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Monday, November 23, 2015

Maude White's Paper Art

For those of us who love to work and play with paper; here is a special treat. One of my quilling. friends (Marianne Fassett) sent me a link to this web site. the artist's name is Maude White. She doesn't quill but what she does is outstanding. She hand cuts her designs using a surgical knife; I thought quilling was time consuming! Be sure to visit her web site; some of her work will blow you away. In the meantime here are just a few of my favorites.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It just keeps growing and growing . . .

 We are very excited here at Whimsiquills; these are pictures of our new distribution center which is run by our son, Stephen, in Massachsetts. When we first started selling quilling supplies we sold only Lake City papers with the encouragement of Malinda Johnston (You can read the long version of our story by clicking on the two links.) My "inventory" at that time fit on backs of two doors. but then we started to grow. Our inventory spilled over into and finally took over the basement of our home. We expanded inventory to include kits and tools from Quilled Creations, Lake City ad of course the kits I designed for our friends over at Paplin Products. We were bursting at the seams. A few weeks ago our son Stephen came up with the brilliant idea of warehousing the inventory. He has taken over the fullfilment and shipping of the orders leaving me to do the less physical side of the business; the blog, web site etc. Thank goodness, because four days after the move I fell and broke my collarbone and am looking at a lenthly rehab. But here are the pictures of Whimsiquills new digs! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The times-they are a changing!

It's been a long time since I've posted anything . . . I am going through a lot of changes in my life, some by chance and some by choice. As I approach my 72nd birthday I am learning (see you can still learn at that age!) that sometimes you just have to "go with the flow". Since my hands will only allow me to quill for a few minutes at a time, I can no longer do custom orders but I still should be able to do some fun small things-so that's what I am going to do. I have to limit the hours I can work so I will move my inventory to a distribution center, probably next month, so orders for quilling supplies can continue to go out in a timely fashion. They will just be shipped from a different location. I will still be available for questions etc; none of our policies will change. We will continue with our VIP rewards program and hopefully I will be able to devote more time to the web site and the blog. I look forward to continue working with all of my quilling friends.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Back at last

It has been such a long time since I posted here; not because I had nothing to say but because there was so little time to say it. I love the new web site but it has taken so long to get everything done-on top of that I had to change computer systems-then go to a laptop so I wouldn’t spend so much time running up and down the stairs and on and on . . .

But what I have to share with you today is not about me, but about a new quilling friend I have met through Whimsiquills. Her name is Jan Howard and she lives in Canada; the only reason I actually got to “talk” to her was because she was having some difficulty with the web site. Well, as is often the case we became quilling friends and chat each time she places an order. We talk about quilling, how hard it is to find frames, and since she often hears them in the background we end up talking about my dogs. My three little guys and what is turning out to be my forever foster Shylo. She called one day to ask whether I sprayed my work and we had the “spray or not to spray”conversation. At any rate she told me she had done a piece with cardinals in it and I told her I watch them out the studio window and asked if she would send me a picture of her piece. It is just lovely! She gave me permission to share it with you all and said she was jealous because she didn’t get to watch cardinals she could only quill them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Web Site

Many of you who know me through the web site or this blog have probably learned that I have had to move/change my web site. This wasn't something I ever planned to do but the decision was made for me when I learned that the platform that was hosting the site was closing down. WOW! That was a shocker! So after many, many hours of work and no small amount of frustration I finally have the new web site up and running. I tried to make it look like the old site so people wouldn't get "lost" and I actually like some features of the new site better than the old. But there are always little "glitches".

I have linked the new site to this blog but will have to go through ALL of the posts and change the links within those posts to link to the new site. UGH!!! I will get it done . . . but please be patient with me. If you are reading one of the older posts and come across a broken link, please let me know so I can fix it. I will eventually get them all updated but it will take some time. Thanks for understanding.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Border Buddies

Quilled Creations has come out with a new set of tools called Border Buddies. There are three different shapes: a circle, a square, and a triangle. When I learned to quill back in the 70's my "teachers" were Betty Christy and Doris Tracey. Their book Quilling Paper Art for Everyone is still one of my favorites. They called these empty shapes “collars” or “frames”. Jane Jenkins in England refers to them as “ring coils”. Whatever you call them, it is  fairly simple concept; wrap your strip around whatever you are using for a template several times. Glue the end down and pinch it into whatever shape you want. If you want a heavier look, wrap the strip multiple times and of course less for a lighter look.  You can then quill inside the shapes or around the outside of the shape or both! The border buddies already have three shapes and a whole range of sizes for each shape so you don't have to go looking for pens, bottles etc. to wrap your strips around.  Below is a picture of the smallest and largest shape mad with the Border Buddies. I don't use ring coils too often, mostly for leaves and flower petals, but these tools can be used to make geometric shapes as well. Ring coils are well suited to two tone papers because they are so open that both colors can be seen.
Since the strip is wrapped around the shape multiple times edged papers show up really well. Of course the round ring coils/collars/frames can be shaped into teardrops or marquise shapes and the square makes a great diamond shape. Have fun with them quill inside them or around the outside of them or both!

Here is a link to a Youtube video

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A walk down memory lane!

I had a very nice "phone visit" with Marlene Bartels this afternoon. Those of you who are more "seasoned" quillers may remember her company Quill It which she started in the 1970's and ran for 25 years. Marlene was good friends with Malinda Johnston (Lake City Crafts) and Betty Christy (Tree Toys). She called to let me know that Betty had recently passed away. It is especially sad for me since I've known and been inspired by these ladies for many years. They all attended the early conferences/meetings we had before we formed the North American Quilling Guild. We chatted and caught up on mutual friends/quillers for a while and then she told me that she had received a couple of very pretty quilled cards for her birthday and Christmas. These cards were made in Viet Nam! She pulled one out and gave me a web site which I thought I would share with you. There is a video which shows these cards being made and it looks like they are being marketed out of Framingham, MA. Go figure!

Marlene and I talked about how much has changed since the 70's. She remembered how excited she was when the wider strips came out and how so many of the smaller quilling businesses from that era are gone now. She told me how excited she was when she had her first customer from overseas and about a collection of quilled figures she had from a customer who was in a maximum security prison. I told her about the quilling "dies", pearlized and metallic papers and how many companies are now selling quilling supplies. We talked about the internet and the role it plays in bringing artists together from around the world. I am so impressed when I see all of the fabulous quilling art that is being created all over the world.  When I think back to when I started quilling (1975) and wrote a newsletter which I sent out to 13 other American quillers it seems like a lifetime ago. I've met so many wonderful people over the years thanks to quilling.