Thursday, July 24, 2014


I'm taking an online class (2 actually) at the Trodden Path with Jane Spakowsky and Kate Thompson, both different artists.  I aspire to paint like Jane...I'm in love with her painting style.  While I wait for some art supplies for Jane's class, here are 2 paintings I finished in Kates class.  Enjoy..

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Learn how to make this amazing bottle with several techniques including how to attain an old mercury mirrored glass look and cut a bottle.  Whimzy in Old Town Tustin has invited me to teach this extremely popular class on Aug.2 and you are invited!  Call to reserve your seat 714-573-1025 or click the link above. Scroll down for more info.

“So Kitschy It’s Chic” soldered Mercury bottle!
With Robin Dudley-Howes
Saturday Aug. 2 , 2014
$90 plus $10- $20 kit  (see below)
Whimzy Tustin CA
Please bring a sack lunch
all levels welcome

As a kid I watched I Dream of Jeanie and always wished I could shrink myself into a puff of smoke and follow her into her magic bottle… didn’t you?    With all the velvet pillows and plush architecture how fun would that be?   Well, in this class we can make our own version of a magic bottle complete with contemporary techniques!  I will demonstrate a quick and easy way to score and break a bottle and how to make your bottle look like an ancient relic with a faux mercury glass technique.   Add some kitschy elements to your diorama and close it with solder to make a one of a kind dreamland!   Because this project is only limited to your imagination there will be two kinds of kits depending on what you want to put inside the bottle.   Payment is non refundable and payable before class to ensure your seat.  
 The $10 kit will only have one pre cut, clean, clear bottle and copper foil tape so that you can add whatever want.
The $20 kit will be have items to make the French version of the sample and have one clean, clear ,pre cut bottle, copper foil tape, die cut metal Eiffel tower, vintage lace, millinery, rhinestone pieces for the inside, glitter, pearls and mica.  
Your kit fees also include the use of the mirror glass paint, some extra soldering supplies, glues , wire and other ephemera.
***PLEASE NOTE your kits will have the basic materials but the samples have one of kind items that will not be included like any of the statues or outside elements such as old jewelry pieces, door knobs or light bulbs.  Bring any items you like to add to the inside that are no longer than 5 inches and no wider than 2 1/2 inches.  I will have a few items for sale in addition to add as a decorative topper but consider bringing your own similar to the samples:  small vintage glass drawer pulls, vintage car light bulbs etc.  Just make sure they are not too heavy or large.  Please bring the following:

Material List:
~Soldering equipment (soldering iron, stand, sponge, lead free solder, fire proof surface).  Contact me at least 2 weeks ahead of class if you do not have this equipment so we can hook you up.
~ Scissors and wire cutters if you have them


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

updates for Robins Nest

Lots happening over here in lala land one of which I am so excited to talk about and launch soon!  I've finally figured out how to make good quality videos and will be able to reach out to all of you who live too far from me to finally take classes!  Keep your eyes open....they're coming soon! 

If your into art dolls look for the Fall Art Doll Quarterly.  I was asked to write an article for the Anthropomorphic doll challenge showcasing my odd cage dolls.  Just got the specs this week and it will be hitting the newstands (?) in Aug/Sept.

........and of course classes!  For current available classes in LA and Escondido scroll down:
The Folk Artist 
9594 Hamilton Ave
Huntington Beach CA
Resin spoon Necklace
$65 + $25 kit
This is a GREAT class to dip your toes into my world of mixed media jewelry design!  Even if you already know how to wrap and do resin I'm positive you'll still walk out of my class having learned something you didn't know when you first walked in!   I'm going to show you the quick version of resin application so there is no waiting, simple no-fail wire wrapping and a cute wire nest with eggs!
Here are a couple pictures of what you can expect to make (click for larger shot):

Next set of classes is at the famous Urban Barn in Escondido,CA!
155 West Crest St.
July 11 and July 12 (please scroll down to see all the projects)
contact me directly to pay and sign up
2 classes!  

Friday July 11
Perfume bottle Necklace
$55 + $15 kit
all levels
Here is a picture of the project:

 Saturday July 12
Dolly Tassel Necklace
$110 + $37 kit
all levels
please contact me to sign up
Here are pictures of the projects (scroll down)


Friday, June 6, 2014

Another assemblage

I love making these assemblages.  Now I know why I've been collecting junk for so many years...nothing is safe now!

Monday, May 26, 2014

New creations

I've been sooo busy teaching and making art but what's new?  I am blessed to say so and wanted to share some new things I've been creating.  The assemblages with the old doll heads have been a hit and I've been commissioned to make several.  These are the most current commissions:

When I went to Las Vegas this past April to teach a 2 day workshop at my friend Jan's home she showed me some earrings she had made with the most amazing hand made beads by a UK artist.  As soon as I got home I ordered a large batch of the specialty artisan beads and made my own earrings.  Here is a sampling of some of the earrings I made (more to come, check my etsy store) and some that have already sold.  The ones that have sold say so under the corresponding picture.  All others are still for sell and  most of them are $37 plus shipping in my etsy store.



Thursday, May 8, 2014

My new FREE e-magazine just for YOU!!

I've been working on some creative ways to engage with my followers and saw this platform for making your own e-magazines.  How fun is that!  This e-magazine is meant to be more inspirational than anything else with pretty pictures and simple instructions to make something.  This premier issue focuses on mother's day with 3 simple projects.  I made this for my mom about 2 years ago and she really loves it....  So here you go and if you like it please leave a comment!  Even better, feel free to share on Facebook, twitter, pinterest etc. as long as you leave a link back to me.  I would love to see what you have created.   Stay tuned for the next issue....hmm I wonder what it will be????  ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

new stuff!

So Glitterfest was a huge success again!  If you came, THANK YOU, if you live far away and haven't been able to come check out  to see pictures!

 I'm getting ready for a 2 day workshop in Las Vegas and making the kits....just started today...cutting lots of bottles for this project:

If you can't make the Las Vegas workshop your in luck!  The response to this class has been huge and so the next class will be in San Juan Capistrano,CA  April 12th.  Please contact me asap for more information or to sign up  It's at a private residence and I will give the address once confirmation is cleared.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wire resource for YOU!

okay DIY people here is a resource I use for my wire and they're having a sale but it end tomarrow so hurry!  I get my red brass wire in bulk (345 ft??) in gauges 16-22.  Go now!!

Monday, February 3, 2014


New projects, new classes!  These we'll be premiering in Las Vegas, April 5 & 6 me or leave a comment with your email to get the details! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

New dolly tassel..

Can't get enough of these antique dolls.  She will be part of my 2014 class schedule.  If you want to take this class let me know and I'll put you on my email list.  I'm shooting for Feb.9 in Newport Beach.   More to come!!