Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Day Journeys!

Phew--lots going on around here! In addition to preparing for DJ's upcoming workshop, I'm working with instructors on finalizing their offerings for the two retreats next year--and oh my, are they going to be fabulous!! More on that in an upcoming post. But first...

Leighanna's Metal Deck

I'm thrilled to announce that one of my favorite instructors, Leighanna Light, will be coming to town in late August for two workshops! She'll be teaching her "ever-so-popular" Vintage Metal Deck on Friday, Aug. 28, and then a two-day Funky Found-Object Canvas Village class on Sat. and Sun., the 29th and 30th. Leighanna is a very skilled instructor, is very generous, and is a hoot to boot!

Some of my metal deck pages...

For my 50th birthday a little while back (ahem), I threw myself an "art party" and she taught the metal deck here at my home--we had a fabulous time! You may remember reading about it in the Summer 2005 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Boy, do these photos bring back some great memories!

I'll have complete info on the website within the next couple of weeks, with registration opening around mid-May. Keep checking back!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Generosity. Kind spirits. Abundance. Don't you just love it when the universe opens up and provides you with just what you need? We can choose the lens with which we view our world, and the possibilities are endless. Just my observation...

(Apparently Sammy does not share my enthusiasm)

Now go forth and have a great day!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Prepping for the Journey...

I made a delivery to the post office yesterday, happy to send "a little something" off to the Day Journey attendees who'll be arriving in less than 3 weeks for DJ's workshop. It felt good to do something creative again...the well has been a bit dry for awhile! Here's a little sneak peek.

I'm now working on Provisions for the Journey, lunch menus, and all the other little details that come with organizing. This is the part I love, second only to the magical time when we're all together, sharing a part of ourselves, making new friends, and creating memories. It's so exciting to be a part of this mixed-media art world!

And the 2010 Retreats are coming together as well, with the Feb. 2010 registration right around the corner (well, the July corner that is--it'll be here before we know it!). Classes are also being discussed and confirmed for the July 2010 retreat and I can tell you, they're going to be fabulous as well! Lots of exciting things going on around here--and more to come. Stay tuned!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Finding treasures...material and otherwise

What a fabulous day it was for a flea market! It was well worth getting up before dawn and returning home dog-tired. These are a few of my favorite things:

Sharing the experience with a good friend...

Finding beauty in the simple things...

Meeting interesting folk along the way...

Treating ourselves to the best sausage on the planet (the long lines can attest to that)...

And the icing on the cake--bringing all the loot home!
Just look at those yummy colors!

Now to find room for all the new stash. Out with the old, in with the new; that's my motto for the year (although some of these goodies will find a place in the Provisions for the Journey as well). I've been busy getting ready for DJ's class, only 4 weeks away... more on that topic soon!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Calling all Nina fans!

If you're considering signing up for Nina's 3-day workshop next Feb., check the website for a change in the class. We're now offering "Stepping Into the Story", where you'll "learn how to trigger ideas by combining imagery with simple words to construct a work of art that is both emotional and evocative". She'll offer tons of techniques, and plenty of individualized instruction over the course of three days. If you're a Nina fan, you won't want to miss this one!

More soon--off to the Alameda Flea Market in the morning to hunt down some goodies for the upcoming workshops! Stay tuned...