Well, March has arrived with the threat of more cold weather and snow. I see a bit of blue sky out my studio window right now, however so I will “Meangadh”, which is Irish Gaelic for “smile”.
To usher in the month, I created a Gaelic-inspired wrap bracelet tutorial for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society.
You may remember the sneak peek of these cute covered buttons , which feature some wonderful vintage ephemera that I had scanned and then printed onto fabric. I incorporated some of these onto the wrap bracelet.
I am sharing these cute little clover girls with you to use in your March creative projects. I would love to hear about how you used them!!
I am waiting patiently for Spring to arrive. The Witch Hazel is blooming, and the snow has pretty much melted away. To keep myself busy on these chilly Winter days I have been playing with Ice Resin. These little heart bonbons were made using a heart candy mold. I added a little charm and some pretty script paper for the backing. They will be turned into pendants, I think.
I am also working on creating tutorials for the latest Gilded Girl Stash Society Box from A Gilded Life. Here’s what I was sent to work with.
I have a few projects in mind, and started working on one today. Here’s a sneak peek!
I just love how this little covered button turned out. It features some of my favorite vintage ephemera, that I scanned and then printed onto fabric. Perfect for a little Gaelic-themed project, don’t you think? March is just around the corner, after all!
Gosh is it February already? January was basically a very cold blur. I did have some lovely time in the studio during the past couple of weeks though. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to…….
And creating tutorials for A Gilded Life……
I appreciate having the time to work with such glorious and inspiring materials, old and new. Each piece starts as a bit of story in my head, brought to life in a swirl of lace, pearls, rhinestones and other glorious bits. There’s a chance for a bit more snow in a couple of days – perhaps some extra time in the studio?
In the meantime I will play with some fabrics and jewels,
and wish for Spring.
I’m sure everyone has been busy getting ready for the holidays. I have too, but thankfully I still find time for a bit of creative fun in my studio. The December box of supplies arrived from Debbie and Shea of A Gilded Life. I am really enjoying serving as one of their Design Team Members this year. Such lovely treasures to work with – it’s almost impossible not to come up with something elegant and lovely.
Here’s a sneak peak at the latest tutorial I created for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society.
Just perfect for an evening out on the town or a special holiday party!
Here are some of the wonderful projects I have been working on over the past couple of months for A Gilded Life……
These projects were all created with materials from A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society monthly boxes (October and November, respectively). As a Design Team member for A Gilded Life, I have the wonderful opportunity to create tutorials using each month’s materials. The tutorials are posted on the Gilded Girl Stash Society’s private blog. You can find out more about the Gilded Girl Stash Society here. I can’t wait to see what the December box brings!
As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Spellbound Art Event in Pasadena, CA. This event is put on by the uber-talented Mother and Daughter Team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, otherwise known as A Gilded Life. I didn’t think last year’s event could possibly be topped – but indeed it was! Things started off with a pre-event sorrie at A Gilded Life’s new studio space in Santa Ana.
At the Welcome Dinner the following evening,
each participant was gifted with an awesome linen tote overflowing with art supplies. And then, Spellbinders brought in Artisian X-Plorer machines and bags of dies for all the participants!
The group project that evening was embellishing cute little crafting aprons. The evening wrapped up with the swaps. My Textile Treasures Zip Bag swap was a big hit – so many lovely little bags, just bursting full of treasures!! Thanks to all the ladies who participated!
Friday and Saturday were all about classes – new techniques tried, friends made, lots of laughter and creating to be had.
Sunday the event wrapped up with a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea market. Acres of amazing things.
I shopped. I shopped some more. I came home with 2 bags more than I arrived with. Can’t wait til’ next year!
Can you believe Halloween is here already? Where has the time gone! I’ve really been enjoying the Halloween decorations I put up this year. Here’s a quick peek……
Why yes, that is a tiny shrunken caged Shriner!!
My classroom is also decorated, thanks in big part to my most awesome assistants. The kids (and staff!) enjoy the “spooky hallway – which in addition to being fun, provides lots of language opportunities for my special education students.
We have been doing a few Halloween related crafts in my class as well. I find that craft activities can add so much to the learning experience for my special kids – we incorporate important life skills including following oral directions, completing a task, language development, interactions with peers, turn-taking, sharing, fine motor skills……… you get my drift…. all while having a great time and getting excited about learning.
In addition to the GLITTER(!!) spiderwebs the students made, they also made these amazing pumpkins… (kudos to Shelli, one of my assistants, for coming up with this project!!)
The fabrics were left over from a Halloween Wreath I made a couple of years ago that now graces my front door. Bonus – using stuff from my studio makes room for more goodies!!!
My Students also tried their hand at creating haunted houses! Now this is how to teach using descriptive language!!
Happy Haunting, Everyone!!!!