Monday, July 18, 2011

At long last!

Today, of all days, I was trying to discipline myself regarding how often I check my email.  As I was finishing lunch, my friend, Patsy called and said the magic words, “It’s up.”  And no, she wasn’t talking about a flag or the stock market.   She was talking about the web site for The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy.

I am truly honored to be among the full-time faculty for 2012.  Here are pictures of the projects for my classes.

Floral Elegance
Main Conference Class

Spring Peeper Amidst the Roses
Tuesday / Wednesday Add a Day Class

This is an alternative center for "Spring Peeper" 
for anyone who is not into cute little tree frogs.

I am so looking forward to teaching these blocks to the wonderful students at Appliqué Academy!  Now, I just have to wait for February 2012.

Go to the web site and click on "2012 Brochure" to see all the beautiful projects for the classes to be offered in 2012.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The wait is almost over!

It won’t be long now until the web site for The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy is available.  The suspense is killing me!  The only thing better than my current anticipation will be the excitement of seeing the class offerings.  Bette Augustine, administrator for TESAA, estimated its unveiling around mid-July, depending on how “Larry” (her computer) was behaving.  So, stay tuned, to see who is teaching what.  The class samples are sure to be inspirational “eye candy.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who is the Stella in StellaBella?

You may have wondered why my blog is called Stella Bella Appliqué when my name is Evelyn.  Even if that profound question hasn’t crossed your mind, you’ll want to meet the real Stella.  And here she is:

My husband and I have three dogs:  Carrie, Stella, and Maggie.  All Cavalier King Charles spaniels, but each with her very distinct personality.  Carrie is the poet; Stella is the boss; Maggie is the wild child.  We love them all but Stella makes us laugh the most.  When we picked Stella up from the breeder, we were warned, “Keep an eye on this one.  She’s a pistol.”  And so she is.

Around our house, Stella is also known as “Little Buddha” because she lives in the moment.  Some of her moments have a lot to do with what she needs at the moment:  ice from the freezer; her dinner, on time, please; a wet washrag on the side of the tub (she never learned to drink water from a dish like a normal dog); her bedtime cookie.  The rest of the time, she sleeps.  And don’t even think about making her get out of bed before you’ve rubbed her belly for at least ten minutes.  She watches television and barks at anything remotely resembling a creature.  Animal Planet is just not possible.  She loves people and other dogs and especially children.  Stella stole my heart when I was grieving for another special dog, Sophie, our Great Dane.

I don’t play favorites, exactly.  But, if they were children, Carrie and Maggie would probably say, in a unified chorus, “Stella, you were always Mom’s favorite!”