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.I had a great time teaching for Painters At The Lake (PATL) in Palmyra, Virginia (Lake Monticello) this past Saturday, January 7, 2012.  What a beautiful area!  If I was looking for a retirement home, this area would be at the top of my list.  This area is located in Central Virginia, not too far from Charlottesville, VA and west of Richmond.  These ladies painted Maureen’s Russian Musical Doll.   Thanks to all of the ladies there for a wonderful time.  This project was recently released to the general public for purchase.  You can order it through Maureen’s website at www.maureenmcnaughton.com.

My next teaching engagement will take me to Pampered Palette in Gainesville, Virginia.  David Vernon and his partner Mark Greynolds, owners of Pampered Palette, have a wonderful studio loaded with three of the latest 42″ TV monitors, excellent lighting, a fantastic speaker system, comfortable seating, and great food.  Every seat is a great seat.  Seminar times at Pampered Palette are a lot of fun.  I will be teaching Maureen’s Jacobean Delight.  This is an awesome piece which is also available in fabric.  This design is painted on a large frame which measures approximately 18.4″ X 28.8″.  The frame is for a mirror which sets in the center of the frame. The mirror is a 12-inch square.  The painted portion is in two panels and sets directly on the mirror.  The space in between the panels is larger than it appears on the photo below.  Once I get it completed, I will post it here on my Blog.  Check out my “Schedule” for contact information for this 2-day seminar.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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 this fabric collection at http://elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com.

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I have been given permission by my friend, Betty Caithness, to teach any of her unpublished designs.  So, be on the lookout for these to appear on my schedule in the near future.

Hope to see you in one of my classes soon!

Sandy