Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Fall Class!

Oh boy, oh boy!

A new class for the fall...making bezels!

Diana Frey and I are sooooo excited to offer this class.  It is going to involve a TON of techniques. 

 If you have been wanting to learn to solder with a torch, work with resin, learn more cold connections,  more involved wire techniques, the art of composition and design principles...

this is the class for you!



We are going to make bezels of all sorts, and some from the found objects you bring to the class as well. Then we will fill the bezels with resin and everything from found objects, to photos, to tin types!  So much fun.

Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.  We'll be teasing you with bezels we make up for the class in the next month or so.  

So bring your imagination, a friend, and a sack lunch.
Hope to see you, sign up quickly, space is limited.

(Be sure to hop over to Diana's blog and check out her new design, it is lovely.)

Hugs to all,
Riki

Friday, May 13, 2011

Round Top, Texas Part 3

Yes, more fun to share!

I have been wanting to get back to sharing a little more about the amazing trip to RT, but life just keeps getting in the way.  Soooooo, without further ado....

you might be wondering why pictures of this amazingly sweet apron??

I shared how I met so many new blogging buddies on that trip.  One of them was the amazingly talented Karen Valentine, of My Desert Cottage!  We did a little exchange...one of my creations for one of hers.  Well, was I a winner in that trade!!!
This is her fabulous creation below, and my pictures do not do it justice.

After all the Magnolia Pearl influence, we were all drooling over masses amount of laces, buttons, hand crocheted doiles, all the trimmings.  I saw a cute little apron on a gal and thought it would be perfect for my summer shows, to hold money, pen, glasses, etc.  And Karen said she could make me one, so we agreed on a trade. 


Is this beautiful, or what?? Look at all the detail she did.  I love everything.  The seams are so sweet, on the outside and cut into little sections.


All the applique, the creativity, the composition.  Wow, blew me away.  I was doing the happy dance for days!!!  And this sweet apron, with my "Pearl", wow.  How fun it that going to be?


Look at all the fun detail she included.  Karen, you are not only an amazing seamstress and artist, you are a very talented blog designer.  So check her site out if you are thinking of any changes on yours, or know a friend who is thinking about designing one!


This is NOT Karen! Ha ha.
This is the infamous (in Texas) Paris Montana.  She had a little Airstream parked, where she and her mom, also stunning, slept every night. Many did that.  How do you like that outfit?  Give burlap a whole new look, huh? Scratchy?? Ewwwe. 


One of the hundreds of pics I took of all the goodies on display at a week's worth of shopping.  This amazing chatelaine could be yours for a cool $1200.  I have never seen one like this...all filigree!  Wow, spectacular.

Want it!!



And being the dog lover I am, had to show off these cutie pies.  It wasn't all old stuff at this show, there were quite a few breeders there selling their new pups. Are those the sweetest faces?? I wanted them all too!  Not as cute as sweet Maddie of course!


And last, but not least, I teased you with a little item I sewed up, and said I sent it off to a secret friend.  Well, it was actually hand delivered to Diane Cook.  I made up a little jewelry pouch with muslin, vintage lace, wool felt, and stamped it.  


I tried to fill every nook and pocket with rhinestones for Diane, because she loves them.  I apologize for the quality of the pics, they are horrible. But I wanted you to see what I did. Must have had it on micro, oops.


Here's what the finished product looked like. I was pleased with it, and Diane seemed to love it too.  It was a total stretch for me to make something like that, a first.

So that is my March challenge...try something new!  I did, and I loved it.


I have an April challenge completed, just need to shoot it.  What new thing did you try so far this month?  Planning anything??

Thanks for looking.
love and hugs to all
Riki