Thursday, September 11, 2014

Whoa, where have I been?

I'll admit it, I've lost my desire to blog. It seems like so many steps in comparison to just updating my status on facebook with photos, art or clever musings (or so I think anyway.....). But after spending a month in Australia with fellow blogger, Seth Apter (nicknamed, Setho), of The Altered Page, I've decided to give it a go again.

However, my first attempt just ended up erased and I just realized that I have no photos on my computer yet, relating to my recent trip. Well darn, no wonder I tend to give up so easily. So be sure and click on the link for Seth's blog, because he's got a lot of great pictures from our Australia trip up already!

Seth, Michael and Andrea DeMeng and I participated in the Australia Roadshow for Art -is- You. In case you aren't aware, AIY, is an art retreat that I have been teaching with for many years (2015 is their 10 year anniversary)! After Sallianne (she and Ellen run AIY) moved back to Australia, it was her dream to bring out some of her United States and Canada instructors and spend time in various locations teaching our Australian friends. It was my first time there, so it was quite the adventure.

We rented a huge van that we nicknamed, "Walting Ma-til-duh" (was suppose to be Waltzing, but Michael misspelled it). It was packed to the hilt with luggage full of art supplies, boxes full of art supplies, containers full of art supplies and a few bottles of wine (heehee). Along the way, we picked up 2 other roadies, Lovely Linda and Miss Jeno-o. The rule was whoever sat in front was on lookout for Kangaroos or Koalas. We'd all scream when we saw some kangas, but sadly never saw a koala in the wild; apparently this is because they have become quite endangered :( But right before coming home, I did take a tour to a animal refuge where I did get to spend some time with the endearing koalas and the ever charming, wallaby's.

We spent a lot of time in that van driving all over Australia, through the bush, to the Sunshine Coast, over to Melbourne (St. Kilda) and a darling place called Rafferty's Resort  in Mercure, 2 hours outside of Sydney.We spent our time in the van listening to music (cd's like Queen, soundtrack to Priscilla, Queen of the desert, Abba (of course) and others. We had many a sing along with Michael making goofy voices (like Donald Duck) to sing versus. We laughed alot. We also played a phone game where you pick a category, put the phone on your forehead and others give you a clue and you try and guess. That was hilarious. Quite possibly the worst player ever would be miss Jen-o. She sure came up with some great answers (that were no where close, haha). The big thrill would be to see who got a prezzie everytime Sallianne had to gas up. I think Michael got bath bubbles in the form of some macho plastic dude, Andrea got flipflops, don't remember what Seth got and I got a fishing lure (hey, you might see it in a piece of my art.....)

It was a lot colder there than I expected, even though it was winter (I just sort of thought, "it's Australia, how cold could it be?) However, it was a bit damp and overcast and they don't heat buildings like we do - so yes, it was a tad chilly at times (and I had only packed a light sweater, duh). Lucky I threw in some fingerless gloves and had bought a knit hat at the LAX airport due to  Aussie fb friends telling us "how cold it was". But other times, although chilly, the sun shone bright and beautiful. Some where on the drive we even encountered a bit of snow.

Think i'll have to go over to my facebook page and hijack some photos for this post. be right back. ok, got a bunch of awesome pictures to show ya. these ought to keep you busy for a bit. We made a few stops at some of "Australia's Big Icons", like "dog on the tuckerbox", "the big banana" and "large Ram". They were quite amusing and we even bought a map of the icons to start checking them off.

Setho also has a second  blog post up about the van ride. read it here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Treasure Hunt for Artful Gathering

I'm really excited about my newest online summer class with Artful Gathering (session one). I will be teaching a variety of fun techniques that can be applied to many different fabric projects. Some of the techniques I cover are: working with TAP paper, using RIT dye, painting for fabric projects, using thermofax screens and more. The class projects include making a doll, sewing and designing on an apron (premade) and making a fabric wall hanging using techniques I show on designing fabric collages. 

For those of you who have a sewing machine, but have no clue on how to use it; no worries! I will cover that too. Although you will still need to read through your manual, I demonstrate the basics of threading a machine, winding a bobbin, dusting and changing out your needle.  This class is not about following patterns, it's freestyle sewing with very few rules, except those that are dictated by your sewing machine!

I hope you will join me in June for this fun class! For more information, please go to You will need to register first, so read through the page and follow the link.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nellie needs our help

would you please consider helping Nellie out? She's just been diagnosed with bone cancer and needs to have her leg amputated. She's a sweet pup. If we all pitch in  just a little we can all aid in support to move past this stage of her medical diagnosis. thank you and remember that any little bit helps. xoxo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

teaching in the UK, Oct. 2014

2014 is a big year for me. I am turning 50 years old (really, how did that happened?) and all of a sudden I will be going to Memphis, New Orleans, Italy, Australia, Scotland and England all within a few months. (can you say whirlwind of FUN!) 

I am busy prepping to teach early spring and film online summer classes at the same time, but also have to move ahead to the fall and prepare for that as well. Can you say bug eyed?

I heading to Scotland to take a painting class (fun!). Afterwards I will fly to the UK and stay with friend, Dawn Gold, who is hosting me, while I teach 2 soldering classes. This way I can earn a little money and finally see London! Very exciting. A wonderful way to invite age 50 into my life!

Classes in the UK are going to be Nov. 1 and 2,  in Wrothham. Classes tentatively to be held at The Bull Hotel, in Wrothham.  There are 2 soldering classes. You can take one class or both. Class time is from 10-5 daily. Lunch not included. 

For the weekend, we will be focused on learning how to solder glass. So we will go through many steps to get there, such as foiling, designing your art pieces and then soldering. I have 2 special classes planned. For the first class, we will be learning how to solder smaller glass pieces to turn into wearable art, such as charms or pendants. For the second class, we will work on larger pieces of glass to create what I've come to call, my soldered muse; learning how to link larger pieces of glass together. So Day one teaches you the basics and then Day two begins to expand past beginner soldering. Dawn will be helping me with the supplies, since my USA iron will not work there. 

It is helpful to think about what you what your charms or soldered muse to reflect, so I'm going to post MANY pictures of previous soldered work to give you examples that may inspire your own ideas. You can go with a theme, such as "religious" or "family" or "pets" or "vintage" or "art work:  or "circus", etc. It really depends on what is important to you.

the nitty gritty: 

You are welcome to take one or both days. One day is $150 plus $20 supply fee OR take both days for $245 which includes your additional supply fee. Please understand that THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS ONCE YOU SIGN UP. Since I am traveling from the states, I'm sure you understand the investment I am making to come and teach. My classes are quite fun and I am sure you will find  that  spending time in this creative environment will be a wonderful and  fulfilling time spent on yourself, learning and creating with equally like minded women. (please also note that prior experience not necessary. This is a time to learn and enjoy). If it is one thing I have learned, is to grab the moment when available and "go for it". 

I will also be bringing "unique" flea market goodies to sell during class. These will be things that I find locally that I enjoy using in my work, but at the same time, other women, who do not have access to such yumminess, would love to be able to buy for their artwork. My flea market will start at 9:00am before each class (to be finished by 10 for class start). 

please feel free to email me at  with any questions. If you would like to sign up, I just need you to email me your paypal address and I will send you an invoice (to be paid in dollars). I also suggest if you have emailed me and not heard back from me, to check your spam folder. My email commonly goes into spam folders. 


day one: basic soldering project $150.00
day two: Soldered muse $150.00
OR both days: $245

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