Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kristen Robinson's Joyful Celebration

Howdy Ladies! Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer and staying cool. I'm working on the staying cool part, but this weather has sure been warm <wink>, that's a bit of an understatement...teehee.

I'm delighted to announce that Kristen Robinson will be making a trip out to get us started on our holiday preparations! Christmas/Winter in September is rather genius, wouldn't you say?! As always, Kristen's neutral beauties are a welcome addition to our homes and hearts, and I hope you will join us for a fabulous day of creating! Seating is limited to 12.

What: Joyful Celebration

Book of Days Journal, Fabric Flowers, Note/Gift Cards and Fabric Banner
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 (11-5pm)
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035
Cost: $125
Lunch:Please Pack a Brown Bag Lunch or Jack N' Box is across the street
Snacks & Water will be provided

I simply love holidays and celebrations! In our fast paced lives it remains important to all of us to celebrate the special occasions and holidays we all honor. Together in class we will be creating three different projects all perfect for many applications. All projects have been crafted and kitted in a neutral tones to insure they work with any theme however each one is also interchangeable with your favorite color scheme.

The first project we will work on is our fabric flowers and gift cards. Creating a handcrafted flower whether it is a bit shabby and glamorous or carefully crafted, a flower is the perfect addition to any gift. Of course a hand crafted card with a layering of lace and trim adds to the delightful presentation.

The second of our three projects is a joyful banner that is perfect for any occasion from birthdays and anniversaries to holidays and celebrations. Charming fabric flags are adorned with layers of trim, fabric and a bit of hand sewing. Hearts and the word Joy add a layer of happiness while trim and ribbon streamers bring everything together.

Our final project of the day is a journal cover and spiral bound book of days. I can think of no better way to keep all of my lists and celebration calendars organized than with a book created just for that very thing. A fabric cover altered with felt embellishments, hand stitching and layers of delectable fabric is not only charming but also inspiring.

Looking forward to a day of creative fun with you all!

Supply Lists

General Supply List
Sewing Needle
Embroidery or Tapestry Needle
Thread – Crème, Black and White (unless you are changing your color theme – see below notes)
Sewing Machine (you will be able to hand stitch and glue if you prefer not to machine sew)

Fabric Glue 
Cutting Mat 
Embellishments such s ribbon, beads, buttons etc. for all three projects

Fabric Flowers
Everything will be provided for you in crème if you wish to work with a different color scheme you will need 1/2 yard of Polyester Satin as well as coordinating thread.

Note/Gift Cards
½ yard of trim or lace
Scarps such as fabric, ribbon and lace are perfect for this project

Joy Banner
The kit is created with crème and black you will need to provide the following:
1 Yard Black Ribbon (1/2” wide), I used Gross Grain Ribbon
Anything you wish to add to your banner such as buttons, additional ribbon etc.

Book of Days
Everything pictured is included in your kit, if you wish to change any portion of the color scheme you will need ½ yard of three different coordinating fabrics as well as thread and embroidery floss that works with the fabric you choose. I will have crème and black for everyone to work with. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Colleen Moody Ornament Class

I am so excited to announce that Colleen Moody will be teaching a mini workshop for us South Bay girls on October 24th!! It's hard to imagine that anyone doesn't know this amazingly talented lady, but just in case you're new to her, her work has graced covers of Somerset's Art Doll Quarterly, many articles have been published with her creations, she travels far and wide to teach & she offers killer workshops in her gorgeous home in Danville. Colleen will be selling her one-of-a-kind dolls and creations in some upcoming events...if you can get to her table fast enough, you might be able to snag one of these beauties!! You better believe I'm going to be there...you'll see this wobbly pregnant lady - big curly hair blowing as I sprint (LOL) to Colleen's table!!

If you would like to attend one of these events, here are the links for three upcoming delights!

Ok, back to class...teeHee. Seating is limited to 12, so get your seats early on - first come first seated!!! Here are the details ya'll, oh and the paypal button is set up on the right tab.

What: Snow Princess Ornament
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 (11-5pm)
14090 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Cost: $85
Lunch: Subway, Starbucks and Los Gatos Pizza are near by for lunch or pack a brown bag
Snacks & Water will be provided

You will receive a pre-sculpted (dry) ornament and will also sculpt your own from scratch.  You will finish the pre-sculpted one in class and will have your sculpted piece to finish at home.  So basically you're getting 2 ornaments for the class price!! WooHoo! No experience required - Colleen is an amazing teacher and you'll be blown away at how tremendous your Snow Princesses come out! I will warn you in advance, paper clay creations are very addictive...you will want to cover your tree and home in them for all seasons.  This truly is a class you won't want to miss!!

Supply List.

paint for bodice (sample is in blue)
1/4 inch wide ribbon
handkerchief or bit of fabric for skirt
lace for underskirt approx 3.5 x 16 (optional)
sewing needle
medium paint brush
short liner brush
Round Nose Pliers
Flush Cutters

Monday, March 2, 2015

Diane Cook Summer Workshops

Diane Cook

Mixed Media Jewelry Artist

Jewelry Designer/Teacher

Diane has created art since she was 6 years old, but it wasn’t until she attended her first art retreat in Hampton, Virginia, did the artistic life she yearned for suddenly begin.  That’s when she discovered dreams really do come true….as now, she is living it!
Her love for using vintage jewelry and components, especially vintage rhinestones in her designs, has become an ever constant source of inspiration.  When not teaching and designing jewelry, her love for photography and mixed-media art, constantly keep her preoccupied.
Diane has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Artful Blogging, Somerset Memories, Jewelry Affaire, Marie, Jewelry the zine.  You can also find her work in several books, Bead Soup by Lori Anderson, The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer, and in a mixed media art competition book published by North Lights, called Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media.  She was also a contributing artist in Kristen Robinson’s eBook, The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry, and was honored to be a Guest Curator for Crescendoh.com, sharing her story of how Art Saves, in May, 2010.
Diane has joyfully been making art, designing jewelry and sharing her love for teaching full time, since retiring in 2010.  She teaches two online classes each summer at an online art retreat, called Artful Gathering, and teaches locally as well as nationally, having taught at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona, Adorn Me in Houston, Texas, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, California, Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California, Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky and at ArtBLISS in the Washington DC area.  She also is a core instructor for Vivi Magoo Presents, which has jewelry/mixed-media art retreats in Round Top, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona.

Now that we've shared this tremendous talent with you, we would like to introduce her classes scheduled for this June 2015!  Doing a happy dance, because I absolutely cannot wait to do both of these classes -- and I know you're gonna freak out too!!!

What: Repoussé Hearts
When: June 19 2015, from 10-5
2196 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Cost: $175 (kit included)
Lunch: Southwestern Chicken Salad, Tomatillo Dressing & Chips and Salsa
Lunch is Lexi's treat, so you can keep playing without worrying about traveling for food!

Repoussé, a method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches.  The name repoussé is derived from the French word pousser, “to push forward.” This ancient technique, which has been used extensively throughout the history of metalworking, achieved widespread popularity in Europe during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
If you have been waiting to try this technique, wait no more.  The time is now…as I will share “my style” of designing repoussé hearts, which will be the main focus in this class.  And, how about adding another great technique to the mix…torch fired enameling!  Yes, you’ll have the option to add a bit of enamel work, including the technique of sgraffito, to your design, which makes for many beautiful and unique combinations. 
Forging and annealing heavy gauge wire will also be covered and is an option to use in class, if you desire a choker.  But, if that’s not your style, bring along a bit of extra goodies to complete a necklace.  Whatever you choose to design, it’s sure to delight.  Come join me for the day, as we work some metal magic.

Class Handout & Heart Patterns
Brass Wire, Round & Square
Micro Attachments
Sanding Pads & Synthetic Steel Wool
Tiny Screwdrivers/Nut Drivers
Soldering Stands/Torches/Fuel
Fire Bricks/Heat Resistant Surfaces
Quenching Bowls/Pliers
Dremel Tool/Drill Bits
Face Masks/Disposable Gloves
Texture Hammers/Brass Mallet
Metal Stamps/Chisels
Patina Solutions/Finishing Wax
I will have a couple of the following for use in class, but bring your own if you don’t want to wait:
Metal & Hardwood Dapping Sets
Heavy Duty Cutters & Safety Glasses
Student Supply List:
Brass &/or Nickel Silver Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1- 6”x 6” piece
Copper Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1-6”x6” piece
(24 gauge will only be used to Repoussé in class.  22 gauge can be used as the base/bail or additional embellishment)
Jewelers Saw/Saw Blades (#4/0, 5/0 or 6/0) or
Metal or French Shears (I prefer French)
Bench Pin
Metal Jewelry Files, #2 (flat &/or half-round) & Needle Files

What: Encrusted Cuffs & Earrings
When: June 20 2015, from 10-5
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035
Cost: $130
Lunch: Please pack a brown bag lunch or Jack n Box is across the street
Muffins and Water will be provided by Lexi


Cuffs are so easy to just slip on and go.  So….what do you say?  Let’s make some that are over the top, and dripping with your favorite gemstones, snazzy beads, pearls, or vintage goodies, such as rhinestone buttons, vintage lace, or super cute charms.
And, just so you have some cool hoops to match your gorgeous cuff, I’ll show you how to design these too.  Come join me for a packed full day of bending, layering, winding and wrapping.  It’s going to be FUN!

Materials supplied by Instructor plus use of tools includes:
Sanding Pads
Patina Supplies & Renaissance Wax
Disposable Gloves
Torches & Fuel
Fire Bricks & Heat Resistant Surfaces
Quenching Bowls & Pliers
Power Max Flush Cutters or Fat Daddy Cutters  

Students should bring:
Brass or Copper Wire, 12 gauge, approx. 40-46”for each cuff & 6” for each set of hoops
Copper, Brass or Sterling Silver Wire: 20-22-24 gauge (make sure the wire fits thru the holes of your gemstones, or other goodies) (Please patina your wire before coming to class, if possible)
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 20 gauge, approx. 2’ per pair of hoops
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 22 gauge, approx. 4’ per pair of hoops
Gemstones, variety of sizes (8-6-4-2mm), (I like to use a variety of raw & mystic gemstones)
Pearls (Keishi, Freshwater, Coin, Seed)
Small Foil Lined Glass Beads &/or Czech Glass Beads, Seed Beads &
Gemstone Drops (drilled top to bottom), or your choice of bead for the hoops
Beading Mat
Pliers: Chain-Nose, Flat-Nose & Round Nose Pliers
Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.25-1.8mm
Square Mandrel, Large seen here
Wrap & Tap Pliers, Large seen here or Bail Making Pliers, Large, 6x8.5mm seen here
Nylon Jaw Bracelet Bending Pliers seen here
Wire Rounder Set or Cup Bur seen here or here
Flush Cutters
Ball Peen Hammer
Rawhide or Plastic Mallet
Steel Bench Block
Bench Pad or Rubber Bench Block
Flat Jewelry File, #2
Tape Measure, Flexible

Optional Supplies:
Vintage Rhinestone Buttons-a variety of sizes & shapes
Vintage Keys (such as a Diary Key)
Tiny Vintage Watch Faces
Tiny Charms or other small goodies that can be wired onto your cuff
Vintage Lace or Sari Silk
Work Light, preferably battery powered

Questions? email Diane at rosajosies@yahoo.com Website: rosaandjosies.net
E-mail:  rosajosies@yahoo.com