Monday, May 17, 2010

Little Prayer Boxes

Thanks to a beautifully talented blog friend Dierdra, I was inspired to pop over to Nancye's and take her class on these precious prayer boxes.  So much fun!  (Thought i'd show a WIP, encouragement to follow through to the finish!)


Another school year is about to come to a close.  The kids are ready for a break.  Not sure how much "breaking" they'll need.  Second thought, I should check on summer camps and activities.  No rest for the weary!!
happy day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Whimsy...and More

It's a little difficult to choose which photos to show you folks, there are so many!!  I'm not great at long winded posts so bear with me.  

When I signed up for the Wendy Addison class I had no idea what I was in for.  The fact that these Victorian 'Whimsies' were actually a trend back in the 1780's made them more meaningful to me.  Ladies used to grow their own moss in conservatories and use it to make these sculptures.  They were usually displayed under glass cloches.  I'd love to collect living things from my own backyard and see what could transform.

I made my first bracelet ever (don't look too close) with 
Kaari MengVisit her website (click on her name).  She has many fabulous kits for sale so you too can make your very own wonderful accessory. 

A couple of other goodies I brought home   
were these fun Poppets in 
Claudine Hellmuth's class.
  These characters are not just poor souls 
immortalized in a picture stacked away in
some flea market, oh no!  These are my 
real life mom, dad, and aunt.  Aren't they cute?
Claudine teaching away.  She's just Precious!

 I felt like a fly on the wall
as we sat back during a luncheon listening to this panel of 'rock stars' in their industries.  Mary Englebreit  , Dena Fishbein , Marcia Ceppos, Amy ButlerThey talked from their history in design to the future of the industry.  It was a memorable event!

After the luncheon, I hopped on over to have my picture taken with the Queen herself.  (She had posed for a "few" before me...) She was kind enough to sign a few things for me as well!

 One of the best things about the whole event was the wonderful people I was blessed to meet and craft with.  This beautiful girl,Julie was in my Whimsy class.  I was enamored by her craft tote.  It's an upcycled train case!  Cute, huh!!

 Oh! I can't forget to mention the tag swap that sweet Peggy hosted.  I can't stop looking at them.  That was so much fun, I may be hooked on the whole swap thing!

AND....last but not LEAST... The very BEST part of the whole trip:
 Sharing a wonderful weekend with the greatest lady in the whole world...MY MOM!  So glad you decided to come along mom,  
           i love you bunches!!

happy day!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chair of Bowlies, Bracelets AND Poppets!

Day 1 at the WORKSHOP is just about over and tomorrow can't come soon enough!  First class: Kaari Meng from French General.  We made beautiful vintage inspired charmant bracelets:

Kaari used to design jewelry for a fabulous STORE that I heart to love (if only from afar).  
Then it was off to Claudine's class.  These poppets are too cute.

Say "Hello" to Poppet Aunt Karen as a little girl and my dad, Poppet Tommy as Karen's big brother.  Not sure why they're sitting on their hands.  Maybe they were fighting? Naaaah

Shelley is craftmate o' the day. (made that last part up myself) She and her friends from Oklahoma are showing me the ropes.  They are pro's at this workshop/retreat thing. I could get addicted to this. (David, don't read that previous statement)  It's been nice gathering with a bunch of ladies all with a similar OCD.  It's like group therapy.  In retreat form, but where you're free to come and go as you please. You don't even need a family member and doctor's permission to sign you in and out. It's great.

Fancy for the day:

 Posing with Shelley the Poppets and  THE Poppeteer, 
Claudine Hellmuth.  Yep, she's as precious as she looks. 
 Happy Day!