Many thanks to all who made my recent QVC appearance such a success! It’s always fun to be able to share the latest and newest designs, fresh from our studio.
One of the featured collections, Peppermint Twist, has been in development for several months. It’s been challenging to think of snow and reindeer in the summer when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside! To get into the holiday spirit, we played all our holiday cds, turned on the twinkley lights, lowered the thermostat on the air conditoner and filled the studio with the scent of candy canes!
Peppermint Twist was inspired by my childhood memories of many happy Christmases in the 1950s. This collection is fun, whimsical and light-hearted, with a tiny touch of sophistication, just like Christmas ought to be! I spent so many happy hours by the fireside with my brother Bill and sisters Tracy and Robin, playing cards, Candyland, and checkers. I have vivid memories of all the many wonderments of the season, such as a pink glass compote right by the front door, filled with hard ribbon candy for visitors; felt stockings made by my mother, personalized with our names stitched in sequins and beads, the scent of oranges and cedar incense; the house glowing with strings of multicolored lights; the happy sounds of carols beautifully played by my father on the piano; and of course the tree, the magnificent tree, decorated with a thousand ornaments, or so it seemed. We children would sit and gaze up at the branches, which were so magical and fragrant, persuading our parents to let us sleep under the tree, so we wouldn’t miss out on one moment of the magic.
One can never have too many tags at holiday time. . . perfect for gift-giving, tree decorating and journaling for layouts. We designed a cutesy little acrylic box and filled it with a colorful assortment of Holiday Cardstock Die-cuts, in every imaginable shape and size!