I’m In Love

With YOUR, Handmaids® Challenge 2015 entries!


They are truly wonderful. I am so impressed with the talent and skill displayed in each of the post cards we have already received. We are blown away with your spectacular Valentines. It is difficult to believe that many of you expressed, this was your first fabric post card.

Still waiting on eight more to arrive but cards are still coming in. So, if you have not yet sent yours to your assigned partner, please do.

There’s still time!

Winners as stated in the previous blog post will be announced March 15, 2015.

Now, feast your eyes on some of these miniature works of art!







Posting more here over the next few days so, please stay tuned.


You can view the Handmaids® Valentine post card exchange album on the

Handmaids® Facebook Page.




Announcing Our Valentine

Handmaids® Challenge Giveaway

& Post Card Exchange


Here are the Details to participate in the challenge:


• Anyone who sews (or non-sew project) with no limits of participants. The more, the merrier.

• Anyone who can make and mail two fabric post cards. One to us and a second one to exchange with a fellow participant.

• Anyone who will share this on your Facebook page (if you have) & your blog (if you have).

• Anyone who will like us on our Handmaids Facebook page and/or follow this blog by email (in left sidebar).


Challenge Rules:

1. Sign up by email – Send your contact info to janet@greatjoystudio.com by Feb. 14 – Your name, mailing address and blog address if you have.

2. Please leave us a comment here, on this post letting us know your intent to participate.

3. Make two fabric (quilted, stitched or fusible web construction) post cards.

3. Must use the She Who Sews, Draw Near OR Angel Band fabrics only – from Quilting Treasures – available in quilt shops & on line.

4. To be eligible/entered for the giveaway drawing, you must mail post cards, one to us and one to another participant by February 28th, 2015


Additional Details

• All Email’s subject line should read: Handmaids Challenge

• Mailing instructions will be sent to participants via email.

• Decorate, embellish and finish your cards any way you like.



3 Winners by Random Drawing to Participants may win:

• One of three Handmaids® Fabric Collections fat quarter (11) stack.

• Plus two panels of the same collection – Large and small patch panels.

• One yard of a directional or tossed motif.

A $50.00 value

• Post cards received here, will be entered for an additional SURPRISE prize! Winning card will be chosen based on creativity, artistry and technique.


Winners announced March 15, 2015

For each participant, Tidings of Great Joy, LLC will donate five dollars (up to 500) to Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child effort.

So please, help us spread the joy (& word) and join us to send some LOVE & fun with the

Handmaids® fabrics.

Final Stamp



January – Atlanta follow up, new product focus and putting the final stamps on the studio.

Built and installed fabric shelves mid month.


This week, the main work space took shape.


With familiar faces,


Old tables in new spaces,


And getting our shingle ready to hang.

The question now . . .

paint, decoupage or upholster?


Making progress.

Somebody still needs to clean up the kitchen.

Next week.

AmericasMart 2015

Our 2015 started with none other than . . . a road trip, to Atlanta! Great weather, company and connections with (artist) friends and business partners so, over all a successful and optimistic way to begin the new year. Returning however, to a full schedule and much art to create.


Here are a few photos of one of my favorite showrooms that seamed like home to me. Right smack in the middle of antiques and some convincing reproductions. It was difficult to leave.



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


Two updated sites

TidingsOfGreatJoy.com for Licensing

and Handmaids.com for some creative fun and inspiration!


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!


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


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


for future projects, collections and art news in 2015.


God bless you, in the new year.

Christmas Joy









Baked & Wrapped.

All in celebration of the greatest gift?

Time to refocus.


Tidings of Great Joy . . .

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.   Luke 2:11


All is calm, all is bright.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas Crafting


The little hand stitched heart in my last post, given to me by quilting friend Joan Ford, inspired these easy to make,

Dress Form Christmas Ornaments.


I started to make these for our display on the way to Spring Quilt Market earlier this year.

“Angel Band”

is our third Handmaids® collection in the series,

presented on fabric by Quilting Treasures.

Available in quilt shops now.


Sewing them became quite addicting. There are twenty four available in a twelve inch piece of the festive forms. First do a rough cut of any one of the dress forms, sandwich with an equal sized piece of coordinating backing (muslin if personalizing) and hi loft batting and begin stitching, following tight to the outside line of the image. Then trim with sharp scissors for a raw edge finish. I added a 1/8″ wide satin ribbon on the back to hang or tie onto a package. A great gift and tag, to use before placing on the tree.


Next, the plan is to embellish them, with a variety of found objects, sequence and beads.

We’ll see.



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