Start to Finish !!!!!

Start to Finish !!!!!
The Big Picture !!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

AND A HAPPY THURSDAY MORNING TO YOU!

   Yes, I  do realized that I could have used the term
"Throw Back Thursday", but it's become just as over
 used as that "Keep Calm" phrase. But since Mr.
Squiggee had so much fun with his blog yesterday he
thought he might commandeer Gail's blog for a couple
of days. Miss Gail has a touch of the flu that has been
making the rounds.  So I shall keep the dogs quiet and
just let her sleep.  You know how these things go when
you are congested.  Rough nights sleep.  Anyway,you
will just have to put up with one of my diatribes for
today.  Deal!
   Obviously, if you read my blog yesterday, I am now
persona non gratis in certain circles.An agitator, so to
speak. So, in keeping with tradition, I offer you the
following:

    We have been receiving several of those nonsensical
emails from the folks at the TNNA.  The summer market
show will take place in Washington D.C. on June 11
through June 13th.  Initially I do not read these emails
when they come in.  I wait until I receive about six of
them before I open and read them.  Two of these emails
were about some new and supposedly progressive
scheme called a "webinar". On further investigation I 
discovered that this particular affectation was the
brainchild of a "creative marketing guru".  I kid you
not. Is there some sort of school that you attend
and graduated from that actually certifies this on
your diploma?  I don't know what it is either, but for
$30 a pop you can also be amazed.
   Another one of these emails stated the following
TNNA survey that was recently done online.;
The topic:  "How to Reach Fiber Artists"..  I got a
hot one for these folks.  Maybe you should go back to
printing the yearly directory and sending it out to all
those members that have sent in their dues.  The last
was printed in April or May of 2014.  This one was even
more absurd than the marketing guru. It provided
so semblance of data from the survey.  At the top of
this survey was email newsletters.  I don't know about
you, but we receive somewhere between 80 and 90
emails a day.  Many of them come in as spam or
as a promotional item and, generally speaking, they
get dumped without even bothering to open them up
And I rather doubt that many people in this line
of business have the inclination to open up and
peruse all of this type of email.  There are nine
categories listed in this survey, but not one of these
mentioned involves actually picking up a telephone
and actually making one on one contact with a shop
or an artist.  That would be my first choice.  And
anything that follows would just be the natural
progression of doing business.
   These emails are also the clearest form of double
speak that the PR world in such overwhelming
volume.    Hang on, I have to go check on my patient.

Friday, March 4, 2016

You'll just have to wait for the picture show. with a Sunday update from Mr. Squiggee..

   In the meantime you might want to go take a gander
at Mr.Squiggee's blog.  We shall do the photo show
in the morning.  Hang tight.
 Not to worry, BB!  You'll love it.

And here is your Sunday evening update. 7:30Pm





    Mr. Squiggee has hijacked Gail's blog this evening to
give you  a bit more information on these 19 designs.
The main topic will be in reference to the brick covers
The brick cover in the center of the screen was the original.
It was created  on Dec. 16, 2002.
  The other three images with the painted backgrounds,
in addition to being the same stolen design, are an unauthorized
alteration to a design. When you lease a car, or do one
of those weekend rentals, you are not allowed to modify
it because it , simply speaking, is not yours. If you, as
a customer wish to purchase this design you can take your
canvas home and alter it anyway you choose.However, if
you are leasing this design from Gail, to be reproduced
for sale to a shop, you do not have the right to alter this
design and have it reproduced.  A reproduction is a
reproduction.. Period.
   We have been down this road with another wholesale
distributor that wanted to paint the gingerbread houses on
white mono canvas.  They became terribly indignant when
Gail said "no way".
   Now, to someone other than an artist this might
seem like a bit of a minor quibble, but a lot of time and effort
goes into creating these designs and we all like to protect
the integrity of what we create.  Having someone tamper with
your work product, no matter how insignificant you  think it
sounds, is still tampering.  What  baffles me, of  course, is why
Hyla would alter Gail's  design instead of creating one of
her own designs.  There's always the possibility  that she doesn't
have the creative chops to undertake such an endeavor.  Just
a thought.
   She could always ask one of the other artists she represents .
I'm sure Doris, Sara, or Bonnie can hook her up with a design
or two.  See, Hyla, then you wouldn't have to steal designs.
Especially one that's 14 years old.  The real problem with
that particular train of thought is that these artists  are not
Hyla's employees.  POIAD only reproduces their designs and
sells them to needlepoint shops at the wholesale level. And
that requires a painting service.  We shall get to that
in due course.
   Sorry for the jaggedness of the type.  My blog
is a bit different than Gails.  Deal! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

STOLEN AND ALTERED DESIGNS ... with an UPDATE!!!!

THE BELTWAY BANDIT IS ON THE MOVE...ABOVE IS MY DESIGN FOR A BRICK COVER THAT SHE HAS NOT ONLY STOLEN ...BUT HAS HAD IT PAINTED WITH DIFFERENT BACKGROUND COLORS AND THEY ARE DISPLAYED WITH AT LEAST 11 OTHER  DESIGNS
THAT SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCE AND SELL......THEY ARE PART OF AN ONGOING TRUNK SHOW   AT  TH E NEEDLEPOINTER IN EVERETT , WASHINGTON

DOES SHE THINK I WON'T NOTICE OR A FRIEND WILL NOT INFORM ME......WELL CONSIDERING ALL THE DESIGNS SHE HAS STOLEN ....I GUESS I SHOULD BE THANKFUL
FOR THE SMALL NUMBERS THIS SHOP IS PROUDLY DISPLAYING...WE ARE CONTACTING "THE NEEDLEPOINTER" AND INFORMING THEM OF THE STATUS OF THESE STOLEN DESIGNS.... WE WILL LET YOU KNOW THEIR RESPONSE

UPDATE---WEDNESDAY

   I did send an email to this shop with pictures and my stock numbers,
 but I have received no response.  I guess they don't mind showing and
selling stolen designs at their shop.  This tells you a lot about the general
tone of this industry.  I bet they would be screaming like banshees if
someone was attempting to market one of their stitch guides without their
consent.  Presumably, all the artists that create  these designs that they
profit from, just don't measure up on the food chain.
   Be forewarned, needlepoint artists, it can happen to any one of you!
More at a later time.

     

Monday, January 18, 2016

DEAR BELTWAY BANDIT..

   If you have lost your copy of the lease agreement
you signed, Mr. Squiggee informs me that we can certainly
email you a scanned copy of it from our computer
files..  You know, just in case you've conveniently lost
or misplaced your copy.   Yes, all those pesky little
details and paragraphs.    Drop us a line if you need a copy.
P.S.-  All those artists you claim to represent ought to
getting a bit nervous these days, wondering when it will
be their turn to have their designs suddenly become
"by designs"  And, since you're such a hot shit designer,
and want so desperately to be noticed, why isn't your
signature on any of these lovely designs you have created.
Must be tough having to reconcile stealing designs that
are at least 12 years old.  Fibers not doing too well?
Hugs and kisses from Mr. Squiggee.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Composites

The two large composites pictured at the top of my blog record what is important in your life. Look at these as an alternative to a belt. These composites usually entail trying to tastefully design a piece using all the elements a customer requires. A challenge , but fun , and it makes for a very interesting project. Some elements are straight forward  and others subtle , most times only the customer knows the meaning. They make a great gift for the family or individual. This is the ultimate personal gift.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

More Fun and Games...

In my travels on the internet you come across little tidbits...like an ad sporting two of my stolen designs ...change the colors and have a tote made up and there you go...forget that you have no right to  the stolen designs.......these canvases were based on  toile fabric...when you look closely ...who paints as precise as I do...please.....Just take a moment and think if it was you and someone you trusted planned to steal from you....Everyone knows that these are my designs...but who cares that is my problem....if it was you , you would have a fit.....OK you can tell stories about how your secretarial degree magically turned into a degree in Needlepoint painting overnight, but when you are all alone , and look in the mirror...what do you see...a thief and liar....how could you possibly live with that, especially when so many people know the truth.
We get so many people asking questions...the most frequent..." I thought that was your design !" ..God I do love the internet...net net is closing in ..hard to hid things....
More goodies to come....
xoxoxoxox
Squiggee
FYI when I gave BB notice she shut down her website and when it opened she had taken my name off all my designs she was keeping and listed her , her shop clerks,step daughter, cleaning lady and even dead customers as the designer, even her finisher got credit...WILD..all the while still keeping the picture of the design with my signature ...never a dull moment in BB"s rich fantancyland..!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

What part of Leased don't you understand !!


The above canvases are boldly displayed on BB  website....I guess I am lucky because she is now displaying less of my designs she stole...never returned after I gave her notice February 2009 that her services as a  wholesale distributor were no longer needed.....The correspondence that started was so funny and delusional that they would make a great book..titled.." Distributors From Hell "..She is so funny she could do stand-up at the TNNA  shows....
Just a little xoxoxoxo to BB
from Squiggee...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Story of Mr. Stinkie and his family !!!!

THE TOP TWO PHOTOS OF MR. STINKIE AND HIS SON... PAINTED CANVAS AND MODEL ARE  SHAMELESSLY  DISPLAYED ON  ON THE BELTWAY BANDITS WEBSITE.....SHE CLEARLY HAS NO SHAME AND BECAUSE SHE ONCE WAS MY DISTRIBUTOR FEELS SHE STILL OWNS THE RIGHT TO SELL WHAT IS  NOT HER RIGHT UNDER OUR ORIGINAL CONTRACT.....BB YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL OR COAL IS ALL YOU WILL GET IN YOUR STOCKING....MORE LATER ...I WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYING ON THE RIGHT MORE CANVASES  THE BB IS SELLING OF MY DESIGNS.....THE INTERNET IS A SMALL PLACE...ALLOWING NOT MUCH AREA TO HIDE......
KISS KISS
LOVE,
SQUIGGEE

FYI...IF YOU ARE BUYING THESE CANVASES FOR YOUR SHOP FROM ANYONE  BUT SQUIGGEE DESIGNS ...YOU MY FRIEND ARE BUYING STOLEN PROPERTY ....SHAME  ON YOU !!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Another Club Bites The Dust ....



Now you could say the cartoon above is abusive...I guess if you are an egg or a chicken.......
But Yesterday I was blocked from posting a picture on a facebook group called ..".Needlepoint Embellishing"......It was my "Four Dolls on The Beach" that sports the hand painted button heads.
I have been very active in trying new things in embellishing. When I started Squiggee Designs on ebay in 2004, the only embellishments were on the little angels by Painted Pony. I went wild, beads, charms, ribbons feathers and anything else I could think of to enhance the Squiggee Canvases. Embellishing was new and I had great fun with it.
I had bought some button heads, they were plastic and cute I used them on some flip flops with two of the original dolls. .Then I had an idea to find more refinded button heads for a canvas with four girls in old fashion swimsuits. Well the cost was outragious and they really didn't match my girls...so I found plain white buttons with shanks painting my own faces to match the bathing costumes. The best part no two faces are exactly alike since they are hand painted. A few have had a bit of a smirk, a slip of the brush, but hardly abusive.
I guess I missed the part that made these cuties abusive...all  the girls are well covered never using bad language or gestures...oh well who knows..
OMG.I think one of the dolls winked at me...and gave gave me a furtive look.......

oxoxoxo
Squiggee

Saturday, November 28, 2015

An artist's Cake !!!







I  have always been the creator in my family. The above picture is a cake I baked and made a little cat artist with easel for my Uncles birthday. He  was my step-father's youngest brother. He worked for the railroad in an administration capacity , and painted  at his leisure. After WWII he studied painting in Paris, then  returned to the states and finished college. As a child I admired his talent, his paintings were very unusual, filled with great style and emotion .On my 16th birthday Uncle Ralph presented me with a painting of three white horses in a forest of dark greens and an amazing filter of light streaming through the trees. I was truly touched by his talent.We had this strong connection  both being creative and looking at the world differently from others.  He was always interested in my progress of becoming an artist. He and my mother were my own personal fan club.When I started college and my studies at the Corcoran, Uncle Ralph was as excited as I was. Ralph passed on a year ago , but the memories of all talks are still with me.He was a wonderful influence and someone that really listened.He told me once , that becoming an artist full time , was too stressful for him. He seemed to be so pleased when I told my parents this was to be my path. He and I shared something very special , a rare friendship.
xoxoxoxox,
Squiggee

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SELFIES........What the F*****K !



As an artist, and a rather creative being, I am observant. However, some things just slip through the cracks.
Maybe it's a result of spending  a lot of time in the studio painting canvases.  I  found the above cartoon/illustration in the New York Times.  Of course there was a commentary that went with it, but posting a professional writers commentary isn't my style.
   The crux of this commentary was about the overuse of the "selfie stick"  At first I thought this was a joke, but upon perusing Amazon.com's website I found that you can actually purchase these things.  I kid you not.     We live in AZ., and in our neighborhood selfies are not a problem.  Nor are they encouraged.  Most of these folks are still having issues with email attachments.
    The larger issue goes something like this.
What kind of person is so enamored with themselves that they would take a picture of themselves to store on their phone.  Is there some need within these folks to, willy nilly, just have some urgent desire to look at themselves.  Oh, by all means, let's preserve this bit of wonderfulness, which is a pix of moi posturing and being, how can I delicately phrase this, just being my wonderful self.
  You catch my drift, of course.The name says it all.  "SELFIE".  It's all about Me, Me, Me!  I am fabulous and having fun in my own little world.  And you missed out!

I seldom take pictures.  I take pictures of my designs and occasionally pictures of the dogs.  Other than that, I am one of those strange birds that would much rather just enjoy life.  I certainly don't need a picture to remind me that I had a good time.  I am just as content to enjoy the view..  Every waking minute of it doesn't need to be recorded for the huddled masses to view after my demise.  Pssst! Do I sound a trifle snarky?
     Oh well, sometimes technology just goes a step too far.  It's usefulness is up for debate.

xoxo Squiggee

Have a Nice Day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015




The above cartoon I found on Facebook...too funny !! The Thanksgiving experience of cooking and all the rest seems to elude me as I get older. Eating those large meals and all that rich food just doesn't set well these days. Gravy is out...how sad is that...I mean gravy !.....When we were kids, gravy was a treat since my mother only made it for holidays and special occasions.
Frankly , her gravy lacked quality control, sometimes great, sometimes lumpy.  But tasty, and  always a treat.  Now, as an adult, my stomach tells me.. no way!  We eat small meals during the day,  small portions, just like you did when you were kids. If we go out and have an appetizer, then we end up taking the rest of the meal home in little doggie bags.
   When  you cut out your favorite foods, because you can no long digest them, a Holiday that depends on food loses it appeal. But being thankful still wins the day !
So many things change with age. I can't read anything without glasses, and this really gets up my nose. I wear bifocals and after a full day of painting and I lay down to sleep, I swear I feel like I am still wearing my glasses
      On the positive side, my sense of humor seems to remain intact, and my ability to roll with life' s little trials and tribulations  seems to keep me positive and happy. Change can be good or dark.....I like to look at the big picture. I haven't lost my marbles, my husband still thinks I'm hot and I can still work, so no gravy,and other goodies....life is still good and although , the world can be hard and sometimes unfair  , you have to just suck it up  and look on the positive side. Luckily good outweighs the bad in life. The information highway seems to focus on the negative.  People ready to help with bad news by  posting, tweeting and God forbid, taking selfies to be noticed. Some people don't seem to be able to function well in a 
world without being plugged in.   All the hi tech n the is not going to improve the quality of your life. Unplug yourself , take a walk and engage face to face with a living breathing person.
      Take a leaf out of the Turkey chilling....enjoy the right now, tomorrow will take care of itself
xoxoxoxox
Squiggee

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I'M BACK !!!!

OK people...I have been hearing from all sorts ...have you retired...died...fallen into a deep coma...or just gotten so old that you forgot how to log in to your blog.....
Glad you asked...none of the above , although age does  it's toll... sometimes I CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE I PUT MY SHOES, OR THE CHARGING CORD TO MY KINDLE...that little cord always seems to be tucked away and safe in a new place. Painting and designing needlepoint seem to be intact.
This last year has been filled with, regrouping and painting non-stop. When we took 
Squiggee and gcHendrix Designs back in house, we really had no idea of what to expect.
We have been so busy.
One big change; we have consolidated the two lines under Squiggee Designs...all the stock numbers for the gch line will stay the same but they are now part of  Squiggee.This was the best move, since the Squiggee name seems to be most recognizable  and face it , people like to say 
Squiggeeeeeeeeeee..lol....Who knew such a silly , funny little name would someday take over...
Mr. Squiggee is ,as always, my right hand man and keeps track of the day to day , talking with all the shops, and without him I would be in a sorry state.
All sorts of wonderful things have come to light this past year, New Shops and older shops with new owners....fun to work with and a joy to paint for. There has been a darker side to
dealing with some shops on a one to one basis without the buffer of a distributor. Somewhere
along the way, rudeness has become fashionable. Well, we have a saying here in Squiggeeland.." Squiggee is Not Home to Mr. Rude". Simply put, If You Can't Behave Like An Adult....find another Company to shop for your canvas needs. I have seen the darker side of the business first hand and 
I won't play !   
When I started in this business in 1972, the needlepoint community consisted of Women that knew how  behave like ladies. It was a very positive business that gave great joy and 
happiness to the stitching community.. The artist had status , and value. I actually looked forward to going to work and making
people happy. This is still what drives me still, which is kind of funny, considering all of the turmoil in this business, particularly the wholesale side of the business, which I entered some 15 years ago. I am, as they say, "old school', where courtesy and politeness matter, and must be preserved.  I take a lot of pride in what I create. Standards must prevail. I never been one of those that followed the crowd.   "what you see, is what you get".  That's as simple and as complicated as it gets".
  We got big plans for Squiggee in 2016, so stay tuned.

P.S- I shall try to get back to blogging .  Obviously I have been missed.

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....