In this issue: New Book, Happy Holidays, Goodbye Madiba
Stop and Smell the Roses by Olga Smirnova from St Petersburg
♫♬♪♫♬ Greetings to you from a warm and sunny Newlands in Cape Town. The year is almost at an end and soon you will be able to take a break... hopefully for some stitching on your latest project. Me, I am going to do just that!

Looking back on this year, it was a productive and busy 2013. We had the most successful international competition with many beautiful new Dreamscapes masterpieces.
The beautiful new book: Little Flowers book is with my publisher, Metz Press. Writing this book with Marina Zherdeva from Moscow in Russia was an absolute pleasure and, I believe, it is the first time that two artists designed and wrote for the same book so successfully despite the vast distances apart and it really worked! I so enjoyed working with such a talented artist. You will see what we have made for you when you open Little Flowers in silk and organza ribbon book!
Good News
Little Flowers should be on the shelves towards the end of March/beginning April 2014 and I will tell you more about the contents closer to the time.
This year I met so many new friends along the way, had a wonderful time in Paris teaching at the very busy L'Aiguille en Fête with good friends, Hazel Blomkamp, Wilsia Metz, Louie Rey-Edgar and Trish Burr. My Facebook page has grown so much and I have really enjoyed sharing beautiful designs from all over the world. For this I have you to thank. For your support and feedback, I thank you. Without you it would not have been possible. I hope that you have enjoyed meeting each other on Facebook and on Pinterest , on my blog and via your own social media channels.

I will show you more exquisite pieces from Kiev, Hong Kong and other parts of the world in the next few weeks and I plan to write more free tutorials. You are welcome to subscribe for free and receive updates as soon as I add new pictures and posts.
Our Stockists
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new stockists in South Africa, Mongolia, Philippines and Spain... may we spend many happy years working together! I would also like to thank each and every one of our stockists and teachers. Thank you sincerely for all your hard work and dedication to the world of Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I know how hard you have worked to assist your students and customers and how much work behind the scenes it takes to keep up with the latest trends. Hint: Why not book a class next year with your nearest stockist? Enjoy some creative time for yourself in 2014! Maybe this should be one of your New Year Resolutions... spend more me-time learning how to create beautiful pieces with like-minded people. Don't you think it will be such fun?
Share and Learn
In case you have missed them have a look at a gorgeous garden scene by Natalia Polozkova from Moscow and an exquisite Ballerina by the very talented Marlize Meyer from Pretoria. I have also added short tutorials for you to learn just how easy it is to make something spectacular... see how lovely ribbon embroidery really is. It's not difficult to do and it's good for the soul!
New Releases - Box Full of Lessons 13 and 14
I have made 2 little designs for embroidery in a Box Full of Lessons format and they are very popular indeed! I think you will enjoy them. Click on the images to be taken to the category. Note: Box Full of Lessons is a perfect gift for someone special and ideal for the complete beginner to ribbon embroidery.
On the way out... and Bonus Hampers
3 licenses are expiring at the end of December. They are Floral Patio, Stonewall Cottage and Garden Pond. If you would still like to make these in the future, please order them before the end of December 2013! These all qualify for the Bonus Hamper too! Read more about our fabulous Bonus Hampers here.

Box Full of Lessons 5 (Floral Patio)
Box Full of Lessons 6 (Stonewall Cottage)
Box Full of Lessons 7 (Garden Pond)
African Sunshine
I know that many of you are very cold already, so I am sending you African Sunshine in abundance to warm you up!
A mother's love by Belinda Scott
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A Free gift for you
♫♥♫♥♫ ♫♥♫♥♫ to celebrate the start of the holiday season, I have a Happy Garden scene painted by Verde, especially for ribbon embroidery.

Click here to download it for your collection. Enjoy!

We have dedicated and talented stockists and teachers in almost every country and they will be happy to assist you with ribbons and threads for this design.
Closing from...
We will be closed from 19 December - 8 January. All your e mails and orders will be answered and processed upon our return. To everyone celebrating Christmas, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

We wish you all a Peaceful, Creative 2014! I hope that you will enjoy this little Sunbird my friend, Linda Rose, photographed in Kirstenbosch Gardens, about 5 minutes' walk from here. Look at the pollen on his head and on his beak. Thank you Linda for sharing your talent with all of us.
If you need my help or have any questions, feel free to e mail me - I am always willing to help wherever I can.

PS. I am pleased to tell you that the kit for Stop And Smell The Roses will be on special in the month of January 2014. It is a beautiful kit and I hope this will inspire you to create a magnificent masterpiece! I will send a notice as soon as it is placed on special.
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Hamba kahle Tata Madiba - your long walk is done.