A Taste of Spring

Maureen McNaughton updated website and e-packets (coming soon)

A few things have happened since I lasted posted to my blog.  Sally McAloon and I (S & S Brushstrokes) hosted Maureen McNaughton’s final east coast seminar last November.  Though, quite sad, this was the fifth and final seminar that we have hosted since our very first one in Feb 2007.  We had an awesome time with many new and past students.  As usual, our students left with some beautifully painted pieces.  The designs for this seminar, by far, were some of Maureen’s best work to date. Continue reading

Time to Declutter

It seems that each time I begin this blog, I start out talking about the weather.  I cannot help myself.  These past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful.  It seems like in these past few years, we can count how many times we actually have spring weather.  We usually go from winter right into the heat of summer.  It has been a joy to have the windows open.  So far, I am not bothered with sever allergies as many of my family and friends are.  I am loving every single day. Continue reading

Happy New Year!!

I certainly hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends, family and loved ones.  I had a great time spending time with my family here in Virginia and a quick trip to North Carolina to visit with my sister and brothers and many other family members. We always spend a lot of time getting ready for these special days, but they come and go so quickly.  However, we are left with treasured memories that will last a life time!  I love it. Continue reading

A Fabulous Seminar week with Maureen McNaughton

As I write this information for my blog, my good friend, Sally McAloon, and I, have just completed and are recovering from hosting a wonderful seminar with Maureen McNaughton in Annapolis, Maryland from Nov 16-20, 2011.  This is the fourth seminar that we have hosted with teacher Maureen since February 2007.  We have her for five days, usually from Wednesday thru Sunday.  Our students just love our location.  One of the most popular features of our seminar is that we leave the classroom open in the evenings.  Students can go out and have dinner and return to the classroom for as long as they like.  It is a great opportunity for students to complete their projects or get pretty close to completion.  We have great food and every student gets a welcome gift as well as a favor each day that is made with pure love by our hands.  The painted projects that were taught by Maureen can be seen on our website at http://ssbrushstrokes.com.  Keep in mind that these are new projects and have not been released to the public yet.  If you are interested in any of these projects, consider having me come teach any of these at your location.  Our next Annapolis seminar with Maureen will be in November 2013.  We have not finalized any of the details as of this date.  However, if you would like to be added to our mail list, please contact Sally or me.  Details are on our website under the “Contact” tab.

Also, keep in mind that Maureen’s Russian designs have been licensed to decorate fabric in the quilting market under the name of Maureen Calvert Kiev Collection 1 and 2.  You can see more of this fabric collection at http://elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com. Continue reading