Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I am trying something new and exciting and a  bit scary.  Classes in my studio!  And not just RS friends coming over...this is the real thing.  3 hours of fun with refreshments,  All materials involved in the cost and take home a finished project!  So here are the details and if you are in the vicinity of South Jordan, UT. just  comment and I will get back to you with more instructions.  The first class will be held on the 31 of January which is next Thursday night. 7-10 pm.  Let me know if you are interested!
this is the announcement I sent to my email group....I still have a few spots left....
this is our first cute don't you think?  And easier than you think...I will hold your hand...really.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Flowers on a cold day..

Today someone that had seen my facebook post asked me if I was in a flower phase....I thought to myself-hmmm.  I have been in a "flower phase" for years now.  And when you give a mouse a cookie.  You have heard that....stay with me here.
I wanted to "clean up" my studio-I am a girl with much stuff.  And it does get to me that I have many boxes with little things of this and that.  So I resolved that during this cold dark winter, I would go through every drawer...(like that is gunna happen...)
Let us get back to the cookie.
I had a very nice recent sale of an original painting.  It gave me some freedom to get some new furniture for my studio space.  I found a cute piece on sale the day after Christmas and I snatched it up right up and drove it home in a blizzard with a quarter of it hanging out the back of my Explorer.  I also bought and installed feet on it and put the shelf unit onto the top.

So this created an empty space on the wall where the shelves had been...This becomes the "cookie" part!

I wanted to create a space that I could also use as a bulletin board and yet be artsy too.  So thus began the "flower" thought.  I got a few pieces of pine and constructed the frame myself so it would fit perfectly in the spot.  I got a handy dandy electric staple gun for Christmas and it made it simple.  Then I got a piece of board and painted it with MANY coats of MAGNETIC paint.  It is smelly and thick and made a real mess.  Then went the coat of white...
Then the FUN began....Oh, how red paint against that turquoise makes the heart lighter.  I was almost sad when it was finished.  But now it is done, these cheery poppies speak to me when I come into the room.
And when I put up a magnet, it held.  Now back to going through those drawers...ick.


One thing I do love about January.,,, ( did I really say those two words together?  LOVE and January?  I misspoke) there is plenty of time to do other things.  It has been cold and nasty here and the snow is still here.  Ah well, it has compelled me to get some little projects done that I had shelved way before Christmas.  I had seen some of the cute collars with beading and I thought I would tackle one of them.
I went online and found a peter pan style that I liked and printed it out. I then cut it out onto plain white blend and sewed it just like you would a collar to attach, leaving the straight end open.
I also interfaced it to give it some shape.
Now my mom is a beader...and my sister would have probably taken a few hours to hand bead those little puppies on...but not me.  I got out my Tacky glue- yeah that expensive one and started laying it out with stones and such.  I put on a Netflix movie and went to town...
I laid a string of beads right on the edge and I think it finished it off well.  I then made a "soup" of all the beads and pretties that I wanted.  I then put the glue down in a inch round and spread beads and then went on.  I had just enough to finish it.  Now on the unfinished edge I just glued a bit of satin ribbon and left enough to tie.  I then did a few tacking stitiches in the front to hold it together.
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I love it.  I have yet to wear it. But one of these days....