Here are the results of April’s “No Fooling Giveaway” drawing.
to ten (so happens, email) followers which we will abbreviate here & notify privately:
So, if you think any of the above could be you, watch for an email from me, email@example.com
My sincere thanks to all of you for following us here at Joy Studio. We love connecting with like minded passionate makers and sharing in your creative interests. New patterns and fabric collections are just around the corner that you won’t want to miss. Also we still plan to hold a really BIG, 2017 Handmaids® Challenge later this year.
And of course, we always have lots more . . . to GIVEAWAY so please, stay tuned.
This group was inspired by a 1920’s/30’s sepia toned photograph of bathing beauties that I thought would be fun to translate. During my research I came across some wonderful turn of the century swim wear images as well which led me to the stockings (& stocking stretchers) that often accompanied the fashion of that day. I combined both era’s which were well suited, for our Handmaids®.
Concept and thumbnail sketches for these are recorded in my ‘ideas’ notebook on September 2, 2015. So, it is especially rewarding to finally see these images go from paper to fabric. And, equally rewarding for me is to see these go to you, the makers. I always love seeing what is ultimately created using your talents with our fabrics. A real treat in fact!
Inspiration for the mermaid patch was an antique silver articulated fish, needle case that I discovered. A tiny buried treasure with big possibilities I thought.
I work in watercolor and ink once the sketches are refined to my satisfaction.
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.
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!
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.
We kept going luckily, wrapping walls, running wires and having HVAC installed.
We couldn’t leave out a fireplace of course. Built by family and friends. Nice!
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.
Looking forward to 2017 and I hope you feel the same.