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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.

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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.

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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.

Christmas Joy

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OH MY!

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Shopped,

Decorated,

Baked & Wrapped.

All in celebration of the greatest gift?

Time to refocus.

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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

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All is calm, all is bright.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas Crafting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

We’ll see.

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A Thankful Heart

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I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
and give thanks to Your name
for Your constant love and truth.
You have exalted Your name
and Your promise above everything else.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You increased strength within me.

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Lord, Your love is eternal;
do not abandon the work of Your hands.

Ps. 138

Better Late . . .

Sew ScaryJWF1For a variety of reasons, our Fall Quilt Market post is much later than we intended.

However, our market experience in a word?

E X C I T E M E N T !

And much activity, opportunities & F U N.

Enjoy this sneak peek of our new Sew Scary fabrics, presented to the trade by Quilting Treasures.

Available in stores – April 2015.

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Thanks to my friend Annie, for the loan of her beautiful featherweight machine & her spooky friend. Both received lots of attention and some fun photo ops.

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Quilt Market Prep

Gears Switched

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to

FALL QUILT MARKET

mode!

October 25 – 27, 2014

Q U I L T I N G   T R E A S U R E S

Booth 1812, 13

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Shops:

Please stop by to preview our next collection, pick up your Treats Tote (GWP) & share a hello!

Available April 2015

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