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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!