March 15 is National Pears Helene Day

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25% off all pear and dessert canvases in honor of National Pears Helene Day.

From www.nationaldaycalendar.com:

March 15th is National Pears Hélène Day.  This food holiday is about the delicious smooth french dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice ream and chocolate sauce.

Pears Helene is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffior and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

Over time, simpler versions of Pears Hélène have been modified by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds.  These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert.

National Floral Design Day is February 28th

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25% off all Floral Design needlepoint canvases (that’s a lot of canvases) in honor of this fragrant flowery day.

From www.nationaldaycalendar.com:

National Floral Design Day is observed annually on February 28th.  For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form.  This is the day we celebrate that art form.  It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.

Floral design is a multi-billion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.

From great, historic gardens to a bridal bouquet on that special day floral designers have an eye for color, style and perspective. Floral design can complete a space, complementing existing structures and bringing brightness and color to them.

As with many arts, floral design has traditional roots hearkening back to Egyptian temple offerings to gods. Design changed from era to era, each having distinct customs and traditions.

 


 

January 13th is National Rubber Ducky Day

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Rubber duckies have a special place in each of our hearts.  Sesame Street memories of Ernie and his beloved ducky are timeless.  In honor of this special occasion (squeak squeak), all babies and kids canvases are 25% off for one day only.  Make a difference and be kind to a child today, and treat yourself to a bubble bath with an old time favorite rubber ducky.

Prices are marked down automatically, no coupon code necessary. Enjoy while it lasts!

Beethoven’s Birthday

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On December 17th the world celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday. Google created an interactive doodle for the home page, which had the famous classical composer’s name discussed all over the Internet. But did you know that we’ve had a beautiful needlepoint design featuring Beethoven‘s likeness? Surely had Lucy known about it she’d have stitched it by now for her good friend Schroeder.

The Abandoned Needlepoint

In the course of traveling the world, one may come across abandoned artwork. My daughter took this picture of one such lonely masterpiece while touring the ancient city of Safed, Israel. It is a framed floral piece, forgotten in a desolate corner of a dusty stairwell.

In a forgotten corner of a mystical city

Whose were the skilled hands that stitched this piece? Which simple home did this art grace while hanging on the wall, and for how many years did it bring its viewers joy? It will surely forever remain a mystery, taking its place among the many secrets of this mystical city.

 

The Dress that Broke the Internet

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So there’s this dress that broke the internet with a debate.  Most see it as blue and black while others view it as white and gold.  Aha, a controversy. This sounds familiar… When I create a new needlepoint design and match colors… well, let’s just say that people see things differently. For example, DMC 834.  Is it gold, or yellow, or green gold?  Which one is navy – 939 or 823?  Is 318 grey or blue?  And, no, I don’t mean dye lot. I am not even going there. That’s another debate altogether.

It’s fascinating to examine identical finished needlepoint canvases that were sold at two separate shops.  Most of the time, they will resemble one another, but not always.  The way the stitcher “sees” and interprets the design may be so different that the finished designs look like distant cousins.

 

Another Time Saving Tip for Challah Cover Needlepoint Projects

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Challah Cover Banner

In May this year I blogged about how to quickly stitch a challah cover by just stitching the center. Here is another idea, where I stitch a swath across the middle from end to end, and add material to the top and the bottom to fill it out. This reduced stitching time by about two thirds, and the results are very impressive.

I have a customer doing this project in copper and navy, and another one (on bed rest due to a complicated pregnancy) doing it in burgundy and gold. I’ll post those pictures when I have them.