Craftsy- online classes with mom

August 26th, 2014

Moms classes have just launched on Craftsy!  Click here to receive 25% off of her series!

For those of you who don’t know I am a bit of a butterfly freak!  I have begged my mom to make a butterfly sampler for-EVER!!!  I am quite chuffed that a ‘Butterfly Sampler’ was chosen to be taught on Craftsy… and my name is on the back of that- claimed!

We are offering a starter kit online- pre order yours today!


UKUDALA Mystery Box

August 13th, 2014

The release of our next Ukudala Mystery box will be this Friday- available on the website between 5-6pm EST!  Aimee and I have spent the last few days preparing- assembling boxes and adding contents… and since we are bursting at the seams (can you believe our mini kitchen is now a storage space for boxes upon boxes of books?!?)- these two large containers are sitting in my office- packed and ready to go!



Aimee is running a contest on our FACEBOOK page- so be sure to go there to enter  to win our next Ukudala mystery box!

Madeline Island School of the Arts

July 3rd, 2014

I am a very lucky girl indeed.  I have returned from spending an unexpected week with my mom at Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA), taking a fabulous class from the very special Gwen Marston!  With my mom on the road all the time, our time together was incredibly special.  Mom teaches at MISA a couple of times a year and has always said what a special place it is.  I must say that after spending a week there I am absolutely in awe of the island, the workshop location, accommodations and overall care that was given to us over our week long stay from every staff member at MISA.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a class at MISA, it is an absolute must!

The island was alive with Lupins which were in full bloom-



A tranquil walk down to the beach-







Just outside our room, a few friends stopped by each morning to visit-




Our classroom was an array of color!  We were surrounded by Gwen’s fabulous quilts, quilt studies and sketches; drawing inspiration for our pieces-



Here’s a bit of mom’s work-



She behaved… most of the time.  I only caught her ‘working’ a handful of times- yes that’s her- laptop open answering emails in the middle of class… I had to have a ‘talk’ with her about being a good student…



Here’s one of my pieces-



I really wish I would have taken photos of the school, our little houses and the classroom- especially the large cookie jar that was always packed with homemade chocolate chip cookies!  Little ‘fairies’ seemed to make sure it was continually full… fabulous.  Windows surrounded the classroom so you could see the prairie- I caught a glimpse of a brown bear one day, which was magnificent!  By the time I ran outside he had vanished into the woods.  To say the staff was kind would be an understatement.  They took amazing care of us but also left us alone to create, giving us free range of the school 24/7. Nothing was locked and nothing was ‘planned’- no after class activities which I found to be a breath of fresh air and quite amazing.  Instead of feeling run down from a retreat I came back feeling a bit rested.

I am lucky enough to be going back to MISA in September- this time to help my mom with her class.  I will make a point of  documenting my amazing (second) stay with pictures that I can share  with you.

I am a bit behind on our web update for July, but am hoping to have it up in the morning.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend,

Kelly xx



Creative Texturing

June 13th, 2014

It has been a busy, busy last few weeks.  We have been assembling lots of new items for the release of moms new book ‘Creative Texturing’, which I have just put up on the web for preorder!


We are hoping to have the book in our hands mid next week!

I have been tripping over embellishing threads and fibers lining my office floor for months… and am quite relieved to hopefully free up a bit of space!



We found a tiny bit of room for our neutral bead vials.



Its been a challenge to find a clear cutting space too!


Here are the fabulous Circle Play 2 kits– the last thing we had to assemble today for the big update!





Kelly xox

Quilt Dots!

March 20th, 2014

It’s been a pleasure working with Kim, owner of Zappy Dots, over the past few weeks, designing a few collections of Quilt Dots featuring a handful of mom’s designs.  We are excited to make these fun and funky interchangeable magnetic ’embellished dots’, available with Friday’s update (tomorrow night!!!)- below is a sneak peek of what’s to come…


Aimee has been super busy preparing another surprise also coming in Friday’s feature…



hmmm… I wonder if the fabric’s a hint???

As for me, I’m not sure what I have done this week at the office… mainly just preparing for the end of month web update… I think.  It has been terribly cold here in Ohio… again.  I am desperate for a bit of sun to get myself ‘going’ again.  Grey sky= grey mood.

Last weekend I dyed tons of thread and this week I have been skeining, twisting and tying…





Stay tuned for Friday’s feature!

I want to thank those of you who have reached out to me after receiving your ‘Ukudala’ boxes.  I have received several very kind notes- so a big thank you!  For some reason I feel like I have been holding my breath since we began shipping them on Friday.  I was so hoping everyone would like them… but honestly I was super nervous!  Being a bit unsure how they would be received I haven’t ‘moved’ on the second one- but today I finished ordering for ‘Ukudala’ #2.  My goal is that they will be available mid April.



March 13th, 2014

I’m back… where have I been and what have I been doing???  Even I don’t know…  It seems like these last few months have been Monday-Friday busy busy at the office with nights spent winding, twisting and tying threads.  Saturday & Sunday have become official ‘thread dyeing days’- then back to the office Monday.  However, between all the craziness I have been tediously at work developing a ‘Mystery Box’.  How did the Mystery Box come about… well honestly I can’t even remember.  I think for quite a while I had wanted to offer a Mystery Box of sorts- but it took a while for my brain to work through how exactly I wanted to execute it.  I sent a few Mystery Boxes as gifts over the holidays to get a bit of feedback, then subscribed to several- none of which were sewing or crafty- not because I didn’t want to but because I couldn’t really find one.  I learnt a lot from receiving these boxes- most of the time I was somewhat underwhelmed.  I felt like- ‘oh, I can get this at Target’- or ‘that’s nice’.  I quickly learnt that is not the feeling I wanted our boxes to have.  So I searched and searched for unique items, spent a lot of time thinking of how and what to include- should it be themed?  A technique?  Fun ‘stuff’?  So finally with a plan I named our box ‘Ukudala’- Zulu for create, creative, creating.  With Africa deeply embedded in the Spargo’s souls it only seemed right.  A form of ‘Creative’ was a no brainer because that is what my mom is all about.  I have worked on creating Ukudala for about 10 months… the littlest things you wouldn’t even imagine went wrong.  I purchased a few items- ordered the boxes- and whoa- the boxes were too small.  Ordered tissue paper- it felt like netting- purchased more- these were far too large… the list of errors goes on and on for ten long months.  But finally the first ‘Ukudala’ is ready and will debut Friday March 14th- 6pm-  that’s tomorrow!!!!!!  The boxes are limited- and what’s in them???  My lips are sealed…

Want to win one?  Jump onto Facebook to enter!



What’s new; or what isn’t?

November 15th, 2013

So much time has passed since I have been a dedicated blogger- that I kind of don’t know where to begin or what to say.  There is so much new news leaving not much room for the old.  Block of the Month 2014, ‘In Full Bloom’ is full and has been for over a month.  Fall Market has come and gone along with November’s web update.  This leaves our annual 12 Days of Christmas as the next big thing… Christmas???  I don’t know where the year has gone!

I must say that I am really, really excited for the 12 Days of Christmas this year.  I have been working on sourcing some really fun products for what feels like months.  You know when you are so excited about something you just want to tell someone or ‘spill the beans’ so to speak- that is how I feel- the anticipation is killing me!  I have been hush, hush with everyone- and in just a week can finally start sharing!  As usual, Mary is busy gathering fantastic recipes to accompany our features.  Be sure you are signed up to receive our newsletter so you don’t miss out!  Kick off for the 12 Days of Christmas is next friday November 22nd!

Kelly xox


October 1st, 2013





Block of the Month 2014

September 30th, 2013

I decided to do something a bit different this year by giving a little preview of what’s to come for the 2014 Block of the Month.  Sign ups are NOT yet posted, so please do not  go frantically searching for them just yet!  You will have to register/sign up on the website, and as of right now we are planning to post them tomorrow morning.  Make sure you are signed up to receive our newsletter- we will send out a blast as soon as the 2014 sign ups are posted.  As you know you will only see a black and white drawing.  The quilt is not made ahead of time (mom likes to use new/the most up to date fabrics, threads etc for her program), she literally is only a block or two ahead of you throughout the year… I don’t know how she does that- I obviously did not receive that trait from the gene pool.  So- I am not even going to give away the name until tomorrow, but below are a few pics of what has been chosen thus far-

A few of the wools for 2014

A few of the wools for 2014

Cotton fabrics, linens, silks, wools

Cotton fabrics, linens, silks, wools

Wool threads

Wool threads

Embellishing threads

Embellishing threads


Ribbon Babies

August 23rd, 2013

Several weeks ago I was sitting on the couch petting Zoe and thought to myself, ‘You know, it’s time for the babies to have new necklaces’.  Both have been sporting the same ole’ collars for a few years now, and by golly it was time for a change- time for an upgrade!

In my mind I had a specific ribbon in mind for Zoe’s, so I began searching the web for collars made with mom & Wendy’s ribbon line.  I stumbled across the most adorable shop, appropriately named ‘Poochie Koo‘, which was packed full of fun and stylish collars.  I instantly fell in love with the ‘Pups on Parade‘, featuring mom & Wendy’s ‘Dogs‘ ribbon.  I decided that that one was perfect for Marley and quickly ordered it.  I had my heart set on the ‘Gold Garden Flowers‘ for Zoe, but couldn’t find one anywhere.  I emailed Kari, the owner of ‘Poochie Koo‘, asking if she would be willing to make Zoe a collar with a ribbon that I mailed  her.  To my surprise I quickly had a response from Kari of ‘absolutely, I love doing Special Orders’.  Kari and I exchanged several emails over the next week and I quickly came to realize that Kari, (who works a day job on top of volunteering at an animal shelter, pet photography, and runs her Poochie Koo shop) has an absolute heart of gold!  (You must checkout some of her animal pics HERE !)  Anyone with that type of love and devotion for animals always tugs at my heart…

I was so excited to receive the babies new ‘bling’,( which quickly arrived- despite my ‘special order’)…


both are hemp collars which I absolutely love- they are so much softer than the usual nylon.


The challenge… the babies cooperating and posing for a portrait modeling their new jewels… they can be rather stubborn sometimes, but I finally had a little success.

Zoe modeling her new hemp collar with 'Gold Garden Flowers'

Zoe modeling her new hemp collar with ‘Gold Garden Flowers’


Marley adorned with 'Dogs' on hemp

Marley adorned with ‘Dogs’ on hemp

So- for all of you with four legged babies- is it time for an upgrade?  Pick out a few new jewels at ‘Poochie Koo‘.  Have a specific ribbon in mind?  Pick one out and contact Kari!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!