Friday, February 16, 2007

Love Notes Featured on CraftyPod Website!


The fabulous folks at CraftyPod, "a bi-weekly podcast that’s all about Making Stuff," threw a bit of applause our way today. See http://craftypod.com/?p=92 for the mention of our sweet heart necklaces!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Love Notes Featured on Modish Website


Fiber of Her Being's Love Notes necklaces got some great press on the Modish website this February as one of the five top items circulated this month by The Sampler. Modish is a website that showcases and supports "goods that are made by hand, created with attention and intention," such as my Love Notes. Modish had this to say about the necklaces:


"These gorgeous quilted heart necklaces [are] from Fiber of Her Being. Strung on silk cording with a cute button on the front, these are super unique and perfect for Valentine's Day!"


See the Modish site at http://modish.typepad.com/modish/sampler_faves/index.html. Also check out the Sampler (www.HomeOfTheSampler.com), a great web-based organization devoted to promoting and marketing indie art.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Valentine's Day Trunk Show






Jen Athanas (hand-made handbags; http://www.jenafusion.net/), Leah Sturgis (beaded jewelry; http://www.leahsturgis.com/), and I held a Valentine's Day Trunk Show chez-moi on Saturday, February 10. A good time and good hors d'oeuvres were had by all. Many thanks to the friends and family who stopped by!


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Kay Bailey meets Kay Bailey Hutchison




Today I met Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Senator from the Great State of Texas, at a coffee held for her constituents. In appreciation of her name and her impressive drive that has gotten her this far, I made her a fancy Love Notes pin. For the first time ever I deviated from the heart shape and made hers in the shape of Texas. (We Texans eat that up!) A picture of the Kays Bailey will be coming shortly, but in the meantime, please see the pin I made her and a picture of her wearing it! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-haw!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kay wins "Yippee!" Award




On February 2 at the Del Ray Artisans "House of Cards 2" opening, I won the "YIPPEE! Cardist Award." The winning card has been framed and is being sold in a raffle (tickets are $1; that's a steal). The card features four photos: Bea Arthur, Maya Angelou, Rudy Valle, and a fork. Each photo is sewn onto a fabric square and then onto the card itself. On top of the photos, with glitter glue, I have pasted these words: Bea Maya Valle Tine."


I have never won a "Yippee!" award, but feel much more fulfilled now that it's happened.


You can see my cards and jewelry for sale at the House of Cards 2 show at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. The phone, for more information, is (703) 838-4827, and the website is www.thedelrayartisans.org. The show is open from now until February 18. Gallery hours are Fridays 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. (My timeslot to gallery-sit is Sunday, February 18 from 12 to 2).

Thursday, February 01, 2007

February 2007 Newsletter

My dear friends,

Spring is in the air, if not on the calendar, and it’s time for a Fiber of Her Being update. This message will contain information on:

1. Upcoming events in the DC area:

House of Cards Valentine Sale – Opening reception this Fri., 2/2, and continuing through 2/18 in Del Ray, Virginia

Heart Art show at the Torpedo Factory – Next Thurs., 2/8, and the weekend of 2/10 and 2/11 in Alexandria, Virginia

Valentine’s Day Trunk Show – Next Sat., 2/10, featuring my Valentines fare and handmade purses by Jen Athanas in Arlington, Virginia

TAKE HEART: I will donate 10% of my after-tax Valentine proceeds to the American Heart Association.

2. New “Chemo Pillow” line: offering free pillows to 3 chemotherapy patients
3. New Jewish wedding huppa (chuppa) line: offering 25% discount to first taker
4. Urgent call for bottlecaps
5. Fiber website: what’s new in products and cyberspace
6. New local shops and global websites where you can find my stuff
7. How to unsubscribe from this list

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1. Upcoming events in the DC area:

House of Cards Show by Del Ray Artisans– Opening Reception this Friday, 2/2 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., and continuing through 2/18. Gallery hours are Fridays 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. (My timeslot to gallery-sit is Sunday, February 18 from 12 to 2). This show and sale of handmade cards will “tickle funny bones, embrace the valentine romantic, celebrate birthdays and please the ‘all occasion’ seeker.” Takes place at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia 22301. For more info call (703) 838-4827 or see http://www.thedelrayartisans.org/.

Heart Art show at the Torpedo Factory – Next Thursday, 2/8, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 2/10 and Sunday, 2/11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The flier tells me that love is in the air at the Torpedo Factory, so hurry and come catch some of it. Participating artists like me will be providing cards and other heart-related artwork for sale, and the Generations Dance Studio will perform on Thursday night to “keep the evening romantically refreshing!” Gosh, I can’t wait to see what that means! The address is 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314 in Old Town, Alexandria. For more info go to http://www.torpedofactory.org/.

Valentine’s Day Trunk Show – Next Saturday, 2/10, from noon to 5 p.m. Buy jewelry, cards, purses, and other gifts for Valentine’s Day, with mailing time to spare. We’ll be showcasing fiber art handmade by me and Jen Athanas, another local fiber artist who creates luscious bags and purses. We also hope to have jewelry and small paintings by other artists (see my blog at http://www.fiberofherbeing.blogspot.com/ for breaking news on this front). We will exert no sales tactics on you except the bubbling of mutual delight. This informal party will provide free food, drink, and frivolity and will be held at my house at 1816 N. Tuckahoe Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22207, one-half block from the East Falls Church metro station. I’ll send out an evite to folks in the DC area, but if you don’t hear from me within the next few days and would like to attend, please drop me a line at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com.

Heart Donations: Between February 1 and 14, I will donate 10% of all Valentine-related proceeds (after I pay my taxes on them) to the American Heart Association (http://www.americanheart.org/). Although breast cancer gets a lot of press, heart disease and stroke are still the leading killers of women in the United States. Join me in getting fit, improving your diet, and otherwise promoting cardiovascular health in 2007.

My complete schedule is listed on my Schedule and Events blog at http://www.fiberofherbeing.blogspot.com/ under the listing SPRING SCHEDULE 2007.

2. New “Chemo Pillow” line: offering 3 free pillows to chemotherapy patients

If you know someone who is undergoing chemotherapy, I’d like to make a free Chemo Pillow for him or her to take to chemo sessions, complete with photos of loved ones and all the comfort of a cuddly security blanket. All you have to do is send me some pictures of family or friends and tell me if the person has a favorite color scheme or style.

When I’m done, you’ll get the 14” x 14” pillow to give the patient, and I’ll have a picture of another Chemo Pillow to put in my portfolio for future advertisements or brochures. If the recipient likes, she can write a few nice words for me to add to my website, but that is not required at all. When clients purchase Chemo Pillows in the future, I’ll donate 10% of after-tax proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (http://www.cms.komen.org/).

The Chemo Pillow idea came about when I made a pillow last month for a beloved friend who is battling breast cancer. The front of the pillow has pictures of her grandchildren; the back is soft fleece. Every month she brings the pillow with her to chemotherapy and it gives her some comfort and distraction in the midst of fear, pain, and drudgery. When her son, who commissioned the pillow, saw how much his mom loved it, he suggested I expand my pillow line to include personalized Chemo Pillows for other people who have to endure this awful experience. I thought it was a lovely idea.

I’m offering a free pillow for the first three takers, so give me a holler at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com or (703) 752-4798 if you know a candidate.

3. New Jewish wedding huppa (chuppa) line: offering 25% discount to first taker

As an extension of my ceremonial wedding quilt line, I am interested in producing huppa cloths to be used in Jewish wedding ceremonies. I will offer a 25% discount to the first person to take me up on it. If you know of anyone who might be interested, or have any suggestions on the matter, please give me a call at (703) 752-4798 or email me at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com.

4. Urgent call for bottlecaps

In a stroke of genius one half-asleep night, I had an idea for bottlecap jewelry. I start with a bottlecap and arrange a bouquet of paper or fabric flowers, beads, sequins, and other charms inside. I affix the bottlecap bouquet either to a pin backing or to a quilted heart, which is itself affixed to a pin backing. In my predictable zeal I have run out of bottlecaps. If you have not yet been weaned from the beer bottle, I’d love it if you could save your old bottlecaps and send them to me at Fiber of Her Being, 1816 N. Tuckahoe St., Arlington, VA 22205. Thank you!

The new bottlecap pins are displayed on the Love Notes pins page of my website (http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesPins.htm) and at http://www.fiberofherbeing.etsy.com/.

5. Fiber website: what’s new in products and cyberspace

This month I made a major overhaul to my darling website and want to give you a rundown of changes.
New Look. I have traded the mammoth navigation bar for a series of picture buttons that take you to the custom and off-the-shelf product pages, the Gift Registry and a PayPal online shopping cart (http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/).
More Info “About Us.” The “About Us” section has new helpful links to tell you about the process of commissioning custom artwork, a sample commission agreement, testimonials, and a list of venues where I sell my art (http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/AboutUs.htm).
More Love Notes. I have expanded the Love Notes Line to include necklaces, cards, pins, and holiday specialty fare. The cards are available for purchase through my website, and selected jewelry can be had on my website (http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesCentral.htm) or at the online store for independent artists, Etsy.com (see my specific site at http://www.fiberofherbeing.etsy.com/). I have brand-new spring Love Notes pins on my blog at http://www.fiberofherbeing.blogspot.com/.
New Samples. My website displays new sample photos in the Christmas, Halloween babies, baby quilt, family portrait pillow, family tree, Love Notes, and Kay’s Art sections. Browse around and see what wonders you find! The http://www.fiberofherbeing.blogspot.com/ schedule and events (and interim updates) blog has pictures of even newer samples of baby clothes, pillows, blankets, and a floppy fabric German songbook!

6. New local shops and global websites where you can find my stuff

I have expanded to several new venues in the Washington, D.C. and cyberspace areas. These include Beyond the Garden Gate in Falls Church, Va. (http://www.beyondthegardeng8.com/), Arlington Gift & Garden in Arlington, Va. (http://www.arlingtongiftandgarden.com/), Groovy DC on Capitol Hill (http://www.groovydc.com/), Company Flowers in Cherrydale, Va. (http://www.companyflowers.com/) and the online independent artist store Etsy.com (http://www.fiberofherbeing.etsy.com/). I have also contributed 50 Love Notes necklaces to the Sampler (http://www.homeofthesampler.com/), a subscription service that sends a sampling of independent artwork to individuals and media outlets on a monthly basis. Subscribe by February and maybe you’ll receive a Love Note or Fiber of Her Being magnet in your packet! A complete list of venues is available at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/Venues.htm.

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Thanks for your ear, and may you have a very steamy February.

Love,
Kay

SPRING SCHEDULE 2007

JANUARY, 2007

20, Saturday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

22, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

29, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

30, Tuesday:

Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

FEBRUARY, 2007

2, Friday
Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale

Opening Reception 7-10 p.m.; show continues through February 18. (See listings below)

My cards and jewelry will be on display and for sale at this pre-Valentines Day event put on by the Del Ray Artisans in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia. Come see some fancy-@$$ cards that are more like real art, along with other small gifts that one might give to a loved one on Valentines Day.

The show takes place at Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, 22301. For more info: (703) 838-7827, http://www.thedelrayartisans.org/

3, Saturday
Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 10:00 to 4:00.

4, Sunday
Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 12:00 to 4:00.

6, Tuesday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

8, Thursday
Attending Coffee with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
, U.S. Senate, 8:30 a.m.
I imagine we’ll discuss how we have the same name.

Torpedo Factory “Heart Art” Show, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
With many other artists at the Torpedo Factory, I will be selling Valentines cards and heart-related art in this pre-Valentine’s Day show. The Torpedo Factory will stay open later in the evening, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The address is 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. For more info: 703-838-4565, http://www.torpedofactory.org/.

9, Friday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

10, Saturday:
Torpedo Factory “Heart Art” Show

The Heart Art show that opened on Thursday, February 8 continues from 10:00 to 5:00. Although I won’t be there, my colleagues at Fiberworks (Studio 14) will take care of you.

Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 10:00 to 4:00.

11, Sunday:
Torpedo Factory “Heart Art” Show

The Heart Art show that opened on Thursday, February 8 continues from 12:00 to 5:00. Although I won’t be there, my colleagues at Fiberworks (Studio 14) will take care of you.

Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 12:00 to 4:00.

12, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

14, Wednesday:
Valentine’s Day.
A perfect occasion to give your sweetie some stuff from Fiber of Her Being. Really!

17, Saturday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards” Valentine Card Sale continues from 10:00 to 4:00.

18, Sunday:
Del Ray Artisans “House of Cards”
Valentine Card Sale continues from 12:00 to 4:00. This is the last day of the sale.

26, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

MARCH, 2007

9, Friday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

12, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

16, Friday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

18, Sunday:

My first anniversary with the love of my life.


19, Monday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory
Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

24, Saturday:
Fiberworks/Torpedo Factory

Working at the Fiberworks Gallery in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.