Wednesday, August 27

enjoying the little things...

Forgive me for being away, I've been busy enjoying the little things in life. This little one in particular, our granddaughter Hailey. It was fun to spend time watching her last week.





This week we have our grandson before he starts kindergarten on the 3rd. It's hard to take photos of him as he goes whizzing by on his scooter, or keeps me busy playing handball, go fish, Jenga, and Trouble. Maybe as we hit the beach tomorrow, he'll hold still for half a second. Then again, I doubt it. Hope you're enjoying the little things in your life...

Monday, August 18

Girls Getaway!

After all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Cindy Forrester's workshop opening, a weekend away was just what I needed. Registration is going GREAT and we have such a fun group of talented women gathering for this. I'll be setting up a yahoo group in the next day or two as a way for everyone to introduce themselves, and get to know each other. I am sure you already know many of them like Lidy of French Garden House, Jamie of Simply Me Art, Karen from Karen Eileen along with many more! Those of you coming are going to have a great time together. Robbin and I have had lots of fun planned this for you, and trust me... Robbin knows how to host good times, great food, and events to be remembered!

So back on track... I went to Arroyo Grande with my cousin for our girls weekend away. Though Suzanne doesn't consider herself creative, and while according to her she has never made a thing, we signed up for a class with jewelry designer Diana Frey. Her name may be new to many of you, but it won't be for long, this woman is going places. Like most great artist's, she has a style that it easily recognizable as her own. Following the current trend, Diana reworks vintage elements to create something new and unique. Though she uses found items, she also works heavily with new supplies for a look that is fresh and appealing. It's not the rough, vintage look you'd expect, but instead bright, and fun with just a touch of playfulness. Take a look at her work here...

Here's the piece I created with much design help from Diana. I had the elements, but trust me, it was all Diana's design which thrills me to bits. I just love how she used everything, in such a fun, fresh, unique way. Who knew I'd be able to wear a dolls leg around my neck, and get compliments as opposed to gasps of shock?! Perhaps one day we'll have Diana join us In The Artist's Studio. I know you'd have as much fun playing as we did. 

Oh, and Suzanne had a great time, and feels like a whole new world has been opened up to her. She was the first one in class who finished a necklace, which she designed and put together on her own. It's a great teacher who can facilitate results like that! Thanks Diana, I can't wait for your next workshop.

Thursday, August 14

Creativity to Feed Your Soul...

We are thrilled to announce Registration for Cindy Forrester's two amazing workshops, is now open. To see all we have in store for you, please join us In The Artist's Studio.

Take a look at the Workshop samples... 
Heavy Metal Heirlooms



and Old Bottle Secrets...


Wednesday, August 13

Big News...

Registration for Cindy's workshops will open Thursday evening! I'm finishing up a few last minute details... 

Thursday, August 7

You asked for more...

Seating is limited for this exclusive event with Florida Artist, Cindy Forrester. All the details will be posted soon...

Monday, August 4

an artful journey...

I can finally share more of what I've been working on lately... I have long wished we had more in depth classes locally, something to push my creativity to the next level, something beyond soft arts. For over a year my girlfriend Robbin and I have talked about hosting creative workshops in the seaside villages of southern California. At last we are moving forward, and busy finalizing the details. We have our first workshop set, our teacher booked, and the dates confirmed (Oct 25 and 26). E-mails have been flying back and forth between the east and west coast, preparing with our first amazing artist. Everything has come together beautifully. We couldn't be happier to be hosting something we are proud to share with all of you. Our website should be finished by August 15, and we will share all we have in store with you then. 
Thanks for all the well wishes, it means the world to us!
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