Sunday, August 20, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
when designing ...
it almost feels
like you have to reinvent the wheel!
|These wavy subjects tested me ...|
this is when I hear myself telling a student,
"Get up and walk away from it for a moment."
|I get these brilliant ideas,|
they're completely formed in my head ...
then the search begins for
'that thread' and 'that color of bead'
It can be exciting like a treasure hunt
it can frustrate the heck out of moi!
Of course, the brilliant idea when put
to needle and stitch after finding all
of the above
MAY NOT WORK!!
This is when my teacher voice comes to me
loud and clear ...
walk away for a bit Kimberly!
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I've been travelling a bit ...
now home and I hit the ground
|"Little Bits of String"©|
We are running this fun series
for a second time at
The Black Sheep Shop
Next one being the last Wednesday of this month
July 26. 2017
Click here for class times
407 . 894 . 0444
|Popped one of these 'Bits' into a|
LOVE the way
it turned out!
|While I was travelling ...|
I celebrated my birthday with
some wonderful long time friends
in my home town.
Did I sleep after this indulgence
of rich dark chocolate torte'
Not even the awesome wine from my friends
winery over came this decadent dessert!
If you are ever in NE Pennsylvania ...
you absolutely must stop by
Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery!
|These Tiger Lilies ...|
tree lined country road ...
will always be home.
|Of course, there were deer.|
|Next stop, family!|
My three year old granddaughter loves
to talk about her 'FAMILY'.
Which just grew by one baby brother
that she is totally in love with.
Best bouquet ever!
|More Birthdays to celebrate!|
My beautiful daughter!
Pictured here with the official
package opener extraordinaire!
I had a magical time with these two!
I was on Mimi duty for two
Oh my heart!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
... my mind wanders down
random paths ...
|Like how much I love this paint color!|
Golden Extra Fine Bright Gold
|How it just makes certain designs ...|
pop even more!
|Then down another path ...|
my foray into designing fabrics to
match my Biscornu series of designs.
You don't know how many tries
this one took before perfection!
"Mothers' Rocker Biscornu"
That perfect moment!
Ruth Schmuff Designs
wholesale and retail
Monday, June 5, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Giving myself permission to play ...
|More on this craziness very soon ;-)|
|Join us this Wednesday |
The Black Sheep Shop
for Little Bit of String Two!
[center spring green section]
We've been having a lot of fun with these
[click on the shop name for more info]
Thursday, May 18, 2017
It may be happening in other parts of the world
.... but here in Florida we are already
hitting record temperatures ....
Thank goodness there was a trip North
in the plans and I could enjoy that
beautiful bit of season ...
which is my favorite!
This weeks blog features an older design
of mine ... but I still absolutely love it.
All that life springing forth took me back.
It's called ...
"A Portion of My Garden"©
[available to shops through Ruth Schmuff Designs]
|In the past I've thoroughly enjoyed gardening.|
Anything I plant here has to make it on
it's own ... hence lots and lots of succulents!
|There is a lot going on in this piece.|
I used beautiful silk ribbon, hand painted silks,
crazy fuzzy stuff too.
|Many, many stitches |
to add texture and depth.
My granddaughter loves to ask you what
your favorite color is. Her Mama told her before I
arrived ... "when you ask Mimi, she's going to tell you
she loves all colors".
So true, although the new green of spring
really touches my heart.
|My Little Flower Child ...|
this one has my heart in a tighter grip
than she has on those dandelions!
|Lilacs seem to be a favorite of many.|
It had been so long since I'd seen one
in person ... I didn't even realize
this was a different variety.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
... are a big deal!!
Mimi is on her way shortly!
It's all about unicorns this year ...
magical, but of course!
|I'm ready to hold court anytime now ...|
|We've called her our 'Little Bird'|
since before she was born. Which may
have had some sway in my head when
painting my travel piece ;-)
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Our quiet little town here in central Florida
is known for it's beautiful lakes.
One features many many different types of swans.
AND ... they are presently having babies!
Beautiful little cygnets of soft fuzzy gray.
|Proud Papa to the right.|
|Sweet new family.|
|I actually drew this card art before moving here.|
Now a canvas in my line that I would love to
find the time to stitch....
|I see that back wing in raised stem...|
the front in stump work....
chipped purl for the sparkle in the water...
oh for more time!
Canvas is available through
Bedecked and Beadazzled.com
Friday, April 14, 2017
I'm teaching these 'Little Bits of String'
The possibilities are endless!
Colors of thread, types of thread,
different colored canvas to stitch upon
... and we can't forget beads!
I could go on forever ...
|Whipped up this combination the other day!|
"Little Bit of String One"
|"Little Bit of String"|
One, Two, & Three
Classes are on the second Saturday
and last Wednesday of each month.
Call for details
407 . 894 . 0444