Welcome to the world of Tiger Swallow Tales, where everything is hand-made with special care and attention for special occasions, outings, and play. Please visit my Etsy shop to place a custom order or browse through the specific links to view projects already completed. Thank you for celebrating your special occasions with TST.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
It was a great pleasure to end 2012 on a high note as I completed a sweet Christmas Bishop, my first ever store sample (smocking plate by Laurie Nash Anderson of Southern Stitches; as seen in Sew Beautiful Magazine #139). I've been asked to make samples for several stores during the last four years, but somehow or another, I had a tendency to shy away from the process. Heirloom store owners have particularly good taste, a very keen eye for perfection and often, I can only hope to live up to their very high expectations, not to mention the difficult task of figuring out how best to achieve an agreement about creating something from scratch. Not only do you have to know what the store owner likes and what would be stitch-inspiring to the store audience, you also have to be sensitive to what is popular in certain regions of the nation and how climate plays a role in customer's needs. I most definitely have a problem taking on new challenges when my fear of failure gets the best of me, but, my apprehensions disappear quickly when I receive an e-mail, or Etsy order, or a kind note from a dear sewing friend across the seas, inspiring me to make something new, with their choice of fabric, colors, and touch of heirloom or whimsy. Indeed, 2012 ended and 2013 has begun on exactly such high note. You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I received mention in Adorable Heirlooms' new year's newsletter below. Take a look at all the delectable heirloom fabric, notions, buttons and trims available at Laurie Brock's fabulous on-line store, located in Burton Michigan, and make sure you sign up to receive e-mail updates with many more new adorable things to come!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Well, the Christmas tree and decorations have been packed away. Family has come and gone and I miss them terribly. Cold days linger on with a few balmy days, but overall, I'm not a good cold-weather kind of person. But, winter isn't all that bad. I love to change from embroidery needle to knitting or crochet in the winter months. We also have lots of winter birthdays in our family, including mine and my grand-daughters coming up in February, the best month in the whole wide world to celebrate our special day with LOVE! Let's just say there are a lot of red colors and hearts floating around in our creative nook this time of year!