"Make Every Day Your MASTERPIECE"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Creative Chaos!

Have been working on class samples surrounded by the chaos of ongoing construction.......but actually have enjoyed having people in the house. The house has been way too quiet since Art has been gone. Love the smell of wood and paint and the sound of drills and saws........not to mention the way the guys kid with each other. I don't even mind the mess........which almost concerns me! LOL.

One of the classes I will be teaching in May will be Creative Configuration, using the amazing Tim Holtz configurations. Students will pick their own theme........a person to honor.......a special event or place........and get creative with representing it! My sample is centered around my husband Art. Creating it made me focus on all the happy, silly, memorable things that made him so lovable! You can see that he loved trains, candy, his faith, astronomy, finding the biggest shells at the beach, playing solitaire, and found so much joy in life. The huge pear represents a very funny story that took place when he was sick. He received a gift box from my sister, which contained alot of fruit, but Art had to wait a certain amount of time after his chemo before he could eat. There was a gold foiled wrapped pear........at least Art thought it was a pear! He held that pear in his hand watching the clock for 2 hours, waiting to bite into the juicy pear. When he finally could tear off the foil........it was a chocolate pear! Art ate that and then one of the real pears that was not wrapped up at all. How we laughed.......and we always laughed! I have attached a picture of it below.

I used alot of Tim Holtz products, including tissue tape, grunge board and metal embellishments, as well as some Tattered Angels products: Gumdrop Glimmer Mist, Chandelier Glimmer Glam and All That Jazz Glimmer Glaze.

So...........get creative.........and get happy!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Making Progress.........

Things around here are hopping this week! Contractors working in both the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms, and I'm updating the NY calendar for National Entrepreneurship Week (all this week.........so Happy National Entrepreneurship Week to all my fellow artists around the country) and also working on my class samples. I will be doing a series of 4 workshops over a 6 week period starting on May 2 in Western New York. Pretty excited about that!

I'm going to share a layout I did recently from my wedding in 1973........wow, a really long time ago! Later this week, I will post a couple of class samples as well. Until then............stay warm and pray for spring!

I used some Prima flowers, laser cut paper, bling and added Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, which is my favorite! Just a simple LO, but full of glorious memories!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Time is moving too quickly..........

I find it difficult to believe that February is almost half over already! I think I spent so much time enmeshed in living vicariously through all the lucky designers and retailers that were at CHA, peeking at all the new products and being excited at winning new Tim Holtz stamps and starting to Skype, that time has passed me by!

One accomplishment though was submitting all the necessary paperwork for 12 hours of classes I will be teaching over a 6 week period for Maryvale Continuing Ed. Registration will begin in 2 weeks and classes start at the beginning of May, so I am about to enter the process of preparing my class samples for 4 projects over that 6 week period.. I will share them here as they are completed. I'm hoping that registrants will be "new" to the world of art, and get hooked to continue to experience the journey of creativity. I will post the registration details as they become available over the next 2 weeks. I haven't taught any classes since Art got sick, so am excited to get back into it.

My world of entrepreneurship education is also about to explode in a flurry of activity as National Entrepreneurship Week arrives at the end of February. Seems like I might be facing 2 major conferences instead of 1, but touching over 500 potential business owners. LOVE the excitement of it! Go ahead.........say it.......it's not like I don't recognize the fact that I am crazy!

And then there is hosting that Academy Awards party.........yep, I am a true nut case! LOL. But I relaxed this past week, so theoretically I am well rested and energized. We. shall. see.