Monday, March 30, 2009

Artful Seniors on Fire Spotlight #10

On April Fool's Day there will be a great giveaway starting on ArtFire: The Easter Egg Hunt! Fifty studio artisans have hidden Easter eggs in their stores. Find them, unscramble the resulting cryptogram, and be the first to email the hostess with the correct answer and you can win a $50 gift certificate for ArtFire spending! There are gift certificates for the second and third correct answers, too!

The two Artful Seniors on Fire Guild Members that I will spotlight today are StorybookQuilts and TheChickadeesNest.

StorybookQuilts has a great studio name because it says almost everything about the studio. Of her studio, the artisan says, "
My goal is for each and every Storybook Quilt to create comfort, foster love and encourage the development of a child's imagination.

IMAGINE being cuddled up under a quilt with your child or grandchild, reading a story. The events in the story play out in the fabrics in the quilt's squares. Together, you seek out the fabrics as the story is read.

After a reading or two, that wonderful feeling of being held and read to becomes part of the quilt -- always there for your child or grandchild, now and for years to come.

Both quilt and story are personalized, using your own wording.

To see the new themes we have in development, VISIT US at "

And of herself, "I grew up in the country where storytelling and quilt making were valued arts. I have been doing both all my life. Combining these two passions has delighted the grandparents, parents and little ones who now own Storybook Quilts. I much enjoy designing and producing both the quilts and the stories.

I am developing new themes constantly. A car and a rabbit are now on the design boards. You can track their progress on the Design Board page on"

I have one grandchild that is VERY attached to a quilt that was made for him by his mother's coworker. I sure wish I'd known about storybook quilts when I had both the means and the new grandbaby!


TheChickadeesNest cannot be summarized easily. It seems she has a little bit of everything in her studio.

In her words, "Welcome to The Chickadees' Nest. We will have a little of this and a little of that in our studio, just like a bird takes a little of this and a little of that to the nest. It all adds up to one wonderful and comfortable place to be. So come on in and take a look around!

This shop is a tribute to my grandchildren, my chickadees. I have further acknowledged my love for family in the category titles. These are real people to me and the titles are unique to each of them.

I have another online shop at Etsy. Please check it out, too. The URL is"

And of herself, "I am a *ahem* senior, though I don't really feel like one. I am no longer able to work outside of my home, or inside sometimes!! I have a chronic illness but I am able to do my artsy crafty stuff and sell online and I love it! It gives me contact with other people and it also gives me goals and that is important when one has chronic illness and pain. So, here I am at Art Fire and hoping for a great experience here. I have a large family and came from a large family so I do spend as much time with family as possible. I have 13 grandchildren who are absolutely beautiful and wonderful, just like their parents!! One more on the way..."

Margo, as you know, is the Guild Master of the Artful Seniors on Fire, and she designed the great tag I have at the top right of my blog.

I had fun tripping through these two studios and I hope you go to their sites and see what else they have in store for you.

Remember to have fun on this Monday!

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