Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Last Chance for BD Draw!

Time is quickly running out to enter the BD Draw.....you still have tonight...and will do the draw after dinner tomorrow...so will include anyone who adds their name before then.

Got a couple of BD surprises today! Received a package from Vikki Clayton full of wonderful ribbons! It will be her ribbons that I use for the magazine article!

I have tomorrow off and am looking forward to playing with these to decide which ones I will select for the project...hoping that with them in front of me that I will get that "vision" thing happening....have had several glimpses of ideas...but need to see it in one complete mental picture....then I'll put the blinders on!

Also...as a thank-you for a great score on our recent Store Report, our dealer gave all managers a gift card for a family dinner out! That was wonderful...as it was a total surprise!

Well...off to play for a bit! Have cleared my list of obligations so that I can enjoy my day!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Looking For One Thing ... & Found Another!

After reading a list post from Barb E down in TX...I was dismayed to find out that Nora's health is declining...and decided to make a card to send her.

I sifted through my embossing templates...and then decided I'd like to do a heart one....but wouldn't ya know it....the heart templates weren't in the bag with the others...so I started hunting.

In the back of one drawer...I came across a small pink bag. I usually use clear zip-locks to put things in so I can see what's inside...so wondered what the ?

When I opened it up...there was a huge gob of silk ribbon ... over 40 yards...that I had ordered from Vikki Clayton...five years and one day ago exactly! I don't even remember what I had in mind to use them for.....but picked out some of them to use for Nora's card! So...it was a timely find.

I did find the heart templates too...not where they should have been...but have now been put in with the rest. I did scan a pic of the finished card...and will show it at a later date...once Nora has had a chance to see it first.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Okay....Let's Have Some Birthday FUN !

October 1st is my birthday...but the older I get...the less I seem to look forward to them, so I thought I'd do something different this year.....something fun!

I was recently reminded of a life-changing event that happened to me when a dear ol' e-friend....Nora Creeach....had a draw to celebrate her birthday one year....and I won! She sent me a gift that sparked a revelation....& finally unleashed the designer in me! I am eternally grateful to her for that!

Rissa recently commented that it'd be a great tradition to continue...I thought so too!

Henceforth...following her lead...I plan to make this an annual tradition!

So....here's the fun part!

On the post below...there is a link to take a short test to find out
"What Tarot Card Are You?"

Simply leave a comment on this post with what Tarot Card you are...to be automatically be entered in my Birthday Draw!

I'll put all the names in a hat...& the winner will be announced
October 1st!

(PS...new stuff up on sredeluxe2U...and more coming soon!)

What Tarot Card are You?

The Empress

You are The Empress
Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.
The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents, beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.
The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
What Tarot Card are You?Take the Test to Find Out.

Thanks Rissa for the Tarot Card test.
We are both Empresses!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Tisket, A Tasket

I found another basket!

This one was made into a card insert...and was one of my faves. I see the ribbon is variegated and think it may have come from my source back then...Eloise Gomez. I've lost touch with her over the years and I don't think she's dyeing ribbon any more...but they sure were pretty!

The embossed cards ... were an all-time favourite item ordered from my web site back when I was in full production...and the completed designs sold incredibly well in my booth too!

A full time job just doesn't leave me any time to create these any longer...but I am contemplating putting templates & instructions up on "sredeluxe2U" ... for those who might like to create them too. I have about 30 various designs....ranging from small trim patterns to special occasions (Christmas & Valentines) as well as shapes (like the fan one shown with the Tiny Tassel). They are fun and functional. No-one will throw these cards away...they'll want to keep it and/or frame the face as art!

The card is the gift!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Show & Share - More Alton Loops

I was sure I had more pics of pieces that were done using the Loop...and found a some.

The first is another using Variation # 4. This one shows the lovely rich colour of Vikki Clayton's Pansy ribbon! I love how the shades blend and flow...gives such a lovely finished effect...kind of like Mother Nature herself might do it!

The second was one of a large series of pins I've done over the years...Basket Bouquets. One such design was the focus of my third article in Piecework/NeedleWorker.

Here Variation # 2 - a floral spike was done in the pink ribbon.

That wee basket charm is one of my absolute favourites. It can always inspire a design, & I always have a bunch on hand.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More From the Drag Bag

First off...a thought hit me as I looked at my last post ... I should have gone with small photos...as the actual pieces weren't quite that BIG.

Moving on. DH did indeed have someting else plugged in the scanner port...but kindly fixed that for me and I got a few scans done.

Wrought iron has alway intrigued me...if there is any one trade I'd love to learn it's that...but at this point in my life I can't see that happening...so I will be content to stitch it instead.

To begin with, I created an ornate trellis on the back side of the Drag Bag, only to realize that it looked like a sore thumb...so decided to tie it in to a larger picture. At the bottom edge you'll see some scallops. These continue around the top edge of the bottom darker section...and the front has a large scrolled section...with two smaller panels on the side seams (all of which are still works in progress...or were...before I had to set the project on the back burner). The trellis is situated between the two pockets.

Decided to cover the back trellis in a climbing rose vine. There's three yards of ribbon in them roses...and nearly as much in the leaves. I like it...and planning on doing more of them on the others...maybe mixed with some other flora.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Show & Share - BIG Blooms

After a busy week, I was hoping to take time today to scan in a couple of things...but...DH seems to have unplugged it (or it got accidentally pulled out) and I'm not sure where it is supposed to go in the back of the Box. So ... again I had a look through my pic files and found a few things to share.

The third article that I had published (in Piecework / NeedleWorker) was a Silk Ribbon Basket Brooch, and featured another stitch I created called the Alton Loop. It came about during my frustrated attempts to make Loop flowers...which I liked...and wanted to make, but somehow always managed to mess up...because I'd end up pulling one or more of them through accidentally.

You can see how to create the Alton Loop and all variations at:
http://sredeluxe.tripod.com/ ... click on Stitch Directions.

Variation # 4 ... done in 4mm ribbon resembles a Yellow Marigold. Depending on the colour and width of ribbon you choose to use, you can achieve different flowers!

Here you see 7mm used ... Deep Wine for the Dahlia, Tangerine for the Orange Marigold, and a variegated Pink for the Peony. Ribbons used were all YLI and each of these were made into pins that were worn by their staff who worked in their booth at trade shows.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Porthole # 40

Last but not least # 40 began with a Free Form piece in navy AB beads. I added the turquoise Cretan in YLI Silk 30 and added Colonial knots at the ends. Beside that I stitched a spray of Griffin Buds using YLI Silk 30 for the stems & sepals and Ribbon Floss for the leaves. Opposite I backstitched a line of scallops in pink Pearl Crown Rayon, whip stitched over it and added a cast-on scallop at each point, then repeated the pattern reversed in the purple Pearl Crown. Below that I used blue Ribbon Floss to make the bullion stitch cording, and then light blue to do a zigzag chain with Colonial knots filling the centres. Added the single black lace rose and tatted a small purple butterfly to finish!

As I mentioned before...I may decide to make this a larger piece in future. If and when I do, you can be sure I'll share those with you.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Needle Pulling Thread

I'm not much of a book & magazine person ... but recently much to my surprise I was enlightened by Mary Anne that there existed here in Canada a magazine that is published to showcase Canadian needle artists!

Okay....who's paying attention now? Me...me...me! So I Googled it...and right there at the top of the page: A Needle Pulling Thread! (I love the name...very clever...and appropo).

For those who had not ( like me ) heard about this mag...here's their link:
http://www.aneedlepullingthread.com/ . You must go see! It's like Stitchin Fingers ... all forms of needlework ... in one spot!

I sent an e-mail off to the editor on Monday...to introduce myself...and she returned my note Tuesday...and we have since chatted and/or e-mailed daily!

I decided I had to see this magazine first hand...so took a trip over to a little shop in the Mall (where I have purchase other needle art publications) and there it was...the last copy of the Summer issue...waiting just for me!

I took it home and went through it cover to cover several times...checking out the articles...admiring the obvious love & care that has gone into the layout....it is very well done...the type of high class presentation that can make your work look fabulous!

After clarifying and verifying ... and a bit of brainstorming ... Carla and I have agreed that I shall be one of their featured artists in the Summer 2009 issue!

And there's that feeling again....that ride on Cloud 9....giddy and lighter in step...smiling from ear to ear......anticipation!

This will be my 5th published piece ... so feeling very much the seasoned pro here....but as anxious as the first time....and as thankful as I am to all those magazines that featured me in past...I'm proudly looking forward to my first time in a Canadian publication!

The only thing I will share with you about it ... is that it will be SRE ...
5-Star Deluxe SRE !

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Announcing ... sredeluxe 2 U !

Ladies and Gentleman!

It is with great pleasure that I tell you ... I now have patterns up & available!
I have created a second blog for this purpose specifically (until such time as my web mistress can revamp my other site).

http://sredeluxe2u.blogspot.com is officially up ... and my first offering ... is the long-awaited Deluxe Ornament Covers ... with a BONUS add-on set of Deluxe Free Form Embellishments!

I've also begun work on revising some SRE patterns and will have a few up & available shortly.

I thank you for your patience...I know it's been a long wait...but I'm "back in the saddle again"....and looking forward to the ride!

Hugs ... Marie

Monday, September 1, 2008

Porthole # 39

For the second last in the series I began with another oriental fabric. I added a "Cherries & Leaves" Free Form piece, stitched a climbing French Knot rose bush, then added a small tree on the opposite side. Last I worked some Lazy Daisy fronds along the top seam.

I'm still undecided if I'll stop at 40...it was my original target...but may decide to go bigger. Will take a break from it for now...as other things are waiting.

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