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 retreat....it'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.

****REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!!     SIGN UP NOW! www.thedukeandduchessdesigns.com/p/events.html

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:
  www.thedukeandduchessdesigns.com/p/events.html

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 extravaganza....you 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 seating....you have to see if for yourself... Click HERE

Okay here are the projects!  REGISTER HERE

SHADOW BOX FOR DOLLY:  Day one June 10th













DREAMY CHARLOTTE ASSEMBLAGE: day 2 June 11th










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!