Friday, September 25, 2009

I Am Thine

*Vintage sheet music I tucked and glued inside the top of my daughter's memory box*

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Quote taken from a fellow artist, Nina's inspiring blog.

What a beautiful quote ~ really! What a "freeing" quote ~ really!
I have been living life. Busy with my jewelry. Busy with my full-time job in downtown Houston. Busy designing/re-working my studio/office.
Thank you my dh for such a wonderful birthday present!)

I have a full life. It is a good life. And, for that, I am thankful.
This past Monday I began the online workshop, Visual Poetry, with the talented Susan Tuttle.
I have had Photoshop Elements 6 on our home computer for 2 years come Christmas. I knew it was time. Time to learn more, and from who else but Susan?
Each week we have 3 projects, and will so for 4 more weeks. I am basking in the possibilities of what will come of this. Jewelry pictures ~ yes. I have many. Life pictures ~ many more! Of course, I will be sharing. Your comments mean so much to me. More than you know.
So, if you are out there, lurking, not commenting OR commenting....well, here is your opportunity to let yourself be known (to me). I am having a small give-away. The gift will be a surprise. Yes, you won't find out what you win until you do......
(Drawing will be October 7th at 7 pm CST).

Note: I am on my way to Warrenton tomorrow. I have posted about it here many times. I will be there for 3 days~straight! And, with my dd.
Heaven for sure.


More photos from the Visual Poetry group are here. I am thrilled to share!

And, oh yes, I have been designing some new pieces.
"Tulip Treasurers"
"Rhinestones & Crystals"

Friday, September 18, 2009

There's Always More

My plate was running over with excitement, as I prepared another class to add to the series I will be teaching at Round Top in the next four months. See the new icon just below the Feather Your Nest 101 class
I'll be teaching on October 24th?

"My Heart"
Resolutions of the Heart is another great class to learn basic wire wrapping, various wire connecting links, how to incorporate vintage rhinestone jewelry into your jewelry designs, how to patina and ETCHING! Yes, we will etch. So, I must say it now, if you have been itching to etch (LOL), this is your opportunity to try it under supervised conditions.
The pictures above were taken on Monday for the class flyer, but on Wednesday I received an envelope full of new Etsy finds. I decided to add the gorgeous little religious metals I bought from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, so now...........I think it is complete.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Adorn Me! 2010

It finally happened! An national art retreat in coming to Houston!
Adorn Me! 2010
Linda Young, of ART Unraveled, has put together an exciting jewelry event, with the most diverse group of jewelry/mixed-media artists.
When? March 2-7, 2010
I am so blessed to be one of the instructors, teaching two classes. My first class on Tuesday, March 2nd, is called Crystal Princess: Using Vintage Crystals in Your Jewelry Designs.
I have a huge stash of vintage crystals just waiting for both old and new jewelry friends to use....your choice!
Linda used one of my Princess pictures in the event banner! Sweeet!! Do you have any idea how much fun you can have designing this Princess? What a glorious mix of elements. Your imagination will soar with endless possibilities!
Or, how about this one? I have been wearing this Crystal Princess almost non-stop since I designed it for the class proposal. I just love the mix of vintage rhinestones with oxidized sterling silver and bronze wire. The vintage brass beads I found on Etsy are just beautiful, as they have the most luscious patina that only time can give them!
The second class,
Rhinestone Dreams, will be on the last day, Sunday, March 7th! I love that I have all the days in between the two classes I teach. It gives me the opportunity to take a couple myself from one, two, or maybe three of the other 25 artists teaching at the retreat, such as Diana Frey, Riki Schumacher, Deryn Mentock, Ruth Rae, Richard Salley, Jane Salley, Amy Hanna, Thomas Mann, Sherri Haab, Stephanie Rubiano, and Keith Lo Beu...just to name a few.
Rhinestone Dreams will teach you how to incorporate a vintage rhinestone brooch, dress or shoe clip, into your next favorite piece of jewelry. But, you will learn much more than that....just look at the class description for all the details.
Don't forget to sign up for the artunraveled Yahoo Group so you can keep track of the latest news, information and ideas flowing to and from the teachers and fellow students.
Please contact me if you have any questions! Registration is now open, so don't delay.
I look forward to seeing you there!