Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tina Haller - Party and Artsy Workshop

Tina Haller's Clay Shadowbox workshop was just delightful!  She shared such wonderful techniques on how to work with clay, how to create the designs and textures, how to manipulate and shape, it was fun. We had vintage paper flowers, tinsel, chandelier crystals, all sorts of filigree I've never even seen before.  And I'm always so pleasantly surprised how beautiful the class projects come out.  The girls all get the same bits, and yet they all look so different, it's clearly magic!  I participated in class too, and no one was surprised to see that I incorporated my calavera into my little shadowbox.  How predictable I am!  It was lovely to play. And let us not forget, we were celebrating a special birthday of a cherished friend, Linda!  So we popped a bottle of pink bubbly...HELLO it was good!

So, the night was perfection!  And Tina had so much fun teaching, that she'll be back again in the Spring for an Easter workshop.  We'll be making one of her clay figurines and an Easter banner for this workshop.  And if you're wondering where the paypal button is for this's coming soon.  As usual, there are only 13 seats available, so once it's up, grab your spot ASAP.

Until next time...Ta Ta for Now!

Kristen Robinson - Weekend of Pure Bliss

 * I have to apologize, I'm sooooo behind on blogging.  The classes, the holidays, visits from family and friends and so much more filled my past weeks.  So, I'm going to be posting three blog posts today! Yup!  Gotta get caught up.

December 8th and 9th, we had the amazingly talented, compassionate, beautiful and my dear friend, Kristen Robinson in the studio.  Every time she visits, the girls go wild, and it's no surprise, considering the beauty she brings to our lives.  Classes filled to the brim, we extended the number of students and still they filled...what deliciousness!  Saturday night we enjoyed her Adorned and Soldered Treasures.  Talk about some seriously cool bling we saw from the students.  They were decadent and oh so fabulous.  Sundays workshop, Sacred Houses, was fullllll of technique!  We perfected the tricks for making our own molds using Susan Lenart Kazmer's Jeweler's Grade Molding Putty.  We cast our molds using Paper Clay, and Kristen taught us how to cut and shape, distress and attach our finished pieces to sweet little wooden houses.  There was wax and ICE Resin and oh my it was wonderful.  Such a tremendous weekend and visit.  I'm filled with gratitude and joy...thank you Kristen!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tina Haller In The House!

 I'm just thrilled, I have the lovely Tina Haller, of Glitter Girl Studio, coming to do a private party and class at Chateau Grenzer!  How cool is that?! She's going to be teaching one of her lovely clay ornaments, pictured here, for a little post holiday cheer.  Tina comes to us from Nevada City, CA.  She's a great teacher with a truly whimsical style and design aesthetic.  I first met her at this years Tinsel and Treasures and knew she would have to visit us in our little neighborhood! I'll be visiting her precious little studio and store in August 2013 and absolutely cannot wait to take it all in.  Really, check out the link above, and you'll see for yourself just how BEAUTIFUL the shop and studio are!  So back to the really cool part, I actually have a couple spots available for this lovely class, and I'm welcoming you to join!  So, if you're interested, click on the Paypal button the right and sign up today!  Look forward to seeing you!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lovin' Whatcha Got

My post today is all about lovin' whatcha got.  I'm a curvy plus size chica, and I struggle with finding clothing that make me feel playful and flirty.  The pieces to which I'm referring, are the tiny boutique sizes, you know the ones I'm talking about, the reeeeeally cute shabby chic styles?!  I just adore cloths like that, and unfortunately, I don't find many pieces like that in a plus size.  The crazy thing, is they're really simple designs, light fabrics, not a whole lot to 'em.  I recently found a line, Perch by Blu Pepper that is so unbelievably cute, it kills me.  Any of course the two boutiques that carry it are in Truckee and Cambria...vacation spots, but not local ones.  So, occasionally I treat myself to these oh so cute Perch pieces, but so often find myself wanting more more more.  You can only wear the same cardi so many times in a week before people start wondering if you own more clothing, teehee.  So, I've been playing with making some of my own.  I adore wearing really stylin' cardigans with simple tanks, but would love to wear more simple colored cardigans with some hot mama tanks.  So, I took a couple of my favorite dresses, that I no longer fit into (too short now), cut them and embellished them with vintage lace and eyelet.  I'm just thrilled with how they came out, and I would so encourage anyone to do the same. I think the other thing that thrilled me, was I'm re-using what I've got.  I have a ton of clothing that I love, don't want to get rid of, but that simply don't fit right anymore.  Mostly because they're just a bit shorter in the torso, hmmm not sure how that happened. Teehee.  So these are my two little shabby tops, and I'm so proud of them.  Absolutely cannot wait to wear 'em!  I'm currently in the process of making lacey flowers to add to them.  I'll make it a brooch/hair clip combo, so I can put in my hair if I want.  Love the versatility...and adore the way I feel with a flower in my hair.  As for my "skinny girl" jeans...the ones I sooo hope to get back into one day.  I'm leaving those alone.  I WILL get back into them one day:P

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sewing R Us

Anyone who knows me, knows I've had this dark history with sewing.  And if you've been following me recently, you'll know that I'm steadily conquering my fear of it.  And I'm really quite happy about it, as I've always wanted to sew.  I've long admired the stitches and projects of all my friends, and so wished that could be me.  Well, I'm here to tell you...I'm so kicking this sewing monsters butt!  I was inspired by this killer table cloth I saw in a high end boutique, for wayyyyy to much money.  I went home and literally within an hour had the same tablecloth (minus a few pleats).  It was so gratifying, and I felt so proud of myself!  So if there's something you're scared to do, start hacking away at that wall of fear, and knock it can do it! On the left is the painfully expensive table cloth & on the right is mine. Whoohoo. BTW, I know my table needs pressing, teehee.


  The purpose of having the tablecloth, is for me to have a pretty table display when I do jewelry shows.  I've been doing about 4 a year, so I figured, it's about time for me to make a small investment in making the display purrrdy.  I was just vending at a show this weekend, at the lovely Scrapbook stuff.  I got to use my new handy dandy tablecloth, which I adorned with 1ft large burlap and canvas flowers.  Note to self, loosen the tension when sewing machine didn't like that very much.  Side note, I did arm my machine with a leather needle and upholstery thread, so I was at least in the right direction.   Here are some pics from this weekends show.
...a little blurry, but you get the idea, it's me.

The sooo cute Sonia Vasudeva, selling her truly precious paper crafted items.

In the back, the cutie with white top, is Jehn Buchanan.  She makes the most adorable shabby furniture & cards.  Talk about one active Momma, she works full time, has a kiddo and helps her hubby with their photography business.

Another "aha" moment, was carrying my display boards, with jewelry pinned oh so carefully to it.  I was freaking out that I was going to drop pieces, bump or damage was rough. I don't know how my amazing traveling teacher friends do this while boarding airplanes etc.  You guys are rock stars for sure!  So the whole point of my babbling, I decided to sew myself display case covers.  I still have to sew on a sturdy strap, attach a snap and iron on my iron on transfer...but the bag is done.  Pretty handy man!

So, I'm one happy camper, and I think this sewing machine thing is going to be another looove for sure.  Ah yes, all the fabulous skills to add to our crafty arsenals...<happy sigh>.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Charm Swap - ARRIVED!

 So, I shared a couple posts back, that I was participating in a Halloween charm swap, which Thespa McLaughlin of Vintiquities was hosting. We sent in our handmade goodies, and I just got my lovely package in the mail!!! Too cool, I just loved being a part of this. I wish I could do them more often, cuz they are just a blast! So many great little creations & ideas lovingly put into these little bits of goodness. Here are a few up close shots...
Thank you allllll for these! I can't wait to customize a special necklace to showcase your many talents!

Simply Spooktacular Ladies! And a extra special thank you to you Thespa for putting this on!

Monday, October 1, 2012

What's New?!

This past weekend was a weekend of firsts for sure.

1)  I started and finished a sewing project by Judi Andersen (Vintage Banner)
2) I got new glasses
3) I started filming for ICE Resin Creative Team...getting ready for my first due dates.
4) I made rosettes using the sewing machine instead of a hot glue gun

...after years and years of living in fear of the sewing machine, I've been steadily conquering my demons.  I initially became fearful, after my instructor at Art Academy in SF scolded me for ruining my project.  Mind you they teach you how to sew on an industrial machine (yikes).  But with the support of my lovely friends, I'm loving it!  I even started and finished my second banner this afternoon (all by myself!),  just so I could have a cute banner for the Fall hanging on my mantel. Crazy huh!?!  Judi Andersen's kit was packed with all sorts of goodness.  If you've not yet taken any classes from her, you should, she typically teaches at Scrapbook Island.  I've taken one class and done the kit listed above, and they're just fabulous.

Ok, the glasses...yah, been having migraines, light sensitivity...a slew of lovely symptoms.  But got the glasses, they're really cute, but I'm struggling to get used to when I need them.  Of course I talked to my doctor, but this is still a different experience all together.  So, I cut off all my hair a few months ago, got glasses...maybe I should start to dye the hair too...and I'll have a new all together different look:P

Anywho, that's my day/weekend in a nut shell.  Hope you're having a fabulous day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vintiquities Halloween Charm Swap...progress made!

...Iron soldering still to do
Metal stamped & ICE Resin
Embossed, Torch soldered & Patina'd

I'm so excited with how my little charms are coming out for the Vintiquities Halloween charm swap. Our goal was to create 15 different Halloween charms or 3 sets of 5 charms. And I opted to do the latter. I've embossed brass, poured ICE Resin, torch soldered, iron soldered, wire wrapped, patina'd, sanded and metal stamped my heart out. And of course, I HAD to create cute little tags to go with the charms. I got these really cute tags at Michaels on clearance awhile back, and I simply stamped Halloween images on them.
Totally fun, and I cannot wait to see what Thespa sends us back...oooh, I think I'm going to do a charm necklace instead of a bracelet. Gotta show off all the fun stuff! I'll update the blog with the necklace when I'm done, or if I can't wait, I'll post a pic of the box when it arrives:P


Art is You 2012


Connie Fong and Me
A most unexpected delight it was for me to discover I would be going to Art is You.  I was offered a free class, from the lovely Reva Solomon, and the day was most spectacular!  The teacher and class were Metal Deck by Leighanna Light.  Funnily enough, Leighanna is from Taos NM!  Not so far from my native Santa Fe!  Her metal decks, incorporating a wide range of techniques, layers, distress/patina, mica and bits on sheets of metal, were just A-MAZ-ING! 

The ladies in class were all just amazing, and I bumped into a familiar face straight away!  The lovely Connie Fong was also in class, and we shared a spot together.  Connie's metal deck was perfection.  I swear she's got "it"...and tons of it!

After our workshop (10-5), we washed up and prepared ourselves for the vendor shows.  Many of the teachers who taught just an hour before, rushed into the dinner hall to set up their boothes and tables.  Beautiful creations, vintage ephemera, nick nacks of every variety and raffles...oh the raffles just had me drooling.  Everything from PMC sugar skull pendant to shrines to art melange journals.  I was impressed to say the least!  I actually one one too!  A precious little tin shadowbox necklace <love>. Thank you Reva for sharing this special treasure of a day with me, you can't begin to know what joy you brought me.  I'll have your gifts ready soon:)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What A Day!

Kathy Cano-Murillo & Me

Tina Haller
What do Tinsel & Treasures, ICE Resin, Crafty Chica and Friendship all have in common? Well, teehee, they were all on Saturday! No joke, I felt like I was living the life man! I started out my day, with my girlies at Tinsel and Treasure where we got to spend time with and shop with Tina Haller, Debby Anderson, Natalie Hansen, Lisa Super...and the list just goes on and on...

Debby Anderson

We took a small detour, literally 100 ft from the Tinsel & Treasures event to visit and hang out with Traci Bautista. When I visited her back in April with the lovely Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae, she was just setting up job. And now, tada, she's ready and having quaint little workshops in her studio.
Natalie Hansen
Our tummies were growling, so we absolutely had to eat at the Sideboard Coffee. Can I just say that EVERYTHING they make is just heaven to your mouth?! My absolute favorite, is the Fried Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Aioli...oooooh, delish!
Cindy and Yolie
We shopped a bit more, headed home to freshen up for round two. When I got home, I found that I received my 1st ICE Resin Creative Team box of goodies. I absolutely cannot believe how excited I was to open it. And what a surprise, it was full of allllll sorts of delicious inspiration! After I finished drooling over my box of goodies, I got in some snuggles and kisses with the munchkin and hubby & I was off again.
This time I headed to Ay Dios Mio for her Crafty Chica event. A couple of the girlies and I went to get our books signed and schmooze with the lovely Kathy Cano-Murillo, otherwise known as the Crafty Chica. She's just lovely and she brought with her the precious Lizzy Hernandez, whom I met on FB. It was a truly sisterly connection with Lizzy...we hit it right off <adore>. What a magical day, and I'm just so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life, that help make days like this possible. Blessed!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

A blissful moment...

There are just those days, when you need to make yourself something yummy to eat, enjoy an iced latte and kick your feet up for just a few minutes.  For me, today was the day.  We're under construction at the house today, had people coming and going, all the while trying to maintain a bit of routine for the kiddo.  I didn't get a chance to eat this morning, so when I put the kiddo down for his nap, I decided I was going to make myself something nice.  I pulled out my favorite dishes with my favorite glasses and even used a cloth napkin!!  I thought, why the heck not, I don't have to have friends or family over to do something nice...

So, looked in the fridge to see what we had...need to hit the grocery store <yikes>.  I made a toasted omelet wrap.  I thru in steamed broccoli and feta, smeared some homemade kale pesto on a toasted tortilla, wrapped it up and sighed at how satisfying it was.  Really nice to treat yourself! Gotta remember to do it more often.

So, the house is quiet (for few blessed moments), team of workers are off to lunch...and I'm just enjoying the moment.  So, carve out some time and treat yourself today! Have a Happy Day everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bones in a Box or Matchbox Witchery

Last Call - 2 SPOTS left in Bones in a Box class tomorrow night.

Bones in a Box and Matchbox Witchery have quickly become two of my favorite holiday creations.  The really great thing about these precious shadowboxes, is that you can wear them or make them into home decor.  Totally versatile! Soldering 101 or soldering experience is a must for these cuties.

Kits are available for those of you who are not local - leave me a comment, and I'll make sure you're well on your way to making your very own Halloween shadowbox.

Happy Haunting!