Tuesday, December 30, 2014

hot pink you say?

Well we are in Tucson, after all...Even though it is December here and cold...cold what a laugh.. light weights...40 degrees?...please!..how about 13 degrees ...that is what we had at this time of year in rural PA....OK, we aren't in PA and we did have frost the other morning here in Tucson...what I call as HELL FREEZING  OVER...lol...considering this Summer it was 116 degrees some days......well you just don't see Christmas Tree lots here...it is so dry that frankly I would think the trees wouldn't last long...If you take a piece of bread out to make toast and get a call, by the time you get back to the bread it feels lightly toasted...the air just sucks the moisture out of everything...Since  Squiggee loves pink , and we do have dogs that will either eat the tree or pee on it..( no kidding our first dog peed on a neighbors fresh  cut tree)...artificial is the way to go...and since I hate putting lights on anything...pre-lit is the way to go...and we are in a small house so one not so wide, but tall, was preferable...The internet is just great place to find the odd.... I found just what we were looking for...and one sale no less... and my absolute favorite...free shipping....so Bob's Your Uncle..surprisingly the ornaments show up much nicer than on  a green tree...and after all..Tucson is the wild west and a HOT PINK TREE just fits....

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Today is a big day here in Squiggeeland...our Black  miniature poodle Omar is Five today....seems just like yesterday when he arrived and carved out a spot in our family...All our dogs are family and make life sweet....individuals, to say the least, with as many quirks as humans...we also help by giving them special names...Omar was named after a character in the HBO David Simon series called  " THE WIRE"...the character was a loveable Robin Hood type character , a Baltimore  street hood that robbed drug dealers and takes care of his peoples.....Omar loves rides....bacon.....he loves/hates any white truck....the big brown UPS truck  .... Mondays are a must when the trash men come...  Sundays.. always are a bummer because we get no mail...he watches and waits for the mailman  everyday.... this marks  the high point of his day.....he loves to catch balls and chicken...and puts the whoop-ass on his little sister...Twinkle, our 1 1/2 year old Chi-weenie ( part Chihuahua and Doxie)...she is a third his size but full of spit and vinegar.. Omar  has taught Twinkle to be a real part of the family...they  chase each other and provide back up for each other when they think varmints are in the area...especially the non-existant ones....it is always a treat to bring a puppy into the mix and see how the older dog responds....they always bond even though you think maybe the puppy will meet an untimely end when first introduced.... ...Omar has a Town and Country Poodle cut with modifications I designed...he is loved at the Groomers , they call him a love bug....his new groomer says he has the most beautiful fur coat she has ever worked with and says he is so handsome..we think so....he hates wearing anything more than his collar, good thing we are in Tucson.....too hot for a dog sweater....he likes cold fresh water in the dog bowl and enjoys a snuggle...he does not shed and always smells sweet even in between grooming's....he is a joy on so many levels....
he has many nicknames....Sweet Boy......O......big O little mar....Mr. Handsome....Dude....and...my husbands  favorite..Big Boy 

so Happy Birthday. ..Omar  !  you are the BEST

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bright and Sunny ...

I am looking at my calender and I calculate 23 days and counting...if it wasn't so early a cocktail might be in order....usually six months here in Squiggeeland will just fly by because we are always  busy...but some things that you are looking forward to seem to take forever no matter what !!!! The advent of October makes me almost giddy .....be still my beating heart..lol.!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014



Sunday, September 14, 2014



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thirty- Nine Days and Counting....

Wait for it.... Christmas will come Early This Year...October 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Night Visitors

In Tucson rain is optional...This monsoon season, that runs from late Summer to early Fall  has been very active....this is our third Summer here and weeks ago we noticed little visitors  on the back bedroom  bathroom window.......we have a little light on the counter we keep on at night so we can find the bathroom  with ease...it's not like the big  city with street lights...it is very dark ....anyway these little Geckos have found this a perfect night feeding ground...snapping a devowing bugs galore...and visably getting bigger....it is facinating to watch their skill and how  fast they are.....our little Chiweenie dog ...Twinkle waits  for them and goes crazy when they appear...she barks and growls and has a great time....Omar our miniature black Poodle  doesn't pay any attention , he is back up for Twinkle but the Geckos hold no interest for him....Mr. Squiggee and myself like watching them....well... we are easily amused...and for an east coaster it is facinating...as long as they are outside....as a child and to this day I am not a reptile person...when we were taken to the National Zoo as children , I would wait on a bench outside the reptile house...
But these little guys are cute , I especially like the little toes.... and !!!! the less bugs on our patio outside the better....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nibbling Along !

Ever so often  a friend sends a picture that is right up your funny bone alley.....in  this very dismal time when the newspapers and internet are just filled with politics and sad stories ...it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud....these smiley toothy snacks are a hoot...and I dare anyone not to join in with a smile....All our neighbors bake strange little Christmas cookies and I thought maybe a plate of these little treats would get me noticed this year...just maybe...and of coarse since I am an artist , people tend to cut me a lot of slack.....
" my my isn't she unusual ..." they will say..." you know she is an artist"...nuff ' said !!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Welcome to the Family.....

Above we have another very special stocking for the Bride....I have been doing stockings for a couple of years for this family ..this is my third ....... with every stocking we get more and more carried away with the composition and embellishments....but after all stockings should be fun and make you cry, if the subject matter is dear to your heart...Custom stocking are...the Goyard  tote is the girls favorite, and the big joke is that  it was a gift from a former boyfriend....now this groom is very secure !...she is a nurse that loves spinning and wears Christian Labootie red sole shoes , they scuba with her family...met at college and simply adore their two Schnauzers.... the cuff celebrates their wedding in Tuscany CA wine country....sometimes when you get a list of everything that is important to include in the stocking , you just have to let yourself go crazy and have fun...and try to make it as tasteful as possible...but this is a Christmas stocking...so fun is the operative word!!!! This was the mother of the grooms wedding gift to the couple...what a nice way to start your family life with your new daughter-in-law...a real love gift...and of course mother will work it and have it finished ...I get a big kick out of being part of such a great occasion...I inherited this family from  my great friend Judy Harper that died in March 2011. What a character...she wanted to make sure that I carried on the family tradition of custom needlepoint. Hows that for deep background...makes me get all choked-up and that is not easy ...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Working on a new Squiggee/gcHendrix online catalog

When I first started our online catalog I entered pictures of new designs as they were created, and later added an index.....well I am in the process of making the catalog  much easier to access  a particular type of design..like sayings...belts...frogs ..you get the drift....this will take some time because I will also update pictures since some were taken with a much older digital camera...this will also take time because of the vast scope of both lines...someone just can't help herself from designing...lol...Squiggee is a workaholic...
So take a look at our new start...both catalogs will be online till the task is finished.....so be patient....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Needlepoint Now is Really Cooking...

When I talked to Elizabeth about these Squiggee Gingerbread Cookies I told her I had a wood model cake that Mr. Squiggee had created and I had decorated  to display the Bride and Groom  little cake toppers, she suggested a real cake for
the cover and we decided to use the Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty couple....
Elizabeth the editor and owner of Needlepoint Now has a real nack for creating a great photo to display your needlepoint  model in the best light...These Strawberries almost steal the show they are so juicy.
Thank you again Needlepoint Now for making Squiggee shine.
FYI Squiggee has many such couples

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Great Childhood Memory

The only thing I miss here in Tucson, is the ocean. The ocean has always played a big part in my life .Every summer from age 5 , my parents packed the station wagon with summer gear and were transported by my father to South Harpswell, Maine ,a small Island off the southern coast of Maine. As kids, four of us, me being the oldest...two sisters 11 months apart in age and my baby brother,  spent a magical summer, catching crabs,boating, swimming and endless games with the local kids that lived there year round. These kids were
so different from the DC crowd...earthy, my mother would say..lol . Always barefoot, and just enough clothes on for modesty.... The boys always sporting a bandaid, or black eye . In my teens these were the boys my mother frowned on to date in the summer. They were sons of fishermen. They were dangerous and oh so earthy. I flirted terribly when I turned 16, but that was all...they were a little too different from my Bethesda Chevy Chase boys  . It was exciting to think about being courted, but even I had enough sense to know they were a little too dangerous for my limited experience, and as my mother pointed out  ,most of  local island girls my age married young because of pregnacy. Every summer their was always gossip and a new baby at the beach. It was all very foreign to my life plan, which always included college  and a career. It was like very racy papperback. You have to realize that this was a different time, the 1950-1960's.
The island was connected by a man made cause-way ( bridge/road)...so supplies were no problem.At least once a week we would take our laundry to the nearest town..Brunswick ..Our Victorian summer cottage was on a shared artisan well with the cottage next to it, so a washing machine was not an option......too much strain on the well, especially since our household consisted of 4 kids,,,, After the laundry, we were treated to a trip to Mike's Hot-Dog cart on Main Street....makes my mouth water just thinking about a long red steamed hot dog in a warm bun with mustard, onions and his famous relish. Next was to shop at the A & P, and any errands, including a trip a wonderful five and dime. When I started to seriously draw and paint, we would visit the little art shop for some very precious supplies. I loved this little shop, even though the supplies were  over priced and in short supply.
The Coast of Maine is just loaded with artists and many would display their work in the shop window, so the shop was like a mini art gallery to boot. My mother, being my biggest fan, would always take a look and , whisper  under her breath , that my work was so much better...I would blush , but secretly loved that she had so much faith in my blooming talent.
These trips to town were always made with a look to the tides. High Tide was never to be missed , for our swim of the day. This would determine if we lingered in town or made a quick trip. If the tide was in early, we would have a quick swim before town.....I can't tell you how important the water was to us......even though it was so cold none of the grown-ups ventured in past their ankles, unless a kid was in distress
We policed ourselves, me being in charge as the oldest and our parents insisted we all  got our lifesaving training from the local lady that, taught a class every summer.The four of us were like fish, we all loved the water and could not think of spending a summer land-bound!
One very special thing the island had to offer was the little country store down by the town dock. Penny candy was the big lure for all the kids. We would scour  the beach for empty pop bottles, scrub them,  dry them and take them into to store for cash to buy our beloved candy, This was a great pastime especially, since the adults frowned upon too much candy, which was never the case ,because we always pooled the money and we all shared in the booty. We were like pirates hunting for treasure .As city kids this was so
foreign to us ...we loved it. Looking at this photo , I can transport myself in time, entering this store, with it's
old wood smell, the floors  with age ,dipped and sagged from exposure to the sea air. The candy was displayed in big jars and an old glass case, that was always covered in sticky hand prints .Oh what a wonderful memory.
The cottage is still in the family, my brother owns it and rents it out to guests seasonally.My sisters are on the west coast and my parents are gone.
It is great to have such happy memories frozen in time, things are so different. As  kid we would count the weeks after Christmas, till we would be in Maine for the summer. At the time, I could never conceive of not spending a summer in my beloved Maine.Oh well , I have such a clear vision of those magical Summers, that all I have to do is close my eyes and my mind can transport me there, in a flash, I even think I hear the ocean and smell the salt air.....as an artist this is a simple task, since my mind is my drawing board...lol ..Even though Tucson has no waters edge, it has the feel of the beach and you simply have to believe that beach is just around the corner waiting.....   

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Different Baby Pillow

Most custom baby pillows are just that, ducks, bears...cute little baby things....but this custom piece was different...the customer sent a sample of the material in the nursery, I think a chair and I was to use the monogram of the new baby and match the colors...using all floral..something the baby could have her whole lifetime on display....nice thought....and a pleasure to do...people are always asking if I paint flowers...please I started painting needlepoint in the early 70"s...it was all about flowers...very traditional.....I have painted every flower imaginable in every size on canvas from 45count to 3 1/2 count for a rug...I cut my needlepoint painting teeth on flowers...................

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 !