Hiroto Grashow lost his mom, Yatsuko,  to brain cancer when he was just a newborn.

Prior to his arrival, during her prolonged illness, I was asked to make his older brother, Shogo and sister, Sakura, their own personal quilts.  I heard back from their dad, Alexander, that the quilts became fortresses, tents, territorial boundaries and otherwise safe havens for both kids as the family struggled emotionally with the reality of losing their mother, wife and daughter.  This spring, 2 year old Hiro asked for his very own special quilt. 

The Grashow sibs today: Sakura, Hiroto and Shogo.   I’m so happy and honored to have provided the Grashow family with some talismans of hope and joy during such a tough time and for years to come. Thanks to  Lynn Staley and Marty Linsky for that opportunity.  And thankyou, Alexander, for being such a wonderful dad.

Pillows Pillows! Everywhere You Look!

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, pillows are easy! They’re cozy, huggable, and they don’t have to fit right!  Maybe that’s why December has gone down as a record-breaking pillow-making month at Meg Staley Handmade!  Below are knitted pillows I designed combining my handprints with  crazy handknit panels by Suzanne Armstrong, of Arty Party fame!  I think her special customers are going to be soooo delighted to get these as presents!

Another favorite store owner, Gina Trento, from The Better Half, ordered name pillows for her niece and nephew, Sabrina and Nicholas.  When they were done I grinned.  Wide.

Last, but not least, orders for Meg Staley Handmade patchwork pillow shams ALWAYS keep me busy at this time of year.  This time I made a few extra and Jerry put a couple in his eBay site.  Click on this link SG ATTIC and you can see the standard-size pillow shams up close and personal, as well as a few other Meg Staley Handmade clothing items left from my fall season!  Even though it’s a little too late to shop for your loved ones, WHAT ABOUT YOU???   I’m one of those sinners who slips  a few (several) presents for myself into the holiday equation.  I’m sure you’re all much too virtuous to do the same.  But, in case you’re not…….

Arty Party Fun!

Last weekend Meg Staley Handmade travelled down to the DC area to visit Suzanne Armstrong at her annual holiday Arty Party!  Suzanne has developed a loyal following of clients who never miss an opportunity to collect my one-of-kind art clothing.  Thanks to Suzanne’s enthusiasm and talent, fabulous helpers (Kim, Hermine, Gayle and Paul) and crazy fun customers, we sold out in 24 hours! Thanks ladies (and man….)

Karen rocks the applique patchwork holiday tunic!

This is Suzanne’s glitter shoe. Tired but happy designer home at last, cozying up in my  Giant Snowflake Hoody

Chicago, Chicago

I love Chicago.  Especially in the fall, when you can cozy up in a colorful sweater jacket and scarf and hit the streets for a day of walking, looking at art, architecture, shopping and eating.  We ventured forth while taking my granddaughter, Violet, to visit colleges (!!!) nearby and while Jerry and Violet explored the U of Chicago campus, I toured the Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright – designed home finished in 1910. What a treat!  After that, we visited Millenium Park  to see the Bean (officially entitled Cloud Gate Sculpture.)  The experience was unlike any other. Here we are gazing at our contorted selves in the giant sculpture:When you go under the sculpture and look up, this is what you see.  I can pick Jerry out of the image because he’s taking a picture, but otherwise I’m lost.  What you can see, though, are 3 replications of a sweet 16 party, dressed in emerald green satin finery, posing for photos.  Mind-boggling and a total crowd pleaser.  I love Chicago.

Baby Lio gets a Meg Staley Handmade pillow!

One of the things we LOVE making are personalized gifts for NEW BABIES!!!  Welcoming a baby into the world with a happy quilt or little pillow is a gift that lives on well past the onesie or swaddling blanket gives out.  And when a name is spelled out in bright, bold letters, it’s often the most immediate opportunity to play with name recognition at bed time.

This baby pillow is going all the way to Tuscany.  My sister, Lynn Staley, and bro-in-law, Marty Linsky,  are so in love with the pizza at Cafe Paradiso, in Trequanda, Italy that they make the 2 hr drive up  from Collevecchio several times a year.  Its glamorous owners, Giorgio and Frederica Perinti, are now good friends and also besotted new parents.   Welcome Baby Lio!