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Sewing Seeds II

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“Sewing Seeds II”

is

A V A I L A B L E

in

quilt shops now!

Pin cushion prep for quilt market last Fall.

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Our October booth in Houston.

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Sewing Seeds Scarecrow Dress Form

Sewing Seeds Scarecrow Dress Form

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All the way from Canada! Anne Dale of My Sewing Room, Inc. and me.

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Sewing Seeds II contains similar heartfelt quotes as in the original collection only with veggies this time. My personal favorite coordinate, is this seed packet inspired, Tomato (pin cushion) Tag toss. Created on ecru (shown) and also black grounds.

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Hope you enjoy.

To view the entire group go to:

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Of Sober Mind

Be alert and of sober mind.

Your enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

My New Year’s post Reseting, was written at a time of personal and spiritual transition, some would call repentance? Refocus? We all have those times I suppose or need to, right? I used words like ‘hopeful’ and phrases such as ‘time to stand firm,’ which were sentiments that revealed my true (& vulnerable) condition. Little did I know when I composed the entry, that all hell (well, not all) was about brake loose in our lives at the start of the year. My written words were equal to drawing a line in the sand, putting a target on your back. Stepping out in faith, moving toward Christ always does. I should have been paying closer attention. Being a creative type however, I’m very easily distracted, what can I say? Simply show me a picture and off I go in an opposite direction, quickly and continually. Artists, sheesh.

Well, we’re only a little under three months in to 2016 and I have and am fighting battles that I never saw coming. I can look back now of course and clearly see that I was not alert. The good news, I’m still learning, slowly but surely. And remembering (AGAIN) to put on my armor. The full armor this time, hopefully. And daily.

To my 2016 list of holidays, hospital & high water I can add HUGH move and change. My knees a bit more wobbly but still standing firm.

Thanks for visiting and please, take the above quote to heART.

On a lighter side, my Lion Tamer from “Circus Menagerie” created a few years ago.

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J. Wecker Frisch©

“The Champion” trade card is for sale on our Joy Studio Vintage Etsy Shop.

Colors and text have been altered digitally for this post and are not on the original ephemera piece.

Lang Longings

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Following Atlanta Gift Mart’s winter show in January, we made an announcement on Facebook about a new licensing partner.

This one just happens to be,

my first,

life as an artist,

lifetime goals.

Our new partner for a calendar is with,

LANG Publishing!

&

It’s AVAILABLE!

It has been a full year since our initial meeting there before seeing it come to fruition, but well worth the wait.

Initial Meeting with Lang Jan. - 2015

Initial Meeting with Lang Jan. – 2015

I have purchased their cards and collected their calendars for numerous years which I have kept as sort of a family record. They reveal the appointments, events and common notes of our everyday life as it was, in any given year. All are recorded in the grids of the artful calendar products. The images were simply too beautiful to toss.  I’m so glad to be able to go back over them now, as an actual member of the LANG family! Hard to believe, me.

Our new LANG calendar is called She Who Sews for 2017 from the Handmaids® series. And today, my good friend and artist, Paula Joerling has posted about us in her seventh installation of,

The Story Behind the Art

on her studio blog,

Paula Joering Studio.

I invite you to hop over and check out our story.

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As an extra added treat,

during the development process additional art was also chosen from Handmaids® “Draw Near” group for the LANG spiral sketchbook products! I may need several dozen of these.

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We are over joyed for this wonderful dream partnership opportunity.

Thank you God!

And thank you Paula.😉

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.

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!

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

THANK YOU!

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:

Joy Studio

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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.

Where Women Create - Winter Issue 2015/16

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.

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

to be ready,

be seeking,

be better.

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.

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,

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

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,

&

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?

MERRY CHRISTMAS

to you all!