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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall !!

... how cool is it that I just happen to be working on 
"LEAVES"
at the beginning of fall !
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Building a leaf ...
love raised stem and layering with a
touch of sparkle
for my inner magpie.
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Fun to create movement with my stitchy mind !
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More texture and movement on this pretty
fall colored gold leaf.
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Awesome fall light play on my Magic Carpet!

"Leaves"
class time is 
November 12 & 13 !
at the
The Black Sheep Shop
Orlando, Florida
Click the link or call Anne at
407 . 894 . 0444

Next month is ...
"My Castle, My Dragon"
Class time is
October 8 & 9 !!
also at
The Black Sheep Shop!!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

there ready!

A few new pieces!
In time for the Dallas Market!
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This "PEACE"
has been in my stash of designs for awhile.
Originally a special request, now available for all.
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This was my original, made into
a computer bag for moi!
The tie dye may be different on
yours but the special
Peace Sign stitch I did will be the same.
The guide has peace throughout!
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Love this bag!!
Mid Century Sophisticated!
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How I do this ...
not sure if others follow
a similar path but
this works for me when
a piece is stitch painted.
MOST of mine are ...
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I needed a Christmas Purse!
Maybe YOU do too!
I call this my
"Mod Ornament Purse"
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Stitched and beaded,
Kumihimo strap made ...
I just need to find that perfect fabric.
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Just a few beads!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Mornings...


... ahh
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a beautiful walk started this Sunday ...
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... after a great walk ... a great amount of creativity. 
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Last Sunday ...
I was spinning with my sweet Granddaughter!
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A couple Sunday's before ...
Best Friends meeting up for dinner after our 40th reunion.
Goodbyes are not my forte'!
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I think we all turned out pretty awesome!
We four were tight all through high school.
How wonderful it was to see them again
and to have that connection instantly there ...
magic.
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Two weekends away ...
Class Time!
"Curly Flower"
at
The Black Sheep Shop!
we still have a couple spaces open for class!
Don't miss a chance to come play!
Click on the above link for all the scoop!
or you can call Anne!
407 . 894 . 0444



Sunday, August 14, 2016

lines...circles...dots...

.... and of course, COLOR !
What floats in and around my brain ...
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color, texture....movement
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me & my shadow ...
and the footprints I left ...
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sweet baby ducklings & beautiful Lake Winola
Love this place, it has inspired me many times over.
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Volunteers
I asked my daughter if she'd planted these.
No, they just grew up out of the window well.
My Dad planted Morning Glories as a screen
on our front porch yearly.
Nice memories.
Love twisting vines and the tight spiral of the buds.
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My daughters accent chair ...
I've seen this many times but this morning the light caught
the lines between the buttons just right.  And for some odd
reason, I was drawn to the way the sides lines
run off and around the edges.
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An odd dance of misty polka dots
on the backdoor screen.
Not to mention the wonderful refection of my son. 
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"Tumbled"
Just a peek at something new playing on my canvas.
Everything I see soaks in and becomes
something!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

September's Class...

I am full of stardust 
and just a bit of 
mischief making ....

.... and then I'm leaving town
on another adventure.

But first ...
let me tell you about 
September's Class at 
The Black Sheep Shop 
in Orlando, Florida!
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"Curly Flower"©
Fifth in my series of  'The Nine'
Truly a POP of happy colors!
This design features Silk Straw....
in not one but three different techniques!
Ribbon Work with Memory Wire couched over it.
... and lots of French Knots with a tiny bit
of beading thrown in.
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Click on the shop name above or give Anne Jones a call
for class information soon!
407 . 894 . 0444
Just look at that fun Turkey Work
with Silk Road Fibers Straw Silk!
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"Leaves"©
Next to be brought to life with a
variety of stitches and techniques.
Just wait until you see what I do with these!!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

smalls ...


I do stitch large pieces ....
sometimes ....
but most often, I prefer to work small'ish'.
.... and of course, I like to play with these smallish pieces.
Often, I get carried away and fly with an idea, 
creating more and more!

My wonderful daughter took all of these group shots
of my eight Biscornu designs.

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Biscornu is French for ...
what else would you associate with moi ...
quirky odd shape.
While I don't claim to be oddly shaped,
I have definitely been labeled 'quirky'!
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A jumble of color and texture!
[Center is Provence, across bottom is Lily Pond,
Swirling Hearts & Mardi Gras]
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Probably my two favorites,
Provence and Knot Garden.
I loved the fabric I created for Knot Garden so much,
I painted a version of it on artist canvas.
See upper left corner of blog home page.

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I designed matching fabric for each canvas.
Included with the stitch guide and any odd beads
for finishing.
Available through
Bedecked and Beadazzled 
Shops order through 
TisTheSeason.org
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Front and center, Butterfly Biscornu,
Paisley, Provence, Mothers' Rocker,
Lily Pond, Knot Garden, Swirling Hearts,
& Mardi Gras
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Provence Biscornu is loaded with gobs of color!
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Swirling Hearts Biscornu shimmers!

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Mardi Gras ... proves you can do a lot with 
just three colors!

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Mothers' Rocker Biscornu
This was a special request from the first
embroiderers guild I joined.
For this sweet group of women who encouraged me to
"get out there".  They even drove through a blizzard to get me
to Nashville, where I met my first distributor!
Journeys!
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As I mentioned above, I think this one will
remain my favorite.
Knot Garden
it's one of the pieces in my life that the stitches
seemed to flow out of my hands and onto the canvas.
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Butterfly Biscornu
This was the first, inspiration was from a pashmina
I was given from Egypt.
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Lily Pond Biscornu, color and calm all in one!                             akimberlydesign.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

journeys...

... life is a journey ...
This phrase has been repeating 
through my brain today.

I've been lucky to have many.
They started at the tender age of two.


One month from now will find me here.
I've no idea who took this picture ...
but I thank you.
These mountains, the valley, the river that flows through ...
this is my home and holds my heart.

I can't believe I left 40 years ago!
So many journeys I've had since.

This morning found me wondering 
when I might come upon a clearing 
on my path where my brain and heart say ...
this is it, this is the place you'll stay.

Until then ... this is where I am today.
Starting a new piece and dreaming up new.

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"Curly Flower"©
is next in The Nine series for
The Black Sheep Shop
class time is 
September 10th & 11th, 2016
Hope you can join us for a weekend of FUN stitching!
Click the link or call to sign up!
407 . 894 . 0444

Check back for updates on my adventures!
... of course, you'll want to see what I come
up with for this crazy flower!




Thursday, June 30, 2016

birthdays...

I LOVE them!

Read this just yesterday ... 

"Aging is an extraordinary process 
where you become the person you always should have been." 

~David Bowie

Wow
just wow

Today I turn 58, which I find fascinating 
as I arrived on the planet in '58!

To celebrate, I took myself on an adventure last weekend.  
My long time friend decided to move south two years ago.  
We were texting back and forth one evening and she said ...
'what's up with you, you seem edgy??' 
Moi, edgy, she was right!  
Told her I must need a break ... to which she replied, 
'well, come on up for a visit'. 
So I did!

Since this adventure meant driving through Orlando ...
I simply had to stop by The Black Sheep for a visit, 
There I met this fine fellow on the front sidewalk.  






 Is he not amazing!?!
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He was so huge, had to add the quarter for reference!
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... and what did I find perched on the counter
next to some of my greeting cards???
None other than my dear friend
Donna Fullilove's 
latest adventure!  
Her fabulous needle case bags!
Black Sheep Ideas
After my big photo shoot with the amazing grass hopper ...
I climbed back in the car for the second half of my trip.  
... but not before I zipped over to 
Sugarbuzz Dezert Company
to visit my friend Ron and buy some of his awesome
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies!
He's wonderful and treats me to Gluten Free goodies often!

Finally!
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I said there would be laughter!
There was!
Lynore and I have known each other since grade school!
We laughed late into the evening Thursday.
The next two days found us at the beach walking in the surf
with more laughter as we splashed our way along the coast.
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Back home and I'm not edgy at all.
A weekend of laughter and long walks on the beach
were just what I needed to recharge.
Meditation on the Magic Carpet, totally.

You're a work of art.
Not everyone will 'GET' you ...
but those who do ...
will never for'get' about you!
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He 'gets' me and was very happy to have me back home.
Does he not look relaxed and so dashing in his
Mommy designed my collar.
[ ahem ... collar available through Ruth Schmuff Designs ]