Its A New Year

The year is under way… Can you believe that its really 2008? One of my favorite things to do every year is to organize the upcoming year in all the areas of my life: personal, professional, office, house systems, etc. There is something wonderfully cathartic about starting projects afresh if you ask me. I will even confess to making a new TO DO LIST once in a while and writing down a few things that I have just finished just so that I can cross them off and have that feeling of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something on your list! Who is fooling who, I ask you? As I organize & schedule the upcoming Fig Tree Calendar I am excited by so many of the projects and engagements that are coming this year. With the help of some dedicated sewers, I have just finished another Dandelion Girl quilt…

Fig Tree Resolutions

Well… its here…. 2008! I’m assuming that this might find you cleaning & organizing, planning, sorting & recycling [can you believe the amount of trash that Christmas & the holiday season seem to generate? Its unbelievable with three little kids I tell you!] thinking about starting afresh and ofcourse making those infamous… RESOLUTIONS!! Here too at the Fig Tree Studios we are cleaning & organizing, doing inventory & making resolutions both personal & professional. I thought I might share a few of them with all of you… Resolution #1: Regular walks alone. For me walks provide a few very necessary elements to the creative process- quiet, nature, time to think & reflect and did I already mention… quiet. Resolution #2: Keep the offices organized. It all looks and feels so clean right now and I just LOVE it. But with all of the…

Here’s to the best 2008 Year!

Here’s to a wonderful 2008! Hope you all enjoyed a nice evening with family or friends. Our nite consisted of poppers at 9:00 with 6 children ranging in age from 2 to 9 and some really good lemon drops at midnight made by our closest friends Jen & Jon…. Dick Clark looked like he had seen one too many New Year’s Eve’s….. that’s all I’ll say…. Again, Happy, Happy New Year…

After Christmas Sale

Merry-the-day-after-Christmas- Some years I have braved the stores on this day, looking for the perfect deals on the cute items that I couldn’t justifying buying for myself or for the house on the days leading up to Christmas. But this year, I had child care for the younger two and the oldest in the first day of football camp [Oh Lord help me!!….] and just couldn’t bring myself to spend my day shopping when there was so much cleaning, organizing and project planning to do in the studio and office. And so today found me busy as a bee, trying to squeeze 5 days worth of work into 6 hours… its amazing what a mom can do when she knows that all of her “vacationing” children are well taken care of! As a result of my organizing, I…

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases!! For me tomorrow, the 24th is the day our family celebrates the most. It is considered Christmas in Poland and therefore Christmas at our house as well. There are many special traditions and foods that only come this one day a year for us but I won’t regale you with all of those right now…. lets just say that there is a lot of cabbage and potatoes! Mostly I just wanted to sit down for a moment and thank you for being a part of the creative process for me these months, for being such a gracious and willing audience to my musings and thoughts. I have really enjoyed blogging and am looking forward to another year full of blog fun and festivities. For now, I am sincerely hoping that all of you spend your…

Patchwork in Paris

Well, surprise, surprise, here’s another post from my trip to Paris… This time I am taking you on a little voyage through the craft & patchwork show that I attended while in Paris, in fact this show, named Cree Attitude, was the reason for the timing of my Parisienne adventure! Quiltmania, my favorite French patchwork magazine asked me to show one of my Christmas quilts, Mistletoe Hollow, in their booth at the show which meant that I got a backstage pass, so to speak, to see the show itself. This was a general craft show, or a hobby show as they referred to it, and the exhibitors ranged from patchwork shops [quilting is generally referred to as patchwork in Europe], to embroidery & all types of needlework, to knitting, to decoupage & scrapbooking to ceramics & food crafts, to weaving & woodworking… It was wonderful to…

Joyeux Noel & a Snowflake

Have you all had enough of Paris? You know I’ve just barely scratched the surface of the 353 photos I took while there…. I thought I’d interject a little quilt shot of one of our best selling Christmas quilts, Yuletide Snowflake. It is a traditional Bethlehem or Lone Star made in warm Christmas colors and with the added applique you can turn it into a grandiose snowflake! Now let me just tell you something about this quilt… ready for it…. ready for it…. this quilt has no templates, no special rulers, no insets seams and basically anyone can make this type of star! How this is possible is that if you use a jelly roll and cut your strips on the angles indicated in the pattern, you can make super easy diamond strips. When you position the same colors in the same…

Rue de Rivoli

Another early evening walk that I wished I had time to do more than once, I began on the Rue de Rivoli and wandered down quite a few streets in the very center of Paris. To orient you just a bit, the Rue de Rivoli is the street that runs behind the infamous Louvre museum and the Tuilleries Gardens and it is towards the beginning of one of the great shopping areas in Paris. It might not be quite as well known as the Champs de Elysees or quite as fancy as the Galleries Lafayette & the Boulevard Hausmann but Rue de Rivoli & the streets surrounding it like the Rue Saint Honore, Rue des Capucines and Rue Paix, have countless high fashion neighbors with some of the most charming & beautiful holiday window displays I have ever seen. The closer you walk toward the Opera and the Galleries Lafayette…