gcHendrix custom

gcHendrix custom
the wind in the willows

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just A Lazy Day by The River

A Toad,  a Mole,  a Rat and a Badger, just having a great time with tea and scones on a Summer's Day in England.....When I first started  painting needlepoint in the early 70's..Beatrix Potter and Pooh was the rage, and I was well informed since my mother taught us how to read with Peter Rabbit and Pooh.Wind and the Willows was not part of my childhood, so it has been fun to research the characters......I think my favorite is the badger...since I have never seen one...and we have lived in some rural areas...but then I bet a lot of Squiggers have not seen a Javelina  pig we have here in Tucson...an ancestor of a wild boar that Henry the Eight hunted...lol...they are big and ugly and fascinating....they smell bad and the dogs go crazy when one is in the hood...Mr. Squiggee bought me the most marvelous Javelina  pig crafted in metal for the garden....Omar likes to check him out and stare at him.....he doesn't have a name yet.....Jose seemed to generic...and he has not made it to the garden , because Twinkle thinks he is real outside so he lives on the glass coffee table and she has accepted him there...we have an unusual household...lol...
the needlepoint is painted on 18st and is 12sq and done for a customer in NC at Adornment Np....

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our 35th Wedding Anniversary

Funny...when we married 35 years ago, most of friends and family said we would be lucky to stay married 6 months...lol...hippies we were...Mr. Squiggee was sporting a white linen shirt hand embroidered with blue forget -me-knots...that I made myself and I was all in light blue silk blouse and long shirt...our wedding cake was white icing and chocolate cake with a fresh flower arrangement on top...crocus,snow drops and violets..
I have made some mistakes in life and taken some strange paths in work , many of these decisions I would do differently , but the one positive thing I have done and would do again is marry Mr. Squiggee...he is a keeper !!!!......Life is good !

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Once Again...

Once again I am part of a special celebration...this time a charity bike ride.....The above piece was worked by a loving mother for her son....glad I was part of the process.....

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I  love to be part of special celebration and feel very flattered to be asked to do a piece of needlepoint that is so personal......the above monogram of two letters is a couples design on their wedding invitations...both their names intertwined, nice symbolism ... so very elegant and simple....I painted two on a white 18st zweigart sparkle canvas , they will hang on the back of the bride and groom's chairs ..like banners......I hope they have a great wedding and happy life.......painting on sparkle canvas makes your eyes go crazy....lol...just thought I would share

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fire Mr. Squiggee..????

Unknown to most  this can't happen because I am married to him and depend on him running the office and the home while I am off in Squiggeeland creating......and there is the coffee and juice factor first thing in the morning.....and he makes me laugh....he is a character and that's a fact...lol

IF THE BOSS CATCHES MR. SQUIGGEE TALKIN' TRASH ON HER BLOG....

SHE MIGHT JUST FIRE MY ASS!  Whoops, she is stirring, and the dogs are nosing around.
The little buggers will "dime on you every time"..  They can be bribed with food.  Gotta go.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

YOU MIGHT WANT TO VISIT MR. SQUIGGEE'S BLOG. HE'S GOT THE SCOOP!

  THE LINK IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS BLOG AND ALSO ON OUR 
WEBSITE.  NEWS OF THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!   GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT,
FOLKS! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Space...lol

When I started to freelance , my space was a tiny corner of our master bedroom with all my stuff in a small hall closet of our garden apartment...sure I was cramped but all I have ever needed to paint needlepoint is a chair , drawing table and a little cart for my paint and brushes....In this tiny spot I started the business...Now I have this new studio that Mr. Squiggee designed just for me, with a big comfy chair for those long 10 hour days ...plenty of light, and no carpet so paint spills are very easy to clean up...granted the business has expanded and would never fit in a little corner now...and of course we have the office...which is in flux...when it is finished I will share...I sent Elizabeth at Needlepoint Now A picture of my new space and she said.."Nice Digs"...I think so too....I feel like a Queen ...lol...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Working with a Shop ...

One of the most enjoyable things I do is to work with a shop on a custom project. No project is too small to merit my attention.I like the one to one interaction of making a shop owners idea materialize into a needlepoint canvas...This little boot was fun I it afforded me to use a tassel to make the ornament special...Some of my customers call that putting the Squiggee on a design...lol...that really tickles me...Ruthie Schmuff coined the phrase " SQUIGGIFY IT..!!!!!"...another friend says "DON'T FORGET THE SPARKLE"....hummmm...are they laughing when they say this....

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy 2014...

Squiggeeland is on the road...traveling with the whole gang...Twinkle is adjusting ,a combo of pleasure and business....always a good mix....Our car is great on gas and a smooth ride....the New Year is off to great start..some exciting things already brewing...stay tuned.... FYI...I feel bad for the bad cold snowy weather on the east coast and midwest...but so glad we have left all that behind....Love the Tucson weather...even the heat..lol...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making the Most of your Finishing...

Now that Christmas is over , we can get on with what is left of 2013 and plan for projects in 2014....the Wedding Cake Ornament above makes a nice gift for a happy couple. Having  the date and couples name embroiderd on the back makes the ornament complete and personal.It also saves the clutter of initials and date on the cake itself..... The week before New Year's is always strange and a little blah....so it is nice to think of what the future Year has to offer....sad to see the old year out sometimes, but the New Year all stretched out before you is filled with possibilities.....
I always have plans tucked away for Squiggeeland.....so stay tuned we will surprise you....

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Finished Product !!!!

We all love to see the completed needlepoint project. This is  a  paisley design in the gcH wholesale line...
The design like all paisleys they are filled with swirls and do das...so it is especially nice to see restraint in the finishing phase. I really love that this pillow is just the right blend of textures and the use of negative space to highlight the busy design.I also like the zig -zag finishing touch around the edge of the design. The shop that sent me the finished project is Adornment Needlepoint, in Winston Salem, NC

Sunday, December 8, 2013

FOR YOUR LAST MINUTE SHOPPING ENJOYMENT ....RECOMENDED GIFT FOR THAT OH SO SPECIAL SOMEONE ...

ATTENTION SHOPPER'S...ONLY SIXTEEN DAYS LEFT TILL CHRISTMAS....

Every season Squiggeeland  likes to shine her light on an exciting new gift for those looking for an 
alternative  to the painted needlepoint canvas. We took a poll of all here in Squiggeeland and this is the ultimate gift for the man who golf's and has every golf accessory imaginable. If you notice from the above ad, this "Butt Putter" as so cleverly  named, has it all , realism, sound effects and that oh so cute #2 flag , that we just noticed. No detail has been forgotten for the gift giver and receiver. Imagine your whole family and the delight, on that special man's face when Christmas morning  rolls around and he opens this wonderful gift  under the glow of the Christmas Tree . This gift even surpasses our favorite Leg Lamp from The Christmas Story.

Merry Christmas from Squiggee !!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

WHAT MONTH IS THIS ANYWAY...?????

I was on the phone with a shop this morning that has one of our model shows , and she reminded me that it was December....OMG...somewhere I have lost a couple of weeks....God I need wrapping paper at least...I have gifts but they won't do any good if not mailed soon..... I have been so busy and preoccupied with work......busier than a one legged man at a you know what contest...i have pulled out my calendar and will see what I can do to make it all work...it is cold today for Tucson...I have thin blood after living here a couple of years....I talked to Megan at Needlework Retailer this morning and she said it was eleven below in Iowa....that is the kind of weather we had in rural PA....we have become weak and spoiled with all the heat and sunshine...yesterday it rained and Omar was simply depressed...today the sun is shinning and the neighbors are have a yard sale, so golf carts and big utility vehicles are stopping and this gives him the get up and go to bark and act nuts all day....yesterday he didn't want to get out of bed.....me too......funny how spoiled you get...Winter's in PA...gray skies for four months and so much snow and ice, double yuck....now i demand sun and mild temps at least in the Winter months...lol...I don't know what I would do if I had to go back east......yikes...that is scary....but never fear I have not gone completely native...I have no tan...I am the only fair pink skinned person here...lol

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Needlework Retailer goes the extra Mile....

Above are the new Squiggee Custom GB OZ  Cookies in   an ad that the guys at Needlework Retailer did for us in the current issue of Needlework Retailer NOV/DEC 2013 in the showcase section...when we here in Squiggeeland planned the ad we didn't have any of the canvases worked....so we had the time before the canvases were needed for their photo shoot for the ad...so Saundra worked the Wizard ...and I worked one flying Monkey then thought might as well do the second...then Megan the editor asked when I was going to have a TOTO...so their you go...I worked TOTO and even was lucky enough to find red shoe charms...the Munchkins had left for LA and Ronnie one of our great stitchers is working on them......this all started with a shop asking for a custom Wizard....Both Needlework retailer and Needlepoint Now have done a great job with our advertising and making us all oh so happy !!!!
Squiggee finds both magazine's generous and helpful...always giving us 100%....
We have more exciting stuff planned for 2014, and look forward to having great fun !