Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Get Creative with Jenny - DVD finally available

Well you asked for it and here it is - Get Creative with Jenny Haskins -a compilation DVD of the past, present and future Video's from my web site. You can order it now from the web site along with all our other exciting new products - you can now have me as a permanent fixture in your studio - now you will have to ask Robbie and Simon if this is a good thing!! You will have one advantage over them - you can turn me off!!

Simon left for his teaching/lecture tour on Sunday - hope you all see him in Puyallup, he is busy setting up today - everyone is very excited about being there and looking forward to catching up with their sewing friends.
I am in the middle of editing CE 27 - sorry no sign of CE 26 yet, but I am assured it is on the ship which is on the water - that is positive so keep your fingers crossed it is supposed to land around the 11th March. It is a beauty and totally well worth waiting for.
Robbie and I are going to the Gift Trade fair on Friday - that should be interesting, who knows what ideas we might pick up to challenge you with. We are working on new ideas as we speak, but that will have to be a surprise in future blogs.
How do you like our new web site - Andrew is doing a fabulous job, lots of flashes and animation - it now a real happening place if you haven't seen it you are missing a real treat!
I just heard this great saying - one to help us over the rough spots so I will leave it with you:
Scars show where we have been but don't have to dictate where we are going.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Look what Robbie and I have been Creating

Well I was hoping to have two pictures for you to see, but the second one will have to wait until my next blog - it is like the Internet in Australia is on a 'go slow' strike! Frustration is my second name today, however Andrew has finally got the changes up and running for our web site - way to go Andrew - be patient if they are slow we are working on it.

How do you like our Margaret's Magnificent Medley pillow using the largest size three-dimensional flower - it is around 8in in diameter - we just loved creating this pillow. The flowers are held onto the silk pillow with a large pin, so the flowers can be removed should the pillow need cleaning - the pillow is a rather fun technique which we will share with you in a future edition of Creative Expressions. The flower on the chair is a pin that you can attach to a dress, jacket, hat or purse - edged with black feathers with a beaded stamens and crystals in the center.

Simon is off on his US teaching tour on Sunday the 21st and will be away for four weeks - long trip extending up into Canada - both US coasts and down into Texas as well as down south east to Florida - he is going to be busy. Simon will also be teaching in Puyallup as well as being on the Jenny Haskins' products stand so do stop by and say Hi.

Well so far so good with posting this blog, have made several attempts, so will not push my luck any further - I am 'baby sitting' Sam's puppy Lottie to night so I had better put Honey and her to bed - they have been playing and are exhausted.

Remember: The place you are in - needs you today.

Monday, February 15, 2010

PS Woops forgot this - Sues Special Skirt!

One of my best friends is Sue - who lives in Noosa - she is amazing and takes full time care of her special mother Mirri who has a kidney disease needing three days a week on dialysis. To while away her few spare hours Sue loves to embroider and send me a picture of this stunning skirt and then sent me this link. How cool is she and how innovative is the skirt - just love love love it and thought I had to share it with you. Go to and see Sue's skirt and hear how she made it.

The joys of Technology and Creativity!!

Well I have tried for over three days to get this blog to work - and finally it has - technology who knows - I certainly don't and when the experts have problems, what chance do us poor mortals have? Pretty much nothing other than perseverance!!!!
Now I feel better.
Well what do you think of what Robbie and I have been doing? We are having a ball with Margaret's Magnificent Medley of glorious large three dimensional flowers - they truly are striking. We have made a hat, dress pin and matching hand bag and are at present working on a spectacular pillow. You are just going to love this new CD.
I had an unexpected visit for my beautiful Harvey on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week, along with Kirstin and Cleo. Harvey is such a joy and entertained us all while we were working. He took much delight in 'working' with Papa (Simon's dad) and proudly told his mum - working working - even remembered the next day. He went out with Noo Noo and happily announced walking - walking - well one of us was walking and the other being carried - but I guess we were both moving! To say we were all a little exhausted at the end of the day was an understatement and Harvey eventually crashed around 9:00 pm - but even though he was sick he never cried all day and was just so happy and full of energy - oh the joy of being a grandmother!
Robbie and I have also made the cutest little headbands with Harvey's Garden designs along with matching wands - perfect for kid's parties you will love the idea.
I went to see the movie Precious on Saturday night - to say it is confronting is an understatement, along with such words as thought provoking and totally staggering - one knows these things happen but to see them on a big screen and have to deal with your resulting emotions literally took my breath away - it is a movie only for the brave but one everyone should see.
Well I am not pushing my luck with this posting and hopefully will have more pictures for later in the week.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Up date on availability of Videos and Harvey's Garden CD

This week has simply disappeared - I don't know about you but my weeks have Monday and Friday and seem to skip the rest of the days - must be a big black whole somewhere!

It has been national 'Girlfriend Week' this past week and I have had some wonderfully funny emails sent to me - hope you all had a great week 'girlfriends'. One of the sayings shared with me was: 'God must love stupid people - He made so many'. Another one - was a bumper sticker I saw the other day:
'When God created man SHE was only joking!' They both remind me of the fact that the truth is often spoken with jest. Enough - hope you enjoyed a giggle.

We have been frantic with photography this week amongst other things along with testing new exciting products and finishing Harvey's Vintage Garden design CD. We are just so excited with the finish CD it has so many creative possibilities - so look at our website in the upcoming weeks for details. We are just waiting for photos and for Andrew to update the site.

Speaking of new products, due to overwhelming demand we are going to release a DVD that will have all 14 comprehensive industructional Video's that have been shown or are to come from my website on a DVD, so you can play them whenever you like. My daughter is working on it as we speak so look for updates - we will announce the release both here and on my web site - you ask and we try to make it happen - not fast enough I know but we are working on it.

Robbie and I have been photographing for the past few days - with exciting results - news on that front coming up in future blogs.

Our weather 'down under' is just so tropical at present - hot, humid and steamy - not ideal for photography with lights etc - especially if you are modeling garments that are made for winter or you are caught in a thunder storm in the middle of a shot - the joys of photography.

I have just been to see Avatar - in 3-D if you have not seen it you are missing out on a treat it is amazing Robbie and I just enjoyed it so much - if you haven't seen it then I would recommend it. My sister Sue also recommends Precious but it is a much more somber movie but great to see - Oprah produced it so it will have some good messages in it.

Well am off to Happy Hour and a great week-end - I wish you all both of these little pleasures!