The last couple of days, I've been working on a new Flickr site to showcase all the pretty pictures of some of the many events I've hosted over the last several years. Going through all these wonderful pictures of decor, art projects, swaps and smiling faces has brought back so many memories. You can go HERE if you'd like to scroll through the albums, but I wanted to share my most recent event, An Affaire at Downton, held in May of this year as photographed by the wildly talented Tiffany Kirchner Dixon.
Downton was held at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel. I can't describe the gorgeous rooms and history of this hotel in enough detail. It was the perfect location for our Affaire.
Ladies embraced the theme on Welcome Night and looked amazing! They were greeted by our sweet royal staff with a lovely victorian fan.
We shopped and hugged and nibbled. . .
and took pictures in front of Karla's fabulous painted landscape (see the castle in the top right corner? sigh). . .
and some of us danced or so it would appear. . .
In the morning, ladies were met with my vision of a garden party fit for a lovely Downton lady. Beautiful vintage spoons altered with lace and pearls as table cards, topiaries dripping with silk florals, tea cup creations, mercury glass bottles filled with florals hanging from each chair and beautiful name tag necklaces all made by hand. . .
and then for two lovely days, we stitched, made jewelry, and played with fabrics, laces and trims during four devine classes with Charlotte Lyons, Andrea Singarella, Pamela Huntington and Karen Valentine.
and made the perfect journal to keep our momento's in with Hope Wallace Karney. . .
and gave each other the most darling of gifts. . .
and smiled A LOT!
Of course, there were the art exchanges too which deserve a post of their own. Hold on to your headbands, they are beyond swoon worthy. . .
Sometimes the most exciting part of going to art events is taking classes that are out of your comfort zone. Art Unraveled always offers a lot of these types of classes for me ~ not necessarily the girlie stuff with lace and fluff that I tend to gravitate toward but classes that require hammers, fancy french scissors and flaming torches! Definately technique infused and not so much kit driven, one never really knows what the end of the day will bring but I've never been one to shy away from a challenge. I do love an art adventure, especially one that has "Unraveled" in the title!
This year (yes, this is my second!), I took two classes that involved tools that were not part of my usual arsenal. DIfferent gauged wires, sheet metals, special shears, torches, hammers (about 5 of them to be exact), and dapping blocks were just a few of the items that filled my TWO very heavy craft totes. Class one was with the oh so talented Riki Schumacher ~ The Tangled Heart. Riki taught us how to create these beautiful "cages" by twisting and turning wire and then more wire and then adding pretties with more wire until we had all created these lovely wire shrines filled with treasures.
I forgot to mention dripping solder with torches too. You can see my not so smooth blobs if you look closely (but don't do that ok?). Of course, as with inking the edges in my scrapbooking days seemed to fix everything, once our hearts received a little patina bath all was well.
Day Two and Class Two was Repousse Hearts with Diane Cook, another amazingly talented artist. Let's just say when I test my limits, I only go with the BEST instructors! Diane explained to us that Repousse is the art of creating ornamentation and shaping by hammering from the reverse side of an object and after a hands on demonstration, we got to work playing with her techniques using a dapping block to create this effect.
AND we got to make TWO!! Of course, all that cutting metal sheets, hammering and shaping looks a lot easier than it really is. I went from really puffy heart to not so puffy heart and then back again a few times always remembering the feared "Don't overwork your metal". I was NOT going to be that girl! At one point, my partner in crime and I started coming up with all sorts of silly sayings, my favorite of which was "Dap It Down" anytime we thought we were making strides. One can't get too confident when using a forming hammer the first time!
Then we learned to add on embellishments without E6000. No way, right? Even though these were classes outside of my box, there was going to be bling and lace one way or another. Can you see the little screws holding the vintage pin in place? Such loveliness.
and there were tassels and pretty elements like this old watch face so it felt a bit more like me. . .
It was such a wonderful thing to learn so many new ways to create something beautiful from these two talented artists. I may just have to Twist and Dap It Down again sometime soon!
Thank you so much for the lovely response to my giveaway! It warms my heart to see my cyber friends are still stopping by and love where I create as much as I do! I went the old fashioned route this time and actually pulled a name out of the hat (well, really a bowl but you get the idea). Here we go!
Wow, your room is so georgeous !!! What a dream come true to be featured in WWC.. As far as your tote, I saw Yours at Terri's class last week and went to your site to check them out because they are so cool. Everything you need in a tote! Would love one!! Judycraik2@gmail.com
Posted by: Judy Craik | August 02, 2014 at 06:32 AM
Judy! You are the winner of the craft tote set and the latest Where Women Create magazine! Thank you so much for your sweet comments too!
I'm also excited to introduce you to Claire Craft Tote ~ the newest addtion to my tote line. She is currently available in the Boutique along with her sister, the Claire Shoulder Tote. Her sweet girlie soft color palette makes me so happy!
Everyone has a "bucket list" right? I like to call mine a "Hope and Dreams List" but we all usually have one whether it is in our heads or on paper. I'm excited to share that one of mine just came true! I have had mad love for the creative world of the Stampington publications for years. And while I've been featured in several of their magazines, one of my all time favorites has always been Jo Packham's Where Women Create. Flipping through the pages of studios around the country is so inspiring ~ even the features that maybe aren't quite my style still are such fun. Do people really create in there? How do they organize their goodies? What do they collect? How do they display with they love?
So needless to say, it's been my personal and professional dream to one day see my own creative space featured too. Lucky for me that day has come and I'm thrilled to say that my little world is behind this cover of the Autumn edition!
Below is the first two pages of my feature! Yes, even though the cover may be all beautiful fall colors, inside those pages is my sweet pink, shabby, and chippy studio. A true girlie girl to the end, I hope you'll enjoy reading a little bit about me, how I fell in love with art, began hosting events and manufacturing a craft tote line and ultimately, created this truly happy place.
Did I mention a give-a-way? I'm a huge believer in sharing the love when good things happen so I want to do something I've never done before! Something special just for you! I want to introduce you to the Darcy Craft Tote. . .
Oh, and her favorite companion ~ the Darcy Shoulder Tote. . .
I would love for them to go home with you because what girl doesn't need the perfect crafting ensemble to drag around her supplies! Of course, a lovely copy of the WWC magazine donated by Jo Packham with my feature in it will make for some wonderful reading too!
I know, I know ~ you're probably asking yourself "OK, what do I have to do"?? Not much actually ~ I've never been fond of the post here, share here requirements to enter a raffle. It's a gift from me to you so all you need to do is leave a comment here and include your email address (cause I can't draw a winner without knowing who you are). Of course I'd be silly not to say that I always appreciate anyone that spreads the word about something they are excited about so feel free to share and new likes on my Artistic Bliss Facebook Page make me beyond happy too but it's up to you! I'll be picking a winner in a week so stay tuned!
I want to send out huge amounts of appreciation and love to Tiffany Kirchner Dixon for photographing my studio and capturing my creative spirit and Jo Packham and her team for believing in my world enough to include it in this special publication! Time to cross off something grand from my list! I am as always grateful. . .
I couldn't be more thrilled with all the yummy details for this year's Downton Flea Market Tour. We are heading to some of my most favorite spots to shop and visit. I am always amazed by the generosity of this community ~ Whimzy is catering a delicious luncheon (because honestly who wants to worry about finding food when shopping is on the agenda) and Vignette's is hosting another fabulous soiree for us. Details are below and there are still spots on the luxury motor coach. Won't you come join us! You can register HERE!
Many moons ago, before I began hosting art events, I taught scrapbooking and mixed media classes at a couple local shops. It wasn't something I did for very long as hosting and bringing artsy ladies together became my passion but it was a time of sharing that I loved. It's been on my mind for some time now to start up again so when I decided to host a smaller holiday event this year, I knew it was the perfect time to get my feet wet. I'm so glad I did!
I've had an odd obsession with wire for a while now. Remember when chicken fencing was big? Or when using tomato plant wire cages were all the rage? Seems like we've all been playing with wire for ages. I've even hosted a couple workshops here at the house creating doll cages out of wire with Robin and a hanging wire and lace birdcage with a chandelier inside with Denise. When I took a class earlier this year with Holly, where we created pirate ships out of wire and lace, I knew I had to finally create something of my own. After some hours (more than I'm willing to admit of course) of configuring, snipping, twisting and shaping this crazy medium into submission, a Sugarplum Chalet was born!
As every teacher will undoubtedly tell you, the best part of teaching is the students and I had the best group of ladies ever. They all created the most charming village of chalets ~ each so unique and special in their own way. One of the ladies even made two (she will remain nameless although I do believe someone called her Cheryl). It was a dream to watch and help all the creativity unfold. Here are a few of their beautiful pieces. . .
Susan and Tashia
Christine and Julie
I've received several emails asking whether I would offer Sugarplum Chalet Workshop kits so I've decided to list a limited amount on my website. Kits are filled to the brim with laces, trims and all the embellishments and wire you will need to create a charming chalet for your own holiday decor. Seven pages of step-by-step color instructions with pictures will help you along the way.
Click HERE for further details. . .
Every holiday season I get so excited with anticipation about adding MORE lovely handmade ornaments to our tree (or should I say trees? Yes, we've had to expand based on the huge collection I've accumulated since my first ornament swap at Silver Bella in 2006)! This year I went a bit over the top and joined TWO ornament swaps ~ one that I was hosting for Winter Wonderland and then one that my sweet friend, Julie, hosts every year. Needless to say, the collection now has 28 more fabulous additions! I'll let these sweet collages speak for themselves. . .
Winter Wonderland 2013 Sugarplum Ornament Swap
From Left to Right:
Top Row: Mariasela, Denise and Deborah Middle Row: Terry, Julie and Sylvia Bottom Row: Christine, Cheri and Tashia
Top Row: Angela and Me Bottom Row: Cheryl and Marsi
Julie's Trim The Tree Ornament Swap
(I will edit with names soon)
Such beautiful creations that will remind me of each of these lovely ladies for many years from now. Once again, I feel so blessed and grateful this holiday season.
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