag a few things outside temporarily for the shampooer. What could happen on a sunny day after all with no rain in sight, right?

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Wait a minute. S U N ?  + Magnifying glass + wood =

F I R E !

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It wasn’t sunny when I took everything out. 😦

However, during the many hours waiting for the carpet to dry the shade receded and the table was in full sun. Um, not sure how long. When I finally decided it was time to bring everything back in, I discovered something very odd.

OH NO! S M O K E ???

How? From what? And yes, smack dab in the center of the table top!!! The table was burning.

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Noooooooooooo!

Of course, the magnifying glass lamp . . . . . and the sun. Not a good combo for wood. What was I thinking?

How dumb, and how sad. I immediately began to douse and investigate. It had burned a nine inch long gouge, nearly all the way through the beloved, irreplaceable table.

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So, after a few tears well, quite a few, and panic, I began gently sanding the charred finger wide and deep, damaged section.

I mean, this was not only where my dad worked, sob, sob, but was the only work station I would ever, be able to connect (emotionally speaking) and create comfortably. No, no, no, this could not have just happened I thought, as I sanded, and sanded and sanded. Then pretty soon I began to realize, if I kept sanding, I just may go through to the other side. It was that deep. I decided to stop.

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Didn’t look good.

As I stared at the ruined rubble in a daze of despair, it became apparent. If, I wanted to save the integrity of all the stains, the splashes and drips that my dear dad-o left behind and still be able to function, I had to flip the top. After all, I couldn’t bear to sand, fill and refinish the entire top erasing the traces of creating he had left behind.

So, it was decided.

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It was the logical solution.

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Funny though, how creativity is all tied up to our emotions and how easily that can be interrupted, blocking the natural flow of making. We’ll see.

So goes my tale of the turned over,

clean slate,

in it’s new location,

ready for action . . . again.

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Full studio re vamp news & reveal to come – Fall 2015!

JOYous New Year

So . . . 2015, anyone have BIG plans in the new year? We would enjoy hearing about them.

What is inspiring you? What creative goals? What you can’t wait to get your hands on?

Stitching, painting, cutting, pasting, drawing, quilting, collaging?

All of the above? Sounds good to me too.

We wrapped up the year with . . .

A little dress up in the new office

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Two updated sites

TidingsOfGreatJoy.com for Licensing

and Handmaids.com for some creative fun and inspiration!

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Two new Etsy Shops

Joy Studio Vintage – Although not very well stocked yet, we’re working on it. Lots more to uncover and unravel. Some really cool art supplies featured in our Draw Near fabric collection from Quilting Treasures!

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And Joy Studio Handmaids – Also, just getting started so visit soon to see Handmaids® product updates.

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To explain the She Who Rocks products in our vintage store – We had plans for another Handmaids Challenge to kick off the new year. It was inspired by a vintage sewing caddy project submitted by Karen Torres in January’s 2014, She Who Sews Blog Hop. We named, searched, purchased and posted charming vintage rocking chair sewing caddy’s, specifically for the event. However, once Joy Studio Vintage opened, half of the chairs began to disappear, quickly. So, the She Who Rocks challenge, will need to be renamed and modified.

Please, stay tuned to

JOY STUDIO

for future projects, collections and art news in 2015.

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God bless you, in the new year.

Long Forgotten Projects

Uncovering some long forgotten projects as we continue the move to the new work space. And it’s beginning to look like there may be hundreds of them, collected over time. All with good intentions to complete, of course. Anyone else relate?

JoyStudioFProject3It feels good to finally tackle this one.  Oak topped farm table.

JoyStudioFProjectJoyStudioFProject2It was covered with stubborn glue and old red marbled linoleum when we found it. Scraping, sanding and waxing the top but keeping the time worn white painted finish on the legs, apron and drawer fronts. A wonderful, naturally distressed piece.

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the new Joy Studio Office.

Painting Progress

P A I N T I N G   P R O G R E S S

At the new JOY STUDIO Retreat & Work Space

Becoming a blank canvas for creative spaces, with a fresh coat of linen paint.

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August goals for getting into the new location by September:

Week #1 – Complete Painting & Cleaning

Week #2 – Move Fabric & Frames

Week #3 – Move Furniture, Fixtures & Supplies

Week #4 – Organize & Refine the Space

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For further information & updates on the Joy Studio cottage,

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On The Move

JoyStudioFBHeaderBbI am excited to let you know that the Joy Studio is expanding. We have just made it official and rented some additional studio and office space. A charming cottage in a convenient and quiet setting. If you’ve ever dreamed of a creative retreat, a visit to our Joy Studio, may be for you.

Follow (Like) studio news, offerings & updates on Facebook.

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Located near the caves, in Pacific, MO

Contact us for more info – tidings3@aol.com

She Who Sews – Creative Collaboration

A Creative Collaboration, among friends & colleagues. CompfyPillows

Welcome & wow!

What an honor for our very own “She Who Sews” fabric collection to be the featured fabric for this Sewing Room Blog Hop.

If this is your first visit to the Joy Studio, please have a look around and tell us what you like to create, especially using your She Who Sews fabric.

To learn about the creation of Handmaids™ and the art process in the beginning stages, I invite you to join (like) us on the Handmaids Facebook page or click the like button to the right in side bar. Also visit Handmaids.com where you can sign up for our newsletter and receive regular product updates. And please, be sure to get in on our GIVEAWAYS! One is here on the Joy Studio blog, simply comment to enter and one on Facebook’s HANDMAIDSGreatJoyStudios, for a like and comment telling us so, you will be entered. Both offers are for a She Who Sews fabric fat quarter bundle and a canvas wrap, wall art piece. If you already like Handmaids™ on FB, just a comment will work. Winners will be announced on FB February 7th.

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I was certainly privileged to collaborate with four friends on our contribution to the She Who Sews Blog Hop. Together we designed and created several items, pincushion & paperdoll pillows for the comfy couch in our Joy Studio and others to wear. Allow me to introduce these skilled sewers and quilters, through their beautiful projects listed below.

Paperdoll & Pincushion Pillows
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Puffy Pillows

Nancy McClellan (Construction & Quilting)
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Paperdoll Throw
Diane O’Shea (Piecing & Quilting)PaperdollThrow
Mommie, Dollie & Me – Dress for Mommie, Daughter, Dollie & Bag
by
Amber Martin – These items offered at:
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Wrapped Canvas Wall Art
by me, J. Wecker Frisch
Tidings of Great Joy, LLC
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It has been a privilege and pleasure, to see our very first collection in the Handmaids™ series, She Who Sews, featured in the Sewing Room Blog Hop.  Thank you Carla & all of the Blog Cheerleaders for inviting and supporting me. And a sincere thanks, to all of you, for stopping in. Please don’t forget to leave us a comment (to be entered in our giveaway). I would truly enjoy hearing from you.SheWhoSewsCollaborate

I am also excited to get hopping on, to see what the other bloggers (listed below) have made from the She Who Sews fabric collection to share:

 
 
 
 
 

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Below – Are a few shots of the canvas wrap process using the “She Who Sews” large patch panel from
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THANKS everyone! And a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister, Barbara!

Just for Fun

Just for fun and practice, Syd and I decided to try a little video this afternoon. Our first so, the quality is not the best and I was using a hard lead pencil so, the detail is difficult to see until the end. This was one of the many drawing exercises in the book titled, “Fun With A Pencil” by Andrew Loomis. One of my dad’s. It was one of the first tools that I remember my dad sharing as he mentored me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdtb4Tw4Og

Now, can anyone explain how I can upload this here from You Tube?

New Addition

Whoa! Speaking of catching up, just before Christmas I made a major studio purchase that I hope will speed up production significantly. Although first, I needed to make room,MakingRoomexperience a little intimidation setting up, NewNewWacomNewWacomInstructionsfind the best (spot) home,NewToolsSetUpB copyNewToolJoyStudioand begin to play. NewToolsScape2

I was told it will be a little bit of a learning curve but then . .  . smooth sailing? Hoping so.

Taking a block break during this process & finishing up on a new fun collection.

Fun Forms

Another subject research (for a new collection) turned up this wonderful 1930’s dress form on Ebay and was listed, ‘in mint condition.’ And in my size! And just so happened, to be located a mere 30 minutes away to boot. So, in my true to low sales resistance form, I thought . . .  just because, this big sister would fit right in at the Joy Studio. Yep, I think so, right? Only thing missing, the finial on top.

Typically I (try to) stay away from such tempting treasures however, the on line research tool usually gets me as did this, one previously owned, dress form. She may have to make herself useful around the place, although I’m not quite sure just how yet. Perhaps as the artist’s model? Hmmmn, wonder if she does ironing.BTW – My thought to be size, in the 1930’s does not seem to coinside with my new friend!

Research is over, back to the drawing board. 😉