Tuesday, March 24
Judy will lead us through her methods for creating mixed media books she calls Visual AnthologiesTM, as we each create a Book of Memories of our own. Judy has been commisioned to document the life stories of clients using photos, memorabilia, and found objects to let the story of their history be told without the use of words. She will share with you how to bind a book from book board, the aging of fabrics, paper, photos, and metal, the use of smbolism, the application of mica, and acrylics, and much, much more. To see more of Judy's beautiful work please visit her blogs Red Velvet Creations, and Visual Anthologies.
This class is suitable for all skill levels. With a full two days spent together, you will come away from this workshop with your creative well filled. Please e-mail me at Dedendwight@msn.com for registration information. Space is extremely limited. The cost for both days is $285.00
Friday, March 20
I Hosted a round robin among the four of us (Barbara Smith, Jeanne Szewczyk, and Maria Rodarte) in the theme of Maria Antoinette and the style of her day. We each began our respective books which were then passed around for each other to create and play in. After a few months with our books complete, I submitted them to Stampington. I was thrilled to learn that our books, as well as the books from a similar project Natasha Burns Hosted, would serve as the inspiration for just released Marie publication! I just got my copy in the post this morning and couldn't be happier to see our books in print.
Tuesday, March 17
The Friendship Award.
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
It's no wonder Sadie Lou passed the award onto Christine, she is the most genuine girl, a true gem, and I'm glad to call her my friend! Thanks sweet Christine.
Here's my list of bloggers I want to pass this onto...
Leslie ~ Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tales
Keli ~ A Galloping Horse
Nancy ~ Gilding the Lily
Mendy ~ Mendy Texas
Robin ~ Thrifty Miss Priss
Michelle ~ Hold Dear
Mary ~ Oh Merci
Jeanne ~ Dream, Create, Inspire
In other news... over on Maija's blog, I got in on something fun. Listen to this... Here's how it works:
The first 3 people who leave a comment on this post saying you want to play will receive a handmade item from me sometime in the next 3 months. Just one day, out of the blue, at no cost to you, a special something will arrive in your mailbox. The turnabout is that you must choose to participate in this round robin of giving by giving yourself and posting the "Pay It Forward Challenge" on your blog. How fun is this?!
I'm changing this up a bit. I'll ramdomly draw 3 names. Just leave a comment here, and I'll draw the names tomorrow morning.
Luck of the Irish be with you! Happy St Patty's Day
Thursday, March 12
Tuesday, March 10
Sunday, March 8
A few weeks ago now I picked up a new book on jewelry design. Like many of you, I too would love to learn this art. I say art because for me there is much more to it than I ever imagined.
It's easy for me to look at a piece whether it's a necklace, a bracelet, or a pair of earrings and somewhat see what went into making it. BUT as I have found over the past year, there is much more to it than that.
So that's what I'll focus on as I spend my first quiet week alone without Harley keeping me company. I think it's just what I need right now. ... something new to concentraite on.
Thursday, March 5
Monday, March 2
I have longed for a Singer Featherweight for some time. But after talking to a few friends, I knew it wouldn't be for me anytime soon with their $1000 price tags. But sitting there full of cobwebs, dust, and debris, the treadle not moving, and slide plate missing was this 1924 Singer. I moved him from his perch in the corner, removed the old wood case and started to see what was there. I don't know a lot about sewing machines, but I found the original box with extra feet, bobbins and parts, and 3 receipts the most recent dated 1944 were all tucked in a side niche. On the arm is a piece of worn wool the previous owner had hand stitched into place and used to hold her pins. The case was in tact though in need of cleaning. For $19.50 I had to bring it home. Even if it sat until I could have it looked at, I knew it was a deal. After I put the groceries away I got online and found lots of useful information. After about an hour of poking and cleaning, reading and more, I apprehensively plugged the cord in. I tried the light and couldn't believe it came on! I literally laughed out loud, as happy as could be. Next I tried the foot pedal, and low and behold it works! She purrs like a kitten.