A Week of me on Cut Out +Keep!

one of the coolest sites ever!

one of the coolest sites ever!

You know that feeling you get when you’ve been noticed? And I mean noticed in a good way; not like when you trip on an invisible pebble and fall slow motion face first into the sidewalk. No, the kind of notice when someone says “I saw your work at such and such, and I came to see for myself”. Continue reading

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They made it and so can you!

button ringMonday night we had another ring making class at the always wonderful A Peaceful Path. It was a lot of fun, but sad too; due to recent bizarre local government actions, Bonnie has made the decision to close her doors. I’m heartbroken as this is such a serene place, and no other venue like this exists in our little town. But I have faith that greater things will happen in all our futures. So I choose to celebrate the positives. Continue reading

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How to serve a tasty class

menu- choices for the evening

menu- choices for the evening

1. Let your students know they are in the right place. A nice menu will do the trick.

how to serve yourself

how to serve yourself

2. Display their choices  in an organized fashion. If you can, be sure to serve a set of printed instructions. This will save you time later on.

printed instructions

printed instructions

3.Make sure they have a good variety to choose from. And in sizes to fit their needs.

beads

beads

4. It’s O.K. if they pick their dessert first. A pretty button is like the icing on a cake, the cherry on a sundae.

buttons

buttons

5. In a perfect location, it’s bound to be a good meal  class!

 

Now let's bead!

Now let’s bead!

A couple of year ago, our local Arts Council offered a jewelry class, taught by a traveling designer. I thought this would be a great way to expand my skills. But there was no specific project; you picked out your beads and decided on what you wanted to make, and the instructor gave basic stringing instructions. It was a smorgasbord of beads, a mini bead fest. So many beads, it was overwhelming. And you paid for your beads, wire, crimps, everything. Plus the fee. I spent nearly $80 to make a necklace that I don’t even wear. To be fair, I could have purchased the exact number of beads I used, and saved myself some money, however, I knew I was going to redo that necklace one day. It’s sitting on my table still, with the leftover beads. So when I decided to teach a class, I knew I wanted to teach something specific, so the participants didn’t get overwhelmed.. The ring making class I gave at the Sampson Arts Council was fun and everyone seemed happy with their rings. The director, Kara Donatelli, was a big help in contacting prospective participants and setting up the space. However, providing everyone with tools was expensive, and the cheap little kits I bought were, well, cheap. Enter the bracelet making class!

Take a break and make a bracelet!

Take a break and make a bracelet!

Can you see that? No Tools Required! So all I had to do was provide the supplies. Well, I had to do a little more than that.I had to make samples. I think I made 10. I had to make sure I had enough seed beads for each bracelet. I stuffed more little baggies than a drug lord. 50 beads to a bag. And then bought more colors, just in case. And stuffed more baggies. I had to find jump rings that were already closed, and when I did, I bought them by the gross. I couldn’t find antiqued brass rings that were closed, so I bought 500 and closed them myself. And bagged those too. 75 to a bag. After ordering some colorful waxed linen online, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby, and found that they had colors, so I bought them too. And cut them to length. I raided all my stashes of buttons, picking out what I thought people might like. Then I ordered more metal buttons. I took pictures of a bracelet in progress and typed up a tutorial. And printed 30 copies. The “buffet” idea hit me about 3 hours before the class, so I made a sign, framed it and ran off to buy some paper plates to group everything in.

The location couldn’t have been better. Bonnie Augustine of A Peaceful Path was most gracious to host the class. Alice helped me set it up, and shortly, there were students arriving. Some I knew, a few I didn’t. We guided them to the buffet, they grabbed their plates and began filling them up. And got busy. Most just went by the pictures on the tutorial and needed no help until they had to make the loop to go around the button. These were some awesome ladies! I just got to walk around and check out what they were creating. No stress on me!

focused

focused

I didn’t think to take pictures until everyone had started, and even then, I forgot to take a shot of the “buffet”. There were 15 participants, which was a good size, as most ended up buy more supplies to take home and make another bracelet. I think that is a good sign they enjoyed themselves!

So if you ever want to give a class on a craft, just make sure you have the right ingredients. Easy to follow instructions, a good selection of supplies, a nice location, comfortable seating, and smart students. No, wait, those are my students! And have a good time!

 

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Dear Mr. Groundhog

pplease don't see your shadowDear Mr. Groundhog,

    May I call you Phil? Either way is O.K. with me. Tomorrow is your special day, when all of America turns to you for guidance and hope. You really should have more than one special day, as I’m sure you are just a fabulous little critter, ranking (in my opinion) right up there with the Easter Bunny! But alas, you have but one day, Groundhog Day, and I have but one request: PLEASE DON’T SEE YOUR SHADOW! I know, six more weeks of napping sounds good to you, but it stinks for the rest of us. Just saying. So let me end by wishing you the best Groundhog Day ever, and please don’t look down!

Sincerely,

Marsha

It snowed!

It snowed!

 

We don’t often get snow in this part of North Carolina, so whenever it’s in the forecast, I pretty much ignore it. Not gonna happen. Well, it happened. The peanut & olive went to school on Monday, and the rest of the week was cancelled. A six day weekend that they are going to have to make up. They ventured out once, made snow angels, and that was it. I only went out once, and only to deliver a bracelet to its’ new owner. Otherwise, I was perfectly content to stay home. Not to thrilled about the making three meals a day thing, though.

up close and personal

up close and personal

I did manage to get a few things done: set a date for my bracelet making class at A Peaceful Path, made a sign for Art Goddess in May, posted A LOT about WTF on March 1, and of course, carried on with my “bracelet a day” challenge for January.

Enjoy my weak graphics:

 

Art Goddess Sunshine Faire & Bazaar

Art Goddess Sunshine Faire & Bazaar

I am so not good with graphics, but Bonnie is kind to let me do them.

And the last of the bracelets. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve tried a lot of different ideas. As far as favorites, I don’t have just one. That’s like picking your favorite child, and my kids would be pretty sad to learn they got beat by a dog (not really). Do you have a favorite? I mean bracelet, that is, not child?

Whew! So what’s up for February? Just personal goals, like clean up from January. I will make something every day though. You might even see it here! So, what is your challenge for February?

 

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