Friday, February 14, 2014

Wedding Invitations are coming in...

The time for wedding gifts is upon us, and I am receiving invitations weekly to place quilled flowers around and frame for the Bride and Groom.

Did you ever wonder how I got started in quilling? This is certainly a question that I get asked more often than not, and now you will enjoy the story as well.

Shortly after my husband and I were married, I went to a little craft shop in Epsom, New Hampshire, long gone now I am sure. Having seen quilling in the craft magazines back then, in the early 70's, I had my girlfriend's wedding invitation and wanted to make quilled flowers to place around it and frame it. I picked up the strips of paper and a little blue board, now obsolete, and went home to work out my gift. Many days later, I went back to the shop with my work. The lady working there looked very closely at the flowers and asked if I had a quilling tool. I asked what she meant as I had rolled the paper strips around a pin. She was amazed, and I was as equally amazed that there was a quilling tool! The quilling tool made the work so much easier. And I was hooked. I was soon making pieces to sell and went to my first show. I love paper.

Here are a few of my latest wedding invitations.

All of them are so different, and I find them all a challenge. I always want them to look really nice. And I try to incorporate the colors from the invitation with the favorite colors of the Bride and Groom.

Making that special wedding invitation keepsake makes me feel like I get invited to the wedding. Many of my invitations come from former recipients of a quilled wedding invitation made by me. I guess that is the greatest compliment.

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Lots of PR recently

I just received my copy of the Russian magazine "Scrapbooking: Creative Lifestyle". I was so thrilled to see my Heron Turned published in the magazine, even though it is all Russian and I am unable to translate anything........except the So I guess that is a good thing! I have a link to the magazine, but there is very little on the website, not even my quilled picture. But that's ok, the magazine does seem to be attracting people to this blog and my website. I was impressed by the quilling in the magazine, just wonder what it says.

My Rooster seems to be making lots of good impressions. I am so glad that the folk art pieces are making everybody happy. I know that I enjoy making them.
Here is my recent bird.

My Quilled Rooster has also been added to a couple of blogs. Check them out.

Creative Artworks Blog by Linda Lewis. 

And her blog article was picked up by another blog:

Its really great to see my work on other people's blogs. Enjoy.

I just realized that it has been 6 months since I have been here. Wow, the last post was just before the League of NH Craftsmans Fair last August. For a quick update, the fair was great, AND my folk art pieces were well received and many were adopted. Which keeps me moving ahead with more designs. I will be back with my new ones to show you.

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things.

Friday, July 12, 2013

League of New Hampshire Craftsman's Fair

It's that time again...the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsman's Fair is coming up on August 3rd thru 11th in Newbury, New Hampshire. I have been showing there since 1987 and its a great opportunity for craftsmen and collectors alike. We all bring our best work, all 300 plus of us. Please order nice weather, we would really appreciate it.

For those of you who wonder what it takes to do a 9 day show that brings at least 30,000 visitors, here is the view from my side of the road.

I have spent that last 6 months getting my work quilled and creating my new designs. The last month I have spent framing everything and giving a few finishing touches to my favorite pieces. The frames and supplies had to be ordered a month or two ago so that everything is ready to go.

The last two weeks I have spent putting stamps and mailing labels on my new postcards, which were ordered two months ago to be here. I order from They have great service and a really nice product line.

My next two weeks I will spend getting out the booth and everything that goes with it, from the carpets to the lights to the fabric. Everything needs to be perfect for the Fair. And some things may need to be replaced, which is easier now than set up day.

The last week I try to be sure everything is done so that I can simply think the week through and set up on Thursday and Friday. And yes, if you give me an hour to set up, I can set up in an hour. If you give me a day, I can set up in a day. But give me two days, and I will use both of them. But, lets be fair, the booth is going to be there for 9 days (plus two days setting up) and I will be 'living' there. Anyways, that my view. And here I sit, taking a sit down break and sharing my pre-Sunapee life.

I was hoping to put a really nice picture of last year's booth here, but unfortunately, we had a lightning storm two weeks ago, and it cooked my computer, modem, and wireless router (one more thing to do, order a new computer). And all my pictures. Here is a picture of my booth in Wells, Maine, at Laudholm Farm last year instead. It doesn't show the Sunapee booth, which is much more elaborate, little curtains top and bottom, and carpeting, but its a nice booth anyways, only a two day show.

I hope you enjoyed the little view from my side of the road...a Fair. Maybe you will have an opportunity to check out the show. Plan to spend the day, or two and have a great time.

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things.

Sandy W.

Monday, February 25, 2013

My New Folk Art Quilling Designs

I have moved into a new newest designs are Folk Art Designs, very colorful and typically very simple designs with lots of quilling.

I have made many birds, ducks, and flowers. And my favorites, of course, are the Loons, the Blue Herons, and the Sunflowers, which can all be seen on my website. I will continue to make those many designs and the favorites will become my signature collection.

Here is the first in my series 'A Collection of Folk Art', quilling my way. It is my Quilled Folk Art Rooster. I have been thinking about this series for a long time, loving color that nature does not always allow.  I read a blog post from Luann Udell which was on FineArtViews in which she talked with a person who had all this art she needed to sell before trying a new line. And Luann told her to pack it away and do what makes you happy (my short version)....I read that again, and again......and said, she is absolutely right. I will not be packing up my work, I will be adding to it. A new line.......WOW. Sometimes you just need to be given permission, Luann is right.

It has been a long winter, my mom has moved into a nursing home, well we had to move her.....and it is sad. So I need something to be glad about, and Luann's article hit me at the right time. Thank you Luann... I will personally thank you again this summer at the League of NH Craftsman's Fair.

So my new line has color, lots of color, and is happy.........and it makes me feel good. And excited about my work...again.  Check it out. I will be back soon with number two.

By the way, I may keep this one as a sample, as it has special meaning......I have moved on....

I would love it if you all could check out my facebook page and like the new rooster.......well, that is if you like it. I am almost to 300 views, so even checking it out would be great. I made the 300 views!!

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things.

Do what you love and you will never work a day in your Life.