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Monday, December 21, 2015

3 ingrediant salty sweet treat for you!

Merry Christmas!  I wanted to share a treat I make every Christmas with you.  I love it and I think you will too.  It's only 3 ingredients and its quick!  It's my butterscotch chocolate peanut clusters.  Here you go:

12 oz. semi sweet chocolateToll House morsels ( or similar)
12 oz. butterscotch Toll House morsels
12 oz. salted Spanish Peanuts

Add both bags (chocolate and butterscotch morsels) in the top of a double boiler.  Make sure you do not BOIL the water, just simmer.  Stir the morsels constantly until they are melted and blended.  Remove from heat.    Add  12 oz. of Spanish Peanuts and coat thoroughly with the chocolate/butterscotch mixture.

Plop several spoonfuls of the clusters onto wax paper until done and cool over night. This makes about 48-60 clusters.  YUM!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

what motivates you to create?

Hello everyone!  It's Dec.1, 2015 can't believe it can you...I swear this year went by the fastest ever!  I'm so excited for 2016, how about you?   Do you have plans to make time for creativity?  If so how do you fit it in and what inspires you?  I plan on having more posts here that involve my readers and any suggestions you may have on what you would like to see.  Here is a snippet of what I mean:

What gets you motivated to create?  Because the holiday season is a busy time of year I want to keep this post short and sweet, but I would like to keep the conversation ongoing in future posts, so I'm starting with just one example.   One thing I do is create a color pallette if I want to make a piece of jewelry.  Having a physical visual helps get my creativity going:

What motivates you to create?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  This week I'll be making new Christmas inspired gifts and will post them to inspire you.  My motivation is a 2 day holiday show that I'll be participating in Dec.4 and 5 in Costa Mesa,CA.  If you live in the area I'd like to invite you to not only see what I have on my table but to see several other artists in this intimate event.  Here is the flyer.  Hope to see you there!

Address for Bungalow Buccis Holiday Affaire:
345 E. 19th St.
Costa Mesa,CA

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

50% OFF!

Heads up creative ones!  THIS Saturday, small business Saturday, Nov.28- Cyber Monday for 50% off of my CROWNS AND TIARA CLASS!!  REGULARLY $65 NOW $32.50.




10am Saturday Nov.28 through Monday Nov.30, midnight only!!

For more information on the class see the May 22 post!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eye candy inspiration

All creatives need visuals to stimulate creativity.  In this post I hope to inspire you to go make something!  Oh....and if you happen to live in the So. Cal area I'll be selling these pieces this Saturday in Old Town Tustin,CA  at Whimzy, 474 El Camino Real.  The trunk show will be from 6-9pm with food and 2 other artists selling our wares!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Soldering 101 with Robin

After repeated requests, I've decided to have another soldering 101 class at my home Sunday, OCTOBER 25!   If you're interested let me me know.  I live in Torrance,CA and will give out the address when you've registered.

We'll go over all the basics to get you started: copper foil tape, sandwiched glass frames, bubble glass and liquid silver embedding.   I have a couple of soldering irons and equipment if you need to borrow or you can bring your own.  If you want to purchase your own soldering iron and/or equipment before class I'll give you the best resources locally in the South Bay or online: email me

TIME: 11-4P
COST: $100 includes instruction, food and materials.  
**Please bring your soldering equipment if you have it and jewelry pliers & wire cutters
                                     Sorry, no refunds!

Cost for the all day class is $100 which includes a light lunch and materials to make 3 charms.  If you need to use my soldering equipment there is a $5 fee and you need to contact me to reserve one ahead of time.

 Seating is limited to 8 students.  This is a process oriented course where you'll make at least 3 charms.    Here are some pictures for inspiration:


Thursday, October 1, 2015

updates for end of year!

Hi Everyone!  Fall is here, winter on the way although in S.Cal you would never know!  Anyways.....

Here is the scoop on where I'll be and what classes I'll be teaching.  Don't forget to scroll down to the last post on Sept. 22 for a FREE tutorial on a SPOOKY BANNER!

OCTOBER 10~ GLITTERFEST!!  Business Expo in Anaheim,CA.  Best altered art, mixed media show there is.  I'll be there selling in the same spot.  go here for directions,info and address.

OCTOBER 25~SOLDERING 101 AT MY HOUSE AGAIN!  See my post from Aug.17 to sign up and info!

NOVEMBER 21~PAINTED CANVAS CLUTCH class at THE FOLK ARTIST in Huntington Beach.  Go here to sign up!

NOVEMBER 14~ HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW at Whimzy in Tustin!  More info soon!

NOVEMBER 15~ New online workshop with me ALTERED ART BOTTLES!  more info soon!

I have lots of wonderful classes lined up for next year, 2016,and I'm especially excited because I have been asked to be a participating instructor at ART IS YOU in Santa Rosa,Ca for April and then again for Stamford,Connecticut in October 2016!  When registration opens, you'll be the first to know!  

One other thing,  I will be teaching a new class at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa on Jan. 30,2106 and registration is open so you can sign up HERE now.  We'll be making a 3 to 4 strand necklace using my popular crochet technique!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FREE Halloween banner tut!

This was inspired by and instead of making the book I made this banner.  Enjoy!

What you'll need:
1. mod podge
2. black paint
3. packaging jute
4. hot glue gun
5.banner blanks
6. ribbon
7. gold rub n buff
8. thin napkins or paper towel

Glue down the jute onto each banner with chosen alphabet (I spelled out SPOOKY)

Mod podge the napkin on top of each banner piece, squish it around to make it a little lumpy.  Let it dry.   Make sure the napkin has been opened up so it's thin. *If you've never used mod podge, its similar to liquid glue and provides a nice finish while glueing at the same time.

 Paint the dried banner black, let dry

With your finger, rub on the gold rub n buff onto each banner section.

Paint the back if you like , let dry and if there are no holes, punch holes at the top of each banner piece to add the ribbon.  Your done!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Next up.....

I'm teaching this VERY popular crochet wrap bracelet in Tustin,CA at Vintage Bloom, Saturday Aug.8.  

Contact Vintage Bloom to sign up or call 714-273-4096. 

 If you have questions let me know  Scroll down for all the info and for lots of pictures!

Here are the deets:

Vintage Bloom
2640 Walnut Ave
Tustin CA
August 8, 2015
Class fee $95 includes all supplies and tools, even a crochet hook!  Please bring scissors to cut thread.

On trend and so boho chic, learn Robin’s method to make these stylish crochet beaded wraps, NO crochet experience necessary!   These fun pieces can be wrapped several times around the wrist or be worn as a necklace.  Class fee includes crochet cord, one crochet hook and one kit with a selection of 5 different colors to choose from, and just so you know these kits are awesome and are carefully prepared with the kind of beads and charms I would personally use.   Each kit has a mixture of vintage, antique and new beads that include a beautiful balance of metal, semi precious stone, cut class or crystal, pearls, odd vintage pieces, mother of pearl buttons and what ever else seems to go with the kit.     No materials are required so just come and have fun and bring your friends……. you’re going to LOVE making these!  Contact Robin for questions:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Starfish Bracelet UPDATE

Hello creative ones!  I am going to teach this class one more time so sign up while you can!  It's my starfish bracelet and I'll be teaching it at my home in Torrance,CA  Sunday, July 19, not in Huntington Beach as previously stated.  Class fee includes EVERYTHING except tools:   Here's the info and pictures:


July 19 Robin Dudley Howes Starfish Bracelet

By Robin Dudley-Howes
11-4p (give or take an hour)
Sunday ,July 19, 2015
$105 includes all materials except tools
Torrance, CA (addie will be given at time of registration)
All levels
Robin is going to teach another fun workshop at her home in Torrance,CA!  Learn how to make this amazing bracelet complete with the soldered starfish centerpiece and fun innovative wire wrapping techniques!
Everyone should walk out of class with a unique bracelet. Class fee includes everything you’ll need to make the bracelet (except tools). Some items may differ from picture but will be equally as dazzling! Please bring the following:
-Soldering iron with coiled stand and sponge. NOTE: soldering iron must have ¼
inch bevel tip. Cone shaped tips will not work.
-lead free solder (wire solder is too thin, bring the thick solder)
-cross lock tweezers and/or hemostats
-fire proof surface (small fire brick or small tile)
-Jewelry pliers: small round nose, chain nose and wire cutter, (optional bailing wire pliers)

For lunch, let’s do a little potluck. You don’t need to bring a huge meal….finger foods, snacks, salads, fruit etc. should suffice.

All payments are made directly to Robin and must be paid in advance to secure your seat.
You can pay 3 ways:
1. paypal (see above to pay via paypal button)
2. check
3. credit card- call Robin 310-346-3275 to process
Please bring the tools that are listed above and contact Robin if you have questions:

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's Official!

NO, I'm not prego but it sure feels like I've given birth!  Birth to my new online course...
  You are officially invited!
 Registration is now open!
 Here is the nitty gritty



        Sign up for Whimsical Tiara's and Regal Crowns online class 

     I have enjoyed teaching mixed media jewelry and art classes for over 15 years from the intimate spaces and homes of close friends to large national art retreats and over the years I have had several requests to teach online classes so after persistent research into proper lighting, sound and cameras and hours of filming I bring to you my very first online class!   I'm very excited and a little nervous to be honest but I think you'll enjoy what I have in store for you!
  Here is what you can expect from taking this course:

~My innovative techniques to make over 8 styles of crowns using recycled metal, decorative banding and supplies from a local hardware

~Simple soldering techniques & soldering for beginners

~2 styles of tiaras using wire and beads and bling

~Micro Mosaics

~Wire wrapping

~Painting and distressing Metal

~Clever embellishments with jewelry findings & ephemera

~Metal Stamping & embossing

~Facebook group to share projects & progress

In addition to all the amazing techniques available only in this series of videos I am happy to give you more with some added BONUSES!!!
Metal stamped banner with PDF template to add to your crowns, Sealing & protecting metal, patina applications, how to paint doll faces in my style
~PDF's of crown templates

Come join our wonderful student group where you're invited to access the classroom, view other students work and chat about your process.   Once you sign up you will be sent an invitation via email using your paypal email. Some supplies will be available in my online store as kits or bought separately and some supplies can be picked up at your local hardware store.  Resources will be given for specific tools. The course will be good for 3 years from time of purchase and will be split into 3 weeks.  There are no refunds once we've received payment.  You must have high speed internet to view so please do not buy if that is the case.  At this time I do not have DVD's but may in the future.

Santos Crowns from scratch, doll crowns,soldering basics

Week Two
Dolly Tiara and Simple Tiara

Week 3
Regal Crowns (small and large), shabby white crown


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Friday, May 1, 2015


I've been a busy girl video taping my new online classes for crowns and tiaras!  Take a peek:

If you want to be on the "early" launch list for a special discount contact me here or email me  I'm hoping to finish editing soon and have it ready by mid/late May!