Tuesday, March 24

Judy Wilkenfeld Workshop

After meeting Judy last year, and seeing her amazing mixed media books, I immediately knew I wanted to have her teach a workshop. I'm happy to let you know that Australian artist Judy Wilkenfeld will be joining us for a 2 day workshop on August 1 & 2. This will be only her 2nd visit to the states to teach, so please plan accordingly.

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

worth the wait...

A year and a half ago I started an art project between 4 women who knew each other only online. Though we were scattered from Florida, Arizona, Illinois and California we shared a common bond in the interest of Maria Antoinette, spurred on by Sofia Coppola's visually stunning movie by the same name.
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.

I want to thank Jeanne, Barbara, and Maria again for sharing in this fun  collaborative with me. You all did great work, and were a pleasure to get to know better sharing our art together in this way. After 18 months your books will finally arrive home sometime soon. None of these girls have seen their books in person yet! I think like this beautiful magazine, you will be amazed with what comes back to you. 

Tuesday, March 17

awards and giveaways...

I want to thank Christine Rose Elle who last week bestowed upon my little blog,
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

what a difference a day makes

That little thought was stuck in my head all day yesterday.

For whatever reason I've finally got the hang of this (jewelry). Either that or being sick on the couch yesterday, worked a little magic. I made 2 necklaces in half as much time. I even made the chain for one necklace by hand, Stephanie Lee style!
But I do have a question... does anyone know the trick to snipping wires uber close to your work, so that there aren't little pokies sticking out?

Tuesday, March 10

Oh My Gosh...

Patience is a virtue... now there's an understatement! Well I read, and studied, and read some more. I stuck with it all afternoon yesterday. By midnight this is what I had. It took me about 5 hours. I am verrrry slow at this. I like it (the necklace), not sure I love it. BUT I do love that I didn't quit.

In Amy's book she tells how to make the clasps as she does, and even how to place missing stones into your piece, both of which I did. I told you this is a good book! Now I'm off to treasure hunt on Etsy.

Sunday, March 8


Thanks for all your well wishes for my family, Harley, and our son last week. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed by any of us and Travis appreciates your kindness, and prayers. It's been quite a week and I will be glad to start anew tomorrow...
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.
I've gathred bits and pieces and now I want to focus, and try and learn this once and for all. I know I can do it, but I also know it will take time, and patience, and practice.

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

For my son...

Sadly, this evening, my son's dog Harley was hit by a car after he dashed out the front door. In a matter of minutes his dog ran around the corner, my son and his friend right behind him. Unfortunately he ran into the street and was hit. It was quick, too quick for my son and his friend to save Harley. If your so inclined please say a prayer for Travis. He is such a kind, sweet boy and I hate seeing him in such pain, and sorrow.

Monday, March 2

1924 for $19.50

Right along with most others, I too am watching where and how I spend our money. Thank God we have everything we need, and then some... not lots extra mind you, just some. Either way we have felt the effects as have most. 

Anyways, this morning as I went to the grocery store, my attention was caught by the thrift store a few doors down. While I prefer the Flea Markets to antique or thrift shoppes, something made me go in. I headed straight for the collectibles corner, and walked right up to this little guy.

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. 

Especially in these trying times, I think before I spend. But I'm smart enough to know this is the best $19.50 I've spent in a long time! 
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