I am having a 30% off sale for BLACK FRIDAY! Such a scary sounding name, but if you have ever ventured to the mall, you know it truly is scary out there the Friday after Thanksgiving!
So I put all of my beautifully packaged Notions on sale, along with silk threads, rulers, needles, beginners kits, and much much more. Use the coupon code : black1 to receive 30% off of any items on the Notions page! This sale will run only the 24 hours of Black Friday, so be sure not to miss it!
In other news, has anyone else seen a dog that smirks? This picture basically let's you know who wears the pants in this family! "Ok lady, will you put down the camera already?"
|From the Philadelphia Museum of Art 2011 Craft Show|
Mommies can say anything three million times and it just doesn't register. "Don't climb up there..." "Don't touch, that's hot", "Don't get on chat rooms without my knowledge..." the list goes on and on. I've said "Don't walk around barefoot, you can get a splinter on the wood floors!" a zillion times. Not exaggerating! A zillion times. So on Saturday, when Shiri, Orin and Nomi were here for the weekend, we here a sudden scream, a wail and then heavy sobbing. Nina, no shoes on, was dragging her feet and a splinter, a big one at that, lodged into the sole of her foot. We all ran over, all five of us, (Nomi didn't seem too interested), and started throwing all sorts of advice around. Soak the foot, cut the foot, heat the foot, ice the foot. To make a long story short, we tried it all but the good-for-nothing piece of wood is still there. If it doesn't come out by this afternoon, we are off to the doc's office.
Nomi witnessed it all. She is 7 months old, mind you, (TODAY!), but still... do you think she learned how important it is to listen to Mommy?
Hi everyone-- Genevieve here--we have been getting all sorts of questions about the differences between the two colorways in our Dolci bead class, so Orna put together the colors for MOD and NOUVEAU and took some up close shots of all these beautiful threads!
Indulge yourself in these gorgeous colorways and join our class! Registration ends on November 15th!
The E-Z Needlepoint-Ruler. A ruler that counts stitches on needlepoint canvas. There is a side for 10, 12, 14 and 18 count canvas. Did you know about this?
So before stocking it in our shop, I thought I would check to see if it's really as good as it says, and...
|The Adorn Hues Deluxe Package|
We have just put together a whole slew of hand-picked, custom thread packs called AdornHues. Every delicious pack includes 6 thoughtfully coordinated, all-silk skeins. Each 8-ply skein measures 5 meters.
All of these beautiful combinations are one of a kind. Buy a single, or treat yourself to a few, and give yourself some new color to play with! Also available is the deluxe box which includes over 60 skeins of color overload.
In Dolci news: more beads back from our wonderful, specially trained finisher! Angela is perfecting the art of the Dolci bead and taking it to levels of detail and consistency we could only have hoped for. Her work is amazing! Contact info and pricing for her services will be included in your kits. We just cannot get over how completely "on" her work is.
If you have not had a chance to sign up for the Dolci bead class, or if you just need more information, follow this link here.
Spots are filling up fast!
|The Adorn Travel Tape Measure|
AND for all you Dolci students --- wonderful news. If you normally go to a finisher with your needlepoint work, we wanted to make sure you had that option for the Dolci Cyberworkshop. SO-- we have secured a finisher for the Dolci class who, if you so choose, can complete the Dolci beads from the stitched canvas you send her. She's been carefully trained, does marvelous work ---- we could not be happier with her skill. We will include her contact, pricing and ordering information in every kit!
|A sample from our trained Dolci Bead Finisher|
Back in a bit!
The holiest of the Jewish holidays begins tonight. Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. On this day we atone for the sins of the past year, we search our souls and ask forgiveness for our sins against God. While this is most important, as we plea to God to inscribe our names in the Book of Life, I find the second part of our duties on this day to be most beautiful. It is our duty to ask forgiveness for the sins we committed against our fellow human beings. We are asked to shed our bad thoughts, our anger, our guilt, and to come with outstretched arms toward any person we may have mistreated, asking for forgiveness. Doing this wholeheartedly has no perks. It does not insure our fate in the coming year, it has nothing to do with our relationship with God. This is between us and our neighbor, our family member, our perceived enemy. We hear a lot about how forgiving someone who wronged us lifts a burden off our own shoulders, frees us from the weight of anger and hate. These are not modern day concepts, they are at the center of this Holy Day, Yom Kippur. We ask forgiveness, we forgive others and in doing so we free them and ourselves of the burden of anger and resentment. We set forth into the coming year lighter, unburdened, and with a loving heart.
We have decide to go into detail about the options for the new Dolci class, to answer any questions that may be out there. Let's start off with what you guys like best: THREADS!
Any Option that includes threads in the title includes the following:
12 skeins--- 2 metallics and the rest silk. It also comes with seed beads to do the sewn beadwork that
shows up on some of the individual designs.
There are two colorways, MOD and NOUVEAU. This is a MOD colorway Bead:
Mod is all about bright contrasts, purples, apple green, red, lilac. It's on the louder side. Bright, flashy, cheery.
This is a NOUVEAU colorway bead:
As you can see, these colors a little softer--teal, turquoise, browns, and tangerine. Elegant, refined. To see more of each colorway, check out the past two blog postings, go to the website or the product page and you will find many variations on the theme! It really is just two colorways, it's just different combinations!
Here you will see the eight bead patterns you are going to make. The picture shows some of both colorway, but there are eight distinctly different patterns:
Now, onto the anything that contains "metal" in the title! In each Metal Kit you will receive professional jewelry tools such as round nosed wire wrapping pliers, flat nosed pliers and wire cutters. You will receive headpins, beads, jump rings and other jewelry findings which will be utilized in the finishing of the beads. This kit also comes with the seed beads that are used as accents on many of the individual designs.
Now Options: To figure out which option is best for you, go to the cyberworkshop page. This page will give you detailed descriptions of each option. If an option lists "Threads" in the title, it includes all the threads for one colorway- Mod or Nouveau. If it lists "Metal" in the title, it includes all the things listed in the metal kit. If the title has Metal and Thread in the title, it includes a "Metal" kit, and a "Thread" kit in whatever colorway you choose!
Every option includes the Class Pass, which gets you into class! Each lesson will be posted in an easy to download, printable PDF for all students, no matter which option you choose.
*** We have also just added a Fifth option as requested by one lovely customer--just in case there wasn't enough to choose from! Option 5 is the Metal Kit and Both Colorway Kits--Mod AND Nouveau! So get all your supplies and roll around in all that silk, if you wish--you can make every bead you see, from beginning to end with this kit!
Ok---AND NOW A WINNER!!
Congrats to Geeky Heather, who has won the latest "My Family" free giveaway kit! Please email us with your snail mail address and we will send you a wonderful array of threads to go with the latest free design.
Please feel free to post any and all questions you have about this class---we will answer any and all questions, and maybe your comment will help others out!
Over the holidays, this past week, Shiri agreed to do some modeling for my Dolci bead jewelry. Looking at her, so poised and beautiful, watching as she mothers Nomi with such love and gentleness, hearing her chat with Reid about legal "stuff" with the eloquence of a seasoned, sharp attorney, I just about burst with pride!!
We also took a photo of a bunch of Dolci beads in Shiri's hands so that you can get a good idea of their size. I think they are so beautiful bundled up in her hands, Yummy!
|Nouveau Colorway--The Sunburst Bead|
|Nouveau Colorway -- 4 Crescent Bead|
Before I get on with the next installment of the My Family series, I wanted to let you know that I am putting this chapter on my blog with a bit of trepidation. It might not seem possible, being that I have a blog and that I've been writing about my life, but you must believe me when I tell you that I am a very private person. This blog has been and still is an exercise for me in opening up, not being afraid to share. This installment, more than others, is very personal but I feel you can't know anything about my life without knowing about Shiri. This was originally written 11 years ago, (before Nina came into our lives). Shiri was a college student then. Now she is a mother, a wife, a lawyer, a beautiful human being and a loving, caring, delightful daughter. I am leaving this installment exactly as it was in the magazine 11 years ago...
|Shiri, Orin and Nomi|
I came into parenting at the age of 23. I remember well looking down into my baby’s eyes as she was put on my stomach for the first time. Her blue round eyes were huge and they gazed up at me with intensity.
Shiri and I spent the next twelve years as a solid unit, she and I facing the world together. In the first year of her life I was facing a divorce which rocked my world and terrified me. I had to make immediate changes in my career, becoming the sole provider for our family unit. I was faced with financial devastation and began a struggle that would last for years. Planning for my future was a luxury I did not allow myself. It was Shiri’s future that I would think about at night. How would I make it all possible for her?
She was an easy baby, very inquisitive, happy and funny. We spent many hours together, the two of us, and I remember talking to her constantly. From early on Shiri invited me to be a part of her inner most emotional life and she made her way into mine. Our bond has always been like a metal chain linking the two of us from within.
When she was twelve years old I met Reid and we were married a year later. Our family unit expanded and Shiri had to make way for a new member. Just as she did not have any say in her being raised by a single mother, she was now faced with such a big change and she must have been terrified. The first year of our new life was rocky, but soon Shiri and Reid began establishing a wonderful relationship that has grown into a beautiful combination of love and respect.
I could go on and on about my Shiri. She is the pride of my life. . . *