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Sunday, September 28, 2008

MTV and moi?

OMG I got a call last Thursday that MTV was looking for a belly dancer to teach one of their actors to dance! At first I thought "I don't want to be on tv" and then as I asked more questions they made it clear that they just wanted a short leason for one of their actors and that they would come to me...whew...but then I thought "Now I have to clean"!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


My obsession with Halloween as been apparent since childhood. I have NEVER not dressed up even if it meant embarrassing myself as an adult. When I was working in an office years ago, I always made sure there was some kind of dress up day for the season and would always decorate my cubicle...when I worked for a bank I was so adamant about everyone dressing up that I single handedly made everyones costume! No one was allowed to go the the Renaissance faire with me if they didn't go in costume excuses..especially since I had plenty for everyone to wear. So of course I have passed this obsession on to my daughter and she LOVES Halloween. We have a large get together every year at my home and the neighborhood kids and parents come to Robin,Chip and Violets house to do their makeup, add extra costume elements and wigs and then we all go out and go trick or treating.

Making projects for my stamp clubs are no different. We always make something to celebrate the season and this is the newest. Most all supplies are from Stampin UP! and I really liked the way it came out. The chandelier stamp is from a new set called "Grand Soiree"..oh I love it! Now as for the brazen hussies....I wanted to give the book a creepy elegant look with a gothic Victorian vibe. The women in the book are from an old postcard and they looked a little surly to me...albeit women of the night....maybe...a perfect tribute! The covers are from an old 1938 English-French dictionary. It's a lot more sparkly in person. Click the pictures for a closer look.

BTW-I have a web site that you can order online supplies from SU! at:


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Well it's official and I am excited! I will be teaching 3 classes at Gilding the Lily in Fullerton CA! yay me!! All workshops have a supply list and the actual samples are in the store. Please email me with questions about supplies. Call Gilding the Lily to sign up 714-349-2069. Workshops:

October 18, 2008: Soldered Glass Charms Treasure Necklace~Learn how to make beautiful soldered glass charms. 11a-3:30~$65 includes some (not all) supplies.

November 15, 2008: Pretty Punched Portfolio~ Learn how to make a sturdy book out of fabric (similar to my blog banner) with pages and envelopes to hold sewing tools or treasures. 11a-3 $50

December 6, 2008: Ritual Adornment~ This class is exclusive to Gilding the Lily. Techniques will focus on simple jewelry connecting and assembly on making jump rings, eye pins, head pins and clasps for your broken and repurposed jewelry (see above)into one of kind pieces. GTL has an amazing assortment of jewelry findings for this class. 11a-2p $35

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New web site

For those of you who don't know I am a demonstrator for a rubber stamp company called Stampin'UP and I have two monthly rubber stamp clubs called the Sassy Stampers and have been doing it for about 7 years now. SU! is known for there high quality stamps, paper and accessories and home parties. Now they are selling their products online! This is great and will open up much opportunity globally. Stop by my new web site at: You can order SU! products and I will have updates on the site with techniques for projects. Yeah!!


Hi Creative ONes
I will be holding a class on basic wire techniques at my home studio in Torrance California this Sunday Sept.14th from 11:30a-5ish. You will learn a ton of basic jewelry techniques to get you started on your way to jewelry construction. Learn how to make jump rings, connecters, clasps, earring hooks, spirals, head and eye pins and more. Here is a list of supplies needed:

Student Supplies:

Pliers ( I use Lindstrom from NO TEETH on the pliers. Bring only jewelers pliers
Round nose
Large round nose
Flat nose
Chain nose
Flush wire cutter

Wire: brass, copper, dead soft sterling silver or *dark annealed steel wire in following gauges:
5ft 24 gauge
5ft 22 gauge
3ft 20 gauge
3ft 18 gauge
3ft 16 gauge (dead soft sterling silver wire only)
*Dark annealed steel wire only comes in 19 gauge and can be found at Ace Hardware
Optional: steel bench block, chasing hammer, polishing cloth, jewelers files

Okay, I hope to meet you~