Friday, August 11, 2017

Reinventing the wheel ...

 Sometimes ...
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

This is when my teacher voice comes to me
loud and clear ...
walk away for a bit Kimberly!

Voila! Perfect!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

busy busy busy ...

I've been travelling a bit ...
now home and I hit the ground 
running ...
of course!
"Little Bits of String"©
We are running this fun series 
for a second time at
The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando.
Next one being the last Wednesday of this month
July 26. 2017

Click here for class times
or call
407 . 894 . 0444
Popped one of these 'Bits' into a
shadow box,
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 much!
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!
My Crew!
I had a magical time with these two!
I was on Mimi duty for two
wonderful weeks.
Oh my heart!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My little family is growing!
Sibling Love !
Wilderness Mandala©
Finished just in time for his arrival!
My Sweet Little Fox!
Mimi's heart is doubly bursting!

Friday, June 9, 2017

as I paint new ...

... 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!

Available through
Ruth Schmuff Designs
wholesale and retail

Monday, June 5, 2017

if you need me ...

... I'll be here ...
focus focus focus
which means I'm going to be
only halfway scattered for a bit!
... new designs are happening here!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Freedom to free form ....

Giving myself permission to play ...
More on this craziness very soon ;-)
Join us this Wednesday
May 31

The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando 
for Little Bit of String Two!
[center spring green section]
We've been having a lot of fun with these
Little Bits!
[click on the shop name for more info]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Springtime ...

It may be happening in other parts of the world
.... but here in Florida we are already
hitting record temperatures ....
oh Yeah!
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,
and some
crazy fuzzy stuff too.
Many, many stitches
to add texture and depth.
Mountains Majesty!
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.
Just WOW!
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

3rd birthdays...

... are a big deal!!
And ...
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...
beads...couched silk....
oh for more time!
Canvas is available through
Bedecked and

Friday, April 14, 2017


I'm teaching these 'Little Bits of String'
in Orlando.
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
Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thinking spring ....

 Summer is already here in the South!
I miss spring showing up in tiny little flowers ...
such as Lily of the Valley & Violas! 
I miss all the bulbs too, like Daffodils!
Tulips & Iris ...
So here is a bit of spring time stitching for you,
because I'm missing the above so much!
"Little Lamb"
Order through your local needle point shop
via Bedecked and Beadazzled.
My kind of spring time flowers stretching up to the
warm spring time sunshine ...
This piece is just full of flowers!
Painted canvas with stitch guide by moi!
Available through your LNS, click on the name for details.
How does your garden grow ...