Friday, April 21, 2017

East Coast West Coast

I just returned (sort of) from Northern California teaching at Art is YOU Santa Rosa.  It was fun, my classes were very full, I got to TAKE a class for a change AND I came back super inspired!  AND..I made sure to take care of myself by shipping supplies ahead of time and flying into an airport that was only 10 minutes away!  This time I had energy and was so much more relaxed so that is a big piece of advice for anyone that goes to an art retreat... ship what you can (Fed Ex ground is super cheap) and make sure you don't have to ride a shuttle for 2 hours to get to your destination.   It made the retreat so much more enjoyable and I had the best roomie, Libby!!  We had fun and I highly encourage anyone to go to an art's good medicine!

So.....Now for the East Coast!  About 2 months ago(?) I was invited to teach a 2 day workshop in North Carolina in a town called Maggie Valley nestled in the Blue Ridge Mts.  Sounds good so far right?   Michelle Duke of The Duke and Duchess Designs has put together a 2 day retreat this Fall and I invite you to join us!  I've never been to North Carolina nor have I seen the East coast in the Fall (which I have always wanted to do) so here's to another adventure.  And Michelle will be your host after the workshops and show you around the area if you want to stay longer.  She knows the best antique shops and sights AND a few days after the workshop she is putting together transportation to the infamous Country Living Faire!   So mark your calendars for these dates and book your accommodations now as this is a very busy time of year in Maggie for "BOHEMIAN BONFIRE":

When: October 20-22nd, workshop with me Saturday and Sunday with a Friday evening gathering, sipping libations, s'mores and make and takes.  Stay longer and let Michelle be your tour guide for more adventures.
What:  2 workshops, Mini book necklace workshop and Leather coin purse necklace workshop (scroll down for pictures of these workshops)
Where:  A beautiful cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mts. of Maggie Valley,NC.  Address given and registration.


If you live on the East coast and have wanted to take a class with me now is the time.  I very rarely go back East as I am kept very busy here on the West coast, teaching in Southern California.  Here is what I will be teaching:

Miniature Leather coin purse made from scratch.  YES I will show you how to make this adorable leather coin purse along with the very cool knotted necklace and tassel.  You will love it and I provide a very detailed and prepped kit so all you have to do is assemble it!

On day 2 we will make this VERY popular tiny hand bound book, also from scratch and also with a very well put together kit:

Registration just opened, so what are you wating for?  Sign up now with your friends before we are sold out.  There are only 25 spots!  Go here to register:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So excited!

Hello creative ones I'm so excited to share 2 BRAND new classes!   I've collaborated with Kim Allistar Caldwell to teach 2 adorable workshops at her AMAZING studio in Culver City,Ca.  and  I would like to invite you to this magical 2 day will not be dissapointed!   Save the dates:  June 10 & 11, 2017

 Kim dosen't create "just" a table to sit at and make stuff, she has created an EXPERIENCE for workshop attendees that keep them coming back for more!  Her studio is to DIE for with floor to ceiling eye candy, yummy treats throughout the day, lunch, gifts, pretty table have to see if for yourself... Click HERE

Okay here are the projects!  REGISTER HERE

SHADOW BOX FOR DOLLY:  Day one June 10th


Monday, March 6, 2017

What I've been working on....

The beginning of the year I wasn't creating much, mostly researching products and formulating new samples for classes and now I'm in high gear.  Here is what I've been up to:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Little leather coin purse

Years ago Nina Bagley was making necklaces with adorable, old leather coin purses.  Inspired, I made one myself, but only one because they are very difficult to find.   I just love the way they are worn and so darn cute so after some research and experimenting I figured out how to make my own.  Of course I'm making it into a class so if you live in Los Angeles or San Diego we are are in the process of scheduling.  I know for sure the first class will be held at Whimzy, in Old Town Tustin Ca., on April 29th from 10:30-4:30.  Everything will be included so you can make your own little piece of history!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Snowman crazy!

Merry Christmas!  I've taken November and December off from teaching and have been making stuff and having fun!   Here are some items I've been working on and also some dates for new workshops in 2017.  I'd like to also (alert) mention to my followers that my Art is YOU workshops are filling up and even though they aren't until April 2017 there is still time to catch the "early" bird discount which ends December 31st.  After that prices go up.  Here is a link to take advantage of the discounted prices and registration fee:

Here are specific links to each of my classes in Santa Rosa,CA for April 7-9th 2017 and a picture below each link.  Remember to sign up before December 31, 2016 to get a discount:
Miniature Book Necklace, all day class

Altered Art Bottles, 3 hour class

Soldered Heart Locket, all day class
Local classes in Los Angeles,CA January 2017:

January 7th- Meet the teachers of Piecemakers lunch and demos 11-2pm
January 14th- Learn how to make this adorable Shabby Chic Doily Doll and sign up here:

January 28th
Whimzy, Old town Tustin CA
Learn how to solder and make this Bohemian Illumination sun catcher
sign up here:

And lastly, for some Christmas inspiration, here are some adorable snowmen and assemblages that I've made.  The snowman was inspired by Mai Larsen and her youtube tutorial from Aug.2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Thank you for a wonderful year of supporting me and my artful life!  I am formulating new business strategies to engage and inspire YOU for 2017!  Big hugs!