Deep in the Oregon woods, in the central part of the state, waaaayyyyyy over on the coast, and a two day journey from my island, is a wonderful, enchanting retreat, called Sitka, The Center for Art and Ecology. It is formally in the town of Otis, OR, which has a post office the size of my bedroom!
This multi-acre facility is lodged in amongst the woods at the coast, within a deep, green belt of tall trees, serene and absolutely beautiful. We had lots of misty summer rain the first day of the workshop, allowing the aroma of the deep woods to tickle your senses.
Sitka is a non-profit retreat camp, with the most adorable out buildings, and grounded tree houses. They have ongoing artist workshops, with accommodations for the instructors to stay.
Why was I there? Well, I got a call last week from a dear one, Stephanie Lee, who needed a little favor. She could not make a two day workshop she had planned with these lovely people, due to some personal issues, and wondered if I might be able to fill in for her. So I did.
I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. The grounds are simply spiritual, putting all of us at ease, allowing the students to settle in to the changes thrown at them (with the option of canceling in advance) and helping me to feel comfortable, in knowing they really wanted to be there, with a substitute! I could never fill Stephanie's shoes by any means, no one could. But luckily, a great time was had by all. The Junk Drawer Metalsmith Class two day workshop went on!
To make the students feel comfortable in Stephanie's absence, we conferenced her in at the beginning and end of the workshop. It was great way for everyone to meet her and see her smiling face, and contagious enthusiasm for her craft, and love of the art.
Look at those smiling faces, did all of us have fun or what?
A big thank you to all the students who hung in there.
Pictured are Avery, Vicki, Diana, Holly, Kim, Joy (peeking out behind me), Cara, Dee, Donna and Laurie.
Here are some shots of the grounds. Art is overflowing at every turn, giving you a rich sense of reflection and inspiration. Truly a feast for the eyes.
Thank you Stephanie, for your support and trust. Thanks to all the students who put their faith in the facility, Stephanie and me. It was a blast, and I hope you will continue to use what you learned, and continue to play.
And a huge thank you to Eric, Alene, Dawn and Teal, who made me feel comfortable and welcome. Your facility is magical.
I hope all of you will get an opportunity to experience this oasis by the sea one day.
The kindest post was made about this amazing cuff. This beautiful bracelet, from sweet Jenny at La Dona Boutique bought my tutorial video, about soldering with rhinestone chain. Here is her first result after trying the technique I demonstrated.
You can go to her blog and read all about my video, her work as a result of it, and many more wonderful things on her blog.
Wow Jenny, I would say you've got it! Great job, on the layering, use of chain, etc. I am knocked out, really. And thrilled that I could help.
Thank you to all those who have purchased the video, and the wonderful comments I am receiving as a result. If you would like to see it, you can click on the link on my sidebar and purchase it. Send me pics of your work as a result, I would love to post them.
Do you want more "how to" videos?
Let me know what you would like to see, and I'll attempt to make that happen over time.
I was thinking of putting the bee and rhinestones on Etsy as a kit. Would you like that?
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. Make some really cool things and share pics!
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday.
I sure did. I was so lazy. Did our small town, hour-long parade downtown, (took Maddie and she did great).
Then went out to lunch, over looking the water and the ferries coming in. Took a nap in the sun on our deck, (yes, sun here in the Pacific Northwest, we had forgotten what it looked like).
Then went to the island's 1800's resort hotel, Hotel de Haro, and watched log rolling contests, walked the docks to people watch and laugh at their stupid boat decorations drunkenness, and then home to dinner and fireworks show on tv and our resort. Whew!
Now off to Zumba this morning, draggin my tail!
But I wanted to share something REALLY exciting with you first thing this morning. I have made a new video, available for purchase to view.
How to Solder
with Rhinestone Chain
Yep, I made a video of how to do this. WH assisted, and we created a sweet, six minute HD video, showing you a detailed, step-by-step video, complete with all the instructions and supplies. It shows you how to solder rhinestone chain to a brass stamping. I also show how to patina your piece, giving it a warm, aged look.
After looking at this, you can start to make all kinds of new creations, having even MORE fun than before, with the sweet rhinestone chain you have, or can purchase.
I've put a link on my sidebar to connect you to my Etsy store for purchase. Its so much fun to add a little bling to base metals, or stampings, I love it.
Hi, I'm Riki, wife to a wonderful husband and mommy to Maddie, our Havanese.
I have a passion to shop for found objects and incorporate them into my work. I love traveling all over the world to find these pieces. I am a mixed media jewelry artist, and instructor. I'm having a ball meeting people from around the globe through teaching.