Congratulations to all the 425 runners and their families who joined Team Lifeline for the 2016 Miami Marathon. I was at the Eden Roc Resort for the festivities, and was honored to meet some of my customers.
My sister, Raizy, is the coordinator of this event, so I traveled to Miami and watched her work hard with dedication. Everyone complimented Raizy; she is the essence of the team. As I am currently not a runner (but I was so inspired that maybe I’ll train to become one!), I spent some time doing needlepoint in the lobby, and passersby stopped to see my work. Since my business is online only, I don’t get to meet my customers in person. But as I spoke to the guests and introduced myself, they knew me from Pepita. What a great feeling!
Team Lifeline raises money for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network. Chai Lifeline brings light and hope to children and their families through various services including counseling, hospital services, retreats, programs, and their well-known summer camps, Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, all free of charge.
And to my sister Raizy, the entire immediate and extended family stand in awe of what you are accomplishing. Keep us proud!
25% off all PENGUIN needlepoint canvases in honor of Penguin Awareness Day! Have you seen the documentary March of the Penguins? It is a must see. It vividly describes the devotion both penguin parents have to their babies. Another lesson learned is the power of unity. In the extreme harsh winters in the Antarctic, penguins stand snuggled close to each other to stay warm. They take turns with fellow penguins to move towards the center where it is warmest. Without one another’s devotion, the species would not survive. We have a lot to learn from these beautiful black and white aquatic birds.
25% off all PEACE and JUSTICE needlepoint canvases in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to King for his famous lecture “The Quest for Peace and Justice.” Happy Birthday, Rev. King! Your lessons live on.
January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! According to www.punchbowl.com:
The ice cream we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices. As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow.
While fruity ice cream flavors are still popular today, vanilla and chocolate are the clear favorites. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.
It’s too cold in New York to eat ice cream, so we’re celebrating instead by taking 25% off ice cream and strawberry designs by Pepita for the day. Come on over and indulge! The sale runs from midnight of January 15th until the following midnight.
It’s almost 2016. What are your new year resolutions? I hope to finish my needlepoint kitchen moldings (see previous posts). I have four panels left. When I’m finally done, perhaps I’ll have an open house.
I hope to design many new needlepoint canvases. I see that many of my orders online come from the “New Arrivals” section. The truth is that when I search for items (clothes, shoes, etc) to purchase, I also look for the latest arrivals.
I hope to complete the Puppy needlepoint canvas that I started stitching in July. Dogs are popular in needlepoint; I wish my customers would send photos of finished stitched pieces that I can display in my online gallery. If not, my puppy finished sample will have to do. I’m stitching the dog using angora-like thread for a 3D effect.
I still haven’t tasted sushi. Maybe I’ll try it in 2016. I did design a Sushi needlepoint canvas in honor of the new year.
My seven year old son, Shauly, designed this canvas today. He was deeply engrossed in artwork when I happened to notice. “What are you drawing?” I curiously inquired. “I’m making a needlepoint for you. It’s called Fireworks.” I complimented him and told him I’ll post it here. Now he wants to know if any customers buy his design, can he keep the money. I think so. Don’t you agree?
I designed and stitched a decorative pillow for my daughter Leah. It’s fluffy and feminine, and most of all, fun to stitch! I submitted an article about it to Needlepoint Now magazine, and it was published in the current issue. The stitches are simple, and the article explains how to stitch a name needlepoint on a blank canvas. Of course, you can have us do the designing work for you. See some samples at our Names category.
Meanwhile, my daughter, whose birthday is today, is thrilled. Not only does she have this fancy pillow to show off, her name is now published in a real life magazine. Quite an accomplishment for a ten year old!
A Needlepointed Tefillin Bag
This is my nephew’s gorgeous tefillin bag. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah a few months ago. He visited our website, Judaica Needlepoint, and chose a design he liked. His maternal grandmother offered to stitch it for him. We supplied the canvas and threads as a birthday gift. Mazal Tov! Keep us proud!
This is the “No Smoking” sign in my doctor’s office. It was hanging near the front entrance. When I asked permission to photograph it, the office staff was fine with it. However they are not familiar with the original “Ellen” who stitched this nice piece. Ellen, if you are reading this blog, I love your work! A finished needlepoint work stays around forever.
The Needlepaint Nook in Merrick, NY, is currently featuring a Pepita Trunk Show. They have many of our designs in stock for you to see in person. Visit this fabulous store and send Janice and Pat my best regards. The address is Merrick Mall, 2110 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY 11566. Call them at (516) 623-0250 for hours and directions. Happy Shopping!