Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fall classes 2016

Hello Creative Ones

I wanted to post classes that I'll be teaching for the Fall.  My schedule is very full, especially October which has me traveling to Stamford Connecticut and  San Jose California.   Along with in person classes I am collaborating with the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network and teaching an online workshop there as well, which has no deadline and can be watched indefinitely!
Here are the classes in order from September through October with pictures  Click the link for descriptions times etc.  Sign up now as some classes are almost full!  See you in class xox

SEPTEMBER 17th 2016 -Whimzy, Tustin CA
Trick or Treat Art Bottle NEW CLASS!
Click HERE: to sign up

SEPTEMBER 19Th 2016 Jeanne Oliver Creative Network ONLINE workshop available WORLDWIDE and forever! Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry 
Click HERE to sign up

OCTOBER 6 & 8the 2016- Art is YOU, Stamford Connecticut
~10/6- Bohemian Illumination soldering for newbies 9-4pm
~10/6- Eclectic Beaded wraps (evening class) 6-9p
~10/8- Tassel Momento 9-4p
click HERE for more info.

OCTOBER 28,29 & 30TH 2016- A Work of Heart, San Jose CA
~10/28- Crocheted and Chained multi strand necklace
~10/29-Crowned Perfume Bottle necklace
~10/30-Bohemian Illumination soldering 101
Click HERE to sign up

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I was interviewed by HandmadeU!

I'm very excited to share a little interview I had with the very sweet Rachel McGough, owner and operator of HandmadeU.  Click the link to see the wonderful art retreats she offers.  I hope to attend her retreat myself some day.  You can also see lots of interviews with lots of talented artists.

I have to tell you another wonderful serendipitous thing that happened first.

As you know I am collaborating with Jeanne Oliver for my new online class, Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry, relentlessly marketing and sharing it, with giveaways and posts on social media etc.  Well about 2 weeks ago, before I went to bed, I thought "I need to be interviewed by a popular blog" so I could spread the news about the class but I had no idea who to contact or how to go about it without seeming weird.   Without giving it another thought, I went to bed and wouldn't you know it, first thing in the morning I woke up, checked my emails and FB page to see that Rachel had messaged me on facebook, asking if she could interview me for an online monthly series she is conducting,  focusing on "putting yourself out there as an artist".  Now, I have never talked to Rachel nor do I know her.  I just thought this is amazing and thanked spirit.  Sometimes you're in the flow and magic happens!

Any way, I'd love to hear what you thought of the interview and how you put yourself out there!  Just click this link to see the video;

Friday, July 15, 2016

Yay for My New online class and Serendipity!

Hello creative ones.

I have been keeping a little secret and I want to let you in on it.

Are you familiar with Jeanne Oliver?  If not you might want to jump over to her site and check it out. It's free to join and you will not be sorry you did.

She has a beautiful online community of close to 30,000 subscribers with loads of amazing eye candy, art classes, free classes and merchandise all with a inspirational and artful eye.   Well, I have been asked to teach on her creative network and I am thrilled.  I want to invite you all to one of my most requested classes:
                                   Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry.

Registration for the early bird price starts TODAY!  FOR ONLY $24 SO HURRY AND SIGN UP NOW HERE

A little story about serendipity and how no small deed goes un noticed.....For the last few years I have worked very hard to build a reputation as a good mixed media art teacher sharing my skills at local bead stores, private homes and large art retreats.  As a result my student base has grown and my reputation and course content has taken on a life of it's own by word of mouth and social media and I am forever grateful and love my students and those who host me.

 Last October 2015, I splurged and attended a wonderful 2 day workshop that Sharon Hughes hosts called Launch your Creativity.   Held in Orange County, Ca, at the lovely Paris in a Cup salon, Launch is a 2 day event for entrepreneurs wanting to start or advance their artistic business.  The timing was right and along with the other fabulous speakers, there were 2 that I thought I could really learn from.  One was artist, author and photographer, Cynthia Schafer Thompson and the other was the lovely artistic inventor of the Crystyler, Norma Rapko Vargas.  Not only is this event filled with information, delicious food and beautiful ambience it's a great place to connect with like minded artists.  I got to know Norma and Cynthia and we kept in touch after the event via Facebook.  About a month later I was vending for a holiday event in Tustin,CA.  Cynthia came to take some photos of the intimate event requested by the hosts (unbeknownst to me) and while she was there she bought one of my crochet bracelets.   I think I sold 2 things the whole night (The serendipity part is coming...promise).  The show wasn't very successful but I have learned that no small deed goes unnoticed, there must be a reason I was there and I didn't let it bother me.  A few weeks later I get a message that pops up on my FB page with some excited text.  Turns out that Cynthia had met Jeanne Oliver and a friend for dinner (Jeanne came in from Colorado to teach a weekend class in LA).  Cynthia just happened to be wearing the crochet wrap she purchased from me and Jeanne loved it!  She asked Cynthia to contact me to buy a one and to see if I would want to teach it on her site!  Also, her friend wanted to buy one as well.  On top of this wonderful serendipitousness, I was also asked to be involved in a book project that Cynthia co authored with Anne Freund, The Gilded Journey.   If I had not gone to Launch I wouldn't have met Cynthia and if I didn't vend at that show she wouldn't have bought my jewelry.  I just love this story and I hope you enjoyed it too and I suppose leave you with a little spark of hope for your own serendipitous story!

You'll be hearing from me real soon!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

miniature books

I am smitten with tiny things and after seeing so many adorable miniature books on pinterest I decided to figure out how to make my own and of course they have to be practical so they also function as a necklace.  Here are the 2 that I have finished with several more waiting on my work bench:

These little books will be a workshop for Art is You mixed media art retreats in Santa Rosa,Ca  2017.  Subscribe to their newsletter to be the first to know when the class becomes live this fall!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Coupon for BEADS and eye candy

Hello!!  It's Sunday, May 1st..........happy May day!  I have a little discount just for YOU for some amazing beads from a cute mommy of 2 entrepreneur etsy store owner.  I met her at Art is YOU in Santa Rosa,CA a couple weeks ago and was smitten with her large selection of Czech picasso glass beads!  When ever I find a female entrepreneur that loves what she does I'm all for networking and bringing business to like minded creative girls!  But before I give you the coupon code, check out some new pictures for my May and June classes.

PIECEMAKERS, MAY 15-learn how to paint this beautiful face on a pre made canvas clutch.  NO experience necessary.  I will provide you with a template to trace my original design onto a pre made canvas clutch.   See my post on facebook from Nov. 21, 2015 and the student work from this class.
$83 plus $40 includes lunch and all materials to make this clutch, including the clutch, paint, template, brushes etc.

June 2016 I will be teaching 3 workshops with ViviMagoo art retreat at the beach in Irvine,CA.   Scroll down to see pictures of the classes I'll be teaching.  Go HERE sign up and see more pictures.  For the Painted art Tote class you will receive a template to paint my personal designs, no experience necessary.  You will also learn how to make some lacy mixed media strips to add to your pre made bag or tote, either with glue or sewn on. These strips are also fun to use for jewelry like cuffs and brooches or to use for banners.

Tassel Momento as seen in the new book:  The Gilded Journey.  To take the class go HERE.  To purchase the book go HERE.

Laces, Pearls and Rust doll assemblage. I made and sold several of these about 2 years ago and had  many people requesting a class so here is your chance!  Go HERE to sign up

Thank you for coming to my blog and reading my posts.  I hope you gain some insite but mostly inspiration to feed your creative fire.  Here is a little thank you for your support, a 10% off coupon for a new bead store that I LOVE!  Let me know what you are creating.  I'd love to see it!

Here is the coupon code:  RDH2016
Here is the bead store to use it:  The Bead Apothecary

Now go create something!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Painting purses and art bags

I have a couple of classes coming up that you might be interested in.  The first one is on May 15th at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa,Ca from 10-3, it's $83 plus $40 kit fee which includes lunch and all your supplies.    I will teach you how to paint this pretty face on a canvas clutch.  Just bring a couple of your favorite brushes.  Go to to sign up under art expressions

Next up are 3 workshops in JUNE!!!  Vivi Magoo art retreat at the BEACH, Irvine Ca.  Go HERE to see more pictures and details on signing up.  I would hurry if I were you!  Scroll down to see pictures of the 3 classes I'll be teaching, 2 of which are brand new and will probably never be offered again:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Why go to an art retreat?

In a little over 4 weeks I will be away from home, teaching 3 workshops in N.California at Art is YOU in Santa Rosa, Ca right in the middle of wine country, from April 13-17.  I'm excited, nervous, anxious and all ready a little home sick.   Here is a new sample of one of my class Bohemian Illumination Soldering for newbies:

In today's post I want to talk about art retreats and why it's important for you to go to at least one in your life time.  If you are reading my blog and follow me on any of my social networks I'm guessing there is a strong chance you are creative in some form or another.  Even if you are not, read on...

 If you have never been to an art retreat, GO!  Just do it!   YOU DESERVE IT!  Why?  Well there are tons of reasons why.  I've been thinking about this for awhile and here are my reasons why I've gone to art retreats and how I felt while I was there and and how I felt when I got home:

1.  The biggest reason is for the all encompassing EXPERIENCE!  It's art all day all night, 24/7.  It's art time on STEROIDS!  You get to play, let go of adult responsibilities, get your hands dirty and get to know your inner child!

NO meals to make,
NO laundry to clean,
NO work to go to,
NO one to take care of
NO Domestic duties at all to take care of
NO distractions

2.  You will be with like minded creative individuals who get why you do what you do and think like you think...whether you are a part time crafter wanting to learn more techniques or a seasoned artist.

3. You will finally get to meet all your social media art buddies!

4. You will meet your favorite art teachers.  I remember seeing Nina Bagley from a far for the first time at an art retreat.  She was my instructor for the whole retreat and there was a meet and greet the night before classes started, and that's when I saw her.  I had never met her before but had seen pictures and this may sound silly, but I was star struck!  I took a 3 day workshop from her and I loved every minute of it!

5.  Remember how you felt at Christmas when you were a little kid?  You counted down the days and then when Christmas finally arrived you would bolt out of bed at 3 in the morning and run to wake up your parents because you were so excited? Well that's what you feel like when you wake up at an art retreat!  You will wake up every morning excited to get to your class!  I'm not kidding!

6.  You will LEARN things that will expand your mind and make you grow as an artist on a spiritual, emotional and physical level.   yep, lots of things.....

7. You will come home with strong memories, new friendships, explosive inspiration and energy.  You will come home renewed and ready for more.  More of life and more art.

So what are you waiting for?  Won't you join me and the Art is You family this April?  I would love to meet you.  Scroll down to see what I will be teaching and check out for more information on the offerings.

Have you been to an art retreat?  Leave a comment if you have, I'd love to hear about your experience.

If you want to read more about art retreats here is a wonderful article on the Art is You experience:
Bohemian Illumination: soldering for newbies
 Eclectic Beaded Wraps

Knotty Soldered Bracelets

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SALE on my favorite wire!

Hello lovlies!

Some of you know that I buy my bulk red brass wire from  I wanted to share the link because from today until next week only they are having their quarterly sale on base metal bulk pricing.     This type of wire is very difficult to find because it is SOLID brass, copper etc. and comes in several gauges.  It's not the crap you get from hobby stores or even bead stores like craft wire or others that I won't name, which is very weak and brittle.  This wire is the BEST!  When you click the link below, click "metals" in the side bar.  You will then see all the types they offer.  The base metals like red brass, copper, nickel silver are on sale but you won't see it until you click on them.

 You're welcome!