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To Err

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

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

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Please F O R G I V E me participants!

Intense focus on a new collection caused me to

F O R G E T

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.

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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!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

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 janet@greatjoystudio.com to receive your prize!

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

THANK YOU!

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

Btw~

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!

😉

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Resetting

Trying to reset!

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

Hopeful however,

for reaching new heights in 2016.

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Time to stand firm . . .

&

get ready for taxes!

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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:

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

in the

Where Women Create, Winter Issue.

New Year Approaching

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On the cusp of another new year.

2016

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.

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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.

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

to be ready,

be seeking,

be better.

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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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Tidings of Great Joy on FB

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Christmas sort of snuck up on me this year. It was a very busy 2015.

However, a wonderful year! I hope yours was too.

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As it stands today . . . we are,

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still decorating,

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still wrapping,

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still opening Christmas cards,

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still shopping but only picking up a ham,

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still not snowing except on grandma Wecker’s buffet,

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still singing,

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our site, tidingsofgreatjoy.com . . . is still down. Our apologies.

Similar company info can be viewed on our sister site

Handmaids.com if you need to contact us.

Hopefully after the holidays we’ll be back up & running.

Running for sure. It’s the new normal, right?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

to you all!

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On news stands,

T O D A Y !

Winter Issue of

Where Women Create

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where our

JOY STUDIO

is honored, to be among the featured artists.

Page 38!

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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

Also,

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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.

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A Letter Stitch fat quarter!

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We hope you will enjoy reading our family story in

Where Women Create.

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For you Dad

It’s True!

Where Women Create paid our Joy Studio(s) a visit!

And you can see the feature in the Winter Issue,

on news stands Nov.1, 2015.

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In addition it is my pleasure to be doing a signing

with the magazine’s creator and editor in chief,

Jo Packham!

At

the International Quilt Market in Houston on Saturday.

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Last year at Fall Quilt Market I met the very gracious Jo, at the Sew Scary fabric debut and soon after we began the process. Another dream goal, being realized, hard to believe. The upcoming visit understandably, thrust us into high gear sprucing up and organizing both work spaces as you have seen (here) over the past months. A tall order after only just moving into to the new space last August however, quite rewarding and needed.

Re-creating the inspirational areas was perfect (God’s?) timing!

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So,

I hope you will pick up a copy

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that you will enjoy reading our story.

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Almost, like a fairy tale ending?

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Or a new chapter.

😉

Studio Cabinet Update

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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.

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Here is the pretty cabinet reveal.

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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.

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Also…

Some familiar faces.

The watercolor is from the Hairraising Halloween collection.

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

on 240 Main St.,

now underneath a mini mall.

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Vintage clothespins secure the

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

especially for me, to encourage during a dark time.

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The other cabinets have all printed and promotional matter.

All of the doors still need their knobs

and a clear wax coat.

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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.

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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.

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It was high time!

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Ahhhhh,

At last, organization is at hand!

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Please stay tuned for

a full Joy Studio(s) reveal and news!

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