Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy 40th Birthday to me!

Thursday was my 40th birthday! Today is my birthday party. When searching for a theme, my mom & I were trying to find something "me" & cheap. Enter my fabric stash!

Red toile canvas by Waverly

Using my plethora of red toile fabric & a bit of plastic sheeting, we covered all of the tables. 

Basic red toile cotton & Twizzlers

Two redwork portraits of me

Next, we used some of my redwork portraits & pinned them to the Irish lace curtains in the dining room.

Redwork portraits of Gavin DeGraw & Richard Marx
 Then we put out the scrapbook & my senior yearbook. The bulletin board is for book quotes the guests were asked to bring. My best friend is making the cake. I will post that later. Can't wait to see it.
Vintage redwork & portrait of Solomon Northup

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doodle Stitch-along: Part 1

Hugs Are Fun is hosting a Doodle Stitch-along. I'm joining in because I haven't stitched much these last 2 weeks after I finished my last project.

I grabbed a bit of fabric from my stash & doodled a beginning design. Now to start embroidering. I've decided on 2 blue variegated flosses, DMC 121 & DMC 93. We'll see how it turns out!

Traced out a doodle on a fat quarter I've had for years
If you'd like to join me, the link to the Doodle Stitch-along is HERE!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ruby's Marketplace Grand Opening

After about 6 months in business, the artisan co-op I belong to is finally ready for their Grand Opening! If you are out & about in northeastern NY, southern VT, & western MA this weekend, stop on by. There are other great shops & a few local restaurants too.

A shortened version will appear in Manchester newspapers tomorrow. Here is the long press release:

FOR MORE INFORMATION:                                          FOR RELEASE:
Terry Mumby                                                                          IMMEDIATE                                                        March 28, 2014


GREENWICH, N.Y. (March 28, 2014)- Walking down Main Street in Greenwich, one can see a resurgence. New businesses are popping up in the vacant storefronts, like flowers poking through the winter snow. One such business is Ruby’s Marketplace, a co-op of local vendors.

Ruby’s Marketplace initially opened in October 2013 with a handful of artisans, and now boasts eight local vendors under one roof. The Grand Opening of Ruby’s Marketplace is a two-day event: Friday, April 11 from 10:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 to 4:00 pm. Craft demonstrations, refreshments, and eight unique door prizes are all part of the festivities as you shop.

Greenwich resident, Annette Arnold, started YARN to supply yarn and patterns while teaching knitting and crocheting classes. She soon added pottery, and painted glassware to her list of skills under the name Brushes & Mud.

Aprilsongstress Designs features hand embroidery by Greenwich native Tisha Dolton. Ms. Dolton began embroidering in 1998 while working at Saratoga National Historical Park. She has since switched to redwork, a simple embroidery that is excellent for her embroidered portraits.

Her mother, Tamaris Dolton, also of Greenwich, started Just-A-Duck in 1988. Mrs. Dolton’s business has evolved over the last 26 years, and she now focuses on one-of-a-kind, whimsical, wonky quilts.

Another mother-daughter team, Beadle Hill Bags is the enterprise of Judy Stevens and Annabelle Bink. The two enjoy sewing and other creative crafts.  Together, they make purses, wallets, and tote bags that are at the same time useful, beautiful and affordable.

Paper Creations is a collection of colorful hand stamped cards, and stationary by another Greenwich resident, Beth Vallone.

Mina Zaffarano makes lovely, hand crafted necklaces, bracelets, and earrings at very reasonable prices from her home in Hoosick Falls. Mrs. Zaffarano also assists Ms. Dolton with the store’s Facebook page.

“Thoughtfulness in a busy world” is the tag line for Sincere Sentiments. Saratoga Springs resident Carol Ann Maguire makes party favors, decorated candles, and seasonal floral wreaths for the home.

Sue’s Shirt Shop, run by Jim and Sue Adams of Argyle, is the newest addition to the marketplace. They hope to have printed mugs, shirts, and gifts available in the shop this April.

Ruby’s Marketplace is located at 81 Main Street in the village of Greenwich, NY, next to Ruby’s Nimble Thimble. Visit our joint Facebook page,

Ruby's Nimble Thimble & Ruby's Marketplace- 81 Main S. Greenwich, NY 12834

Unfortunately, I have to work Friday & Saturday & will not be there. My mom (Just-A-Duck) will be there with her quilts for a little while. Her ankle is recovering well from the fall she took in February. She has been riding the stationary bike at physical therapy. Plus, today she was able to get a regular shoe on!

I will have a display of how I do my embroidered portraits. Hopefully that will pique some more interest. & for those of you who requested a tutorial, I haven't forgot. I'm plugging away at it.

Happy Stitching!

Vendors on Facebook 
Beadle Hill Bags
Vine & Branches Gallery
Brushes & Mud
Sue's Shirt Shop