I cannot say enough about the creative talent that was displayed during our recent
Great Corset Challenge.
Simply amazing pieces!
Here are more of the beautiful corset entries that were not hash tagged to Instagram.
Take a look and enjoy!
Last but certainly not least, this one made using our Queen of We’en fabrics!
Love them all!!
THANK YOU again corseteers.
Please see them all (eventually) on,
A thanks to Aunt Henri on Pinterest
In our May, what we’ve been up to share,
we included a chalk paint treatment to some studio storage.
I recommend for any large painting projects.
No stripping or sanding, just start painting.
For our application, we used Annie Sloan purchased at Nettie Suze.
Here is the pretty cabinet reveal.
One set houses pastels, glues & framing equipment.
some acquired vintage (my dad’s)
tools of the trade.
Sculpting, palette knives and photo developing pan
& anything for small constructive projects.
Some familiar faces.
The watercolor is from the Hairraising Halloween collection.
The old windows were salvaged from my hub’s childhood home,
on 240 Main St.,
now underneath a mini mall.
Vintage clothespins secure the
Scripture index cards, hand written (other side) by our Syd,
especially for me, to encourage during a dark time.
The other cabinets have all printed and promotional matter.
All of the doors still need their knobs
and a clear wax coat.
On the counter tops…
My mom’s French female book end and one of my dad’s sketches.
Several porcelain pin cushion tops, saved for a future Handmaids® challenge.
All gathered around my aunt’s miniature cafe furniture.
An antique re-print
available soon on our
Joy Studio Vintage shop.
A vintage paper cutter conveniently holds our product labels and twine.
This was the fun part of the home studio project.
Finding a place for everything,
cleaned up, freshly painted and everything in it’s a place.
Then surrounding myself with treasured sentimental items
creating an inspirational work space
offering both comfort and joy.
It was high time!
At last, organization is at hand!
Please stay tuned for
a full Joy Studio(s) reveal and news!
So . . . 2015, anyone have BIG plans in the new year? We would enjoy hearing about them.
What is inspiring you? What creative goals? What you can’t wait to get your hands on?
Stitching, painting, cutting, pasting, drawing, quilting, collaging?
All of the above? Sounds good to me too.
We wrapped up the year with . . .
A little dress up in the new office
Two updated sites
TidingsOfGreatJoy.com for Licensing
and Handmaids.com for some creative fun and inspiration!
Two new Etsy Shops
Joy Studio Vintage – Although not very well stocked yet, we’re working on it. Lots more to uncover and unravel. Some really cool art supplies featured in our Draw Near fabric collection from Quilting Treasures!
And Joy Studio Handmaids – Also, just getting started so visit soon to see Handmaids® product updates.
To explain the She Who Rocks products in our vintage store – We had plans for another Handmaids Challenge to kick off the new year. It was inspired by a vintage sewing caddy project submitted by Karen Torres in January’s 2014, She Who Sews Blog Hop. We named, searched, purchased and posted charming vintage rocking chair sewing caddy’s, specifically for the event. However, once Joy Studio Vintage opened, half of the chairs began to disappear, quickly. So, the She Who Rocks challenge, will need to be renamed and modified.
Please, stay tuned to
for future projects, collections and art news in 2015.
God bless you, in the new year.