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I'm going to begin by 'fessing up.  I don't like to be criticized.  I don't like it, I become defensive, maybe even a bit angry.  I've learned, however, to take a few minutes and count to 100 or even as much as 1,000, depending on the criticism.  I then revisit and try to objectively find the essence in what was said and see whether it is even partly justified. Why am I sharing all this? Well...  here is an email I received yesterday.  I am removing the name for obvious reasons.  

NOW for the bad news,,,,,I purchased and talked co-workers and customers into purchasing and downloading designs a couple of months ago.  The downloads –vs – kits-worked much better as we will sometimes change a fiber or two as we stitch.
However, we were shocked at the number of fibers listed on the pieces that were no longer available.
If we are to pay for a chart, one would expect that it would be current.  I would not think it to be too much to ask that even though the chart may have been originally composed several years ago, that it could not have been updated as time went by.  That, I would feel is the responsibility of the designer. 
I am a firm believer in respect of the copyright.  I will not copy and pass out a chart to a friend, I am the first on to say, that this is the livelihood of the designer, and the designer deserves the money for each of these charts, however as the designer, there is a responsibility, that they be correct, especially in the that the fibers listed be available and current.
Please review your charts, as I feel you have lost just with in my shop probably 6-8 customers who will not re-purchase from you just due to this issue.

I'm sharing this because I want to encourage you to always let me know if you are unhappy with my products and designs.  I may count to 100 first, but I will look into what you are saying and try to fix what I can.  I will try to make things right for you and for future customers.  
As for the complaint in this specific case,  there is not one fiber company that lets me know when a thread is discontinued.  In all the years I have been designing, I have only found this out when I go to put kits together, and then either I still have the fibers in stock in my studio, which keeps me in the dark, or when my order comes in I will see a note on the invoice saying certain fibers are discontinued.  When this does happen I will look for a good replacement and update the charts. It is nearly impossible for me to go over each and every design, each fiber list, (I usually give more than one color option per design), multiple times a year. It would be much more doable to have stitchers contact me, I would look for the appropriate substitutes, make the changes and send the customer a nice clean page of supplies.   

We all know that as much as we try, we can’t seem to be perfect.  Knowing this, when I am the customer I always try to give criticism in a constructive way and give the business a chance to fix things.  It makes so much more sense and helps us all. 



Oh how I love this little one!

I got a call from Nomi the other day.  She said she really misses me.  Sighhhhhhh

I suggested we talk online, so we could see each other.  Talking to Nomi is not the same as seeing Nomi when she talks.  She is the most animated, expressive and engaging person I know.  We got online and here she is explaining how she jumped off a ledge onto the snow below and she wasn't the least bit scared.  Kisses, my little one!

(See my work in the background?)


I love making these! New Key/Scissor FOBS

JUST put up 26 new ones on my ETSY shop HERE...


I would want to wear EVERY SINGLE piece in this collection!

KNAPP The Post - war collection A/W 2012/2013
Costume design and styling Antonia Yordanova
Jewellery design Milko Boyarov


Heads UP - New Items!


Have you ever seen such yummy scissor decor?

I just placed 10 new scissor/key fobs in our Etsy shop. I combined my beautiful stash of lampwork beads with ornate Hill Tribe silver beads and topped it off with some warm and fuzzy felt beads. They attach to silver chain and then to a large ring perfect for one or more pairs of scissors.  Decorate your bag with them or use them for your house keys, they will make you smile every time you pull them out!  They are very reasonably priced ($18), and are each one-of-a-kind.

They come in this lovely box ready to gift to yourself or a friend!


New Addiction Alert!

I am loving (!!!!) the look of larger size beads, sequins, and appliqué on my needlepoint designs.  I wish I could stitch as fast as my mind has plans for new designs!!  Tonight I ran out of 3 threads needed to work on this new one :( so I just begged the supplier to send me more, quickly!!

I hope to be infecting you with the new addiction!  Large beads and embellishments on your needlepoint, it's a GOOD THING!

PS - check out our wonderful beads HERE.


It's a new time and I'm back with energy!

We came back from a wonderful visit to the area which was my home twice in my lifetime; The San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up in Berkeley and then living in Moraga, (a town in the East Bay), I was surrounded by beauty. Sloping hills and mountains feeding into these beautiful cities on one side and the Pacific Ocean gently hugging on the other side, these scenes are breathtaking. In addition to the scenery, and even more beautiful, was reuniting with my family. My wonderful cousins and their most wonderful spouses/significant others, took care of us and made Nina fall in love with them! Lucky, lucky us! 

Now it's time to get back to work, I am very excited about my plans for this year!  I will keep you in the loop, I promise!

Oh, just a little bonus for the beginning of the year... we are cleaning out the last of our lacquer boxes, they are on sale on our ETSY site, HERE.  There aren't many left, so hop on over. 



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