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
The Great Corset Challenge is complete.
We received so many wonderful works using our Press On Maker’s Guide, corset portion of the pattern. We want to thank ALL of you for participating and would love to hear your feedback. The three Joy Studio Maker’s Guides are new this year so, we want to gather everyone’s thoughts on using this one. The entries included so many interpretations achieving great results. It has been a pleasure to see them all and an honor to have so many talented women join our challenge. Impossible task to choose only three.
However, here is the decision on our top three corsets:
Love Rubie Handmade Bags
Norma Jean Rahn
I almost extended the deadline on the challenge this week. With the devastation in Texas and our own family’s loss on Monday, the Corset Challenge seamed silly next to these serious life events. Then I considered what creating offers me and I’m sure many of you and that is comfort. In the darkest times of my life, the ability that God gave me to create has helped me tremendously. I did not want to minimize the heart and effort that all of us put into these very skillful works. I appreciate each one of you sincerely, and would like to send all participants a gift if you will send you address or PO box to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I want to THANK YOU for participating in this year’s Handmaids® challenge.
And, I would really like to keep in touch. In case you haven’t already PLEASE connect with me:
Send a friend request on Facebook to J Wecker Frisch, or follow me at Joy Studio – Tidings of Great Joy, LLC
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write, share and/or show me your stuff here on the blog, ANYTIME!
Happy New Year!
Still seeking light. And still hopeful,
in more ways than just a bright, well lit work space of course.
I decided to share the Joy Studio portion and progress on our big project, to start out the blog year.
If you’ve been following us in the past two years you may remember that as we outgrew our work space it was necessary to rent additional office and Etsy shop storage areas. This was working out nicely until our shop managers MOVED! So, everything came back to the home studio causing quite the challenge in 2016.
Here’s the timeline in a photo nutshell.
Moved From The Rental
Dinning Room Designated for Drawing
Made A Plan for On Site Studio
With the former home studio now full of fabric, office and Etsy shop we (I) decided to build on our home site. A scary project but a long time dream that I never thought would be realized. Still waiting but it’s looking like in 2017, it may really happen!
Broke Ground Early July
Floor Went On
Walls Went Up
Roof Went On
Wrapped While Waiting for Windows
We were told the wait for windows would be five weeks! Then they came, in a big storm. Windows were wrong. It was then we discovered that two of the four walls were also, wrong. So, they came down and we waited for windows. And waited. And waited. It would be another five weeks. Second try, they were wrong again. Windows held up the studio project until December.
Windows Deliver During A Storm
Walls Torn Down
Wait for Walls & Windows
We kept going luckily, wrapping walls, running wires and having HVAC installed.
Electric And Furnace Installed
We couldn’t leave out a fireplace of course. Built by family and friends. Nice!
As the new Joy Studio sits now, we are fully insulated and with the correct windows.
I am starting the new year working in the designated drawing station in the dinning room at my dad’s drawing table. I’m feeling snug and . . . GRATEFUL.
Dad’s Table & Palette Tin
Looking forward to 2017 and I hope you feel the same.
I almost forgot! We are having a FABRIC special!!
Use Code: january2017 for 25% off at,
Great Joy Studio Etsy Shop
Baked & Wrapped.
All in celebration of the greatest gift?
Time to refocus.
Tidings of Great Joy . . .
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
All is calm, all is bright.
Merry Christmas Everyone!